Uniworld River Cruises’ new River Antoinette, to launch in March 2011 on the Rhine River, will feature a heated swimming pool and glass-enclosed balconies.
The newbuild River Antoinette, sister ship to the River Beatrice, will be the largest ship in Uniworld’s fleet at 443 feet in length and 37.5 feet wide. Most of the 73 staterooms will be 196 square feet, and 20 staterooms will be 163 square feet. There will be eight junior suites measuring 294 square feet each and one owner’s suite at 391 square feet.
The ship will have a 20-by-13-foot heated swimming pool, not a very common feature on river cruise ships in Europe, on the top deck at the aft of the ship as well as a sky lounge. All the upper deck staterooms, including eight junior suites and the owner’s suite, will have sliding glass doors and balconies. Another glass window on the balcony that can be electronically moved up and down will give passengers the option to either have an open-air balcony or an enclosed balcony in cooler weather.
The River Antoinette will sail Uniworld’s Castles Along the Rhine itinerary.
Beatrice Tollman, founder and president of Uniworld’s sister company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, will lead the design project together with her daughter, Antoinette Tollman, godmother and namesake of the River Antoinette.
They plan on incorporating cream and blue toile fabrics in the junior suites and top deck staterooms; and crewel fabric in cream with a floral design in soft green, powder blue, baby pink, and dark green colors in mid-deck staterooms. All suites and staterooms will have custom English Savoir beds, and marble bathrooms with L’Occitane bath products and Christies of Manchester towels.
Said Uniworld President Guy Young, “The announcement of the River Antoinette is the beginning of exciting plans Uniworld has in store for 2011.” Young did not say how much Uniworld was investing in the vessel, but did say it would be the company’s most expensive newbuild to date.