The christening, attended by AmaWaterways’ co-founders, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, were joined by the ship’s godmother, Michelle Fee – CEO and Co-Founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express travel representative – for a series of christening festivities. Local dignitaries, including Mayor Florian Gams and 2nd County Commissioner, Rainmund Kneidinger, helped officially welcome the vessel to the fleet.
Commenting on the occasion, APT Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Fox, said, “We recently officially welcomed the AmaVenita to our fleet, with Rebekah McGeary serving as her godmother, and so we delighted that her sister ship, the AmaSerena has now also been officially welcomed to our ever-expanding innovative fleet of luxury European riverships.”
AmaSerena and AmaVenita join the APT and AmaWaterways fleet alongside sister ships the AmaReina, AmaPrima, AmaCerto and AmaSonata. The ship’s spacious accommodations feature the line’s first-ever connecting staterooms, upholding APT and AmaWaterways’ commitment to providing the most innovative designs on the market. Guests sailing aboard AmaSerena will enjoy the comfort of signature twin balconies, salon and spa services, sun decks, multiple dining venues, including The Chef’s Table restaurant, and intimate wine rooms, as well as fitness rooms and heated sun deck swimming pools with swim-up bars.
Guests can book to travel aboard the AmaVenita on APT’s Royal Collection cruises, or the AmaSerena on APT Voyages cruises.
A ship’s christening is a long-standing tradition within the cruise industry originating more than 4,000 years ago. The momentous ceremony features the blessing of the ship by an appointed Godmother and often concludes with the breaking of a champagne bottle against the ship’s hull.