River Ambassador Cruise Review by uptowntwo: Well done, Uniworld.
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Well done, Uniworld.
This was our second Uniworld cruise and we both really enjoyed it! Spent two days in Prague hosted in a 5 star hotel before being whisked away for a 4 hour bus ride to Nuremberg to embark. This turned out to be a "combo cruise" (we learned later) where there were people on the ship already when we embarked and we had another bunch leave & embark half way through.
Where our 1st Uniworld cruise (Legendary Rhine & Moselle) visited mostly small Cities, this one hit many large ones. All of the included tours were well organized with very good local guides. Had more "active" options on this tour such as the opportunity to join a lead bike-ride from one port to the next which my husband took advantage of. I was happy to mingle with my fellow guests watching the banks of the Danube to see if we could see them from time to time. Uniworld does a great job in seeking out the tours that no one else is doing... glass making in Thierenstal, a guided walk through a forest with More refreshments in a biergarten, a home-hosted lunch in Croatia (12 people per household), a horse-drawn buggy ride through the forest in Bavaria to name just a few. We signed up for a few optional excursions and they as well were well-organized and well-attended.
Exercise room had a few machines which looked new but I chose not to partake. The ceiling is low and anyone over 6' would be in danger on the treadmill!
Food on board was exceptional. Lots of fresh local goodies prepared lovingly by excellent chef and served by happy staff. That's the other thing that's really noticible on Uniword, the staff seem genuinely pleased to be working for this company and it's very apparent. Got to know the Captain(s); we had 2 of them, the sailors were all friendly too. Bartender (from Latvia) was awesome and the place is kept "ship-shape" by many attentive staff. When the rooms were all clean, you could usually find the staff wiping down something or other. The hotel manager (whom we never saw much of on our first riverboat) was always there to meet us when we got back on board. The purser and the retaurant manager got to know our names quickly. The cruise manager always went the extra mile and you could usually find her easily.
My one knock is that the noise level in the dining room could get very high even though we were only 102 guests on our 2nd leg of our voyage. The "al fresco" room on the top deck was also very noisey and word is that they were going to do away with dinners up there in the near future. They used it for BBQ lunches and it was just fine for that purpose.
Local entertainers brought on board were all excellent and our on-board musician was very talented too. All in all, I was delighted by Uniworld (yet again) and will continue to recommend them. Less
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