Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music with Uniworld and Elisabeth von Trapp

DELRAY BEACH, FL, March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Sound of Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, prompting numerous tributes, including a stirring performance from Lady Gaga at the recent 2015 Oscars. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to pay homage to this historic musical by providing exclusive onboard performances by the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, the legends whose story inspired The Sound of Music and instilled an imaginative musical appreciation in an entire generation.

Elisabeth von Trapp will share the "sounds of music" with Uniworld's guests on select 2015 itineraries and departures from May through September along the Danube. "We are delighted to provide these exclusive performances on our summer 2015 departures," said Guy Young, President of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. "These performances offer our guests the perfect opportunity to commemorate a legendary story while participating in a truly special musical event."

Von Trapp has continued the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers, captivating audiences with an artistic passion that transcends both time and culture. Uniworld guests will enjoy performances that highlight her unique and expressive style, including iconic Sound of Music melodies. Guests sailing on select Uniworld "Enchanting Danube" departures will join von Trapp in Salzburg, Austria at the epic Mirabellgarten as she performs highlights from The Sound of Music , as well as other angelic arrangements extending from Gregorian chants and 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen tunes, to early American hymns and her own original compositions. Guests will also participate in a sing-along of "Do-Re-Mi" at the famed garden where the original 1964 scene was filmed. Finally, guests sailing on select "Delightful Danube & Prague," "Danube Discovery & Prague," "Grand European Discovery" and "Grand European Explorer" departures will be treated to "the sounds of von Trapp" with an exclusive onboard performance.

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About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection--the world's only authentic boutique cruise line™--features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt--a total of 22 rivers in 29 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:

  • Listed among the "World's Best River Cruises" by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for "World's Best Service" in the River Cruise category
  • Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure's "Top 20 River Ships," with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)
  • Included on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for seven years (2008 - 2014)
  • Top 3 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler's "Top Ten Cruise Lines" (river & ocean)
  • Top 4 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards for 'Top Cruise Lines" (2014)
  • Named "Best Luxury River Cruise Line" by Cruise International (2012 - 2014)
  • Named "Best Culinary Cruise Line" by readers of SAVEUR (2014)

About The TreadRight Foundation

At Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation's family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to be active founder and supporter of TreadRight's projects and work. Go to www.uniworld.com/giving-back to learn more.

TreadRight's guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that defines each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.

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