AmaSonata’s godmother

APT and AmaWaterways have appointed Canadian Automobile Association vice president for travel, Brenda Kyllo as the godmother of their newest ship, AmaSonata.

The 164-passenger river vessel will be christened in Vilshofen, Germany on 22 July 2014. Ms Kyllo was selected to bless the ship because of her travel and tourism responsibilities.

AmaSonata will officially launch on 23 April this year when she sails her inaugural journey from Amsterdam to Holland.

She will sail on European river cruises along the Danube, Main, Rhine as well as the Dutch and Belgian Waterways.

The ship will feature spacious staterooms and suites, multiple dining venues, on board massage and salon services, heated swimming pools, fitness room and complimentary bicycles for land tours.

This week, APT also revealed the company’s owner, Geoff McGeary made the Australia Day 2014 Honours List. He received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the division for service to tourism.

Mr McGeary joined Sarina Bratton, Orion founder and Ponant Australasian chair who was also awarded for an Order of Australia.

Mr McGeary said it was privilege to receive the award.

“Helping Australians to explore the beauty of their own country and also to uncover the secrets of countries further afield, in a way that is respectful and harmonious to the cultures and environments they visit, will continue to be my focus,” he said.