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AVALON CELEBRATES CHRISTENING OF VISTA & VISIONARY

Godmothers Vanessa Lee and Nicole Mazza celebrate at dual christening in Enkhuizen, Holland
05-16-2012 
Nicole Mazza, chief marketing officer, TRAVELSAVERS & Vanessa Lee, president & CEO, Cruise Strategies Ltd.
Nicole Mazza, chief marketing officer, TRAVELSAVERS & Vanessa Lee, president & CEO, Cruise Strategies Ltd.
On Friday, May 11, Avalon Waterways unveiled and christened two Suite Ships in Enkhuizen, Holland.  Canadian travel industry insider Vanessa Lee acted as godmother to the Avalon Vista, while TRAVELSAVERS’ Nicole Mazza served as the godmother of the Avalon Visionary.

Docked parallel to one another of a pier in Enkhuizen, the christening was witnessed by 150 guests from Canada, the U.S., Australia and England, as well as local dignitaries and Avalon executives. The event marked the first time that Avalon has celebrated a double christening.  The order of this dual christening was determined by coin toss, with the Avalon Visionary winning the honour of leading the ceremony.  

AVALON CELEBRATES CHRISTENING OF VISTA & VISIONARY
Nicole Mazza addressed the crowd first to bless the Avalon Visionary.  In her blessing, she said, “May all who sail this new vessel find joy and enrichment on board.  May the rivers rise to meet the sky and carry all in comfort and ease.  May gentle breezes flow across her bow as she sails the great rivers of Europe. I christen you Avalon Visionary.  May God bless you, your passengers and your crew.  May there always be a swift current beneath your hull to guide you safely with beauty and grace.”

The Avalon Vista christening followed, with Vanessa Lee saying:  “ As we christen this ship, I trust that she will be guided by strong and worthy hands and the steadfast knowledge and skill of her Captain and crew.  I hope she will be a true vessel of encouragement and promote harmony, understanding, grace and camaraderie, thereby enriching the lives of those who sail with her.  May the men and women who conceived of her, built her and those to whom she is now entrusted be recognized for their work and inspire others.  And may she stay on the truest of courses, sail safely to each of her destinations and always be a stellar presence on the rivers of Europe. I name this ship Avalon Vista. May God bless and protect her and all who sail in her forever more.”

Stéphanie Bishop, managing director, Canada, Globus
Stéphanie Bishop, managing director, Canada, Globus
After giving their respective speeches, Lee and Mazza each swung the ropes tethered to bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne while more than 150 guests – including Enkhuizen’s Mayor Baas and Visionary and Vista Captains Laskovich and Schoustra ¯ watched them shatter against the newly-painted exteriors of each vessel.  

After the christening, guests were invited aboard the Avalon Vista for a champagne reception with entertainment from de Swingers and a five-course Captain’s dinner. 

They were then invited onto two decks of the Avalon Visionary for five dessert spreads, ranging from cheese and wine offerings and homemade ice cream to such indulgences as chocolate mousse, tiramisu and crème brûlée.  An impressive 15-minute fireworks celebration followed, culminating in a sparkling display that featured the names of both ships.  The evening ended late with guests dancing to two bands – Back in the Groove and Tanya’s Chill – on board both ships, still docked side-by-side.  

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