TV Host Samantha Brown To Be Godmother Of AmaMagna

Open Jaw, Kerry Sharpe

Samantha Brown

AmaWaterways has announced that travel expert and television host Samantha Brown will serve as Godmother of the AmaMagna, which will kick off its inaugural season on the Danube next summer. Brown will christen the ship alongside AmaWaterways’ executive team and special guests during a 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 PBS series, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” which AmaWaterways sponsors. 

“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 PBS 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.

AmaMagna features a total of 98 staterooms, most of which are 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: 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 Danube and the towns that dot its shores.
AmaMagna will start her inaugural season on  5MAY, sailing the Romantic Danube itinerary from Vilshofen to Budapest. Other itineraries include Melodies of the Danube and Christmas Markets on the Danube.

Kerry Sharpe

Kerry Sharpe Columnist

Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.

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