Long-awaited AmaMagna sets sail on maiden voyage: Travel Weekly

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AmaWaterways this week launched its much-anticipated mega ship, the AmaMagna. 

The ship, the largest on Europe's waterways, sailed from Vilshofen, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary. 

The brainchild of AmaWaterways co-founder Rudi Schreiner, the ship is nearly twice the width of traditional river ships but holds only 20% more guests, offering not only larger cabins but expanded dining and recreational venues.

More than half the staterooms are suites measuring between 355 to 710 square feet with full outside balconies, open seating areas and bathrooms with double vanities and walk-in showers.

The AmaMagna's Al Fresco restaurant.
The AmaMagna's Al Fresco restaurant.

Capt. Jan de Bruijn greeted AmaMagna's first guests in a ceremony in Vilshofen, many of whom the company said were loyal AmaWaterways cruisers anxious to be the first to experience the newest ship in the fleet.

"The delighted reactions of our guests and travel partners when they embarked on this cruise is genuinely rewarding," said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways' executive vice president and co-founder. "With the choice of four distinct dining venues, five bars, elegant lounges and exceptional accommodations, 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 vacation." 

The starboard side of the AmaMagna's library.
The starboard side of the AmaMagna's library.

In addition to the expanded dining and bar options, the AmaMagna has an onboard cinema; a wellness studio with space for group fitness classes, a juice bar, two massage rooms and manicure, pedicure and hair services; and a sun deck with a large heated pool, whirlpool and sky bar.

Schreiner said the AmaMagna "represents a labor of love for so many people who contributed groundbreaking ideas as well as a lot of hard work that was done by the team to bring my dream project to reality."