Uniworld Unveils One-of-a-Kind New River Cruises for 2023

WHY IT RATES: With travelers seeking unforgettable experiences, luxury all-inclusive river cruise line Uniworld is expanding and improving its captivating itineraries; including the launch of its first-ever cruises and train vacations, the most innovative new way to see the world.—Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Editor

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announces all-new mystery cruise itineraries in Europe, as well as enhancements to its Exotics collection for 2023, with the launch of its first cruise and train voyage to India and a new route to Egypt as part of its family-focused Generations Collection program.

“We are excited to extend some of our most popular offerings next year,” said President and CEO Ellen Bettridge. “Many of our customers are looking for unforgettable experiences next year, while others want to spend time traveling with family or multi-generational groups, introducing a truly amazing cruise and train journey across India, more of mystery cruises and an itinerary packed with family fun and the historical wonders of Egypt seemed like a natural step. We constantly strive to anticipate customer needs and innovate accordingly, and we know these new routes will truly resonate.

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All voyages feature all the hallmarks of a Uniworld experience, from luxurious accommodation and authentic fine dining to carefully curated local encounters and onboard activities, including a comprehensive portfolio of wellness offerings .

Mystery Routes 2023

Back by popular demand, in 2023 Uniworld will launch two brand new mystery cruise itineraries across Europe. Departing June 18, 2023, the first 10-day mystery cruise will be a round trip sailing along the iconic rivers of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. On July 7, 2023, the second 10-day Mystery Cruise will be hosted by Uniworld President and CEO Ellen Bettridge and will begin in Nice, France and end in Lyon, France. Excursions during the voyage, special events and general itineraries will remain a complete mystery to cruise passengers. Prices for the June Mystery Cruise start at $6,999 per person and the July Mystery Cruise starts at $7,399. Both prices include onboard and shore activities, gourmet food and beverages, onboard entertainment and all ground transportation.

Cruise and Train: The Sacred Ganges and the Maharajas’ Express

After the success of the inaugural season of its Cruise and train route in Europe, Uniworld is teaming up with Maharajas’ Express to deliver a new immersive 16-day journey through India. The trip combines seven nights of sailing in supreme comfort aboard the Ganges Voyager II from Kolkata, with a luxury private train journey through the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan to Mumbai, spending two additional nights at Oberoi hotels in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Must-see icons such as the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Ranthambore National Park – home to one of the largest populations of Bengal tigers in the world – are included alongside more local encounters, stopping in temples and smaller villages along the way. The route also includes four GIVE IMPORTANCE TO TRAVEL including learning the art of making ornamental brass items at an artisan workshop in Matiari and a visit to the local NGO Calcutta Rescue, which serves underprivileged children in the area.

As of October 28, 2023, prices start from USD 19,999 per person based on double occupancy and include onboard and shore activities, luxury accommodation, most meals, transportation including domestic flights , and all tips.

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Uniworld’s Maharajas’ Express rail portion of its Cruise & Rail route in India. (photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises)

Generations Egypt Cruises

Departing on December 16, 23 and 30, 2023, Uniworld’s Generations New Departures will introduce guests of all ages to the ancient wonders of Egypt, its vibrant capital and welcoming people. Combining seven nights aboard the round trip from Luxor on the Tosca River with suites and a four-night land stay at The Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cairo, the voyage mirrors the popular 12-day voyage Splendors of Egypt and the Nile itinerary, with additional experiences aimed at entertaining the whole family.

Along with must-see sites such as the Giza Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and the temples of Karnak, Luxor, and Hatshepsut, activities include attending a family soccer game with local kids and part of the crew from the ship, embarkation in the sand dunes and a swim in the Nile, discovery of the river by bicycle and traditional felucca, and a behind-the-scenes visit to the Captain’s wheelhouse.

Egypt Generations trip prices start at $6,659 per person based on double occupancy (after Early Booking discounts, valid until October 31, 2022) and include onboard and shore activities, luxury accommodation, most meals, transportation including domestic flights and all gratuities.

Another Uniworld’s Exotics update for 2023 is that the Timeless wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia the itinerary will increase from 13 to 15 days, with two additional days in the fascinating capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, at the end or the beginning of the trip.

For more information, visit uniworld.com/us/cruise-and-rail.

THE SOURCE: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises press release.

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