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Best-Selling Writer Diana Gabaldon Christens Avalon Tapestry II

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Avalon Waterways | Theresa Norton | March 25, 2015

Best-Selling Writer Diana Gabaldon Christens Avalon Tapestry II

PHOTO: Author and godmother of the Avalon Tapestry II, Diana Gabaldon poses with Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. (Courtesy of Avalon Waterways)

Avalon Waterways’ ninth Suite Ship, the Avalon Tapestry II, was christened in drizzly Les Andelys, France, by Diana Gabaldon, author of the New York Times-bestselling “Outlander” novels.

“God bless this bonny ship and all who sail in her! Rivers are the lifeblood of a country, carrying the commerce and history of its people,” Gabaldon said. “We who are chosen to join this great adventure are blessed to be part of the flood of life. Bless the builders and makers of this ship, the captain and crew, and all who may sail in her, today and all her tomorrows. I christen thee Avalon Tapestry II!”

Gabaldon then cut a rope tethered to a bottle of Moet champagne, which crashed against the ship’s bow.

The 128-passenger ship will operate itineraries in France, including the eight-day “Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches” and the 16-day “Grand France” cruise between Paris and the Côte d’Azure.

“I’ve been invited to do everything from leading parades to being installed as a Lady of the Quebec Garrison of the 78th Highlanders, but being godmother to a lovely ship has been a new and fabulous experience!” Gabaldon said. “I’m looking forward to sailing this new ship while embarking on new adventures — and doubtless good food — exploring the history-lined rivers of Europe!”

Avalon’s “Suite Ships” have two full decks of suites that feature a seating area next to a wall-to-wall panoramic window that opens, transforming the suite into what the line calls an “Open-Air Balcony.” The ship also has a club, main lounge and dining room, hair salon, Sky Deck whirlpool, fitness room, and outdoor bistro for grilled lunches.

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