As the Sound of Music 50th anniversary approaches, we interview Elisabeth von Trapp, the celebrated singer and granddaughter of Maria, ahead of her appearance on board two special Uniworld cruises this summer

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The snow-covered Alps. Image credit: iStock

I knew Maria von Trapp, who was my father Werner’s stepmother, very well. She spoke at my graduation and I was at her bedside when she died.

It was wonderful to have the chance to get to know her. She was a very vibrant, amazing woman, but not at all like Julie Andrews.

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A Californian camping trip. Image credit: iStock

My favourite holiday memory is travelling the West Coast of America with my husband. We stopped at Yosemite National Park I recall, set up our tent and slept under the redwood trees. It was the most amazing night of our life. Until you’re there you can’t open up to nature properly.

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The Amazon River. Image credit: iStock

I would love to travel down the Amazon River. My second cousin has been and told me how incredible it was.

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Beautiful Salzburg in winter. Image credit: iStock

The Sound of Music’s appeal is multi-faceted. Capturing a historical moment, the film follows a family as it makes a stand against tyranny and ultimately wins by sticking together to survive. It gives hope to and inspires so many, not least the millions of people who were displaced during the war.

People who go on cruises have an open heart and they want to enrich their lives by experiencing different cultures. The beauty of being on these ships is that you can visit a new place every day, and it’s so stress-free. They organise everything so brilliantly and it’s all included; with tours of Budapest and onboard wine tastings, you’re entertained the whole time.

I’m currently working on an album of Rodgers and Hammerstein music to mark the 50th anniversary of the filming of The Sound of Music. And on this year’s Uniworld cruise I will be hosting tours at the Von Trapp family villa in Salzburg, where I will also sing for the guests.

Whether you’re looking for a cultural holiday or relaxing break, find your perfect cruise here.