By Maria Lenhart
Combining the ease of a traditional cruise with the immersive cultural connection of a land-based vacation, it’s little wonder that river cruises capture the imaginations of discerning travelers. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection embodies this “best of both worlds” concept, having honed personal service, customized experiences, fine dining and on-board amenities into a fine art.
What sets a Uniworld cruise apart from others? Uniworld ships carry an average of 120 guests and feature a crew-to-passenger ratio of 1 to 2.3, one of the highest in the industry. That means personalized attention from a crew trained in the utmost standards of luxury service. Much like an elegant floating boutique hotel, public spaces and all accommodations feature original artwork, decor inspired by the destination and expansive views of the scenery and cityscapes unfolding along the way.
Not limited to coastal ports, a river cruise has the ability to delve into the heart of a destination, docking in the center of town. Uniworld makes the most of this advantage by providing bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for exploration right off the ship. Guests can choose among curated and highly customized excursions, often accompanied by a private car and guide. Visiting museums without the crowds and after-hours tours of famous landmarks are also among the possibilities.
Gastronomic delights are no small part of the Uniworld experience. Menus feature signature dishes created by Bea Tollman, author of A Life in Food and the visionary behind Uniworld, as well as regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can also choose among wine and beer selections drawn from vineyards and breweries along the way.
Wellness is given particular attention onboard Uniworld ships. Guests can start their day with sunrise yoga on the top deck, work out in the well-equipped fitness center, unwind with a massage at the Serenity River Spa or take a dip in the heated pool. With health and safety of top concern these days, Uniworld has taken measures to implement the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation protocol.
Where to go? Uniworld offers an array of intriguing itineraries throughout Europe and Asia as well as in Egypt and Peru. As the world opens up again, a river of opportunity awaits.
On March 4th, AAA is hosting a virtual event with Ellen Bettridge, the President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. It’s the perfect way to learn more about why luxury river cruises have quickly become one of the most popular ways to see the world. You can register for free here!