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Ama goes big with a double-width Danube ship

AmaMagna - Multiple dining options, a spa, fitness area large enough for small group classes, watersports platform
AmaWaterways is upping the ante on the Danube with AmaMagna, its biggest ship ever, to be launched in 2019.

Twice the width of traditional European river vessels, AmaMagna will carry just 194 passengers in luxurious spaces, with multiple dining options including an alfresco, glass-enclosed restaurant, more on-board activities and enhanced evening entertainment. In a first for river cruising, the vessel will have an open watersports platform with Zodiacs, canoes and recreational equipment.

According to AmaWaterways, its engine will be quieter and more fuel-efficient than that of current vessels.

Construction began March 6.

'As the luxury river cruise market continues to grow, we want to carry on as the leader in industry innovation. While this new double-width concept has been on the table for some time, we believe, given the unique demand that exists, that now is the perfect moment to introduce this style of ship,' said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways.

'AmaMagna will provide guests with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort,' he continued. 'Combining this with our award-winning cuisine, noteworthy shore excursions and remarkable onboard service, we feel this ship is a game-changer.'

AmaMagna will house 97 staterooms, most larger than 300 square feet—some of the largest in river cruising. Additional amenities include a large heated sun deck swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, a fitness room large enough for small group classes and generous common areas designed to accommodate a variety of events.

'We’ve expanded the options for our guests by incorporating exceptional epicurean adventures, and new wellness offerings. Our guests deserve the very best and we are always thinking about new opportunities that will give them the vacation of a lifetime,' Schreiner said.