The latest addition to the APT river cruising fleet has set sail from Amsterdam bound for Budapest, with the MS AmaStella equipped explicitly for groups and multi-generational families traveling together.

The 158-passenger vessel is a new flagship for the line, launching many new stateroom types, including some of the only interconnected staterooms in the river cruise industry. Six pairs of interconnecting staterooms aim to provide families of up to five with the ability to be housed next door to each other.

At the same time, families of three and four have access to 12 new staterooms designed for triple-share accommodation, while four new suites can welcome four guests across two double beds. Along with its family focus, the new vessel retains APT’s signature destination-inspired interiors and layouts with popular features on its sister ships, such as a heated pool and swim-up bar on the top deck. In contrast, the famous spa and salon have been relocated down one deck to maximize available space.

Guests will also see an increase in panoramic balcony staterooms, affording more with uninterrupted views of European landscapes as the ship sails past. AmaStella also includes in-cabin on-demand entertainment and free internet across all stateroom and suite categories as a signature standard. Staterooms also offer complimentary bottled water in the room, replenished daily, while unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner each day.

AmaStella is now sailing on several itineraries, including ‘Tulip Time,’ ‘Romantic Danube’, ‘Melodies of the Danube,’ and some Christmas Markets cruises. The vessel is the first of two new river ships coming for APT this year, with the MS AmaViola joining the fleet next month.