Avalon Waterways has named television host and journalist Meredith Vieira to be godmother of the Avalon View.

Vieira, a former host of the television show "The View," will christen the ship in a ceremony on April 6 in Ybbs, Austria.

"In our search for the perfect godmother for the Avalon View, we were inspired by Meredith Vieira," said Pam Hoffee, Avalon Waterways’ managing director. "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 honors us as godmother, christening the Avalon View."

After the christening ceremony, the 443-foot, 166-passenger Avalon View will sail the Danube, becoming the 14th ship in Avalon’s European fleet of Suite Ships.

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