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About Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld—the world’s best and most awarded luxury river cruise line—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Egypt, Asia, and Peru. Our fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 120 guests, one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and the highest degree of all-inclusive benefits on the rivers.

The Highest Standards in Luxury River Cruising

In 2004, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation (TTC), a highly successful international travel group founded by Stanley Tollman. TTC has 40 top brands, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels, a renowned collection of four- and five-star luxury properties.

Combining the tour planning and hotel management expertise of TTC’s sister companies with Uniworld’s decades of superior nautical experience has created an entirely new category of luxury river cruising. Together, we’ve made major investments in our ships, crew, and staff, with an eye towards providing guests with all the elements of an unforgettable experience: Outstanding Service; The Most All-Inclusive Amenities; One-of-a-Kind Ships; Carefully Curated Experiences; Culinary Excellence; Wellness; and a Commitment to Sustainability.

The Boutique Experience, Onboard & Onshore

The guiding visionary behind our boutique philosophy is Beatrice “Bea” Tollman, founder of Red Carnation Hotels. Bea was named Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards in 2012 and was inducted into The British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2019.

Bea and her creative team amplify the definition of boutique luxury with every new and updated ship. Our river cruises allow guests to travel from one exciting destination to the next aboard a stylish floating hotel with chic lounges, panoramic restaurants, sumptuous cuisine, exquisite antiques, original art, and luxurious riverview staterooms and suites. Meticulous attention to detail is readily apparent on every company-designed ship, including 12 members of Uniworld’s stunning Super Ship fleet—the S.S. Antoinette , S.S. Beatrice , S.S. Victoria , S.S. Elisabeth , and S.S. Maria Theresa in Central Europe; the S.S. Catherine , S.S. Joie de Vivre , and S.S. Bon Voyage in France; the S.S. La Venezia in Italy; the S.S. São Gabriel in Portugal; the S.S. Sphinx in Egypt, and the Mekong Jewel in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Gracious and Attentive Service

Uniworld takes pride in its long-lasting relationships with guests, for whom there is “No request is too large, No detail too small.” Uniworld employs a dedicated crew, professionally trained to the highest standards of service, so guests never have to worry about being well taken care of during their journeys.

Note: Beverage policy varies in Asia, India, Egypt, and Peru.

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The Better Way to Cruise in Venice

Large ocean cruise ships are banned from the city’s historic center but smaller, more environmentally friendly ships can still sail in the venetian lagoon..

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The Better Way to Cruise in Venice

A meal with a view onboard Uniworld’s newly remodeled S.S. “La Venezia.”

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When I arrived in Venice to board the first European river cruise to host Americans since the start of the pandemic, I got that coveted and rare look at what this popular destination feels like without any ocean liners in port and minus the thousands of day-trippers they once dropped here on a regular basis.

Before the week was out, a few big ships had come and gone through the heart of the Venetian Lagoon, although those sailings would be short-lived. As of August 1, large ocean liners are banned from the city’s historic center .

But that doesn’t mean you can’t—and shouldn’t—still sail in the Venetian Lagoon.

My weeklong late June sailing on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises ’ new 126-passenger S.S. La Venezia offered a preview of what a unique treat it is to be able to explore Venice and beyond from the luxurious and slow-paced vantage point of one of the few, more environmentally friendly small ships (Uniworld is committed to at least 50 percent of its electricity being renewable by 2025 and banning single-use plastics by 2022, among other sustainability measures ) that will be able to continue to sail past the city’s landmarks and dock just steps away from St. Mark’s Square.

Imagine having your own floating boutique hotel in the heart of Venice.

Imagine having your own floating boutique hotel in the heart of Venice.

It wasn’t only the ease of having a floating luxury boutique hotel within walking distance of key attractions that made the cruise so enjoyable, it was also the relaxed nature of Uniworld’s Venice itinerary, which affords a much deeper dive into the destination than the typical, whirlwind day tours that conventional cruise ships and group tour companies offer.

Unlike most European river cruises that depart from one port and end in another, the Venetian Lagoon cruises by Uniworld and one other line, the more economical CroisiEurope, sail roundtrip from Venice. While we made a two-day jaunt up the Po River, the bulk of our cruise was spent in the lagoon, allowing plenty of time to explore Venice and nearby islands during off hours when you can better avoid the day-trippers who will no doubt be back in droves as larger ocean liners carry out plans to return to nearby ports.

I arrived by train from Rome late on a Sunday afternoon, in time to have dinner and take in sunset views of Venice’s waterways and skyline from the top deck.

Your G&T is served to the backdrop of views of Venice and the Italian countryside at the S.S. “La Venezia” bar and lounge.

Your G&T is served to the backdrop of views of Venice and the Italian countryside at the S.S. “La Venezia” bar and lounge.

Pandemic-related protocols

At that time, Italian regulations required a COVID test upon embarkation or within 24 hours of boarding, as well as a second test midweek and another before disembarking. Regulations can change on a dime during the pandemic, however, so travelers should verify what the latest rules are for U.S. cruise passengers in Italy at the time of travel.

Otherwise, protocols were no more intrusive than what most of us have come to expect in the age of COVID. Onboard, masks were required while walking the halls, but could be removed while outside or while seated in the dining and lounge areas.

Off the ship, Italy was still requiring masks both indoors and outside, although the outdoor mask requirement has since been dropped. And as of August 6, tourists and locals alike are required to have Italy’s so-called green pass , showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result in the last 48 hours to visit restaurants and many indoor venues.

Tests are readily available for free at train stations and pop-up clinics across the country and for about $25 at most pharmacies. This makes getting tested while in Italy easy, including for Americans needing the test required by the U.S. government for all international travelers entering the U.S. (including Americans returning home from abroad).

With larger cruise ships banned and fewer tourists due to the pandemic, for the time being you can visit Venice with fewer crowds.

With larger cruise ships banned and fewer tourists due to the pandemic, for the time being you can visit Venice with fewer crowds.

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Venice minus the masses

While the pandemic-related rules and restrictions can and have changed often in Italy and throughout Europe , I found navigating them well worth the opportunity to explore Venice without the typical tourist crowds.

On Uniworld’s inaugural sailing, there were fewer than 50 people on board, making for a private-yacht-like experience complete with butlers, farm-to-table dining, and small group excursions to some of the region’s most famous sites.

On our first full day in Venice, excursion options included a morning walk in Venice with a tour of the Doge’s Palace, as well as a private evening tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. I spent much of the day wandering the streets of Venice, which were delightfully void of the throngs of cruise passengers I encountered on my last trip here in 2019.

The city’s famed and formerly tourist-clogged canals were practically empty, although gondola captains stood at the ready. Street vendors, restaurants, and shops were mostly open, and there were enough tourists and locals on the streets and the waterfront to create the lively vibe one expects to find in any globally renowned city such as Venice.

The next afternoon we set out toward the Po River, sailing just inside the lagoon, past numerous colorful fishing villages on the barrier islands that separate the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.

Uniworld’s Venice sailings also take passengers to more remote stretches along Italy’s Po River.

Uniworld’s Venice sailings also take passengers to more remote stretches along Italy’s Po River.

Stops included Chioggia, known as little Venice, where I joined a cycling excursion that took us on a relaxing 90-minute ride across two islands and to the channel that connects the lagoon to the Adriatic Sea.

The next day’s included excursion was a day trip to Bologna, complete with a pasta-making class.

The following day it was back to Chioggia, where we spent the morning wandering the village’s weekly street market before setting sail into the lagoon for an overnight stop at Uniworld’s new, private dock on Burano, which offers easy on-and-off walking access to the island best-known for its colorful houses and lacemakers.

The final two days allowed for leisurely sailing and solo or group exploration around Venice and the lagoon. Excursion options included a trip to one of Murano’s famed glass-blowing centers.

The entire experience reminded me what is so wonderful about small-ship cruising (the great service, the carefree nature of not having to pack and unpack more than once, the slower pace), and what I don’t miss about larger ships, especially in a place as magical and threatened as Venice.

Perhaps somewhat ironically, the S.S. La Venezia is Uniworld’s top-to-bottom overhaul of the River Countess , which made headlines when it was rammed by a cruise ship in 2019 as it sat docked in the heat of Venice. That accident renewed years-long calls for the recently enacted ban on large ships.

Many of the guests on my cruise had originally been scheduled to sail just after that collision, which took the ship out of service for a few months before its already planned upgrade. Instead, they got to sail on the newly refurbished ship with a perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the region at its uncrowded best.

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This CruiseMapper page reviews Uniworld as river cruise itineraries, travel destinations, departure ports (homeports) and shipboard experience. We have all the Uniworld ships' cruise schedules (sail calendar with dates and prices PP). Another feature is the Uniworld cruise tracking service integrated into each page. It shows on a map the boat's location now (current position on the river).

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection (uniworld.com) is located in LA California and operates a fleet of river cruise ships along the rivers in Europe, Russia, China, Egypt and Brazil Amazon. Uniworld river cruising line also has operational offices in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and China. The company is part of TTC (The Travel Corporation) group, including businesses such as Contiki Tours and Trafalgar Tours.

Uniworld's current President and CEO is Ellen Bettridge.

IMPORTANT : In mid-October 2023, Uniworld announced a 3-year bareboat charter agreement with the German shipowner Seaside Collection GmbH & Co KG for two 2017-built boats marketed by the GHK-owned Crystal Cruises as "river yachts". Riverside Bach (fka Crystal Bach) starts Rhine River cruises for Uniworld in 2024 as " SS Victoria ", while Riverside Mahler (fka Crystal Mahler) starts operations in 2025 as " SS Elisabeth ". Both vessels (rebranded by Uniworld as "Super Ships"/SS) were part of the 4-ship Crystal River Cruises fleet which was acquired by Seaside Collection in 2022.

Note: Bareboat charter (aka demise charter) is a hire agreement with the shipowner providing the vessel's administration/crew, technical maintenance and fueling during the charter period. The charterer (Uniworld) obtains possession and fully controls the vessel (being responsible legally and financially for it) and pays for all operating expenses (including fuel, crew, port charges, insurance).

Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection boasts a fleet of boutique-style river ships with an average capacity of 130 guests. Their cruise itineraries feature exceptional cuisine and top dining, custom shore excursions and outstanding service from all-English-speaking staff.

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Included in Uniworld's ticket prices are soft drinks, beer and wine (by the glass) during lunches and dinners, specialty tea and coffee bar (throughout the day), bottled water (in all staterooms), a variety of dining options, local live entertainment and themed lectures, airport-ship-airport transfers, most shore excursions (led by English-speaking experts using Quietvox audio systems).

As for the Uniworld's tours and excursions ashore, an interesting alternative is that they can be personalized for either a "gentle" or an "active" physical level. Evening activities onboard Uniworld river ships are similar to the ones on other river lines and typically consist of local entertainers. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection clientele are mostly senior North Americans and some Brits. The company also attracts 40+ passengers and each year successfully runs themed multi-generational family cruises.

In April 2023, Uniworld introduced sustainable onboard dining options fleetwide, including new vegan and vegetarian menus. In 2021 was implemented the Leanpath system, which resulted in ~50% food waste reduction. By the company's sustainability plan were also eliminated all single-use plastics, and the bottled water (in all staterooms) was replaced with complimentary (keepsakes) reusable water bottles. Cabin access/key cards are now made from bamboo, and the in-cabin laundry bags are reusable.

U by Uniworld

At the end of 2016, Uniworld introduced a new cruise line brand named "U by Uniworld". The new brand was created specifically for younger travelers (aged between 18-40) - recreationally active and curious. It is operated with a fleet of two newly refurbished ships and offers longer port stays on the company's European river cruise itineraries.

