CALABASAS — Libbie Rice can now add a new title to her name: Godmother.
The co-president of Ensemble Travel Group has been announced as the Godmother of AmaMora, one of three new ships entering AmaWaterways’ fleet in 2019. Rice will bless the 156-passenger ship alongside AmaWaterways’ executive team and local dignitaries during a christening ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany in July 2019.
“We are delighted to have Libbie join the AmaWaterways family as Godmother of the beautiful AmaMora,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Libbie is an extraordinary travel professional with incredible knowledge and experience, as well as an avid world traveller, which makes her the perfect choice to fill this exciting role. We’re looking forward to celebrating with her onboard next year!”
Rice has earned a reputation in the industry for being a forward-thinking leader who’s received many accolades for her expertise in quantitative marketing, revenue management and customer relationship managements. For over 15 years, she’s served various key roles at major airlines and hotel chains, and has lived in Australia, Belgium and Hong Kong.
She has served as co-president of Ensemble Travel Group since January 2011.
On her new appointment, Rice said: “I’m deeply honoured to have been chosen to serve as the Godmother of this very special ship. Travel is such a rewarding experience, and AmaWaterways is a true leader in delivering extraordinary river cruise vacations. This ship will provide guests with the opportunity to create memorable experiences to last a lifetime, and I could not be more proud to be a part of that legacy.”
The sister ship to AmaLea, AmaMora offers 78 staterooms, almost all of which feature AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies. Onboard amenities are vast and varied, and include the Main Restaurant and Chef’s Table Restaurant, afternoon tea, complimentary daily cocktail hour, a 24-hour coffee station, fitness centre, complimentary bicycles, a heated Sun Deck pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room Entertainment On Demand, and massage and hair salon services.
The ship will begin its inaugural season on June 3, 2019, sailing the seven-night ‘Enchanting Rhine’ and ‘Captivating Rhine’ itineraries between Basel to Amsterdam. It will also sail the festive ‘Christmas Markets on the Rhine’ itineraries between Nov. 25-Dec. 23.