Two New Ships for Uniworld

River cruise company now marketing 13 vessels to North Americans

By: Theresa Norton Masek

Uniworld, the Los Angeles-based river cruise specialist, is adding two new vessels to its fleet next year.

The 138-passenger River Countess and River Duchess are sisters to the River Empress, which entered service this year. They are under construction at Den Breejen shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands.

The additions bring to 13 the number of Uniworld ships marketed to North Americans.

“With these new ships, we have created the most modern and youngest fleet in Europe,” said Denise Seomin, vice president of public relations for Uniworld. “River cruising is really starting to catch the attention of well-traveled Americans.”

The River Countess is scheduled to enter service on March 23 with seven-night Tulip Time cruises through the Netherlands. During the summer, the vessel will mark the company’s return to the Black Sea with seven-night cruises from Budapest, among other itineraries.

The River Duchess will make its debut on June 8 with Danube sailings between Budapest and Nuremberg.