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Aria Amazon

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Designed to explore the Peruvian Amazon in luxury and comfort, the Aria Amazon is an all-suite ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you a full view of the majestic rivers and rainforest. The top deck features a jacuzzi, indoor lounge & bar and an outdoor observation deck. With all-inclusive amenities and five-star cuisine by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, this luxurious ship is guaranteed to give you an intimate and immersive experience.

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Ganges Voyager II

5.0 of 5 stars

With accommodations inspired by the grace and elegance of the British colonial period, the all-suite Ganges Voyager II is one of only two ultra-luxurious ships serving the Ganges. Built-to-order in 2015, this ship was custom-designed to serve Uniworld's new 2016 "India's Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges" itinerary.

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Mekong Jewel

The Mekong Jewel will be the newest and most luxurious ship on the Mekong river. This all-suite ship will include two dining venues: one main restaurant and an al fresco eatery on the upper deck. The Mekong Jewel will replace the Mekong Navigator and is being constructed with sustainable, eco-friendly materials, and will feature a swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam room, gym, hair salon, nail bar, two lounges and a library.

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River Duchess

4.7 of 5 stars

River Duchess features all river-view staterooms; a cozy library that provides the perfect haven for inviting conversation, game playing or simply a place for deep contemplation; a fitness center where you can unwind from a day of sightseeing; and a lounge with a full-service bar where you can gather with friends for cocktails while the evening's entertainment provides a soothing backdrop.

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River Empress

River Empress features all river-view staterooms; a cozy library that provides the perfect haven for inviting conversation, game playing or simply a place for deep contemplation; a fitness center where you can unwind from a day of sightseeing; and a lounge with a full-service bar where you can gather with friends for cocktails while the evening's entertainment provides a soothing backdrop.

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River Princess

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River Princess features all river-view staterooms; a cozy library that provides the perfect haven for inviting conversation, game playing or simply a place for deep contemplation; a fitness center where you can unwind from a day of sightseeing; and a lounge with a full-service bar where you can gather with friends for cocktails while the evening's entertainment provides a soothing backdrop.

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River Queen

River Queen features all river-view staterooms and is considered one of the most unique river cruise ships in Europe. The ship's exterior resembles the Grand River steamships of the 1930s, while the plush interior provides a classical elegance reminiscent of the famous Art Deco style.

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River Tosca

River Tosca is an all suite ship. All lavishly appointed suites feature a French balcony, a hotel-style bed draped with the finest bed linens, a vanity make-up mirror, generous built-in closets, a hair dryer, safe, individual air conditioning, iPod docking stations, and a flat screen TV with a selection of viewing choices.

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S.S. Antoinette

When you step aboard the S.S. Antoinette, you'll understand why the "S.S." precedes "Antoinette," as this appropriately means "Super Ship." Aboard ship, the ambiance is reminiscent of France's Château de Versailles during the late 18th century, with the character of the past thoughtfully blended with unusual touches to create a feeling of luxury, warmth and elegance. A blue Strauss 10-foot Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires, originally hung in New York's famed Tavern on the Green, graces the two-story lobby. Fine Brazilian marble adorns the walls and floors, and a sparkling 19th-century Venetian glass mirror rests high above the reception desk, providing an air of grandeur. The S.S. Antoinette shares the same exquisite standards and meticulous attention to detail reflective throughout Uniworld's fleet. Haute design with comfortable décor symbolize the style and grace for which Uniworld ships are known.

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S.S. Beatrice

The S.S. Beatrice boasts yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout, a renovated lobby featuring elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron—a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge features sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.

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S.S. Bon Voyage

With her transformation, the S.S. Bon Voyage will debut a completely different look—including a redesigned top deck with an added swimming pool and lounge area, with an adjacent casual dining venue featuring lighter fare with a local spin and chef-led cooking classes. Inside, four new gorgeously-appointed suites will be introduced, as well as marble bathrooms throughout the ship, an enhanced dining room with an added chef demonstration area, and a new bistro inspired by Bouillon Pigalle in Paris. All finished perfectly in the unique and beautiful design aesthetic that Uniworld is known for, and paired with the addition of more crew members for a higher crew-to-guest ratio.

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S.S. Catherine

4.9 of 5 stars

Uniworld is committed to building a fleet of ships that represents the absolute best in luxury river cruising, combining quality craftsmanship with high-tech innovations and custom-designed interiors. Uniworld's second Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, continues this proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail. The vessel’s opulent interiors include a two-story lobby with a specially commissioned Murano glass chandelier and whimsical life-size glass horse.

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S.S. Joie de Vivre

Uniworld’s newest Super Ship—S.S. Joie de Vivre—is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience. The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and curated antiques from renowned auction houses. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore. Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir® of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.

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S.S. La Venezia

The beautifully reimagined S.S. La Venezia brings guests an enhanced luxury experience inspired by Northern Italy. The redesign of the S.S. La Venezia drew influence from the fine Fortuny fabrics displayed prominently onboard. Murano glass, gilded accents and artistic etched elements pay homage to popular Venetian aesthetics of the early 20th century, creating an onboard atmosphere that is at once elegant and nostalgic.

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S.S. Maria Theresa

Lavishly appointed and meticulously designed the S.S. Maria Theresa features luxurious accommodations and numerous personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage. Named in honor of one of the Habsburg Empire's most beloved rulers, the magnificent S.S. Maria Theresa cruises the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers in grand Uniworld fashion.

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S.S. Sphinx

4.5 of 5 stars

As the only luxury river cruise ship in Egypt, S.S. Sphinx will offer three gourmet dining venues, including a private dining room and an al fresco dining experience on the upper deck, a swimming pool, massage room and 42 gorgeously appointed suites. Egyptian artwork, fabrics and hand-carved furnishings will bring the beauty of the region to life onboard.

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S.S. São Gabriel

4.4 of 5 stars

The S.S. São Gabriel will be the newest ship on the Douro river. Designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region, this ship will offer more lavishly appointed suites than the Queen Isabel and bring the destination to life through its décor and delectable food and wine. Butler service will be added onboard, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like while enjoying the ship.

