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Travel Agent Godmothers Announced For Riviera’s New River Ships  


Riviera Travel has today announced the two winners of its recent travel agent competition who will name the company’s new five-star river ships.

Christina Astill from Go-Cruise has been selected as Godmother to the Emily Brontë and Tracey Scales from Travel Counsellors will be Thomas Hardy’s Godmother.

Christina Astill will be Godmother to MS Emily Brontë
Christina Astill will be Godmother to MS Emily Brontë

“When I called Christina and Tracey to break the news they were both very excited,” said Joseph Grimley, Head of Agency Sales. “We decided it would be a refreshing change for two travel agents, rather than celebrities, to have the honour of becoming Godmothers to our new ships, in a competition that all ladies who entered had an equal chance of winning. After all, agents have played a huge part in our significant growth in European river cruising over the last few years.” 

Tracey Scales will be Godmother to MS Thomas Hardy
Tracey Scales will be Godmother to MS Thomas Hardy

Christina and Tracey were chosen at random from hundreds of entries received from agents and will be guests of honour to christen the ships in an official ceremony in Amsterdam later this month. They will be joined by Riviera Travel’s senior management team and around 50 VIP agent guests and press.



“It promises to be a fantastic day where guests will have a unique preview of our new flag-ship river cruise product, while enjoying a champagne reception, sumptuous lunch on-board, and of course the all-important christening ceremony itself,” added Grimley.


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Jordan Bailey
21-year-old travel journalist, Jordan, has been reporting on cruise news since 2011. Since taking his first voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in 2009, Jordan has now been on over 50 cruises. He currently studies Journalism at Southampton Solent University.
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