  • The new brand's fleet includes the 116-passenger sisterships THE A (launched 1999 as River Ambassador) and THE B (launched 1997 as River Baroness). The fully-renovated riverboats feature all-black exteriors, more contemporary interior design, communal tables for dining, onboard cocktail mixologists, onboard DJs.
  • Sales started in March 2017, with bookings for 2018, when the new brand starts operations.
  • "U by Uniworld" is operated with separate brochures, a new website (ubyuniworld.com) and separate pricing.
  • U's product is tailored for cruisers ages 21-45 with fewer inclusions than the higher-priced sister line.
  • The new line's social media campaign is hashtagged #AllAboutU, to collate requests and suggestions for Uniworld's new cruising vacation experience.

Since April 14, 2018, "U by Uniworld" ships offer 8-day cruises on Danube, Main, Rhine, and Seine rivers. The itineraries feature overnights and longer port stays in Amsterdam , Budapest , Paris City , Vienna .

"U by Uniworld" deals are inclusive of 2 gourmet meals per day, unlimited drinks (coffee and tea), wine and soft beverages (lunch and dinner), free Wi-Fi, gratuities. Prices start from USD 2500 (8-day THE A cruise) and USD 3000 (7-day River Baroness cruises on Seine River, leaving roundtrip from Paris to Normandy).

The ships are renovated to have a gym, main lounge, rooftop lounge, coffee bar and 2 dining establishments (main restaurant and rooftop dining venue). There are 3 categories of cabins, which range from "I just need a comfortable place to sleep and stash my stuff" to "I'm going all out in a suite".

Signature themed shipboard activities are outdoor yoga, classes (cooking, painting with wine, bar mixology), sundeck boutique bar lounge, "silent disco" (on the sun deck, passengers dancing with earphones on), themed excursions (Seine River kayaking, Budapest river rafting).

In January 2018, Luftner Cruises (aka Amadeus River Cruises) announced launching its own millennial-focused voyages in 2019. The 6-day cruise tours are on Rhine, Rhone, and Danube. Each voyage is hosted by a popular social media person and facilitates a themed program onboard. The programs are centered around trendy topics, such as healthy living, nutrition, diets, fitness. The campaign started in Spring 2018 with Luftner's newest boat Amadeus Provence .

In 2021, U by Uniworld introduces new experiences and inclusions (from airport transfers to offshore excursions) with 4 itineraries throughout popular port cities and towns, plus themed cruises tailored to the younger U cruisers. Inaugurated in 2021 is also "GenZ on U" (a family program created exclusively for teens and their parents) perfect to celebrate special occasions, birthdays, graduations, or simply connect as a family via unconventional experiences that both generations enjoy.

Following the 2020's debut of the themed "U in Drag" and "Tattoo on U" voyages, in 2021 was introduced Uniworld's first food-themed cruise (departure July 24) via partnership with Salvatore DiBenedetto (aka The GrubFather) sought after for his food photography and travel inspiration .

Since 2021, U by Uniworld cruise deals are inclusive of wine and beer by the glass (at lunches and dinners) and roundtrip airport transfers. Also complimentary are 3x daily meals (with locally sourced ingredients), 2x U Hosts (dedicated staff / destination experts), daily shore excursions, local DJ performances (on the boat's rooftop bar lounge), all gratuities, shipwide Wi-Fi.

Uniworld Cruise Experience

From its start in 1976, the Uniworld line ("Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection") has expanded its fleet and its market share, covering more than 20 countries and operating over 500 river itineraries annually. Uniworld cruises range in length from 7 days to 1 month. The line's worldly renowned boutique-hotel style vacations appeal to a wide variety of passengers and interests. Along with its primary operations in Central and Western Europe, the company works in partnership with major lines and travel groups in China, Vietnam, Egypt, and Portugal, to bring the Uniworld classic experience to other parts of the world.

On all river cruising ships, whether newly built or refurbished, Uniworld's signature is a colorful and dynamic ambiance. All cabins and public rooms are furnished in high standards, with lush fabrics, original artwork and antiques nestled next to state-of-the-art flat-screen televisions, comfortable Savoir brand beds, and plush bathrooms.

Service and cuisine are on a par with oceangoing luxury cruise ships, though, as riverboats are smaller, options like entertainment venues and alternative restaurants are less in number.

Uniworld has moved towards all-inclusive riverboats and most fares (excluding China, Vietnam, and Russia) include unlimited fine wine, spirits and beer, as well as gratuities for services on board and ashore, such as pre- and post-cruise extensions. Ticket prices include most of the shore tours. Some extra options, such as bicycling and wine-tasting tours in Danube's Durnstein, are for a fee. Each Uniworld-operated riverboat carries a complimentary fleet of bicycles to be used by passengers while in call ports.

While "big ship" entertainment options (Broadway-style productions and casinos) are not available, each evening provides diversions ranging from bands that play for dancing to local acts who come on board in ports of call.

The following YouTube video provides a review of the experience on Uniworld river cruises in Europe.

In 2018, the company launched an impressive onboard dining program with new options, including alternative and al-fresco venues, progressive dinners and farm-to-ship meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The new options were introduced on all "Super Ships" and offer passengers to enjoy 7-course meals with each course served at a different location on the boat. The experience starts with appetizers in the galley (ship kitchen) and ends with desserts on Sun Deck. Beverage and food menus vary (by destination, itinerary, season, chef) and include local craft beers, wines from nearby vineyards, special cocktails.

In late-October 2018, Uniworld announced the company's plans to build 4 new riverboats - 1 for Russia (launch in 2021) and 3 other (launches in 2020) for voyages on Nile ( SS Sphinx ), Mekong ( Mekong Jewel ) and Douro ( SS Sao Gabriel ).

The January 2021-launched Uniworld Support Hub (online trading platform) contains digital brochures and content designed to help travel partners (agents and agencies) to host virtual sale promos and events. Sales assets were previously emailed to the agents. Media (10-minute videos) showcasing various Uniworld-operated destinations and rivers was also added to the hub.

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, Uniworld suspended fleetwide its passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures from March 14, 2020, through July 2021.

All affected bookings were fully refunded. Uniworld's cruise cancellation policy was expanded to allow penalty-free cancellation of new bookings up to 14 days prior departure with rebooking.

The fare paid as FCC (future cruise credit) was transferred to another (any) Uniworld cruisetour planned for 2021-2022.

Itinerary of Uniworld

This section has links to all Uniworld cruise ships providing information on sailing schedules (dates and prices), current positions (cruise tracker) and also internal links to related review articles.

Uniworld's top luxury boats offer itineraries along the largest European and Asian rivers - including in China, Egypt and Russia. The company's operations include more than 20 countries with over 500 departures annually. The itineraries range from one week to a month.

Follows the list of all Uniworld ships (owned and chartered) and their itinerary regions:

  • Ganges Voyager II (2015-built) - a chartered luxury boat for India cruises on Ganges River
  • Prince Abbas - Lake Nasser - Egypt
  • THE A (1993-built as River Ambassador) - Rhine, Main, Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic
  • THE B (1994-built as River Baroness) - Seine River - France, departures from Paris to Normandy
  • River Duchess (2003-built) - Rhine, Main, Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia
  • River Empress (2001-built)- the Rhine, Main, Danube - Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic
  • River Orchid (2013-built)- Mekong River - Vietnam and Cambodia
  • River Princess (2001-built)- the Rhine, Main, Danube and "Christmas Markets" - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey
  • River Queen (1999-built) - Rhine, Main, Danube, "Christmas Markets" - Holland, Germany, Switzerland
  • River Tosca (2009-built) - Africa / Egypt cruises on Nile River
  • River Victoria (1982-built) - Volga River - Russia
  • Queen Isabel - chartered for Spain and Portugal cruises on Douro River
  • SS Antoinette (Super Ship, 2011-built) - Rhine River, "Christmas Markets" - Germany, Switzerland, France
  • SS Catherine (Super Ship, 2014-built) - Rhone River - France river cruises in Burgundy and Provence leaving from Paris
  • SS Joie de Vivre (Super Ship, 2017-built) - Seine River - France river cruises in Normandy leaving from Paris
  • SS Maria Theresa (Super Ship, 2015-built) - Holland, Rhine, Main, Danube
  • SS Beatrice (Super Ship, 2009-built as "River Beatrice")- Danube River and "Christmas Markets" - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
  • SS Bon Voyage (Super Ship, 2006-built as "River Royale") - Garonne River - France river cruises from Bordeaux , "Food and Wine" themed
  • SS La Venezia (Super Ship, 2003-built as "River Countess") - Po River - Italy river cruises from Venice
  • SS Sphinx (2020) - Nile River (Egypt)
  • RV Mekong Jewel (2020) - Vietnam and Cambodia
  • SS Sao Gabriel (2020) - Douro River (Portugal)

In mid-October 2023, Uniworld signed a 3-year charter deal with the German shipowner Seaside Collection GmbH & Co KG for two 2017-built boats, operated by Crystal River Cruises until 2022. Riverside Bach (fka Crystal Bach) starts Rhine River cruises for Uniworld in 2024 as " SS Victoria ", while Riverside Mahler (fka Crystal Mahler) starts operations in 2025 as " SS Elisabeth ".

Century Legend and Century Paragon offer Yangtze River cruises in China. Both ships are privately-owned and operated by Viking under a charter. These riverboats are also chartered by other major European lines, like AmaWaterways , Avalon and Viking .

RV Aria Amazon (16-cabin houseboat) starts in September 2020 Uniworld-chartered cruises on the Peruvian Amazon River with 3 itineraries. The Uniworld-charter cruises on Amazon River are first-time for the company. The program starts with 15-day "Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu Exploration" (inclusive of 5-star hotel overnight in Lima Peru ), follows .7-day cruising through the Amazon Rainforest (with visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu ) and ends with 11-day "Peruvian Rivers and Rainforest Discovery" (roundtrip from Iquitos , cruising through Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve / Amazonian jungle in northeastern Peru). Bookings were opened on December 16, 2019, with prices from USD 12,000 pp (double-occupancy houseboat cabin rates).

UNIWORLD Mekong cruise itineraries

Since January 2020, Uniworld with Mekong Jewel ship operates a 13-day cruisetour itinerary between Saigon and Siem Reap (northbound and southbound), with ports (sequence on the northbound route) in Vietnam's Mekong Delta ( My Tho , Cai Be , Vinh Long , Sa Dec , Cu Lao Gieng Island , Tan Chau ), Phnom Penh (Cambodia's capital), Angkor Ban , Kampong Cham , Wat Hanchey Temple.

Next is listed Uniworld's day-to-day schedule as call ports:

  • DAY 1: Saigon - arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, optional group transfer or private transfer, Uniworld representative greet-and-meet, bus transfer to a luxury hotel, private check-in with welcome drinks
  • DAY 2: Saigon excursions (Ho Chi Minh City, Dinner Cruise on Saigon Princess)
  • DAY 3: Saigon, bus transfer to My Tho (cruise ship embarkation), cruising to Cai Be, excursion (Cu Chi Tunnels)
  • DAY 4: Cai Be, Vinh Long
  • DAY 5: Sa Dec, Gieng Island, Hong Ngu, Mekong cruising
  • DAY 6: Hong Ngu, Mekong cruising, Phnom Penh
  • DAY 7: Phnom Penh
  • DAY 8: Phnom Penh, Mekong cruising
  • DAY 9: Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey
  • DAY 10: Kampong Cham (cruise ship debarkation in the morning), bus transfer to Siem Reap
  • DAY 11: Siem Reap - excursions (Angkor Wat Temples, Khmer Noodle House / Preah Dak Village)
  • DAY 12: Siem Reap - excursions (Angkor Thom ruins, Bayon, Ta Prohm), shipboard Apsara dance show and gala dinner
  • DAY 13: Siem Reap - hotel check-out, transfer to Siem Reap-Angkor Airport for home flight.

