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FALL/WINTER ISSUE 2013

UNIWORLD’S RIVER HERITAGE CLUB NEWSLETTER

NEW FOR 2014

Discover the Riches of

BORDEAUX

UNIWORLD’S NEW SUPERSHIP,

S.S. Catherine

UNIWORLD’S Six-Star EXPERIENCE

OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT

Tibet

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

TREADRIGHT & WHOLE WORLD WATER

in this issue FALL/WINTER 2013

03 LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT G UY YOU N G

04 UNIWORLD’S SIX-STAR EXPERIENCE OUR COMM IT M E N T TO E XCE LLE N CE

06 DISCOVER THE RICHES OF BORDEAUX NEW FOR 2 014

08 DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT TIBET

10 WELCOME ONBOARD UNIWOR LD ’ S N E W S U P E RS H IP, THE S.S. CATH ER IN E

11 UNIWORLD’S RIVER HERITAGE CLUB ENHANCE D SAV IN G S IN 2 014

12 RESPONSIBLE TOURISM TREAD RIG H T & WH OLE WORLD WAT E R

14 PAST GUEST SPOTLIGHT: JUDITH KYLE

16 A TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS FROM OU R K ITCH E N TO YOU RS

23 CRUISE MANAGER SPOTLIGHT: EM M ANU E LLE B ON N E AU

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

JOI N M E

PRESIDENT’S CRUISE Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

Dear Valued Past Guest, Welcome to our Fall/Winter edition of RiverViews.

MAY 11, 2014 ME AND MY SON IN VERONA

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I would like to take this time to reflect on what I have to be thankful for. I have many reasons to be thankful in life. Being part of the Uniworld team, comprised of very passionate, hard-working, and committed individuals and having extremely supportive owners willing to invest heavily in our fleet and operations to ensure we are always delivering the best possible vacation experience. And, most importantly, we have you, our valued guests. Through your willingness to entrust us with your river cruise vacations over and over again, you have helped make Uniworld a growing and vibrant company, so again, thank you. LOOKIN G FORWA R D TO 2 014 We have several new river cruise offerings to be excited about in 2014, and we will be sharing information about them all in this newsletter. First and foremost, we’re proud to offer the Uniworld “Six-Star Experience”

2 01 4 P R E S I DE N T’ S C R U I S E Returning to my many reasons for being thankful in life, my family is undoubtedly at the top of the list. I can unabashedly say that we are all avid river cruisers. Earlier this year, we were fortunate enough to experience Uniworld’s “Splendors of Italy” program. We had a wonderful time, and I believe that you would have a very hard time finding a better way to experience the many beautiful Northern Italian cities that Uniworld visits on this itinerary. My personal highlight was being onboard the River Countess in Venice with easy access to the city, while always enjoying the luxurious accommodations, wonderful food, and genuine hospitality from our Uniworld staff. My wife and I will be hosting a President’s Cruise on the May 11, 2014 departure of “Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux,” and I hope you will be able to join us for another truly memorable voyage.

in Europe. The six stars represent our commitment

Thank you again for your patronage and loyalty, and, as

to creating the most luxurious, exceptional cruise

always, I wish you safe and happy travels.

experience through our Expertise; Service; Luxurious, Uniquely Designed Ships; Culinary programs; Choice of itineraries and excursions; and True All-Inclusiveness, giving you an unrivaled travel experience from the moment you step onboard. THE EXCITEME N T I S BUI L D I N G I N F R A N C E In 2014, we are also introducing our new Bordeaux itineraries, which will take guests to the beautiful,

GUY YOUNG PRESIDENT & CEO UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES, INC.

culturally rich Bordeaux region of France on two journeys that are both perfectly suited for lovers of French history, cuisine, and fine wine! Finally, we’re adding a brand new Super Ship, the S.S. Catherine, to our family of vessels. She will set sail along the Rhône and Sâone rivers in the beautiful Burgundy and Provence regions. In addition to providing information about our new 2014 offerings in this newsletter, we are also shining a spotlight on one of our most breathtaking destinations— Tibet—sharing some delicious holiday season recipes, and introducing you to a remarkable past guest, and one of our invaluable Cruise Managers.

