AmaMagna embarks on maiden voyage

AmaWaterways has released the first internal images of new river cruise ship, AmaMagna, on its inaugural voyage from Vilshofen, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary.

Twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, AmaMagna has only 20% more guests, allowing extra personal space.

The ship also has a cinema, a large boutique, a wellness studio, and a sun deck with a big heated pool, whirlpool and sky bar.

The first photos of AmaMagna’s public spaces show a multi-level lounge and main restaurant, which features floor-to-ceiling windows.

The pictures also show the dining venues – the Al Fresco Restaurant (pictured) and Jimmy’s, named after the late Jimmy Murphy, one of AmaWaterways’ original co-founders and co-owners.

AmaMagna is described as the “brain child” of AmaWaterways’ president and co-founder Rudi Schreiner.

He said: “This ship represents a labour of love for so many people who contributed ground-breaking ideas, as well as a lot of hard work that was done by the team to bring my dream project to reality.”

Kristin Karst, executive vice-president and co-founder, added: “With the choice of four distinct dining venues, five bars, elegant lounges and exceptional accommodation, AmaMagna has been designed for those seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on river cruising.

“This beautiful ship has a direct appeal to ocean cruisers, who are accustomed to the luxury of expansive personal space and a wide variety of leisure activities during their holiday.”

AmaMagna’s itineraries include Romantic Danube, Melodies of the Danube and Christmas Markets on the Danube.

Prices start from £1,875 per person for a seven-night Romantic Danube cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest, departing on December 29 2019. The same trip including flights and overseas transfers costs from £2,205 per person.

AmaMagna will be officially christened by her godmother, US television host Samantha Brown, during a ceremony in Grein, Austria, on July 11.

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