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Sal and i have just got back from a fabulous Rhine River Cruise on the River Empress. We enjoyed every minute on the elegant yet cozy ship. We were particularly impressed with the personal attention we were given, everything was sparkling ... Read More
Sal and i have just got back from a fabulous Rhine River Cruise on the River Empress. We enjoyed every minute on the elegant yet cozy ship. We were particularly impressed with the personal attention we were given, everything was sparkling clean, the friendliness of the crew all added to make a unforgettable vacation. Special mention goes to George our cabin attendant who kept our cabin spotless, delightful Monica who catered to our every need in the dining area, the bar lady who made us our cocktails, Ramona who organized the excursions and the personnel at the front desk who answered all our questions so patiently. We have already recommended Uniworld to our friends and family.The food presentation and freshness were very good. We enjoyed eating the bread and cheeses from the ports that we visited. Overall we were very impressed Thank you all for making our cruise unforgettable - Juliet and Sal De Souza Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was the first cruise for our party of four. We traveled with close friends and both couples were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. We flew into Basel a day early and stayed at Hotel Spalentor, right outside the historic ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our party of four. We traveled with close friends and both couples were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. We flew into Basel a day early and stayed at Hotel Spalentor, right outside the historic gate to the old city. This was a reasonably priced hotel with large, modern, clean rooms and a nice breakfast included. It was easy to walk throughout historic Basel from the hotel. I think the pre-cruise guests stayed at the Hotel Les Trois Rois, which was spectacular with lovely Rhine views, but more than twice the rate we paid. We checked out of the hotel on Sunday and arrived at our dock in Basel around noon. The area near the dock isn't particularly pretty but there were several other boats docked there as well. Check in was easy and our room (Room 416 - Balcony) was already ready. The room was nice, quiet, comfortable, a little small, but well thought out with plenty of storage. We stored our suitcases under the bed and we were good for the week. There is a safe in the closet for your valuables. The bathrooms are an adequate size with a drawer to store toiletries. There is a hairdryer in the drawer. Some of the toiletries (body wash) were in a larger pump container attached to the shower. There are several outlets in the room that are adapted to US standards. Housekeeping did a great job tidying up, leaving little gifts and refilling the chocolate jar. Overall the ship was lovely. The chandelier in the entry is impressive. We particularly liked the Salon du Grand Trianon (lounge area, bar and entertainment) and the Leopard Bar, which was pretty lively the nights it was open. Dinner was very good with plenty of entree options. Everyone was seated around 7:00. People were friendly and felt comfortable joining our foursome. We made a point of sitting in Vladimir's section every night. He was very personable and enhanced our dining experience. It was my friend's birthday the first night (I had mentioned it when sitting down at our table) and he brought a birthday cake out without being asked. A featured entree was offered every night, which was always a good choice. Wine flowed freely. I saw french fries (a weakness), somewhat hidden on the menu, and made the table jealous when I ordered them (twice). Ice cream (rumored to be home made) was popular with our group for dessert. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style with plenty of healthy options. They had an omelet station for breakfast that made my husband very happy. We just showed up during buffet hours and there were plenty of open seats since guests arrived at different times and didn't linger. The men in our group enjoyed massages with Doris in the spa. She was trained as a Physical Therapist which was reassuring since my husband had a sprain he was recovering from. The pool area was hardly used but it would be a nice place to read a book. Every aspect of service was outstanding. