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River Empress is one of the older ships in Uniworld's fleet, dating back to 2002, and a one-off (not part of a "class"). Like its fleetmates, it goes through a regular series of refurbishments to keep it ...
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21 Uniworld River Empress Cruise Reviews

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GrandmaMame
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
The food was good, never great. The cabin was cramped even for one person due to a huge king sized bed. Mirrors might make it look larger, but they don't make it be larger. Entertainment was Charlie on the piano every night playing ... Read more
Rivermemories
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I waited a few weeks to write my review because I simply didn't know where to begin. I took a 2 week European trip with 8 days being on the River Empress. From start to finish every moment I spent on the ship was memorable and worth every ... Read more
SacAndi
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
My mother, who passed away earlier this summer, swore she would never go on a cruise. My father, widowed at the ripe young age of 79 and overwhelmed by sadness and being alone, asked me to accompany him on a cruise. We had friends who ... Read more
rileymomma
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Our first Uniworld cruise (Castles on the Rhine) was our last. It was overpriced, the food was worse than a hospital patient on a bland diet gets and our "suite w butler" was barely larger than the lowest category stateroom and ... Read more
lexmiller
Member Since 2012
19 reviews
247 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We sailed the August 26, 2015 Uniworld River Empress 7 night Castles on the Rhine cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Uniworld picked us up at the Basel airport. We did the two night pre-cruise stay sponsored by ... Read more

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marydaumeyer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had never been on a River Cruise, just Ocean cruises. The crowds did not appeal on the big boats. The River cruise with Uniworld was fantastic, we didn't want to leave. The bed was so comfortable, the ship beautiful and so well kept. ... Read more
GratJoy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Due to high water levels, passengers were loaded in Speyer, 3.5 hours down the Rhine. No advance notification even though they knew at least 3 days ahead that the situation was not going to improve. Pax were met by 2 persons who said they ... Read more
ice8011@comcast.net
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Have been wanting to go on Europe river cruise for awhile. Booked Uniworld cruise line. Best thing about Uniworld cruises is they are "all inclusive". No tipping, no signing for drinks, included tours every day in port!! There are some ... Read more
clockcruiser
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2013
We did our first river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Everything about the trip was wonderful...the ship, the people, the food, the tours, the people, the service...did I mention the people. The crew thoroughly enjoy their jobs and ... Read more
CraftySabine
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I know I should review the ship and the ports, but looking back on the trip, the service is what I remember most and what makes me want to travel with Uniworld again. The trip was great, despite the rainiest spring Europe has had in over ... Read more

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LGAretired
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Summary: If you want to take the Tulips and Windmills cruise to see the tulips (our trip started April 12, 2013 from Antwerp to Amsterdam), understand that you are guaranteed to see windmills but all bets are off regarding viewing fields ... Read more
Meldleisure
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The holiday of a lifetime was how I would describe our River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on Uniworlds luxurious River Empress in early October. I have never experienced so much commitment toward the guests enjoyment of a holiday. ... Read more
Baileydog1
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
350 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We flew independently to Budapest and easily got a taxi outside the airport terminal doors to the Corinthia Hotel. The taxi rate is fixed by zone and I think we paid about 20 Euros (Forints not necessary) for the approximate 20 minute ... Read more
adjohn
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are a couple from Southern California, both in our late 60's, taking our first river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on Uniworld. The arrival and departure went very smoothly. Even though we managed our own transportation to/from ... Read more
dgandpj
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from our first river cruise on the River Empress. Our room was on the lowest level right beside the washers and dryers. One would think this was a poor location, not at all! Hardly any noise from the room next ... Read more

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Charlotte T.
Member Since 2010
1 review
67 forum posts
0 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived at the pier in Amsterdam where 2 crew members met us, brought our luggage in the ship to the moment we disembarked in Budapest where they continue to help us booking a taxi and transferring our luggage. As soon ... Read more
todd7979
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
From June 3 to 17, we sailed on the Unwieldy River Empress from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had previously done a Nile River cruise on GCT which we found to be wonderful. This last trip on the Empress was a mixed bag. Rooms were expected ... Read more
seabee22
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
406 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having taken a Uniworld Riverboat Cruise in April this year to Russia, and not being too satisfied with the Boat, and or Crew, we complained to our Travel Agent. We were convinced to give Uniworld another try, and were told - the ... Read more
jonisb
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Even though there were approximately only 130 passengers - EVERYONE was easy to get along with. Everything about the ship was great. The decor in our cabin (category 1) was beautiful. Although I did not realize that there are only 4 ... Read more
schullsr
Member Since 2009
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I took the European Jewels cruise May 9th 2009 aboard the River Empress. I will say that the entire experience, from the time we boarded the ship in Budapest and were checked in, to the day we disembarked in Amsterdam, was far ... Read more

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Peter
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2000
Holland at Tulip Time Uniworld Cruise aboard the River Empress May 1- 8, 2005 After taking many traditional cruises, decided to explore Holland about a river cruise ship, the Uniworld River Empress. Although quite different than typical ... Read more
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