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  • Uniworld-River-Countess-buffet - A look at the buffet, made from fresh local produce, aboard the Uniworld cruise ship River Countess.
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  • Uniworld-River-Countess-suite - Guests will be able to take in the breathtaking scenery of Northern Italy from the comfort of their own suite while traveling aboard the River Countess. The Uniworld ship carries 134 passengers, offering four suites and 67 outside cabins.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-bar - Enjoy intimate pre-dinner cocktails in the River Countess bar while discovering the charm of Italy on a Uniworld river cruise.
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  • Uniworld-River-Countess-entertainment - Guests will be entertained throughout their cruise aboard Uniworld's River Countess, often with local performers.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-lounge - River Countess' elegant lounge is the ideal place for a casual drink while appreciating the spectacular panoramic views along Italy's Po River.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-in-Venice - The award-winning boutique river cruise ship River Countess sails through the Grand Canal in Venice.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-entertainment - Guests will be entertained throughout their cruise aboard Uniworld's River Countess, often with local performers.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-exterior - Uniworld's River Countess offers itineraries in Venice, Florence, Rome and other gems in Northern Italy.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-buffet - A look at the buffet, made from fresh local produce, aboard the Uniworld cruise ship River Countess.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-bar - Enjoy intimate pre-dinner cocktails in the River Countess bar while discovering the charm of Italy on a Uniworld river cruise.
  • Uniworld-River-Empress-restaurant - Experience regional cuisine during your European getaway while dining in the restaurant aboard the River Empress.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-suite - Guests will be able to take in the breathtaking scenery of Northern Italy from the comfort of their own suite while traveling aboard the River Countess. The Uniworld ship carries 134 passengers, offering four suites and 67 outside cabins.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-suite-view - Wake up to views of Venice and other awe-inspiring venues during your sailing through Italy aboard Uniworld's River Countess.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-lounge - River Countess' elegant lounge is the ideal place for a casual drink while appreciating the spectacular panoramic views along Italy's Po River.
  • Uniworld-River-Countess-in-Venice - The award-winning boutique river cruise ship River Countess sails through the Grand Canal in Venice.

Uniworld River Countess: Northern Italy on the Po River

Have you sailed on River Countess? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Venice, Florence, Rome, you will cherish the River Countess' exploration of Italy's waterways. Sail with Uniworld's River Countess and Venice will seems spacious and uncrowded and be spoiled and pampered by the expertise and warmth of the crew.

In 2013 and 2014, Travel & Leisure listed River Countess as the cruise industry's top-rated ship for both river and ocean voyages. On a river cruise, you can expect to see the shoreline every day, get off of the ship every day, and enjoy a more comfortable setting with fewer passengers.  

Uniworld's signature style of elegance is presented is on display. A large chandelier and leopard-skin circular sofa dominate the lobby, and natural light, fresh flowers and two parallel staircases create a luxurious ambiance. River Countess might be elegant in style, but the dress code is resort casual.

Who will enjoy sailing the River Countess

Romantics, connoisseurs of food and wine and lovers of art and architecture. Experienced travelers looking to explore the hidden gems of Northern Italy. Most of the clientele is English speaking and older.

Where River Countess sails

Home port: Venice, Italy

Destinations: The River Countess sails Northern Italy. Embark from Venice, with destinations including Chioggia (Padua), Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara), and Polesella (Ravenna).

Ratings & awards

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  • Top River Cruise Ship, Travel + Leisure World's Awards (2014)

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Dining & Entertainment

The restaurant onboard River Countess is lined with picturesque windows to provide a first-hand view of the unfolding scenery. The restaurant features open seating and shines with fine place settings, extravagant locally-inspired cuisine and selections from various other regions. A newly installed pizza oven makes the Italian cuisine complete.

The lounge area features entertainment from local performers and musicians, and  lectures and demonstrations will enrich the journey. The sun deck, sky lounge,  well-stocked library and game room are also popular locations onboard River Countess.  There is also a  specialty coffee and tea bar. At each stop along the way, Uniworld River Cruises' provides access to bicycles and walking sticks for passengers to explore the surrounding areas.

Nightfall at St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
O Palsson / Creative Commons BYNightfall at St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.

Top features on River Countess

Lavishly appointed river view staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets and a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the Marco Polo Deck have French balconies.

Other amenities include:

  • generous built-in closets
  • hair dryer
  • individual climate-control thermostat
  • direct-dial telephone
  • infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • bottled water and a safe

All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including daily fruit and cookie plate, elegant evening snack, robes and slippers, iPod® docking station, Nespresso coffee machine, fully stocked mini bar, bottle of wine upon arrival, in-suite morning coffee and tea service, fully stocked mini-bar, full breakfast menu, free shoe shine and laundry service, Hermés bath products, and one-per-person in-suite well-being treatment.

Marble bathrooms include L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, bathrobes and slippers, and towel warmers.

Public areas

  • Il Castillo Lounge with full-service bar
  • Captain's Lounge and Library with full-service bar
  • Savoy Restaurant
  • Patio Lounge
  • Osteria Siena Sky Lounge
  • Sun Deck with life-size chessboard and shuffleboard
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Guest Laundry
  • Serenity River Spa
  • Boutique
  • Elevator
  • Free internet and wi-fi access
  • 24-hour reception service

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Views of Venice
  • Where: River Countess

  • What: Grand Canal
  • Where: Venice

  • What: Local Performers
  • Where: River Countess
  • Eye the Grand Canal of Venice from your stateroom window
  • Tuck into fine Italian cuisine and wines onboard the River Countess
  • Verona, Bologna, Padua and Ravenna, explore Northern Italy

Top dining options on board

Buffet

  • Style: Fresh Local Fare

Restaurant

  • Style: Local Cuisine

Fast facts

132 Passengers [?]
41 Crew
4 Decks
2002 Maiden voyage
361 Length in feet
38 Width in feet (max beam)
2011 REFURBISHED

Overheard

“Choose this comfortable, nicely-appointed river ship for its good-quality furnishing and itinerary. Amenities include a fitness area, and the cuisine is decent, featuring a healthy choice menu.”

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