Over the summer, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched a number of new initiatives, promotions and features for the 2017 river cruise season. There’s so many of them, in fact, that we’re bringing you up-to-speed with all the latest developments in a single article. From new active partnerships to special themed sailings, solo traveller special and a major award for the line, there’s a lot to like for fans of Uniworld’s luxurious river cruise product.
Uniworld Named World’s Best River Cruise Line By Travel + Leisure
This month, Uniworld was recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as the top river cruise line in the world. The line won for the award-winning design of its ships, the overall quality of its itineraries, and its all-inclusive amenities offered both onboard and ashore.
“Uniworld’s connection to its sister company, the five-star Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has enabled the company to tap into over 50 years of worldwide expertise,” said Guy Young, president of Uniworld. “As the world’s leading luxury boutique cruise line, we must adhere to a surpassed level of luxury that is employed throughout all channels, both onboard and onshore.”
New Active Itineraries
Uniworld has partnered with Butterfield & Robinson to create an exclusive itinerary on Uniworld’s eight-day Enchanting Danube river voyages that sail between Budapest, Hungary and Passau, Germany.
On select departures, guests will be able to join exclusive cycling excursions led by Butterfield and Robinson experts. Guests will be able to cycle the Danube’s picturesque bike paths through some of the region’s most beautiful scenery and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Designed with the active traveller in mind, these adventures along Europe’s largest dedicated cycling path are available on the September 4 and September 18, 2016 Enchanting Danube departures; and on May 28, July 9, August 20, September 3, and September 17, 2017.
“Partnering with Butterfield & Robinson aligns with our core values, emphasizing attention to detail, excellence in service, unparalleled gastronomy and most importantly, providing our guests with unforgettable and unique experiences,” said Young. “We’re thrilled to be offering this active-focused option on one of our most popular itineraries.”
Uniworld is also upping the ante when it comes to its onboard cuisine. Right now, the line offers a true gastronomic experience across 22 rivers and 26 countries aboard each of its ships; an experience that also extends to the ports of call the line visits on a regular basis.
Aboard the line’s Enchanting Danube itinerary, guests have the opportunity to participate in included excursions that allow them to sample coffee and the famous Linzer Torte in Vienna, followed by a visit to a farm in Linz, where guests sample a specialty hard cider. This particular excursion is offered until November of this year.
Along the Rhine, guests can learn about unique wine vinegar aperitifs at the Doktorenhof vinegar estate while experiencing Uniworld’s Castles Along the Rhine itinerary. Additional highlights of the journey include a trip to the Black Forest, where guests indulge in the region’s famous Black Forest Cake.
Uniworld strives to source products locally for its onboard cuisine, with Head of Culinary Gerard van Helvoort using products acquired from regional farms, farmer’s markets and artisanal producers.
This year also saw the debut of Uniworld’s new Connoisseur Collection. This new program provides a bevy of onshore and onboard culinary activities that range from chocolate tastings and wine pairings to a cooking demonstration and tea party at the Institut Paul Bocuse. Currently, the Connoisseur Collection is available on select Paris & Normandy, Burgundy & Provence, and Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux departures.
Special Savings for Solo Travelers in 2017
Lastly, Uniworld is reminding guests that it is once again offering deals for solo travellers on a number of its 2017 European river cruise departures. On select departures, solo guests will either receive a reduced single supplement or an entirely waved supplement. Solo deals for 2017 are offered on Uniworld’s Tulips & Windmills; Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time; Castles along the Rhine; Rhine-Main Discovery & Munich; Legendary Rhine & Moselle; Paris & Impressions of the Seine, Enchanting Danube; Delightful Danube & Prague; and many others.