Set to be christened tomorrow, the AmaCerto measures 443 feet, with 78 staterooms and four luxurious, 350-square foot Junior Suites. Like other AmaWaterways vessels, wine and beer are complimentary with lunch and dinner, and little things that can incur big charges on other lines – like onboard Wi-Fi internet access and bicycle rentals ashore – are also included gratis.
While AmaCerto builds upon the success of AmaWaterways’ past vessels, she also represents an entirely new design of river cruise ship for the line. She incorporates the line’s unique “Twin Balcony” concept, whereby select staterooms and suites feature not just one, but two, balconies: a full step-out balcony and a French balcony.
Performing the traditional duties at AmaCerto’s Christening ceremonies will be her Godmother, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) President Christine Duffy.
“We knew the AmaCerto needed a godmother befitting to the modern elegance of the beautiful ship,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. “Christine Duffy’s long history in the industry and her love for cruising makes her the perfect fit. We are so pleased to know our beloved AmaCerto is under great guidance.”
The Christening ceremony itself, which will take place in the picturesque town of Vilshofen, Germany, can trace its origins back more than 4,000 years, when ships were routinely “blessed” by important female figures with the hopes that their guidance and wisdom would bring the vessel good luck. Today, a bottle of champagne is smashed against the hull as well.
“I am honored to serve as the godmother to the AmaCerto,” said Christine Duffy. “Over the last five years, we have seen 10 percent annual passenger growth in this segment of the industry, as river cruises are among the most innovative and popular ways to discover a destination.”
More photos and information on this exciting new ship will be available soon on River Cruise Advisor.