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S.S. Victoria joins our European fleet in 2024 with an ambiance of contemporary luxury and features the largest suites on the rivers of Europe. Two Royal Suites onboard offer an incredible 506 square feet each. Reserve the adjoining standard Suite next door, and that turns into 759 square feet total, with two bedrooms connected by a separate living room. All the Suites and Signature French Balconies offer abundant space—much higher than standard—with ultra-comfortable, water-facing beds dressed in Uniworld’s fine custom linens.

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I t is known as a Forest of Mirrors, where the lush jungle is reflected in the black water lagoons and the Amazonian rivers of Peru. This is the true heart of the Amazon – and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises can not only take you there, but show you around in total style. With itineraries that include the Amazon Rainforest, along with Machu Picchu and Cusco , Uniworld Boutique River Cruises captures the essence of a South American river cruise in unique ways. Peru happens to lay claim to quite a large patch of the Amazon rainforest – one of the most beautiful by all accounts – thanks to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a protected zone with no development or deforestation allowed.

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All of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ Peru river cruises begin and end in Lima , the perfect place to begin discovering the magic of Peru. City tours capture the cultures, the flavors, the history and the community spirit of the nation’s capital like no other. On the Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery tour, a short flight to Iquitos gets you to the gangway of the beautiful Aria Amazon, one of the finest ships in the Uniworld fleet. From there, you begin a fascinating journey in the Ucayali River and the black waters of Clavero Lake, learning about the local customs and exploring the Yarapa River in search of nocturnal wildlife. The Amazon River and Tahuayo River follow, to both the San Pedro Forest and the town of Nauta, for an introduction to local customs deep within the forest. You will sail to the mysterious birthplace of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers meet, to witness all manner of wildlife – day and night – with skiff tours and village walks revealing natural beauty and jungle community life. There may even be a chance to see the region’s famous pink river dolphins. The Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu itinerary takes your journey one step further, flying you to Cusco to the heartland of the Inka Empire for an exploration of Urubamba (the Sacred Valley ) and the majestic Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). These are bucket-list adventures to be sure.

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Regarding the all-suite Aria Amazon, these are rooms with a view. Exclusive and intimate, Aria Amazon hosts up to 32 guests, providing a private and immersive experience in the Amazon Rainforest, along with many all-inclusive amenities. This exquisite ship features a rustic yet modern décor, exotic and comfortable, that fits right into the forest. At 250 square feet, the 16 suites are sumptuous and safe, with floor-to-ceiling windows that practically bring the Amazon right inside with you. You can marvel in the rare wildlife directly from your bed – with sloths, spider monkeys and exotic birds right outside your window. Authentic Peruvian cuisine on board Aria Amazon is specially curated by Peru’s top celebrity chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. His focus on the fusion of regional cuisines and iconic Peruvian dishes made with ingredients sourced from the Amazon will draw you deeper into the culture and the flavors of the landscape.

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Paddling, birding, lounging, stargazing, community visits, sunset cruises, jungle treks – there are so many different aspects to a Uniworld river cruise in Peru to enjoy. High water season from December through May brings you closer to the treetops to spot an abundance of wildlife. And during low water season from June through November, you can walk on the jungle paths, connecting directly with the environment. Whichever time you choose, know well that the weather is great year-round – and the Tully Travel Designers have all the details in the palms of their hands.

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Experience The Splendor Of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line stands out in the world of river cruising for its unwavering commitment to luxury, elegance, and personalized service. From the opulent furnishings to the carefully curated art collections, every detail is thoughtfully chosen to create an ambiance of refined sophistication and comfort. Uniworld's ships are akin to floating boutique hotels, where guests can expect impeccable service, exquisite cuisine, and a wealth of amenities. What truly sets Uniworld apart is its commitment to personalized service. With an impressive staff-to-guest ratio, every traveler receives individualized attention and care, ensuring their needs are met and exceeded. From expertly guided shore excursions to bespoke dining experiences, Uniworld goes above and beyond to create unforgettable memories for its guests.

History Of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line

The story of Uniworld began in 1976 when Yugoslavian entrepreneur Serba Ilich embarked on a mission to revolutionize the river cruising industry. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Uniworld expanded its fleet and offerings, introducing innovative amenities and enhancements to its ships to elevate the river cruising experience. In 2004, Uniworld embarked on a new chapter in its history. It became part of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a renowned collection of travel brands dedicated to delivering exceptional vacations worldwide. Today, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line stands for its passion for creating extraordinary journeys along the world's most captivating rivers. 

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Ships Of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line

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S.S. JOIE DE VIVRE

Launch Year:  2017  

Capacity:  128-passenger  

Length:  125 meters

Step aboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre and prepare to embark on unparalleled elegance and sophistication. Named after the French phrase for "joy of living," this ship exudes the charm and vitality of its namesake. As you wander through the ship's beautifully appointed interiors, you'll be surrounded by chic Parisian-inspired decor reminiscent of the golden age of French travel. The S.S. Joie de Vivre offers a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable voyage. Indulge in gourmet cuisine crafted by expert chefs using the finest ingredients, and savor fine wines and cocktails in the elegant bar and lounge areas.

River Tosca

Launch Year:  2009  

Capacity:  82 passenger  

Length:  71.9 m

Cruising along the legendary Nile River aboard the River Tosca is a journey. It offers a blend of luxury, history, and unparalleled beauty. Named after the famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca," this ship embodies the grandeur and elegance of ancient Egypt. From the moment you step aboard, you'll be transported back in time to the era of the Pharaohs, with the ship's opulent interiors and decor evoking the splendor of ancient Egyptian palaces. Admire handcrafted furnishings, intricate mosaics, and stunning artwork that pay homage to Egypt's rich cultural heritage.

