LOS ANGELES — Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has announced new offerings for 2023, including itineraries, excursions, and cruise extension options.
Says Uniworld’s President and CEO, Ellen Bettridge: “Innovation is always top of mind for us at Uniworld. Each year, we strive to make the next river cruise season even better than the last. We’re rolling out fresh new offerings and expanding our portfolio with experiences that we’re confident both new and loyal guests will enjoy.”
There are new itineraries, updated itineraries, new experiences and more. Here’s a look…
In 2023, Uniworld will launch four brand-new itineraries across Europe and beyond. The 15-day Grand Central Europe itinerary will cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube through Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria. The 10-day Zurich & the Rhine River Valley itinerary, meanwhile, will sail along the Rhine and Main rivers through Switzerland, France and Germany.
A new eight-day Belgian Holiday Markets showcases Belgium’s magical Christmas markets and holiday treats at the most festive time of year. Uniworld notes that while Belgium is a lesser-known holiday market destination, the country boasts Christmas towns unlike any other in Europe.
Uniworld will also debut a 46-night Rivers of the World cruise departing May 20, 2023 to nine countries onboard five of its ships. The standout itinerary combines both cruise and land components, and highlights include a visit to the UNESCO-protected temples of Abu Simbel in Cairo; exploring Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna; the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris; and a day in the Portuguese beach town of Cacais, plus time Sintra too.
Existing Uniworld itineraries are being revamped for 2023 in Italy and Vietnam.
Aboard the S.S. La Venezia, guests will receive an even more immersive experience in the ship’s namesake city of Venice and the Veneto region on the Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto sailing. New inclusions are a Po Delta sailing to see Italy’s only delta and largest national reserve of wetlands; a bragozzo boat ride and wine tasting at Ca’Zen villa in Chiogga; and a signature Murano glass blowing demonstration.
Uniworld is also updating the Timeless Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia itinerary, lengthening the trip from 13 to 15 days, with two added days in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi at the end or beginning of the journey.
EXCLUSIVE NEW EVENING EXPERIENCES
Initially introduced in 2022, Uniworld’s ‘Nights Out’ private evening experiences will be included on almost every European itinerary in 2023.
The immersive excursions showcase top European cities in a new light, are specially co-curated by the Uniworld team and offer local on-ground connections solely to Uniworld guests.
New experiences include an evening at Faber-Castell in Nuremberg, a German pencil dynasty and one of the oldest family businesses in the world founded in 1761 on the Delightful Danube itinerary; an after-hours visit to Bassins des LumieÌres in Bordeaux, the largest digital art centre in the world devoted to major historical artists on the Brilliant Bordeaux sailing; and a private visit to Saint Sava church in Belgrade with a concert from the boys’ choir and brandy tasting from the Monks on the Highlights of Eastern Europe trip.
NEW MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXPERIENCES
Uniworld is adding new immersive shore excursions to its Masterpiece Collection portfolio, available to guests at an added cost.
Masterpiece Collection optional excursions take shore exploration to the next level with unique activities that showcase a destination’s authentic culture, sights and cuisine.
In 2023, Uniworld guests will have the option to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam; take a Bavarian country cooking class, visit a Bavarian farm or take a sausage making workshop in Germany; explore Germany’s Black Forest and more.
NEW TRIP EXTENSIONS
Guests looking to extend their trip can book Uniworld’s extensions, adding a few extra days to the front or back end in the form of a land program with luxury hotel or rail.
Extension packages include a variety of hotel options, transfers and a dedicated destination expert to escort guests along the way. New extensions include two nights in Interlaken in conjunction with the Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland itinerary with a visit to Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’; four nights at the Red Sea Post in conjunction with the Splendors of Egypt & The Nile trip with a visit to the St. Catherine Monastery; a four-night rail add-on to/from Venice and Zurich; and a four-night roundtrip rail add-on to/from Budapest.