MY WIFE, DAUGHTER, AND MOTHER-IN-LAW IN VENICE

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UNIWORLD’S

“Six-Star” EXPERIENCE

Our commitment to uncompromising luxury makes all the difference. Uniworld’s boutique river cruises in Europe give you an exceptional and value-packed cruise experience you’ll never forget, and a luxurious vacation you’ll rave about. It’s what we call the Uniworld “Six-Star Experience,” our six core values that set us apart and enable us to deliver the absolute highest standards of excellence.

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TRUST

UNIWORLD’S

Six Stars

Our Expertise; Service; Luxurious Ships; Culinary programs; Choice of itineraries and excursions; and True All-Inclusiveness assure you’ll have a European boutique river cruise vacation second to none.

EXPERTISE—As a luxury cruise line, Uniworld handles all

CULINARY—Uniworld has crafted a culinary experience

aspects of our onboard operations—nautical, hospitality,

for the most discerning of palettes to ensure every guest’s

and culinary. And with the synergy we share with our

dining experience exceeds their expectations. With every

award-winning sister company Red Carnation Hotels,

meal onboard, guests are treated to a rich selection

which has over 50 years of experience owning and

of complimentary craft and local beers, spirits, and

operating luxury boutique hotels, we have created the

distinctive wines chosen by our acclaimed sommeliers.

world’s ONLY floating luxury boutique hotels.

CHOICE—Uniworld offers more European itineraries than

SERVICE—“No request too large, no detail too small” is

any other river cruise line, and more options for guests

the credo of the Uniworld staff, who go above and beyond

to personalize their Uniworld boutique river cruise with

to create an extraordinary experience for every one of our

innovative onshore programs, including “Choice Is Yours,”

valued guests.

“Go Active,” and “Gentle Walking” options.

LUXURIOUS SHIPS, UNIQUELY DESIGNED—Uniworld’s one-

TRULY ALL INCLUSIVE—Uniworld’s true all-inclusive Europe

of-a-kind, exquisitely-appointed ships are each a work

2014 boutique river cruises are perfectly planned to give

of art, designed to be as unique as our guests, and as

every guest the ultimate, stress-free, luxury European

inspiring as the destinations they visit.

river cruise experience.

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THE RICHES OF BORDEAUX NEW FOR 2014

2014 will be the first year Uniworld has sailed this region of France, and we’re kicking things off right, creating an itinerary that lets guests

Experience the best of France’s wine and culinary culture on this new voyage. Uniworld is proud to introduce our brilliant new 8-day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux itinerary.

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sample the best of the region, explore châteaux and vineyards, and experience cruising in absolute luxury on three majestic rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde. What’s more, this journey for the senses takes special care to include numerous local and regional culinary delights along the way. Special winery

For lovers of fine food and wine, the Bordeaux

cellar tours and tastings, a master chef-crafted

region of France is one of the world’s absolute

dinner exclusively for Uniworld guests, and visits

must-visit destinations. Join us in 2014 for this new

to bustling local farmers’ markets and elegant

voyage that celebrates French cuisine and culture

French wine bars are just the beginning of this rich,

every step of the way.

immersive, and truly French experience.

With 10 fully hosted excursions and Uniworld’s exclusive Epicurean Adventure Program,™ Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux includes a host of experiences guests will enjoy, including:

SPECIAL WINE TASTING AT CHÂTEAUX D’ARSAC

architecture, and historic vine-

Enjoy an exclusive visit to this

of a Premier Grand Cru estate,

celebrated winery, and discover

where you’ll taste some of the

your personal wine compatibility,

world’s most highly-rated wines.

or your “Wine Sign.” Your sommelier will guide you as you blind taste six varying wines, then express your reactions through a simple electronic voting system. Your votes are then analyzed by exclusive software, outlining your “Wine Sign.” Participants may be “Gourmet,” “Strong,” or “Refined.” At the end of your session, you’ll receive a personalized cellar book with a selected list of wines corresponding to your particular tastes. A truly unique, educational experience for any wine lover. WINE TASTING & ARTISANAL LUNCH AT CHÂTEAU D’ARCHE

Embark on a study of Sauternes, the concentrated and distinctly flavored sweet wine named for the region. You’ll meet the winemakers and enjoy an elegant wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arche, an experience open to fewer than 350 fortunate visitors each year. SAINT-ÉMILION CELLAR TOUR AND TASTING

Enjoy a walking tour of the charming town of Saint-Émilion, full of exceptional historic

Bon appétit!

yards. Then explore the cellars

DINNER MENU SET BY FRENCH MASTER CHEF PHILIPPE ETCHEBEST

Prepare your taste buds for an extra-special and memorable meal. World-famous French Master Chef Philippe Etchebest, owner of a two-Michelin star-

Be treated ... TO AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

rated restaurant, has loaned his gastronomic genius to Uniworld’s culinary team. His interpretation of the region’s delicacies will inspire a speciallycrafted onboard dinner menu for Uniworld guests only.

