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Life On Board Uniworld


The Uniworld Experience

Uniworld operates a fleet of award winning luxurious floating boutique hotels. You will notice as soon as you board the thoughtful little touches that make Uniworld different

Every Uniworld ship is deliberately different from any of its sister ships and all feature beautifully designed public rooms displaying original works of art and exclusively designed furniture

Uniworld strive to exceed passenger expectations and pride themselves that their ships have a ratio of more onboard staff to guests than any other river cruise line ensuring that there is always a friendly highly trained member of staff eager to answer any question.

Onboard every cruise you will find an experienced Cruise Manager, Hotel Manager and Restaurant Manger all leading teams dedicated to delivering the highest levels of service. From 2016 all guests in suites on all European sailings will also Butler service from Butlers trained to the same standard as required by Buckingham Palace.

Every Uniworld ship features a superb restaurant, spacious sundecks and full service bars and all European ships include fitness centre and Spa together with onboard wellness coaches who offer yoga classes, a variety of massages and personal training sessions.

Luxury Boutique River Cruises from Uniworld and The Vacation Company

We are delighted to include Uniworld Boutique River Cruises in our river cruise collection.

Founded in 1976 Uniworld now operates 15 uniquely individual vessels on some of Europe’s most beautiful and spectacular rivers, whilst further afield Uniworld offers magical cruises exploring Egypt, India, China and Vietnam and Cambodia.

Uniworlds award winning ships are best described as luxurious floating boutique hotels, each vessel is different and feature exclusively commissioned furniture and original works of art.

All ships boast plush lounges and bars and a large Sun Deck, public rooms and cabins on all ships are furnished in a high standard, with lush fabrics, flat-screen televisions, plush bathrooms and incredibly comfortable Savoir brand beds.

Uniworld cruises are based on All Inclusive and most cruise fares include all gratuities, a choice of daily excursions and unlimited wine, beer and spirits

All ships offer superb cuisine in stylish restaurants where passengers can enjoy menus using the best of local ingredients to ensure every meal typifies the unique character of each region and season.. To help work off the extra calories all European ships have a well equipped fitness centre and Spa.

“In our opinion Uniworld delivers exceptional levels of service, luxury and cuisine to provide an unforgettable cruise on many of the world’s greatest rivers”

Joan and Tony Blakey Directors The Vacation Company

Dining & Cuisine

Culinary Excellence

Every Uniworld river cruise offers a culinary experience every bit as varied and flavourful as the voyage itself. With signature recipes developed by Uniworlds Master Chef Bernhard Zorn and a dedication to locally source produce Uniworld ensure that every meal highlights the unique character of each region you cruise through.

Uniworld are ranked as one of the worlds best river cruise lines by Conde Naste and in 2014 5 Uniworld ships were placed in the top 40. Uniworld deliver a six star river cruise experience with an attention to detail and a level of customer care that allows guests to simply relax and enjoy a magical river cruise experience.

Culinary Vision

Uniworlds culinary vision is to bring together the freshest local ingredients to create menus that are every bit as rich and varied as the voyage itself. A dedication to farm to table eating experiences drives Uniworld to deliver exceptional dining and ensure that each memorable meal embodies the unique character of each region they cruise through. 

Every Uniworld ship is distinctly different and all offer a variety of dining venues and experiences including;

  • Early-riser breakfast
  • Expansive breakfast and lunch buffets inspired by the region, with something new every day
  • Light-lunch dining
  • Afternoon tea in the main lounge
  • Al fresco dining in the Sky Lounge or dinner under the stars on the Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • Bistro menu for all-day snacking
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Casual elegant dress code and open-seating dining, so you can dine wherever and with whomever you like
  • A variety of distinctive local wines, as well as craft and local beers, selected by top sommeliers to accompany each meal

On all ships casual elegant dress code is the order of the day and with open seating dining for all meals guests can choose to dine wherever and with whomever they like. Highlight of every cruise are the Captains Welcome Reception and Dinner and Farewell reception and dinner.


Choice Is Yours

Uniworld start with the believe that like all of their ships all of their guests are unique, then by providing a wider range of excursions than any other river cruise line they are confident guests will always find the experience that they seek.

At every stop Uniworld guests will find they have a choice of multiple excursions and whether you are a seasoned traveller or on your first cruise having multiple choices will allow you to personalise your experience.

The Uniworld Choice is Yours excursions program offered on all cruises enables guests to choose from a selection of diverse excursions and includes:

Go Active

Choose a biking or hiking excursion led by an experienced local sports guide or naturalist or if you prefer simply select on of Uniworlds complimentary bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and set out on your own to explore the local area.

Gentle Walking

Looking to explore at a more leisurely pace or maybe you have some mobility issues then select one of Uniworlds Gentle Walking excursions.

Do as the Locals Do

The perfect choice for guests who want to immerse themselves in local life and experiences, Do as the Locals Do excursions allow guests to enjoy authentic cultural experiences, taste regional delicacies all in the company of experienced and knowledgeable local guides.


