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Uniworld to Return to the Rivers on June 20, 2021

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has announced its first sailing dates for this year. The luxury river cruise company will resume cruising on June 20, 2021, debuting its most recently transformed Super Ship S.S. La Venezia in Italy. Cruises will restart in France shortly after Italy, with first departures for S.S. Bon Voyage on June 27th, S.S. Joie de Vivre on July 4th and S.S. Catherine on July 11th.

This announcement comes with the news that Italy and France will reopen their borders for international travellers in June.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment and are beyond thrilled to be back on the rivers, welcoming back our loyal guests on four of our most beautiful Super Ships this summer,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “Our guests are like family to us, and their well-being is our main priority, which is why we’re taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure they’re comfortable when they’re ready to explore the rivers with us again.”

Uniworld’s ‘Milan, Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy’ itinerary, commencing June 18, 2021 in Milan, will be the line’s first cruise since the pandemic began. Guests will spend two days in Milan before travelling to Venice where they’ll board the completely reimagined S.S. La Venezia.

“Restarting these itineraries is just the first step in getting all of our ships back on the rivers this year,” continued Bettridge. “We have a lot to look forward to with the debut of the all-new S.S. Sphinx launching in Egypt on September 25th, and we’ll also begin sailing the Peruvian Amazon on September 1st with two new itineraries aboard the Aria Amazon. Demand for river cruising is at an all-time high and the support and excitement we are receiving from both new and old guests is outstanding.”

Additionally, the first four sailings of this year are included in the Cruise Back into Travel offer that is valid for bookings through May 31st , where guests can save up to 30% off per person on select dates for a limited time.

For example, savings include:

  • ‘Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy’: Onboard S.S. La Venezia, guests sail eight days round-trip from Venice along Northern Italy’s exquisite coastline. Activities include a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica and a trip further south to discover Chioggia, charming southern port loved by fishermen.
  • ‘Brilliant Bordeaux’: Onboard S.S. Bon Voyage, guests will discover hidden gems throughout Southwest France for eight days along three rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde.
  • ‘Paris & Normandy’: Onboard S.S. Joie de Vivre, this eight-day sailing goes roundtrip from Paris through Normandy’s countryside.
  • ‘Burgundy & Provence’: Onboard S.S. Catherine, guests cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures – from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively riverbanks.

Sailings are inclusive of all meals onboard, premium spirits and wine, beautifully appointed river view accommodations, offshore excursions, airport transfers and onboard gratuities and WiFi.

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