Why a Luxury River Cruise is the best way to cruise

The next time you’re considering cruising, a river cruise is an ideal choice. GrownUps Holidays travel partner, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, takes guests on all-inclusive, luxury tours. Discovering Europe, Asia, Egypt and Peru onboard gorgeously appointed floating hotel. Luxury river cruising offers many benefits to travellers seeking to explore.

Here are our top 4 reasons why a luxury river cruise is the best way to cruise.

1. Smaller ships, fewer guests

Travelling on small ships with fewer guests, you enjoy more personal space and more personalised service. Your fellow passengers will number in the dozens instead of the thousands, and you’ll never find yourself waiting in those long embarkation and disembarkation lines.

What we find most attractive about river cruising, however, is how well it immerses travellers in their destinations. Small river ships can travel far past the coastline to places ocean liners can’t reach and bring you to both major cities and hidden gem towns along the way. You’ll also find yourself in constant proximity to land, immersed in your destination through river views at all times. The best part? River ships can dock in the heart of town, so you can step right off the boat and into the action.

Uniworld’s S.S. Bon Voyage docked in Libourne

2. Luxury inclusions

Many river cruise lines will offer “all-inclusive” amenities, but only Uniworld delivers the highest degree of luxury inclusions. A variety of carefully curated excursions at every port, daily fitness classes, all onboard gratuities, 3 gourmet meals a day and unlimited fine wines, beers and spirits are just the start of it.

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The Bar du Leopard onboard Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa

3. The interior décor is beyond extraordinary

Uniworld’s claim to fame is its fleet of floating boutique hotels. Inspired by the destinations through which they cruise, every ship is beautifully decorated down to the finest details. Each stands apart with elegant colour palettes, sumptuous furnishings, original artwork, custom fabrics and spacious suites with all-marble bathrooms. No two Uniworld ships—or even suites for that matter—are alike. And everything onboard is crafted to reflect your destination, from the design to their included onboard experiences (think cooking classes, local entertainment, fascinating lectures, and more).

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Unwiorld’s S.S. La Venezia suite

4. The onshore experiences

Onshore experiences with Uniworld are all about getting to know your destination intimately, and they offer a wide range of excursions aimed at helping you do just that. “Village Day” outings bring you to charming small towns and introduce you to the people who call them home—perhaps a local potter in their shop, or a winemaker ready to take you on a tasting tour through their vineyards. On “Do as the Locals Do” tours, you’ll follow an expert local guide through their cities to see the less touristy sides of major destinations like Paris or Venice. And if active adventures are more your style, “Let’s Go” excursions take you on hikes, bike rides and more through picturesque locations.

Wine tasting and vineyard tour experience at Castle Vollrads

Article in partnership with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. For more information on Uniworld and to book, please contact GrownUps Holidays on 0800 842 685 or email grownups@ttc.com.

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