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AmaMagna

AmaMagna Review and Specifications

Specifications of AmaMagna

Year built2019 new ship
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderVahali Shipyards (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia)
OwnerAMAwaterways
OperatorAPT (Australian Pacific Touring)
Speed11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Passengers196
Crew70
Decks4
Cabins98
Decks with cabins3
Christened bySamantha Brown

Current itinerary / position of AmaMagna

AmaMagna current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau. Prices start from USD 3218 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 10 Nov, 2019 and ends on 17 Nov, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
10 Nov    Departing from Budapest, Hungary hotels
11 Nov    Budapest, Hungary
12 Nov    Vienna, Austria
13 Nov    Spitz an der Donau, Austria
13 Nov    Vienna, Austria
14 Nov    Grein, Austria
14 Nov    Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria
14 Nov    Weissenkirchen in der Wachau, Austria
15 Nov    Linz, Austria
16 Nov    Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany
16 Nov    Passau, Germany
17 Nov    Arriving in Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany hotels

Review of AmaMagna

AmaMagna cruise ship is the newest riverboat (23rd) in AmaWaterways fleet. The vessel has LOA length 135 m (443 ft) and width 22 m (72 ft). By length, this is Europe's absolute largest river cruise ship - having twice the width of a standard/traditional for Europe riverboat and surpassing even the Soviet-era Russian passenger ships on Volga River. Still, Europe's widest riverboat remains Crystal Cruises' double-hull designed vessel Crystal Mozart, which has width 23 m (75 ft) and LOA length 120 m (394 ft).

AmaMagna cruise ship (AmaWaterways)

AmaMagna's shipbuilder is Vahali Shipyards (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). The riverboat is scheduled for launch in 2019. The shipbuilding yard is on River Sava (a tributary of the Danube). In 2019, AmaWaterways launched two more newbuild boats - the fleetmates AmaMora and AmaDouro.

Cruise itinerary program

As to the APT-AmaWaterwas itineraries of the Magna ship, European riverboat of this size can only navigate on Danube. AmaMagna cruises on 7-day itineraries between homeports Vilshofen and Budapest. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) was initially planed for November 17, 2019, but later re-scheduled for May 5. Voyages are themed as "Romantic Danube", "Melodies of the Danube" and "Christmas Markets".

AmaMagna cruise ship (AmaWaterways)

"Melodies of the Danube" itinerary visits Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Weissenkirchen, Wachau Valley (Melk Abbey tour or Durnstein excursion with wine tasting), Grein, Linz (walking tour, Salzburg excursion, bike tour, Cesky Krumlov excursion or Austrian Lake District excursion), Passau (walking tour, bike tour or castle hike), and Vilshofen.

"Romantic Danube" itinerary visits  Vilshofen, Passau (walking tour, castle hike or riverside bike tour), Linz (walking tour, Salzburg excursion, bike tour, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lake District excursion), Weissenkirchen, Wachau Valley (Durnstein walking tour and Melk Abbey, fortress hike or Apricots and Sweets tasting with a winery wine tasting in the evening), Vienna (city tour by bus or bike), Bratislava (walking tour, Tastes of Slovakia tour or castle hike) and Budapest (city tour or Castle Hill hike, both with Illuminations Cruise in the evening).

Cabins

The Magna boat accommodates up to 196 cruise passengers in the most comfortable and spacious accommodation on Danube River, including 6 Grand Suites at 44 m2 (474 ft2) and 1 Ama Owner’s luxury suite at 66 m2 (710 ft2). All standard cabins are over 28 m2 (300 ft2), claimed to become “some of the largest in river cruising”. Each one includes a sizable marble bathroom, while many boast double sinks, separate bath and deluxe walk-in multi-jet shower.

AmaMagna cruise ship (AmaWaterways)

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Multiple dining venues include a stylish glass-enclosed al fresco restaurant (with floor-ceiling windows), enhanced live entertainment in the evenings and themed onboard activities. This beautiful riverboat has fore-located bar lounge, library and one elevator. The passenger lift connects all decks, including the sun deck, which is a unique and unusual feature on riverboats.

AmaMagna cruise ship (AmaWaterways)

Fine dining is a key part of AmaWaterways’ experience and AmaMagna makes no difference. All ships of the cruise line provide a choice between the main dining room and speciality ‘Chef’s Table’ where passengers can watch their multi-course menu being prepared. AmaMagna offers 2 additional options for guests seeking for more variety:

  • "Al Fresco" restaurant (capacity 35 seats) is located forward and features retractable floor-ceiling windows.
  • The family-style "Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant" has max capacity 65 seats and is named after one of AmaWaterways company's co-founders - Jimmy Murphy. Restaurant's gourmet cuisine is paired with complimentary premium wines served by the glass in private rooms fitted with 12-seat communal tables.

Fine dining is offered in all restaurants aboard at no additional charge. Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks are served at mealtimes.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

AmaMagna, which is described as “a game-changer”, is river cruising industry's first vessel with open-water marina (sports platform). The aft-located facility features canoes, zodiacs (inflatable boats used for landings) and recreational equipment.