Combined with some of Europe’s most beautiful and scenic cruising views and stops in both city centers and charming towns along the way, these special excursions provide an intimate, insider’s experience of this

CANELÉ-MAKING DEMONSTRATION AND TASTING

Experience firsthand the art of creating one of Bordeaux’s signature treats, the canelé. Then indulge your sweet tooth,

beautiful region of France, letting you taste what it’s like to live like a local. For lovers of delectable cuisine, world-class wine, rich culture, and, of course, amazing scenery, Uniworld’s

sampling this delightful pastry’s

Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux is

soft, custardy center surrounded

an experience not to be missed.

by a thick, caramelized crust. ONBOARD ARCACHON OYSTER TASTING

JOIN GUY YOUNG

Onboard your ship, the River Royale, you’ll be treated to a

PRESIDENT’S CRUISE

special tasting of fresh Oysters,

Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

direct from the Bordeaux region’s beautiful Arcachon Bay.

MAY 11, 2014

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DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT:

Tibet

Awaken your spirit and discover a host of sacred, There are places on earth so breathtaking, almost

L H ASA , TI B E T’ S A N C I E N T C A P I TA L

magical, that visiting them can truly be a life-changing

Explore Lhasa, Tibet’s ancient capital, and one of the

experience. Uniworld’s remarkable China, Tibet & the

highest-elevated cities in the world. There you’ll visit

Yangtze cruise and tour takes you to one of those rare and special destinations: Tibet. The name itself conjures

the grand, gold-domed Jokhang Temple, the holiest site in all of Tibet, and one of the many UNESCO World

up grand, dreamlike images of sweeping mountains and

Heritage Sites on this itinerary. Among its numerous

countryside, and of far-off cultures a fortunate few get

treasures, you’ll see a seventh-century statue of Buddha,

to experience.

along with the vast collection of prehistoric artifacts

EX P ERIENCE A UN ESCO-R I C H JOUR N EY

found at the Tibet Museum.

This journey promises to be unlike any other you’ve been on, and one you’ll never forget. It takes you to many of

DID YOU KNOW?

Tibet’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and through so many beautiful landscapes. It also gives you what few

 “Lhasa”

vacation journeys truly do: a real insider’s experience of

 The

a destination, with a personal visit to a Tibetan family’s home. This is the real Tibet—culturally rich and visually breathtaking.

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literally means “Place of the Gods.”

Jokhang temple was first constructed in approximately the year 642.

 The

temple’s roofs are covered with brilliant, gilded bronze tiles.

beautiful sites in mystical Tibet with Uniworld. Also in Lhasa, you’ll visit the city’s most famous

experience of being warmly welcomed into a local

landmark, the grand and exceptionally well-preserved

Tibetan family’s home for a traditional Tibetan dinner

Potala Palace. This vast, UNESCO-designated site rises

and folk show. You’ll get an authentic taste of life here,

grandly above Lhasa, and overlooks the city. You can

simple and rustic, sharing in and celebrating life with

wander through its chapels and watch firsthand as

people half a world away. It’s here that you’ll realize this

pilgrims make offerings at thousand-year-old altars,

is much more than just a vacation.

and admire the religious paintings in this sacred place, once home to the Dalai Lama.

J O I N U S FO R A N U N FO R G E TTA B L E E X PERI ENCE

With all the unforgettable experiences you’ll have with

Then, head off to nearby Sera Monastery, founded in

Uniworld in Tibet, they’re only a part of the extraordinary

1419, to see its many colorful murals and mandalas

China, Tibet & the Yangtze

(ornate circle-shaped spiritual symbols representing

Beijing and ending in Shanghai. Marvel at China’s iconic

the Universe). This very important monastery, with

Terra-cotta Warriors and Great Wall, as well as the

elevated views of the Lhasa Valley, has been home to

Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and more.

