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Hallmarks of Distinction

The only cruise line in the world to offer an authentic boutique cruise experience


  • The world's only authentic boutique cruise line™
  • The unsurpassed style and elegance of Europe’s best river cruise ships
  • A $100,000,000-plus investment in five new ships and the remodeling of the entire existing European fleet between 2009–2011
  • An intimate atmosphere with an average ship capacity of just 130 guests
  • Captivating and always-included shore excursions—many exclusive to Uniworld—hosted by English-speaking local guides who use state-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset systems
  • Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms—many with French balconies—handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in lavish linens, European duvets, cashmere/wool blankets, along with a menu of pillow options, and other modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions with satellite, a vanity, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, and bottled water in staterooms
  • All suites have extra amenities and services, including: bottle of wine upon arrival; flat-screen television with DVD player; slippers; refrigerator; daily fruit and cookie plate; and morning coffee and tea, continental breakfast, shoe shine, and free laundry services
  • Floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, backlit magnifying mirror, luxurious towels from Christy of England—the world's oldest towel maker—and comfy robes
  • Exclusive services and amenities in all suites with butler service on the S.S. Antoinette and River Beatrice 
  • Public areas include: Main Lounge with full-service bar, Captain's Lounge with library, elegant restaurant, complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard, fitness room, sauna, massage room, boutique, guest laundry and ironing facilities, and elevator
  • Additional ship amenties: 24-hour reception service, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, and free Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • A certified Global Master Chef, Bernhard Zorn, leading a professional culinary team in the preparation of gourmet cuisine using the freshest ingredients, which are often brought onboard from local farmers markets
  • A distinctive wine program developed by Red Carnation Hotels’ renowned sommelier from their Relais & Châteaux member hotel
  • Complimentary fine wine, draft beer, and soft drinks with dinner onboard; and with lunch onboard, complimentary soft drinks
  • Bottled water in staterooms and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar during your cruise
  • A variety of dining experiences: al fresco dining “under the stars” and light-lunch dining on the sun deck, Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners, early-riser breakfast, and afternoon tea
  • Exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program on 17 itineraries
  • Exclusive Multigeneration Family-Friendly Program on select dates
  • NEW for 2012 "Choice is Yours" shore excursions offering more sightseeing options for well-traveled guests
  • NEW for 2012 "Go Active" program for guests wanting to experience a destination in an active style
  • NEW for 2012 "Gentle Walking" tours with guides for guests who prefer a more relaxed pace
  • Cultural enrichment programs with insightful Signature Lectures and local entertainment onboard
  • The most experienced onshore staff in the river cruise industry, with decades of experience
  • Our very own dedicated European Operations Team, which controls all aspects of product delivery, including onboard nautical and hospitality programs and all onshore programs
  • Fastidious internal Quality Assurance Program with extensive training for all staff, along with ship inspections and third-party mystery shoppers, to ensure our guests always receive the highest-quality personlized service
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days
  • An award-winning cruise line with honors including:
    • Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List," their Readers' Choice Awards for "Top Small-Ship Line," and "Top 80 Cruise Ships in the World," with River Baroness and River Duchess ranked #1 and #2 respectively
    • Travel + Leisure's World's Best Award for "Top River Cruises"
    • Zagat Cruise Lines Survey for "Top Cabins" and "Top Dining" in the cruise industry