Love for travel. Love for life. Love for good food. And most importantly, love for all the people we meet along the way. I am fortunate to have found the job I love in travel with Uniworld and the love of my life over 27 years ago, my husband, Jack.
Something that’s always stood out to me working with Uniworld is how open and warm the environment is, both in our offices and on our ships. I see our teams forming lasting connections all the time and it never fails to brighten my day, so I thought I’d brighten yours too by sharing some of my favorite love stories from onboard our ships.
Menno + Alexandra
During the winter season in 2005, I was working the bar onboard the River Queen on embarkation day when I noticed two ladies walking into the lounge. I pulled some funny faces at the girls to make them laugh, so they came to sit at the bar, and I learned that they were from Uniworld’s LA reservations team. I immediately liked Alex – her smile could light up the sky. They ended up joining me and some colleagues for drinks at a local bar and she stole my heart. Alex says I won her over later that week during the Crew Show onboard, when I serenaded her with my “Dutch Elvis” impression, singing “It’s Now or Never”.
In my free time, when we were able to get off the ship and wander the villages, we realized that this was more than just friendship… but the week had to come to an end. Our last evening together was so romantic – the moon was full, and the trees and paths were full of snow. The photo here is from that evening (we called it our ‘engagement photo’ because we already knew).
Henkjan + Anna
June 5, 2012. That was the day my future wife entered the gangway of the S.S. Antoinette, when we were docked in Speyer, Germany. Needing to know who this woman was, I did some investigating and discovered that her name was Anna and that she had come from Slovakia to work with us. Working together, we realized how much we enjoyed spending time together. We worked together for many more seasons and our relationship grew. Eventually she stopped working on the ships and is now working back in the Netherlands, where we live happily together with our two daughters.
Peter + Jana
This is the story of how I met my wife…
I had been working with Uniworld for 9 years as a chef and one day, the Hotel manager mentioned that a new purser from Slovakia would be coming onboard. I’m not sure how, maybe because I am also Slovakian, but I knew that we would be together. And I was right. The next day, she was sitting in the office and I walked in, without any greeting, and said only that I would introduce myself later. She must have thought I was so lofty and arrogant for not talking to her…
Later that evening we had a crew party on the sundeck. I took a bottle of wine and two glasses and sat next to her. We had a very nice conversation over that bottle of wine, during which she told me that she had just gotten out of a long relationship and had come onboard to forget him, build a career and take a break from men.
Well, plans changed for her and one year later she was pregnant with our first child and we are now about to have our second. We are the happiest couple in the world, and I love her so much. Thank you, Uniworld, for introducing me to my wife!
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