S.S. So Gabriel

Launch Year:  2020  

Capacity:  100+ passenger  

Length:  262 ft

Welcome aboard the S.S. So Gabriel, where Portuguese charm meets contemporary luxury on the serene waters of the Douro River. Named after the archangel Gabriel, this exquisite ship is a true masterpiece of design and craftsmanship. From the moment you step aboard, you'll be captivated by the ship's elegant interiors and stylish decor, inspired by Portugal's rich cultural heritage. Admire hand-painted tiles, intricate woodwork, and tasteful furnishings that reflect the country's storied history and maritime traditions. The S.S. So Gabriel offers many amenities to ensure a memorable and comfortable voyage. Indulge in delectable Portuguese cuisine crafted by talented chefs using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and unwind with a glass of fine port wine in one of the ship's inviting lounges.

S.S. La Venezia

Launch Year:  2003  

Capacity:  130 passenger  

Length:  110 m

Step aboard the S.S. La Venezia and prepare to be enchanted by the timeless beauty and romance of Italy's most iconic waterways. Named after the captivating city of Venice, this elegant ship captures the essence of Venetian culture and tradition in every detail. From the moment you step aboard, you'll be transported to the golden age of Venetian splendor. The ship's opulent interiors and decor evoke the grandeur of Italy's most enchanting city. Admire handcrafted furnishings, intricate glasswork, and stunning artwork that pay homage to Venice's rich artistic heritage. Indulge in exquisite Italian cuisine crafted by talented chefs using the freshest ingredients, and unwind with a glass of fine prosecco in one of the ship's stylish lounges.

River Princess

Launch Year:  2001  

Length:  361 feet

Sail along the majestic Danube River aboard the River Princess, where timeless elegance meets modern luxury. This intimate ship offers an unparalleled cruising experience through the heart of Europe, with a range of amenities and activities to ensure a memorable voyage. The River Princess welcomes guests into a world of refined comfort and sophistication, with elegantly appointed interiors and stylish dcor reflecting the Danube region's beauty and charm. From the spacious lounge areas to the inviting dining venues, every space onboard exudes warmth and hospitality. Relax and unwind on the River Princess's Sun Deck, where you can soak up the sunshine and view the Danube's picturesque landscapes as you sail past medieval castles, charming villages, and rolling vineyards.

River Queen

Launch Year:  1999  

Capacity:  128 passenger  

Set sail on a journey of elegance and charm aboard the River Queen, one of Uniworld's most distinctive and beloved ships. With its unique design and classic decor, the River Queen offers an unforgettable cruising experience along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. From the moment you step aboard, you'll be captivated by the ship's sophisticated interiors and timeless elegance. Inspired by the grand riverboats of the early 20th century, the River Queen features rich wood paneling, plush furnishings, and intricate detailing that evoke the glamour and romance of a bygone era. The River Queen offers a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable voyage.

S.S. Elisabeth

Launch Year:  2025  

Capacity:  110 passenger  

Length:  443 ft

Experience the epitome of luxury river cruising aboard the S.S. Elisabeth, a ship that exudes sophistication and elegance from every corner. Named after Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi, this ship captures the grace and charm of its namesake. The S.S. Elisabeth welcomes guests into a world of opulent comfort, with beautifully appointed interiors and stylish decor inspired by the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. From the lavish lobby adorned with crystal chandeliers to the elegant dining venues, every space onboard reflects a commitment to luxury and refinement.

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S.S. Beatrice

Capacity:  152 passenger  

Length:  131 m

Discover the beauty and charm of Europe's rivers aboard the S.S. Beatrice, a ship that combines modern luxury with timeless elegance. Named after Beatrice, the wife of the ship's owner, this vessel offers an intimate and sophisticated cruising experience. The S.S. Beatrice has sleek interiors and stylish decor that reflect the beauty and sophistication of the regions it sails through. From the spacious lounge areas to the inviting dining venues, every space onboard exudes warmth and hospitality. Try it all, from guided tours of historic cities like Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava to exclusive wine tastings and cultural performances.

S.S. Victoria

Launch Year:  2024  

Length:  506 feet

Embark on a journey of luxury and discovery aboard the S.S. Victoria, a ship that epitomizes elegance and sophistication. Named in honor of Queen Victoria, this vessel offers an unforgettable cruising experience along Europe's most iconic waterways. The S.S. Victoria welcomes guests into a world of opulent comfort, with beautifully appointed interiors and stylish decor inspired by the grandeur of the Victorian era. From the lavish lobby adorned with crystal chandeliers to the elegant dining venues, every space onboard reflects a commitment to luxury and refinement.

S.S. Catherine

Launch Year:  2006  

Capacity:  124-passenger  

Length:  443 feet

Experience the epitome of luxury river cruising aboard the S.S. Catherine, a ship that exudes sophistication and elegance from every corner. Named after Catherine de' Medici, this ship captures the grace and charm of its namesake. From the lavish lobby adorned with crystal chandeliers to the elegant dining venues, every space onboard reflects a commitment to luxury and refinement. Indulge in gourmet cuisine crafted by talented chefs using the finest ingredients, and unwind with a glass of fine wine in one of the ship's inviting lounges. Enjoy panoramic views of the scenic landscapes and historic landmarks along the Rhne and Sane rivers from the ship's Sun Deck. Relax in the sunshine and watch the picturesque scenery pass by.

Cabin Details Of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line

Cabin Details Of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise

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Classic Staterooms

Classic staterooms are the entry-level option on Uniworld ships, yet they maintain luxury and comfort. These cabins are designed to accommodate one or two guests, offering a cozy and intimate space. Each stateroom features a sumptuous Savoir bed made up of fine linens and a choice of pillows to ensure a restful night's sleep. The bathroom has marble floors, L'Occitane en Provence bath products, and plush towels, providing a spa-like experience. For entertainment and convenience, guests can enjoy a flat-screen TV with infotainment options, complimentary Wi-Fi, and ample storage space for their belongings. Large windows in the classic staterooms offer picturesque views of the passing landscapes, bringing the beauty of the river right into the room.

