The lounge on La Gironde Deck is the social heart of the vessel. There, daily briefings are held during cocktail hour. On the starboard side is the tour manager's desk. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge, and after the tour in Blaye there's a cooking demonstration of the local delicacy Canele de Bordeaux -- a cake filled with custard. In St. Emilion, there's a lecture on the Aquitaine region.
This attractive room, though somewhat dated in comparison with what's found on Uniworld's more modern vessels, is outfitted in walnut paneling and drapes of rust, terracotta and beige. In the forward section, four tables are arranged near windows looking out over the bow, and doors lead to the stairs up to the Sun Deck. Farther aft are four large settees, plus burgundy-colored tub chairs. Toward the bar are occasional tables with similar chairs and armchairs with striped fabrics.
In the center of the lounge is a large mirror-topped table with art books and a large display of white roses, surrounded by two-seater settees in cream and fawn brocades. More tables and chairs line the port side, and a small dance floor makes up the center of the lounge.
At the entrance to the lounge, near reception, is a horseshoe-shaped bar. Included drinks are comprehensive, with a wide variety of aperitifs, cocktails, beer, spirits and wines by the glass. For higher-end drinks, you can pay for liquor on the Diamond Selection menu.
In keeping with most river cruises, entertainment is fairly low-key. There is a piano and electronic Clavinova to the starboard side of the lounge where the onboard pianist entertains each night. During the week, visiting entertainers, such as singers or a classical duo, come onboard to perform.
The sommelier holds 45-minute wine-tasting events three times throughout the cruise. These take place in the Claret Room and feature wines from a winery in Libourne, as well as a selection of charcuterie and cheeses, all at no extra cost.
Excursions are all fully escorted by English-speaking local experts, as well as a Uniworld cruise manager. Passengers can choose the pace and content of their trips with different types of land tours. "Gentle Walking" programs feature slower-paced guided sightseeing tours, "Go Active" options focus on biking and walking on shore, "Do As The Locals Do" experiences provide chances to meet locals and visit their favorite spots, and "Choice Is Yours" tours offer alternative trips for repeat visitors. Quietvox portable audio headsets are provided on all excursions.