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Traveling Solo on a River Cruise

Uniworld is waiving the single supplement fee usually charged for solo guests staying in their own stateroom on select Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. 

Uniworld waiving this single supplement fee means solo travelers can set sail in their own private, luxurious stateroom at no extra cost, adding up to significant savings for solo travelers onboard Uniworld’s beautiful boutique cruise ships.

What’s more, where some companies might think to offer savings only on unpopular or slow-selling trips, Uniworld is proud to offer this significant savings on some of their most sought-after itineraries, giving solo travelers the best of both worlds: considerable savings on desirable trips to premier destinations throughout Europe and beyond.

According to Guy Young, President & CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: “We’re very excited to be able to extend this offer to our valued solo travelers. Now singles have the opportunity to cruise with us on some of our most sought-after destinations without having to pay extra.”

For more information on Solo Traveler Savings and to take advantage of this great offer, please contact your Travel Professional or visit  

Autumn Potluck in the office celebrating Guy Young’s (President & CEO of Uniworld) birthday.

Autumn Potluck in the office celebrating Guy Young’s (President & CEO of Uniworld) birthday.

Uniworld’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites


If you have been on one or more Uniworld river cruises, most likely you’ve been lucky enough to already have seen a number of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites.

But have you ever wondered just what the UNESCO designation means and how these landmarks or natural areas are chosen?

UNESCO was founded on November 16, 1945 at the end of World War II to help counteract the destruction of the two world wars, as well as to protect the legacy of the world’s great cultural and natural heritage sites.

Since its inception, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has been tasked with confirming specific landmarks and natural sites to include on their list for the purpose of preserving those sites and drawing public awareness to them. In addition, the World Heritage Committee provides financial assistance in order to keep these sites maintained and protected. 

Countries will nominate their respective sites to the advisory bodies such as the International Council for Monuments and Sites and the World Conservation Union, which in turn provide recommendations annually to the judging committee, who then determines the final list. Once a site has been approved to be on the UNESCO list, the World Heritage Committee monitors each site on an ongoing basis to ensure the host country continues to preserve of the chosen UNESCO Site. 

Today, there are 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which includes 759 cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed sites.

Now, when traveling through the Rhine River Valley, walking along the Great Wall, or visiting the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Uniworld visits, you’ll know one of the world’s most respected international organizations has deemed that area or landmark a site worth preserving and protecting.

Featured UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited during a Uniworld Boutique River Cruise:

Springtime Tulips & the Rhine 
Amsterdam to Frankfurt | 8 Days
UNESCO:  Amsterdam, Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Tulips & Windmills
Amsterdam to Antwerp | 10 Days
UNESCO: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges

Castles along the Rhine
Basel to Amsterdam | 8 Days
UNESCO: Cologne, Strasbourg, Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Rhine Discovery & Prague
Prague to Basel | 10 Days
UNESCO: Bamberg, Prague, Strasbourg, Würzburg

Legendary Rhine & Moselle
Amsterdam to Basel | 13 Days
UNESCO: Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Trier, Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Enchanting Danube
Budapest to Passau | 8 Days
UNESCO: Budapest, Salzburg, Vienna, Wachau Valley

Danube Discovery & Prague
Vienna to Prague | 10 Days
UNESCO: Prague, Regensburg, Wachau Valley, Vienna

Imperial Capitals of Europe
Istanbul to Vienna | 16 Days
UNESCO: Budapest, Istanbul, Vienna

European Serenade
Vienna to Amsterdam | 14 Days
UNESCO: Amsterdam, Bamberg, Cologne, Regensburg, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Würzburg, Upper Middle Rhine Valley

European Jewels
Budapest to Amsterdam | 15 Days
UNESCO: Bamberg, Cologne, Regensburg, Wachau Valley, Würzburg, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Vienna

Splendors of Northern Italy, Venice, Florence & Rome
Venice to Rome | 13 Days
UNESCO: Ferrara, Florence, Rome, Venice, Verona

Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy
Venice to Venice | 8 Days
UNESCO: Ferrara, Venice, Verona

For more information about UNESCO, please visit and

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Mrs. Beatrice Tollman’s Favorite Salad Dressing



Dijon mustard          3 teaspoons
Egg yolk                 2
Light soy sauce       2 teaspoons
Tabasco                 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice            2.5 teaspoons
Salt                       1/2 teaspoon
Pepper                  1/2 teaspoon
Garlic cloves          1 (optional)
Red wine vinegar     4 ounces (125 milliliters)
Olive oil                  6 ounces (175 milliliters)
Vegetable oil           2.5 ounces (75 milliliters)

Finely chop or crush the garlic. Combine all the ingredients except the oils until smooth, then gradually whisk in the oils.

View of @uniworldcruises corporate office in Los Angeles (at Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)

View of @uniworldcruises corporate office in Los Angeles (at Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)

“Farmer’s Bread” Rye Multigrain Bread



Enjoy this recipe from Uniworld’s Pastry Chef, Delio Garavito


11 oz (312 g) bread flour

3.8 oz (107 g) rye multigrain flour

0.4 oz (10 g) salt

0.2 oz (6 g) dark molasses

0.2 oz (6 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

0.4 oz (12 g) yeast

12.3 oz (350 g) water

0.4 oz (10 g) bread unproved powder


Add all the ingredients into a mixer and run the mixer for 8 minutes.  Add water slowly into the dough in the mixer until the dough thickens.  Let the dough rest for 15 minutes and then cut a portion at about 200 g and roll in the shape of a baguette.  Let  the dough rise at room temperature for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, add the dough to the oven and bake at 300 F (150 C) for 50 minutes.