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Deluxe Staterooms

Deluxe staterooms elevate the experience with additional space and enhanced amenities, accommodating up to two guests comfortably. These cabins feature oversized windows or French balconies, offering unobstructed river views and surrounding scenery. The beds in deluxe staterooms are dressed with high-thread-count linens and pillow options to ensure maximum comfort.

French Balcony Staterooms

French Balcony staterooms are popular for guests who wish to maximize their viewing experience. These cabins, accommodating up to two people, feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a railing, allowing fresh air and uninterrupted views directly from the room.

Suites on Uniworld ships are the epitome of luxury and comfort, offering expansive space and top-tier amenities for up to two guests. Each suite features a separate living area with comfortable seating, ideal for relaxing or entertaining. The bedroom boasts a king-size Savoir bed draped in the finest linens and a pillow menu to ensure the perfect night's sleep.

Grand Suites

For the ultimate in luxury, Uniworld's Grand Suites offer unparalleled elegance and space, accommodating up to two guests. These expansive suites feature a separate bedroom and living area, providing ample room for relaxation and comfort. The decor is opulent, with custom-made furniture, original artwork, and luxurious fabrics creating an atmosphere of refined sophistication.

Ports Of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line

Budapest, hungary.

Thanks to Budapest's well-connected transportation network, traveling to and from the city is straightforward. Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) is approximately 16 kilometers from the port and offers flights to numerous international destinations. Guests can reach the port via taxi, shuttle services, or private transfers arranged by Uniworld.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), one of Europe's busiest airports, is just a short 20-minute drive from the port. Guests can travel to the port via taxi, airport shuttle, or public transportation, including trains and buses that offer direct routes to the city center. For those preferring a more scenic arrival, Amsterdam's extensive canal system provides a unique way to navigate the city, with water taxis and canal tours available.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna International Airport (VIE) is about 20 kilometers from the port and is well-served by international airlines. You can reach the port by taxi, airport transfer services, or the City Airport Train (CAT), which connects the airport to the city center in just 16 minutes. Vienna's efficient public transportation system, including trams, buses, and the U-Bahn (subway), makes it convenient for guests to explore the city before embarking on their cruise.

Porto, Portugal

Francisco S Carneiro Airport (OPO) is approximately 15 kilometers from the port and offers numerous international and domestic flights. Porto's public transportation system, including trams, buses, and the metro, offers convenient options for guests wishing to explore the city before or after their river cruise.

Flight Option For Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line

In Budapest, guests can fly from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), which offers numerous direct flights to major European and international destinations, including Paris, London, and New York. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (AMS) is one of Europe's busiest and most well-connected airports, providing direct flights to a vast array of destinations across the globe, including North America, Asia, and the Middle East. Vienna's Vienna International Airport (VIE) is a central hub for many major airlines, offering frequent flights to cities such as Frankfurt, Dubai, and Toronto, ensuring easy connections for international travelers. Porto's Francisco S Carneiro Airport (OPO) offers a variety of direct flights to key cities in Europe, including Madrid, Paris, and London, as well as transatlantic flights to destinations such as Newark and Toronto.

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Hotels To Stay After Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest offers a stunning Art Nouveau setting with breathtaking Danube and Chain Bridge views. In Amsterdam, the Waldorf Astoria provides a luxurious retreat with its canal-side location and elegant, historic charm. Vienna's Hotel Sacher, renowned for its old-world opulence and famous Sachertorte, is perfect for those wishing to immerse themselves in the city's imperial history. In Porto, The Yeatman offers a luxurious stay with panoramic views of the Douro River and the city, complemented by its world-class spa and Michelin-starred dining. 

Let's Go To The Otherside 

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line offers an unparalleled river cruising experience, combining luxury, elegance, and personalized service on some of the world's most picturesque waterways. From the opulent interiors and top-tier amenities of their ships, such as the S.S. Joie de Vivre and S.S. Beatrice, to the charming Classic and French Balcony staterooms, every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure guests enjoy the utmost comfort and sophistication.  Sign up for the Leisure newsletter for daily updates about your preferred cruise vacations.

Indulge in the ultimate blend of opulent comfort, gourmet cuisine, and curated cultural excursions, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Have questions about booking or need assistance customizing your itinerary for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise?  Fill out our Cruise Enquiry form  or call us at 1-888-509-1184. Let's set sail towards your perfect vacation together!

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6 Regions Around the World Best Seen on a River Cruise

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River cruising has experienced phenomenal growth over the past two decades in part because it’s a more convenient alternative to land-based bus tours. Your home-away-from-home moves with you over the course of a week or longer, meaning you unpack only once while exploring a variety of exciting cities and enchanting small towns. You’ll also enjoy superb onboard cuisine and get to know your fellow cruisers. Of course, this is only possible where rivers flow and cruise lines sail, so here’s a look at six regions around the world best seen on a river cruise.

Cambodia & Vietnam

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Flowing for almost 3,000 miles through Southeast Asia, the mighty Mekong is a living mosaic of century-spanning sights, from lavish palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Site temples to ramshackle villages and surreally green rice paddies. Most Mekong River cruises sail between Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from August to April, since low river levels and hot weather make May to July difficult for travel.

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Highlights of these cruises, which range from seven to 13 nights, include the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, with its Silver Pagoda and sobering genocide museum detailing the “Killing Fields” era of the 1970s Pol Pot regime. Cambodia’s more mystical destination is Angkor Wat, the superbly carved stone temple complex outside of Siem Reap built as early as the 9th century. 

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In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city, sometimes still referred to as Saigon, is a mix of French-colonial architecture, Parisian-style boulevards, stunning pagodas, and modern skyscrapers. Smaller villages along the Mekong’s Vietnamese side offer a look at the daily life of farmers, fishermen, and handicraft makers, complete with floating markets and rickshaws.

Which river lines cruise Cambodia & Vietnam?

AmaWaterways, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, Emerald Waterways, Scenic, Uniworld, and Viking.