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful. Most excursions were included and Uniworld provided at least two options each day. They also offered a third option on a few days for an additional fee. The guides were great and our headsets worked well. Every morning, you need to remember your head set and your boarding ID, which is swiped when you exit and enter so they can account for everyone. For excursions, we chose: Day 1: Alsatian Village tour - We visited two story-tale, picture perfect villages. We had a little time to shop and taste some Riesling wine. If you are into Christmas, you'll find the opportunity to shop at a number of Christmas ornament shops throughout the week. Day 2: We chose a walking tour of beautiful Strasbourg, visited the cathedral, stopped for lunch and explored. We had more free time here since some some passengers went on to visit the Black Forest. They seemed to enjoy the tour (which was extra) but we decided we didn't want to take a long bus ride. Day 3: We went to the Dokforenhof Vinegar Cellar for a lecture on vinegar making and a tasting. It was an unusual experience that I would recommend. We bought a package of all 5 vinegars tasted. It's pretty heavy so you might want to pick just one or two of your favorites. There was an option to stay and take a gourmet cooking class with our charismatic guide (at his house) around the corner for an extra fee. We chose to visit Heidelberg (also an extra fee) which was a highlight of our trip. We visited the castle with our entertaining guide, Lauren, and had a short walking tour of the town. Heidelberg has a different vibe since it's a university town. My only regret is not staying in town for dinner. We could have taken a taxi back to the dock. Other passengers just enjoyed afternoon time on the boat. Day 4: We went to the Castle Vollrads for a Riesling wine tasting. It was beautiful, a little early for wine for me, but I rallied. We also went into Rudesheim, another charming town and tried a famous Rudesheim coffee (more alcohol). They also offered a morning hike that I was very tempted to switch to but both options were great. The afternoon was the trip highlight, sailing the Rhine Gorge and enjoying the Castles. We were thrilled the low waters did not affect us. It was a little cloudy and cool but a wonderful afternoon! We stayed in the town of Boppard for dinner (where the boat was docked) just to take a break from the main dining room. A great day! Day 5: We visited Marksburg Castle - supposedly the only castle never conquered and destroyed. Others biked from Boppard to Koblenz. We spent some of the afternoon exploring Koblenz and attended the Captain's Farewell Dinner in the evening. Day 6: Cologne - We had a short walking tour en route to the cathedral, which holds the remains of the three Magi. We climbed the steps to the top of the Cathedral (about 5 euros). However, I had to turn around since it is a narrow, winding stairway where you had to hug the wall on the right walking up, since others are walking down on the left. So if you are a little claustrophobic, or not in great shape, this might not be the best option for you. The remainder of the trip was sailing to Amsterdam. Although all tips are included in the price, we did leave something extra for our server at dinner and housekeeping. Since we are new to river cruising and Uniworld, we really didn't know what was appropriate. After the cruise, we stayed a few days in Amsterdam at a wonderful airbnb along the Brouwersgracht Canal. It was immaculate, well decorated, stocked with goodies, and perfect for two couples. FYI - tickets for Anne Frank and the Van Gogh Museum need to be purchased online. They start selling 2 months ahead of your desired date for Anne Frank. We also visited the Rijksmuseum, Vondel Park, the Dutch Resistance Museum and took a canal cruise. General observations about the cruise: We are in our mid to late 50's and were probably among the younger third of this group of passengers. However, we weren't the youngest. The older guests were fun, interesting and physically fit for the most part. A number of guests enjoyed the lounge for post dinner drinks and dancing. The live entertainment was low key and fine for a smaller ship but I think it would have been fun to have a DJ one night playing music from a range of decades. The more intimate Leopard Lounge was fun to visit the nights it was open. We enjoyed a heated game of Trivial Pursuit with our new friends. Guests dressed casually for breakfast, lunch and touring (jeans, shorts, leggings, khakis). At dinner, most dressed up a little more, like you would if you were dining at a nice restaurant with friends. On the Captain's dinner nights, about 2/3 of the men wore jackets (not ties) the first night and less the second. I wore wrinkle free, sheath dresses several nights and other nights pants with a nice blouse. My personal taste for decorating is more modern. However, I found the S.S. Antoinette to be elegant, charming and "old school" in a good way. The 7:00 dinner seating encouraged but did not force you to make new friends. Overall, people on this trip paid for a high end experience, often close to a year in advance, and wanted to have a good time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
You only have one chance to make a first impression. Uniworld failed, and then failed again. Yet we had a wonderful cruise and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Uniworld product to anyone. This was my 37th cruise; fourth river ... Read More
