Katherine Grainger: Godmother to Avalon Poetry II

We are delighted to welcome World Champion and London 2012 Gold medal Olympian Dr Katherine Grainger CBE as Godmother to Avalon Poetry II - one of our three new 'state of the art' river cruise Suite Ships, due to launch in the spring of 2014.

Dr Katherine Grainger, who won gold in the rowing double sculls at least year's Olympics, will act as official godmother of the ship christening ceremony in Dordrecht, Holland on 22 March 2014. Part of a 'twin christening' ceremony with sister ship, Avalon Impression, the christening forms part of a special four day inaugural river cruise for both ships sailing from Cologne to Amsterdam on the 20th to 23rd of March.

"I am both honored and delighted to become godmother to the Avalon Poetry II. It is clear that Avalon Waterways share my passion in creating a winning formula on the water and I am very much looking forward to the christening." - Dr Katherine Grainger

Continuing to revolutionise river cruising, the new ships will bring the total number of Suite Ships in the fleet to eight, all offering the same state-of-the-art sleek design, spacious suites and high level of service. Each ship features two full decks of 'Panorama suites' from 200-300 square feet with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique 'open air balconies', the most spacious river cruising on European rivers (30% larger than the industry standard). Passengers can look forward to contemporary decor with hand crafted finishes, innovative technologies and well appointed hotel-style accommodation with the highest level of personal service.

"We hope that Katherine will enjoy being part of the Avalon experience and experiencing firsthand the high standards we set ourselves in achieving our own excellence on water. We strive to provide our guests with the best river cruise experience possible onboard our modern fleet of ships." - Alan MacLean, Avalon Waterways' Managing Director

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