Uniworld's "Masterpiece Collection" (fly-cruise) itineraries

Uniworld's "Masterpiece Collection" ("flight and cruise" deals) was inaugurated in 2018.

Deals applied to departure dates on selected 2018 river cruise tour itineraries, including the themed "Splendors of Italy", "Gems of Northern Italy", "Paris and Normandy", "Remarkable Rhine", "Legendary Rhine and Moselle", "European Jewels", "Bordeaux, Vineyards, and Chateaux".

"Masterpiece Collection" cruise tour deals are all-inclusive packages with included scheduled airport transfers (to/from the riverboat), all onboard meals and beverages (including spirits and wines), gratuities, Wi-Fi, bicycles (on land tours), Nordic walking sticks, also onboard fitness classes and all guided shore excursions offered in each port city along the itinerary route.

Uniworld's "Masterpiece Collection" cruise prices start at USD 3700 pp and vary by departure date and cruise tour itinerary. Fares are also inclusive of the flights (offered from several major airports in the USA). Fly-cruise deals can be upgraded to business class (prices start from USD 2500 pp).

Itineraries 2024

"Spectacular Journeys of the World" (108-page e-brochure) introduces immersive land experiences to existing itineraries. For example, the Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong itinerary now includes a visit to Halong Bay , while the Splendours of Egypt & The Nile itinerary incorporates a stop in Sharm El Sheikh & The Red Sea.

"Spectacular Journeys in India" brochure focuses on Uniworld's India itineraries, including an option to extend classic "India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges" itinerary to include Varanasi. It also highlights the increased capacity for the newly launched "The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas' Express" ship+train voyage.

"2024 Rivers of the World" brochure includes Uniworld's second world cruise . The 54-night "2024 Rivers of the World" itinerary traverses 10 countries on 3 continents (South America, Europe, Southeast Asia) and cruising on 4 Super Ships.

The travel experiences have been enhanced with remarkable extensions.

On the "Splendours of Egypt & The Nile with Jordan" itinerary, travelers can participate in a unique Make Travel Matter experience in Jordan. They will have the opportunity to explore how Jordanian women sustain their livelihoods through traditional handicrafts at the Iraq al-Amir Women's Cooperative.

In Varanasi, a spiritual city, guests on "India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges with Varanasi" tour can witness the renowned ghats washing ritual and observe artisans engaging in silk weaving, creating colorful scarves. These experiences provide a deeper understanding of the city's culture and traditions.

For those embarking on the "Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong with Ha Long Bay" itinerary, they can explore the stunning turquoise natural lagoons and partake in kayaking adventures amidst the majestic landscapes of Ha Long Bay. The tour also offers the opportunity to visit Viet Hai Village, interact with the locals, and even enjoy a visit to Castaway Island.

Travelers on the "Splendours of Egypt & The Nile with Sharm El Sheikh & The Red Sea" journey can experience the pristine white sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs of the Red Sea. The itinerary also includes historical tours to St. Catherine's Monastery, a UNESCO site, and a luxurious stay at the opulent Sharm El Sheikh Four Seasons resort.

In 2024, Uniworld offers new cruises and also expands its Cruise & Rail program (ship+train voyages) to new destinations (like Istanbul , Transylvania, the Swiss Alps), as well as new pre-cruise tour extensions in South America.

Uniworld's charter fleet includes two new boats - SS Victoria/fka Crystal Bach (starting March 2024) and SS Elisabeth/fka Crystal Mahler (March 2025), slated to start European voyages on the rivers Rhine and Danube.

In 2024, Uniworld introduces 5 new cruise-and-rail itineraries in Europe.

(ship River Duchess) 15-day "Delightful Danube & the Castles of Transylvania" itinerary starts in Istanbul and continues through Transylvania. The river cruise segment includes Budapest and Vienna and cruising through the Wachau Valley .

(ship SS La Venezia) 19-day " Milan , Venice , Istanbul & the Balkans" itinerary starts in Milan, visits Chioggia , and proceeds with a rail voyage to Istanbul.

(ship SS La Venezia) 17-day "Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans" itinerary starts with a train voyage to Istanbul. The Venice cruise portion features navigation of the Venetian Lagoon.

(ship SS La Venezia) 15-day "Grand Alpine & the Jewels of Veneto" itinerary starts in Budapest and features a luxury train travel to Switzerland (Lake Como, Zurich ). The river voyage starts in Venice.

(ship SS Maria Theresa) 14-day "Grand Alpine & the Enchanting Danube" itinerary starts in Passau and ends in Venice. The river cruise portion is Passau-Budapest, the train travel portion is Vianna-Venice.

Uniworld India cruises

Uniworld's operations in India are via the chartered ship Ganges Voyager II .

"The Sacred Ganges & The Maharajas' Express" (cruise-and-rail itinerary/ship+train travel) is from Kolkata and either to New Delhi or to Mumbai .

Next are listed the Uniworld's India itinerary's ports scheduled for 2024.

  • Kolkata (Embark)
  • Murshidabad, Baranagar
  • Cruising the Ganges, Khusbagh
  • Mayapur, Chandannagar
  • Kolkata (Disembark), Fly to Mumbai
  • Mumbai (Embark)
  • Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri
  • Agra, New Delhi (Disembark)

Next are listed the itinerary's ports scheduled for 2023.

  • Kolkata (Disembark), Fly to New Delhi
  • New Delhi (Embark), Agra
  • Agra, Ranthambore
  • Mumbai (Disembark)

The voyage's prices start from ~US$ 27100 per person (based on double occupancy). Uniworld's pricing is inclusive of Uniworld Tour Manager services (on the ship/during the cruise portion), Tour Manager services (on the train/during the land portion), Wellness Program, onboard culture-themed activities, Group Transfers (on arrival/departure days), domestic flight (between Kolkata and New Delhi/Mumbai), shipboard gratuities, 13 excursions (locally led by English-speaking experts), all meals (on the ship and the train/15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners), beverages (house wine, local beers/spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee both on the ship and on the train). Ashore, lunches are inclusive of coffee/tea, while dinners are inclusive of more beverages (house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee/tea).

The unique voyage features 7 nights of ship cruising, 6 nights on The Maharajas' Express (luxury train), and two 1-night hotel stays (The Oberoi New Delhi and The Oberoi Mumbai/or similar).

2024 World's longest river cruisetour (54-night/4 ships/5 rivers/3 continents)

Uniworld's 54-night/55-day "2024 Rivers of the World" itinerary (October 3 to November 26, 2024) is a B2B/back-to-back voyage (max capacity 68 passengers) grouping 4 ships and visiting ports in 10 countries and on 3 continents (South America, Europe, Southeast Asia).

The world's currently longest river voyage starts with the ship Aria Amazon (32 passengers) in South America. The 16-day Peruvian Amazon itinerary visits destinations in 3 countries (Peru, Argentina, Brazil). The segment ends with a flight from Brazil (on October 18th) to Holland (arrival on October 19th).

The second segment starts with the ship SS Beatrice in Holland/Amsterdam. The 16-day itinerary visits ports in 4 countries (Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary) and includes cruising on 2 rivers (Rhine, Danube). The segment ends with a flight from Hungary/Budapest (on November 3rd) to France/Paris (arrival on November 3rd).

The third segment starts with the ship SS Catherine in France. The 8-day Seine River itinerary visits ports in Burgundy and Provence. The segment ends with a flight from France/Paris (on November 10th) to Vietnam (arrival on November 11th).

The fourth segment starts with the ship Mekong Jewel in Vietnam. The 16-day Mekong River itinerary visits ports in Vietnam and Cambodia. The segment ends in Ho Chi Minh City with included Park Hyatt Saigon hotel stay prior to the home flight.

2023 World's longest river cruisetour (46-night/5 ships/7 rivers/2 continents)

In mid-May 2021 Uniworld announced the world's longest river cruisetour.

The 46-night/47-day B2B/back-to-back itinerary (based on 5 ships) visited ports in 9 countries and on 2 continents (Europe and Africa).

  • Uniworld's "The Rivers of the World Cruise 2023" is scheduled to start in Egypt and end in Portugal. The voyage departs on May 20, 2023 (from Cairo Egypt ) and ends on July 5 (in Lisbon Portugal ).
  • Tourists must arrange their own transport to Cairo and also from Lisbon.
  • Fares started from EUR 31875 (USD 39000 / GBP 27485) per person for a French Balcony cabin with double occupancy.

This unique travel vacation starts with a hotel stay in Cairo, and an opening event before the 11-day Nile River cruise aboard SS Sphinx . Travelers are joined by an Egyptologist and explore ancient sites, including the Abu Simbel temples. Follows a flight to Switzerland and a hotel stay in Lugano. A land tour of Milano is offered before the 11-day cruise on Venice Lagoon and Po River on SS La Venezia .

The 3rd part is on Danube River (Germany, Austria, Hungary) aboard SS Maria Theresa . The activities include a private tour of Vienna ’s Schonbrunn Palace. The 4th part is in France (7-day Seine River cruise) aboard SS Joie de Vivre (to towns in Northern France and Normandy, ending in Paris City /with an included a Moulin Rouge show).

The voyage's last part is on Douro River (Spain and Portugal) with 11-day cruising aboard SS Sao Gabriel . The itinerary visits Portugal's seaport Cascais/Sintra and ends with a land tour and a closing event in Lisbon.

In March 2022, Uniworld announced the 43-day "World’s Most Exotic River & Land Journey". Across 3 riverboats, the itinerary visits ports in Egypt, India and Southeast Asia (Vietnam and Cambodia), but targets specifically the UK market so it is open for sale to only British nationals.

  • The unique cruisetour (itinerary January 7 through February 18, 2023) is divided into 3 segments. Part 1 starts with a 5-night hotel stay in Cairo (Four Seasons Hotel Cairo) followed by a 7-day Nile cruise on SS Sphinx ship . Follows Part 2, starting with a flight to India (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and continuing with a 7-day Ganges RIver cruising on Ganges Voyager 2 ship . Part 3 is in Southeast Asia, featuring 5 hotel overnights and 7-day cruising in Vietnam and Cambodia on Mekong Jewel ship .
  • Fares started from GBP 18885 per cabin.
  • Prices are inclusive of excursions, airport transfers, all flights (domestic and international), shipboard gratuities.

Uniworld cruise itinerary themes and homeports

Next are listed all the company's itineraries (all regions/rivers) as themes and homeports/departure ports.

