With more restaurants, amenities, and space, Europe’s largest river cruise ship changes the river cruising experience.
AmaWaterways’ AmaMagna, which entered service in May 2019, is a game changer in the river cruising world. It’s twice the width of conventional river cruise vessels—72 feet vs. 36 feet—making it the largest river cruise ship sailing on European waters.
Its expanded size allows for some features more common on oceangoing vessels than on river cruise ships: four restaurants, an elevator, two bars, two lounges, a 26-seat cinema, and a water-sports deck to launch watercraft. AmaMagna’s cabins are spacious, ranging from 205 square feet to 710 square feet for the Owner’s Suite.
How do these features and the ship’s size impact the riverboat experience, traditionally thought of as an intimate one? My husband, Barry, and I were about to find out as we boarded the vessel in Vilshofen, Germany, for a seven-night “Romantic Danube” sailing to Budapest, Hungary. We were to learn how those enhanced features influenced every aspect of the journey.