Princess Anita von Hohenberg to name Uniworlds newest ship
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection proudly announces a royal godmother for their third Super Ship, S.S. Maria Theresa, debuting spring 2015. Princess Anita von Hohenberg is a direct descendant of the great Maria Theresa of the powerful Habsburg dynasty and the great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 sparked the chain of events leading to World War I. Princess Anita will christen her ancestor’s namesake ship on March 26, 2015 in Amsterdam.
Hailing from a long line of Habsburgs, one of Europe’s oldest sovereign families, the much beloved Maria Theresa reigned from 1740 to 1780 as the only female ruler of the Habsburg Empire, as well as one of its most successful. The centuries-old Artstetten Castle and Estate in Lower Austria served as a summer residence for members of the Habsburg dynasty and Princess Anita is now the owner and Managing Director of this impressive property. Today the castle is open to the public and visitors from around the world come to see the castle each year, including many Uniworld guests, who are invited to tour the castle and crypt and share a glass of Champagne with Princess Anita at an exclusive private reception.
“It’s a great honour for me to represent the Habsburg family in Amsterdam and to christen Uniworld’s new Super Ship, S.S. Maria Theresa, in honour of the great Maria Theresa,” states Princess Anita von Hohenberg. “My family and I are also very thankful to welcome so many people from all over the world to the Artstetten Castle. We have had so many amicable encounters with Uniworld guests during our hosted receptions. It’s a great pleasure to get to know them and share more about the history of the Habsburgs.”
Princess Anita oversees a number of important exhibitions at the castle, including "To Rule All & To Lose All: Kaiser Karl – the Challenge of Peace," which marked the 100-year anniversary of her great-grandparents’ tragic and historic deaths. Fluent in four languages, the princess shares her passion for nature, art, history, literature, and education with her husband and four grown children.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Princess Anita von Hohenberg as the godmother of our newest Super Ship, S.S. Maria Theresa,” said Kathryn Beadle, UK Managing Director of Uniworld. “There is no one more deserving of this honour than the direct descendent of Maria Theresa herself, who ruled for 40 years over an extraordinary and far-reaching empire. Guests travelling aboard this magnificent ship will visit sites of historical interest throughout the former Habsburg Empire for a true immersion into Europe’s vivid history, whilst enjoying fantastic luxury, comfort and service on board our newest vessel.”
The S.S. Maria Theresa will cruise the Danube River through the heart of Maria Theresa’s vast former empire on Uniworld’s European Jewels voyage from Budapest to Amsterdam. She will also serve the line’s popular Tulips & Windmills, European Holiday Markets, and Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise itineraries.
Scott Anderson, General Manager of The Luxury Cruise Company will be attending the christening on March 26 in Amsterdam, and will be reporting back with a ship review and photographs.