Virtuoso Life July 2018 Ship Review: U by Uniworld

Ship Review: U by Uniworld

The A arrives in Frankfurt.
The A arrives in Frankfurt.
Photo by Uniworld
Fire up the Instagram feeds: U by Uniworld has arrived to shake up river cruising. The brand’s two sleek ships – the 120-passenger A and B – debuted this spring with head-turning black and neon exteriors. The ships were designed with a younger crowd in mind and include modern communal spaces primed for late-night socializing and boozy brunches, plus complimentary Wi-Fi and afternoon shore excursions for cruisers who aren’t ready to get moving before 9 am. Virtuoso Life assistant editor Rebecca Ratterman joined The A on a recent sailing up the Rhine. Here, she describes the highlights:

Rest and Recharge

The A’s cabins are compact but sufficient by river-cruising standards. Each comes with Savoir mattresses – well worth their five-figure price tags – plus a flat-screen TV with a live feed of the ship’s lounge area for immediate FOMO prevention, special bathroom lights that won’t disrupt your sleep cycle, and Beekind toiletries that perfume the cabin with notes of honey, citrus, and verbena.

Get Moving 

Take advantage of yoga on the ship’s top deck, ride bikes (on your own or as part of a guided tour), or work out in one of river cruising’s largest gyms. Excursions range from the relaxed – a Champagne-fueled castle tour in Germany, for example – to the thrilling, such as beach blokarting (imagine a go-kart with a sail attached to it) in the Netherlands.

Sail Sustainably

Dinner menus include nods to the ship’s surrounding landscapes – think schnitzel and Kölsch beer in Cologne – and all meals are sourced locally in each port of call. The A minimizes paper consumption by sending itineraries directly to guests’ cell phones via WhatsApp, which also allows for easy photo sharing with new friends on board.

Mimosa time on <em>The A</em>’s top deck.
Mimosa time on The A’s top deck.
Photo by Uniworld

Modern Vibes 

Select sailings offer access to some of Europe’s biggest parties, such as the Sziget Festival, also known as “Eurowoodstock,” in Budapest in August, or Germany’s Oktoberfest in late September and early October. Late-night revelers can snooze until noon and still catch brunch, which is served until 1 pm every day.

Party Boat

Lounge chairs and circular daybeds fill the ship’s top deck for prime-time views just steps away from Ice Bar, a chic cocktail lounge that occasionally morphs into a silent-disco nightclub. Local DJs take up residence in the ship’s U Lounge twice a week, turning it into a laser-light dance party.

The A sails the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, and The B sails the Seine.

The U Lounge.
The U Lounge.
Photo by Uniworld

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