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Christine Duffy joined Vilshofen Mayor, Georg Krenn, local dignitaries and river cruise executives to christen AmaWaterways’ newest ship AmaCerto on the Danube in Germany last week.

The Cruise Line International Association president and ship godmother broke a champagne bottle on the ship’s hull as hundreds of balloons were released and a brigade of Vilshofen soldiers gave a ten-gun salute.

“Christine Duffy is a prestigious godmother and we are thrilled to have our AmaCerto under her guidance,” AmaWaterways President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner said.

“The AmaCerto was designed with the passenger in mind. AmaCerto is the most innovative ship available and we enjoyed celebrating its christening with the Vilshofen locals.”

The 164-passenger AmaCerto features twin balconies off most of its staterooms and suites, a heated sun deck swimming pool complete with swim-up bar, a fleet of bicycles and complimentary internet and infotainment system in all staterooms.

“I am honoured to serve as godmother of the AmaCerto,” Ms Duffy said.

“Over the last five years, we have seen ten per cent annual passenger growth in this segment of the industry, as river cruises are among the most innovative and popular ways to discover a destination.”

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Words: Natalie Aroyan