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APT and AmaWaterways announce new river ship with game-changing design

May 16, 2017 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

APT and partner AmaWaterways have unveiled plans for the AmaMagna, their biggest ship yet, which will take river cruising in Europe to the next level of luxury.

Due for launch in 2019, the AmaMagna is a new concept in river cruising. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, it will welcome just 194 guests and feature luxurious living spaces, multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant, more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment.

The ship will debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine and, in a first for river cruising, an open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment.

Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began March 6, 2017.

Commenting on the new ship, APT Travel Group Managing Director Chris Hall said this significant innovation demonstrated the company’s commitment to evolving guests’ river cruising experiences.

“As our guests’ appetite for luxury river cruising continues to grow, APT and AmaWaterways will lead the way in industry innovation,” he said.

“From the engine room to the fine dining areas, AmaWaterways president Rudi Schreiner and his team have worked extremely hard to ensure the AmaMagna will be in a class of its own in terms of amenity and performance, and we believe that now is the time to launch this game-changing style of ship.”

In total, AmaMagna will feature 97 staterooms – the majority of which will be over 300 square feet, some of the largest in river cruising.

Additional amenities will include a large heated sundeck swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, a fitness room large enough for small group classes and generous common areas designed to accommodate a variety of events.

The announcement comes as APT and AmaWaterways this week christened their latest river ship the AmaKristina, and announced the build of her sister, the AmaMora, which will come online in 2019.

APT and AmaWaterways this week also welcomed an additional partner into the AmaWaterways family. Certares LP, a US based travel and hospitality investment specialist, has joined APT’s McGeary family, the Schreiner/Karst and Murphy families in the AmaWaterways business.

“Certares is a highly regarded, like-minded and experienced travel group who strongly support AmaWaterways board and current strategy, and share our commitment to long-term growth, innovation and excellence in customer service delivery in the river cruise industry,” APT Travel Group Managing Director Chris Hall said.

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