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Why Choose S.S. Antoinette?

  • Uniworld first-ever new-build launched in March 2011
  • Whimsical interior design evokes Antoinette's France
  • Cabin wow: Cover your balcony with flip of a switch

S.S. Antoinette Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

S.S. Antoinette, river cruise line Uniworld's first-ever new-build, launched in March 2011. The 164-passenger vessel, built at Holland's Shipyard De Hoop, is one of the most innovative ships sailing on Europe's rivers today.

Uniworld's penchant for whimsical and daring interior design (Antoinette, for instance, is based on an interpretation of Marie Antoinette's France), lush cabin appointments, and superb service and cuisine is apparent on all the company's vessels. But creating its first ship from scratch offered the line a chance to innovate, and did it ever.

The Rhine River-based S.S. Antoinette offers a serious wow factor with its new unique-to-river-cruising features, including suites with alcoves that can be converted from glassed-in conservatories to open-air balconies by pushing a switch.

There's also a beautiful 22-seat cinema with Dolby Surround Sound that's atmospherically housed in a room adorned with vintage movie posters. (The requisite popcorn cart is also included in the mix.)

In addition, the vessel's top deck showcases several novel twists. Traditionally, riverboats use their upper decks as observation areas in good weather only; height-wise, they contain no furnishings taller than a chaise lounge so that the vessels can fit under low-slung bridges. For Antoinette, Uniworld has constructed a pair of all-weather rooms: the South Beach-like Leopard Bar (which is a classic lounge tradition in many Red Carnation hotels, a sister company) and the elegant L'Orangerie, an indoor/outdoor dining venue. Both have air conditioning and heating. The reason that Uniworld can build such structures: Their ceilings and windows can collapse on demand if the ship needs to pass under a low bridge.

Another twist: Few riverboats have swimming pools; on Antoinette, there's a glassed-in facility with gorgeous mosaic tiling, a wall of windows and an adjacent spa. Interestingly, the pool serves in another capacity. The few riverboats that have one typically locate them in their midsections, said Patrick Janssens, owner of Shipyard De Hoop, which has been building vessels for more than a century. In Antoinette's case, placing the pool in the rear gives it an operational advantage. With its heavy weight, it creates mass where vibration tends to be a problem, helping to ensure an extra-quiet ride.

Uniworld will become fully all-inclusive in 2014, when all cruise fares will include unlimited fine wine, beer and spirits, as well as gratuities for onboard and onshore services, including pre- and post-cruise extensions.


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S.S. Antoinette Member Reviews

After cruising on the ocean many times wanted to try something smaller. I loved it. All of the crew were so friendly and helpful. To see the Captain welcoming you back on the ship after your excursions was not something we were used to. What a ... Read more
06/16
We chose this cruise for several reasons. 1. The all inclusive feature. Not having to pay extra fees for alcohol, excursions and tips. There were usually 2 different tours available in each port. 2. The wireless headphones used during ... Read more
Castles along the Rhine Robert Barnett
05/16
This was our third cruise with Uniworld and as usual the service was excellent and the staff went out of their way to make sure you had an enjoyable cruise. We spent several days in Amsterdam prior to boarding the SS Antoinette. We found Amsterdam ... Read more
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164
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$2,849 - $4,699 (Based on standard per person rates for Outside Stateroom)
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