You only have one chance to make a first impression. Uniworld failed, and then failed again. Yet we had a wonderful cruise and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Uniworld product to anyone. This was my 37th cruise; fourth river cruise; third Europe river cruise; first Uniworld. My favorite ocean cruises are Crystal and Celebrity, and in Europe our two river cruises were on AmaWaterways (I’d certainly be happy to cruise with them again). We booked through an agency that puts together air and “best available” cruise cabins, close to departure, at good prices. We were hesitant to let somebody else plan our air, but we booked less than two months in advance on a cruise we had wanted to do but didn’t think we could fit into our busy schedule! This itinerary has a Jewish Heritage option for tours in 2018, which is what attracted us to it. I had inquired about whether they’d be doing the same for 2019 and they didn’t know yet. Because the planning would be minimal (just check the weather and try to pack appropriately), we decided to jump in and book. We actually were happy with the Delta flights chosen for us. We were flying to Basel to start the cruise, and we knew we’d have three ups and downs (we don’t live in a hub city) so it was fine. What was a bit frustrating is that the Basel airport has two distinct exits, one into France and one into Switzerland. We didn’t see the signs about that; we were merely focused on finding our luggage carousel. Luckily a friend who was with us saw the appropriate signs and stopped us from using the wrong exit. I thought Uniworld could’ve mentioned that for guests embarking in Basel. Then to compound the frustration, after finding the representative and boarding the bus for our group transfer, we arrive at the “pier”, with two ships parked along side. No representative from Uniworld welcomed us. Only one crew member came to get luggage, and he couldn’t take everybody’s at once. Finally a second crew member showed up and assured us he’d take our bags, suggesting that we just go to board the River Empress. It wasn’t even clear which way to choose to walk to the ship! Ok, all of that was quickly forgotten when we got on board and could relax comfortably for an hour in the lounge, or even outside on the deck, until lunch was served in the main dining room. After that, it was easy to leave our carry-ons with the front desk and walk into the center of the town, where we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the lovely market full of flowers, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and food stalls. We saw city hall and found the cathedral, so we felt we had started our European sightseeing quite nicely. Back at the ship, we unpacked and were ready for dinner and bedtime! Before dinner each evening, the Cruise Manager gives a briefing about the next day’s activities. The lounge is comfortable and everybody who wishes to attend fits in nicely. The sommelier/bartender gives a briefing about the included wines that evening for dinner as well as the ones with an upcharge (one white and one red in both categories). That’s a good time to visit with the Cruise Manager if you have any questions about the next day. Also, when you return to your cabin, you’ll find the information about the next day, and there’s plenty of detail that kept us well clued in. We were quite pleased with all of the meals aboard the River Empress. Breakfast and lunch are buffet and you quickly figure out which things are duplicated on both sides and where to find your favorites. On a few occasions, restocking wasn’t as quick as we might hope to see, but otherwise everything was available and at the correct temperature. For breakfast, you can order from the menu if you wish, instead of picking out your own things or going to the gentleman cooking the eggs, and there’s one special dish every morning. We were a party of four, and often dined with three additional guests we met onboard, and I would say that all of us were quite happy with the food – and we were VERY happy with the service. We made a point of sitting in the same area because we knew the waiter, Milen, was so good. Special kudos to Uniworld for the nice job they did incorporating local foods into the menus. I never met our cabin stewardess but she definitely did a good job. I adjusted the little chairs the first night, or I would’ve tripped over them in the middle of the night! But otherwise the cabin was fine, although small. Still, we had enough room to unpack and we certainly had a nice hot shower every day and a truly comfortable night’s sleep. Sometimes we even had a nice view out our window! Other times, we had a view of the river ship next to us, or the walls of the locks that are used to navigate the river, or the docking area. On the little desk/dressing table, there’s an apothecary jar with small, delicious chocolates, and that went a long way to erase my frustration from our airport and river arrival. There’s a lounge entertainer before and after dinner, so there’s lovely background music and the opportunity for dancing. One evening, there was a group of three performers who were extremely well received (perhaps because they were over the age of 60, as was most of the cruising population). The cocktail waitress joined the packed dance floor when they played YMCA. The tours were exactly what we wanted. We had signed up for the Jewish Heritage tours at every port stop that offered them (six out of seven) and the sites we visited, and the tour guides, were excellent in four out of the six and just a bit disappointing in the other two. These tours require advance sign-up, and varied from 24 to 30 guests, always with two tour