Uniworld's Maria Theresa River Cruise Ship Review
Launched earlier this year by a member of the Austrian royal family (princess Anita Von Hohenburg) the Maria Theresa river cruiser offers "unadulterated luxury" and sumptuous surrounds.
Read our review to find out what you can expect during a river cruise on the SS Maria Theresa including details on cabins, onboard activities and overall style.
The Maria Theresa, owned by Uniworld, launched in April 2015 with 75 cabins and capacity for 150 passengers.
Unadulterated luxury, flawless service and uncompromising comfort indulge a largely American clientele. The castle-inspired interior is filled with gilded baroque fittings, mirrors, marble and plenty of sumptuous upholstery.
As on all Uniworld new-builds, the lobby atrium features a sweeping double staircase and a stunning Venetian glass chandelier – this one all but eclipsed by a vast painting of Empress Maria Theresa.
Blue and white decor is complemented by fabric-covered walls and comfy beds. Wardrobe and drawer space is generous and televisions unobtrusive – mine was invisibly incorporated into a mirror.
The marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, heated floors and towel rails and low lighting. Staterooms and suites on the topmost cabin deck have open-air balconies, on the middle deck Juliet balconies, and on the lowest deck shallow half-windows.
Some suites can take a third guest. Twenty-nine cabins have balconies.
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Food & Drink
Outstanding. The breakfast buffet, beautifully presented, is supplemented by an a la carte menu. Lunch is another lavish buffet.
Dinner menus offer inspired fine-dining options. Carefully chosen, quality wines are served with lunch and dinner.
Early risers’ breakfast is available in the Viennese Cafe, which also serves cakes, coffee and Vienna “street-stall” hot dogs. The Bar du Leopard offers a bistro menu from 10am to 6pm daily.
At Your Leisure
The inviting lounge has coffee-table books to browse, a bar and a grand piano. Live musicians and vocalists perform in the evenings.
The elegant Bar du Leopard, a more intimate venue, has a small resistance pool with opaque walls for privacy. The sun deck has tables, chairs and loungers, with canopies for shade, if required.
On the lower deck a small fitness room and a spa offer massages and other treatments. There is a tiny cinema with five loveseats and a sizeable screen.
Well chosen and expertly led. Options include free use of Nordic walking sticks and bicycles.
Maria Theresa is cruising 15-day itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube from Budapest to Amsterdam until November 2015.
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