(LOS ANGELES, CA) — New destination, new ships, and new itineraries are all a part of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ exciting additions for 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Uniworld will be the only North American river cruise line to offer river cruising in Italy, along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon. “Italy has long been a favorite destination for travelers, and our clients always state that this is one of the destinations they would like us to offer, so we are delighted we will in 2013,” states Guy Young, President of Uniworld. The Splendors of Italy combines a seven-night river cruise along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon with a two-night land stay in Florence and three nights in Rome. For those travelers who only wish to do the cruise portion, Uniworld will offer a cruise-only option for eight days, Venice & the Po River. Other exciting, new Europe itineraries include Grand Danube & Prague, a 14 night exploring 7 countries, including 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites, and Highlights of Eastern Europe sailing through five inspiring countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and Serbia on an 8 day cruise.
Also in 2013, Uniworld will continue its tradition of excellence and leadership on the Douro River in Portugal by introducing its latest luxury build, the Queen Isabel. According Young “the Queen Isabel will have a more classic Old World style and elegance similar to Uniworld’s other ships in Europe, which are all uniquely designed and decorated.”
For those wishing to travel to Asia, Uniworld will offer two new luxury ships in China, Century Legend and Century Paragon, on the Yangtze, and in Vietnam, the new River Orchid, on the Mekong. Uniworld’s focus in Asia is on five-star accommodations with superb onshore hotels, including Ritz Carlton and Shangri La properties.
Looking beyond 2013, Uniworld will continue excellence in uniquely designed boutique river cruise ships with two new state-of-the-art luxury ships. Providing a sneak peek into their two new state-of-art luxury boutique river cruise ships, the S.S. Alexandra and the S.S. Catherine, set to launch in Spring of 2014 will continue to elevate the standard in luxury river cruising. S.S. Alexandra, the sister ship to the S.S. Antoinette, will sail along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, and the S.S Catherine, fashioned after Uniworld’s River Royale, will sail in France. Sharing the same exquisite standards and meticulous attention to detail reflective throughout all of Uniworld’s fleet, these two new ships will be designed with the same elegant flair symbolized by the style used by Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld’s award-winning sister company, and her daughter Mrs. Antoinette Tollman, godmother, namesake, and lead designer to S.S. Antoinette.
"There is no doubt in my mind that both S.S. Alexandra and the S.S. Catherine will continue to set new luxury standards in river cruise ships in Europe,” states Young.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™, is recognized among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure. Uniworld was voted the“#1 River Cruise Line in the World” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List and their Platinum Circle for having made the list consistently for the past five years, and won “Best River Ships” in their Readers’ Poll, which ranked River Queen and River Beatrice #1 and #2, respectively, along with eight other highly ranked ships in the top 40. Uniworld’s cabins and dining are also ranked among the top three in the world by Zagat Survey®, with Uniworld being the only river cruise line named in the Zagat Survey® amongst the best of the best in the cruise industry. Uniworld features luxurious boutique ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, included shore excursions fully hosted by local experts, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning, personalized hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on over 13 rivers in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
For more details, please visit uniworld.com or connect with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/UniworldCruises.
Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association.