Riviera River Cruises' 167-passenger Robert Burns will be christened by Omega World Travel founder Gloria Bohan at a ceremony in Vienna on April 3.

Bohan founded Omega World Travel (No. 17 on Travel Weekly's 2017 Power List) in 1972. It has since grown into a global travel management company with annual revenue of more than $1 billion. Omega owns online cruise agency Cruise.com and travel technology company TravTech.

Following the christening ceremony, the Robert Burns will depart on a three-night cruise from Vienna to Budapest that will host about 75 North American travel agents. After the inaugural sailing, the Robert Burns will sail along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

The 443-foot-long vessel is being billed as an all-suite ship with the smallest suites measuring 183 square feet each. There will be superior and deluxe suites, and the suites on the upper two decks will feature a French balcony. 

Gloria Bohan
Gloria Bohan

There will be two dining venues onboard, a main restaurant and an alternative indoor/outdoor venue called the Bistro, which will offer a more casual dining experience, featuring an open kitchen where the chef will present signature dishes to a small group of diners.

U.K.-based Riviera River Cruises expanded into the U.S. last year, when it established a U.S. sales office in Fairfield, Conn. With the addition of the Robert Burns, the company will have a fleet of 11 river cruise vessels in Europe.

Bohan was godmother of Windstar's Star Legend in 2015. 

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