Having just returned from my first river cruise and my first European adventure, I have nothing but great things to say about the River Ambassador (Uniworld.) The ship was wonderful for my group of twelve, some of whom had health/mobility problems. Being only three decks tall, with a "stair chair" it was easy to navigate for both young and old. Leaving something in one's cabin didn't involve a twenty minute hike and elevator ride to retrieve it!
The daily walking tours were well presented by local guides and were not too long, most were 1-2 hours. The motorcoach tours were well worth the time and the day that we cruised the "castle" stretch of the river was leisurely and beautiful.
The chefs presented night after night of delicious, unusual and beautiful dishes. Both the breakfast and luncheon buffet were delicious and satisfied the tastes of those on board from the U.S., England, Australia and New Zealand.
Cabins are small but unusually well designed. The biggest problem on the whole cruise, if you can call it a "problem" was that the closet door which had the only full length mirror was blocked somewhat by a table which could not be moved. The cabin staff were meticulous in keeping the rooms clean and in working order. We were in the least expensive cabins and loved the location. We were literally 50 feet from the dining room and near the steps to the deck with the lounge. The rooms were quiet and identical to the ones on the middle deck which were the most expensive. We didn't have any problem with the view from our room or with noises from the kitchen/fitness room. I would recommend these rooms (109-116, I believe)
The cruise is relatively casual. Even on the nights of the captain's welcome and farewell dinners, most men wore sportcoats, with or without a tie. Ladies wore resort casual outfits. There were few sequins and NO long dresses.
Although they advertise that they have one seating and that you may have to sit with others, we had no problems getting two tables for six each night. There were also tables for four and tables for two.
The cruise manager, Tony, went above and beyond his job to set up walking tours for the slower/older clients on board. He was very attentive to their needs, as well as the needs of the other cruisers.
I heartily recommend this cruise to more mature travelers who appreciate attention to detail. Younger cruisers would certainly love the scenic motorcoach and ship sights and would have fun in the ports on their own, especially at night. There were some wonderful singers who entertained at night but the younger generations would probably want something more contemporary.
The included tours were good, including a trip to Riquewihr (Beautiful!) a trip to Heidelburg Castle and the walking tours which included the Cathedral of Notre Dame. There were three optional tours which included a trip to Marksburg Castle, a dinner show (cancelled because of lack of participants) and a trip to a wine tasting.
All I can say about this trip is GO GO GO and do so with Uniworld!