Partnered with the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, this cruise line puts loads of effort into making sure their ships are up to a 5-star standard with antique furnishings, original art, Murano glass chandeliers and hand-finished detailing. It’s earned them the #1 River Cruise Line award from Travel + Leisure magazine in 2018, so hop onboard for a spot of stylish pampering!
Uniworld’s elite fleet sails all over the world’s waterways. The line began over 30 years ago, growing since then to operate over 500 departures each year in over 20 countries. You can choose from itineraries lasting for one week up to a full month, catering for an array of different interests. Primary operations are in Europe, giving you the chance to cruise down rivers like the Main, Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Rhone, Douro, Po and Seine. Further afield, you can explore the rivers of China, Egypt, Vietnam, India or Russia.
By: Swan, Telford on 9th October 2018
We have recently returned from an amazing cruise with Uniworld River Cruises. Had an amazing holiday. The ship, cabins, good staff, furnishing, trips, everything was perfect!
By: Fleming, Darmstadt on 18th Jun 2016
The reception desk was helpful at all times. The waiters were, with one exception very friendly and totally efficient. The service, food and attention to detail was amazing.
The Queen Isabel offers cruisers the chance to enjoy an unforgettable view of Portugal’s Douro River ValleyQueen Isabel Cruises
The River Countess is a luxurious and sophisticated ship designed for you to enjoy your Italian cruise adventureRiver Countess Cruises
Uniworld's River Duchess features elegant interior design to ensure you enjoy stunning European views in style.River Duchess Cruises
The jewel tones and New York Jazz vibes of the River Empress will enchant you during your cruise.River Empress Cruises
The indulgent River Princess is a stunning ship with a sophisticated interior for you to enjoy during your European journeyRiver Princess Cruises
The River Queen is one of the most unique river ships with its 1930s style exterior design.River Queen Cruises
The timeless and elegant River Royale will amaze you with its relaxing design as you sail through southwestern France.River Royale Cruises
The River Tosca cruises down the Nile River and explores the most mesmerising cultural sites for 82 passengers to enjoy.River Tosca Cruises
Enjoy a grand tour of Russia's iconic cities in style onboard the elegant and comfortable River Victoria.River Victoria Cruises
Explore the Rhine River onboard the luxurious supership - S.S AntoinetteS.S. Antoinette Cruises
Boasting elegant features, four dining options and Two Grand Suites, the S.S Beatrice is perfect for a Danube river cruiseS.S. Beatrice Cruises
Previously the River Royale, the S.S Bon Voyage will be cruising the French rivers in Spring 2019S.S. Bon Voyage Cruises
A traditional Uniworld river ship designed with quality craftsmanship and high attention to detail.S.S. Catherine Cruises
Uniworld's newest ship brings a chic and sophisticated river cruise experience that is exceptional.S.S. Joie De Vivre Cruises
Named "Best New River Ship" by Cruise Critic, the S.S Maria Theresa is an ultra-luxurious ship designed for unforgettable voyagesS.S. Maria Theresa Cruises
The beautiful Mekong Navigator exudes timeless elegance with design inspiration from the French Colonial Era.Mekong Navigator Cruises
Spacious and grand, the Ganges Voyager ll has everything you need for a five-star river cruise along Ganges River.Ganges Voyager II Cruises
Designed by European architects, the Century Legend will ensure your river cruise experience is second to none.Century Legend Cruises
You won’t find the dozens of specialty restaurants onboard a Uniworld ship that you would find on a typical ocean cruise liner. Instead, there’s a strong emphasis on quality over quantity with impeccably appealing buffet spreads at breakfast and lunchtime and super indulgent five-course a la carte dinner menus, all paired with regional wines. Cuisine is made from locally sourced ingredients from the regions you travel through, ensuring you enjoy a fresh and exciting menu every evening – no frozen meals here! This means dinner might be Osso Buco Milanese in Italy or Tandoori Chicken Tikka in Italy.
Specialty cuisine is always on hand for those with allergies or menu preferences, and this includes the Traveling Lite menu. This delivers all the fresh flavours of the traditional menu, with fewer calories. It’s the perfect feature for those trying to stay on top of their health and fitness while still enjoying themselves. Do you follow a plant-based diet? Vegetarian and vegan options are always on hand upon request.
As you travel through some of the world’s most notable wine producing regions, it’s no wonder that the onboard wine menu reflects the quality you’ll find offshore. Wine lists are carefully curated by expert Sommeliers to give you a taste of the regional specialties. These are all available as part of the all-inclusive package. The all-inclusive nature of a Uniworld River Cruise means you can also enjoy beers from small local breweries along the way, as well as a range of premium spirits and cocktails. Specialty coffees, water and soft drinks are also included on all sailings both in the restaurant and bar.
With a limited passenger list, there’s plenty of room to spread out and relax during your cruise. Entertainment venues are small and intimate, like the 10-seat Lipizzan Cinema available on some newer ships. Sink back into blue velvet banquette seating and enjoy a cinematic classic or recent blockbuster in cosy surroundings. In the evenings, you can mix and mingle with fellow passengers in the plush bar and lounge. Local performers are often invited on deck for after-dinner entertainment, treating you to music, dance and cultural performances.
You’ll find far more options at hand than the usual walking tour of each port. Excursions are just as unique as the ships themselves, carefully tailored to passenger interests and each destination. Enjoy private art tours in Vienna, hunt for truffles in the countryside of Provence, or visit modern royalty in their castle homes. You’ll have the chance to fully immerse yourself in a different culture if desired. The ‘EatWith’ partnership option allows you to share a meal with a local host in their home, for a truly authentic glimpse into the new destination. Get active with a hiking or biking excursion – the cruise line offers complimentary bicycles and Nordic walking poles.
A lot of care goes into excursions to keep you active and engaged during your cruise, but this same standard of service goes into the onboard experience. Walking around a Uniworld ship is an activity in itself; allowing you to admire the original artwork, plush fabrics and one-of-a-kind antique furnishings. These old-world touches are combined with modern technology including flat-screen televisions and onboard Wi-Fi. Free passenger laundry facilities are a welcome touch after a day of traipsing through the countryside!
All ships include small gyms, with larger Super Ships including heated swimming pools as well. Start your day with a relaxing yoga session on the sun deck or a challenging TRX® Suspension Training class. Relaxing spa services are available to help you unwind with a massage or beauty treatment, or you can test your limits with a personal training session.
All accommodation on a Uniworld cruise matches a boutique hotel experience, with premium cotton linens, fluffy towels and ultra-comfy Savoir beds. Getting up in the morning can be a challenge with such a comfortable set-up! Butler service comes as standard in many suites, giving you access to your own white-gloved assistant to attend to your every whim. Marble bathrooms are outfitted with high-end L’Occitane and Hermes bath and body products to keep you feeling fresh.
A Uniworld river cruise is truly all-inclusive and this extends to service charges. Gratuities for the onshore tour guides as well as the ship’s crew and staff are all included in your fare. However, if you decide to venture off on your own =to sightsee when you’re at each port, you can tip at your own discretion.
The dress code is fairly relaxed at Uniworld, with the cruise line putting more of an emphasis on comfort than formality. They recommend packing for a range of different weather conditions, including plenty of layers to keep you comfortable during excursions. A smart casual dress code is in force for most activities, including sturdy walking shoes and a stylish coat or wrap for chillier evenings. Evening events are slightly dressier, with a sports jacket recommended for men and a cocktail dress or pantsuit recommended for women during special events, concerts, and fine dining occasions.
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