From: John Sisker on 9 Jul 2010 15:25
To Whom It May Concern:
We received this press releases from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise
Collection and thought it may be of interest to this newsgroup as well.
Smooth sailing to all...
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has embarked on its largest product
expansion, with the introduction of two new boutique ships in Europe and one
in Russia in 2011. In addition, three existing ships will have been
completely rebuilt, completing the remodeling of its entire fleet.
Uniworld also will be introducing a rich array of exciting new itineraries
and optional land extensions to meet the growing interests of travelers in
river cruising, and further enhancing its Multigenerational Family-Friendly
Program - reaffirming Uniworld's position as having one of the world's most
extensive rosters of cruise offerings.
"We are very fortunate and delighted to have a parent company that has the
vision, acumen, financial resources, and stability to prudently invest in
the growth of our company," proudly states Guy Young, President of Uniworld.
"Our goal has never been to be the largest river cruise line, but to be the
absolute best river cruise line. Our ongoing quest is to continue to build a
company that consistently delivers and exceeds our clients' expectations in
all the ways that truly matter when it comes to creating exceptional
vacation moments and memories," furthers Young.
Meeting travelers' growing interest and demand, Uniworld's three new
boutique cruise ships will sail along Europe's and Russia's most beautiful
waterways in 2011. River Antoinette, sister ship to Uniworld's majestic
River Beatrice, will be the most stunning ship to sail the Rhine River. In a
style reflective of Uniworld's enduring commitment to create an exceptional
experience for travelers, the ultra-luxurious and spacious River Antoinette
will set a new standard in river cruising innovation with top deck
staterooms and suites with full open-air private balconies that, with the
touch of a switch, will raise the glass to create a completely enclosed
conservatory. Additional unique facilities include a heated swimming pool,
and a beautiful sky lounge on the sun deck. Uniworld's second new ship, the
Douro Spirit, will sail Portugal and Spain's spectacular UNESCO World
Heritage-designated Douro River Valley. Every carefully tailored stateroom
and suite will feature a French balcony, so guests can get closer to this
region's breathtaking scenery. And finally, Uniworld will be re-entering the
Russian market in 2011 with the launch of the River Victoria, projected to
be the most beautiful and comfortable ship to sail the Imperial Waterways of
Russia's Volga River, capturing the beauty of this spectacular destination
both onboard and onshore.
In addition to these magnificent new ships and the gorgeous new River
Beatrice and River Tosca launched in 2009, Uniworld will have completely
remodeled its entire European fleet between 2009 and 2011. Without
exception, each and every effort and expression of investment will be
focused on providing travelers with the journey they dream of, and can look
forward to realizing through their Uniworld experiences. Young reinforces,
"All of Uniworld's ships are exclusively different. Each has incredible
personal touches and details that make Uniworld unique, with the warm,
inviting atmosphere and exceptional service of a top boutique hotel being
consistently delivered on the world's rivers. Each ship has been designed
and decorated by the renowned design team from our sister company, the
award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection." While each ship has its own
distinct style and personality, they are all designed with the same
thoughtful signature touches, including luxurious d�cor, modern conveniences
and fine amenities. River Ambassador, River Baroness, and River Princess
will be the three ships to be completely rebuilt for the 2011 season.
Complementing Uniworld's beautiful new ships will be six new expertly
planned itineraries ranging from 8 to 31 days, and four new optional cruise
extensions. Discover the "Treasures of Prague, the Rhine & Main" on a 10-day
cruise from Prague to Nuremberg that takes in the grandest castles and
gardens of the region. Marvel at the "Imperial Capitals of Europe" on a
15-day journey from Istanbul to Vienna that encompasses the splendor of
eight majestic countries. Get set for a 27-day "Grand European River Voyage"
from Amsterdam to Istanbul, taking in ten countries, seven capitals, and
countless treasures in between. Make the ultimate East-meets-West pilgrimage
from Paris to Istanbul on a 31-day "Grand European Odyssey." Explore the
"Classic Christmas Markets" lining the way from Nuremberg to Frankfurt on an
8-day holiday cruise. Or sail the Imperial Waterways of Russia on a 13-day
journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
To add even more value and delight to Uniworld's guests' boutique cruise
experiences, the company has created an array of new optional cruise
extensions, including a 4-day stay in bustling Berlin, a 3-day sojourn in
enchanting Aix-en-Provence, a 6- or 8-day "Royal London and the River
Thames" river cruise, and a 7-day Baltic Capitals adventure.
Finally, and in recognition of the growing desire of travelers to turn
holidays into precious family time, Uniworld is pleased to announce it is
offering special family-friendly activities and value-packed pricing on its
"Paris & Normandy" and "Treasures of Prague, the Rhine, & the Main"
itineraries during select summer sailings.
"We are confident that the river cruise sector will continue to grow in
appeal and activity. We are extremely excited about the 2011 season and our
lead position in the marketplace. We are clear that this position of
leadership has been established through ensuring everything Uniworld does is
focused on our guests enjoying the most wonderful and memorable experience
possible. This is our commitment, and this is our pride," furthers Young.
Uniworld is pleased to launch a selection of enticing offers in place for
2011. When travelers pay in full by October 31, 2010, they can enjoy up to
$1,200 per person savings - exceptional value in these exceptional times. Or
if travelers simply wish to book and deposit by December 31, 2010, they can
still save up to $400 per person.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection:
Los Angeles-based Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the premier
river cruise company, is recognized in: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Top
Small Ship Cruise Lines; Cond� Nast Traveler's prestigious Gold List and
their Readers' Poll for Top 50 Small Ships, and their Readers' Choice Awards
for World's Top Small Ship Cruise Lines; Cruise Critic's Editors' pick for
Best River Cruise Line and Best New River Ship for the River Beatrice; and
Top 3 cruise line ranking in Zagat's Survey in the categories of Top Cabins
and Top Dining, and is the only river cruise line represented in their
cruise survey with the best of the best in the cruise industry. Uniworld
features luxuriously appointed boutique cruise ships with an average
capacity of 130 guests, expertly planned itineraries with custom-blended,
included shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning
hospitality from an all-English speaking staff. The company offers over 500
departures on 39 itineraries sailing on 10 rivers in 17 countries throughout
Europe, Egypt and China.
Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association
* Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
* 800-733-7820 or www.uniworld.com