  • "TULIPS & WINDMILLS" - 10-DAY AMSTERDAM TO ANTWERP
  • "HOLLAND & BELGIUM AT TULIP TIME" - 8-DAY BRUSSELS TO AMSTERDAM
  • "DUTCH DELIGHT" - 8-DAY AMSTERDAM roundtrip
  • "CLASSIC GERMANY & AMSTERDAM" - 8-DAY AMSTERDAM TO NUREMBERG
  • "ENCHANTING DANUBE" - 8-DAY BUDAPEST TO PASSAU
  • "RHINE, MOSELLE & BLISSFUL BADEN-BADEN" - 12-DAY BADEN-BADEN TO FRANKFURT
  • "RHINE & MOSELLE" - 10-DAY STRASBOURG TO FRANKFURT
  • "CASTLES ALONG THE RHINE" - 8-DAY BASEL TO AMSTERDAM
  • "REMARKABLE RHINE & HISTORIC HOLLAND" - 11-DAY AMSTERDAM TO BASEL
  • "DELIGHTFUL DANUBE & PRAGUE" - 10-DAY BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE
  • "DELIGHTFUL DANUBE" - 8-DAY BUDAPEST TO NUREMBERG
  • "AUTHENTIC DANUBE & PRAGUE" - 10-DAY VIENNA TO PRAGUE
  • "AUTHENTIC DANUBE" - 8-DAY VIENNA TO NUREMBERG
  • "HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPE" - 10-DAY BUDAPEST TO BUCHAREST
  • "PORTRAITS OF EASTERN EUROPE" - 19-DAY PRAGUE TO BUCHAREST
  • "MILAN, VENICE AND THE GEMS OF NORTHERN ITALY" - 10-DAY MILAN TO VENICE
  • "VENICE AND THE GEMS OF NORTHERN ITALY" - 8-DAY VENICE roundtrip
  • "BURGUNDY & PROVENCE" - 8-DAY AVIGNON TO LYON
  • "BRILLIANT BORDEAUX" - 8-DAY BORDEAUX roundtrip
  • "PARIS & NORMANDY" - 8-DAY PARIS roundtrip
  • "A PORTRAIT OF MAJESTIC FRANCE" - 15-DAY BORDEAUX TO PARIS
  • "GRAND FRANCE" - 15-DAY PARIS TO AVIGNON
  • "ULTIMATE FRANCE" - 22-DAY BORDEAUX TO AVIGNON
  • "DOURO RIVER VALLEY" - 8-DAY OPORTO roundtrip
  • "PORTUGAL, SPAIN & THE DOURO RIVER VALLEY" - 11-DAY OPORTO TO LISBON
  • "IMPERIAL WATERWAYS OF RUSSIA" - 12-DAY MOSCOW TO SAINT PETERSBURG
  • "GRAND CHINA AND THE YANGTZE" - 18-DAY BEIJING TO HONG KONG
  • "CHINA, TIBET & THE YANGTZE" - 14-DAY BEIJING TO SHANGHAI
  • "HIGHLIGHTS OF CHINA & THE YANGTZE" - 11-DAY BEIJING TO SHANGHAI
  • "TIMELESS WONDERS OF VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG" - 13-DAY SAIGON TO SIEM REAP
  • "INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE & THE SACRED GANGES" - 13-DAY NEW DELHI TO KOLKATA
  • "SPLENDORS OF EGYPT & THE NILE" - 12-DAY CAIRO roundtrip
  • "PERUVIAN RIVERS & RAINFOREST DISCOVERY" - 11-DAY LIMA roundtrip
  • "PERUVIAN AMAZON & MACHU PICCHU EXPLORATION" - 15-DAY LIMA roundtrip

Repositioning voyages

Uniworld's repositioning voyages 9seasonal riverboat relocations) include:

  • "RHINE, MAIN & DANUBE DISCOVERY" - 15-DAY AMSTERDAM TO VIENNA
  • "EUROPEAN JEWELS" - 16-DAY BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM
  • "ULTIMATE EUROPEAN JOURNEY" - 25-DAY AMSTERDAM TO BUCHAREST

"Train and cruise" packages

Uniworld's "train and river cruise" package itineraries include:

  • "CRUISE & RAIL: MILAN, VENICE & THE SWISS ALPS" (14 DAYS) MILAN TO ZURICH
  • "CRUISE & RAIL: VENICE & THE SWISS ALPS" (12 DAYS) ZURICH TO VENICE
  • "CRUISE & RAIL: MILAN, VENICE & ISTANBUL" (18 DAYS) MILAN TO ISTANBUL
  • "CRUISE & RAIL: VENICE & ISTANBUL" (16 DAYS) VENICE TO ISTANBUL
  • "CRUISE & RAIL: ENCHANTING DANUBE & THE CASTLES OF TRANSYLVANIA" (12 DAYS) PASSAU TO BUDAPEST
  • (2024) "CRUISE & RAIL: CASTLES OF TRANSYLVANIA & THE ENCHANTING DANUBE" (13 DAYS from Budapest to Passau) starts with a roundtrip train cruise from BUDAPEST, follows the river cruise from BUDAPEST to PASSAU.
  • (2024) CRUISE & RAIL: GRAND ALPINE & THE ENCHANTING DANUBE (14 DAYS) PASSAU TO BUDAPEST plus train VIANNA TO VENICE
  • (2024) CRUISE & RAIL: MILAN, VENICE, ISTANBUL & THE BALKANS (19 DAYS from Milan to Istanbul) starts in MILAN (transfer to VENICE/roundtrip cruise), transfer to TRIESTE, train travel TRIESTE TO ISTANBUL.
  • (2024) CRUISE & RAIL: VENICE, ISTANBUL & THE BALKANS (17 DAYS from Venice to Istanbul) starts with a roundtrip cruise from VENICE, transfer to TRIESTE, train travel TRIESTE TO ISTANBUL.
  • (2024) CRUISE & RAIL: GRAND ALPINE & THE JEWELS OF VENETO (15 DAYS from Budapest to Venice) starts in BUDAPEST (train travel through Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia) plus roundtrip cruise from VENICE.
  • (RAIL-ONLY) "THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS" - 15-DAY MOSCOW TO VLADIVOSTOK

Uniworld cruise tracker

Our Uniworld cruise ship tracker is a function integrated into all Uniworld river cruise review pages. At page-bottom on each page, you'll find a map with the boat's current location (AIS position). All the real-time tracking data is provided by VesselFinder. It's all about convenience - you will find where is your Uniworld ship cruising today and right now along its current itinerary - in real-time!

Enjoy the "boutique luxury" river cruising on your Uniworld vacations!

Note: You can see CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All river passenger shipping line companies and their fleets are listed there.

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The Best Uniworld River Cruises: Your Ultimate Travel Guide!

Posted on Last updated: February 9, 2024

Embarking on a journey with Uniworld River Cruises is more than just a vacation—it’s an entrée into a world of unparalleled luxury and timeless elegance.

As river cruises gain popularity, discerning travelers seek experiences that go beyond the ordinary, and Uniworld stands out, offering a kaleidoscope of cultures, histories, and landscapes.

Dive into this comprehensive guide, and let’s set sail into the mesmerizing realm of Uniworld River Cruises.

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The In-Depth History of Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld River Cruises is more than just a river cruise line; it’s a testament to visionary entrepreneurship, adaptability, and a passion for unparalleled luxury.

The brand’s journey from its inception to its current status as a leader in boutique river cruising is both inspiring and intriguing.

The Genesis: Serba Illich’s Vision

The seeds of Uniworld River Cruises were sown in 1976 by Yugoslavian entrepreneur Serba Illich. Originating as a tour operator company based in California, Uniworld initially provided guided tours primarily in Europe.

Transition to River Cruising

As the travel industry evolved, Illich recognized the untapped potential of river cruising. In the 1990s, Uniworld transitioned from land tours to focus on river cruises, a move that was both timely and strategic.

This was during a period when river cruising was beginning to gain traction as an intimate, immersive way to explore destinations.

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Partnership with The Travel Corporation

The early 2000s marked a pivotal moment in Uniworld’s history. The company formed a partnership with The Travel Corporation (TTC), a global conglomerate with various travel brands under its umbrella.

This alliance provided Uniworld with the resources and support to expand and refine its river cruise offerings.

The Birth of Boutique River Cruising

Under the stewardship of the TTC and with the visionary leadership of Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of the boutique Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Uniworld underwent a transformative phase.

Drawing inspiration from the boutique hotel concept, the brand redefined luxury river cruising. Each ship was uniquely designed, resembling a floating boutique hotel, replete with exquisite antiques, original artworks, and bespoke furnishings.

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Expanding Horizons

With its revamped image and emphasis on luxury, Uniworld began to expand its horizons. Beyond the popular European rivers like the Danube, Rhine, and Seine, Uniworld ventured into less-traveled waters.

By the 2010s, they were offering cruises in Asia, Egypt, and even Russia, providing travelers with a broad palette of cultural and scenic experiences.

Sustainability and Community Engagement

Recognizing the significance of sustainable travel, Uniworld has, over the years, integrated eco-friendly practices and community engagement into its operations.

From green ship designs to partnerships with local artisans and support for community projects, the brand’s commitment to responsible tourism has become a core aspect of its identity.

Today: A Symbol of Luxury and Authenticity

Today, Uniworld River Cruises is celebrated for its unparalleled luxury, attention to detail, and authentic experiences.

While its fleet has grown and its destinations have expanded, the brand remains true to its ethos of offering boutique, personalized voyages that resonate with travelers seeking both luxury and substance.

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Why Choose Uniworld?

Embarking on a river cruise is an adventure that paints your travel canvas with exquisite landscapes, culture-rich experiences, and intimate encounters with world wonders.

Amidst the myriad of choices available, Uniworld River Cruises manages to carve out a niche of its own. But what makes Uniworld the preferred choice for many? Let’s delve deeper.

Unparalleled Luxury Experience

Uniworld isn’t just about cruising; it’s about immersing oneself in a luxury voyage. The ships are floating boutique hotels, with opulent interiors, fine fabrics, handcrafted furniture, and original artworks.

Every corner echoes the dedication to detail, ensuring guests experience a voyage that’s as visually delightful as it is comfortable.

Award-winning Service

The Uniworld team prides itself on its award-winning service. Personalized, attentive, yet never intrusive, the staff aboard the Uniworld cruises works tirelessly to anticipate and meet every guest’s needs.

With one of the best staff-to-guest ratios in the river cruise industry, Uniworld ensures that every passenger feels like royalty.

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Distinctively Designed Ships

Unlike the one-size-fits-all approach of many cruise lines, each Uniworld ship is a masterpiece, distinctively designed to reflect the essence of its destinations.

For instance, while cruising the Seine, don’t be surprised to find Parisian-inspired interiors that effortlessly blend with the romance of the surroundings.

Eco-Friendly Cruising

In today’s world, where sustainability is paramount, Uniworld River Cruises has taken significant strides to ensure eco-friendly practices.

From organic ingredients in their gourmet meals to sustainable shore excursions, Uniworld promotes a travel ethos that’s kind to our planet.

A Wide Range of Inclusive Amenities

Beyond the lavish accommodations and gourmet dining, Uniworld offers a plethora of inclusive amenities.

From unlimited beverages and onboard entertainment to all gratuities and curated excursions, guests find exceptional value in the all-inclusive luxury Uniworld promises.

Choosing Uniworld River Cruises isn’t just about selecting a cruise; it’s about opting for an experience that stands out in every sense.

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer , Uniworld offers an unmatched blend of luxury, service, and genuine immersion in the world’s most enchanting destinations.

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Understanding the Fleet

When choosing a river cruise, the ship becomes your temporary home, whisking you from one destination to another in comfort and style.

The Uniworld River Cruises fleet is not just about transportation—it’s about providing an unforgettable experience from the moment you embark to the moment you disembark. Here’s a deep dive into the fleet that sails the world’s most iconic rivers.

Boutique Ships with Character

Uniworld’s ships are often referred to as ‘floating boutique hotels’. Each vessel has its own unique personality, drawing inspiration from the regions they navigate.

From rich European tapestries to the vibrant aesthetics of Asian culture, every ship ensures guests are constantly surrounded by beauty.

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Features and Amenities Onboard

Opulent staterooms and suites.

Every stateroom and suite onboard a Uniworld ship is meticulously crafted to provide maximum comfort and luxury. From handcrafted Savoir® of England beds to marble bathrooms, the attention to detail is evident.

Plus, with state-of-the-art infotainment systems and generous storage space, every modern need is met.

Gourmet Dining

Uniworld understands that a culinary journey is integral to the cruising experience.

