2011 to be an exceptional year of expansion and enhancements for Uniworld

Wednesday 30, June 2010


2011 to be an exceptional year of expansion and enhancements for Uniworld


Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has embarked on its largest product expansion, with the introduction of two new boutique ships in Europe and one in Russia in 2011.



In addition, three existing ships will have been completely rebuilt, completing the remodeling of its entire fleet. Also, Uniworld will be introducing a rich array of exciting new itineraries and optional land extensions meeting the growing interests of travelers in river cruising, and further enhancing its Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program – reaffirming Uniworld’s position as one of the world’s finest cruising offerings.


“We are very fortunate, and delighted, to have a parent company that has the vision, acumen, financial resources, and stability to prudently invest in the growth of our company,” proudly states Guy Young, President of Uniworld.  “Our goal has never been to be the largest river cruise line, but to be the absolute best river cruise line. Our ongoing quest is to continue to build a company that consistently delivers and exceeds our clients’ expectations in all the ways which truly matter when it comes to creating exceptional vacation moments and memories,” furthers Young.


Meeting travelers’ growing interest and demand, Uniworld’s three new boutique cruise ships will sail along Europe’s and Russia’s most beautiful waterways in 2011. River Antoinette, sister ship to Uniworld’s majestic River Beatrice, will be the most stunning ship to sail the Rhine River. In a style reflective of  Uniworld’s enduring commitment to create an exceptional experience for travelers, the ultra-luxurious and spacious River Antoinette will set a new standard in river cruising innovation with top deck staterooms and suites offering full open-air private balconies that, with the touch of a switch, will raise the glass to create a completely enclosed conservatory. Additional unique facilities include a heated swimming pool, and a beautiful sky lounge on the sun deck. Uniworld’s second new ship, the Douro Spirit, will sail Portugal and Spain’s spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-designated Douro River Valley. Every carefully tailored stateroom and suite will feature a French balcony, so guests can get closer to this region’s breathtaking scenery. And finally, Uniworld will be re-entering the Russian market in 2011 with the launch of the River Victoria, projected to be the most beautiful and comfortable ship to sail the Imperial Waterways of Russia’s Volga River—capturing the beauty of this spectacular destination both onboard and onshore.  


In addition to these magnificent new ships and the gorgeous new River Beatrice and River Tosca launched in 2009, Uniworld will have completely remodeled its entire European fleet between 2009 and 2011. Without exception, each and every effort and expression of investment will be focused on providing travelers with the journey which they dream of, and can look forward to realizing through their Uniworld experience.  Young reinforces “all of Uniworld’s ships are exclusively different. Each has incredible, personal touches and details which make Uniworld unique, with the warm, inviting atmosphere and exceptional service of a top boutique hotel being consistently delivered on the world’s rivers. Each ship has been designed and decorated by the renowned design team from our sister company, the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection.” While each ship has its own distinct style and personality, they are all designed with the same thoughtful signature touches, including luxurious décor, modern conveniences and fine amenities. River Ambassador, River Baroness, and River Princess will be the three ships to be completely rebuilt for the 2011 season.


Complementing Uniworld’s beautiful new ships will be six new expertly planned itineraries ranging from 8–31 days, and four new optional cruise extensions. Discover the “Treasures of Prague, the Rhine & Main” on a 10-day cruise from Prague to Nuremberg that takes in the grandest castles and gardens of the region. Marvel at the “Imperial Capitals of Europe” on a 15-day journey from Istanbul to Vienna that encompasses the splendor of eight majestic countries. Get set for a 27-day “Grand European River Voyage” from Amsterdam to Istanbul, taking in ten countries, seven capitals, and countless treasures in between. Make the ultimate East-meets-West pilgrimage from Paris to Istanbul on a 31-day “Grand European Odyssey.” Explore the “Classic Christmas Markets” lining the way from Nuremberg to Frankfurt on an 8-day holiday cruise. Or sail the "Imperial Waterways of Russia" on a 13-day journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg.


To add even more value and delight to Uniworld’s guests’ boutique cruise experiences, the company has created an array of new optional cruise extensions, including  a 4-day stay in bustling Berlin, a 3-day sojourn in enchanting Aix-en-Provence, a 6- or 8-day “Royal London and the River Thames” river cruise, and a 7-day Baltic Capitals adventure.


Finally, and in recognition of the growing desire of travelers to turn holidays into precious family time, Uniworld is pleased to announce that it is offering special family-friendly activities and value-packed pricing on its “Paris & Normandy” and “Treasures of Prague, the Rhine, & the Main” itineraries during select summer sailings.


“We are confident that the river cruise sector will continue to grow in appeal and activity. We are extremely excited about the 2011 season and our lead position in the marketplace. We are clear that this position of leadership has been established through ensuring that everything Uniworld does is focused on our guests enjoying the most wonderful and memorable experience possible. This is our commitment, and this is our pride.” furthers Young.




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