While European river cruising has seen phenomenal growth, the ships plying the rivers have not. The length and width of river locks and the height of bridges have remained inflexible constraints in designing new ships.
But AmaWaterways is breaking the mould with innovative plans for the AmaMagna, its biggest ship ever that’s coming in 2019.
Twice the width of traditional European river ships, it will welcome only 194 guests and use the extra space to offer some of the largest and most luxurious living spaces on the rivers. There will be multiple dining options including an al-fresco glass-enclosed restaurant and enhanced evening entertainment.
AmaMagna will have the same length, height and draft as the line’s other vessels, but at 22 meters it will be twice as wide, yet able to squeeze through locks in the Danube.
“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.
The ship will debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine and – a first for river cruising – open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. Construction has already begun for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries.
The majority of the AmaMagna’s 97 staterooms will be over 300 square feet, some of the largest in river cruising. Additional amenities include a large heated sundeck, swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, and fitness room large enough for small group classes.
“AmaMagna will provide guests with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort. Combining this with our award-winning cuisine, noteworthy shore excursions and remarkable on-board service, we feel this ship is a game-changer,” Schreiner said.