many Tibetan Buddhist monks, and has trained many scholars who have attained fame in Buddhist nations. Beyond the incredible visits to these and other historic

itinerary beginning in

Tibet is a unique and special place, and a true jewel in the life of any traveler. Uniworld gives you memories to last a lifetime on this awe-inspiring trip.

and sacred sites, this journey includes the very personal

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WELCOME

UNIWORLD’S NEW SUPER SHIP,

THE S.S. CATHERINE ABOARD

The “Burgundy & Provence” itinerary explores the best

THE TRADIT ION OF EXC ELLENCE CONTINUES

of this unique and beautiful area and, like pairing the right wine with an excellent meal, Uniworld has paired the S.S. Catherine with this itinerary, creating a truly exceptional travel experience.

2014 is a big year for Uniworld in France. And what better way to celebrate

“ We’re very excited for our guests to set sail onboard our new Super Ship, S.S. Catherine—a ship designed to be as magical and breathtaking as the region itself.” - GUY YOUNG, Uniworld President

our amazing “Burgundy & Provence”

From beautiful public areas to lavishly-appointed state-

itinerary than sailing on our brand-new

rooms and suites, Uniworld’s one-of-a-kind touches

Super Ship, the S.S. Catherine! With her

abound onboard the S.S. Catherine. She has three full

inauguration in March of 2014, the S.S. Catherine keeps Uniworld’s tradition of excellence going, and is truly a vessel worthy of the title “Super Ship.”

elegantly appointed decks designed with one goal in mind: delighting guests. Original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, and Old World antiques beautifully decorate throughout the ship. Relax in the whimsical Leopard Lounge, with its leopard print furnishings, elephant-head bar rails, and many other safari-themed touches. Take a dip in the mosaic-tiled pool, or enjoy the al fresco outdoor dining terrace as you take in the beautiful countryside. And when it’s time to return to your room, you’ll be welcomed by handcrafted Savoir® of England beds and beautiful marble bathrooms.

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Uniworld’s RIVER HERITAGE CLUB PAST G U E ST P R O G R A M

When you travel with Uniworld just once...

UNIWORLD’S NEW 2014 ENHANCED RIVER HERITAGE CLUB REWARDS INCLUDE:

 $150

per person off 7- to 12-night cruises

 $250

per person off 13-night or longer cruises

 Exclusive

You’ll automatically become a respected and highly regarded Member of Uniworld’s River Heritage Club. As a valued Member, you’ll be treated to extra savings and benefits.

River Heritage Club Cocktail Party hosted onboard by the Captain*

 One

category stateroom upgrade, if space is available*

 Complimentary

fruit platter in your stateroom upon arrival

 Complimentary

onboard laundry service (once per week)*

*Visit uniworld.com for more information.

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Our Commitment to

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

UNIWORLD IS PARTNERING WITH WHOLE WORLD WATER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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About

About

TREADRIGHT

WHOLE WORLD WATER

The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit

WHOLE WORLD Water works, through action

organization established in 2008 by The Travel

and education, to bring clean and safe water to

Corporation to undertake conservation work

the nearly 1 billion people on Earth who don’t

and foster sustainability in the tourism industry.

have access to it.

Click to watch

WHOLE WORLD WATER Video

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ustaining the destinations we visit is of

Uniworld will donate $1 on behalf of each of our guests

great importance to us at Uniworld and

to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund, helping to bring

in that spirit, we are a member of a joint

safe, sustainable water to global communities in need.

initiative by The Travel Corporation’s family of

Beyond providing access to safe and clean water,

brands called TreadRight. This not-for-profit

every WHOLE WORLD Water project will cut carbon

entity works to ensure that our environment and the communities we explore remain vibrant for future generations.

emissions and tackle climate change. By utilizing recyclable glass bottles and filtered mineral water, WHOLE WORLD Water provides an alternative to the non-biodegradable plastic bottles sold in hotels, bars, and restaurants, while reducing carbon emissions that

PA RTN ERING W IT H W HOL E WOR L D WAT E R

impact the environment.

