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Uniworld Boutique Collection River Cruises
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We believe that Uniworld offers one of the most luxurious, rewarding, and in-depth River Cruises of the major river cruise brands!
If you're looking for a completely “worry free” river cruise vacation aboard intimate, boutique ships that embody everything you could possibly want in an indulgent, luxurious river cruise vacation, then you need look no further than a Uniworld River Cruise!

Uniworld’s Boutique river cruises provide discriminating guests with all-inclusive river cruise and cruise/tour packages aboard what Conde Nasts' reader's voted "the world's best river cruise line."

Uniworld's boutique ships are intimate by design and their more traditional decor is inspiring. Unlike other lines, these incredible ships only carry about 130 or so pampered guests per ship. On each of their ships you'll enjoy exquisite accommodations, world-class cuisine, attentive but not overly intrusive service, and truly innovative shore excursions — all for a very affordable price.

Uniworld has now joined a very few, select luxury lines that are "All Inclusive." What means to you: once on board you pay for just about nothing, not even tips to ship's staff or tour guides. In addition to complimentary wines and beers at lunch and dinner, you'll also be able to enjoy complimentary spirits at any time at any place on the ship. Needless to say, Uniworld's "included" shore excursions are part of the deal and even more rewarding than ever.

The President of Premier, Rick Kaplan, and his wife Elizabeth recently enjoyed a fabulous 7-night Holiday Markets cruise aboard Uniworld's River Beatrice. To keep it simple, we asked Elizabeth to sum up her experience aboard the Beatrice and she had one simple word, "Unbelievable!" It was the best, I mean best, river cruise experience I've ever enjoyed and comparable to anything I've ever experienced and enjoyed aboard Crystal or Regent... it's a must for any one looking to be pampered aboard an elegant, small river ship. Even better, when I returned home I did not feel I was as tired, and needed to have a vacation to recover. Click here to read more of EJ's thoughts on this trip.

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Sure, Uniworld has won its fair share of travel awards for quality and hospitality including: Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” for hospitality, Travel & Leisure’s “World’s Best Top 10 Small Cruise Lines”, and Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line,” but what does that really mean to you? We believe that such awards are a direct result of the company’s culture and their management’s thorough understanding of how to please every guest. Understanding how to deliver exceptional service is one thing, but executing high service standards across an entire fleet is another. The proof of Uniworld’s success can be found in the fact they proudly boast a 98% customer satisfaction rate, and it can’t get much better than that, can it? One of the prime reasons for their great service is their 3-to-1 guest to staff ratio which is one of the highest in the river cruise industry.

Uniworld River Cruises does it far better than most and you will be amazed at how smooth your vacation goes from start to finish. It’s kind of like the old Allstate Insurance commercial, “You’re in good hands with Uniworld!” And, you're in good hands when you choose Premier River Cruises to book your Uniworld river cruise. Another key point of distinction is the passenger capacity of the Uniworld boutique ships which average only 130 pampered guests. That translates to you as more room, more comfort, and far better attention to each and every element of your river cruise onboard experience.

Our experience has also taught us that neither size nor price is not always as important as the company’s pedigree, and Uniworld’s is surely from a great “blood line.” Almost 30 years ago Uniworld began simply by booking space for its English-speaking clients on established European river cruise lines. This small step led the owners to realize there was a real opportunity for river cruise vacations specifically designed for discriminating North American travelers. Uniworld began by chartering ships and then decided to move from chartering to designing, building and owning its own deluxe river cruise ships. Within just the past 15 years Uniworld has expanded its offerings and grown into a truly global river cruise company. They now offer over 500 river cruise departures and more than 40 distinct itineraries sailing on 12 of the world’s greatest rivers in countries throughout Europe as well as in China, Russia and Vietnam. Take a look at Uniworld'sSoutheast Asia river cruise preview brochure (PDF) at right. It also features their new India's Golden Triangle cruise aboard the new Ganges Voyager II sailing on the Ganges River.

