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Meredith Vieira will name Avalon View in an international ceremony on April 6 in Ybbs, Austria

TV anchor Meredith Viera is Avalon View’s godmother

Fifteen-time Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor Meredith Vieira will serve as the godmother for Avalon View, scheduled to begin sailing on the Danube River in 2020.

Vieira will name the vessel in an international ceremony on April 6 in Ybbs, Austria.

'Difference-making' broadcast journalist

‘In our search for the perfect godmother for the Avalon View, we were inspired by Meredith Vieira,’ said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. ‘As a difference-making broadcast journalist, executive producer and television host, she has given us a unique, up-close-and-personal view into her life – and the lives of countless others — with unparalleled storytelling, compassionate interviews and an extraordinary ability to connect with those she meets.’

The 443-foot, 166-passenger Avalon View will join Avalon’s Suite Ship fleet.

Open-air balcony

‘The Avalon View, and all of our Suite Ships, feature one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites with the widest-opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only open-air balcony and beds facing the ever-changing scenery on two full decks of every ship,’ Hoffee said.

A Panorama Suite highlight, the open-air balcony has wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that open 11 feet wide in Europe and 14 feet wide in Southeast Asia. They blur the line between outside and inside while forming a spacious seating area..

Avalon Choice selections of classic, discovery and active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities, from a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities to a cooking class or paddling a canoe.