Uniworld's Award-Winning Culinary Program Highlights Farm-to-Table Philosophy

Delray Beach, Florida, UNITED STATES

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Sept. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 's culinary program continues to be recognized as the top in river cruising. Uniworld was the only river cruise line mentioned in SAVEUR's "Finest Cruise Line Dining" category for the 2015 Good Taste Awards, and Food & Travel readers voted Uniworld both the "River Cruise Line of the Year" and highly sought-after "Cruise Line of the Year" at its Reader Awards earlier this month.

"We take great pride in creating the ultimate dining experience for our guests and we are proud to receive this recognition from SAVEUR and Food & Travel readers," said Guy Young, president of Uniworld. "All of our European itineraries include multiple opportunities to experience each region's renowned culinary traditions firsthand, including hands-on cooking classes, private wine tastings, and a grand selection of menu items for even the most discerning of palates."

Uniworld controls all aspects of their culinary program, unlike many other cruise lines that outsource to third-part vendors. Led by Uniworld's Culinary Director and Global Master Chef Bernhard Zorn, Uniworld's talented chefs source the freshest and highest-quality local ingredients from farmers' markets, selecting the best seasonal produce and finding inspiration from regional cuisine. This dedication to farm-to-table culinary experiences enables Uniworld chefs to uncover the finest foods and ensures that each meal embodies the unique character of each region and season. Acclaimed sommeliers pair complimentary distinctive and noble wines, such as Nikolaihof Riesling, the first Austrian wine that received 100 points in Robert Parker, with every meal. In addition, shore excursions offer guests a multitude of memorable culinary experiences, such as exploring various farmers' markets with Uniworld chefs, interacting with local artisans, and participating in culinary demonstrations and tastings.

For more information about Uniworld's distinguished culinary program, watch this "Fresh. Local. Brilliant" video: https://youtu.be/GzVeKKCB6Cs

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About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection--the world's only authentic boutique cruise line™--features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt--a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:

  • Listed among the "World's Best River Cruises" by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for "World's Best Service" in the River Cruise category
  • Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure's "Top 20 River Ships," with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)
  • Included on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for seven years (2008 - 2014)
  • Top 3 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler's "Top Ten Cruise Lines" (river & ocean)
  • Top 4 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards for "Top Cruise Lines" (2014)
  • Named "Best Luxury River Cruise Line" by Cruise International (2012 - 2014)
  • Named "Best Culinary Cruise Line" by readers of SAVEUR (2014)

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation (TTC) and is renowed and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

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