River cruising's newest concepts make Time's 'greatest places' list

American Cruise Lines' American Song.
American Cruise Lines' American Song.

Two of the river cruise industry's newest ship concepts made Time Magazine's second annual list of the "World's Greatest Places."

AmaWaterways's new mega ship, the AmaMagna, and American Cruise Lines' first modern river boat, American Song, are listed in the "To Stay" category of the 100 top places feature.

"Most cruise-centric riverboats in the U.S. evoke the style of the steam age, replete with paddle wheels and nostalgic furnishings," Time writes of the  American Song, which made its first voyage in October. "Although its interior amenities are fairly standard for cruises - think glass atria, a putting green and an exercise room - its exterior is sleek and glassy, putting it more in line with the au courant vessels that have helped popularize riverboat cruising in Europe."

It calls out the AmaMagna for its luxury of space.

The AmaMagna docked in Budapest.
The AmaMagna docked in Budapest. Photo Credit: Jeri Clausing

"In May, one of the largest ships ever to cruise on a European waterway launched on the Danube, central Europe's longest river, which runs through lush countryside and capital cities including Budapest and Vienna," Time writes. "The AmaMagna, built exclusively for the Danube's wide expanse, provides cruisers with ample personal space from cabins that look more like five-star hotel rooms to a pool on the roof. "

Last year, U River Cruises' second ship, The A, became the first river ship featured on the magazine's inaugural list. 

U is a new line that was originally developed for Millennials, but was then opened to adults of all ages. The A was subsequently pulled from service for the 2019 season for relocation from the Seine to Central Europe, where she'll join the original U ship, the B, next season. 

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