12 OCT 2018: Avalon Waterways has announced that, acclaimed author of the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling EAT PRAY LOVE, will christen the Avalon Envision on the Danube River in 2019. Of her godmother duties, Gilbert said, “As somebody who is almost pathologically obsessed with travel and adventure, what could be more fun than being named the godmother of beautiful riverboat? I’m honoured and delighted to be part of this lovely endeavour.”

Gilbert will christen the Avalon Envision in an international ceremony that will take place on April 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

“From EAT PRAY LOVE to BIG MAGIC, as an author, Ms. Gilbert has invited her readers to envision something different; a hint of a life or journey outside their comfort zone,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.

“An inspired choice as godmother of the Avalon Envision, she has helped us embrace curiosity each day in search of extraordinary. This is something we ask our travellers to do on their journeys across the world with Avalon.”

After the christening ceremony, the 443-foot, 166-passenger Avalon Envision will join an all Suite Ship fleet to sail the Danube River throughout 2019.

“With the addition of the Avalon Envision, there’s only one point-of-view on an Avalon Waterways cruise – the suite view,” said Hoffee.

“For the first time, our entire fleet in Europe and Southeast Asia is comprised completely of Suite Ships, each featuring our signature Panorama Suites with the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony and an inviting bed facing the ever-changing scenery on two full decks of every ship. Even seasoned travelers have never seen – or experienced – the world like this.”

Creating wider openings for the wide-eyed, Avalon Waterways’ Open-Air Balconies were designed with views in mind. A Panorama Suite highlight on all of the Suite Ships of Avalon, these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open almost three meters wide in Europe and over three meters wide in Southeast Asia: wider than any other balconies in the industry. They blur the line between outside and in while forming a comfortable and spacious seating area without compromising room space. As a result, Avalon guests can enjoy 100 percent of their Panorama Suite, 100 percent of the time.

In 2000, Gilbert published her first novel, which became a New York Times Notable Book. She received worldwide attention in 2006 for her award-winning memoir EAT PRAY LOVE which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce. The book became an international bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

In 2010, EAT PRAY LOVE became a film starring Julia Roberts, causing Time Magazine to name Gilbert as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That year, she also published a follow-up to EAT PRAY LOVE titled, COMMITTED.

Her latest book about creativity, BIG MAGIC, invites readers to live a life guided more by curiosity than by fear.

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