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The allure of cruising the Nile River to see the temples of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel in southern Egypt is undeniable. Add on a few nights in Cairo to visit the Pyramids of Giza and the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum before or after your seven-night cruise and it’s a truly bucket-list trip for anyone fascinated by ancient history.

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There are just a handful of primary ports on most Nile River cruises. After arriving in Cairo, you’ll fly to Luxor to board your ship, which will be notably smaller than those sailing the major rivers of Europe. From Luxor, you’ll visit the riverfront temples of Karnak and Luxor and delve into the lore of King Tut and Queen Hatshepsut. More ancient treasures wait in Edfu and Qena. In Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city, you’ll gaze out on mesmerizing desert landscapes that frame lush mid-river islands, visit the two-mile-wide Aswan High Dam, or enjoy an Abu Simbal excursion to see the two massive rock-cut temples.

Which river lines cruise Egypt?

AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, and Viking.

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Cruising the Amazon River is an altogether unique experience, more wildlife safari and rainforest immersion than history lesson. While small luxury cruise ships can explore the river’s larger sections from the Atlantic Ocean to Manaus, Brazil, it’s the Peruvian Amazon that takes center stage for luxury river cruises lasting three, four, or seven nights. Here, on meandering tributaries, these vessels, typically accommodating no more than 30 to 40 guests, get into the heart of the Amazon from the city of Iquitos.

Each day is an adventure as you explore with a guide in a motorized skiff. You’ll spy on monkeys and sloths in the treetops and watch pink-hued river dolphins swim through the greenish-brown water. Hiking along verdant trails, you’ll spot tiny poisonous tree frogs and later enjoy a Champagne toast amid a picturesque quilt of water lilies at sunset. You may also fish for carnivorous piranha by day and search for giant anacondas after dark. 

Which river lines cruise The Amazon?

Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, Lindblad Expeditions, and Uniworld.

The Mississippi

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If cruising closer to home appeals, it doesn’t get any closer than this. The Mississippi River , which winds its way for 2,340 miles through 10 states, from Louisiana in the south to Minnesota in the north, is a terrific option that will immerse you in the history, music, food, and architecture of America’s Heartland. 

Some vessels are sleek river ships while others are retro-inspired paddle wheelers. If you have 15 days, you can cruise the river’s entire length, from New Orleans to St. Paul (or vice versa). You can also opt for a Lower Mississippi or Upper Mississippi sailing that lasts seven to nine days. With the former, you can do a New Orleans roundtrip and visit historic cities in Mississippi and Louisiana that include Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and St. Francisville, or add on Memphis, Tennessee, with a one-way itinerary to or from New Orleans. On an Upper Mississippi sailing, you’ll start in either St. Louis or St. Paul and visit riverfront cities such as Hannibal, Missouri; Davenport, Iowa; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Red Wing, Minnesota. Which section you choose will dictate when you go, since Upper Mississippi and Full Mississippi sailings are only offered from June to October while Lower Mississippi itineraries are year-round.

Which river lines cruise the Mississippi?

American Cruise Lines and Viking.

Central Europe

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No other region is home to as many navigable rivers and must-see historic cities, from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Vienna, and Cologne in the north to Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Porto in the west. In Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Portugal rivers connect these vibrant cities with dozens of smaller towns featuring landmark castles, lavish cathedrals, and charming old towns. 

Central Europe’s top rivers include the Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Douro, and Danube. Dozens of cruise itineraries along these waterways immerse you in history, culinary traditions, wine-making, art, architecture, and natural beauty. Picture a living mosaic of tulips in April along the waterways of Belgium and Holland or gliding past the terraced vineyards of Portugal’s Douro Valley during the grape harvest in September. Mix history and art as you explore rogue papacies, Roman amphitheaters, and French wine along the Rhone in the South of France or tour the palaces and cathedrals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the Danube.

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The  Danube , which flows through 10 countries from southern Germany to the Black Sea, is ideal for anyone with an interest in history, art, and architecture. On an Upper Danube itinerary, you’ll  visit capital cities  Budapest, Vienna, and Bratislava (Slovakia), as well as smaller Austrian cities and towns like Linz, Durnstein, and Melk. Day trips to lofty Salzburg or the picturesque Czech town of Cesky Krumlov are also possible. Most cruises begin or end in the Bavaria region of Germany, so a stay in Munich can cap off the trip.

The  Rhine , which begins in the Swiss Alps and runs to the North Sea near Rotterdam, offers views of storybook castles and vineyards set against a backdrop that is among the most stunning in river cruising. Cities on a Rhine itinerary can include Basel, Switzerland; Strasbourg, France; Cologne, Germany; and Amsterdam. In between are wine-making hamlets such as Rüdesheim am Rhein and Bamberg in Germany, plus scenic Kinderdijk in the Netherlands, home to centuries-old windmills.

The  Rhone , which meanders from food-centric Lyon all the way to the Mediterranean in the South of France, is chock full of delights. These include the Roman arena and medieval streets of Arles (also famous as the setting for some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most notable paintings), the papal intrigue of Avignon, the wine-making excellence around Tournon-sur-Rhône, and the truffle treasures of Viviers. 

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The  Seine , which flows north through Paris to the English Channel, is equally intriguing, especially to history buffs and art lovers. On these cruises, you can explore the museums and landmarks of the French capital, wander Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, and see buildings and landscapes painted by Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise (where he’s also buried). You can also walk the medieval streets of Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and Monet painted the Gothic cathedral, before visiting Honfleur, a seaside hamlet favored by Impressionists, as well as the D-Day beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery, resting place of 9,387 fallen soldiers.

The  Dordogne and Garonne rivers , located in the Bordeaux wine-making region of France, offer a heady immersion for oenophiles — from the historic bustle of the city of Bordeaux to the bucolic ambiance of wine-making hamlets such as St.-Emilion, Pauillac, and Cadillac.

The  Douro River  in northern Portugal is another mecca for  wine lovers . Riverboats cruise from atmospheric Porto, home to historic port wine cellars, to small towns such as Pinhão and Régua, set amid pastoral hillside vineyards.

