Anna Harrison sails aboard the Avalon Envision.


: Avalon Waterways, Globus

How big: 135m


How old: Brand new. I was on the christening cruise with a champagne-smashing ceremony and fireworks to celebrate.

Fellow passengers : The ship can take 166 passengers and we were about two-thirds full. The special guest was novelist Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat Pray Love, as well as her parents and new partner. She is godmother of the vessel — a cruising tradition I knew nothing about — but she blessed the ship and its passengers, and named it Envision, breaking the bottle