Brown to Christen AmaMagna in July 2019 Vilshofen, Germany Ceremony

Guildford, UK - (Aug. 23, 2018) - AmaWaterways today announced that American travel expert and television host Samantha Brown will serve as Godmother of the extraordinary, AmaMagna. Brown will “bless” the one-of-a-kind ship alongside AmaWaterways’ executive team and special guests during a Christening ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany in July 2019.

“For this incredibly innovative ship, we wanted to choose a Godmother who shares our passion for innovation within the travel industry,”” said Kristin Karst, executive vice-president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Samantha is an icon in both the travel and television industries, known as much for her warm personality as for her expansive travel knowledge. We are so thrilled to welcome her to the AmaWaterways family as Godmother of our 23rd ship the stunning AmaMagna.”

Throughout her 17-year career, Brown has hosted a variety of travel television series for The Travel Channel including, among others, “Passport to Europe,” “Great Hotels,” “Great Weekends” and “Samantha Brown’s Asia.” In 2017, Brown launched her series, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” which AmaWaterways proudly sponsors. Mirroring AmaWaterways’ commitment to providing authentic, immersive travel experiences for its guests, the series encourages viewers to experience the passion of people and soul of a place that only travelling can provide.

A well-respected and seasoned traveller, Brown has visited more than 250 cities in 62 countries. She has charted more than 160 hours of programming, with that number continuing to grow.

“I am so excited and honoured to have been asked to be the Godmother of AmaMagna,” said Brown. “I had the great pleasure of sailing on board AmaPrima this summer as we filmed an episode for my new TV series. The total experience was remarkable but what impressed me the most was the incredible team on board the ship who took such good care of me, my film crew and my family who joined us during the cruise.”

Defining contemporary elegance, AmaMagna features a total of 98 elegantly-appointed staterooms, most of which are spacious, full balcony suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft. At twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, she offers various dining options, including two new dining venues to entice guests: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable ceiling and side windows for guests to indulge in the views of the picturesque Danube and the towns that dot its shores.

Guests on board AmaMagna will be able to personalise their river cruise experience with a robust complementary daily excursion programme that includes escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes led by a trained Wellness Host. Additional features include a large heated Sun Deck swimming pool; an expansive Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services; and an innovative Water Sports Platform complete with the Sundowner boat for evening river excursions at no extra charge. Guests may also take advantage of the Concierge Golf Programme, providing the opportunity to experience five top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic while enjoying the magic of river cruising.

AmaMagna will start her much-anticipated inaugural season on May 5, sailing the Romantic Danube itinerary from Vilshofen to Budapest. In addition to the Romantic Danube, AmaMagna’s itineraries include Melodies of the Danube and the festive Christmas Markets on the Danube.

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