Their chefs craft delectable dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. From lavish buffets to intimate a-la-carte dining, every meal becomes an occasion to remember.

Wellness and Fitness

For those who wish to stay active, Uniworld offers a variety of wellness amenities.

Modern fitness centers, yoga sessions, and even onboard swimming pools on select ships ensure guests can maintain their wellness routines while sailing.

Enrichment and Entertainment

Every evening, Uniworld offers a palette of entertainment options. Whether it’s a local dance troupe showcasing regional art forms or a classical music quartet serenading the night, there’s always something to captivate guests.

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Specialized Ships for Exotic Destinations

While many of Uniworld’s ships are designed for the rivers of Europe, they also have specialized vessels for more exotic destinations.

Ships designed for the Mekong or the Ganges, for example, incorporate local artistry and are equipped to navigate these unique waterways.

Commitment to Safety

Safety is paramount for Uniworld River Cruises. Each ship is equipped with the latest safety technologies and adheres to international safety standards.

Regular training ensures the crew is prepared for any situation, guaranteeing guests’ peace of mind.

Understanding Uniworld’s fleet is essential to appreciate the unparalleled experience they offer. Combining luxury, comfort, and authenticity, every ship promises not just a journey across rivers, but a voyage through cultures, cuisines, and captivating tales.

As you prepare to sail, know that with Uniworld, the journey is as enchanting as the destinations themselves.

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Highlighting Uniworld’s Signature Ships

Uniworld River Cruises prides itself on its boutique fleet, with each ship being a unique masterpiece.

Here, we’ll highlight some of the signature ships of the Uniworld fleet that have garnered rave reviews and have become favorites among travelers.

S.S. Antoinette

One of the most regal ships on the Rhine, the S.S. Antoinette dazzles with its 18th-century French design.

Key Features

  • Full-sized cinema onboard
  • Heated swimming pool with an underwater sound system
  • Sun deck with miniature golf
  • Lavish suites with open-air balconies

S.S. Joie de Vivre

Reflecting the “Joy of Living”, this ship brings the Parisian charm to the Seine River.

Key Features:

  • Parisian-style bistros
  • Handcrafted furniture and fine antiques
  • Yoga and wellness classes on deck
  • Le Club L’Esprit with a pool and spa

S.S. Maria Theresa

Sailing through the Danube, Main, and Rhine, this ship is reminiscent of the regal era of Maria Theresa.

  • Baroque architecture and luxurious interiors
  • Lipizzaner stallions in the lobby
  • Habsburg Salon, an opulent cinema and bar
  • Rooftop garden and heated swimming pool

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Mekong Jewel

Cruising the Mekong, this ship combines luxury with the essence of Southeast Asia.

  • Suites with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Al fresco dining on deck
  • Traditional spa treatments with locally sourced ingredients
  • Observation deck for panoramic views

Ganges Voyager II

Journey through India’s sacred river with the Ganges Voyager II, showcasing a blend of colonial and Indian design.

  • Spacious suites with hand-painted murals
  • Regional and international gourmet dining
  • Traditional Indian spa treatments
  • Sun deck with a 360-degree view of the Ganges

Each ship in the Uniworld River Cruises fleet is designed with passion, ensuring travelers not only enjoy the destinations but also cherish the journey.

Rich in history, culture, and luxury, these ships are more than just modes of transport—they’re floating experiences, each with its own tale to tell.

Whether you’re sipping champagne on the S.S. Antoinette or meditating on the Ganges Voyager II, with Uniworld, every moment becomes a treasured memory.

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Popular Destinations & Itineraries with Uniworld River Cruises

Sailing with Uniworld River Cruises is akin to floating through a living history book, where the pages are vibrant landscapes, ancient landmarks, and rich cultural experiences.

With a broad range of itineraries covering diverse regions, Uniworld provides a window into the world’s most cherished destinations. Let’s explore some of the most sought-after routes and what they have to offer.

European River Cruises

1. the enchanting danube.

Flowing through the heart of Europe, the Danube river cruises provide excellent sailings, synonymous with unparalleled beauty.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Budapest: Begin with Hungary’s capital, an architectural gem with its Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and thermal baths.
  • Vienna: Waltz through Austria’s crown jewel, exploring the Schönbrunn Palace and the historic opera house.
  • Passau: A delightful town where three rivers meet, it’s a haven for music lovers with the world’s largest cathedral organ.

2. Rhine, Main & Moselle

A trio of rivers that unfold the beauty and history of Germany.

  • Amsterdam: Navigate its intricate canals and revel in its artistic heritage.
  • Cologne: Explore its impressive Gothic cathedral.
  • Strasbourg: Delight in its blend of French and German culture, with timbered houses and an iconic cathedral.

3. Paris & Normandy on the Seine

From the ‘City of Light’ to the historic beaches of Normandy.

  • Paris: Embrace the romance, with the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and Louvre.
  • Rouen: Walk in Joan of Arc’s footsteps and marvel at its medieval architecture.
  • Normandy Beaches: Pay homage at the WWII landing sites and memorials.

cruises on the nile

Asia River Cruises

4. timeless wonders of vietnam, cambodia & the mekong.

A soul-stirring journey through Southeast Asia’s jewels.

  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Dive into its bustling markets, historic tunnels, and French colonial architecture.
  • Phnom Penh: Explore Cambodia’s capital with its Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
  • Angkor Wat: Witness sunrise at this world-famous temple complex.

5. India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

Embrace the mystique of India, from bustling cities to the serene Ganges.

  • New Delhi: Discover India Gate, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb.
  • Jaipur: Visit the Amber Fort and be enchanted by the Pink City’s palaces.
  • Varanasi: Experience the spiritual epicenter with evening aarti ceremonies and morning boat rides.

Russia, Egypt, and Beyond

6. imperial waterways of russia.

Journey through Russia’s tsarist history and vast landscapes.

  • St. Petersburg: Visit the State Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Peterhof Palace.
  • Moscow: Explore the iconic Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

7. Splendors of Egypt & the Nile

Cruise into history on the world’s longest river.

  • Cairo: Witness the grandeur of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
  • Luxor: Enter the Valley of the Kings and the Karnak Temple complex.
  • Aswan: Admire the Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple.

Uniworld River Cruises has curated itineraries that aren’t just about sightseeing – they’re transformative experiences. By meticulously blending the elements of luxury, history, and cultural immersion, they promise voyages that are narratives of discovery.

Whether you’re tracing the footsteps of emperors, artists, or ancient civilizations, Uniworld crafts every journey to be a cherished memory. Choose your river, choose your story, and let Uniworld guide you through it.

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Onboard Experiences with Uniworld River Cruises

The allure of Uniworld River Cruises isn’t confined to the captivating destinations they voyage to.

A significant part of the enchantment is woven into the very fabric of the ships and the experiences they curate onboard.

Let’s explore the myriad of activities, amenities, and unique offerings that make every Uniworld cruise a voyage of discovery in its own right.

Culinary Delights: Dining and Cuisine

Dining aboard a Uniworld ship is an affair to remember.

Farm-to-Table Philosophy

Uniworld’s chefs passionately craft dishes using locally-sourced ingredients, celebrating the regions the ship sails through. Every meal tells a story, a delightful blend of tradition and innovation.

Diverse Dining Venues

From al fresco lunches on the sun deck to intimate dinners in the main dining room, guests have a variety of settings to enjoy their meals. Specialty restaurants, like wine-pairing bistros, further enhance the culinary journey.

Wellness and Spa Facilities

For those who view travel as a rejuvenating experience, Uniworld’s onboard wellness facilities are a haven.

Serenity River Spa™

Indulge in treatments inspired by the regions you’re cruising through. Whether it’s a massage using fragrant essential oils from Provence or a rejuvenating facial with Asian botanicals, relaxation takes center stage.

Well-Equipped Fitness Centers

Modern fitness facilities ensure guests can maintain their workout regimes, complemented by classes such as yoga, pilates, and resistance training.

Entertainment and Enrichment Programs

Every evening, the ship transforms into a hub of cultural enrichment and entertainment.

Local Performances

Experience the heart and soul of a region through its art. Whether it’s a traditional dance performance from the heart of India or a classical European music ensemble, the essence of the destination comes alive.

Informative Lectures

Gain insights into the history, culture, and heritage of the regions you’re voyaging through with lectures and talks by local experts.

Exclusive Experiences for Guests

Beyond the standard offerings, Uniworld ensures guests have access to some truly exclusive experiences.

Private Wine Tastings

Savor regional wines and spirits, guided by onboard sommeliers who provide insights into the local viticulture and brewing traditions.

Chef-led Cooking Demonstrations

Learn the secrets behind local delicacies as onboard chefs lead interactive cooking sessions, often using ingredients sourced from local markets.

Themed Nights

From “Roaring Twenties” parties on cruises through France to “Bavarian Nights” in Germany, themed evenings onboard add a layer of fun and immersion.

Personalized Service

What truly sets Uniworld apart is its impeccable service. With one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in river cruising, every need, whim, or desire is catered to.

Personal butlers for suite guests, attentive wait staff, and knowledgeable tour guides ensure that every guest feels valued and pampered.

With Uniworld River Cruises, the journey isn’t just about the destinations; it’s about the experience. Every moment onboard is designed to be memorable, enriched by the ambiance, the activities, and most importantly, the dedication to making each guest’s voyage extraordinary.

When you choose Uniworld, you’re not just booking a river cruise—you’re embarking on a holistic journey of discovery, luxury, and unparalleled service.

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Planning Your Cruise with Uniworld River Cruises

Embarking on a river cruise with Uniworld River Cruises is undoubtedly a voyage of luxury and enrichment.

Yet, like all great journeys, ensuring a smooth and memorable experience requires a bit of planning. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure your Uniworld cruise is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.

Best Times to Cruise

Understanding when to sail can greatly enhance your experience. While Uniworld operates throughout the year, each destination has its peak cruise season .

Spring (April to June) and Fall (September to October) are ideal. The weather is pleasant, and the crowds are relatively smaller.

For the Mekong, November to March offers cooler temperatures. On the Ganges, October to March is preferable to avoid the intense summer heat.

May to September is best, with warmer temperatures and extended daylight hours.

October to April provides milder temperatures suitable for exploring.

Tips for First-Timers

If this is your inaugural river cruise, a few pointers can ensure you’re well-prepared:

Pack Smart:

River cruises are more relaxed than ocean cruises. While there are formal nights, ‘smart casual’ is the general dress code.

Understand Inclusions:

Uniworld offers a range of inclusions, from excursions to onboard amenities. Familiarize yourself with what’s offered to make the most of your experience.

Engage with the Crew:

The staff onboard are a wealth of knowledge, not just about the ship but also the destinations. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek recommendations.

Packing Recommendations

Packing right can greatly enhance your comfort during the cruise.

Essentials:

  • Comfortable walking shoes for excursions
  • Layered clothing to adapt to varying temperatures
  • A light rain jacket or umbrella
  • Universal adapters for onboard charging
  • Binoculars for scenic views
  • A day pack for off-ship adventures
  • A formal outfit for special evenings
  • Swimwear, if your ship has a pool or you plan on using spa facilities
  • Journal or diary to document your journey

Booking and Reservation Tips

Securing your dream cruise involves more than just selecting dates and destinations. Here are some tips to optimize your reservation:

Plan Ahead:

Popular itineraries can get booked up quickly, especially during peak seasons. Booking well in advance ensures you get your desired dates and cabin choices.

Use a Travel Advisor:

Experienced travel advisors can provide insights into the best cabins, potential deals, and even offer insights into the destinations.

Consider Special Deals:

Uniworld occasionally offers promotions like early booking discounts, last-minute deals, or themed cruises. Keep an eye out for these to get added value.

