CALABASAS, CA - (Dec. 30, 2019) -

Innovative River Cruise Ship Recognized for Generous Personal Space and Elevated Onboard Amenities in Debut Year

AmaWaterways today proudly announced that its most innovative ship to date, AmaMagna, received the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best River Cruise Ship. Voted upon by readers across the country, the award recognizes the vessel for elevating the river cruise experience with generous personal space and fresh new amenities, four dining venues and extensive wellness programs. In addition, AmaWaterways ranked #2 for Best River Cruise Line and its luxurious AmaCerto was also included in the top 10 Best River Cruise Ships.

“AmaMagna has been a dream of ours for many years, and we’re thrilled by the warm welcome she’s received from guests and travel partners during her first sailing season,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “It’s an honor to be voted as the top river cruise ship by travelers who seek immersive, meaningful experiences while on vacation. AmaMagna has wowed all those that sailed with us, but it’s her remarkable crew, as on all our ships, that make each voyage so memorable.”

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest features categories spanning the travel industry, from hotels and resorts to theme parks and dining venues. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, including USA TODAY and editors and contributors. Known for its original and experiential travel content, is a leading source for top attractions, restaurants and destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

The USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards cap off a year highlighted by several other special recognitions for AmaWaterways, including: AmaMagna in TIME “World’s Greatest Places;” Co-Founders Schreiner and Kristin Karst selected to AFAR Media’s Travel Vanguard; Schreiner and Karst chosen for Travel Weekly’s Lifetime Achievement Awards; Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick for Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers and Best New River Cruise Ship for AmaMagna; American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) Supplier of the Year and more.

At twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships, AmaMagna has brought a new dimension of luxury to river cruising. The revolutionary ship provides its 196 guests with ultra-spacious accommodations - the majority being suites measuring 355 sq. ft., four distinct dining venues, enhanced entertainment offerings with an onboard cinema and amenities including a large boutique; an expansive Zen Wellness Studio, complete with a large exercise area offering group classes led by a professionally trained Wellness Host, a juice bar and two massage rooms, along with manicure, pedicure and hair services; and a sun deck with a large heated pool, relaxing whirlpool and sky bar. All sun deck facilities are easily accessible via an innovative pop-up elevator – a first for the European river cruise industry – servicing all four decks.

Exclusive to AmaMagna, guests may also take advantage of a new Concierge Golf Program, providing the opportunity to experience four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany while enjoying the magic of river cruising. In the new year, AmaMagna’s itineraries include the Magna on the Danube, Grand Danube, Gems of Southeast Europe and Christmas Markets on the Danube.

To book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your travel advisor, visit Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.

About AmaWaterways:
A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 24 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.

Samantha Jacobs / Carter Long, Hemsworth Communications
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