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In an ever competitive river cruising market, lines strive to differentiate and elevate themselves, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is looking to 2017 by continuing its European land partnership with touring and concierge experts Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. Also, the line is preparing for the launch of its new S.S. Joie de Vivre Super Ship (rendered above) with half a dozen French itineraries.
Offering “Europe’s Finest” will be a collection of river cruise and land touring combinations jumping off the partnership’s inaugural 2016 success. In conjunction with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, Uniworld will offer eight itineraries, two of which are new: the 22-day Elegance of England & France and the 24-day Danube Delights & the Dalmatian Riviera.
“At Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, we are passionate about providing enriching travel experiences and the most luxurious European vacations – a passion we share with Uniworld,” said Phil Cappelli, president of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. “By pairing the world’s most renowned boutique river cruises with our award-winning escorted journeys, this unique collection will take guests far beyond the well-trodden path in sophisticated, one-of-a-kind style.”
Returning itineraries will include the 16-day Switzerland & the Rhine; 17-day Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg & the Rhine; 17-day Bohemia & the Danube; 18-day Portugal & the Douro; 22-day La Serenissima and 16-day Gems of Italy & the River Po. Each will showcase Insight’s prized Tour Directors, Luxury Gold’s Exclusive VIP Events and Uniworld’s signature all-inclusive amenities.
“We are delighted to offer two new tours for 2017, a result of the great success and popularity of our 2016 collection” said Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld. “Guests on these unrivaled luxury itineraries travel Europe’s legendary routes by road, river and rail, immersing themselves in fascinating cultures, authentic regional flavors, and lovely picturesque villages. Travelers on the all-new ‘Elegance of England & France’ will be among the first guests on our newest Super Ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, debuting in 2017.”
The S.S. Joie de Vivre will launch in March 2017, with decor inspired by “joy of life” and embarking on an 8-day Paris & Normandy itinerary as well as the longer A Portrait of Majestic France, Grande France and Ultimate France sailings. The Super Ship will be the first of its kind to cruise and stop along the Seine River in Paris.
Also new for 2017 will be a fresh 10-day Paris & Impressions of the Seine voyage aboard the River Baroness featuring Montmartre, the Alabaster coast, the Norman cider route, Versailles and more. Meanwhile, the SS. Catherine and River Royale riverboats will continue to cast off on classic Burgundy & Provence and Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux itineraries.