Check Visa Requirements:

Certain itineraries, especially in Asia and Russia, might require visas. Ensure you’re aware of and can fulfill the visa requirements of all countries you’ll be visiting.

Planning your cruise with Uniworld River Cruises is the first step in a journey of luxury, discovery, and personal enrichment. With each decision made in the planning phase, you craft an experience tailored to your desires.

So, whether you’re gazing at European castles, marveling at ancient Asian temples, or relishing onboard culinary delights, remember: a well-planned journey with Uniworld is a memory waiting to unfold.

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Sustainability and Responsible Cruising with Uniworld River Cruises

In an era where travelers are increasingly conscious of their ecological footprint, Uniworld River Cruises stands out, championing sustainability and responsible tourism.

Their commitment extends beyond mere compliance; they’re genuinely dedicated to crafting voyages that tread lightly on our planet while fostering deeper connections between guests and the communities they visit.

Here’s a look into how Uniworld is paving the way for greener and more responsible river cruising.

Eco-Friendly Initiatives Onboard

From the construction of their ships to daily operations, sustainability remains at the forefront of Uniworld’s approach.

Green Ship Design:

Uniworld’s newer ships are designed to be more energy-efficient, utilizing advanced hull designs, high-performance engines, and optimized propellers to reduce fuel consumption.

Waste Reduction:

Single-use plastics are being phased out across the fleet. Biodegradable cleaning products, recyclable materials, and water-saving systems further minimize Uniworld’s environmental impact.

Clean Energy:

Wherever possible, Uniworld harnesses shore-side electricity, allowing ships to shut down their engines and reduce emissions when docked.

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Sustainable Excursions and Activities

Traveling with Uniworld is as much about immersing oneself in local cultures as it is about exploring landscapes.

Supporting Local Communities:

Many of Uniworld’s excursions focus on engaging with local communities, ensuring that tourism dollars directly benefit the people and places visited.

Eco-conscious Tours:

Guests have access to eco-tours, such as cycling or walking tours, promoting exploration that has minimal environmental impact.

Responsible Partnerships and Affiliations

Collaboration is key to driving change. Uniworld understands this and has forged strategic partnerships.

Clean Water Initiatives:

In collaboration with the TreadRight Foundation, Uniworld supports projects focused on ensuring communities around the world have access to clean drinking water.

Wildlife Conservation:

Uniworld actively discourages tours or activities that exploit wildlife or endangered species, aligning with global efforts to curb harmful wildlife tourism.

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Community Involvement and Support

True sustainability extends beyond environmental measures to encompass socio-economic benefits.

Local Sourcing:

By sourcing food, beverages, and onboard amenities locally, Uniworld not only offers guests an authentic experience but also supports local economies.

Cultural Preservation:

Uniworld excursions often involve experiences that help preserve and promote local traditions, arts, and crafts, ensuring they thrive for generations to come.

Continuous Learning and Improvement

Recognizing that sustainability is an evolving journey, Uniworld remains committed to continuous learning and improvement.

They regularly assess their operations, seeking innovations and best practices to further minimize their impact while enhancing the guest experience.

Choosing Uniworld River Cruises is not only a nod to luxury and unparalleled experiences but also a conscious decision to support sustainable and responsible tourism.

As you sail through the world’s iconic rivers, savoring curated experiences and luxuries, take comfort in knowing that behind the scenes, Uniworld is tirelessly working to ensure the beauty and integrity of these destinations remain untouched for future generations.

With Uniworld, you don’t just travel; you make a positive difference.

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Comparing Uniworld River Cruises to Other River Cruise Lines

The world of river cruising has burgeoned over the years, with several players promising unforgettable journeys through the heart of continents.

However, how does Uniworld River Cruises stack up against its competitors? Here’s a comparative analysis that delves into what sets Uniworld apart in the ever-growing river cruise market.

Luxury and Opulence

While most river cruise lines emphasize comfort, Uniworld has positioned itself as the epitome of luxury.

  • Boutique Ship Design: Unlike many cruise lines with uniform ship designs, each Uniworld vessel boasts its own unique character and aesthetic. Inspired by the regions they sail through, these ships often feel like floating five-star hotels.
  • Inclusivity: Where many cruise lines offer a base experience with additional paid options, Uniworld adopts an all-inclusive approach. From excursions to beverages and gratuities, the luxury is in not having to worry about add-ons.

Unique Itineraries

While popular river routes are staples across all cruise lines, Uniworld’s approach to crafting itineraries stands out.

  • Immersive Experiences: Beyond the usual sightseeing, Uniworld places emphasis on cultural immersion. This might mean a hands-on cooking class in Vietnam or a private art tour in a European city.
  • Extended Stays: Instead of rushing from one port to another, Uniworld often offers extended stays in key cities, allowing travelers a deeper exploration of the locale.

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Commitment to Sustainability

In the realm of eco-consciousness, Uniworld’s commitment is noteworthy.

  • Green Initiatives: As detailed in the earlier section on sustainability, Uniworld’s green initiatives, from eco-friendly ship design to clean water projects, surpass many of its competitors.
  • Community Engagement: Few cruise lines prioritize local engagement and support as deeply as Uniworld, making it a frontrunner in responsible tourism.

Service and Staff-to-Guest Ratio

A key differentiator for Uniworld is its unparalleled service.

  • Personalized Attention: With one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the river cruise industry, Uniworld guarantees an intimate and attentive service that many competitors find hard to match.
  • Highly Trained Crew: Beyond numbers, the Uniworld crew undergoes rigorous training to ensure they uphold the brand’s reputation for excellence.

Price Point and Value

While Uniworld is often positioned in the higher price bracket, it’s essential to understand the value offered.

  • All-Inclusive Luxury: The upfront cost includes a plethora of amenities and experiences that many other cruise lines charge extra for.
  • Exclusivity: The price mirrors the exclusivity and uniqueness of the Uniworld experience, from boutique ship designs to curated excursions.

In the vast sea of river cruise options, Uniworld River Cruises emerges as a beacon of luxury, authenticity, and sustainability.

While every river cruise line has its unique offerings and charm, Uniworld’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled experience—both in terms of service and responsible tourism—truly sets it apart.

For discerning travelers seeking the crème de la crème of river cruising, Uniworld is an obvious choice.

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Tips and Tricks for a Memorable Experience with Uniworld River Cruises

Every journey with Uniworld River Cruises promises luxury and enchantment. However, with a few insider cruise tips and tricks , you can elevate your cruise experience, ensuring it’s not just memorable but truly exceptional.

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a Uniworld novice, here’s how to make the most of your river voyage.

1. Opt for Unique Shore Excursions

While the popular excursions are undoubtedly delightful, consider choosing some of Uniworld’s more unique offerings.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Uniworld occasionally offers exclusive tours, granting guests access to places usually off-limits to the general public.
  • Local Home Visits: For a genuine cultural immersion, opt for excursions that involve spending time with local families or communities.

2. Engage with the Crew

The crew onboard are not just service providers; they’re a treasure trove of stories, information, and insights.

  • Seek Recommendations: Ask crew members for their favorite spots in upcoming ports or hidden gems that aren’t crowded with tourists.
  • Attend the Captain’s Bridge Tour: If offered, this is a unique opportunity to learn about the ship’s operations and navigation.

3. Maximize Onboard Offerings

While the temptation to stay ashore is strong, don’t miss out on Uniworld’s onboard experiences.

  • Wellness Activities: From sunrise yoga sessions to evening meditation, these activities can add a rejuvenating touch to your journey.
  • Cooking Demos: Learn to whip up regional delicacies under the guidance of Uniworld’s expert chefs.

4. Travel with a Theme

Uniworld often curates themed cruises, focusing on specific interests like wine, art, or history.

  • Match Your Passion: If you’re a wine enthusiast, for example, opt for a Bordeaux voyage focused on vineyards and wine-tasting.

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5. Stay Connected

  • Uniworld App: Before boarding, download the Uniworld app. It’s a handy companion, providing daily schedules, excursion details, and other valuable information.
  • Local Sim Card: While Uniworld ships have Wi-Fi, if you wish to stay connected ashore, consider purchasing a local sim card in your port of embarkation.

6. Personalize Your Experience

Uniworld offers various personalization options to make your journey even more special.

  • Special Occasions: Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestones? Inform Uniworld in advance, and they often go the extra mile to make your day special.
  • Dietary Preferences: The culinary team onboard is adept at catering to specific dietary needs. Make sure to communicate any preferences or restrictions in advance.

7. Pack for Varied Activities

Beyond the usual packing essentials:

  • Versatile Footwear: Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes for excursions, formal shoes for onboard events, and perhaps even sporty footwear if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • Theme Nights: Uniworld occasionally hosts theme nights, so packing an outfit that aligns (like a 20’s flapper dress for a Roaring Twenties evening) can enhance the fun.

8. Document Your Journey

Beyond photos, consider keeping a travel journal. Documenting your feelings, discoveries, and unique encounters can be a cherished keepsake from your voyage.

With Uniworld River Cruises, every journey is meticulously crafted to be memorable.

Yet, by applying these tips and tricks, you can infuse your voyage with personal touches, deeper insights, and unique experiences, turning a luxurious cruise into a personalized narrative of wonder and discovery.

In the realm of river cruising, Uniworld River Cruises stands as a paragon of luxury, authenticity, and innovation.

From its inception in the 1970s to its current status as a boutique river cruise leader, Uniworld’s journey is a testament to visionary entrepreneurship and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

As travelers seek intimate, immersive, and sustainable experiences, Uniworld’s commitment to redefining river travel ensures it remains at the forefront of this evolving industry.

Embarking on a Uniworld voyage isn’t just about exploring destinations—it’s about experiencing the pinnacle of river cruising.

FAQs on Uniworld River Cruises

Embarking on a journey with Uniworld River Cruises raises a plethora of questions, especially for first-time cruisers. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers to guide prospective travelers.

1. What is included in my Uniworld cruise fare?

Most Uniworld cruises are all-inclusive. This typically covers accommodation, meals onboard, unlimited beverages (including many premium spirits and wines), onboard entertainment, scheduled airport transfers, and shore excursions. Wi-Fi, gratuities, and onboard fitness classes are also often included.

2. What type of attire is appropriate onboard?

During the day, casual wear is appropriate. For evenings, “smart casual” is the general guideline. Some events, like the Captain’s Welcome Dinner, might warrant slightly more formal attire.

3. Do Uniworld ships have Wi-Fi?

Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available on all Uniworld ships. However, the strength and speed of the connection might vary depending on the sailing region and the ship’s location.

4. What dining options are available for those with dietary restrictions?

Uniworld prides itself on accommodating various dietary needs, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. It’s advisable to communicate any dietary restrictions in advance, so the culinary team is well-prepared.

5. How does Uniworld cater to solo travelers?

Many Uniworld cruises offer a limited number of single-occupancy cabins or reduced single supplement rates for double-occupancy cabins. They also organize meet-and-greet events for solo travelers to connect.

6. Are Uniworld cruises suitable for families with children?

While Uniworld primarily caters to an adult audience, they offer specific family-friendly departures with their “Generations” program. These cruises include special excursions and onboard activities tailored for younger travelers.

7. Is smoking allowed on Uniworld ships?

Smoking is prohibited inside all Uniworld ships. However, designated smoking areas are available on the sun deck.

8. How does Uniworld approach sustainability and eco-friendly practices?

Uniworld is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. This includes eco-friendly ship designs, partnerships with conservation organizations, supporting local communities, and minimizing single-use plastics.

9. Do I need travel insurance for a Uniworld cruise?

While not mandatory, travel insurance is highly recommended. It provides peace of mind, covering unforeseen circumstances that might affect or interrupt your travel plans.

