By Nahrain John @karryontravel15 May 2017APT and its partner AmaWaterways claim to have something big up their sleeves for European river cruising, literally, with plans to launch their “biggest” joint ship yet. Taking features from ocean and expedition cruising, AmaMagna has been described by the two brands as a game changer, which promises to take river cruising in Europe to the next level of luxury. How is this possible considering Uniworld offers butler service and Avalon sells 30 percent larger suites? Well, AmaMagna will be twice the width of traditional European river ships, giving the cruise lines more room to play with. This extra room will not only allow APT and AmaWaterways to carry more passengers – 194 guests – but squeeze in larger living spaces and more onboard features. For example, the 97 luxurious rooms will measure over 300 square feet each, making them some of the largest in river cruising. Passengers will have access to a large heated sundeck swimming pool with a whirlpool and sky bar, plus there’ll be a spacious spa area with new treatments – very ocean cruising. The fitness room will be large enough for the cruise lines to host small group classes and the generous common areas can host events of any kind. When it comes time to dining, guests will have more choice with multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant. The ship will also debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine and, in a first for river cruising, an open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment – hello expedition cruising. Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began earlier this year and the ship is scheduled to be complete in 2019. What do you think of the new European river ship? Other stories you may like Sell APT & WIN a spot on a trip to Croatia OR Budapest Taste your way through Europe with the folks at Gourmet Traveller magazine! Eat your way around the world with the experts from Gourmet Traveller magazine!