OTTAWA, ON – One of Europe’s award-winning river cruise lines has bestowed a rare honour on a Canadian, choosing Brenda Kyllo, CAA National Vice President Travel, to christen one of their ships.
Kyllo blessed AmaWaterways newest river cruise ship, the AmaSonata, at a traditional christening ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany on July 22.
“I am deeply honored that AmaWaterways asked me to christen the AmaSonata and I am very proud to be their first Canadian godmother,” says Kyllo.
The 4,000-year-old tradition of christening and naming a godmother includes blessing the safety of the passengers and crew. It concludes with the time-honored ritual of breaking a champagne bottle against the ship’s hull.
“We welcome more and more Canadian guests aboard our ships every year and a significant number of them are loyal CAA Members,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. “We want to recognize the warm relationship we share with our Canadian friends, and the person who symbolizes that best is Brenda Kyllo. We couldn’t ask for a more deserving godmother for the AmaSonata.”
The 164-passenger cruise ship features multiple dining room venues, onboard massage and salon services, a heated swimming pool, fitness room, complimentary bicycles and many other upscale amenities and innovative design elements.
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is one of the largest consumer-based organizations with over six million Members in Canada. CAA Travel offers Members a wide variety of vacation options to suit every taste, calendar and budget. Whether booking online, over the phone or in person at one of our 104 travel locations across the country, CAA is our Members’ trusted source of all travel information, inspiration and true value packages.
CAA also provides freedom and peace of mind to our Members through nine automobile Clubs. CAA Clubs offer exceptional Emergency Roadside Service, complete Automotive and Travel Services, Member Savings and comprehensive Insurance Services. For more information, visit www.caa.ca
AmaWaterways offers award-winning river cruises around the world, including Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Africa. The company has received numerous honors and accolades over the years, including Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, Cruise Critic's Editors' Pick Award and an overall 4-Star Plus rating the inaugural Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe.