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Luxury cruise and tour operator APT and US partner AmaWaterways have announced the build of a luxurious new river ship that will be twice as wide as its existing vessels.

The AmaMagna will have 97 ocean-style staterooms, the majority of which will measure over 27 square metres, which will make them some of the largest in river cruising when the ship launches in 2019.

There will be multiple dining options onboard, including a glass enclosed alfresco restaurant. The AmaMagna gym will be large enough to hold small group fitness classes, and there will be a heated swimming pool with a whirlpool and sky bar on the sundeck.

In a first for river cruising, the AmaMagna will also have an open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. It will also debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine.

APT Travel Group Managing Director Chris Hall said the new ship would most likely be the largest cruise ship on the Danube in terms of area when completed, and would deliver a guest experience that was second to none.

“Imagine staying in a top suite at a luxurious five star hotel that delivers you to a different stunning European city or town every day - that’s what sailing on the AmaMagna will be like,” he said

“From the engine room to the fine dining areas, 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.”

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

The announcement of the AmaMagna follows the christening of APT and AmaWaterways’ newest river ship, the AmaKristina, a Concerto Class vessel that will join its sisters the AmaStella and AmaViola on the Danube this year.

APT and AmaWaterways have also announced the build of the AmaMora, another sister for AmaKristina, which will also come online in 2019.