guides. Usually the tour guides were in two separate groups part of the time and together, all of us, the rest of the time. For the most part it worked great. There are forms to evaluate the tour guides and I certainly took the opportunity of telling who was great and who was not so great. As you may know, river cruising is very big in Europe, so there’s no doubt plenty of competition for the various companies to book the guides. Uniworld uses the QuietVox system so we can always hear the tour guides. I wear hearing aids and I had no trouble using the QuietVox earpiece with no adjustment needed. The only thing one needs to remember is to charge the system every night and take it with you the next day on tour. One day there was a really good speaker onboard, and one morning there was scenic cruising through the area with many lovely castles and legends. The cruise manager narrated, using the QuietVox system. As an aside, while we were onboard, Uniworld announced that the Jewish Heritage tours for 2019 will be offered on the Rhine again and also on the Danube. For some totally unknown reason, the Danube cruise seems not to be including Budapest. That makes no sense to me (not that anybody asked me). Uniworld is an all-inclusive cruise line. All our tours, alcohol, and gratuities, off and on the ship, were included in the cruise fare. I like that a lot. On occasion there’s an opportunity to do an off-ship experience with an upcharge. I didn’t do any, but a friend did and she was very happy with it. The only other things you might spend money for on the ship are purchases in the gift shop, massages, or the upcharge wines (only by the bottle). Our Cruise Manager was Anthony and I thought he was outstanding. He’s a huge asset for Uniworld. Actually, I have to say all the crew and staff I dealt with were excellent. All in all, a truly lovely cruise experience. I would be delighted to cruise with Uniworld again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
A River Cruise was on my bucket list. What got my attention was the FREE air included, not to mention all drinks, taxes, tips, tours, transfers, etc. It was a value that couldn't be passed up. I have been on 50 ships over the last 30 ... Read More
A River Cruise was on my bucket list. What got my attention was the FREE air included, not to mention all drinks, taxes, tips, tours, transfers, etc. It was a value that couldn't be passed up. I have been on 50 ships over the last 30 years. I have never seen a level of this excellence with a crew. Everyone had a smile on their face, and were friendly and more than willing to get you anything you needed. Even it it wasn't their specific job. What this told me was this has got to be a crew that loves what they do and is treated well by the captain and the management. Speaking of the Captain.... Unlike most ships I have sailed, the captain makes an appearance at the Captain's reception then you never see him again. Not so aboard the River Empress! He could be seen at meal times in line with the guests, saying hello to people and his staff. I truly felt like i was spending a week with family. I loved the fact that if you were in the lounge and you needed to run back to your room, it took 2 minutes. You didn't have to navigate elevators and floors of crowds. The small ships make you feel like you are on a private small exclusive group. I will certainly make it a point to travel on Uniworld again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our second Uniworld cruise after having gone on the Danube River cruise last year. Uniworld offers top of the line service with professional, pleasant and attentive staff along with excellent shore excursions, onboard ... Read More
This was our second Uniworld cruise after having gone on the Danube River cruise last year. Uniworld offers top of the line service with professional, pleasant and attentive staff along with excellent shore excursions, onboard entertainment and fine dining. The ships are small, serving about 120 guests. We met people from around the world, getting to know lovely new friends from Australia, Canada, Iran and New Zealand, but mostly other Americans. Each day offered a choice of shore excursions with different levels of activity. The guides are the best of the best. Most excursions offered extra free time for shopping or further exploration. We walked, hiked and rode bikes through some of the most beautiful areas of the Rhine River. Back on board we were greeted by friendly staff and great meals. Everything is included, so your most difficult choice at dinner is whether you want red or white wine! The week went by so quickly we were sad to say goodbye. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Cruise recommended by Dubbo Travel Agent. Note Stopped in Lucerne for couple of days. Jung Frau is great excursion. Top of Europe We are 50 and not sure of age group. People of all ages and great people. Cruise, Excursions, ... Read More