Okay, do you like new deluxe ships with spacious, beautifully apointed staterooms, a hand-picked crew and some of the most scrumptuous food you'll ever enjoy? Then you may want to start to think about the elegent S.S. Joie de Vivre which will begin sailing the waters of the Seine River doing an exciting, 8-day Paris & Normandy cruise. The first voyage is on April 2, 2017 and the ship will be the state-of-the-art in river ships when she is launched. She will feature multiple dining venues, a heated, enclosed swimming pool and even a full cinema featuring your favorite first run movies. She will be a very hot new "all inclusive" ship, and with early booking prices at only, $2800pp, she will sell out quickly.

We also don't want to forget the other gem of the Uniworld fleet, the SS Catherine cruising the Rhone and Saone through the Burgundy and Provence regions of France.

Launched in 2014, the Catherine is by far and away the most luxurious, beautiful, spacious, elegant, remarkable (we could go on) ship in Burgundy and Provence. Imagine traveling through Provence with a sensational view from your 194sf stateroom as you enjoy your favorite cocktail in the privacy of your private veranda... life is good. She even has a pool for you to enjoy when time permits.

Uniworld continues to expand with new itineraries as well. Their Po River and Italy cruise/tours offer very intensive itineraries that allow guests to chose a traditional 8-day cruise sailing roundtrip from Venice, or an extraordinary 13-day cruise and tour program which allows one to also seamlessly visit Florence and Rome for three nights each. Can you think of an easier, more inclusive and more affordable way to see the highlights of Italy? If you'd like a peek at one of these remarkable itineraries, click here!

Uniworld recently launched a new sister ship to the Catherine, the SS Maria Theresa is sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. This ship will be very in demand, so please book early.

Through a partnership with its sister company, the deluxe Red Carnation Hotels (an award-winning collection of family-run, world-class boutique hotels), Uniworld continues to elevate its service levels and product delivery to new heights.

The close synergy these two companies share has resulted in unparalleled levels of quality in both service and accommodations. Starting with what we believe is the cornerstone — a great stateroom or suite — Uniworld provides the perfect night’s sleep on a custom-designed bed from Savoir of England, one of the most renowned makers of beds in the world. Add in other fine amenities, such as 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, warm wool and cashmere blankets, and your choice of pillow — yes... a choice of either goose down or hypoallergenic — can you believe that! What a perfect way to enjoy a perfect night’s sleep.

Okay ladies, this paragraph is for you… All staterooms and suites, many of which feature French balconies, include individually controlled heating and cooling systems, great closet space (with hangers), and vanities with mirrors, hair dryers, and complimentary bottled water. You say you want more? Try this: floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms each stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and plush, thick European towels, and sensational robes to relax in. For those who insist on applying makeup or getting a close shave while on vacation, each bathroom has backlit magnifying mirrors. The pièce de résistance, and the deal maker for my wife, twice a day housekeeping service with evening turn-down. Now, that’s service with a “WOW!”

Every Uniworld ship offers well-appointed lounges and bars, and a well-stocked library that provides a quiet retreat for conversing with friends or for just relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Cruise programs also feature what Uniworld calls "insightful Signature Lectures,” designed to provide additional background information on the history and culture of the specific cruise region. Lively regional entertainment, complimentary bicycles, and wireless internet access are all available for you to enjoy.

An experienced Cruise Manager, along with English-speaking local guides, do a great job on the shore side excursions which feature a wide array of daily complimentary tours. The excursions have been carefully crafted to ensure you get the most out of the many UNESCO World Heritage sites you visit as well as the other fascinating stops along your route. During each tour, your enjoyment will be enhanced by the use of Quietvox personal audio headsets. On many of the European itineraries Uniworld also offers its added-value Epicurean Adventure Program featuring special wine tasting excursions, onboard culinary demonstrations, and a delightful food and wine pairing dinner.

