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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I wanted to experience the Rhine and Mosel Rivers and to go to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland. The Ship was excellent and the food divine. The tours were one of a kind in some places. The 120 ... Read More
I wanted to experience the Rhine and Mosel Rivers and to go to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland. The Ship was excellent and the food divine. The tours were one of a kind in some places. The 120 people on the ship were all older but refined and easy to get to know. The optional tours were fabulous and not that expensive. I took all except one in Germany to an old castle which I had already been to years ago. The cabin attendant Albano from Portugal was a gem. He was the top hit at the talent show when he sang Louis Armstrong. I must say that you meet the nicest people on Grand Circle. Not pretentious but down to earth wonderful individuals. GCT has program directors on the whole trip who "baby" you and pamper you to the nth degree. Many people on the cruise were returnees and some had over twenty trips with GCT!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Our third Uniworld river cruise, following four Seabourn ocean voyages and the quality of the experiences is comparably high. Seabourn has an edge on dining, understandably so, given the size of ship kitchen facilities. Service and crew ... Read More
Our third Uniworld river cruise, following four Seabourn ocean voyages and the quality of the experiences is comparably high. Seabourn has an edge on dining, understandably so, given the size of ship kitchen facilities. Service and crew friendliness, however, are on an excellent par. Importantly, this includes Captains who are hands-on, readily accessible and determined to deliver the shipboard experience their companies promise. This Uniworld cruise was from Antwerp to Amsterdam, following by mere weeks the tragic events in Brussels. The ship sailed with approximately 75% of guests, surprisingly high in light of travel arrangements made difficult by the closing of BRX. Uniworld crew and locals along the Belgium - Netherlands route seemed to very much appreciate the efforts and moral support of those who made the trip. The Maria Theresa is a floating Versailles, with mirrors (upon mirrors) everywhere. Cabins are ample and, like all ship spaces, extraordinarily clean. Dining choices were more than adequate, with several meals being gourmet quality. Needless to say, cocktails, wines and beers were in abundance. The Cruise Director was the best we have yet to encounter anywhere. He and the Director of Hotel Services were highly energetic, seemingly omnipresent and anticipated passenger needs and questions. The ports and tours were well selected and presented. A "must" was the Keukenhof Gardens, preceded by an optional and very worthwhile visit to a working tulip farm. Uniworld has been consistently excellent over the years and various tours in providing a high quality, caring, experience. Next Uniworld cruise ... Portugal ... Holiday Markets ...??? There definitely will be a fourth! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Helpful staff, great food, fun excursions--definitely met our expectations! We were pleased with all aspects of the cruise. For example, we had concerns about visiting Brussels after the recent terrorist attack, so an alternative ... Read More
Helpful staff, great food, fun excursions--definitely met our expectations! We were pleased with all aspects of the cruise. For example, we had concerns about visiting Brussels after the recent terrorist attack, so an alternative excursion was offered. Our trip to the windmills was challenging due to the heavy rain, but we managed to climb one anyhow. I accidentally lost a small bag while climbing the windmill, and the staff went back to retrieve it for me. One lady slipped and fell on her face and got a bloody nose, and she was given the best possible medical attention. Also, the waiters in the dining hall were amazing. They remembered each morning that we liked warm milk for our coffee, and they brought it to us without our even having to request it! The food was delicious, and I liked the fact that traditional foods from the countires we visited were offered. The evening entertainment (singing quartets, wooden shoe carver, etc.) were terrific. The pianist was incredible. He took requests, and there didn't seem to be a song that he didn't know, and he never seemed to tire of playing our favorite song each night--"May I Have This Dance for the Rest of Your Life?" Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Just returned from Uniworld's Tulips And Windmills trip. I have done similar river cruises on other lines and this was by far the best. The River Queen itself is more or less the same size and configurations as other river boat lines, ... Read More
Just returned from Uniworld's Tulips And Windmills trip. I have done similar river cruises on other lines and this was by far the best. The River Queen itself is more or less the same size and configurations as other river boat lines, but is much more attractively decorated. The staterooms were actually pretty and the public rooms were lovely. The dining room was generally excellent and was significantly better than other river or cruise lines including Seabourn and Silversea. All riverboat rooms are tiny and this was same. The closet space was better laid out on Ama, but the room as a whole was far nicer on Uniworld. The room was actually pretty, the bed and linens were excellent, and the room service was very gracious. The showers on the River Queen are particularly well done for a riverboat as the doors actually keep the water inside so that the bathroom doesn't get all wet. It would have been helpful to have a clothesline in the shower for lingerie as some of the other riverboat lines do, but other than that the rooms were great. Most lines have good staff, but the River Queen's really distinguished itself. From the cruise director to the dining staff, everyone went above and beyond to accommodate. We had an entirely disinterested cruise director on Ama (although the rest of the staff was lovely) and an actually arrogant and obnoxious cruise director on Lindbland Galapagos (although the rest of their staff was lovely too). On River Queen she was terrific. It was also nice to see that all of the staff seemed to really enjoy each other and get along. Everyone had great personalities and it felt like one was cruising with friends. I mean that in the nicest possible way. They were never intrusive. I recommend them highly and will definitely travel with Uniworld again, hopefully on the same boat. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
We've been on Windstar, Viking, Peter Deilmann, Paul Gaugain, Grand Circle, and a few others but our recent trip with Uniworld for the Tulips and Windmills cruise was the best. While the cabins were small, they were very well ... Read More
We've been on Windstar, Viking, Peter Deilmann, Paul Gaugain, Grand Circle, and a few others but our recent trip with Uniworld for the Tulips and Windmills cruise was the best. While the cabins were small, they were very well organized, beautifully appointed, and quiet. The crew was outstanding, from the cabin stewardess to the captain, the guests' comfort, needs, wants, and satisfaction were a priority. The tours were well run, well organized, and most were included. All tips, including bus and tour guides were included as was all alcohol and some of their "standard" brands were what would have been upgrades on other lines. We keep looking for another cruise that goes to where we haven't been yet because we would most definitely travel with Uniworld again! Read Less

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