Uniworld adds rail-and-sail trip in India and family holidays in Egypt
By Cruise International | 19 Oct 2022
Luxury river cruise line Uniworld has unveiled new family-friendly holidays in Egypt and a cruise-and-rail combo in India
Uniworld has revealed details of its 2023 exotics range, including its first cruise-and-rail tour in India and an extended family collection to see the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt.
It comes as a survey of Uniworld customers found a third of those who had cruised on ocean ships before the pandemic had switched to a river cruise in 2022 and 2023, with 41% putting the change down to a preference for smaller ships and fewer passengers.
The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas’ Express is the first cruise-and-rail journey outside Europe, comprising a seven-night sailing on the Ganges Voyager II from Kolkata with a private rail journey through the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan.
The trip features four ‘Make Travel Matters’ experiences including an artisan workshop in Matiari to learn how to make ornamental brass homewares. Prices start from £15,089 per person departing on October 28, 2023.
The river cruise operator has also expanded its family range, Generations, to cover Egypt, with three departures in December 2023. The holidays include seven nights on all-suite vessel River Tosca, sailing round-trip from Luxor, plus four nights on land at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo.
Highlights of the Nile journey include the pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, and the temples of Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut, plus a chance to cycle along the riverbanks and enjoy a sailing on a traditional felucca boat. Prices start at £5,579 per person sharing.
President and chief executive Ellen Bettridge said: “We are excited to expand two of our most popular offerings – Cruise and Rail and Generations – into our Exotics portfolio for the first time in 2023.
“Many of our guests are seeking long-haul bucket-list experiences next year, while others want to spend precious time travelling as a family or multigenerational group, so introducing a truly incredible Cruise and Rail trip through India and an itinerary packed with family fun and the historical wonders of Egypt seemed like a natural step.”
Uniworld’s survey of 500 guests, carried out in September, also found three in 10 guests thought river cruising offered more views and varied scenery, while 17% liked the slower pace of a river cruise itinerary.
The most popular itineraries for 2023 include bucket-list destinations such as India, Cambodia and Vietnam, along with back-to-back cruises combining the various rivers of France.