About Uniworld River Cruises
Embark on a journey like no other as Uniworld Boutique River Cruises transports you to the most breathtaking destinations aboard luxury floating boutique hotels. Immerse yourself in a world of refined luxury as you step aboard Uniworld’s ships, which are carefully modeled after their five-star sister-company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Renowned for their destination-inspired decor, gracious service, and carefully selected amenities, Uniworld’s river cruise collection brings the essence of your destination onboard, ensuring an intimate, elegant, and relaxed experience throughout your journey.
Embodying the essence of stylish floating hotels, Uniworld’s boutique river cruise ships feature inviting spaces adorned with exquisite antiques, custom fabrics, and original works of art. Each ship is meticulously designed to reflect the vibrant character of the rivers they sail upon, and every single element, down to daily deliveries of fresh cookies and fruit, has been thoughtfully considered and flawlessly executed. Under the visionary leadership of the Tollmans — a family synonymous with hospitality and innovation — the cruise line consistently invests in new ships that not only enhance the Uniworld experience, but also revolutionises the luxury river cruise industry as a whole. The fleet caters to an average of 120 guests, boasting an exceptional staff-to-guest ratio that ranks among the highest in the river cruise industry. Enjoy enthralling shore excursions, indulge in world-class gourmet cuisine, experience flawless hospitality, and revel in the unrivaled benefits of Uniworld’s all-inclusive offerings.
⚓ A Journey of Unmatched Luxury
Uniworld presents an array of remarkable itineraries in breathtaking destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the United Kingdom, with over 500 river cruises offered annually, including itineraries in more than 20 countries. With options ranging from week-long journeys to month-long expeditions, Uniworld specialises in unforgettable cruises along Europe’s stunning rivers. Immerse yourself in unparalleled adventures: storm majestic castles, savor exquisite wines from local vineyards, or indulge in a romantic dinner at a genuine local host’s table. Uniworld also invites you to go beyond Europe’s borders and explore the wonders of the Nile, Mekong, Yangtze, and Ganges rivers. Let Uniworld take you on unforgettable journeys where excitement awaits you at every riverbank, including those in:
⚓ Central Europe, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy
⚓ Egypt and India
⚓ South America
⚓ Vietnam and Cambodia
There's Nothing Like a Uniworld River Cruise
Stateroom and Suites
No two suites are alike across Uniworld’s magnificent fleet. You’ll be treated to an abundance of space, impeccable butler service, and lavish all-marble bathrooms with double vanities. Indulge in exclusive Asprey bath and body products, and drift away on your oh-so-comfortable Savoir® Beds of England. With a fully-stocked bar and delightful daily surprises, your stay with Uniworld will be extraordinary. Every detail is carefully handcrafted, from the meticulously designed furniture to the bespoke fabrics and curated original artwork. Upon arrival, a bottle of wine sets the tone for a remarkable journey. And for your leisurely unwinding, a crystal carafe awaits, replenished daily with a choice selection of brandy, whiskey, and vodka. Experience the sheer luxury of Uniworld’s suites, offering generous living areas, expansive bedrooms, and the ultimate in relaxation.
Dining, Bars and Lounges
Uniworld’s world-class cuisine is meticulously crafted using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients from the very destinations you’ll be exploring. Here, farm-to-table is more than just a trendy catchphrase – it’s a driving force. From savoring authentic Italian flavors just steps away from their source to indulging in vibrant Indian delicacies, every bite will leave you feeling alive. For those seeking healthier options, Uniworld’s Traveling Lite menu offers all the flavor of their traditional fare, with fewer calories. Uniworld’s master chefs also cater to vegetarian and vegan preferences, with specialised dishes created just for you.
To enhance your experience further, Uniworld’s expert Sommeliers have curated a selection of sensational wines that perfectly capture the essence of each enchanting destination. And even better? You can enjoy these local wines as part of your all-inclusive package, as well as premium spirits like Grey Goose, Absolut and Jack Daniels; unique lagers and ales from small local breweries; and one-of-a-kind cocktails.
Experience the culture and beauty of the cities and towns you sail through with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Be entertained by talented local performers, sip on complimentary coffees and teas in our luxurious lounge, and soak in the breathtaking views from the expansive sun deck. On different itineraries, Uniworld may have local musicians, dancers or other entertainers board the ship to show you their customs and traditions.
Facilities and Amenities
Sail in style to a variety of enticing destinations on every cruise, and enjoy an exceptional degree of high-quality included amenities and facilities along the way. Start your day with a breathtaking sunrise yoga session on the top deck or join a energizing TRX® Suspension Training class. Alternatively, you can work out at your own pace in the onboard state-of-the-art fitness center. Afterward, treat yourself to some relaxation at the Serenity River Spa™, where you can enjoy a soothing facial or a rejuvenating massage. Take a refreshing dip in the heated pool to cool off. Onboard, you’ll find a delightful gift shop with a limited selection of toiletries, souvenirs, and other travel essentials. Stay connected with our complimentary Wi-Fi, accessible through your own devices, or you can rent internet hotspots. For your convenience, your ship provides a launderette equipped with self-service washing machines, dryers, and irons. Please note that dry-cleaning facilities are not available. However, you can take advantage of onboard washing, drying, and ironing services for a fee.
