The difference between Uniworld and other cruise lines is clear the first time you pull alongside another ship. From the enormous Baccarat chandelier (from NY's Tavern on the Green) in the lobby to the luxuriously padded and shaded chaise lounges on the deck, this cruise line spares no expense.
This itinerary runs from Amsterdam to Basel or the reverse. There are optional add-on days in Amsterdam and Lucerne.
The on-board meals were perfect and representative of the areas through which we cruised. During the cruise through the castle portion, there is even a traditional German brunch. During dinner, especially, there are plenty of options. Beer and wine flow plentifully at lunch and dinner for no charge. No need to ask for another--the servers are a step ahead of you. Mimosas are available with breakfast and the bar is open a wide range of hours.
The day trips were excellently planned and never mandatory. We especially enjoyed the fortress at Koblenz and the Black Forest trip out of Kehl. Our Cruise Director was Hildegarde and she was spectacular.
Our stateroom was perfectly appointed, and while small for twin beds, it had plenty of storage for two. The linens and L'Occitane bath products were extravagant. The TV even has a station that enables you to view the front of the ship as you're cruising.
The Dining Room and Lounge were beautifully and intelligently designed. The dining companions we have met on Uniworld have been fascinating and well-traveled. The ship also has an indoor pool with a gorgeous view, a movie theater, laundry room and service and a fun lounge called the Bar du Leopard which is decorated... well, you can guess.
The best part of this cruise is, without a doubt, the staff. They are positively lovely and welcoming and willing to do whatever it takes to please. I also enjoyed the care they put into the ship--I constantly saw housekeeping maintaining the common areas and the sailing crew touching up paint and polishing the deck.
I cannot recommend this cruise highly enough. It costs a little more than the other cruise lines, but if you enjoy luxury, a beautiful ship, interesting itineraries and a 5-star staff, the value is absolutely worth it!
The fortress is a truly enjoyable day trip. Best as a guided tour, you will take the sky tram on a five minute trip to the fortress bounds for an interesting and educational tour. Also in Koblenz, be sure to check out the pieces of the Berlin Wall and the 9-11 Memorial Flag.