Anyone with a sales background knows that you always save the “hook” till you're ready to close and that’s just what we’ve done in our discussion of Uniworld River Cruises. The “hook” in this case is Uniworld’s truly remarkable dining experience that has recently been acknowledged in the ZAGAT Survey for “Tops in Dining” — the only river cruise company recognized with the “best of the best” in the cruise industry.

It’s our belief that the dinner hour is meant to be social, spent with new found friends or traveling companions. The evening meal aboard your Uniworld ship is truly a gourmet’s delight and a romantic rendezvous. From an aromatic glass of perfectly aged pinot noir, to the inviting sight of candlelit tables draped in fine linen, dining aboard a Uniworld ship will exceed all your expectations, and did we say the wonderful selection of regional wines is included in your price.

Other dining venues include: an early-riser breakfast and a late-afternoon tea. Plus, on all Uniworld River Cruise ships you can enjoy a choice of lighter cuisine with their Traveling Lite menu. Weather permitting, you'll have the option to choose to dine al fresco “under the stars.” Now imagine this: you’re sailing down the Saône River in France. It’s a warm summer evening and your dining al fresco with your partner on a feast of fresh lobster and seafood plucked from the ocean only the day before. You toast an already memorable vacation with an extraordinary dining experience, all complimented with specially-paired wines for each course of what might be the most memorable dinner you’ve ever enjoyed — need we say more? Okay; the desserts were elegant as well.

Three new ships joined the fleet in 2011. One, the imperial ss River Antoinette, sails the Rhine River between Amsterdam and Basel on the “Castles Along the Rhine” itinerary and provides guests with some of the largest cabins on the river for just 164 lucky guests. Staterooms and suites on the top deck feature full, open-air balconies and special butler service for all suites. A delightful, heated swimming pool also awaits you on the sun deck. Another is the new Queen Isabel, sailing round-trip from Lisbon on the Douro River in Portugal. She carries only 116 guests in the lap of luxury. Most staterooms and suites feature full (sit down) or French balconies, and the sun deck has a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool.

Of course, we can not forget to mention Uniworld’s incredible journies down the majestic Yangtze River and their inspiring China River Cruise vacations. There may be no other river in the world quite like the Yangtze River and for most it’s a vacation you'll do only once. Because of that, we suggest you plan to set aside a maximum amount of time for travel so you can get the utmost enjoyment from this awe-inspiring river cruise vacation.

Completely re-built to Uniworld’s exacting standards, the River Victoria, (Uniworld’s re-entry into Russia where it pioneered Volga River cruising in the 1990’s), will sail between Moscow and St. Petersburg on the “Imperial Waterways of Russia” itinerary. You’ll love this — on the top two decks, all of Victoria’s staterooms and suites have full, private balconies! Passenger capacity is just 206 guests and while that’s a bit more than on most Uniworld river cruise ships, it is far less than most other Russian river cruise ships carry.

Uniworld was also the first river cruise company to introduce the concept of “multi-generational” cruising. These family-friendly cruises, perfect for grandparents, parents, and their respective grandchildren and children, are designed with guests between the ages of 4 and 18 in mind. Special rates of 50% of the regular cruise price, uniquely designed and tailored shore excursions, special lectures and onboard demonstrations are just some of the value added features of this program.

Along these same lines, if you’re planning to celebrate a Milestone Event — you know something like a 25th or 30th wedding anniversary or special birthday such as a 60th or 65th, or even your wedding vowels renewal — there’s no better way to truly get the most out of such a celebration than on a river cruise aboard one of the many Uniworld Boutique Collection river cruise ships. Even better, at Premier we want to enhance your celebration with special recognition and in many cases, special prices and features. For complete details on our Premier Milestone Events (a travel industry first) program visit the Milestone Events section of our site or call one of our river cruise experts.

If you’re looking for that perfect blend of pampering service, an enriching destinational experience and exceptional accommodations, then you need look no further than a Uniworld Boutique Collection river cruises for your next vacation.
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