Cruise recommended by Dubbo Travel Agent. Note Stopped in Lucerne for couple of days. Jung Frau is great excursion. Top of Europe We are 50 and not sure of age group. People of all ages and great people. Cruise, Excursions, Staff sensational Highlights were Castles, all organised Excusions, Staff, in addition quick Hooray to Sylvia, Jose, Szandra and Rik Sensational people. Met some great people cruising from South Africa, Britain, Bahamas, Aussies etc. Seriously had a ball, great time and cant wait to do another river cruise. The staff are fantastic, all inclusive so no more to pay The Castles on the Rhine, i dressed up in the lederhosen for the castles section (bratwurst and beers on top deck) and all the staff and patrons loved it, made the day. All stops, Strasborg, Black Forest, Rudeshiem, Boppard, Koblenz, Colongne all great. Bike ride from Boppard to Koblenz unreal, plenty of exercise if you want, 7k walk from Rudeshiem, walking through towns Seriously, it is like 1 on 1, staff look after you. The 8 days went like that, To finish off a couple of days in Amsterdam. Windmills, Clogs, Cheese, life in Holland (insane) could not be better, Best 2 weeks ever Dave from Geurie (AUS) Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Uniworld gives you the most for your money. They might be a little more expensive then some, but all alcohol and off shore excursions are included in the price. Had a choice of 2 or 3 different excursions which was nice. The ports we ... Read More
Uniworld gives you the most for your money. They might be a little more expensive then some, but all alcohol and off shore excursions are included in the price. Had a choice of 2 or 3 different excursions which was nice. The ports we stopped in were all within walking distance of the town if you wanted to spend the day on your own. Service, food, cabins unbelievable. The weather was a little warmer then we expected but at least no rain or cold. If you are looking for more of a family vacation this is not the cruise for kids. We really liked the river cruise compared to the ocean cruise. We decided to end the cruise in Amsterdam and we spent an extra night there. So much more personable and laid back. Really got to know the other passengers and crew members. We will definitely be taking taking another one with Uniworld. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Castles Along the Rhine. Just a top notch experience. Awesome ship and crew/staff. Everybody was wonderful. Cruise director Tabea as well as Sylvia and Robert in the lounge and many many more, were just great! The itinerary was ... Read More
Castles Along the Rhine. Just a top notch experience. Awesome ship and crew/staff. Everybody was wonderful. Cruise director Tabea as well as Sylvia and Robert in the lounge and many many more, were just great! The itinerary was excellent, the excursions were well planned and very valuable experiences. The food and service were just the best. The fitness center was a bit small and they might have benefited from more laundry facilities. Flexibility with special diets was well done. Our first Cruise of any kind. So awesome to wake up each day in a new city. The trip through the Rhine Gorge was especially beautiful and memorable. The ability to tour some of the castles was even better. There was something for everybody. They are very accommodating to the old and young alike. We will definitely be doing more River Cruises with Uniworld. If you've never done a cruise, we would highly recommend it. If you have done several, you'll love Uniworld's cruises. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Uniworld was considerate of the single traveler. There was a waiver of the single supplement which was greatly appreciated. The staff was very astute and sensitive to the needs of all passengers. The service was exceptional. Each and ... Read More
Uniworld was considerate of the single traveler. There was a waiver of the single supplement which was greatly appreciated. The staff was very astute and sensitive to the needs of all passengers. The service was exceptional. Each and every crew member from the Captain to the housekeeping staff was friendly and personable. The bar staff was charming and very accessible. The dinners were comparable to any elegant gourmet restaurant. There were many selections and even off menu choices for the not so adventurous gourmand The choice of excursions was varied and appealing to any activity level of traveler. The Vinegar tasting was a memorable and unique experience. I would highly recommend that excursion. This was my first Uniworld Cruise, actually my first river cruise. I have been on many of the Nationally Advertized Mega Cruise Ships and lines. This was a very enjoyable, intimate cruise I would definitely cruise with Uniworld again The only negative was that the cabin was a little dated, bathroom however, was plush marble and shower a good size. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I can't think of one bad thing to say about Uniworld or our cruise experience. Everything was well planned and well executed. The food was first rate, accommodations excellent, staff outstanding! When my wife made a minor request ... Read More
