Avalon Waterways new ‘suite ship’ Avalon View will be christened by a US broadcaster in April 2020.

The 443-foot, 166-passenger vessel will join the fleet to sail the Danube river following the ceremony fronted by 15-time Emmy award-winning television host Meredith Vieira.

The event will take place at the Danube town of Ybbs an der Donau in Austria on April 6. Avalon View will be the line’s 18th vessel.

Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways, said: “The Avalon View, and all of our suite ships, feature one-of-a-kind Panorama suites with the widest-opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only open-air balcony and beds facing the ever-changing scenery on two full decks of every ship.”

She added: “In our search for the perfect godmother for the Avalon View, we were inspired by Meredith Vieira.

“As a difference-making broadcast journalist, executive producer and television host, she has given us a unique, up-close-and-personal view into her life – and the lives of countless others – with unparalleled storytelling, compassionate interviews and an extraordinary ability to connect with those she meets.

“We could not be happier to celebrate Meredith, and her many accomplishments, when she honours us as godmother, christening the Avalon View.”