Australia travel agents were the first in the world to see the 2019 Uniworld Boutique River Cruises brochure, with a lavish launch in Sydney presided over by the brand’s CEO Ellen Bettridge last month. Bettrtidge said the new program aimed to continue differentiating the Uniworld product from its competitors, with an array of new itineraries as well as ship transformations, new land extensions and the addition of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in China.

“We are committed to two things: delivering to our guests the best, most luxurious river cruise experience in the world, and providing our partners with the tools and training to share this extraordinary experience with their clients,” Bettridge said. The 2019 program includes the newly renovated Super Ship S.S. Beatrice which will launch next month, as well as an interior renovation of the River Royale which operates in Bordeaux, France. Also new for all Uniworld itineraries in Russia, Asia and Egypt is the inclusion of onboard and onshore gratuities, as well as the expansion of the brand’s all-inclusive onboard beverage program.

Bettridge and The Travel Corporation CEO Brett Tollman urged travel agents to consider which guests would suit the Uniworld product, with Tollman saying the brand is “not getting its fair share of the Australian market”.


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