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The Boutique Experience

Award-winning Uniworld—the world’s ONLY authentic boutique cruise line™—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, and Asia.

The Boutique Experience, Onboard & Onshore

The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

Red Carnation Hotels—a renowned boutique hotel collection and Uniworld’s sister company—was founded in the early 1980s by Beatrice Tollman, who has many years of experience as a chef, cookbook author, and hotelier in South Africa, Europe, and the US.

Boutique hotels are known for their destination-specific interior décor, gracious service, and carefully selected amenities, all of which provide an intimate, elegant, and relaxed experience. Similarly, Uniworld’s boutique river cruises allow guests to travel from one exciting destination to the next aboard a stylish floating hotel with inviting lounges, cozy libraries, panoramic restaurants, sumptuous cuisine, exquisite antiques and original art, and luxurious riverview staterooms and suites. Meticulous attention to detail is readily apparent on every company-owned ship, including Uniworld’s three stunning Super Ships—the S.S. Antoinette, S.S. Catherine, and S.S. Maria Theresa (debuting 2015).

Gracious And Attentive Service 

In partnership with its sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld takes pride in its long-lasting relationships with guests, for whom there is “No request too large, no detail too small.” Uniworld employs a professionally trained, dedicated, English-speaking staff, so guests never have to worry about communication

Ships

S.S. Antoinette sails on the following cruises:

  • •Castles along the Rhine (2015)
  • •Rhine Holiday Markets (2015)

Onboard the S.S. Antoinette—one of Uniworld’s beautiful Super Ships—guests immediately feel as if they’ve stepped into France’s 18th-century Palace of Versailles. The luxurious surroundings feature unique decorative elements and a warm and welcoming ambiance. Fine Brazilian marble adorns the walls and floors and a sparkling 19th-century Venetian glass mirror rests high above the reception desk. The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires, a stunning piece that once hung in New York’s famous Tavern on the Green.

A collection of carefully selected original artwork can be found throughout this spectacular vessel—including black and white sketches, color lithographs, and oil paintings—created by such acclaimed artists as Humphrey Jennings, John Bellany, and Russian painters Yuri Matushevski and Viktor Templi.

Public Areas:

  • Salon du Grand Trianon with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Le Cinema Pigalle
  • Sun Deck with L’Orangerie Sky Lounge
  • Restaurant de Versailles
  • Heated enclosed swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Serenity River Spa
  • Boutique
  • Guest laundry
  • Elevator
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

The ShipsPhoto: Uniworld

Accommodations

Ship Features And Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the La Princesse Deck have full open-air balconies and staterooms on the La Duchesse Deck have French balconies.

Other amenities include generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, and cozy waffle bathrobes and slippers.

Staterooms on the La Duchesse Deck have French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button. Click here to take a closer look at this one-of-kind balcony.

All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including in-suite special butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, full breakfast menu, daily fruit and cookie plate, elegant evening snack, robes and slippers, iPod® docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, free laundry and shoe shine service, bottle of wine upon arrival, Hermés bath products, one-per-person in-suite well-being treatment, and a special dinner in L’Orangerie Sky Lounge.

The Royal Suite offers additional benefits, including a separate and spacious living room, and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, as well as a secluded toilet and bidet area.

Note: Staterooms and suites on La Princesse Deck have full open-air balconies that—with a touch of a button—can transform into a completely enclosed glass conservatory.

AccommodationsPhoto: Uniworld

Dining

Uniworld ensures that every guest’s dining experience exceeds his or her expectations, no matter what their tastes may be. You can count on the finest quality foods, prepared with the greatest care, tradition, and attention. Menus are designed to offer a variety of choices. They change every day and reflect the appropriate season and region of your itinerary. Highlights include:

  • Local, regional, and seasonal specialties with a traditional flare: we feature authentic cuisine cooked to order. In Italy, for example, indulge in prosciutto di Parma pizza and Ossobuco Milanese; while in Austria, enjoy Wiener Schnitzel; and while travelling in France, savor fresh oysters.
  • Signature Dishes: wholesome comfort food is designed to soothe your soul and warm your heart. Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, Founder and President of Red Carnation Hotels, regularly shares her culinary passion with Uniworld’s Global Master Chef. Be treated to a selection of these Signature Dishes, including Bea’s Chicken Soup, Shrimp Stroganoff, Sesame Fried Chicken, and the most delicious cheesecake, all of which are certain to make you feel good inside.
  • Travelling Lite: For those guests who would like a meal that is rich in flavor but not in calories, we have designed a Travelling Lite menu. Uniworld also offers a host of vegetarian options.

A Variety Of Dining Venues & Experiences

Whether you are an early riser or prefer to sleep in, enjoy a big lunch or something light to eat, Uniworld has arranged a variety of dining options, including:

  • Early-riser breakfast
  • Light-lunch dining in the main lounge, Sky Lounge, or on the Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • Afternoon tea in the main lounge
  • Al fresco dining in the Sky Lounge or on the Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • “All-Day” Bistro Menu

You’ll also be treated to a host of memorable experiences, including:

  • Captain’s welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

DiningPhoto: Uniworld

Activities

Signature Lectures And Onboard Entertainment

Cultural and art historians will share their knowledge of the region with our onboard Signature Lectures, while local artists and musicians provide captivating entertainment, so you’ll gain a greater understanding of—and appreciation for—each place you visit.

Le Cinema Pigalle is also an option onboard the ship. The ship’s state-of-the-art 3D movie theater is the first of its kind in the river cruise industry, with Dolby surround sound and 20 plush seats for comfortable viewing. Movie lovers can enjoy a selection of fine films and a choice of snacks (including popcorn, candy, and even hors d’oeuvres).

ActivitiesPhoto: Uniworld

Services

The “Suite” Life

Guests staying in suites onboard the exquisite S.S. Antoinette (and the new S.S. Maria Theresa, striking S.S. Catherine, and majestic River Beatrice) will be treated to in-suite butler service provided by a staff trained under the tutelage of Zita Langenstein of England’s Ivor Spencer Butler School; you will find you are in capable hands, as our butlers are trained to the same level of skill as those who serve in the finest royal houses in Europe, including Buckingham Palace. Suites on all Uniworld-owned ships feature extra-special amenities, including:

  • Complimentary laundry service; shoe shine; in-room breakfast; daily fresh fruit plate; home-made treats; a Nespresso coffee machine; and refrigerator stocked with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary in-suite well-being treatment, including choice of massage
  • Complimentary personal trainer services

Additional amenities aboard the S.S. Antoinette include 24-hour reception service, complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, and free Internet and Wi-Fi access.

ServicesPhoto: Uniworld
 

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