AmaWaterways has announced plans for its newest ship, AmaMagna - its biggest ship ever, expected to launched in 2019. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest AmaWaterways vessel welcomes only 194 guests and affords luxurious living spaces, multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant, more onboard activities and enhanced entertainment, the cruise line said.
The ship will debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine, and an open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began March 6, 2017.
In a written release, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways, Rudi Schreiner, said "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."
In total, AmaMagna will boast 97 staterooms - the majority of which 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 spa area with new treatments, a fitness area large enough for small group classes and common areas designed to accommodate a variety of onboard events.
AmaWaterways offers river cruises on a fleet of 20 ships that sail Europe's Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main,Rhône,Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro rivers; along with southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.