Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, owners of a handful of luxury cruising vessels, has redefined the floating holiday to include intimate ships that are lavishly appointed and agile enough to master the narrow waterways that massive ships must bypass. This is perhaps best illustrated aboard the 134-guest River Empress, which glides along such storied rivers as the Rhine, Main and Danube, as well as scenic waterways and canals. Guests are pampered behind the doors of their river view staterooms replete with generous built-in closets, air conditioning, flat-panel televisions and private baths. There are several public rooms, including a lounge with full-bar service and panoramic restaurants with open seating policies.
Best River Cruise Company Cruise Critic
Gold List Condé Nast Traveler
World's Best Awards, Top 10 Small Cruise Lines Travel + Leisure
Readers' Choice Awards, World's Best Small Ships Condé Nast Traveler