I can't think of one bad thing to say about Uniworld or our cruise experience. Everything was well planned and well executed. The food was first rate, accommodations excellent, staff outstanding! When my wife made a minor request the staff member replied "This is you home" and it really felt that way. The dining onboard was excellent. We were informed each evening of what to expect. The chef had his recommendation, but there were alternatives that were equally outstanding. A cocktail hour in the lounge preceded each dinner and appetizers and drinks were served quickly and readily. A good selection of varied excursions were available. We crammed as many as 3 into one busy day! The 16 mile bike ride along the Rhine while our ship cruised was a special treat. The tour guides were friendly and informed. We really got a good feel for the flavor of each area we visited. We could not have enjoyed the cruise more. We're already talking about our next Uniworld cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
First time river-cruiser and I researched the top 6 river cruises for weeks. Not sure how I got to the SS Antoinette, but it was absolute perfection and exceeded all of my high expectations. The Captain, the Cruise Manager, the front ... Read More
First time river-cruiser and I researched the top 6 river cruises for weeks. Not sure how I got to the SS Antoinette, but it was absolute perfection and exceeded all of my high expectations. The Captain, the Cruise Manager, the front desk staff, and the housekeeping staff could not have done a finer job. I don't know my next river cruise itinerary, but it will likely be back on the SS Antoinette, but if not that super-ship, it will definitely be with a UniWorld ship. Already looking at Christmas river cruises for this year's season. The food was top notch, and if you didn't want to choose from the nightly selections, you always had backup selections. Every single aspect of the food and wait staff was impeccable, and they were not happy until they knew your were happy! Our Cruise Manager, Rik from the Netherlands was possibly the best in the industry. We all waited with excitement for his 6:45 daily ship notes, always done with a great sense of humor. He was pretty captivating to all of us. As I said before, I don't know where you look after having the best experience possible. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
After reviewing several other river cruise lines, we chose Uniworld because it included gratuities and drinks; the cabin size was slightly bigger than other lines; and this cruise offered the areas of Europe we wanted to see and it did not ... Read More
After reviewing several other river cruise lines, we chose Uniworld because it included gratuities and drinks; the cabin size was slightly bigger than other lines; and this cruise offered the areas of Europe we wanted to see and it did not disappoint. The service was outstanding on all phases of the cruise. The food was terrific with plenty of it. The crew from the captain to the cabin attendants, could not do enough for you. The nightly entertainment was average but okay for this type of cruise. The daily tours and side trips were excellent and offered something for everyone's interests. The tours were a little more uneven (inclines and small hills) than we had anticipated but we managed and were not left behind when with a group. Although Uniworld was a little more expensive than other cruise lines, the extra cost was well worth the money. We would highly recommend Uniworld to anyone...especially the S.S. Antoinette. Both the pre- and post- city packages were cancelled due to lack of sign-ups. Both packages were in 5 star hotels and therefore, were very expensive. You can do just as well booking your own rooms at the same hotels or other 4 & 5 star hotels at half the cost. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
all inclusive. good report from our travel agent. the ports were nice. the guided tours were all set up and run efficiently the tour director (can't remember his name.) he was very efficient. the captain was very courteous. the ... Read More
all inclusive. good report from our travel agent. the ports were nice. the guided tours were all set up and run efficiently the tour director (can't remember his name.) he was very efficient. the captain was very courteous. the food selection was good. most of the entertainment was good also. we enjoyed the scenery and seeing all the castles. getting to and from the airport was also well handled. overall everything was really good. the weather worked out well. they told us to bring clothes for colder weather but we were in the 60s and low 70s on a couple of days. we only had a little rain on the last day sailing to amsterdam. we enjoyed sitting on the deck up top when the weather was good. the dining room was always neat and clean. our suite was always perfect. daniella always kept it up so we never had to be inconvenienced. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Excellent service. Breathtaking Christmas markets in Germany, France, and Switzerland. Extension in Basel and Lucerne were well worth the time and expense, also. Ship staff was excellent. Pickup and departures went smoothly. Our head ... Read More
