Uniworld adds new super ship to European fleet for 2026 season

Inspired by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, S.S. Emilie will make its debut as the river cruise line celebrates its 50th anniversary

Uniworld adds new super ship to European fleet for 2026 season


S.S. Victoria, one of seven super ships in the Uniworld fleet, will also make its debut this year

By Laura Hyde |

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is expanding its fleet by adding a new super ship, known as S.S. Emilie, for the 2026 season, which is also the brand’s 50th anniversary year. 

S.S. Emilie will make its debut in Europe and will feature interiors inspired by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) and named after his life partner and muse, Emilie Flöge (1874 –1952). 

“We’re thrilled to introduce a brand-new ship to our fleet in 2026, just in time to celebrate Uniworld’s 50th anniversary,” said Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld. “Our commitment to excellence is unwavering, and this outstanding new vessel reaffirms our dedication to providing the best and most luxurious ships on the rivers. We believe in delivering the highest level of quality to our guests, and our portfolio truly embodies the best of the best in the market.”  

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises S.S. Victoria suite

A suite onboard S.S. Victoria

Uniworld has added five super ships to its fleet since 2020, including the Mekong Jewel on the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia; Aria Amazon on the Maranon and Ucayali rivers in Peru; S.S. São Gabriel on the Douro in Portugal; S.S. La Venezia on the Venetian Lagoon; and S.S. Sphinx on the Nile in Egypt. 

In 2024, Uniworld will debut S.S. Victoria on the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and in 2025 the river cruise line will add S.S. Elisabeth to its fleet. 

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