10. Can I customize or extend my trip?

Yes, Uniworld offers various pre- and post-cruise extension packages. Additionally, their team can assist in creating tailored experiences if you wish to explore a destination more deeply.

11. How early should I arrive before my cruise starts?

It’s generally recommended to arrive at least a day before your cruise departure to account for any travel delays and to acclimatize to the time zone.

12. Are there medical facilities onboard?

While Uniworld ships are equipped with basic first aid amenities, they don’t have full-fledged medical facilities. For more severe medical emergencies, the ship would dock at the nearest port where medical attention can be sought.

13. What currency is used onboard?

On European cruises, the Euro is the primary currency onboard. For cruises in other regions, the ship’s onboard currency will typically align with the local currency. All major credit cards are also accepted.

14. Can I bring my own alcohol onboard?

While Uniworld provides a wide range of beverages (often included in your cruise fare), you can bring local wines or spirits onboard. However, there might be corkage fees if you wish to consume them in public areas or dining rooms.

15. Is there a limit to the luggage I can bring?

There’s no strict luggage limit, but cabin storage space can be limited. It’s advisable to check the specific ship’s layout and pack accordingly. Remember, most river cruise itineraries require casual attire, so heavy packing is often unnecessary.

16. Do the ships have elevators?

Most Uniworld ships are equipped with elevators, but they might not access all decks. It’s essential to check the specific ship’s amenities if elevator access is a crucial requirement.

17. Are the cruises wheelchair accessible?

While Uniworld makes every effort to accommodate all guests, not all ships or excursions are wheelchair-friendly due to design constraints or the historic nature of certain destinations. It’s best to check in advance.

18. How are gratuities handled?

Gratuities for onboard and onshore services are typically included in the cruise fare for Uniworld. However, if guests experience exemplary service, they’re welcome to provide additional gratuities at their discretion.

19. Are there onboard laundry services?

Yes, most Uniworld ships offer laundry services for a fee. Some ships also have self-service laundry facilities.

20. What electrical outlets are used on the ships?

The electrical outlets onboard European ships are typically 220 volts with European two-pin plugs. It’s advisable to bring a universal adapter for electronic devices.

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WELCOME TO LUXURY RIVER CRUISING your favorite new way to travel

There are so many wonderful ways to see the world. On a Uniworld river cruise, you’ll find that the best elements of all of them have been wrapped neatly into one extraordinary vacation. We took the finest boutique hotels and made them float, enhancing the cruise experience with small ships that accommodate just a few dozen guests at a time. Sail in style to a variety of enticing destinations on every cruise, and enjoy an exceptional degree of high-quality included amenities along the way.

Our river cruises in Europe, India, Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Peru are the most luxurious in the world—and you can save up to $3,000 per person on a wide selection of our 2024 offerings! Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the greatest value in river cruising.

This offer is valid on new bookings made by May 31, 2024 for select 2024 departures.

Why Uniworld?

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One-of-a-kind Ships

Each Uniworld river cruise ship is an individually designed work of art. Through custom fabric and furnishings, original art and unique themes, the decor onboard reflects the destinations it sails.

Experiences

Carefully Curated Experiences

Our innovative onshore programs go well beyond the popular landmarks. Our wide array of excursion types enhances the unique qualities of each stop on your journey to immerse you in the local culture.

All Inclusive

The Most All-Inclusive

From an ample selection of premium spirits and fine wines to every five-star meal onboard; from airport transfers and gratuities to daily excursions and so much more—Uniworld redefines the limits of what all-inclusive luxury cruising can be.

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Culinary Excellence

We bring together the finest chefs, the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets and other regional suppliers, and distinctive wines and beers chosen by acclaimed sommeliers, giving you a mouthwatering culinary journey for all of the senses.

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4.4 /5 (347 reviews)

From $4,499 per person

Burgundy & Provence

Burgundy & Provence (2025)

Arles to Lyon | 8 days

Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh....

Ship: S.S. Catherine

Country: France

Rivers: Rhône, Saône

4.6 /5 (957 reviews)

From $3,239 per person

Classic Christmas Markets

Classic Christmas Markets (2024)

Nuremberg to Frankfurt | 8 days

Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics...

Ships: River Princess, River Queen

Country: Germany

Rivers: Main, Rhine

4.2 /5 (131 reviews)

From $3,699 per person

Classic Christmas Markets (2025)

From $3,329 per person

Grand France

Grand France (2025)

Arles to Paris | 15 days

For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine, and romance of France, this grand voyage is a dream come true. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored...

Ships: S.S. Catherine, S.S. Joie de Vivre

Rivers: Rhône, Saône, Seine

4.7 /5 (134 reviews)

From $6,389 per person

Delightful Danube

Delightful Danube (2025)

Budapest to Nuremberg | 8 days

Experience dynamic Budapest and imperial Vienna. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, ...

Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary

4.5 /5 (92 reviews)

Delightful Danube & Prague

Delightful Danube & Prague (2025)

Budapest to Prague | 10 days

Experience dynamic Budapest, imperial Vienna and exquisitely preserved Prague. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the...

Countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary

4.5 /5 (491 reviews)

Portraits of Eastern Europe (2025)

From $6,839 per person

Highlights of Eastern Europe (2025)

Ships: River Duchess, River Princess, S.S. Beatrice

4.4 /5 (350 reviews)

Delightful Danube & Prague (2024)

From $2,999 per person

Delightful Danube (2024)

From $2,199 per person

Authentic Danube & Prague

Authentic Danube & Prague (2024)

Vienna to Prague | 10 days

As your adventure starts, castles, stunning architecture and natural wonders ensue. Discover the old walled city of Nuremberg and its mesmerizing castles. Stroll through countless enchanting towns...

Ship: River Princess

Countries: Austria, Germany, Czech Republic

4.4 /5 (132 reviews)

Authentic Danube

Authentic Danube (2024)

Vienna to Nuremberg | 8 days

As your adventure starts, castles, stunning architecture, natural wonders and rich history ensue. Discover the old walled city of Nuremberg and its mesmerizing castles. Stroll through countless...

4.7 /5 (58 reviews)

From $1,999 per person

Burgundy & Provence (2024)

4.6 /5 (961 reviews)

European Jewels

European Jewels (2024)

Budapest to Amsterdam | 16 days

From exotic Budapest, “Queen of the Danube,” to imperial Vienna, “City of Waltzes,” to the sky-high spires of Cologne’s Gothic cathedral—centuries of intriguing...

Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands

4.6 /5 (544 reviews)

From $5,499 per person

Enchanting Danube (2024)

4.7 /5 (802 reviews)

Rhine River Valley

Rhine River Valley (2024)

Nuremberg to Basel | 8 days

Immerse yourself in history as you stroll through beautifully preserved medieval towns and a stunning imperial palace. Sample the fruits of the Rhine’s famously excellent wineries and enjoy...

Countries: Germany, France, Switzerland

3.7 /5 (15 reviews)

From $2,299 per person

European Jewels (2025)

Budapest to Amsterdam | 15 days

Ships: River Duchess, River Princess

From $5,849 per person

Ultimate European Journey (2025)

Amsterdam to Bucharest | 24 days

From $9,179 per person

Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise

Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise (2025)

Passau to Budapest | 11 days

Cruise the mighty Danube, visiting classic capitals like Budapest and Vienna. Spend Christmas Eve in Passau, then ring in the New Year in elegant style in Budapest. Festive celebrations are plentiful ...

4.6 /5 (25 reviews)

From $5,399 per person

Venice & the Jewels of Veneto

Venice & the Jewels of Veneto (2025)

Venice to Venice | 8 days

This ultimate Venetian vacation is perfected by one unique quality: your stay onboard our floating boutique hotel. Not only will you benefit from an enviable location in Venice, you’ll also...

Ship: S.S. La Venezia

Country: Italy

4.6 /5 (117 reviews)

Rhine, Moselle & Belgium Grand Discovery

Rhine, Moselle & Belgium Grand Discovery (2025)

Basel to Brussels | 15 days

Soak in as much of Central Europe’s fantastic cities and culture as possible in just two weeks. Snack on classic Dutch treats in the Netherlands, enjoy the fruits of Germany’s excellent...

Countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland

Rivers: Moselle, Rhine

From $8,549 per person

A Portrait of Majestic France

A Portrait of Majestic France (2025)

Bordeaux to Paris | 15 days

This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture, and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of lovely French landscapes. Travel from beautiful Bordeaux and delight...

Ships: S.S. Bon Voyage, S.S. Joie de Vivre

Rivers: Dordogne, Garonne, Seine

4.5 /5 (93 reviews)

From $6,749 per person

Paris & Normandy

Paris & Normandy (2025)

Paris to Paris | 8 days

Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Château de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed ...

Ship: S.S. Joie de Vivre

River: Seine

4.7 /5 (834 reviews)

From $3,509 per person

Brilliant Bordeaux

Brilliant Bordeaux (2025)

Bordeaux to Bordeaux | 8 days

Set sail along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey. Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and...

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage

Rivers: Dordogne, Garonne

4.4 /5 (426 reviews)

Grand Christmas & New Year's

Grand Christmas & New Year's (2024)

Nuremberg to Budapest | 13 days

You’ll sail through Germany, Austria, and Hungary along the shimmering Danube and past incredible sights on this unique itinerary. Explore charming old-world villages and Gothic cathedrals and...

Rivers: Danube, Main

4.5 /5 (26 reviews)

From $7,199 per person

Ultimate France

Ultimate France (2025)

Bordeaux to Arles | 22 days

This triumvirate of France brings you the very best of each region—Paris and the Normandy coast in the north, vineyard-rich Bordeaux in the southwest, and the sun-drenched Mediterranean...

Ships: S.S. Bon Voyage, S.S. Catherine, S.S. Joie de Vivre

Rivers: Dordogne, Garonne, Rhône, Seine

4.4 /5 (52 reviews)

From $10,799 per person

Splendors of Egypt & the Nile

Splendors of Egypt & the Nile (2025)

Cairo to Cairo | 12 days

For 12 adventure-filled days, experience Egypt and the Nile’s most wondrous sites in style and luxury. * Wander amongst the towering ruins of the Temple of Karnak, the world’s largest...

Ships: River Tosca, S.S. Sphinx

Country: Egypt

River: Nile

4.6 /5 (743 reviews)

From $6,299 per person

Rome, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto

Rome, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto (2025)

Venice to Rome | 11 days

Begin your journey in romantic Venice. Treat yourself to a private evening lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica, explore the colorful facades of Burano, and sail south to discover...

From $4,859 per person

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Enchanting Danube

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Enchanting Danube (2024)

Passau to Venice | 15 days

Embark on a river cruise down the shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River, where our locally-based destination experts will take you well beyond the “must-sees” of each region,...

Countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy

Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise (2024)

Belgian Holiday Markets

Belgian Holiday Markets (2025)

Brussels to Brussels | 8 days

There’s no more magical way to enjoy the holiday season than with a visit to a Christmas market. And on an all-inclusive, luxury river cruise, you can wander the stalls of many such markets in...

3.8 /5 (50 reviews)

Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto

Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto (2025)

Milan to Venice | 10 days

Begin your journey in stunning Milan and disembark in romantic Venice. These two legendary cities will bookend unforgettable experiences throughout the Veneto region.

This ultimate Venetian vacation...

4.5 /5 (91 reviews)

From $3,869 per person

Dutch & Belgian Holiday Celebration

Dutch & Belgian Holiday Celebration (2025)

Brussels to Amsterdam | 11 days

Enjoy sweet treats as you indulge in the wintertime festivities of Belgian towns, where the Christmas markets are often elaborate festivals complete with ice rinks and Ferris wheels. Warm your hands...

