The sister ship to the newer River Empress
, the River Princess nonetheless has a completely different ambiance. The decor on the River Princess is starker and bolder than its sister's, with honey-colored woods, aluminum accents, and a deep color scheme of green, blue or pinky-red. However, Uniworld President Serba Ilich says the ship will be renovated to tone down the decor so it is more similar to the soothing, rich-looking interior on the River Empress.
The ship is an extremely comfortable way to see some of Europe's most popular sights while unpacking only once. The long, narrow ships often dock in the heart of small towns and historic cities so passengers can simply walk off the ship to explore. Shore excursions are included and often are guided walking tours or motorcoach tours, sometimes with lunch in a wonderful restaurant for a local experience.
River Princess 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 Princess Dress Code
Casual and comfortable during the day while evenings are slightly dressier. A jacket is suitable for men at the captain's dinner.
River Princess Gratuity
Recommended gratuity is $10 per passenger per day to be pooled among the crew and $3 per person per day for the cruise manager. Uniworld will move towards all-inclusive in 2014, when most cruise fares (excluding Russia, China and Vietnam) will include unlimited fine wine, beer and spirits, as well as gratuities for onboard and onshore services, including pre- and post-cruise extensions.
We have just returned from our 15 day Uniworld River Imperial Capitals of Europe Cruise from Vienna to Istanbul. It was amazing! We have travelled extensively over the years and cruised many times but weren't sure what to expect on this smaller ...continue
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The company we chose was Uniworld – based on recommendations from friends and some special ‘last minute’ discounts for cruises starting in September. The 17-day cruise we eventually signed up for was on the “River Princess” from Paris to Vienna, ...continue