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April 11, 2019

Meet the Avalon Envision

In April 2019, the Avalon Envision joined the Avalon Waterways fleet as the 13th Suite Ship in Europe. The Envision will spend her days on the Danube River, cruising between Prague and Budapest. Take a look inside our newest addition!

New York Times-bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, christened the ship as its Godmother and gave the following blessing:

“In these dark times, of division and fear and anxiety, never is it more important than to travel. Never is it more important than to leave your home and to go face to face, not on the internet, but in the flesh and meet people who are not the same as you. I’ve traveled my entire life. I’ve traveled alone. I’ve traveled all over the world. I’ve traveled in the strangest circumstances from as luxurious as a situation as this to a $4 hotel room in Calcutta. I have never done anything but grow as a result of what I’ve seen and learned.

I do just want to say this: I have never been afraid of the world. But I am afraid of people who are afraid of the world. And if you are a traveler, you are not afraid of the world, which means you are my kind of people, and it’s what we need more of. So, to all of you here who live your lives that way, you are my tribe. It’s so wonderful to meet you. And I think the moment has come.

I love writing. I love traveling. To be given the honor to write the official blessing for this boat was such a fun thing for me to be able to do. And I really dug into my heart for these words. This is the official blessing for the Avalon Envision:

We come from the water, we are made of the water, we are drawn to the water. Our lives are rivers meant to be explored and enjoyed. Let every curious soul who steps foot upon this vessel have a safe and blessed journey. May we all be changed for the better by what we discover along this river. And may this boat herself know that she is loved and revered, and that we are grateful to her for her strength and beauty. Onward! I christen thee the Avalon Envision.”

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