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AmaMagna Review

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4.5 / 5.0
7 reviews

Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship
Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River
Bottom Line
Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom




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Colleen McDaniel
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AmaMagna Overview

At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from a casual glimpse from the shore. But it's not just the exterior that makes the ship a head-turner: Within, it holds first-of-its kind features, as well as a surprising intimacy, which makes the ship a true pleasure to sail.

The sheer size of AmaMagna provides flexibility, both in cabin options and dining choices. While the ship is much larger than other river ships, it holds only 196 passengers. AmaWaterways wisely put that extra space into creating bigger, innovative cabins with large balconies and a bevy of creature comforts. The ship has seven fully loaded suites, but even the introductory cabins -- those that feature two windows rather than balconies -- are smartly designed and offer lots of space and storage.

Additionally, AmaMagna offers four distinct dining venues, and while you'll find some overlap among the restaurants, we applaud the imagination -- and passengers we spoke with loved the ability to choose. The Al Fresco Restaurant is the best spot for dinner onboard -- as much for its refreshing Mediterranean menu filled with light and fresh choices as for its views from the front of the ship.

AmaMagna also features a first-of-its kind elevator that brings passengers to the Sun Deck. (On other river ships, the elevator stops short, taking passengers among the first, second and third decks only.) This opens up the Sun Deck and scenic cruising to those who might have trouble with stairs.

AmaWaterways has been a leader in wellness programing on its cruise ships, but it works best on AmaMagna. The ship is designed for passengers who crave wellness options, with a large fitness room, two massage rooms and a solid number of classes and activities aboard and ashore each day. Yoga, Pilates, spin classes and bike tours were well attended, and a number of passengers on our sailing were trying new things for the first time -- like Champagne yoga. It's a nice option for people who want to stick with a regimen or those who are curious to try something new. (Those who don't take advantage of the wellness program still will have a great cruise.)

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Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in all restaurants onboard
  • An excursion in each port
  • Sparkling wine and juices at breakfast; beer, wine, well spirits and soft drinks at happy hour, lunch and dinner
  • Wi-Fi on multiple devices
  • Fitness and wellness classes, facilities and activities
  • Bottled water and soft drinks in your cabin
  • Bikes for use in port
  • Self-service laundry
  • Most daily activities

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities (AmaWaterways recommends a rate of 120 euros (about \$130) per passenger per seven-night cruise, to be split among the staff, as well as 25 euros (about \$30) per passenger per seven-night cruise for the cruise manager)
  • Shore excursion gratuities (AmaWaterways suggest you tip guides 2 euros (about \$3) per person and bus drivers 1 euro (about \$2) per person, in cash
  • Spa services and tips
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Laundry services
  • Premium spirits and wines, and drinks outside of mealtime and happy hour

Top AmaMagna Itineraries

7 night magna on the danube

Budapest, Vienna, Durnstein (Krems), Linz (Salzburg), Vilshofen an der Donau, Vilshofen an der Donau

7 night Magna on the Danube


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Fellow Passengers

AmaMagna passengers hail primarily from North America, though you'll typically find a handful of passengers from Europe. English is the only language spoken onboard. Passengers tend to be in the 55-plus range. They're well-traveled and curious. They also generally skew a bit more to the active side, as AmaWaterways offers a wide range of activities and shore excursions designed to appeal to people who prioritize wellness.

AmaWaterways AmaMagna Dress Code

Daytime: Casual and comfortable. In the biggest cities lining the Danube River, layers are a must, as weather is somewhat unpredictable, especially in the spring and fall. Comfortable shoes able to traverse cobblestone streets are a requirement no matter the time of year. Passengers don activewear for wellness activities.

Evening: Men wear dress trousers or khakis along with collared or button-down shirts, with sweaters in cooler weather. Some men wear jackets, though they aren't required. Woman wear dress pants, capris or skirts, along with blouses or sweaters. Dresses are common, too. For the captain's night/farewell dinner, passengers go a bit dressier: ties for men, and cocktail attire for women, for example.

Not permitted: Nothing is forbidden, per se, but you might feel out of place at dinner if you show up in tattered jeans or shorts.

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AmaMagna Ratings

Public Rooms4.55
Fitness Recreation5.05
Value For Money4.54.7

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AmaWaterways AmaMagna departs from Budapest

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AmaWaterways AmaMagna Member Reviews

Sail Date: Dec 2019
The AmaMagna is a ship unlike any others due to its size. I took this cruise mainly because I wanted to try this ship. I was very impressed.... Read More
Sail Date: Jun 2019
We’d gladly go on AmaMagna again.... Read More
Sail Date: May 2019
The new ship, AmaMagna is exquisite with 4 dining room options and a wine bar. Hopefully, this vessel will serve as a paradigm for all future Ama ships.... Read More
Sail Date: May 2019
We had previously taken a River Cruise with AmaWaterways in Vietnam and Cambodia and the captain was excitedly talking about the AmaMagna. We booked it right away and so happy we did !... Read More

AmaWaterways Fleet

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With a special wellness component, AmaWaterways' AmaLyra carries 148 passengers and sails itineraries on France's Seine River.


AmaWaterways' 148-passenger AmaDante debuted in 2008 and sails on the Danube, Main, Rhine and Mosel rivers.

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One of AmaWaterway's smaller 148-passenger vessels, AmaCello sails the Rhone and Saone rivers between Lyon and Arles in France.


The majority of AmaCerto's staterooms feature double-balcony configurations. One side is a French verandah, with floor-to-ceiling doors that open wide, and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs.

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On AmaPrima the majority of staterooms feature double-balcony configurations: one side is a French verandah and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs.


Cabins on AmaVida range in size from 161 to 323 square feet; onboard amenities include two dining spaces, a heated pool and a small fitness center and spa.

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AmaWaterways' 82-cabin AmaSonata offers an advanced design, a relaxed vibe and an active shore experience with hiking and biking excursions included in the fare.

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The 164-passenger AmaSerena is a family-friendly river vessel, with connecting cabins with state-of-the-art entertainment -- most of which include twin balconies.

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AmaDara cruises on the Mekong River, through Vietnam and Cambodia. The 124-passenger vessel features 48 standard, 226-square-foot cabins, all of which have private twin balconies.

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AmaViola debuted in 2016, as part of AmaWaterways' European river fleet. The ship features family-friendly cabins, which is relatively unusual in the river cruise market.

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Launched in 2017, AmaKristina. sails the Rhine River on seven-night itineraries in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland with optional land extensions.

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The first of AmaWaterways' ships custom-built to accommodate families, AmaStella debuted in 2016 as a Concerto-class vessel created with input from partners at Adventures By Disney.

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Set to debut in 2018, the 58-passenger AmaLea is the sister ship to AmaWaterways' AmaKristina and will be the 19th ship in the line's European fleet.

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AmaWaterway's game-changing river ship is double the size of its other ships, making it the one of the largest on the Danube.

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Sister-ship to 2018's AmaLea, AmaMora is the latest evolution of AmaWaterways' comfortable and contemporary European-based river cruise ships.


A comfortable way to cruise Portugal's Douro River, AmaDouro brings AmaWaterways' contemporary sensibilities to the land of port wine.


Sister-ship to 2017’s AmaKristina, AmaSiena will be AmaWaterways’ newest contemporary ship on the rivers of Europe when she debuts in 2020, carrying just 156 passengers. 


AmaWaterways’ newest river cruise ship brings contemporary style and elegance to the waterways of Europe.

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