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Hallmarks of Distinction








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Art is the journey of a free soul, so come on and let your soul free onboard our boutique one-of-a-kind ships.

Our award-winning ships are inspired by the beauty, colours and intricate detail of the destinations you’ll visit on your voyage. Take the S.S. Antoinette, fashioned after Marie Antoinette’s 18th-century Chateau de Versailles; the S.S. Maria Theresa, which some have described as a floating baroque Viennese palace; or the brand-new S.S. Joie de Vivre, inspired by 20th-century Paris. Your ship is a destination in and of itself, with hidden elements and artful refinements waiting to be explored in every room.

Not only is each Uniworld ship unique, complete with handcrafted furniture commissioned exclusively for Uniworld, carefully curated original artwork and antiques, and a bespoke design scheme, but each room onboard your ship is as well.

Relax in the art deco–inspired lounge on the River Queen—one of the only ships on the rivers of Europe with a working fireplace. Then relax in your custom stateroom and fall into a blissful sleep on your Savoir® of England bed.


A CREATIVE HISTORY OF HOSPITALITY led to one picture-perfect cruise collection.

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Boutique hospitality, unmatched service and a dedication to going above and beyond for our guests are deep-rooted in our DNA. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is modeled after our sister company, the five-star Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and we’ve been able to tap into their more than 100 years of experience and bring their knowledge to the rivers.

One thing they’ve taught us? Luxury travel is best when it’s all in the family, which is why we employ our own full-time staff onboard and don’t outsource any elements of your cruise to third parties. When you travel with Uniworld, you know exactly what you’ll get, each and every time.


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When it comes to service, we know the tiniest of details sometimes have the biggest impact. Getting ready for a day exploring Frankfurt is a shimmer brighter when your butler has already pressed your pants exactly how you like. Breakfast in bed becomes even more relaxing when your waiter serves you coffee already prepared to your liking—two sugars and a splash of soy milk. And a late-night cocktail is never more enjoyable than when the bartender sourced your favorite Bordeaux wine from a store in town while you were exploring Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church.

We actually have a name for the little niceties that take your cruise from great to grand—Tiny Noticeable Touches (or TNTs for short). Our commitment to TNTs sets the stage for our service philosophy. By getting to know you, your interests, your preferences and your style, we’re able to deliver an experience that is just the way you’d like it to be.


We don’t just say it. We really mean it, as evidenced by the many repeat guests who choose Uniworld time and time again.


  • The most highly trained, dedicated and tenured staff of all river cruise lines.
  • Butlers trained to the same standards of excellence required by Buckingham Palace.
  • Act with honesty, speak with integrity and treat our guests like royalty.

Culinary Excellence

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The culinary journeys experienced onboard every Uniworld river cruise are every bit as rich, varied and flavorful as the voyage itself. 

Working with a palette of the freshest and highest-quality local ingredients from every destination along the river, our onboard chefs flawlessly bring to life the culinary vision and signature recipes developed by Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and our Culinary Director Gerard van Helvoot, newly inducted member of the prestigious Chaîne de Rôtisseurs culinary guild. 

Our dedication to farm-to-table culinary experiences leads us to uncover the finest foods sourced from regional farms, farmers’ markets and artisanal producers, to ensure every meal embodies the unique character of each region and season.

Our culinary staff is devoted to creating the ultimate dining experience perfectly tailored to your personal palate. We do this by getting to know your tastes and preferences, so that every meal exceeds even the standards of our most important critic: you. Whether you like your filet rare or well-done, have dietary restrictions or like to be a little adventurous, we provide a grand selection of menu items for even the most discerning of palates. 

We also provide a variety of dining venues and experiences, including:

  • Early-riser breakfast
  • Bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets inspired by the region, with something new every day
  • Light-lunch dining
  • Afternoon tea in the main lounge
  • Al fresco dining in the Sky Lounge or dinner under the stars on the Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • Bistro menu for all-day snacking
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Casual elegant dress code and open-seating dining, so you can dine wherever and with whomever you like
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • A variety of distinctive local wines, as well as craft and local beers, selected by top sommeliers to accompany each meal


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Our included excursions are curated exclusively for Uniworld guests, and are your gateway to immersing yourself in the authentic culture, sights and cuisine of the places you’ll visit.

Choose an active excursion, a culturally enriching one or a “Gentle Walking” tour that lets you explore at a more leisurely pace. We feature more than 80 excursions that are completely unique to Uniworld guests. Nothing onboard is cookie-cutter, so your time onshore shouldn’t be either. These included excursions, as well as our Exclusive Experiences, feature several options throughout the entire day, so you can adventure onwards exactly how you’d like.

Let's Go: Put on your walking shoes or your favorite bike shorts and head out on a hiking or biking excursion. Our Nordic walking poles and custom Uniworld bicycles are available for you to use onshore. With our compliments, of course.

Do as the Locals Do: Experience life just as a local would with these specialty excursions designed to give you an authentic inside look into your destination. With our VizEat partnership, you can get a taste of the city and share a meal in the home of a local host.

Village Day: Discover some of the prettiest and most charming towns and cities on these intimate adventures, offering an in-depth look into quaint destinations and the local people who bring them to life.


In keeping with the unique-to-Uniworld theme, our included Exclusive Experiences offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that will enrich, excite and have you reminiscing about your vacation for years to come. In Vienna during “Morning with the Masters,” you’ll be treated to a private art tour of the Vienna Art History Museum, showcasing the Habsburgs’ imperial treasures as well as magnificent works of art by some of the world’s greatest artists. Swap stories with a real-life Austrian princess in her 13th-century castle. Or venture to a Provence truffle farm in search of the “black diamond.” Unforgettable experiences offered by no other river cruise line.

THE WORLD’S BEEN GOOD TO US. And we’d like to return the favor.

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Mother Nature has provided us with a beautiful playground, and supporting the places we visit and those who call our destinations home is essential to ensuring the future of travel is equally bright. Almost a decade ago, we introduced a clean water programme to preserve our rivers and waterways, which many in the industry have since followed. With our TreadRight Foundation partnership, we are currently working to help save wildlife and create economic opportunities for women as part of the Aid for Artisans project. Travel has provided us the chance to give back and lift up others, and we strive to do so whenever possible.

As part of our passion for sustainable tourism, we focus on making a positive impact through environmental, social and economic responsibility. We partner with Just a Drop to help provide clean drinking water to those who would otherwise be without, donate many items and materials that are no longer in use on our ships, develop programs to preserve local culture, and aim to support local businesses in the countries we visit.


Founded in 2008 by Uniworld’s parent company, The Travel Corporation, the TreadRight Foundation encourages sustainable tourism and has completed more than 40 projects that have benefited the environment as well as local culture and heritage. In 2015, TreadRight named their first ambassador, leading environmentalist and explorer Céline Cousteau. Céline has traveled the world while working to preserve marine life as well as indigenous tribes in the Amazon. To learn more and see Céline’s story, visit


Our new partnership with ME to WE combines authentic volunteering with sightseeing in India, so you can delve into the local culture while helping to make a difference in this fascinating, diverse and complex area of the world. This 5-day extension to our “India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges” cruise and tour will place you in the heart of Udaipur to work alongside local residents on a development project. Visit to learn more.

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