A World of Flavor

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises celebrates
a new culinary director.
By Avery Bredesen

From the sights to the sounds, cruising is a multi-sensory experience. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises invites its passengers to get a true taste of various destinations with the introduction of their new Culinary Director, Robert Van Rijsbergen.

“Throughout my years of cooking I have been exposed to so many wonderful ingredients from all over the world,” he says. A seasoned chef with elite training and Michelin stars to his name, Van Rijsbergen celebrates local flavors in a fresh, unique way.

He elevates the onboard culinary experience with the new one-of-a-kind, four-course Captain’s Lounge Private Dining Experience while staying true to the Uniworld’s top service. The “farm to ship” menu includes something for everyone, including options for lighter meals, vegan diets, and vegetarian preferences.

Van Rijsbergen’s culinary direction extends beyond each meal through awareness of local impact. “It is incredibly important that cuisine not only pays homage to the surrounding cultures but also directly gives back to the communities and the land,” he says. Sit down to Van Rijsbergen’s revamped world-class cuisine on these floating French experiences.


Embark on one invigorating and historical eight-day journey setting sail along three of France’s stunning rivers — the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde. Taste and see beyond the banks with local wine sipping and the exploration of cultural treasures across the regions of Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne, and more.

Immerse yourself in quintessentially French experiences from farmers’ market visits to walking tours through archaeological marvels and historical landmarks. Stop at famed vineyards for samplings of France’s finest varietals. Back onboard, rest comfortably in river view suites redesigned with marble bathrooms and unique features on one of Uniworld’s newest Super Ships,
S. S. Bon Voyage.


Cruise France’s Rhône and Saône rivers from Avignon to Lyon, discovering the region’s incomparable wine, cuisine, and cultural treasures along this eight-day journey. Be enchanted by the sounds of Bach and Handel in quaint Viviers and stroll the streets of Arles which inspired Van Gogh himself. Active travelers can get their hearts pumping kayaking under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard, pedaling through the biker-friendly city of Lyon, and hiking Rhône’s vineyards — followed by a wine tasting or two, of course.

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