As part of our effort, Uniworld and TreadRight have

In addition to a $1 donation to the WHOLE WORLD

partnered with WHOLE WORLD Water, a campaign

Water campaign for each of our guests, Uniworld will

working to bring clean and safe water to the nearly

continue to filter our own water, reduce plastic waste,

1 billion people on Earth who don’t have access to it. In 2013,

and put a greater emphasis on educating travelers on

WHOLE WORLD Water launched this campaign to raise

the importance of this initiative, and the gravity of the

awareness of global water waste, and to provide access to

global water issue.

clean and safe water to everyone across the globe. VISIT UNIWORLD.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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PAST GUEST SPOTLIGHT:

JUDITH KYLE

A REMARKABLE 16 TIMES SAILING WITH THREE MORE TRIPS PLANNED

Over the course of the past five years, Judith Kyle has traveled with Uniworld a remarkable 16 times. From Paris and Lisbon to Amsterdam and Vienna, Judith has explored dozens of world-famous destinations throughout Europe during her many boutique river cruises. “We started sailing with Uniworld in November of 2008,” said Judith.

“After that trip, we were hooked.”

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“The food, accommodations, and the wonderful crews are very important to me … river cruising has become increasingly popular, but we wouldn’t sail with anyone except Uniworld.” – JUDITH KYLE, Valued Past Guest

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udith has returned to sail with Uniworld for a number

of reasons, including the convenience of moving from

city to city each day without having to continuously pack and unpack, or search for new places to eat. “Your hotel and restaurant go with you; (it) couldn’t be a better deal,” she said. An even more compelling reason for her to return, however, is the exceptional service she consistently receives from Uniworld’s dedicated and highly-trained staff. “To me, one of the most important things is the quality of the crew,” Judith said. “We have been on many different (Uniworld) ships, and the crews are all excellent. We have become friends with a lot of them.” In addition to the staff, Judith has also become friends with fellow Uniworld guests over the past several years. “We have met many wonderful people on the cruises. We now frequently travel with a friend we met several years ago, and will again next year.” As an avid Uniworld traveler, Judith has sailed a number of itineraries more than once, but the experiences are never the same. “Uniworld has added the ‘Choice Is Yours’ feature for many excursions. That is important since we have repeated several trips,” said Judith. Uniworld’s “Choice Is Yours” program allows guests to choose which excursions they would like to join, so Judith can opt to try new experiences whenever she repeats an itinerary— such as her favorite itinerary, the 8-day “Rhine Discovery,” which she has already sailed twice. “My favorite area is from Nuremberg around to Basel. I like going over the mountains through all the locks.” Looking ahead, Judith already has three more cruises planned with Uniworld in the future, including a Danube Holiday Markets river cruise in December 2013. “We are looking forward to our 17th cruise in December. Next year, we are repeating the ‘Paris & Normandy’ trip. Then, we are going to do the ‘Imperial Waterways of Russia’ trip.” Despite the growing presence of river cruise lines in the marketplace, Judith remains loyal to Uniworld.

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A TASTE of the HOLIDAYS There’s nothing like spending the holidays in Europe. Her grand cities and charming villages come alive at this magical time of year. Enchanting Christmas decorations, lively holiday markets, and delicious holiday cooking make this a season to be remembered.

Come celebrate it with Uniworld onboard our selection of special holiday-themed cruises, focusing on visiting the season’s most magical places and enjoying delicious cuisine onboard. You can also enjoy a number of these seasonal delights in your homes as we’d like to share the recipes with you.

OUR SPECIAL HOLIDAY-THEMED CRUISES RHINE HOLIDAY MARKETS Basel to Cologne | 8 Days

DANUBE HOLIDAY MARKETS Budapest to Passau | 8 Days

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MARKETS Nuremberg to Frankfurt | 8 Days

EUROPEAN HOLIDAY MARKETS Nuremberg to Vienna | 8 Days

PARISIAN WINTER HOLIDAY Paris to Paris | 8 Days

ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S CRUISE Passau to Budapest | 11 Days

GRAND CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S CRUISE Nuremberg to Budapest | 13 Days

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A TASTE of the SAMPLE HOLIDAYS HOLIDAY SEASON MENU

From Our Kitchen to Yours

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP This rich and creamy classic starts things off and warms up your appetite. A perfect soup for this time of year.

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM CHEESE CROSTINI Enjoy the many textures of crostini (meaning “little toasts” in Italian) topped with savory Portobello mushrooms and cheese.

TURKEY WITH BOSKOOP APPLE STUFFING A holiday classic, with a twist. Juicy, delicious turkey served with stuffing made with tart Boskoop apples, named for the region of the Netherlands where they were first grown.

