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River Empress
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  • Comfortable way to see Europe's interior
  • Elegant decor
  • Excellent food in a dining room with a view
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River Empress Overview

Editor Rating
3.0
Some say river cruises are the new bus tours of Europe -- only better. Cruisers unpack once and then sail down Europe's famous rivers to dock in the heart of its wonderful cities.

Uniworld's River Empress, like most river boats, is long and narrow with an interior -- and stylish decor -- remind me of the ambiance on a small, luxury cruise ship. Still, while the River Empress offers a soothing atmosphere with rich-looking materials, roomy cabins, and fine cuisine, don't think it's a snobbish experience. A cruise on this ship is casual, from the dress code to its down-to-earth clientele who love to talk, walk and explore the culture of the region they are visiting. It's not a totally laid-back experience either -- the ship sometimes stops in two or three places a day.

The ship generally sails during daylight hours so passengers can enjoy the view while lunching, and docks at night so they can stroll around in town after dinner. The ship was designed to appeal to Americans, and features English-speaking staff, a lighter cuisine and no smoking allowed except on the Sun Deck.

River Empress Fellow Passengers

Uniworld customers tend to be older, experienced travelers, although the age demographic may be trending downward as river cruising grows in popularity. The typical passenger is 50 years of age or older with a household income of more than $75,000. Many have cruised on large ocean-going cruise ships although Uniworld trips are also eminently suitable for the first-timer to Europe. Perhaps this is a more comfortable option than the five-country motorcoach tour?

River Empress Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. Evenings are more "dressy" and a jacket is recommended for the captain's dinner. Most passengers are American seniors and the line says it wants them to feel comfortable, so dress regulations are not enforced.

River Empress Gratuity

Fares are inclusive of gratuities for onboard and onshore services, including pre- and post-cruise extensions.
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River Empress Member Reviews

10/15
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 had traveled ... Read more
Wasted Money rileymomma
09/15
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 we never ... Read more
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 Uniworld in ... Read more
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River Empress Ratings

Editor Rating 3.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
4.6
Public Rooms
4.0
4.7
Cabins
4.0
4.4
Entertainment
2.0
4.0
Spa & Fitness
1.0
3.9
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.5
Enrichment
4.0
4.5
Service
4.0
4.7
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.6

Sailing From

Amsterdam

Cruises To

Europe

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Ship Stats
Crew:
41
Launched:
2002
Decks:
4
Tonnage:
Passengers:
130
Registry:
Switzerland
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
 
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