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Uniworld River Countess

ABOVE: The chef on River Countess (to be relaunched as La Venezia in 2020) watches the ship's arrival in Venice, Italy.

photoUniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is a long-established line with ships that incorporate the "boutique" luxury approach of Uniworld's sister company, Red Carnation Hotels.

photoIn 2020, Uniworld is offering dozens of itineraries in Europe. The company's European fleet has grown to 14 ships, with more vessels and cruise itineraries on the drawing board.

Uniworld cruise fares include European wines, beer, and soft drinks during lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi Internet access, and transfers to and from the ship.  Fares cover all gratuities, including tips during shore excursions and pre- or post-cruise tours.

We've cruised with Uniworld twice--on River Baroness and River Countess--and on both cruises, we were impressed by the quality of the ships, food, and service. (See review links below.)

  • Note: The company recently launched a new brand geared to Millennials and other younger passengers called U by Uniworld with two all-black ships named A and B. Fares aren't all-inclusive, but the ships do offer amenities such as 50 bicycles for complimentary use, yoga and TRX classes, and activities such as a "Local DJ night."

Cruise line's Web site:

Uniworld River Cruises

Cruise reviews:

La Venezia (formerly River Countess): Venice and the Po Region

River Baroness: Paris & Normandy (archived)

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Inset photos courtesy of Uniworld Cruises.