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Good Morning! Waking up aboard Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection's S.S. Maria Theresa. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Good Morning! Waking up aboard Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s S.S. Maria Theresa. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, March 27, 2015

One thing I learned when I woke up this morning is that getting out of bed can be a task in itself aboard Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s S.S. Maria Theresa. In pictures, the Savoir of England bed in my Category 2 Stateroom looks voluptuous and inviting – and in reality it is exactly that, wrapping you in its Egyptian Cotton-embrace.

The longer I stay in my stateroom on Schonbrunn Deck, the more convinced I am of its ingenuity. Lights (once you figure them out) are surprisingly customizable, with convenient bedside controls that operate with the push of a button. Even the Do Not Disturb sign is electronically controlled, and your keycard acts as a further barrier, alerting the room stewards (who are nothing but kind) that the room is occupied.

Stateroom Bliss: my Category 2 Stateroom features a French-style balcony that opens with the push of a button. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Stateroom Bliss: my Category 2 Stateroom features a French-style balcony that opens with the push of a button. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This information panel outside each stateroom functions as your keycard reader and provides valuable instructions for cabin stewards. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This information panel outside each stateroom functions as your keycard reader and provides valuable instructions for cabin stewards. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I’ve also spent an inordinate amount of time looking at the fit-and-finish in the room, which is quite spectacular. Even if the whole Baroque, Louis XIV-thing isn’t your bag, there’s no denying this is one meticulously crafted ship. Hand carved woodwork is everywhere, as are elements hand-painted in gold.

Elsewhere, even the elevator shaft – a utilitarian space on any ship – is painted in striking patterned gold leaf. Every door onboard, even crew access doors, are done up like an Austrian palace. Scant traces of modern doors and handles can be found, and I literally found myself crawling along the floor (well, not for long) to figure out where Uniworld had hidden the fire doors in the passenger corridors. Hint: they’re cleverly disguised as wall panels.

Corridor, Bavarian Deck, facing aft. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Corridor, Bavarian Deck, facing aft. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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