Founded in in 1976 by Yugoslavian entrepreneur Serba Illich, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is renowned for opulent style and personal service. The vast fleet of luxurious vessels follow interesting rivers of Europe, Egypt, Russia and China exploring fascinating towns and cities along the way. Ships are all distinctly different, although they share the same high-standards of European influenced decor, original artworks, wellness features, first-class cuisine and all-inclusive amenities. The company is partnered with hospitality experts, the Red Carnation Hotel group, which results in very high standards of service.
Despite some vessels having launch dates in the early 1990’s the refurbishment programme is comprehensive and fastidious. All ships are luxuriously furnished with antiques, original art, upscale cabins and numerous personal touches, each carrying an average of 130 guests. The flagship, S.S. Maria Theresa is the latest launch in 2015 with more planned in 2017.
Cruises take in global destinations including Europe, Russia, China, Egypt, Vietnam and India. Themed, Family and Holiday journeys are increasingly popular.
Accommodation is lavish on all boats; with Savoir beds, marble bathrooms, L’Occitane and Hermes products, high-quality furnishings and modern technology. Suites include butler service. The S.S.Maria Theresa is a palatial affair; complete with 22-carat gold leaf coronets, silk-clad walls, touch-control lighting, ‘infotainment’ centre and high-tech balconies.
Food and Drink
Open-seating restaurants add to the relaxed atmosphere on board and all dining and beverages are included in the fare – Champagne flows freely throughout the trip.
The Serenity River Spa, well-equipped fitness centre, complimentary bicycle hire, Nordic walking poles, personal trainer, watersport sessions, yoga classes, Travel Lite menu, expert lectures and enrichment classes ensure well-being of mind, body and spirit during the voyage. Some ships have outdoor swimming pools.
Personalised and exclusive excursions offer cultural immersion and exploration.
The River Heritage Club offers a range of member-only savings and onboard benefits on completion of an initial cruise.
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