London Olympic Gold Medalist Dr Katherine Granger CBE Becomes River Cruise Ship Godmother

March 2014 - Avalon Waterways Press Release

London Olympic Gold Medalist Dr Katherine Granger CBE Becomes River Cruise Ship Godmother

"(22 March, Dordrecht, Holland) London Olympic Gold medallist, Dr Katherine Grainger CBE has swapped double scull rowing boats for luxury river cruise ships as she became godmother to Avalon Poetry II, one of two river cruise ships christened in a joint ceremony in Holland.

The river cruise ‘Suite Ships’ Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Impression were docked alongside each other on Saturday afternoon for a gala twin christening ceremony as worldwide travel industry and media guests gathered to witness the ships being blessed by their respective godmothers Katherine Grainger and American travel industry insider Mara DelliPriscoli.

Katherine Grainger commented: "I am both honoured 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 have thoroughly enjoyed the occasion of the christening.”

The two Suite Ships feature a modern approach to technology and design for the ultimate river cruise experience featuring two full decks of ‘Panorama’ suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create open-air balconies as well as a range of onboard facilities and services. The spacious Suite Ships feature a Club lounge, Panorama lounge, Observation Lounge and dining room with sweeping views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, Sky Deck with Jacuzzi and Sky Bistro for outdoor, grilled lunches.  Other facilities include a hairdressers and fitness room with the latest equipment.

Post-christening, the Avalon Suite Ships will sail a range of itineraries on the Dutch Waterways, Rhine and the Danube rivers.

About Katherine Grainger

As a silver medallist at three consecutive Olympics, and World Champion on six occasions, London 2012 was a huge opportunity for Katherine Grainger. Aged 36 she, and her partner Anna Watkins, stormed home to win the Gold medal for Team GB and provide one of the most thrilling moments of the Games.

Alongside rowing Katherine has achieved a Masters in Medical Law and a PhD in Homicide. In presentations, she talks about the challenge of combining academic and sporting careers. She recalls "the mixture of terror, fear, excitement, passion and emotion" at the beginning of a race - and describes the impact the Olympics has had on her life.

Katherine was chosen as one of the five athlete ambassadors for Team GB, responsible for promoting the message and legacy of the Games."