Ever Taken a Boutique River Cruise? Now’s Your Chance.

Have you ever been on a romantic river cruise in Europe? Us either. What the heck are we waiting for? We’re lame-os and need to get on that! Lucky for us, our insider travel gurus alerted us to Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Fresh off their excellent year in 2011, they also earned the number one spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards for the world’s Best River Cruise Line so we had to share what we knew about this little cruise line that could. This is the first time Condé Nast Traveler has had a separate river cruise category and Uniworld grabbed the honors with a score of 90.3. They’re also on the Condé Nast’s 2011 Gold List as one of the “World’s Top Cruise Lines” so worth a

Earlier in the year,  seven of Uniworld’s luxury boutique river cruise ships were listed in Condé Nast Traveler ‘s Readers’ Choice Survey for Best River Cruise Ships , with River Beatrice and River Duchess landing first and second place.  Using a scale of 100, River Beatrice scored particularly high marks in the areas of Crew/Service (96.7), Itineraries (96.7), Food and Dining (96.7), and Shore Excursions (96.7). The Uniworld ships named in the top 20 were River Beatrice (1), River Duchess (2) River Countess (5), River Queen (6), River Baroness (8),River Royale (12), and River Princess (19).

Sorta Looks Like Southern California, Doesn't it? This is Da Nile, baby!

The newest jewel in Uniworld’s elite boutique fleet, the luxurious Super Ship S.S. Antoinette, is already garnering great praise by being included in a list of the Most Luxurious Cruise Cabins by Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of Cruise Critic and contributor to Condé Nast Traveler. “Whether you’re talking about its lavish public rooms, its airy spa, its cinema, or its staterooms,” writes Brown, “S.S . Antoinette is not only the most gorgeous riverboat afloat, it’s also quite possibly the most beautiful ship anywhere.”

S.S. Antoinette was also just named the world’s “Best New River Ship” in Cruise Critic’s Fourth Annual Editor’s Picks Awards. Further, Conde Nast Traveler listed the S.S. Antoinette’s “Castles along the Rhine,” in the top eleven “Dream Itineraries for 2012,” and is the only river cruise itinerary listed in the best of the best in the cruise industry.

Sigh. I need a European – or better yet – an Egyptian – river cruise, peoples!

A bit about Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: They’re the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™, recognized among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure. Uniworld was voted the“#1 River Cruise Line in the World” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List, and won “Best River Ships” in their Readers’ Poll, which ranked River Beatrice and River Duchess the #1 and #2 river ships, along with five other highly ranked ships in the top 20. Uniworld’s cabins and dining are also ranked among the top three in the world by Zagat Survey®; Uniworld is the only river cruise line named in the Zagat Survey® amongst the best of the best in the cruise industry. Uniworld features luxurious boutique ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, included shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on over 13 rivers in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.



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