September 2019 The Cruise Ship Changing the Game on the Danube

The Cruise Ship Changing the Game on the Danube

Go big or go home on the Danube. 
Go big or go home on the Danube. 
AmaMagna breaks the bounds of European river cruising.

Nearly twice the size of other cruise ships on the Danube, the 196-passenger AmaMagna is pushing the boundaries of traditional river ship configurations. Travelers on AmaWaterways’ new Danube-specific ship can take advantage of ocean-size amenities and activities – such as zipping past the city of Linz, Austria, on a ten-person Four Winns Sundowner speedboat – and still enjoy the accessibility of river cruise excursions. In spaciousness and energy, this ship is a game changer. Here’s why AmaMagna is turning heads on the Danube.

Plenty of Space

Beyond the sundeck with its yoga tent, pool, hot tub, and pop-up bar, plush seating beckons from several colorful indoor areas. The dance floor in the main lounge attracts a late-night crowd, while in the cinema, passengers might catch a live sporting event on the big screen. The most wow-worthy feature: The Sundowner launch platform doubles as a water-level cocktail spot.

Stay on Track

In the bright, river-view Zen Wellness Studio, guests find fitness equipment and plenty of room to stretch following an outdoor spin class on the balcony – just one in a roster of daily exercise classes led by the shipboard wellness instructor. Cruisers also can sip a selection of premade fruit juices at the wellness studio, book treatments at the spa, or relax with mani/pedis in the beauty salon.

AmaMagna’s Starboard library.
AmaMagna’s Starboard library.

Breathing Room

​Every room on board comes with river views, and all are exterior cabins, many of them balcony suites. A favorite room class: the 474-square-foot Grand Suites, with river-facing king-size beds, love seats, glass showers, stylish rounded bathtubs, and sectional balcony seating – which can be configured into a chaise for lounging like royalty while taking in the sights along the Danube.
The Chef’s Table, one of the ship’s four dining options.
The Chef’s Table, one of the ship’s four dining options.

Choice Dining

Along with ordering delicious meals in the main dining room, passengers can watch as staff plate a selection of dishes in an open kitchen at The Chef’s Table, dine family-style on long tables at Jimmy’s, or sip coffee with a river view at the glass-walled Al Fresco Restaurant.

Adventure Time

​In addition to joining well-executed walking and bus tours with local guides, travelers can borrow a complimentary bike (available at each port) and coast between stops on their own. Designated active excursions provide the chance to hike to a castle or pedal for miles between riverside villages.

AmaMagna sails between Budapest, Hungary, and Vilshofen, Germany, year-round. 

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