Excellent service. Breathtaking Christmas markets in Germany, France, and Switzerland. Extension in Basel and Lucerne were well worth the time and expense, also. Ship staff was excellent. Pickup and departures went smoothly. Our head waiter, Goran, was superb. Front desk as well as soon staff very responsive. Our tour direction, Polina, was very informative and worked to be flexible to meet our group's requests. Cabin. and ship was decorated for the holiday season and was tastefully done. Food choices were excellent and varied widely. Numerous options were made to peak our interests, with most covered at no extra expenses. Weather was cold, as expected, but still all trips were still made, even when the port was needed to be changed on one of our stops. The Captain and Hotel Manager were gracious hosts. This is our second Uniworld trip, and plan to take another soon. Uniworld is a great choice that we highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
A friend suggested Uniworld River Cruse Line, and boy was she right. We sailed out of the Basel area in Switzerland and ended up in Amsterdam. The ship was lovely and the staff amazing. They just could not do enough for you. Everything ... Read More
A friend suggested Uniworld River Cruse Line, and boy was she right. We sailed out of the Basel area in Switzerland and ended up in Amsterdam. The ship was lovely and the staff amazing. They just could not do enough for you. Everything was included on this cruise, which was quite a change from buying drink packages and tour packages. The cruise was very well organized and there was always something to do. There was entertainment every afternoon and evening. The ship had a spa and indoor swimming pool. There was a fitness center, but it was very small. The food was very good, much better than my husband and I expected. Breakfast and lunch was basically buffet style, and dinner was sit down with a number of choices on the menu. There were hot and cold choices and very good variety. They picked us up and took us to the ship before the cruise started and brought us to the airport at the end of the cruise. Everything was included. I was amazed. We have two more river cruises booked with Uniworld. That is how happy we were with it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My husband and I chose this cruise after it was highly recommended by friend. Everything was AMAZING! Ship, Service, Stateroom, and Staff! First time on a river cruise, the special attention and intimacy of the smaller ship and number of ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise after it was highly recommended by friend. Everything was AMAZING! Ship, Service, Stateroom, and Staff! First time on a river cruise, the special attention and intimacy of the smaller ship and number of passengers made it so enjoyable!! We will definitely do another. We loved the leisure of every day's schedule. The excursion options offered daily were wonderful and the schedule made the day so relaxing. Our stateroom was beautiful, comfortable and spacious. Love the bathroom and the use of the deep drawer for storage! Food and wine offered daily were delicious, we loved the daily introduction to different wines from the areas we were visiting. I cannot say enough about the service of the entire staff!!! In every area of the ship, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and SO pleasant to us! At any & every moment, taking care of our every need! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The ship was lovely. Accommodations and dining were top notch. The staff went out of their way to make everything beautiful and delicious. There were plenty of tours and onboard activities to choose from. I chose to skip the shore ... Read More
The ship was lovely. Accommodations and dining were top notch. The staff went out of their way to make everything beautiful and delicious. There were plenty of tours and onboard activities to choose from. I chose to skip the shore excursions one morning, just so I could enjoy more of the ship's amenities! But most days, I didn't want to miss the cities we were visiting either. My group and I were pleased that Uniworld provided comfortable buses, when needed. And the tour guides were all locals who were especially knowledgeable about their cities and history. We were a group of five people traveling together, and we met many other people on the ship who were pleasant and interesting. My daughters (ages 38 & 40) enjoyed some more active hikes and bike rides. They immediately met people who they enjoyed being with as well. The additional tour options were definitely worth doing as well. It was lovely, lovely, lovely! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were referred to this cruise by a family member, who also took the cruise with us. We could not have been more pleased. Uniworld is very easy to work with. The boat was small, with only 126 passengers - so easy to manage, unlike an ... Read More
