Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has revealed its product line-up for 2019, including three new European cruises, enhancements to popular itineraries, a new ship on China’s Yangtze River, and the debut of a fully-renovated River Royale.
“We are committed to two things: delivering to our guests the best, most luxurious river cruise experience in the world and to providing our partners with the tools and training to share this extraordinary experience with their clients,” said Uniworld President & CEO Ellen Bettridge.
Following the upcoming unveiling of its newest Super Ship the S.S. Beatrice, Uniworld will introduce a new ship to its guests on the Yangtze river in 2019, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer., The ship features ‘the largest cabins and suites on the river’, all with private balconies, as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1. Other on-board facilities include an observation deck, two-floor theatre, library, and expansive spa, beauty and fitness facilities. Uniworld has also announced an extension to its 11-day Highlights of China & The Yangtze itinerary with the introduction of new six-day pre-trip to Mongolia including visits to the Gobi Desert and capital city, Ulaanbaatar.
For 2019, Uniworld will offer three new itineraries in Central Europe. The 15-day Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna and 10-day Authentic Danube & Prague itineraries aboard the River Princess, will sail the Danube and by customer demand, according to Bettridge, offer optional two-night extensions in Vienna. The third new itinerary, the 10-day Magnificent Moselle & Rhine aboard the River Queen, offers a unique perspective on this singular German wine-making region and allows guests to fly roundtrip via Frankfurt.
In India, Uniworld is enhancing its Golden Triangle & Sacred Ganges itinerary with the introduction of a comprehensive wellness program centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga. Available on every sailing, the complimentary program – led by a certified and resident yogi, will celebrate the holistic health benefits of yoga with daily sessions introducing the different types of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individualised meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate in this culturally immersive program comfortably. An accompanying “Nutrition and Wellness Food” menu has also been developed especially for this program.
In Egypt, which Bettridge says is “rebounding to unprecedented levels,” Uniworld will introduce two new optional extension trips in 2019; a pre, four-night trip to Jordan with stops in Amman and Petra that includes a one-way flight between Amman and Cairo and a post, four-night extension to Jerusalem including a one-way flight between Cairo and Tel Aviv. Both offer luxury accommodations, sightseeing and transfers, and will match the high standards that guests will experience on the River Tosca.
“Together with our agent partners, we finished 2017 as our best year yet – exceeding every expectation and laying the foundation for a tremendous future, which is coming to fruition now. 2018 Wave Season bookings are on pace to surpass last year’s record-breaking rate. This momentum makes it even more exciting to share our plans for 2019,” said Bettridge.
IMAGE: Ellen Bettridge with Fiona Dalton