Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, Asia, and Egypt—a total of 38 expertly planned itineraries along 22 rivers in 26 countries.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world's only authentic boutique cruise line™—is committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence in boutique river cruising. Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, Asia, and Egypt—a total of 38 expertly planned itineraries along 22 rivers in 26 countries. These exceptional voyages—ranging from one to four weeks—are carefully designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests, with something to entice every traveler. In Europe, Uniworld’s all-inclusive itineraries provide guests with unsurpassed convenience, making their river cruise as luxurious and effortless as possible. Hosted excursions, all scheduled transfers, all gratuities onboard and onshore, and much more, are all included in the cruise fare. Plus, with every onboard meal, guests can enjoy an extensive selection of unlimited complimentary spirits, craft and local beers, and distinctive wines. Furthermore, onboard Uniworld’s luxurious European river cruise ships, the staff provides impeccable service with the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry.
Uniworld has also crafted a special dining experience sure to please even the most discerning of palates, with menus featuring a wide variety of flavors prepared with ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets. With everything included in the cruise fare, guests can rest assured that their experience along Europe’s waterways will be everything it should be and more. From the rivers of Europe to more exotic locales—India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Egypt—Uniworld’s cruises and journeys provide an intimate and up-close view of some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Exploring ancient treasures by day with hosted small-group excursions and enjoying five-star hotels and elegant ships at night, guests can be treated to the unsurpassed Uniworld experience worldwide.
Uniworld's newest masterpiece—the resplendent S.S. Maria Theresa—elevates all-inclusive, ultra-luxurious river cruising to an entirely new level. Fashioned in the spirit of the beloved Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of the Habsburg dynasty from 1740 to 1780, Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa is an extraordinary 18th-century floating palace along Europe’s Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. Classical Baroque interiors adorn the striking three-tiered lobby, dominated by a sweeping marble staircase. A hand-painted Tromp L’Oeil-inspired mural and glittering Venetian Murano glass chandelier grace the ceiling. And perhaps the ultimate focal point of this grand entranceway is the ten-foot high oil portrait of the regal Maria Theresa—an original composition by her favorite court painter, Martin van Meytens.
Throughout the Super Ship, royal blue, antique golds, shades of white, and soft gray colors that were popular during the 18th century abound. Design features include mirrored or silk-clad walls, carved twisted columns, Habsburg coronets hand-painted with 22-karat gold leaf, and custom furniture pieces beautifully crafted by master artisans, painters, and ceramicists. Other public areas include the authentic Viennese Café, where guests can linger over local specialties, such as classic Austrian Sacher Torte and famous Viennese coffee; Uniworld’s signature Bar du Leopard; and the stunning Lipizzan Cinema with velvet loveseats. Plus, the well-equipped fitness center, swimming pool, and Serenity River Spa™ provide an ideal place to unwind or exercise.
Guests aboard the S.S. Maria Theresa can retire to one of 64 elegant staterooms, ten sumptuous suites, or to the spectacular Royal Suite. An intimate atmosphere is preserved by the ship’s maximum capacity of only 150 guests and 57 staff members. All riverview accommodations feature plush fabric wall-coverings, rich handmade carpets, antique furnishings, and original art. Other luxuries include custom-made canopy or four-poster Savoir® of England beds draped in the finest monogrammed bed linens, private open-air or French balconies, and marble-clad bathrooms stocked with fine bath and body products. Finally, technological enhancements such as keypad-controlled lighting, new drop-down televisions in the suites, and hidden mirrored televisions in the staterooms, have been put in place to meet the needs of the modern, discerning guest.
Onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa—and indeed, onboard every Uniworld boutique river cruise ship in Europe—Uniworld proudly offers an exquisite culinary program for the most discerning of palates. It is no wonder why the company is the only Zagat-rated river cruise line for “Top Dining” and why the readers of SAVEUR magazine honored Uniworld as “Best Culinary Cruise Line.”
From sunrise to sunset and well into the night, Uniworld guests are treated to a never-ending procession of culinary delights as they explore the wonders of Europe onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa. Using the finest and freshest locally sourced ingredients, Uniworld chefs create meals bursting with flavor. Menus feature authentic cuisine cooked to order, local specialties prepared with traditional flare, and even wholesome comfort foods. Plus, guests will always enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages throughout their cruise onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa, including a generous selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, and spirits. From the meals served in the ship’s Baroque Restaurant to the cocktails served in the Habsburg Salon and Bar du Leopard, Uniworld’s culinary offerings available onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa are carefully crafted with a single goal in mind—to delight and enchant guests with a most memorable, unique epicurean adventure.
In 2016, S.S. Maria Theresa will sail four incredible Uniworld itineraries in Europe: “Tulips & Windmills” from Amsterdam to Antwerp; “European Jewels” from Budapest to Amsterdam; “European Holiday Markets” from Nuremberg to Vienna; and “Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise” from Nuremberg to Budapest. Each itinerary offers captivating onboard entertainment, such as local musicians and performers who will come on the ship to entertain guests. Plus, cultural enrichment programs are offered onboard, including a Signature Lecture that delves into the culture of the region in which the ship is sailing.
Guests onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa can pamper themselves in the ship’s Serenity River Spa™, which offers a number of soothing well-being treatments. Or, guests can relax in the enclosed, heated swimming pool. Situated within Uniworld’s stylish signature Bar du Leopard, the pool is designed with elegantly muted colors and intricate mosaic tile murals created by the famous South African mosaic tile artist, Jane du Rand. When occupied, the transparent glass panes enclosing the pool become frosted and opaque, providing guests with a private, one-of-a-kind sanctuary—complete with soothing ambient lighting and tranquil music.
For those interested in staying active while onboard, the ship’s Wellness Coach provides exercise classes, and the fitness center is well-equipped. Nordic walking sticks and bicycles are also available to anyone who wants to go onshore for independent exploration.
Europe is a magical and unforgettable place during the holidays, with cities and villages that sparkle with lights and echo with carols. It is an ideal destination for families, and in 2016, S.S. Maria Theresa sails two Holiday Season boutique river cruises—“European Holiday Markets” and “Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise.” Families who embark together on either of these itineraries will experience an old-fashioned Christmas in modern luxury as they sail along the Danube onboard Uniworld’s most stylish and elegant Super Ship, and visit some of the most famous and delightful of the holiday markets in Central Europe. Plus, families who sail the “Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise” will also enjoy a warm and festive onboard Christmas meal—complete with all the holiday trimmings.
Guests onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa are treated to impeccable service and unmatched personal attention, with the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the entire river cruise industry. Each member of the staff is dedicated and highly trained, and embraces the philosophy of “no request too large, no detail too small.” They embody a home-away-from-home approach that will not only meet guests’ expectations but exceed them. Uniworld’s commitment is to make guests feel welcome in myriad ways—the most important of which is by getting to know them and being aware of their personal preferences. Onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa, guests can expect their servers to remember that they like their eggs prepared “sunny-side up” with crispy bacon at breakfast and the bartender to know they prefer their favorite drink with that little extra twist. Such kind attention lets guests know how much Uniworld values them and how dedicated the company is to providing exactly what their guests desire, exactly when they desire it.
Furthermore, guests staying in suites onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa enjoy complimentary in-suite butler service. The ship’s butlers are trained to the same level of skill as those who serve in the finest royal houses in Europe, including Buckingham Palace. Plus, guests staying in the suites receive additional amenities, including complimentary laundry service, in-suite breakfast, and an in-suite well-being treatment.
Finally, all guests sailing onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa always enjoy complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi access, all scheduled airport transfers to and from the ship, and all onboard gratuities included in the cruise fare.