The river cruises of Europe: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
SS Maria Theresa
Where she sails: The Rhine, Main and Danube
The vibe: Eighteenth-century opulence, befitting a ship named for the illustrious Hapsburg empress (and Marie Antoinette’s mother).
Maximum number of guests: 150
Step aboard: Sweeping gilded staircases, brocade wallpapers, handpainted frescoes and sumptuous fabrics in soft shades of blue herald a grand beginning to your journey. Antique-inspired furniture and Murano glass chandeliers complement fine dining in the Baroque Restaurant and relaxation in the Habsburg Salon and Bar du Leopard. World-class amenities, such as the enclosed swimming pool, Lipizzan Cinema and Serenity River Spa, are among the finest on the rivers.
Each uniquely decorated stateroom also features handcrafted Savoir of England beds dressed in Egyptian cotton, a TV concealed by a mirror and in-suite butler service, now available to all room classes across Uniworld’s European itineraries.
At 38 square metres, the Royal Suite on the Hofburg deck is the ship’s finest accommodation, offering a generous living room and a rain shower and bathtub. Uniworld’s all-inclusive policy ensures you’ll never need your wallet, whether dining on local specialties, cycling beside the river on a complimentary bike, or delighting in a classical concert in Vienna.
The itineraries: SS Maria Theresa sails some of Europe’s best-known itineraries, including a 15-day journey between Budapest and Amsterdam. For something different, opt for an up-close encounter with the Netherlands on a nine-night Tulips & Windmills cruise between Amsterdam and Antwerp, or a festive celebration, visiting the charming Christmas markets of the Danube.
On the horizon: SS Joie de Vivre is set to bring modern Uniworld style to the Seine when it launches on 28 March 2017.
This article appeared in Volume 22 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style Magazine.