Uniworld expands river cruising fleet

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has added two new Super Ships, the S.S. Victoria and S.S. Elisabeth, which will begin sailing in Europe in 2024 and 2025 respectively.

Taking over the ships from Seaside Collection under a three-year, bareboat charter agreement for each ship, Uniworld will create its signature experience on existing itineraries with an all-Uniworld staff, as well as the brand’s trademark touches and amenities.

Uniworld’s new S.S. Victoria sailing along the Moselle

Before joining Riverside Luxury Cruises, the ships were a part of Crystal Cruises’ River fleet as the Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler.

Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld, said: “The S.S. Victoria and S.S. Elisabeth are unique vessels that we know our guests will love, featuring a modern design, some of the largest suites on the rivers, and an ambiance that exudes contemporary luxury.”

The identical sister ships can accommodate 110 guests in 55 suites and staterooms, each boasting panoramic views of the passing scenery. The ships will also house Uniworld’s first two-bedroom accommodation with adjoining suites, and other highlights include a massage room, gym, bistro for snacks, rooftop bar and grill for cocktails and light bites, and fine dining restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like all Uniworld cruises, dining venues will feature farm-to-table cuisine utilising fresh local ingredients gathered by the chef in destination daily.

The S.S. Victoria will set sail first at the start of the 2024 season, debuting in March in Amsterdam onboard the eight-day Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time cruise through Belgium and The Netherlands. She will then embark on the eight-day Castles Along the Rhine itinerary from Basel to Amsterdam, as well as sail along two rivers aboard the Magnificent Moselle and Rhine itinerary over the course of 10 days. Travellers can also opt for the eight-day Belgium Holiday Markets sailing round-trip from Brussels featuring a mix of Christmas markets in small towns during the festive season.

The S.S. Elisabeth is scheduled to set sail for the 2025 season, with more details to come.

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