GINGER-PUMPKIN CRUMBLE Treat your sweet tooth to two can’t-miss flavors of the holidays—pumpkin and ginger—paired perfectly together in a dessert that’s crumbly, crunchy, and smooth all at the same time.

BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING Experience this British-inspired holiday delight for yourself. A classic combination of milk, eggs, bread, grated nutmeg, vanilla, and golden raisins. The perfect texture, perfectly sweet.

Uniworld has carefully selected a choice of unlimited complimentary distinctive wines— both red and white—assorted beer, and soft drinks for you to enjoy with your meal.

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CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

Fall harvest brings with it a number of delectable vegetables, including the savory butternut squash. This appetizing and soothing soup is a perennial favorite for chilly autumn evenings.

pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeded

 K

1 tablespoon butter

K cup onion, sliced thinly

3 garlic cloves, sliced

2 cups chicken broth

salt to taste

K teaspoon white pepper

O cup heavy cream, divided

fresh thyme leaves for garnish

PREPARATION: 1. Preheat oven to 400° F. 2. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil. Place butternut squash cut-side down on baking dish, and then pierce squash with a knife several times. 3. Bake squash approximately 35 minutes. 4. Remove dish from oven and scrape the butternut squash pulp into a bowl; discard the peel. 5. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat and sauté the onion and garlic, stirring constantly for approximately 3 minutes. 6. Add the chicken broth, roasted butternut squash pulp, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Bring squash mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer for 30 minutes. 7. Add ½ cup cream to squash mixture, and transfer everything to a blender and purée until smooth. Return squash mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly over medium heat (do not boil) until heated through. 8. Pour remaining ¼ cup cream over soup, sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves, and serve.

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PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM CHEESE CROSTINI A delicious take on a favorite Italian dish, these “little toasts” topped with vegetables and cheese are the perfect appetizers to whet your guests’ appetites before a big meal.

INGREDIENTS:

PREPARATION:

36 slices of French bread baguette, ½-inch thick

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

K pound sliced fresh mushrooms

K pound sliced baby Portobello mushrooms

K teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons butter

mushrooms are tender. Add garlic, and then cook

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 minute longer. Remove mushrooms from the heat

 1 jar

(7½ ounces) marinated and quartered artichoke hearts, drained

L cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

1. Place bread slices on baking sheets and brush them with 2 tablespoons olive oil. 2. Broil bread slices 4–6 inches from heat for 1–2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. 3. In a large skillet, sauté mushrooms with Italian seasoning in butter and remaining oil until

and set aside. 4. Place artichokes in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Add mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese to chopped artichokes. Cover and process until blended. 5. Spread artichoke mixture over bread slices. Top with mushrooms and sprinkle with Swiss cheese. 6. Bake at 220° F for 4–5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

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TURKEY WITH BOSKOOP APPLE STUFFING

Add a surprising and delightful twist to your traditional turkey dinner this holiday season by serving home-cooked stuffing made with tart Boskoop apples.

INGREDIENTS: 

1½ cups chopped celery

¾ cup chopped onion

¾ cup butter, cubed

9 cups cubed whole wheat bread

 3 cups

finely chopped apples (preferably Boskoop)

¾ cup raisins

1½ teaspoons salt

1½ teaspoons fresh chopped thyme

½ teaspoon freshly chopped sage

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 turkey (14–16 pounds)

additional butter, melted

PREPARATION: 1. In a Dutch oven, sauté celery and onion in butter

4. Bake the turkey (uncovered) at 325°F for 3¾–4

until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the bread

hours, or until a thermometer reads 180°F for the

cubes, apples, raisins, salt, thyme, sage, and pepper

turkey and 165°F for the stuffing. Baste turkey

to complete the stuffing.

occasionally with pan drippings while cooking. Note:

2. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with 4 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-quart baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake. 3. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast-side up on a rack in a roasting pan, and brush with melted butter.

cover turkey loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. 5. Bake additional stuffing (covered) for 20–30 minutes. Uncover, and then bake 10 minutes longer or until browned. 6. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.

NOTE: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 3-quart baking dish. Cover and bake at 325°F

for 30 minutes. Uncover, and then bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.

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GINGER-PUMPKIN CRUMBLE

INGREDIENTS: 

1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry

3 eggs, lightly beaten

15 ounces pumpkin, pre-cooked and dried

1½ cups heavy whipping cream

½ cup sugar

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser at every holiday gathering, this enticing fall treat combines the smoothness of pumpkin pie with a crunchy, ginger crumbled topping.

