AmaWaterways named actress, producer and philanthropist Sharon Stone as the godmother of the AmaVida. The new 106-passenger vessel is leased by AmaWaterways from Douro Azul, its Portuguese partner. Stone will bless the ship at a traditional christening ceremony in Porto, Portugal on March 22, 2013.
In addition to her starring roles in such acclaimed films as Basic Instinctand Casino, Stone is a philanthropist who supports a number of charitable causes. Since 1995, she has helped raise over $300 million for AIDS research, including $1.1 million in a single night at a charity auction in 2012. Stone currently works with Drop in the Bucket, a nonprofit organization that builds wells and sanitation systems at schools in Africa.
The AmaVida is a deluxe 106-passenger vessel that has staterooms and suites measuring up to 323 square feet. The AmaVida also has a sun deck, heated pool, massage and beauty salon, fitness center and complimentary in-room Internet access and Video On-Demand.
The AmaVida will cruise exclusively in Portugal's pristine Douro River Valley. In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, the AmaVida's design has photovoltaic solar panels on the Sun Deck to generate energy for the ship's operating systems.
The AmaVida will serve the Douro River on several itineraries in 2013 and 2014: Portl Wine & Flamenco (2013 and 2014); Enticing Douro (2013 and 2014); Impressions of France & Portugal; and Classic Port Wines & Charming Quintas.
For more information, visit www.amawaterways.com.