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Central Europe also has two lesser-known rivers. The  Elbe River  flows through the former East Germany and offers access to Berlin, Potsdam, and Dresden, as well as nearby Prague in the Czech Republic. The waterways of  Holland and Belgium  attract garden lovers each spring with millions of tulips, historic windmills, and the chocolate and beer abundant in Belgian cities like Brussels, Antwerp, and Bruges.

Which river lines cruise Central Europe?

Check out AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Emerald Waterways, Riverside, Scenic, Tauck, Uniworld, and Viking.

Eastern Europe

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While exploring Central Europe is more popular, Eastern Europe has plenty to offer in the way of lesser-known but history-rich countries like Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. The Danube River passes through all six and Lower Danube itineraries generally begin in Budapest, Hungary, and end in Bucharest, Romania (or vice versa). 

Here’s what you’ll see along the way:

In Hungary, the contrast between the stately architecture of Budapest and the port of Kalocsa couldn’t be greater. Known for paprika production and embroidered handicrafts, this city and its surrounding countryside are also the place to experience cowboy culture (the energetic but touristy Puszta Horse Show is a popular excursion) and the Hajós-Baja wine region (Hungarian wines are quite good, so wine-tasting is a commendable option).

Croatia, which most people know for its historic ports on the Adriatic coast, also has a port on the Danube. Vukovar is the gateway to Osijek, located about 45 minutes away. Both cities were heavily damaged during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, but many buildings in Osijek’s historic Baroque center were spared or have been restored. Here you can visit the Church of St. Peter and Paul with its 295-foot steeple and pedestrian-only Holy Trinity Square in the Old Town known as Tvrda.

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Belgrade, the former capital of Yugoslavia and current capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Its architecture ranges from charming 17th-century buildings set on the cobblestone streets of Old Town (a short stroll from the port) to dour Communist block structures. Don’t miss the Belgrade Fortress (it was destroyed 40 times, and what remains is mainly from the Ottoman period), the Nikola Tesla Museum, and the massive Church of Saint Sava with its lavish gilded crypt. 

Bulgaria may offer up the most surprises. One of the region’s least wealthy countries, it is full of scenic beauty and unique sights. River ships call on Vidin, home to Fortress Bab Vida, for excursions to the striking, red-hued Belogradchick Rocks. You’ll also call on Ruse for an all-day scenic excursion to Veliko Tarnovo, a medieval town and fortress built into the cliffs of the Yantra River. Back on the Danube, you’ll marvel at the Iron Gates, a series of gorges that are one of Europe’s natural wonders, as you cruise through them.

You’ll board or disembark your cruise about an hour outside of the Romanian capital. Bucharest is a city of contrasts, known as the “Paris of the East” for its stately boulevards (it even has an Arc de Triomphe). It's also home to the massive Palace of the Parliament, built by notorious mid-20th-century dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Many cruisers also add on pre- or post-cruise tour to the historic towns and castles of nearby Transylvania.

Which river lines cruise Eastern Europe?

AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Emerald Waterways, Scenic, Tauck, Uniworld, and Viking.

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7 of the best river cruises around the world for 2024

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A cruise holiday isn’t always about setting sail across vast oceans. For an alternative type of break on the water, winding your way inland might sound similar but it’s a vastly different experience.

From crossing deep into the untouched areas of the Amazon rainforest to exploring some of Europe ’s finest cities, the river cruise experience is one that allows tourists to get to grips with the history, culture and tradition of a destination in a slow, immersive fashion.

This could be in the form of sampling Creole cuisine in Mississippi or discovering historic sites in Vietnam , but whatever it is, there’s plenty of choice across Europe , Asia , South America and North America .

Read on for a selection of the best cruises, from the Mississippi to the Mekong.

Europe’s second longest river – and arguably its most famous – river takes you through amazing capital cities and host of charming towns, as well as plenty of scenic countryside in Austria , Hungary , Slovakia and Romania. Cruises along the Danube can vary from a handful of days to almost three weeks, giving you time to explore the elegance of cities like Vienna , Budapest, Bratislava or Belgrade.

Emerald Cruises lets you see the best of the Danube with the addition of a hefty dose of traditional German culture in Munich. Leaving the Bavarian capital, you’ll travel to Passau before a quick cross-border trip to the Unesco-listed Czech city of Cesky Krumlov. Vienna is the next city, replete with opulent architecture, before a quick overnight stay in Bratislava on the sixth night. Guided tours and hikes around the castle are included, before you get three nights to explore Budapest, the Hungarian capital that is blessed with picturesque buildings, relaxed thermal baths and a buzzing nightlife scene. 

From £1,999pp, including nine nights’ accommodation, full board, tours of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and airport transfers. Departing 7 May 2024 to 20 October 2024.

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This famous river runs for over 4,000 miles throughout South America and is a major part of the eponymous rainforest, one of the most biodiverse and important natural areas on the planet. A river cruise remains the best way to reach deeper into the jungle, with many cruises beginning in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus or in the Peruvian city of Lima.

Start in Peru’s enchanting capital with the Peruvian Rivers and Rainforest Discovery cruise from Uniworld. You’ll fly to Iquitos, the largest city in the Amazon as your next stop, before delving into some of the most remote areas in the world as you take to the waters. From here, nature takes centre stage, with a variety of experiences – including jungle walks and kayaking on a lake – added to the enjoyment of natural features such as giant lilies, towering barrigona trees and around 10 per cent of the world’s known animal species.

From £8,799pp, including 10 nights’ accommodation, full board, return flights from London, domestic flights and various excursions. Departing regularly from 17 January until 6 November 2024.

Start in  Cairo  and make your way down to Aswan over a few days (though many shorter routes operate between  Aswan and Luxor  only). For a relaxing way to take in riverside scenery and some of Egypt’s most important historical sites, a river cruise is the ideal choice.

