River Royale Review

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Why Choose River Royale?

  • One of Europe's most luxurious river ships
  • Superlative way to see the beautiful South of France
  • Gourmet cuisine that far surpasses large cruise ships'

River Royale Overview

By Gary Buchanan, Cruise Critic contributor
Editor Rating
5.0

There's no doubt that River Royale offers one of the most refined experiences among the array of cruises now operating from Bordeaux. It has the highest staff-to-cruiser ratio in the river cruise industry, all-inclusive pricing that covers excursions and gratuities, and cuisine and service that are on a par with discerning restaurants ashore. There are also no annoying announcements to disturb onboard tranquility. Within this boutique ambience, passengers can enjoy a relaxed, destination-focused experience.

River Royale is one of the most expensive river vessels ever built, and its 2013 remodeling has ensured this boat is a study in decadence and style. The distinction is reflected in the materials and furnishings, with expensive wood, marble, leather, fabrics, glass and brass evident at every turn. The signature decor is daring, dynamic and colorful.

First-time cruisers are in for a treat, while experienced river cruisers will discover this is a vessel that doesn't short-change on style. What's more, the itinerary allows an up-close-and-personal encounter with one of the world's finest wine-growing areas through first-rate shore excursions.

River Royale Fellow Passengers

Geared primarily to North Americans, Uniworld also targets English-speaking travelers from the U.K. and Australia. Consistent with most European river cruises, Uniworld's voyages tend to appeal to more senior passengers, but the ship's onboard ambience also attracts younger cruisers, especially in the 40-plus market. Cruises range from a week to a month and are designed to appeal to passengers seeking an unparalleled river cruise experience.

River Royale Dress Code

The dress code is casual during the day and smart casual at night. (Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking tours.) Ladies wear cocktail dresses, skirts or dresses, while men are attired in slacks and shirts (jackets optional). Passengers tend to dress up for the captain's welcome and farewell dinners or for dining in the Claret Room and Blue Fox Cafe.

River Royale Gratuity

The onboard currency is the euro. Gratuities for onboard staff and tour guides are included in the fares. Additional tipping is not expected.
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River Royale Member Reviews

A wine cruise in Bordeaux , what could be better. Learned a lot about Bordeaux that I had not experienced before. Great wine, cooking classes ,entertainment, excursion and great people on our river boat. Out crew was excellent. Always their for ... Read more
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09/16
The NY Times did a review of the top places to see in 2016 and #2 was Bordeaux. We wanted to try our first river cruise and were recommended to Uniworld. We just got home today after experiencing a wonderful week planned expertly by the crew and ... Read more
05/16
We started cruising European rivers a few year ago after over 40 ocean cruises and more than 10 land tours. Our last river cruise was the Rhine and Moselle with Uniworld. This time we choose to go with Uniworld again to cruise the Bordeaux region of ... Read more
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River Royale Ratings

Editor Rating 5.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
5.0
4.6
Public Rooms
4.0
4.9
Cabins
4.0
4.5
Entertainment
3.0
4.0
Spa & Fitness
2.0
3.9
Family & Children
1.0
1.3
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.7
Enrichment
3.0
4.3
Service
4.0
4.8
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.5

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Ship Stats
Crew:
41
Launched:
2006
Decks:
3
Tonnage:
361 feet
Passengers:
130
Registry:
Netherlands
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
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