I took my 12 yr old daughter on the River Royale and did the 3 night Paris post cruise extension as well. This was our first river cruise and I was very impressed by Uniworld. The ship was not the over the top boutique decor I had anticipated, so that was a nice surprise. Very clean and beautiful. We had a cabin on the Burgundy deck with a full window (does not open). Air conditioner worked great. There was one chair by window and a nice size ledge to put drinks on while you watch the scenery go by (other person sits on bed).
Bathroom had big containers that they refill with shower lotion (soap), shampoo, liquid soap at sink and moisturizer at sink. There was a small bottle of hair conditioner and small necessities provided (nail file,shower cap,cotton balls, q-tips). Also, a robe per person and complimentary slippers per person. Towels were big and soft. Light up makeup/magnifying mirror. Big roomy drawer under sink to hold all your bathroom necessities.
Closet had loads of hangers, safe, and plenty of shelves for clothes. Had to use laundry service towards end of cruise. There is a canvas bag you put your dirty clothes in, fill out the included form, leave on bed and 24 hours later, you have pressed and folded clothes. Very nice, worth the price. No iron or ironing board in cabin, although, there could of been room to set up board in front of window. But I brought my steamer.
One 110V outlet next to window on vanity. Complimentary reusable water bottles to take with you on shore. Glass water bottle constantly refilled with purified water in your room, 2 glasses, ice bucket, pen and paper. You can also fill your water bottles right outside the restaurant. There is a station with water, ice and ice tea and glasses.
Bed was very comfortable. Down top, fluffy pillows. I-home alarm clock you can use to play/recharge your Iphone or Ipod. Nice heavy curtains to block our light in morning. Never heard a peep from other cabins.
Food was amazing! Chef Manuel did an awesome job. Waiters were very professional, friendly, nice smiles! Wines flowed freely. There were good enough. Better wines were available for purchase. Breakfast had mimosas, lunch wine and beer, dinner wine and beer. Breakfast buffet and lunch buffets were excellent. Dinner was a choice on a set menu, or you could always order a steak, salmon, or chicken. People were a little more dressy at dinner than I expected, but still business casual would be fine.
On this "family friendly" cruise, there were 5 other children besides my daughter. 12 year old triplets, a 14 year old and his 16 year old brother.
There was a staff member that was dedicated to the children. He would take them on special outings and even played card games with them in the lounge. Very sweet, Pierre. There was a cabin that was converted into a game room with a Wi player. The kids all had a good time. I think 12 and up is a good age for this kind of cruise.
Every morning there was a tour into the town or village after breakfast. No sleeping in, unless you were willing to skip the tour. Most afternoons were free to take an optional tour or just relax on the boat or explore on your own. The tour guides were all very good and the Vox system to hear them was great. I had to buy insect repellent during the first tour in Arles and Pierre was in our tour group and he came in to the pharmacy with me and helped me with the purchase. There always seemed to be a staff member along on each tour group which was nice.
The lounge was a nice place to hang out in. Piano, well, keyboard player in evenings. Nice place to read in afternoons. Kids played monopoly and cards there, too. At 4 o'clock, they would set up tea and little sandwiches and such in the lounge. Just outside the lounge was posted the day's menus and a little table with apples and candies all day. Front desk staff was always very helpful and could mail postcards, make change, etc.
Postcards available for sale and the gift shop downstairs was wonderful, although only open limited hours.
The top deck (sun deck) had nice loungers, tables and chairs, shade canopies, a jacuzzi and a waiter would come around at times for drink orders.
All in all, a very impressive, wonderful, excellent cruise! Can't wait to go on the next one!