This exclusive excursion program operates on Uniworlds European and Russia cruises and provides an intimate and up-close look at small European and Russian towns, visiting local homes, farms and Workshops This program offers guests once in a lifetime opportunities including the chance to taste unique aperitifs—herb- and honey-flavoured wine elixirs at a vinegar estate. Enjoy the hospitality of a real-life princess at her castle home. Delight in a classical concert celebrating Mozart and Strauss with Bel Canto arias. Dance the Viennese waltz in an opulent World Heritage palais. These and other Exclusive Excursions are truly exceptional available solely to Uniworld guests.

U by Uniworld

Making History.

Uniworld are innovating the travel industry with a fresh approach to cruising for 21 - 45 year olds. U by Uniworld is a new take on experiential travel, with cruises designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures. Uniworld and The Vacation Company believe that travel should be relaxing, exhilarating, convenient and tailored to your interests - all at the same time. 

And on a U by Uniworld river cruise, that's exactly what you'll experience. 

Why A River Cruise With U?

A river cruise with U is an effortless way to travel from city to city across Europe, completely tailored to your personal tastes. 

Cities Selected Just For U.

The U by Uniworld itineraries take you to some of the most dynamic, inspiring and just plain fun cities in Europe. Some you'll be familiar with; others you'll be introduced to for the first time. But each has its own unique flair and way fo life that's waiting to be discovered. 

Stay Late. Sleep In. 

U itineraries are planned around your schedule, with late-night and overnight stays in port and later excursion start times. 

Park in the City Centre. 

U's perfectly sized ships can often dock in the centre of cities both large and small, putting you right in the middle of the action from the moment you step ashore. Less time getting to and from means you have more time fro exploring. 

Cruises for Foodies. 

If your ideal holiday includes a glass of local rosé and an Instagram-worthy meal, you've come to the right place. Our onboard dining features fresh culinary options, made from locally sourced ingredients. Many of the excursions featured on a U by Uniworld sailing have a culinary theme and take you to vineyards and breweries, on bar crawls, and to local café. 

The Best. Service. Ever. 

Uniworld, the luxurious award-winning sister brand to U, features some of the most professionally trained staff on the rivers. The same staff and crew are now on U, along with two dedicated hosts from Contiki, a high-energy travel company that is also part of the Uniworld family.  

The Ships.

Part boutique hotel, part yacht, part resort. 

When your waterfront hotel is also your taxi, bar, favourite restaurant, nightclub and yoga studio, travel becomes a bit more relaxed and a lot more hassle-free. Onboard, you can expect to everything you'd find in a boutique hotel but the difference is that this floating hotel makes it extra-easy to visit several European destinations in a single trip while only having to unpack once. 

The makes her home on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, flowing through The Netherlands and Central Europe. 

The cruises down France's Seine River. Her chic style and Parisian influence will put you in the French spirit even before stepping off. 

Onboard Essentials.


The ships feature two venues for dining, a full-service restaurant and a casual rooftop eatery, each serving farm-to-table cuisine, often inspired by the culinary style of the places you'll visit. Open for breakfast and dinner, the modern restaurant has both communal tables for sharing a meal with new friends as well as small tables. Food options rotate daily. 

If you are in the mood for breakfast (or dinner) in bed, you can also order room service. 

The Gym. 

Keep your workout routine intact, even while on the other side of the world. 

Two Bars. 

For enjoying a signature U cocktail. craft beer or your favourite drink at whatever hour you choose. 

Coffee Bar. 

Perk up with a fresh-made specialty coffee or tea. You've got a lot of exploring to stay caffeinated for. 

Rooftop Deck. 

Watch as the top-deck glass-enclosed room rises up from the floor to create a casual dining venue. Couple that with an open-air hangout and lounge seating, it's the place to be. 


Each ship features three categories of bedroom - Studio, Balcony and Suite. Flying solo? There are single rooms available, and feature special room-share rates for those travelling on their own who want to share a room with a like-minded traveller.  

Onboard Life.

There is plenty of fun to be had onshore, but your time onboard will be just as exciting. The daily activities and events offered were all created with U in mind. 

Chef's Table Cooking Class. 

Join the chef as he takes you through a multi-course cooking class. Afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour. 

Silent Disco. 

If you've never been, now is the time. Our resident DJ runs the party and everyone wears headphones in sync with the music. But just take them off to chat with your friends. It's sophistication meets party jams. 

Paint and Wine. 

On days you are docked in a picture-perfect location, head up to the top deck for a painting class and create your very own masterpiece. You bring your artistic side and U will bring the wine and supplies. 

Mixology Class. 

What's the secret for getting the smoke-infused flavour into your smoky bourbon cocktail? U by Uniworld's master bartenders will show. 


Find your centre with a complimentary rooftop morning yoga session, led by the ship's wellness coach. The views are sure to help with the meditation. 

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