AmaWaterways said its megaship, the AmaMagna, will enter service in May 2019. The company has a countdown on its website to the launch date of the new vessel. There is also a YouTube video that illustrates the progress on the construction of the ship in the Vahali shipyard in Serbia.
The AmaMagna will be 72 feet wide, almost twice the width of AmaWaterways’ existing river cruise ships, and will thus sail on wider stretches of the Danube River. The added space will allow for larger staterooms, with most measuring 355 square feet and featuring outside balconies. The 194-passenger AmaMagna is also slated to have large in-suite bathrooms, many with double sinks.
There will be multiple dining venues, including the main dining room and the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant that are featured on most AmaWaterways vessels, as well as a new al fresco dining area with retractable windows, a wine bar and an additional restaurant.
There will be a pool and a whirlpool on the sun deck, a health and wellness studio with fitness equipment and group classes, a hair salon, and two spa treatment rooms. The AmaMagna will also give guests the opportunity to board smaller river vessels for more intimate excursions along the Danube. There will be a fleet of complimentary bikes onboard.
When it launches next May, the AmaMagna will not be the only extra-wide vessel plying Europe’s rivers. The 203-passenger Crystal Mozart, a former Peter Deilmann Cruises vessel built in 1987, is 75 feet wide. Crystal Cruises relaunched it in 2016 after an extensive renovation and it features suites that range from 200 to 860 square feet. It also has multiple dining venues, a spa and fitness center, an indoor pool, a beauty salon and a library.