Is this the world’s most decadent ship? Uniworld has given us a peek inside it’s newest luxury vessel, the S.S. Maria Theresa.
The 150-passenger riverboat boasts oil paintings, sweeping staircases, chandeliers, 64 staterooms and 11 suites including the 410-square foot Royal Suite, fit for Maria Theresa herself.
Uniworld president Guy Young describes it as a “floating castle”, adding “We are very different”.
The ship is a tribute to the Habsburg dynasty’s only female ruler, Maria Theresa whose reign lasted 40 years throughout the Baroque period.
The S.S. Maria Theresa was designed by Antoinette ‘Toni” Tollman, from the wealthy family which owns the Travel Corporation and uber-cool Carnation Hotels.
She is renowned for her flamboyance.
All of the ship’s interiors have fabric coverings, carpets, antique furnishings and original art form the Baroque period. In the lobby, there is a 10-ft oil painting, paying homage to Maria Theresa.
The four-poster Savoir beds are in the lavishly decorated rooms while the suites on the main and upper deck boast open-air French balconies.
The ship also has a heated swimming pool, spa and coffee bar and guests are treated to in-room butler services.
Descendant of the Habsburg dynasty, Princess Anita Von Hohenberg will christen the vessel.
She makes her inaugural trip this weekend where she will embark on a 10-day journey from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Belgium.
Each guest will be paying more than $4,500 for the inaugural luxurious trip.
But if you’re looking to book the Royal Suite, it’s going to set you back an extra $6,000.
This year’s most expensive cruise on the S.S. Maria Theresa is a 15-day journey from Budapest to Amsterdam and starts at around $8,800 and to secure your spot in the royal suite will cost you an additional $4,800.
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