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Uniworld to transform four more river cruise ships into ‘super ships’ by 2021

Uniworld, the luxury river cruise line, has announced that it will convert four more of its river cruise ships into super ships.

The four vessels include River Empress, River Duchess, River Princess and River Queen, and each will be revamped with additional restaurants, new suites and luxury finishes.

The announcement was made at a Uniworld press and trade event yesterday (16 September 2019), where guests were treated to a taste of the cruise line’s renowned fine dining on land at Rubens Hotel in London.

Making the announcement, Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge said: “I am so incredibly proud to announce that our fleet of ships will be super ships. It’s about taking what we have and elevating it to the next level.”

Uniworld, River Duchess
River Duchess will be one of the ships transformed

As Bettridge explained, it is the cruise line’s aim over the next few years to continue to elevate and ensure that Uniworld remains “absolutely the best” in the river cruise market.

“We cannot rest on our laurels,” she continued. “We cannot sit back and let things happen. We have to take control.”

UK managing director Chris Townson reiterated this point, emphasising how the transformation project is not about expanding, but enhancing the existing fleet.

“Our aim is simple,” he said. “We are not trying to add capacity. We’re not trying to be the biggest. The aim is to have best luxury river cruise ship on every river we sail on.”

Uniworld’s SS Bon Voyage – formerly River Royale – was the latest Uniworld ship to undergo a full-ship renovation.

Earlier this year, Uniworld announced that it would be adding four new ships to join the fleet, which will operate in Vietnam (Mekong), Egypt (the Nile), Portugal (Douro) and Russia (Volga), respectively.

The cruise line’s River Countess is also due to undergo a complete renovation and re-emerge as SS La Venezia in March 2020.

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