Previewing Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa, Coming In March

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It is an intriguing invitation: Experience the fantasy of an 18th-century floating palace.

That’s how Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is positioning its newest vessel, the S.S. Maria Theresa, which launches on March 26, 2015.


Named for the Archduchess of Austria and the Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, the new river cruiser will feature classical Baroque interiors and a three-tiered lobby dominated by a sweeping marble staircase with a wrought-iron, hand-gilded balustrade, and royal crown detailing.

Three Of My Favorite AmaWaterways’ Cruises & Three That I’d LIke To Do

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One of my top three: An AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets river cruise. Photo © Ralph Grizzle

I’ve been fortunate to have cruised with AmaWaterways about a dozen times, particularly during the period when co-owners Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner were trying to get the word out about their small company. They needed journalists like me, and invited plenty of us, to experience their river cruises and to write about them.

Uniworld Restarts Egypt River Cruises

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Egypt is back.

In October 2015, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will once again be operating river cruises along the famous Nile River. Uniworld is now accepting bookings for its fabulous Splendours of Egypt & the Nile itinerary, which departs roundtrip from Cairo aboard the 82-guest River Tosca.

Uniworld's 12-day Splendors of Egypt & the Nile itinerary is back as of October 2015. Illustration courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld’s 12-day Splendors of Egypt & the Nile itinerary is back as of October 2015. Illustration courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

All-Inclusive River Cruises: How Are They Defined?

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There is a fairly wide variation among river cruise companies with regard to what is included in the cruise fare. Some companies are much more inclusive than others. Although, the trend in the industry is that more and more companies are offering all-inclusive fares; or, at the very least, including more in the base price of the cruise.

On A-ROSA Stella, Dining At Paul Bucose

Michelin Three-Star dining at a restaurant operated by legendary chef Paul Bocuse, at no extra charge on A-ROSA Stella. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Smithsonian Journeys aboard Regent Seven Seas

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Regent Seven Seas cruise line is taking their on board education to a new level thanks to a partnership with the Smithsonian, creating The Smithsonian Collection.

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Cruisers who already enjoy their great programs will create even more fabulous memories and expand their knowledge thanks to a wide-range of charismatic and knowledgeable experts on a variety of subjects, from art historians to leading authors.

Beginning July 2015, one specialist will be on board most voyages providing new and exciting opportunities to make history and education come to life!

Solo Travel: Where Can You Find the Best Rates for River Cruises?

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Where can solo travelers find the most favorable rates? We’ve compiled a list of companies that cater to solo travelers.

If you’re a solo traveler, you will likely want to know which river cruise companies offer the best rates for singles. After all, those companies count on at least two people occupying a room, and hence, double the revenue that would come from a cabin with only person occupying it.

S.S. Maria Theresa To Be Christened By Habsburg Descendent

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When you name your newest river cruise ship after the Archduchess of Austria, you need to find a godmother fit for royalty. So Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection took things to the next logical step for their third and upcoming Super Ship, S.S. Maria Theresa: they announced a royal godmother.

Performing the time-honoured role of godmother for the S.S. Maria Theresa will be a direct descendant of Maria Theresa of the powerful Habsburg-Lothringen dynasty, Princess Anita von Hohenberg – the great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie von Hohenberg.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Partners With Elisabeth Von Trapp in 2015

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will once again partner with Elisabeth von Trapp – granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music – in 2015 for a variety of special music-themed river cruises.

Uniworld's River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld’s River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Open For Booking: Uniworld’s River Cruises Through India

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Consider this a friendly reminder: one of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s newest and most unique river cruise itineraries is now open for booking.

Dubbed India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges, this 13-day itinerary traverses the exotic and complex country of India – one of the first of its kind to be offered by a North American-based river cruise line. Debuting in January 2016 aboard the newly-built Ganges Voyager II, this is the river cruise for those looking for something far removed from the ‘ordinary’ voyages along the Danube.

Viking River Cruises Outlines Special Fall Offers

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With fall officially here, this is typically the time of the year when those looking to take a springtime cruise in 2015 can really cash in.

Viking River Cruises is kicking off fall by offering a new promotion on their most popular river cruise itineraries in Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. From now until October 31, guests can take advantage of an Early Booking Discount that applies to all European departures in March and April of 2015, and all 2015 Southeast Asia departures. Savings include 2-for-1 cruise fares and up to 2-for-1 on international airfare.

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