Sip Wine and Hang With Royals

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The Royal Suite on the S.S. Maria Theresa. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
The Royal Suite on the S.S. Maria Theresa. (Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.)

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched two new themed cruise programs for 2016—the Monarch and Connoisseur Collections—in its European portfolio. The Monarch Collection, available on select European Jewels and Enchanting Danube summer 2016 departures, explores Europe’s aristocratic lifestyle and heritage with visits to castles, intimate themed dinners, and meet and greets with European royalty. For instance, on the 15-day European Jewels cruise aboard the S.S. Maria Theresa, guests enjoy an exclusive concert and dinner at Castle Weikersheim in Wurzburg, Germany; a private cocktail reception hosted by an Austrian princess at her 13th century castle home; and a private behind-the-scenes tour of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School. The European Jewels cruise sails from Budapest to Amsterdam June 5 and 19; July 17 and 31; and Aug. 14. Rates start at $7,899 pp dbl, and include all onboard meals, a captain’s welcome reception and farewell reception, a welcome dinner and farewell gala dinner, plus unlimited onboard beverages.

Uniworld’s Connoisseur Collection, available on select Paris & Normandy, Burgundy & Provence, and Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux 2016 itineraries, digs into the rich culinary traditions of French cuisine with food and wine tasting, onshore and onboard culinary activities, and exclusive events. The 8-day Burgundy & Provence intinerary features an onboard Valrhona chocolate tasting and wine pairing, a cooking demonstration and tea party at the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, and a visit to a truffle farm. The Burgundy & Provence cruise sails from Avignon to Lyon June 5 and 26, and July 10, 17 and 24, aboard the S.S. Catherine. Rates start at $4,699, and include all onboard meals, a captain’s welcome reception and farewell reception, a welcome dinner and farewell gala dinner, and unlimited onboard beverages. For more information, call (800) 257-2407 or visit uniworld.com.