AP Touring’s  Egypt Discovery  trip takes you on a round trip from Cairo. You’ll cross thousands of years of history, starting with West Bank the Valley of the Kings, before a short flight to Aswan to explore Abu Simbel and a sighting of the landmark Pyramids of Giza near the Egyptian capital. The scenery along the route is exceptional, too, with palm trees, green spaces and mini oases dotted in between the yellow-hued rock.

From £6,995pp, including 12 nights’ accommodation, 30 meals (including unlimited local beer and wine) return flights from London Heathrow, domestic flights within Egypt and activities in each of the 10 destinations. Departing regularly from September 2024 to April 2025.

Exploring this land of castles and fairytales is a worthwhile European trip, with tours often starting in the pretty Dutch capital of Amsterdam and weaving across the German and French countryside, with the route broken up by cities such as Cologne, Dusseldorf and Strasbourg. Many of the towns located on the banks of the Rhine, such as Koblenz, are incredibly picturesque, with a range of medieval castles and natural sites like the Black Forest also featuring.

Ama Waterways provide a seven-night cruise that runs from Basel to Amsterdam. Get your cultural fix at either end of your trip in either of these two cities, before admiring the vistas around the Rhine Valley, the medieval castles that loom over towns like Heidelberg and the timber-framed buildings that line the streets of Riquewihr and Strasbourg. Stops in both Freiburg and Dusseldorf are also included, as well as an optional excursion to Cologne.

From £2,399pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, full board and tours in each destination. Departing regularly between 18 February and 28 December 2024.

The views around the Douro Valley are some of the best in Portugal , whether you’re sitting by the banks in Porto or admiring the verdant hills and vineyards around Pinhao. This region, well-known for its port production, has cruises lasting roughly one week that usually begin and end in Porto – where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean – with a brief crossing over into Spain and Salamanca.

The Riviera Travel package offers an affordable eight-day Douro option starting and ending in Porto , with two nights to explore Portugal’s magnificent second city (and to go on a guided tour of a well-known port producer). Days three and four take you to sleepy Castelo de Rodrigo and the historic Spanish city of Salamanca (with guided tours and time to explore at your leisure) before traversing the cascading vineyards of the valley on your way back to Porto via the beautiful Peso de Regua (and a local wine tasting).

From £1,599pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, full board, flights from a London airport, one excursion one each day and airport transfers. Departing regularly from 7 April 2024.

The Mississippi

Discovering the Deep South is often done by car, but with new routes recently from Viking Cruises, exploring Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota and Tennessee has never been more idyllic. The famed cities of New Orleans and Memphis can bookend your tour, with lesser-known locations such as Baton Rouge, Natchez and Darrow making up the other stops.

Opt for Viking’s ‘Heart of the Delta’ cruise to if you really want to immerse yourself in the Deep South. The cruise begins with a few days exploring the French influences and Creole cuisine of New Orleans , before moving on to Baton Rouge – a haven of Creole and Cajun culture – and then onto Natchez, the oldest city on the river. You’ll travel through other towns on the Mississippi – complete with walking tours or excursions to the Atchafalaya Swamp basin – before reaching Memphis, the atmospheric home of blues music.

From £6,545pp, including 12 nights’ accommodation, full board, return flights from London and one excursion per destination. Departing weekly from March 7 until 13 June, with additional departures on 7 November and 13 November.

The Mekong flows through a host of Asia’s most fascinating countries, including Vietnam , Thailand , China and Cambodia. Most cruises only take in parts of Vietnam and Cambodia , though this mix of floating fishing villages, traditional markets and the two capitals of Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh will be enough for most travellers. With Avalon Waterways , you’ll combine energetic, modern cities with some of the most vibrant culture in Asia and a history that is equal parts sobering and fascinating.

It starts in Siem Reap, site of the Angkor Wat temple, before moving on to the Cambodian capital, where you can learn about the dictatorship of Pol Pot and visit several must-see landmarks. After this, Vietnam beckons, with a visit to the dizzying Ho Chi Minh City to see its admirable architecture. Visits to markets, old Vietnam War tunnels, temples and cooking classes are dotted in between these city trips for good measure, with stops at characterful towns like Vinh Long, too.

From £4,229pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, full board and activities on each day of the trip. Departing regularly from 15 January to 11 March and from 12 August to 2 December 2024.

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The best small ship cruises

Try a boutique cruise holiday on a ship designed for an intimate experience

best small ship cruises

As much as the mega liners of the world are tempting for the all-singing, all-dancing, resort-at-sea type of holidays, the best small ship cruises, which typically carry fewer than 500 passengers, are all about exclusivity, individuality, and personal service.

We think the best small ship cruises are those that are a little out of the ordinary. Perhaps it’s a cruise that follows an unusual itinerary around tiny, lesser-explored islands, like Scotland's Western Isles . Or maybe the ship itself is extraordinary because it is more akin to a sailing boat, such as the stylish MS Galileo . We love small ship cruises when something special happens onboard too, such as a celebrity guest appearance .

When searching for the best small ship cruises, you'll want to make sure they match the experiences you're after. For a friendly atmosphere where guests get to know each other over dinner, a European river cruise along the Douro or Danube can offer plenty of shared experiences and opportunities to meet new people. For something that will give you plenty to talk about when you get home, expedition cruises to far-flung places like Antarctica are thrilling and intrepid without sacrificing comfort.

For more ideas, we’ve rounded up the best small ship cruises to help you pick the perfect nautical holiday.

A regal voyage around Scottish islands

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Exploring a region by cruise often means you can cover more ground in less time. On a small ship, there’s the opportunity to tuck into ports and waterways that big cruise liners can’t. The elegant Lord of the Glens, hosting just 54 guests, investigates the inland waters of the Caledonian Canal and hidden Scottish sea lochs. Unlike some ocean cruises where you enjoy endless views of the horizon, on a Scottish cruise, there are landmarks and landscapes to admire from the deck almost all the time, including Urquhart Castle, the waterway of Laggan Avenue that’s lined with Scots pines, and the looming Ben Nevis.