The Uniworld River Cruises Fleet
There’s all-inclusive, and then there’s Uniworld. In their relentless pursuit of carefree and effortless travel, Uniworld has left no stone unturned – everything is taken care of so that you can simply sit back, relax, and savor every moment of your holiday. Delight in divine, five-star farm-to-table cuisine, indulge in unlimited premium spirits and wine, and choose from a collection of thoughtfully curated excursions. All gratuities onboard are included, granting you peace of mind. You can stay active in the onboard fitness centre, or join wellness classes led by a certified instructor. Seamless travel is promised, with all scheduled airport transfers included, and when your onshore, explore each destination with ease, with complimentary bicycles and nordic walking sticks at your disposal. Stay connected to the world with complimentary shipwide Wi-Fi, and be inspired by a world of culture, arts and entertainment onboard every ship. With Uniworld, all-inclusive takes on a whole new meaning.
Traditionally, a river cruise isn’t one that would immediately jump out as being the best family-friendly option out there. But with Uniworld’s Generations Collection, you can enjoy an all-inclusive family river cruise with special programs, events and excursions specifically designed for kids and families. What can you expect on a Generations cruise? Special amenities such as kid-friendly menus; a special dining table reserved on certain nights just for younger guests; onboard activities just for kids; craft workshops; kids-only movie nights; and much more. Available to on select sailing dates and itineraries, a Uniworld Generations cruise is the perfect option for multi-generation families cruising together.
Cruising with Children
Generally, most young children, especially those under the age of 4, are not quite ready to fully enjoy the experience of river cruising. Consequently, Uniworld’s cruises may not be suitable for the younger travellers (unless it is a Generations itinerary), but they are absolutely ideal for families with older children. For itineraries in Europe, Asia, India, and Egypt, guests must be 4 years or older, with guests under the age of 18 required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In Peru, the age requirement is 7 years or older, with guests under 21 needing to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. While younger children are welcome on board, it is important to note that no special arrangements or kid-friendly activities are provided on board or onshore. It is essential to consider this when booking your family cruise.
On Shore Experiences
Uniworld’s philosophy is simple – go the extra mile to ensure that every included and optional shore excursion offers an authentic and immersive experience of the local culture, sights, and cuisine of the destinations you visit.
Uniworld offers a wide range of included excursions that cater to various interests and activities:
⚓ Village Day – delve into the charm of each destination and get to know the local people
⚓ Let’s Go – for those with an adventurous spirit or seeking more active experiences
⚓ Do As the Locals Do – embrace the local way of life,from riding the subway to indulging at a neighbourhood cafe
⚓ Nights Out – exclusive after-hours tours of popular attractions and vibrant local nightlife
For those looking for something extraordinary, Uniworld also has optional excursions that can be arranged for you. Their Private Experiences and Masterpiece Collection offer exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Imagine enjoying an after-hours tour of a famous landmark or having access to a museum when it’s closed to the public. These exceptional experiences can truly elevate your journey. The Masterpiece Collection takes it a step further by offering unique opportunities such as cheese tasting with a cheese affineur in Rüdesheim or cruising the streets of Bordeaux in a retro sidecar. These exclusive experiences are available at an additional cost, but we assure you that they are worth every penny. Uniworld is committed to ensuring that your shore excursions are not just a part of your trip, but a highlight.
On Uniworld’s ships, there are no wheelchair accessible staterooms, however, all shower stalls are equipped with grab bars, and most ships are fitted with an elevator for easy access to different passenger decks, as well as a chair lift that leads to the sun deck. Travel-sized, collapsible wheelchairs are allowed on board, but it must be noted that all passengers are expected to be able to walk unassisted in order to fully participate in guided tours. We recommend talking to your cruise consultant about any specific needs you may have to see if Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is best suited to you before you book.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the ship dock?
In many ports, your river ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of the historic city centre. However, in some instances, your ship may be required to dock at a slightly farther distance. In such cases, a comfortable motorcoach transfer will be provided by Uniworld. Docking locations are determined by the local harbour authorities and are not controlled by Uniworld or the ship’s captain.
Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?
Yes, each group will have its own English-speaking guide. Complimentary QuietVox audio headsets are also provided to make it easier to hear every word of their insightful commentary.
Is butler service included on all itineraries?
At the moment, butler service is not available on South America, Egypt, India or Asia itineraries. Guests staying in suites on European cruises are treated to butler service, included in their cruise fare. Uniworld’s butlers are trained to the same standards of excellence required by Buckingham Palance and are educated under the tutelage of Zita Langenstein at England’s Ivor Spencer Butler School. As such, you can expect exemplary service around the clock, including packing and unpacking services, room service and more.