“A Gaggle Of Godmothers” As AmaWaterways Christens 20th Ship

by Vanessa Lee


A successful champagne smash!
Captain Jan, Kristin and Rudi.


A loving kiss from Rudi for Kristin
just prior to her speech

AmaWaterways christened its 20th river cruise ship in Lahnstein, Germany this week.

The 158-passenger AmaKristina is named after its owner and executive vice president Kirsten Karst, who is also the vessel’s godmother. Attending the festivities were 5 previous AMAWaterways’ godmothers including Canada’s own Brenda Kyllo, now an AMAWaterways executive. 

Open Jaw correspondent Vanessa Lee, herself a ship godmother (though not an AMAWaterways ship), was on hand for the christening and sent a few words and pictures.

“Yesterday in the charming town of Lahnstein in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Kristin joined a relatively small group of women who have now successfully christened a ship,” Lee writes.  

“And in this instance, it was her ship in more ways than one as of course it is named in her honour. With a backdrop of the magical Castle Stolzenfels, a wonderful medieval fair atmosphere, some adorable songs from a group of local children and a bright sunny spring day, the speeches were well received, there was a wonderful kiss as Rudi proudly introduced his wife and a great time was had by all.”

Lee concludes: “Kristin smashed the bottle of champagne beautifully and with great determination to resounding cheers and hearty congratulations.” 

AmaKristina will sail Rhine River itineraries from Basel to Amsterdam in 2017 and boasts features including connecting cabins, three dining venues and a heated pool.

The luxury river cruise line is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year as it prepares to launch five new ships by 2019. Look for more details on the ship and its amenities as Lee provides a full report on Open Jaw tomorrow.



Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion and an AMA Godmother)Vanessa Lee, (the missing Christine Duffy
also an AMA Godmother), Susan Murphy, Sharon Murphy Devitt (both AMA Godmothers and family
members), ‎Brenda Kyllo, AmaSonata Godmother and VP AmaWaterways, Michelle Fee, co-owner
Cruise Planners and AMA Godmother, Geraldine Ree, VP ExpediaCruiseShipCenters and Godmother
for another river line, and the newest Godmother, Kristin Karst of AmaWaterways. 




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