The emphasis is put on "lots of play room" in spots like the gym (large enough for small-group classes) and the large wellness complex (spa, fitness room, separate room for group classes). The multi-functional Health & Wellness Studio, called ‘Zen Wellness studio’, is complete with retractable windows and Juice bar. Guests have the chance to participate in free of charge group classes that are focused on cardio, stretching and circuit training. AmaMagna also offers 2 massage rooms and hair styling. Passengers are pampered with a range of additional beauty treatments like manicures and pedicures.

Sun Deck has the ship's large swimming pool (heated), large jacuzzi whirlpool, Sky Bar, power walking/jogging track, deck games area (with Giant Chess Board), shaded seating area (covered-with retractable awnings), midship and forward lounge areas with 4-seat tables and deckchairs.

With a fleet of complimentary bicycles and helmets available onboard, passengers have the chance to explore on guided bike tours, as well as to discover all on their own. Organized hiking tours provide active ways to see famous cities and villages from different perspectives.

Nightly performances highlight local dancers and musicians, bringing the culture of Europe to life. As technology, the ship debuts a quieter and more fuel-efficient diesel engine. Exclusive to AmaMagna, cruisers may benefit from a Concierge Golf Program with 4 premium golf courses in Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia.

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Vessel's construction (ENI number 07002100) started on March 6, 2017, at Vahali Shipyards in Serbia.

AmaMagna ship construction (Vahali Shipyards, Serbia)

In 2019, AmaWaterways also had a scheduled launch for another newbuild (AmaMora) from the modified Concerto-class.

Next video shows 3 minutes of riverboat's 17-day sea-to-river conveyance from the Serbian shipbuilding yard to Constanta Romania for final outfitting.

Ship's Godmother is Samantha Brown - 1969-born US TV host (of several Travel Channel shows). Boat's official christening ceremony was initially scheduled for January 2, 2020, during the "New Year Cruise 2019" (itinerary Dec 29 - Jan 5). Prices for the 7-day Vilshofen to Budapest holiday-themed voyage started from EUR 2125 pp (double occupancy Category E cabin rates). However, the naming ceremony was held on July 11, 2019, in Grein Austria. The special event was attended by AmaWaterways founders Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner, along with travel agents and VIP guests, including Rainer Barth (Grein's Mayor) and a group of regional Government representatives. Pierside festivities included live music performances, cocktail party, gala dinner and Sun Deck show with fireworks.

Inaugural Cruise 2019

Next table shows boat's 7-day Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage), which prices started from USD 2800 pp (double occupancy early-booking rates).

Date / TimePort
05-06 May (overnight before departure)Departing from Vilshofen, Germany
07 MayLinz, Austria
08 MayWeissenkirchen in der Wachau, Austria
09 MayVienna, Austria
10 MayDanube River
10 MayBratislava, Slovakia
11-12 May (overnight before debarkation)Budapest, Hungary

In July 2018, AmaWaterways announced a new wedding vows renewal package available exclusively on AmaMagna. The "Renewal of Vows" package can be pre-reserved up to 90 days prior departure and includes:

  • A symbolic ceremony led by a Designated Official
  • Souvenir certificate
  • Bottle of champagne on ice upon arrival
  • Gift certificate (1 manicure/pedicure or hair salon service)
  • Gift certificate (two 1-hour massages)
  • Sundowner shore excursion with champagne
  • Romantic turndown service with rose petals
  • Custom-made dessert by the ship's Chef
  • The new package costs USD 499 per couple and is available on all AmaMagna cruises.

AmaMagna Itineraries

The below listed AmaMagna cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest AmaWaterways fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Oct 27 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $4275
2019 Nov 03 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3289
2019 Nov 10 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3218
2019 Nov 17 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3148
2019 Nov 24 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3218
2019 Dec 01 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $4063
2019 Dec 08 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $6880
2019 Dec 15 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3218
2019 Dec 22 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $4063
2019 Dec 29 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3218
2020 Mar 22 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2768
2020 Mar 29 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3657
2020 Apr 05 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $1510
2020 Apr 12 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3805
2020 Apr 19 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3213
2020 Apr 26 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $4027
2020 May 03 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2850
2020 May 03 14 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Giurgiu Vilshofen an der Donau $10203
2020 May 10 7 days, one-way from Giurgiu to Budapest Giurgiu $3961
2020 May 17 7 days, one-way from Giurgiu to Budapest Giurgiu
2020 May 17 12 days, one-way from Giurgiu to Vilshofen an der Donau Giurgiu $9092
2020 May 24 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $2998
2020 May 31 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2998
2020 May 31 14 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Giurgiu Vilshofen an der Donau $5982
2020 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Giurgiu to Budapest Giurgiu $2628
2020 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Giurgiu to Budapest Giurgiu
2020 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest
2020 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2998
2020 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3685
2020 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2278
2020 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $2648
2020 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Passau to Budapest Passau $3028
2020 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $2278
2020 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2278
2020 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $2648
2020 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2722
2020 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $2796
2020 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3220
2020 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3220
2020 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3220
2020 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3220
2020 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2850
2020 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3072
2020 Oct 18 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2998
2020 Oct 25 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $4775
2020 Nov 01 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3287
2020 Nov 08 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $1732
2020 Nov 15 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $3065
2020 Nov 29 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $4065
2020 Dec 06 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $3102
2020 Dec 13 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $2732
2020 Dec 20 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Vilshofen an der Donau Budapest $2732
2020 Dec 27 7 days, one-way from Vilshofen an der Donau to Budapest Vilshofen an der Donau $1732

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