Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection reports that it is planning to upgrade two more of its ships to Super Ship status.
The first ship in the Uniworld fleet to receive such an upgrade, the S.S. Beatrice, set sail April 4 on its inaugural voyage along the Danube from Budapest to Giurgiu, with a land extension in Bucharest. Debuting with a fresh, sleek yacht-like design, the S.S. Beatrice was formerly the River Beatrice.
In a written statement Uniworld President and CEO Ellen Bettridge noted that the company had seen great success with its Super Ships, and that they demonstrate “the way forward” for the cruise line. Next up the line is planning to upgrade the River Empress and River Royal to Super Ships in 2019.
The S.S. Beatrice now has a yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout. Its renovated lobby has elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades, and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron – a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge includes sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades, and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.
The ship has four dining options all inspired by famous Austrian composers, including Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant; Wolfgang’s bar and lounge; and the newly added Schubert’s and Max’s, which also offers cooking classes where guests can create local European cuisines alongside the chef. Menu highlights at Max’s include broccoli coleslaw, regional Bohemian bread pudding dumplings and homemade apple strudel. Schubert’s, an 18-seat café at the bow of the ship, offers guests shared plates from lunch through dinnertime. The cozy Austrian-styled eatery serves menus reflecting the cuisine of the ship’s destinations, including brisket bouillon, Wiener Wurst with mustard, and an Austrian Kaiser Burger.
Additionally, the ship has two new Grand Suites each measuring 310 square feet and a second 390 square foot Owner’s/Royal Suite. Connecting rooms, aimed at friends and families traveling together, have also been added. The S.S Beatrice sails on six itineraries to destinations including the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.