TORONTO / ACCESSWIRE / May 5, 2014 / Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection proudly announces their next new Super Ship, S.S. Maria Theresa, launching in spring 2015. Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa is befittingly named after the Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, the great Maria Theresa who reigned from 1740 to 1780. The S.S. Maria Theresa will sail this very region on Uniworld's European Jewels from Budapest to Amsterdam. She will also sail on Tulips & Windmills, Danube Holiday Markets, and Enchanting Christmas and New Year's Cruise.
"We are delighted to name our new 2015 Super Ship after such a great historical figure as Maria Theresa who had a wonderful and long legacy," said Guy Young, president of Uniworld. "In addition, Maria Theresa was the mother of Marie Antoinette, so in the spirit of our award-winning ship, S.S. Antoinette, we are confident the S.S. Maria Theresa will be equally as magnificent."
Uniworld's unique approach to river cruise ship building differs from their competition on several levels, which is quite evident from the recent launch of their new Super Ship, S.S. Catherine sailing the South of France's Rhone and Saone rivers.
"The S.S. Catherine has been sailing for a month, and we have received amazing feedback on the ship and its wonderful amenities from the first guests sailing onboard," states Young.
Unlike a mass market, cookie-cutter approach, Uniworld's ships are all distinctively designed and decorated with the same signature touches for which Uniworld has become known - rich in character with inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, and old world antiques.
"We spend significantly more than any other river cruise line to ensure that each ship is one-of-a-kind and represents a luxury product," says Young. "Our philosophy for the expansion of our fleet is built on the premise of healthy and sustainable growth with a focus on the comfort of our guests."
Uniworld is one of the few river cruise companies to handle all of their own hospitality and hotel management efforts, as well as food delivery.
"At the forefront of everything we do is attention to detail, so no corners are ever cut at the expense of our guests. With the popularity of river cruising growing and more ships being built, Uniworld's goal is to not be the biggest but to deliver a consistently outstanding experience to our guests," furthers Young.
Be amongst the first to sail on the S.S. Maria Theresa in 2015. Couples who pay in full at the time of booking can save up to $1,800 USD on the S.S. Maria Theresa's all-inclusive itineraries. This value-packed savings program expires June 30, 2014.
For more details, please visit uniworld.com or connect with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Los Angeles-based Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world's only authentic boutique cruise line(TM), is recognized among the "World's Best River Cruises" by Travel + Leisure. Uniworld has also been recognized in their "Top 20 River Ships," with seven ships ranking in the top 20, along with the River Countess earning the highest score of all cruise ships, both river and ocean. Uniworld has been named in Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Gold List for seven consecutive years and in their Platinum Circle for three years. Uniworld was also ranked in their top three among the world's "Top Ten" cruise lines, both ocean and river. Uniworld's staterooms and dining are also ranked among the "Top Three in the World" by Zagat Survey(R), with Uniworld being the only river cruise line named in the Zagat Survey(R) amongst the best of the best in the cruise industry. The editors of Cruise Critic handpicked Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette as the "Best River Cruise Ship," and Cruise International awarded Uniworld for the second year in a row, the "Best Luxury River Cruise Line." In addition, Uniworld has the highest rankings by travelers on Cruise Critic for both river and ocean cruise lines. Uniworld features luxurious boutique ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, as well as included shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on more than 15 rivers in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association
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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.TreadRight.org.
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