Uniworld Announces Industry-Leading Plans for 2020 Expansion
UNIWORLD ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY-LEADING PLANS FOR 2020 EXPANSION ~With 4 New Super Ships on Delivery and Major Renovation Set, Brand Continues to Elevate Luxury River Cruise Standard~
LOS ANGELES – January 31, 2019 – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection continues to lead the luxury river cruise industry with plans to evolve its offerings even further throughout the next two years. By 2020, more than half of the ships in Uniworld’s fleet will be a Super Ship with the addition of three new vessels in Vietnam, Egypt and Portugal and another Super Ship renovation in Italy. The new floating boutique hotels will feature the signature touches and distinctive themes the company’s ships are known for – more suites, more dining venues and more luxurious finishes, while maintaining their high crew to guest ratio.
According to Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge, over the last five years the company has aggressively moved on its plan to transform the fleet that began in 2017 with the successful launch of the S.S. Joie de Vivre, the debut of the fully renovated S.S. Beatrice in 2018 and the premier this April of the completely transformed S.S. Bon Voyage. The plan continues in 2020 with four new Super Ships planned for the Mekong, Nile, Venetian Lagoon and Douro rivers.
“We have been in a consistent and relentless pursuit of excellence,” says Bettridge. “But expansion for expansion’s sake has never been our business model. We are fortunate to operate under the guidance and vision of the Tollmans – a family synonymous with hospitality and innovation. We do not answer to a board of directors or investors, but instead boldly commit to the projects that will continuously elevate Uniworld to the leading position within the river cruise industry. Our ships are absolutely unique and like a boutique hotel, reflect the destinations they serve from décor and artwork to food, beverage and programming. We look forward to making our high caliber of service and personalization in these remarkable destinations even better.”
Uniworld’s new ships launching in 2020 include:
S.S. Satet, Egypt
Egypt is back and continues to be a top trending destination for travelers seeking culture and adventure. Uniworld is the only luxury river cruise line in Egypt and will be launching the newest, most luxurious ship on the Nile river on January 6, 2020. Named after the goddess of the Nile, the S.S. Satet 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 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 onboard. This ship will include 12 adventure-filled days to experience Egypt and the Nile’s top sites starting and ending in Cairo.
S.S. São Gabriel, Portugal
Launching on March 26, 2020, Uniworld’s S.S. São Gabriel will be the newest ship on the Douro
river. 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 while enjoying the ship. 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.
S.S. La Venezia, Venice
The River Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and reemerge as S.S. La Venezia
on March 27, 2020 bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. The S.S. La
Venezia will offer a 10-day itinerary that starts with an included two-day land stay in Milan
where guests will visit Da Vinci’s renowned The Last Supper, and then continue with an eightday
of cruise through and around Venice, the Po river and three outer-lying Venetian islands:
Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Guests will also have the option of purchasing the eight-day
cruise-only portion of the itinerary.
Mekong Jewel, Vietnam & Cambodia
Debuting on January 3, 2020, this will be the newest and most luxurious ship on the Mekong
river. Uniworld’s all-suite ship will include two dining venues: one main restaurant and an al
fresco eatery on the upper deck. The Mekong Jewel will be 10 meters longer than the Mekong
Navigator, but with the same capacity offering guests more space and amenities. The ship is
being constructed with sustainable and eco-friendly materials, such as special paint used for the
hull of the ship that creates less drag caused by bio-fueling, specially designed ship propellers
that increase performance and efficiency, energy-efficient LED light fixtures, automatic air
conditioning controls to optimize cooling resources, and water cooled air-conditioning system
that will save energy. The 13-day itinerary will take guests from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap,
with visits to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat and more.
ABOUT UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line –
features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine,
and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California,
Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and
Cambodia, India, and Egypt—a total of 23 rivers in 24 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of
CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts, having most
recently been named the #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018 readers’
survey and voted Top-Rated River Cruise Line Europe in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards.