Best River Cruises: Viking, Avalon, Tauck, UniWorld
Book a cruise on UniWorld
Uniworld immediately stands out with its impressively designed interiors; each ship is themed around the areas through which ships navigate. For example, on the SS BonVoyage in France, the Champagne Le Salon was inspired by the house of Yves Saint Laurent, the Villa Majorelle.
Cabins and public areas are also beautifully appointed with artwork, antiques, hand-painted murals, and luxury linens. Book an exclusive suite and enjoy larger marble bathrooms, a fully stocked bar, and fresh cookies and fruit delivered daily.
In addition to the traditional ships, there are also sleek black U by Uniworld boats, which offer a modern approach to river cruising with a younger population in mind. They often feature DJs, silent nightclubs, mixology classes, yoga, and rooftop camping (tents are provided). These cruises offer a 25% reduction on the fare for travelers aged 4 to 17 when traveling with an adult (suites excluded).
Like most cruises, the food served reflects the local cuisine of your destination and there is also a light menu and options for vegetarians, vegans and children.
In fact, there are plenty of amenities for kids, such as cooking classes, a lounge for young travelers, and a game room with PlayStation, games, movies, and local treats.
Notable excursions included in the price:
- In Italy, take a night visit to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and visit the crowd-free 9th-century church.
- On some cruises in France, visit the secret apartments of the Palace of Versailles.
- During the Nile Adventure, take a traditional Egyptian boat ride and have afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan in Aswan.
Uniworld requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all of its guests, except those under 12, who must have a negative test result within 72 hours of boarding. COVID-19 procedures are available here.