Outlander Author Christens Avalon's Newest Ship

Avalon Tapestry II christening ceremony

Avalon Waterways has christened its ninth Suite Ship, the Avalon Tapestry II, in Les Andelys, France.

Acting as the ship’s godmother, Diana Gabaldon – author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander novels – led the christening ceremony.

After reciting her blessing, Ms. Gabaldon cut a rope tethered to Moet, causing the bottle to break against the newly named ship’s bow. Onlookers included Captains Laurent Taupe and Rudy Villard; Avalon Waterways’ Patrick Clark and Burghart Lell; the ship builder Jacque Den Breejen; the Tapestry II crew; as well as 150 townspeople of Les Andelys and their Mayor Fredric Duchet.

After the christening ceremony, the 361-foot, 128-passenger Avalon Tapestry II will welcome travelers aboard for "Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches" and northbound and southbound "Grand France" itineraries.