Lord of the Glens is a one-of-a-kind ship with a design inspired by the Royal Family's former floating palace, The Royal Yacht Britannia. There’s a feeling of warmth and comfort throughout the ship, where dinner is created from locally sourced ingredients, and drinks are served in crystal glasses by attentive staff as you look out at the Scottish scenery through enormous picture windows.

You can join a very special departure on Lord of the Glens in May 2023 hosted by TV weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood.

You'll hear Carol reminisce about her life growing up in Morar and more about her grandfather’s role in building the incredible Glenfinnan Viaduct — which you'll also have a chance to cross on a journey on the West Highland Railway included in the trip.

A taste of Venice on a foodie cruise

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Take an oh-so-stylish cruise on S.S LA Venezia, an opulent river ship swathed in fine fabrics and finished with gilded accents and plenty of iconic Murano glass (she’s sailing to and from Venice, after all).

While the ship alone is enough to tempt, an October 2024 voyage from Venice to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello includes a talk, Q&A and book-signing session with celebrity chef James Martin . In addition, the much-loved Saturday Morning host will cook a delectable gala dinner one evening onboard, too.

You’ll be in the company of just 125 other guests, so attentive service is assured. But just because it’s a small ship, that doesn’t mean it’s light on choices: S.S La Venezia has three dining venues, including an Italian kitchen on the upper deck.

This cruise offers exclusive access to some of the city's most treasured buildings, like St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace — perfect if you're keen to learn more about Venice's art and architecture.

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An unforgettable Antartica expedition

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A cruise to Antarctica really is nothing short of extraordinary. And to do it right, you need to join an accomplished crew who know how this wonderland works. In 2020, expedition cruise experts Hurtigruten introduced MS Fridtjof Nansen to its fleet and it fast became one of our favourite small vessels to explore Antarctic waters.

Hosting just 500 guests, it's not the smallest ship exploring the region. But in this instance, being a little larger means you get some extra facilities including a choice of restaurants (a definite plus on an 11-night cruise), a large science centre, and a fabulous outdoor swimming pool (which, yes, is heated so you can take a dip in as you gaze across the monochromatic landscape).

A wine-themed sailing on the Douro River

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River cruises are ideal for seeing the diversity of a region, and there’s plenty to see hopping from place to place along the Douro River in Portugal. A-ROSA ALVA is a small river boat that promises plenty of variety on an itinerary that starts in the colourful city of Porto before sailing into the wine-growing valleys.

Guests have the chance to disembark and take part in the traditional grape harvest, but that’s not the only reason it’s the perfect cruise for wine lovers. There are also plenty of opportunities to taste the local port wine at the Quinta da Roseda estate near Pinhão and sip from the ship’s selection as you look out at the passing scenery from ALVA’s Panorama Lounge.

A breath-taking tour of Croatia's Dalmatian coast

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Croatia's Dalmatian Coast is home to some of the country's most spectacular locations, like the charming city of Spilt, historic Dubrovnik and the sleek island resort of Hvar. Set sail with us on a boutique, Supreme category ship for a voyage that takes you through these wonderful waters.

Highlights of the itinerary include stop offs in Mljet, home to verdant Mljet National Park, the peaceful and picturesque island of Brac, the stylish resort island of Hvar, and the popular city of Dubrovnik, with its stunning Old Town.

For this idyllic Croatia cruise, you'll be sailing on board a Supreme category ship, which has a maximum of 41 passengers. You'll get to enjoy spectacular coastal views while lounging on the sun deck, wine and dine in the elegant restaurant and bar, and relax in the onboard jacuzzi, too.

A sailing around the stunning Cyclades

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Set sail around Greece's Cyclades islands on Star Clipper, a four-masted ship that carries just 166 guests. A reconstruction of a 19th century four-masted Barquentine, Star Clipper has 81 spacious staterooms, all with traditional, elegant decor, and open-air bar hosting live music, two saltwater splash pools, an inviting sun deck with loungers, a peaceful library, and an enticing restaurant.

You'll board Star Clipper in Athens before heading to Kusadasi in Turkey. After that, the ship will call at the islands of Patmos, home to the ancient Monastery of the Apocalypse; Amorgos, with it's rugged landscape and great hiking spots; Spetses, with white-washed villas and an abundance of pretty coves; and the ever-popular island of Mykonos, which is packed with happening bars, boutique shops, sandy beaches, and its traditional windmills.

A scenic route along the Danube River

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Enjoy an eight-day sailing along the Danube River, the second-longest river in Europe, with Good Housekeeping in 2024.

Departing in July and October, you'll have the choice of seeing Europe's most picturesque cities in either summer and autumn, but can enjoy the luxury, intimacy and grandeur of S.S Maria Theresa whatever time of year you sail. Accommodating no more than 150 guests, S.S Maria Theresa is a small cruise ship that boasts a opulent staterooms, lounges and bars, a Viennese café, a spa, peaceful sun deck, swimming pool and cinema room.

As part of your sailing, you'll visit Budapest; Vienna, where you'll attend a private classical music concert as part of your fare; the quaint town of Dürnstein in Austria; and the beautiful German city of Passau. You'll also have the chance to soak up views of Austria's glorious Wachau Valley as you cruise through it, too.

A luxurious cruise around the best of Bordeaux

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Combine fantastic French food and wine with pure luxury on this cruise around Bordeaux in July 2024.

On this exclusive, eight-day Good Housekeeping sailing, travel on France's newest and most luxurious river cruise ship, S.S Bon Voyage. Accommodating up to 124 guests, S.S Bon Voyage is designed to fully immerse guests in French culture, art, and wine. Onboard, you'll find a choice of five-star restaurants, an infinity pool and relaxing sun deck, a fitness centre and the Serenity River Spa.

Departing from Bordeaux, you'll discover the wine culture and fascinating history of this romantic French region by visiting the UNESCO-listed citadel in Blaye, with its magnificent historic fortress, as well as the vineyards and châteaux of Cussac Fort Médoc, Cadillac, and Saint-Émilion.

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