Belgian Holiday Markets (2024)

From $3,799 per person

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges (2025)

New Delhi to Kolkata | 13 days

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. Delhi’s...

Ship: Ganges Voyager II

Country: India

River: Ganges

4.8 /5 (205 reviews)

Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans

Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2024)

Milan to Istanbul | 19 days

Begin your journey in stunning Milan and embark on your cruise in romantic Venice. These two legendary cities will bookend unforgettable experiences throughout the Veneto region. Treat yourself to a...

Countries: Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration (2025)

Lima to Lima | 16 days

From a deep dive into Lima—the “City of Kings”—to the legendary Machu Picchu, this 16-day cruise/tour is an all-encompassing adventure into the marvels of Peru and the Amazon...

Ship: Aria Amazon

Country: Peru

4.8 /5 (35 reviews)

From $13,049 per person

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & the Castles of Transylvania

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & the Castles of Transylvania (2024)

Istanbul to Nuremberg | 15 days

Begin with the exquisite mosques of Istanbul, where we explore the fascinating history and age-old traditions of this magnificent city, shaped by the empires of times gone by. Then join us on a...

Countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Turkey

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Jewels of Veneto

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Jewels of Veneto (2024)

Budapest to Venice | 16 days

Begin your journey in the stunning cities of Budapest and Vienna, from which you’ll ascend into the idyllic wonderland of the Alps via a luxury overnight train. Your days will be filled with...

Countries: Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy

Cruise & Rail: Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans

Cruise & Rail: Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans (2024)

Venice to Istanbul | 17 days

Embark on a private train journey to Istanbul, during which you’ll sleep on the luxury Golden Eagle Danube Express with ever-changing views at your window—the perfect addition to a river...

Grand Central Europe

Grand Central Europe (2024)

Vienna to Basel | 15 days

Begin your journey in the picturesque city of Basel and end in imperial Vienna, two showstopping destinations to highlight your cruise. Along the way, you’ll cruise through 3 different...

Countries: Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria

Rivers: Danube, Rhine

4.7 /5 (17 reviews)

From $7,099 per person

Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery

Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery (2025)

Lima to Lima | 11 days

Peru is a land of mysteries, legends and ancient cultures. Your journey starts in the country’s capital, Lima. Known as the “City of Kings,” this melting pot of culture will...

5 /5 (6 reviews)

From $11,699 per person

Grand Central Europe & Zurich

Grand Central Europe & Zurich (2024)

Zurich to Vienna | 17 days

Cruise between the picturesque city of Basel and imperial Vienna. Along the way, you’ll cruise through 3 different rivers—the Rhine, Main and Danube—to visit Switzerland, France,...

4.2 /5 (6 reviews)

From $7,899 per person

Grand Christmas & New Year's (2025)

From $6,659 per person

Grande Italia

Grande Italia (2025)

Milan to Rome | 13 days

Begin your journey in stunning Milan, where you’ll view da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Stop for a tasting of rare Amarone wines on your way to romantic Venice. Embark on your...

From $5,669 per person

Tulips & Windmills

Tulips & Windmills (2025)

Amsterdam to Antwerp | 10 days

From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the ...

4.6 /5 (231 reviews)

Paris & Normandy (2024)

4.7 /5 (839 reviews)

From $3,499 per person

Brilliant Bordeaux (2024)

4.4 /5 (433 reviews)

Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto (2024)

From $2,899 per person

Venice & the Jewels of Veneto (2024)

4.6 /5 (125 reviews)

Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration (2024)

From $11,999 per person

Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery (2024)

From $10,499 per person

A Portrait of Majestic France (2024)

From $19,199 per person

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges (2024)

From $6,399 per person

Grand France (2024)

From $9,299 per person

Magnificent Moselle & Rhine

Magnificent Moselle & Rhine (2024)

Frankfurt to Frankfurt | 10 days

Uncover the best-kept secret in river cruising, the Moselle, as you sail past some of Europe’s most serene and vineyard-lined landscapes. Explore Cochem’s castle-dotted hillsides. See ...

Countries: Germany, Luxembourg

4.7 /5 (29 reviews)

Zurich & the Rhine River Valley

Zurich & the Rhine River Valley (2024)

Nuremberg to Zurich | 10 days

4.4 /5 (18 reviews)

From $3,099 per person

Dutch Delight

Dutch Delight (2024)

Amsterdam to Amsterdam | 8 days

Windmills, colorful flowers, a rich art history, and more bikes than you can possibly imagine—the Netherlands is like nowhere else on earth. See the full spectrum of Dutch life, landscapes, and ...

Country: Netherlands

4.3 /5 (47 reviews)

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2024)

Porto to Lisbon | 11 days

Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Enjoy private tastings of Port and explore ...

Ship: S.S. São Gabriel

Countries: Portugal, Spain

River: Douro

4.3 /5 (424 reviews)

From $3,399 per person

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong (2024)

From $6,999 per person

Douro River Valley

Douro River Valley (2024)

Porto to Porto | 8 days

As you follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Enjoy private tastings of Port....

4.3 /5 (123 reviews)

Splendors of Egypt & the Nile (2024)

4.6 /5 (744 reviews)

From $6,499 per person

Ultimate France (2024)

From $13,099 per person

Douro River Valley (2025)

From $4,409 per person

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2025)

From $5,039 per person

Wine Roads of France & Portugal

Wine Roads of France & Portugal (2025)

Bordeaux to Lisbon | 18 days

The Southern European climates and historic towns of both Bordeaux and Portugal are as complimentary as their palettes—expect bold reds and excellent dessert wines, from Sauternes to Port....

Ships: S.S. Bon Voyage, S.S. São Gabriel

Countries: France, Portugal, Spain

Rivers: Dordogne, Douro, Garonne

From $8,099 per person

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UNIWORLD Boutique River Cruises

River Princess

Dates 15 May - 23 May 2024

Duration 7 Nights

Authentic Danube & Prague

Dates 15 May - 25 May 2024

Delightful Danube

River Duchess

Dates 17 May - 25 May 2024

Delightful Danube & Prague

Dates 17 May - 27 May 2024

Castles along the Rhine

S.S. Antoinette

Dates 18 May - 26 May 2024

A Portrait of Majestic France

S.S. Bon Voyage

Dates 19 May - 03 Jun 2024

Duration 14 Nights

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Dates 19 May - 27 May 2024

Burgundy & Provence

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River Queen

Douro River Valley

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Enchanting Danube

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MIlan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto

S.S. La Venezia

Dates 19 May - 29 May 2024

Paris & Normandy

S.S. Joie de Vivre

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

Dates 19 May - 30 May 2024

Ultimate France

Dates 19 May - 10 Jun 2024

Duration 21 Nights

Venice & the Jewels of Veneto

Splendors of Egypt & the Nile

S.S. Sphinx

Dates 20 May - 01 Jun 2024

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Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland

River Empress

Dates 21 May - 01 Jun 2024

Duration 10 Nights

Dates 22 May - 30 May 2024

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Cruise & Rail A whole new way to travel with Uniworld

Combining all the best of river cruising, land and train travel, our Cruise & Rail itineraries represent the most innovative and exciting new way to see the world. As a pre- or post- cruise addition to your time sailing in all-inclusive luxury with Uniworld, you’ll embark on the best private train experience the world has to offer.

In addition to the set itineraries we offer, our reservations team can also assist you in combining our rail journeys with a different River Cruise.

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The Perfect Pairing

Everchanging views right outside your window, visiting a variety of destinations in one trip without having to pack up every time, comfortable transportation and having everything taken care of for you—all benefits of river cruising, and all reasons to love train travel too.

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OUR LUXURY RAIL PARTNERS

We’re thrilled to have found partners for our Cruise & Rail journeys that bring the Uniworld standard of luxury to the private train experience. Both Golden Eagle Luxury Trains and the Maharajas' Express are top-notch, with stylish design, excellent service and daily local excursions. And of course, it’s all-inclusive.

Dinner Plate with Wine

Feast on delicious cuisine served with fine wines while you watch your destinations glide by. And for Uniworld guests only, your Golden Eagle train will reserve an exclusive dining car where some of Bea Tollman’s signature recipes will be served.

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Pair your boutique floating hotel with a luxurious gliding hotel, where your en-suite cabin is an elegant private compartment during the day and transforms into a comfortable bedroom for the evening.

Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans

Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans

Ship: S.S. La Venezia Train: Golden Eagle Danube Express Discover a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures on a one-of-a-kind journey by land, cruise, and train as you travel between northern Italy and the diverse nations of the Balkan Peninsula. Begin your journey in stunning Milan and embark on your cruise in romantic Venice. These two legendary cities will bookend unforgettable experiences throughout the Veneto region. Then set off on a private train journey to Istanbul—the perfect addition to a river cruise. Along the way, visit Alpine lake towns, historic cities across Eastern Europe, and more.

Cruise & Rail: Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans

Cruise & Rail: Venice, Istanbul & the Balkans

Ship: S.S. La Venezia Train: Golden Eagle Danube Express Experience a one-of-a-kind journey by cruise and train as you travel between northern Italy and the diverse nations of the Balkan Peninsula, discovering a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures along the way. Begin your journey on the S.S. La Venezia in romantic Venice, enjoying unforgettable experiences throughout the Veneto region. Then set off on a private train journey to Istanbul—the perfect addition to a river cruise. Along the way, visit Alpine lake towns, historic cities across Eastern Europe, and more.

Cruise & Rail: The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas’ Express

Cruise & Rail: The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas' Express

Ship: Ganges Voyager II Train: The Maharajas’ Express Embark on a 16-day voyage through India, beginning with an immersive river cruise through the rural villages that line the Ganges River and culminating in a spectacular rail journey through the country's star cities. Start your journey onboard the luxurious Ganges Voyager II . From the awe-inspiring Hindu temple complexes of Kalna to the colorful flower markets of Kolkata, your Ganges voyage delves deeply into the myriad charms of India’s culture. Then your travels continue onshore to explore India by rail. The glamorous train, The Maharajas’ Express , will take you to Agra for the Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur and the Blue City of Jodhpur, the romantic “Venice of the East” Udaipur, New Delhi, and Mumbai, home to India’s famous Bollywood film industry.

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Enchanting Danube

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Enchanting Danube

Ship: S.S. Maria Theresa Train: Golden Eagle Danube Express Take in the awe-inspiring cities and natural wonders of Europe by cruise and by train on this spectacular journey through 7 countries. Embark on a river cruise down the shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River, where our locally-based destination experts will take you well beyond the “must-sees” of each region. Then begin your ascent into the idyllic wonderland of the Alps via a luxury overnight train, where your days will be filled with unbelievable mountain scenery, picturesque lakes, and unforgettable experiences.

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & the Castles of Transylvania

Cruise & Rail: Delightful Danube & the Castles of Transylvania

Ship: River Duchess Train: Golden Eagle Danube Express Stay in the transcontinental city of Istanbul, dive into the mystique of the Dracula myth on a private train journey through Romania, then experience the highlights of Eastern and Central Europe by luxury river cruise. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages. Exclusive treasures are plentiful on this delightful journey.

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Jewels of Veneto

Cruise & Rail: Grand Alpine & the Jewels of Veneto

Ship: S.S. La Venezia Train: Golden Eagle Danube Express This grand adventure by cruise and train will take you from the glittering Venetian lagoon to the pristine lake towns of the Alps. Begin your journey in the stunning cities of Budapest and Vienna, from which you’ll ascend into the idyllic wonderland of the Alps via a luxury overnight train. Then travel to romantic Venice and treat yourself to the ultimate Venetian vacation, perfected by one unique quality: your stay onboard our floating boutique hotel.

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