Uniworld has released new images of SS Catherine’s younger sister, SS Maria Theresa ahead of her launch later this month.
The images below give your clients a taste of the five-star luxury Uniworld is bringing to what it describes as its most ambitious ship to-date.
It’s hard to believe Uniworld could top the high-end, unique and fancy design aboard SS Catherine – which only launched last year – but somehow the cruise line did to create ‘a majestic masterpiece of epic proportion’.
The design on SS Maria Theresa was led by the team from Uniworld’s sister company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection including President and Founder Beatrice Tollman and her daughter Toni Tollman.
The mother and daughter duo took their inspiration for the vessel from the Baroque period, which the ship’s namesake – the only Queen Regnant of the Habsburg dominions – Maria Theresa presided.
The ship has a total of 64 staterooms, ten suites and one Royal Suite.
Staterooms measure at 15 square metres with 10 staterooms being 18 square metres.
The 10 one-bedroom suites measure at 28.3 square metres and the “Royal Suite” measures at 38 square metres.
Every suite and stateroom is unique and features fabric-wall coverings combined with rich-handmade carpets, antique furnishings, original art, canopy or four poster custom made-to-order English Savoir beds and open-air or French balconies.
While SS Catherine has a horse and waterfall greeting guests in the lobby, passengers on Maria Theresa will be met by a sweeping marble staircase with wrought-iron, hand-gilded balustrade and royal crown detailing.
There’s also a hand-painted Tromp L’Oeil-inspired mural, glittering Venetian Murano glass chandelier and a ten-foot original oil on canvas painting of the beloved ruler of Habsburg Empire, evoking feelings of the great hall of 18th-century Schönbrunn palace.
The ship has been decorated with shades of royal blue, antique golds, white and soft grey the intricate handwork of skilled artisans from around the world can be witnessed from the mirror.
There’s also silk-clad walls, antique wood paneling, Habsburg coronets hand-painted 22-carat gold leafs and custom furniture pieces certifying the period was recreated with authenticity, luxury, passion and detail.
Guest areas onboard include the Habsburg Salon, Viennese café, 10-seat Lipizzan cinema and signature Leopard Bar boast original Austrian Croxford and Saunders paintings, hand selected antiques, intricate mosaic tile murals and local specialties sparking conversation and contemplation for guests to indulge in.
SS Maria Theresa will be christened in Amsterdam on 26 March 2015 by godmother Princess Anita von Hohenberg – a direct descendant of Maria Theresa.
She will set off on her inaugural cruise on 28 March on the ‘Tulips & Windmills’ voyage from Amsterdam to Antwerp.
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