Open Jaw Reports From Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa Christening
Guy Young, President &
Boutique River Cruise Collection;
Beatrice Tollman, President & Founder of
Uniworld's sister company The Red
Carnation Hotel Collection; and Princess
Anita von Hohenberg, Godmother, S.S. Maria Theresa
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection's newest ship, the S.S.
Maria Theresa was christened yesterday in Amsterdam by
Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a Habsburg
princess and direct descendent of the ship's namesake.
Princess Anita was joined by Guy Young,
President and CEO of Uniworld; the Tollman family, who have owned and operated
Uniworld for more than 10 years; and approximately 120 guests, including Open
Jaw's Suzanne Christie.
Christie will be filming a Virtual FAM for
Open Jaw during her time on the ship, giving agents across Canada a preview of
what luxury line Uniworld is calling its most luxurious ship to date.
Open Jaw's Suzanne Christie in front of the
S.S Maria Theresa in Amsterdam
"It's a wonderful ship and I look forward to
telling the Open Jaw community all about it," says Christie.
The S.S. Maria Theresa will cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers through the
heart of Maria Theresa's once-vast empire. Her inaugural
voyage will depart 28MAR, with guests experiencing the best of Belgium and the
Netherlands on a nine-day
Tulips & Windmills itinerary.
Guy Young began the proceedings by introducing Beatrice Tollman,
President and Founder of Uniworld's sister company The Red Carnation Hotel
Collection. Tollman also leads Uniworld's design team
and provides input to the cruise line's food and service standards.
“Launching this ship has been one of the delights of my life," said Tollman. “I
hope everyone here today, and each and every guest to come, will be touched by
the incredible beauty, attention to detail and personal service they will
experience on board. Creating wonderful memories for our guests is absolutely
at the heart of everything we do."
S.S. Maria Theresa's
décor is inspired by the Baroque period over which Maria Teresa presided as the
Archduchess of Austria, and guests can expect an onboard atmosphere integrated
with the history and architecture of the places they will visit onshore.
The ship features
antique mirrors throughout, royal crown detailing with real gold leaf, and
custom furniture pieces collected and built by a team of skilled artisans from
around the world.
A ship to shore message from Open Jaw's Suzanne Christie!