CRUMBLES: 

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup cold butter, cubed

½ cup chopped walnuts

L cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

PREPARATION: 1. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry. Transfer pastry to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim pastry to ½ inch beyond edge of plate, and then flute edges. 2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, cream, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour mixture into pastry shell. 3. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. 4. To create the crumbles, combine flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in walnuts and ginger. 5. Remove pie from oven, and gently sprinkle crumbles over filling. 6. Bake pie at 350°F for an additional 15–25 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. 7. Cool on a wire rack.

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BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING

Inspired by a classic holiday dessert in the United Kingdom, this sweet and easyto-make treat is sure to become an instant favorite in your home. INGREDIENTS:

PREPARATION: 1. Preheat oven to 355°F. 2. Spread butter and then jam on white bread. Cut the bread into small triangles. Butter a baking dish, and arrange the bread slices in the dish. Scatter the lemon rind, raisins, and coconut on top of the slices. 3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, vanilla extract, custard powder, and milk. Pour the mixture over the bread and set aside until the bread has softened. 4. Place the baking dish into a large roasting dish, and add enough water to roasting dish so that it rises twothirds of the way up the side the baking dish. 5. Bake the pudding at 355°F for 20 minutes. 6. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and add the sugar gradually, until soft peaks form, producing a meringue mixture. 7. Remove the pudding from the oven and spread the meringue mixture onto the pudding. Bake for another 15–20 minutes, until meringue has set and is golden brown.

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10 slices of fresh white bread, crusts removed

soft butter, for spreading

smooth apricot jam, for spreading

1 lemon, grated rind

L cup raisins

V cup shredded coconut (optional)

4 large eggs, separated

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ cup sugar

2½ cups lukewarm milk

V cup vanilla custard powder

Emmanuelle Bonneau

UNIWORLD Cruise Manager Spotlight:

CRUISE MANAGER Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

There is a lot of excitement for Uniworld in France in 2014, including our exclusive excursion commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. What are you looking forward to most?

Emmanuelle Bonneau is a Uniworld Cruise Manager in France sailing both the River Baroness and River Royale. She has been with Uniworld for eight years, and has worked in the tourism industry for nearly 20 years.

Being French, I will always be grateful to the liberators of France, and commemorating such a day brings back lots of memories and emotions. I am mostly looking forward

Therefore, I find it rewarding to engage guests, to share

to the launch of the new Super Ship, S.S Catherine. This

knowledge and habits, and to contribute to make their

new ship will be an amazing and luxurious ship, and I’ll

holidays fun and memorable, as it’s a special period of

really be proud to be part of it. Not only will I have the

time for them.

chance to regularly sail on it, but I’ll also be present for the inauguration in March.

What are the top three places in France that you love the most, and why?

While you’ve probably had some very memorable experiences with Uniworld, what has been the most memorable? Every cruise is definitely an adventure and every cruise

I love Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The city is unique

is memorable. But when you get to spend an 8-day

and has an exceptional architectural patrimony from the

cruise with the owners of The Travel Corporation,

Middle-Ages, and the Gothic and Renaissance periods.

Uniworld’s parent company, it becomes unforgettable!

Walking through the old towns is a journey back to the

The River Royale was once chartered by the Tollman

past where you would expect to see horses and donkeys

family to celebrate the 50th birthday of their son. Lots

rather than cars and bicycles. Also, the shopping is

of wonderful activities took place to entertain this

fantastic! Second, Viviers is a small medieval village

special crowd. I enjoyed every minute of it and I was

located in the nature reserve of the Ardeche. The place

mostly impressed by their kindness.

is peaceful, beautiful, and so picturesque. It’s a postcard where time seems to have stopped. And last but not least, Arles is one of the most charming little towns. Originally built by Julius Caesar, it is a place of art and history where you see dozens of historical monuments.

Did you have any formal training for your position? I have studied tourism in two specialized schools for five years, but there is nothing like facing and experiencing situations and issues firsthand, year after

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

year. Experience develops your confidence, instinct, and “savoir faire” (know-how).

Everyone is unique, everyone has a story, and getting to know people from all over the world is a strong and enlightening human adventure. When you leave home and your comfort zone, it’s both exciting and challenging.

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