AmaWaterways will have a busy 2019, launching two other vessels besides the AmaMagna, Europe’s largest river cruise ship.
The company’s three new ships will be the most Ama has launched in one year since 2002, the year Ama was founded.
The 164-passenger AmaMora will sail the Rhine River. The staterooms on the upper decks will feature AmaWaterways’ twin balcony concept (a French balcony adjacent to a step-out one).
There will be a heated pool on the sun deck, the Chef’s Table restaurant serving a dinner tasting menu, a massage and hair salon, a fitness room, a gift shop and a specialty coffee station. A fleet of onboard bicycles will be available.
The 102-passenger AmaDouro will sail Portugal’s Douro River. The staterooms will range from 161 square feet to 215 square feet, and suites will be 323 square feet. The AmaDouro will have a swimming pool on the sun deck, a spa, a fitness room and a gift shop.
The highly anticipated 196-passenger AmaMagna will be almost twice the width of AmaWaterways’ existing vessels, allowing for additional passengers and amenities onboard. The Danube-bound cruiser will feature larger staterooms averaging 300 square feet; multiple dining venues, including a glass-enclosed restaurant; a large spa and gym area; and enhanced evening entertainment.
The average size for an AmaMagna stateroom: 300 square feet.
The company has hinted at the possibility of installing a watersports platform on the ship, giving guests access to Zodiac boats, canoes and water scooters.
“Research has shown that many ocean cruisers and active travelers have yet to experience river cruising because they thought the staterooms were too small, or the dining options and activities too limited. We are confident that AmaMagna, with the additional space and more diverse onboard programs will overcome these objections and open up a whole new market for us,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways.
Also, AmaWaterways will bring its new wellness program aboard most ships sailing in Europe and expand its popular wine cruises to 60 departures.
Earlier this year, AmaWaterways launched a wellness program onboard the AmaLyra for its Paris and Normandy sailings. The ship offers four to six classes daily — including morning stretches, jogging, cardio, core strengthening, circuit training and yoga – plus discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and relaxation techniques. That program will be rolled out to most European ships for 2019.
The 2019 wine cruises will be hosted by North America winemakers, who will guide passengers through Europe’s wine regions.