Both AmaWaterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises have announced godmothers of their newest river cruise ships this week.AmaWaterways New AmaVida
AmaWaterways will be christening the newest river cruise ship in their fleet, the AmaVida at a traditional ceremony in Porto, Portugal on March 22, 2013. They have also announce Actress, Producer and Philanthropist Sharon Stone as the godmother of the AmaVida.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and acclaimed person as Sharon Stone as the AmaVida’s godmother,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. “We are so inspired by Sharon’s extensive humanitarian efforts over the years. Her beauty and grace make her the perfect match for the AmaVida, one of the loveliest and most technologically advanced river cruise ships in operation today.”
The AmaVida is a deluxe 106-passenger vessel that incorporates many innovative design features and spacious staterooms and suites that measure up to 323 sq. feet. Guests will enjoy free-flowing fine wine and beer with every dinner and a choice of dining venues. The AmaVida also features 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, designated one of the world’s top sustainable destinations by the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations. In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, the AmaVida’s technically advanced design features photovoltaic solar panels on the Sun Deck to generate energy for the ship’s operating systems.
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Uniworld’s New Queen Isabel
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will inaugurate their newest ship, the Queen Isabel, in Porto, Portugal on March 22, 2013. Uniworld named the ship Queen Isabel after one of Portugal’s most beloved queens from the late 13th – 14th century, and she will be christened by one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, Andie MacDowell.
MacDowell’s many hits include the academy award nominated “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Sex, Lies and Videotapes,” and “Groundhog Day.” MacDowell has also been a top spokes model and the face of L’Oreal for over 25 years.
Uniworld has enjoyed great success in this region and was the first North American river cruise company to pioneer Portugal and Spain’s UNESCO World Heritage Douro River Valley.
The Queen Isabel will have a 118 passenger capacity with 18 junior suites at 215 sq. ft. and two bigger suites at 323 sq. ft. on the top deck—all with full balconies—and staterooms on the main deck will have French balconies. Public areas include a lounge with full-service bar, along with an outside bar, restaurant with an outside dining area, sun deck with swimming pool, and fitness and spa area. She will sail Uniworld’s popular 10-night Portugal, Spain and the Douro River itinerary, which has become one of their best selling programs.
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