AmaWaterways is celebrating the arrival of its newest ship, the AmaMagna, as it sets sail on its inaugural voyage from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. At an Oktoberfest-themed welcome event in Vilshofen, Captain Jan de Bruijn and the ship's cruise manager and hotel services manager were to present to greet AmaMagna’s first guests, many of whom were loyal AmaWaterways cruisers.
AmaMagna has been designed for those seeking a fresh and contemporary take on river cruising, the cruise line said. With four dining venues and five bars and lounges, AmaMagna is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, but it welcomes only 20 percent more guests, with more than half of the 98 staterooms designated as suites measuring between 355 and 710 square feet. The suites have full outside balconies, open seating areas and bathrooms with double sinks and walk-in showers. There are also an additional six Grand Suites (474 square feet) and an Owner’s Suite (710 square feet), which provide even more amenities, including separate seating areas and sizable bathrooms with spa-like bathtubs.
The ship also provides enhanced entertainment offerings with an onboard cinema and amenities including a large boutique; an expansive Zen wellness studio, which has a large exercise area offering group classes, a juice bar and two massage rooms, along with manicure, pedicure and hair services; and a sun deck with a large heated pool, relaxing whirlpool and a sky bar. All sun deck facilities are easily accessible via a pop-up elevator serving all four decks.
The ship also incorporates new dining venues such as Jimmy’s, which is named in honor of the late Jimmy Murphy, one of AmaWaterways’ original co-founders and co-owners.
Exclusive to AmaMagna, guests may take advantage of a new concierge golf program, providing the opportunity to experience four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany while enjoying river cruising. AmaMagna’s itineraries include Romantic Danube, Melodies of the Danube and Christmas Markets on the Danube. AmaMagna will be officially christened by its godmother, travel expert and Emmy Award-winning television host Samantha Brown, during a July 11 christening ceremony in Grein, Austria.
This article originally appeared on www.travelgentcentral.com.