Uniworld River Cruises
Uniworld River Cruises is one of the leaders in world-class, luxury river cruising. Boasting lavish, remarkable ships that carry no more than 130 guests at a time (except Century Legend and River Victoria), a high staff-to-guest ratio, flawless service, and many other revolutionary benefits that you won’t find anywhere else, these elite river cruise ships will take you to enticing destinations. Get ready to drink up the beautiful scenery, pick the brains of local residents, and discover some of the land’s best-kept secrets with Uniworld.
What is Uniworld Like?
Uniworld’s fleet of intimate ships will stylishly sail you through the rivers of Europe, Portugal, Russia, China, India, and Egypt in your own personal floating boutique hotel. Each Uniworld ship is graced with exclusive rustic furniture and beautifully authentic paintings that mirror the destinations you visit and your stateroom is no different – it’s a composition reflective of the entire ship. Best of all, Uniworld River Cruises recently became all-inclusive (on most voyages), so you can sail smoothly, dreaming of your next excursion and not worrying about your next expense.
You only deserve the best and Uniworld River Cruises strives to provide you with a 6 Star Experience. Their onboard hospitality standards are modeled after the boutique hotel experience provided by their sister company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. You will find yourself delighted and surprised by what Uniworld refers to as “Tiny Noticeable Touches.”
Imagine waking up one morning to your in-suite butler holding a freshly brewed cup of coffee made just the way you like it, or to find your shirt pressed to your exact specifications before you spend a relaxing day at the poolside. With Uniworld River Cruises, no detail is too small. Each ship has one crew member for every three accommodated guests, so they can provide you with second to none service. On a Uniworld river cruise, you will discover the most exceptionally devoted and disciplined staff who is ready and waiting to treat you like royalty. Their staff is all English-speaking and their butlers are expertly trained to the same high standards as those who serve in Buckingham Palace.
With over 500 departures annually, and over 40 different river cruise itineraries sailing in over 20 countries, Uniworld offers a wonderful variety of cruises to choose from, including special themed cruises (i.e., family cruises, culinary voyages, photography workshops, etc.). With more than 80 original excursions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. One of the most terrific parts of a Uniworld river cruise is the shoreside excursions that are included in your cruise fare. Most excursion itineraries let you choose your own adventure, so your vacation can easily fit your lifestyle. You will get to pick from active “Let’s Go” adventures, culturally immersive “Do as the Locals Do” tours and equally engaging “Village Day” tours. As Uniworld might say, the choice is yours! On select itineraries, Uniworld offers “Exclusive Experiences,” such as private tours, personal visits with royalty figures, unique hands-on adventures, and more that are only available on a Uniworld cruise.
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Why Choose Uniworld River Cruises?
Starting with their 2014 sailings, Uniworld has become an all-inclusive product. The following special amenities are included in all of their voyages:
- On Europe itineraries, receive complimentary gratuities for the ship's staff and crew, as well as all onshore tour guides; includes any pre- or post-cruise land extensions.1
- All scheduled airport transfers included.
- Complimentary, in-suite butler service on all European based ships.2
- Inclusive onboard dining and entertainment, and select complimentary beverages.
- A variety of personalized excursions, led by English-speaking local experts.
- Excursions created exclusively for Uniworld guests.
- Well-equipped onboard fitness center, offering exercise and wellness class (lead by certified onboard wellness instructors in Europe).
- Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use.
- Shipwide internet and WiFi access, when available.3
1 Gratuities are not included for Russia & Egypt itineraries. For Asia itineraries, only gratuities for the local land experts and drivers during excursions are included.
2 Excludes Russia, Portugal and all non-Europe itineraries.
3 Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or moving through locks.
Comfort at Sea
One of the most appealing aspects of a Uniworld cruise is that you'll easily see how Uniworld strives to make you feel as "at home" as possible onboard each of their ships. They're able to accomplish this by carefully planning their ship layouts, and combining that great design with luxurious accommodations, fresh food and attentive service (with a 98% guest service satisfaction rate). Each oceanview stateroom on a Uniworld river cruise ship features a jaw-dropping river view, Italian marble bathrooms, Hermes bath and body products and Savoir of England beds. Guests staying in suites are granted the added bonus of an in-suite butler service, so you don't need to lift a finger (except on voyages to Russia and Portugal).
Adventure doesn’t end offboard the ship. Upon stepping back on, you’ll be met with another adventure: dining. Get ready to satisfy your hunger after a bold day of exploring with champion cuisine, made with locally sourced ingredients that are often purchased from local markets in port. Uniworld River Cruises treats cooking as a form of art and all dishes are inspired by Uniworld’s celebrity chef, Bea Tollman, international hotelier and chef. A celebrated cookbook author, some of her very own recipes are available on the menu, many of which are guest favorites. Uniworld also offers a “Traveling Lite” menu that features dishes from the traditional menu but with fewer calories. Pair your meal with a fine glass of wine or an exquisite, locally brewed beer. Dining is in an open-seating format, ensuring that you have the freedom to eat when you want with whomever you want. Al fresco evening dining is available for those that would prefer to enjoy their dinner in the open-air. Food and wine connoisseurs will be happy to hear that private wine tastings and culinary demonstrations are available on select sailings.
Award-Winning River Cruises
Uniworld River Cruises offers a fabulous overall river cruise product. Judging by the many awards that Uniworld annually receives, this is no surprise. Some of the awards won in 2016 include Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best River Cruise Line, Cruise Critic Editor’s Pick Best Luxury River Cruise Line and Magellan Awards Gold Winners. In the past, Uniworld has also received Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Top 10 Small Cruise Lines,” as well as Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List.”
What's New for Uniworld River Cruises?
Uniworld's sister brand, "U by Uniworld" has been rebranded to U River Cruises.
On April 4, 2018, Uniworld launched the first of its ships, the S.S. Beatrice, to receive Super Ship upgrades. Formerly the River Beatrice, she now sports a fresh, sleek yacht-like design. Updates include redesigned interiors, renovated public areas and venues, as well as the additional of luxurious suites and connected staterooms. Uniworld announced further plans to upgrade the River Empress and River Royal to Super Ships in 2019.
In December 2016, the cruise line announced the launch of “U by Uniworld,” a new addition targeting millennial travelers. Reservations opened in March 2017, with sailings to commence in early 2018. Both Uniworld’s River Baroness and River Ambassador have undergone extensive renovations, following which they were dedicated to “U by Uniworld” cruises. Highlights of the experience include communal dining tables, a new culinary program, creative mixologists and international DJs.
As mentioned above, in 2014 Uniworld River Cruises became all-inclusive on the majority of their ships. Uniworld River Cruises added many ships for 2013. Century Legend joined the fleet along with the highly anticipated Queen Isabel. Brand new Queen Isabel began traveling the highly popular Douro River Valley along with about 11 other Uniworld river cruise ships.
In 2011, new to the Uniworld River Cruises fleet was the S.S. Antoinette, an enchanting super ship that gives off a feeling as if you have stepped into France’s Chateau de Versailles during the late 18th century, with the character of the past blended with unusual elements of creating luxurious elegance and welcome warmth.
During 2010, many of Uniworld River Cruises ships were given prestigious awards. For example, the following ships were named in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Poll’s “Top Small Cruise Ship” category: River Ambassador, River Baroness, River Countess, River Duchess, River Empress, River Queen and River Royale.
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