Our sister brand Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, is the world's best and most awarded luxury river cruise line and offers the same standards of excellence and service you have come to expect from Red Carnation Hotels - only on the water. Their luxurious ships have an average capacity of 130 guests and offer curated excursions, five-star farm-to-table cuisine and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry.
This year sees Uniworld add four new luxury Super Ships to their fleet with brand new debuts in Egypt, Europe and Asia. These elegant, state-of-the-art vessels will sail along some of the world’s most picturesque waterways, allowing guests a fascinating glimpse into daily local life. The addition of two new itineraries in Europe will uncover one of Europe’s best kept secrets, the Moselle River, with its beautiful vineyard and village lined backdrops. In September 2020, Uniworld will debut its first cruise in the Peruvian Amazon in South America with two itineraries.
S.S. Sphinx (Egypt)
In 2020, the newly built S.S. Sphinx will join the River Tosca on the world’s longest river, the Nile. Egypt’s popularity continues to rise as travellers seek culture, adventure and history wrapped up in one fascinating destination. As the only luxury river cruise line in Egypt, the launch of Uniworld’s new Super Ship will see the Nile graced with its most luxurious ship to date from late 2020. The S.S. Sphinx boasts three gourmet dining venues, including a private dining room and an al fresco option on the upper deck, as well as a swimming pool, massage room and 42 elegant suites. Continuing the company’s commitment to sustainability, locally sourced Egyptian artwork, fabrics and hand-carved furnishings will be used to bring the beauty of the region to life on-board. This ship will include 12 adventure-filled days to experience Egypt and the Nile’s top sites on Splendours of the Nile.
S.S. São Gabriel and S.S. La Venezia (Europe)
A new ship will make its debut on the Douro with the launch of Uniworld’s Super Ship São Gabriel. Designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region, the ship will bring the destination to life through its décor and delectable food and wine. The entire top deck will offer all lavishly appointed suites, enhanced with Butler service, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like. Guests on S.S. São Gabriel will experience the UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley and indulge in the best of Spanish and Portuguese culture and cutting-edge, locally sourced cuisine on the 11-day Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley from Lisbon to Porto.
Uniworld’s European fleet will see another new addition with the complete renovation of the River Countess which will re-emerge as the luxurious S.S. La Venezia, sailing through the waterways of North Italy. Departures on the 8-day Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy will be on board the new Super Ship which soaks up the enchantment of three outer-lying Venetian islands; Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello and explores seaside towns such as Chioggia and the chance to indulge in the finest Italian fare in Bologna.
Mekong Jewel (Asia)
Mekong Jewel was the first 2020 addition to the ever expanding Uniworld fleet. This newly built all-suite ship replaced the Mekong Navigator in January 2020 and features a main restaurant and al fresco upper deck eatery. The new ship is 10 metres longer than the Mekong Navigator but with the same capacity meaning more space and amenities for guests. The ships construction is environmentally sound with the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials including special paint for the hull of the ship which creates less drag caused by bio-fuelling, specially designed ship propellers that increase performance and efficiency, energy-efficient LED light fixtures, automatic air conditioning controls to optimise cooling resources and water cooled air-conditioning system that saves energy.
This luxurious state-of-the-art ship is featured on Uniworld's 13-day Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong. This captivating journey through Vietnam and Cambodia explores both countries unique charm, complex pasts and social traditions. See one of the most majestic man made sites in the world with an exploration of the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and confront Cambodia’s dark past at the Killing Fields in the capital, Phnom Penh. Meet village elders and experience a lively floating market in Vietnam’s Cai Be and embrace the dynamic spirit in energetic Ho Chi Minh City.
Uniworld's first South American itineraries
Setting sail in South America for the first time, Uniworld offers two itineraries for the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Aria Amazon, set to debut in September 2020.
The Aria Amazon is an eco-friendly, all-suite ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving guests the ultimate panoramic views of the rainforest at every corner. The top deck features a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar and an outdoor observation deck. With all-inclusive amenities and five-star cuisine by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, this luxurious 16-suite ship reflects Uniworld’s immersive and elegant experience. The sailings include unlimited choice of spirits and wines; five-star caliber meals; scheduled airport transfers; all gratuities onboard and ashore; curated excursions expressly for guests of Uniworld and onboard entertainment and enrichment.
The new itineraries include the 15-day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that begins with a land portion in Lima staying at a five-star hotel, followed by the seven-night cruise through the Amazon rainforest, and ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with trips to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco; and the 11-day Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery that takes guests to explore the colourful capital of Lima, immerse in the pristine Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and sail through the Amazon Rainforest, roundtrip from Iquitos.
On all sailings, guests are joined by native born-and-raised naturalist guides that assist in getting up close to native wildlife and meeting village locals.
New European itineraries
Uniworld has introduced a new 10-day Rhine & Moselle river cruise itinerary, from Strasbourg to Frankfurt, which showcases Germany’s spectacular backdrops and breath-taking natural wonders. Uncover the best-kept secret in river cruising, the Moselle, and sail past some of Europe’s most serene, village-dotted landscapes. Learn about the rich Roman history of Germany’s oldest town, Trier, and visit the picture-perfect winemaking villages of Bernkastel and Boppard.
Also new for 2020 is the 12-day Rhine, Moselle and Blissful Baden-Baden. This alluring journey down the Moselle and Rhine will reveal breath-taking backdrops and natural wonders including the hot springs and spas of Baden-Baden town and the ruins and remnants of the Roman Empire in Trier. In Strasbourg, sweet treats from the impossible to resist pastry shops will provide the much needed energy to explore this historic cobbled town and guests can sample exceptional regional Riselings in the romantic winegrowing centre of Bernkastel.
Explore Uniworld's 2021 brochure for more information on trips.