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River Empress Review

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

05/15
Due to high water levels, passengers were loaded in Speyer, 3.5 hours down the Rhine. No advance notification even though they knew at least 3 days ahead that the situation was not going to improve. Pax were met by 2 persons who said they worked for ... Read more
Have been wanting to go on Europe river cruise for awhile. Booked Uniworld cruise line. Best thing about Uniworld cruises is they are "all inclusive". No tipping, no signing for drinks, included tours every day in port!! There are some "optional" ... Read more
Best cruise ever! clockcruiser
08/13
We did our first river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Everything about the trip was wonderful...the ship, the people, the food, the tours, the people, the service...did I mention the people. The crew thoroughly enjoy their jobs and have fun with ... Read more
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River Empress Ratings

Editor Rating 3.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
4.7
Public Rooms
4.0
4.9
Cabins
4.0
4.5
Entertainment
2.0
4.3
Spa & Fitness
1.0
4.0
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.5
Enrichment
4.0
4.5
Service
4.0
4.9
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.8

Sailing From

Amsterdam Basel Budapest

Cruises To

Europe - All

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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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