Pier 88, New York City

Photo from Barbara Ramsay Orr

  There is nothing in the cruising world quite so exciting as the christening of a brand new boat. The christening ceremony of the Scenic Eclipse was especially highly anticipated – not just because the ship is revolutionary and ultra-luxurious. Not just because it has two helicopters and a submarine. Not just because it is drop dead gorgeous. Those are all true and compelling reasons for excitement. But the reason we are all a bit giddy is …

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A Once In a Lifetime Experience, a Voyage on an Inaugural Cruise – Seven Interesting Things about Inaugural Cruises

For those of us who love to cruise, inaugural cruises rate high on the to-do-experience list. These elite voyages often involve champagne christenings, celebrity godmothers and brand-new ship facilities and amenities.  (Plus the cache of telling your friends you were on an Inaugural cruise.) Here are some reasons we love these cruises: The cruise lines realistically expect there may be some problems to be worked out and will oftentimes compensate for what they expect to be minor …

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Princess Kate christened the Royal Princess in Southampton today…a fitting name

There have been several lavish ship introductions this past year, but the naming of the Royal Princess in Southampton today just might be the glitziest. Wish I could have been there! Princess Kate did the honors. Her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, christened the first Royal Princess in 1984. Here are the details: In a spectacular ceremony today in Southampton, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge named the new ship Royal Princess when she released a bottle …

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A first-hand account of Viking River’s 10-ship christening ceremony

Have you ever wondered what a new ship christening entails?  I am pleased to pass along information from a friend of mine-  because Jeffrey is an expert Viking River Cruise world, he had the privilege of being invited to this Viking River’s most recent christening day. Here’s what he had to say about March 2013’s 10-ship christening in Amsterdam: This lovely ceremony in Amsterdam debuted the Longships™  – Viking Aegir, Viking Atla, Viking Bragi, Viking Embla, Viking Forseti, …

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Who are the Viking River Cruises Godmothers?

Viking River Cruises recently christened a record-breaking 10 ships in a ceremony in Amsterdam.  In conjunction, they named 10 women as Godmothers, and here is some information about elite few that were chosen, straight from the line. “With cultural enrichment and privileged access at the heart of every experience Viking offers its guests, 10 women of eminence from around the world were selected to honor that focus and serve as ceremonial godmothers for the new ships. They …

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It’s official: Avalon Waterways names its new river cruiser the Panorama

Under overcast skies, but in a celebratory mood, the official christening ceremony for Avalon Waterway’s newest ship took place at 5 pm on May 14 in Mainz, Germany. The Panorama will now sail the rivers of Europe, joining her eight other sister- river cruise boats in the Avalon fleet. Guests, media and dignitaries gathered on the dockway to watch as the godmother, Lisa Wilkinson, cut the rope to send the champagne bottle swinging — and breaking perfectly …

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A first look at Avalon Waterways’ new Panorama river cruiser

Friday, May 13, Frankfurt, Germany I really should refer to this boat as ‘an Avalon river boat’ as she won’t be officially christened until tomorrow, and so has not received the blessing of her name yet. But “the ship” is ready, and she’s beautiful! Everything is shiny and new, and the staff are obviously proud and a little nervous that everything will go well. And so far all is unfolding as it should. Passengers began arriving at …

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