Set to Debut in April 2020, the Super Ship will be the Newest on the Douro River
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has bagged two awards in Asia recognising the brand as the top River Cruise Line. Last night, Travel Weekly Asia recognised Uniworld as the “Best Cruise Line – River Cruise” at its 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards Ceremony. Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards “Saluting Brilliance” theme celebrates and acknowledges travel brands that have pushed the boundaries and gone above and beyond to bring their very best to the table.
In September 2019, the Annual TTG Travel Awards picked Uniworld as the “Best River Cruise Line”, recognising it amongst the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry. Both the TTG Travel Awards and Travel Weekly Asia Awards were voted by readers of the respective trade publications comprising of travel and tourism professionals.
Uniworld has released a sneak peak of new Super Ship S.S. São Gabriel, set to debut in Portugal on April 9, 2020. One of four Super Ships launching next year as part of the brand’s continued elevation, the brand-new S.S. São Gabriel will join fellow new Super Ships S.S. Sphinx, Mekong Jewel, and S.S. La Venezia for the highly anticipated 2020 season.
“Expanding upon our commitment to transform our entire fleet to Super Ships in the coming years, we’re thrilled to share a first look at the stunning S.S. São Gabriel,” says Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “Evoking a fresh new design inspired by the majestic landscapes in Portugal and adorned with gorgeous Portuguese tiles, the S.S. São Gabriel will bring the destination to life for our guests, while maintaining the highest caliber of service and personalization.”
Set to be the newest ship on the Douro River, the S.S. São Gabriel was designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region through its décor and delectable food and wine. The entire top deck will offer all lavishly appointed suites enhanced with Butler service, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like while enjoying the ship. Guests on S.S. São Gabriel will experience the UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley on the ship’s 11-day Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley itinerary sailing from Lisbon to Porto, while indulging in the best of Spanish and Portuguese culture and cutting-edge, locally sourced cuisine.
“We have been partnering with The Travel Corporation’s family brands since 2017 and this year we are delighted to partner Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection to support the launch of their new super ship in Portugal,” says Miguel Moraes, Global Trade Marketing Director at Visit Portugal. “Our strategy is to promote all the regions of our diverse country than can be visited year-round. The luxury traveler is a key target for us as they have the propensity to stay for longer and spend more while on holiday in Portugal and this partnership with Uniworld allows us to meet this objective. We look forward to welcoming the S.S. São Gabriel in 2020 and the guests it will attract from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia.”
A variety of charter options and the ability to choose a completely customized itinerary, executed by Uniworld’s uniquely qualified in-house Charters & Incentives team, has helped drive incredible growth in the brand’s charter sales business.
Uniworld’s additional 2020 Super Ships will take guests to Vietnam & Cambodia, Egypt and Northern Italy. The new vessels include the S.S. Mekong Jewel and S.S. Sphinx, both debuting in early January; as well as the S.S. La Venezia debuting in March.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line, featuring luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt. A total of 23 rivers in 24 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts, having most recently been named the #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018 readers’ survey and voted Top-Rated River Cruise Line Europe in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards. (www.uniworld.com)