AmaMagna, AmaWaterways’ most innovative ship to date, has joined the coveted roster of TIME magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places.” The 2019 list showcases 100 global destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience. At twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships, AmaMagna is the first new build of its kind in the river cruise industry, offering more luxurious personal space onboard and bringing travelers fresh new amenities, dining venues and programs.
Focusing on new, relevant destinations that are unforgettable in today’s world of endless travel wish lists, the TIME “World’s Greatest Places” program looks annually at nominations from its editorial team across a variety of categories, selecting winners based on quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence.
No stranger to innovation, AmaWaterways first began planning for a groundbreaking river cruise ship five years ago. The brainchild of Schreiner, who is considered by many to be the godfather of river cruising, AmaMagna welcomes just 196 guests with more than half of her 98 staterooms designated as spacious ocean-cruise style suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft. All staterooms and suites are appointed with stylish décor and natural wood accents; suites feature full outside balconies, open seating areas and luxurious bathrooms, complete with double sinks and walk-in showers. Six Grand Suites (474 sq. ft.) and an Owner’s Suite (710 sq. ft.) provide even more amenities with separate seating areas and sizable bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs. Eight pairs of suites are connecting making them ideal for families.
Complementing the intimate Chef’s Table and Main restaurants, which are found across the AmaWaterways fleet, AmaMagna introduces two new dining venues for the brand – Jimmy’s, family-style dining named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and Al Fresco restaurant, with retractable ceiling and windows and a distinctive vegetable-forward menu.
AmaMagna provides enhanced entertainment offerings with an onboard cinema and amenities including a marine platform, a large boutique; an expansive Zen Wellness Studio, complete with a well-equipped, large indoor/outdoor exercise area offering group classes led by a professionally trained Wellness Host, a juice bar and two massage rooms, along with manicure, pedicure and hair services; and an expansive sun deck with a large heated pool, relaxing whirlpool and sky bar. All sun deck facilities are easily accessible via a pop-up elevator – a first for the European river cruise industry – servicing all four decks. The ship also debuted an innovative ten engine configuration designed to reduce sound, vibration and fuel consumption.
Exclusive to AmaMagna, guests may also take advantage of a new Concierge Golf Program, providing the opportunity to experience four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany while enjoying the magic of river cruising. A Vow Renewal Program is also offered on board for those wanting to celebrate life with a romantic gesture. AmaMagna’s 2020 itineraries include a unique Magna on the Danube itinerary between Vilshofen and Budapest, four sailings on the Gems of Southeast Europe between Budapest and Giurgiu, Romania and festive Christmas Markets on the Danube.