River Ambassador Review

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  • Beautifully-designed, sumptuous interiors
  • Friendly, helpful crew
  • Shore excursions and wine with dinner included
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  • Beautifully-designed, sumptuous interiors
  • Friendly, helpful crew
  • Shore excursions and wine with dinner included

River Ambassador Overview

By Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic contributor

River Ambassador, which entered service in 1993, is one of Uniworld's older vessels. But following refurbishments in 2006 and 2011, the age of the 120-passenger ship is hard to distinguish, thanks to the light, fresh and stylish interiors.

These are all down to Beatrice Tollman, president and founder of Uniworld's sister company, Red Carnation Hotels. Her idea was to create a genuine feeling of a ‘boutique' hotel on board the ships, and in an era when the word ‘boutique' is used in far too broad a sense, she's certainly succeeded. European river cruisers are pretty similar in size, restricted by the bridges and locks of the waterways they transit, and many ship designers opt for safe, fairly bland decor. But Uniworld's fleet feels genuinely individual. You board the ship and the reaction is ‘wow'. It's the fabrics that do it: dove grey silk walls, heavy cream silk drapes and sofas in silver crushed velvet.

Just about everything about this Rhine cruise was exceptional. The service was excellent; attentive and friendly without being obsequious. The food genuinely reflected the region in which we were sailing and was elegantly presented, accompanied by regional wines selected by Uniworld's wine buyer, who happened to be on board and circulated in the dining room, enthusing about the wines he'd chosen. Excursions were varied and interesting and the atmosphere on board convivial, despite the almost total lack of nightlife, as everybody went to bed after dinner.

River Ambassador Fellow Passengers

Passengers are mainly North American with a handful of Brits and Antipodeans. Most were well-travelled and many had never cruised but were regulars on the escorted tour circuit. Uniworld does a couple of family-friendly cruises every year and I was on one of these, so there were a lot of families on board.

River Ambassador Dress Code

Dress code is country club casual. During the day, that meant casual trousers and skirts; shorts were fine for sunning on the top deck. At night, men wore polos and jackets; for women summery dresses or trousers and smart top. There's one night hosted by the Captain, during which some men wore ties.

River Ambassador Gratuity

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

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By Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic contributor

39 River Ambassador Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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jeffelledge
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the all inclusive setup and the variety of excursions. It was the Danube cruise from Vienna to Prague. The whole cruise was truly first class. I was amazed at how good the food was. We ended up not eating ... Read more
KKRG
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
First river cruise and we loved it. General age of cruisers were older than us - probably more in their 70's. Not everyone mixed but most people were friendly. Lots of Americans on our cruise. As far as I could tell everyone enjoyed it as ... Read more
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blusl
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We chose this cruise because we loved the first Uniworld cruise that we took two years ago. Unfortunately, this was not quite as good as that one was. The River Ambassador leaves much to be desired. The rooms were too small. The lobby ... Read more
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