A rendering of the newly christened AmaStella in Vilshofen.

Christening ceremonies have taken place over two consecutive days at the main pier in Vilshofen, Germany for APT as it formally inaugurated two brand new river cruise vessels – the AmaViola and the AmaStella – into its fleet.

Inviting the entire local community down to the dock to share in the festivities, the evening christening saw a blessing on both vessels performed by a local priest before a traditional breaking of a champagne bottle was broken on both hulls. The godmother of AmaStella was Perth-based travel agent and businesswoman Carole Smethurst, who dutifully carried out the 4,000 year old maritime tradition, wishing safe passage both to the ship itself and all those who sail onboard.

Godmother and proud Aussie Carole Smethurst christens AmaStella by smashing a bottle of champagne on the hull.
Godmother and proud Aussie Carole Smethurst christens AmaStella by smashing a bottle of champagne on the hull.

APT’s new AmaStella caters to 158 passengers per sailing, served by a crew of 50, and will cruise the popular route along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guests will be housed in staterooms measuring up to 32 square metres. Unique to this ship is a greater focus on interconnecting staterooms designed especially for multi-generational families or larger groups travelling together.

Up to seven dining experiences feature onboard the new vessel, ranging from a main dining room through to a casual grill on the top deck and the luxury Chef’s Table Restaurant, which will cater for up to 24 people per seating. Guests also enjoy unlimited beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages throughout their cruise, a heated pool with swim-up bar, massage and beauty salon, well equipped gym and complimentary wi-fi connectivity throughout. A fleet of bicycles will also be carried onboard for guests to enjoy during their port visits on a first-come-first-served basis.

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