UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION
TRAFALGAR Tours Australia’s parent company, The Travel Corporation, bought established river cruise operator Uniworld in 2004. Ships: The 118-passenger Queen Isabel will become the company’s 12th European river ship when it enters service next year. Activities: As well as complimentary bicycles, there are Nordic walking sticks for passengers who want to hike around the countryside. All ships have fitness centres and Queen Isabel will have a swimming pool. Unique feature: Beatrice Tollman, wife of The Travel Corporation founder Stanley Tollman and president of sister company the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has put her decorating stamp on each ship. Plush hotel-style interiors with lavish furnishings are a standout feature. Attractions for Australians: Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner, savings on paid-in-full bookings by March 31, 2013, and earlybird discounts. Passengers on the sample cruise below could shop for presents and bring them home in time for Christmas. Sample 2013 cruise: An eight-day Classic Christmas Markets voyage departs December 8 from Nuremberg to Frankfurt aboard River Queen. Nuremberg’s Christmas market is the oldest in Germany. There are visits to others en route. From $2945 a passenger twin-share. More: uniworldcruises.com.au.