Famous Food around the World

Dieters beware—this is not a list for you. No matter where you go around the world, every culture has its own famous dish. Since food and travel go hand in hand, there’s no better way to delve deep into a destination than to try its most famous dishes.

Chocolate Sachertorte in Vienna, Austria

Chocolate is the food of love, and you will undoubtedly fall in love with this Viennese treat. This chocolate cake is said to be invented in Vienna by the chef Franz Sacher in 1832, who was rumored to have a strong sweet tooth. The Sachertorte is a multi-layered chocolate cake, baked with the simplest and freshest ingredients found in a Viennese pantry. The “Original” Sachertorte has two layers of apricot jam between the outer layer of chocolate icing and the sponge base. Hotel Sacher’s “Original Sacher Torte” is sold at the Vienna and Salzburg locations. In Vienna, slices of Sachertorte are always served with a dollop of thick whipped cream!

Peking Duck in Beijing, China

What is it about Peking Duck that makes it one of the most popular Chinese dishes? When prepared correctly, authentic Beijing Peking Duck is a delightful and mouth-watering combination of the tender, moist meat and the crispy, potato-chip-like skin.  This famous duck dish from Beijing has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered a national dish of China. The dish is prized for its thin, crisp skin, and authentic versions of the dish are served with mostly the skin and very little meat, with the cook slicing the duck right in front of the diners.


Croissants in Paris, France

Croissants have long been a staple of French bakeries and pâtisseries. In the late 1970s, the development of factory-made, frozen, pre-formed but unbaked dough made them into a fast food which can be freshly baked by unskilled labor. In fact, the croissanterie was explicitly a French response to American-style fast food, and today 30–40% of the croissants sold in French bakeries and patisseries are frozen.

This innovation, along with the croissant’s distinctive shape, has made it the most well-known item of French food in much of the world. Today, the croissant remains a popular staple of the continental breakfast.

Neapolitan Pizza in Naples, Italy

It is known worldwide that Naples, Italy, is the home of pizza. There is even a non-profit organization in Naples, founded in June 1984, dedicated to promote and protect the authenticity of the “true Neapolitan pizza” (verace pizza napoletana). The True Neapolitan Pizza Association (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, or AVPN) details rules for genuine Neapolitan pizza dough. Traditionally, a Neapolitan pizza is made with slices of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Uniworld’s Reading Corner

Uniworld cruises are designed to help guests gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful countries through which they are traveling. If you’re planning to sail with Uniworld on an upcoming river cruise, why not complement your journey of discovery with one of the following books? Reading about the regions you’re visiting is a great way to fully immerse yourself into the history and culture of a brand new world… and isn’t that what river cruising is all about?


Italy—The Agony and the Ecstasy, by Irving Stone

Michelangelo was a legendary sculptor, painter, poet, and engineer, and his works survive to this day in Florence and Rome. You’ll view a number of his masterpieces—including the famed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—during your “Splendors of Italy” cruise/tour. Stone’s biographical novel, which drew heavily from Michelangelo’s own letters, has been lauded for decades as a masterpiece for its portrayal of this brilliant and influential artist.


France—The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

Leroux’s novel has been adapted for the stage and screen several times, and although characters and plot points may change from one adaptation to the next, one constant always remains: the Paris Opera House. Known by several different names, including Opéra Garnier and Palais Garnier, this Paris landmark is the setting of the legendary novel. It is also one of the many sights you’ll see during your “Paris and Normandy” or “Grand France” programs.


Vietnam—The Lover, by Marguerite Duras

During your “Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong” cruise/tour, you’ll travel to Sa Dec, Vietnam. Located in this town is the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, which was made famous by Duras’s autobiographical novel. The story takes place in the late 1920s, when Vietnam was still a French colony, and it details an affair between a French girl from a working-class family and a wealthy, older Chinese man. Though controversial, the novel’s poetic and honest descriptions of life and love in French Indochina (as Vietnam was known during colonial rule) have earned it awards and acclaim.

National Stress Awareness Day


Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month, and that today, April 16th, is National Stress Awareness Day? Did you also know that studies show that stress can lead to heart problems, diabetes, and even cancer? It can be very difficult to avoid stress; it will always show up in our lives, especially at the least appropriate times. However, you can always learn how to deal with it!


Here are 5 easy steps to help you handle all the stresses in your daily life:


Allow plenty of time for sleep.

Nurture yourself; it is a necessity, not a luxury.

Set aside time to relax in your daily schedule. Do something you enjoy every day, whether it is playing the piano, going for a walk, calling a good friend, or reading a book.

Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

Start your day off with a healthy breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day.


Remember, stress is defined as mental, emotional, or physical tension or strain, and too much can negatively affect your health. Take time each day to relax, breath, and be active! And remember, “stressed” is just “desserts” spelled backwards.

Have a stress free day!