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Many cruise companies come and go over the years however not many have the sustainability to last over several decades in a market that is highly competitive not to mention the fact that it is changing and evolving all the time. Uniworld River Cruises is one such company that has lasted throughout the many changes in the cruise sector and they are still going strong after nearly 40 years in the business. What is the secret to this success however and why have they been able to remain at the forefront of the river cruise and holiday industry?
In terms of size, Uniworld are one of the bigger cruise companies around. Currently they operate around 500 departures every year and are active in some 20 different countries. Germany, France & Holland make up the main European destinations, Russia, Egypt and China are also among some of the other countries that Uniworld plan their cruise routes in.
Furthermore, they have recently expanded to the evolving Vietnam and Cambodian market which is giving cruise passengers a much more exotic trip to the Far East. They currently operate a 21 strong fleet however their cruise ships are known for a fairly intimate feel considering that the largest only has the capacity to carry some 160 passengers.
Uniworlds Ships are recognised as one of the best lines in the world.
The company has also been industry recognized for its performance. 2012 has been a successful year for the company in that it has picked up dozens of awards and accolades from industry leading organisations and publications. These have included being named as one of the best cruise lines in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, 2012 ‘Best River Cruise Line’ by Cruise Critic and ‘Worlds Best Service 2012’ by Travel and Leisure.
Indeed, the company has the distinction of being the only boutique cruise line. This is clearly seen in the design of the ship and its interior rooms; the art for each cabin is personally hand selected which is a far cry from the identically furnished decor of most cruise ships. In fact, each ship on the Uniworld fleet has its own style and design features so no two are exactly the same.
Aside from the boutique-esque decor and uniqueness of the interior design, the ships come with a whole host of amenities which the company has been praised for throughout the industry. The ships feature all the usual dining facilities and bars however they also include more unique aspects such as an onboard library as well as a host of fitness and wellness facilities like spa’s, gyms and jacuzzi’s.
Sailing with Uniworld River Cruises is a truly unique experience. Not only are their ships exclusively designed but they offer a luxury style of cruising that is not often seen in many other cruise liners. With an already established cruise route itinerary in over 20 different countries and with new routes planned for 2013 throughout Europe and Russia, Uniworld is further establishing itself as a leading cruise operator and, with its constantly evolving nature, it is no wonder that they have remained, not only active, but predominate in the cruise industry for the past 36 years.