Tauck christens the Grace

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The Grace godmothers were, from left, Katharine Bonner, Rebecca Sellet and Michelle Lavrado.
The Grace godmothers were, from left, Katharine Bonner, Rebecca Sellet and Michelle Lavrado.

Tauck christened its newest river cruise ship, the 130-passenger Grace, in Maastricht, Netherlands on Sunday.

With the launch of the Grace and the forthcoming June christening of sister ship the Joy, Tauck will have more than doubled the size of its European river fleet, from four vessels at the start of 2014 to nine vessels this year.

The Grace features 22 suites, all 300 square feet or more, on its upper deck, each outfitted with two French balconies featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a pull-out couch, walk-in closets and a bathroom with rain shower. 

In addition to the suites, the Grace has eight of the 225-square-foot lofted lower cabins Tauck now incorporates on its new ships, 24 junior suites (also 225 square feet) on the second deck, and 13 cabins ranging from 150 to 190 square feet (split between the lower and second decks). All suites and staterooms feature in-room on-demand movie systems, a minibar, individual heating and cooling controls, and plush bedding.

There are two dining venues onboard: the Compass Rose main dining room and the more casual alternative Arthur’s. 

Arthur's restaurant on the Grace.
Arthur's restaurant on the Grace.

The Grace is sailing along the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

The Grace was christened by three godmothers: Katharine Bonner, senior vice president of Tauck river and small ship cruising; Rebecca Sellet, Tauck's director of worldwide operations, river and small ship cruising; and Michelle Lavrado, Tauck's product manager for European river cruising.

Following the christening ceremony, the ship embarked on a celebratory three-night cruise to Amsterdam with excursions in Antwerp, Dordecht and Kinderkijk. 

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