Five Things to Know About Uniworld's River Countess Cruise Ship
Best for: High-end cruisers looking for a stylish way to see Italy by river
Sails: The Po River
At a Glance: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s River Countess feels like a floating boutique hotel, with jewel-like public spaces and marble, mirrors, and subtle gilded flourishes everywhere. It’s also one of the few luxury river ships sailing Italy’s Po River.
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The Cabins Are Stunning
Designed with the aid of Uniworld’s sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, staterooms are lavish, with Savoir of England headboards, rich wall treatments, and luxe fabrics in shades of turquoise, taupe, red, and white. Even the marble bathrooms serve up little luxuries, from heated mirrors to Hermès and L’Occitane en Provence bath products. Sizes range from 151 square feet for a cabin with a window to 214 square feet for a suite with a French balcony.
No need to keep an eye on your bar bill. Your cruise fare covers almost everything, from exercise classes and gratuities to drinks and Wi-Fi. Most excursions are complimentary, too. (More on that later.)
The Excursions Go Beyond the Ordinary
Many river ships include walking tours and visits to landmarks in their fares, but not everyone covers experiences like a pasta-making class in Bologna and an after-hours lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Keep in mind that you won’t get as much sailing time as on the typical river cruise: much of the ship’s itinerary is focused around Venice and her islands, with bus tours to destinations farther afield, like Bologna.
You Can Dine Al Fresco
Surrounded by glass and filled with greenery, the conservatory-style Sienna Salon Sky Lounge sits on the ship’s sun deck. On nice days, the roof retracts, allowing passengers to grab lunch outdoors.
Ingredients Are Locally Sourced
With white-leather booths, mirrored walls, and views of the Venetian lagoon outside, Savoy Restaurant feels like a destination unto itself. The menu reflects the sights outside, with locally inspired dishes like osso bucco Milanese and trofie pasta with fresh local clams and pinot grigio Veneto. In the mood for something more familiar? You’ll also find classic cruise fare like Norwegian salmon and grilled chicken breast.