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AmaWaterways builds oversized ship for Danube luxury cruises

Danube BudapestLuxury river cruise operator AmaWaterways has offered sneak previews of its latest ship. The AmaMagna will take to the waters of the River Danube in two year’s time. She is set to be the biggest vessel to ever set sail on one of Europe’s mightiest waterways.

Rudi Schreiner is the president of AmaWaterways and he told media representatives the AmaMagna would incorporate spacious ocean-liner cabins as well as a whole raft of opulent features. These include a heated swimming pool on the top deck, a hot tub and a choice of dining venues including an al fresco patio.

The onboard watersports zone will come with canoes while the fitness centre will boast state-of-the-art equipment. The centre will also be big enough to stage AmaWaterways’ planned wellness programme when it is inaugurated next year.

Vahali Shipyard is building the AmaMagna. Designer Koert Kamphuisen says the vessel will be powered by eco-friendly engines. He explained that the units would be diesel-electric hybrids and there would be 10 small ones.

Kamphuisen carried on by saying that under normal conditions only four engines would be needed to propel the boat and the remainder would be used as backups. He noted smaller engines equated to less noise pollution and fuel savings would be up to 25 per cent when compared to vessels of similar sizes.

AmaMagna will be able to accommodate 194 passengers and will have cabins averaging 28-metres² in size. The ship will be as long as other ones plying European waterways. A width of 22-metres is double the standard and the reason the AmaMagna will offer extra-large cabins.

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