We were referred to this cruise by a family member, who also took the cruise with us. We could not have been more pleased. Uniworld is very easy to work with. The boat was small, with only 126 passengers - so easy to manage, unlike an ocean cruise. The crew on our boat, River Empress, was friendly, knowledgeable, and took excellent care of us. We were pampered all week. But, even on the last day when there was so much activity on the boat between passengers leaving and passengers coming, my husband became very ill and the cruise manager literally took personal care of us to get us what we needed. No stress or worries. The ports were both charming and interesting. The excursions were well planned, with local tour guides who added personal stories that provided local insight and culture in addition to learning the history. Plenty of choices and plenty to do, but not overwhelming. We will vacation with Uniworld again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Uniworld had consistently excellent reviews for the Castles on the Rhine trip and our experience lived up to all the expectations. We spent a few days in Basel and Lake Luzerne prior to embarkation and it was a very easy city to explore on ... Read More
Uniworld had consistently excellent reviews for the Castles on the Rhine trip and our experience lived up to all the expectations. We spent a few days in Basel and Lake Luzerne prior to embarkation and it was a very easy city to explore on our own. When we boarded the SS Antoinette, we were impressed with the professionalism and friendliness evoked by all the staff. Our suite was lovely and having a butler who was charming was a very nice added benefit. The dining options were excellent as was every aspect of the service on board. We enjoyed all the excursions with the exception of the Black Forest. We would have preferred to have stayed in Strasbourg to explore that city more. Colmar and Speyer were very lovely cities and the tour guides were well informed. Of course, after departing from Rudesheim, sailing down the Rhine and seeing all the Castles was a highlight. The fact that we had fantastic weather made the trip even better. Disembarkation in Amsterdam went smoothly but unfortunately the weather deteriorated at that point. We toured Amsterdam on our own for two days and found that city somewhat chaotic but the museums were worth it. We definitely plan to take another river cruise in the future - just have to decide which one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Uniworld was recommended by some very discriminating friends with high expectations of their vacation experiences, who had nothing but great things to say. Every aspect of the cruise was wonderful. From the moment we were picked up, the ... Read More
Uniworld was recommended by some very discriminating friends with high expectations of their vacation experiences, who had nothing but great things to say. Every aspect of the cruise was wonderful. From the moment we were picked up, the entire experience was smooth and easy. Everyone that works on the ship, from cabin attendants to dining room staff to front desk, provided excellent service. They truly seemed focused on helping us get the most out of our trip. It is apparent that Uniworld has very high standards and excellent training to assure all Associates meet those standards. The only real surprise to me what that when docked in port, river ships are often stacked up and docked to each other. So you may have to walk through another ship to get to your own, or passengers from other ships may walk through yours. Another result is that you may have a ship nearly against your cabin window. So if you want natural light when in port you may have to go on deck, but once you know what to expect it's no problem. When sailing you can open your window and enjoy the view, but we found we were rarely in our cabin except to sleep. We extended our stay in Amsterdam which was a lot of fun. There were tours in the mornings only, which gave us lots of time to explore on our own too. We can't wait until our next Uniworld cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This cruise exceeded my expectations by a 1,000%. Our luggage was 4 days late and the crew went over and above to keep us informed about the luggage and to take care of laundering the clothes that we had and getting them to us timely each ... Read More
This cruise exceeded my expectations by a 1,000%. Our luggage was 4 days late and the crew went over and above to keep us informed about the luggage and to take care of laundering the clothes that we had and getting them to us timely each morning so that we wouldn't miss any excursions. I cannot say enough about the professional, caring and extreme service that we had on board this ship. The excursions and local guides were first-rate and I couldn't pick a favorite, they were all extremely interesting and well planned. The service in the dining room and the food was excellent everyday and the "Al Fresco" dining experience was fantastic. The entertainment was excellent. I would only recommend that maybe some entertainment that involved the passengers to promote interaction. Our Cruise Director, Piet was absolutely fantastic and his informative talks really prepared us for the excursions the next day. This was my first river cruise and I am hooked on Uniworld and would highly recommend them!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
first river cruise. food and service was exceptional. .breakfast and lunch were buffet style while dinner was off a menu. the quality of the food and service in the dining room was more than superb. crew knew your names within 24 hours. ... Read More
first river cruise. food and service was exceptional. .breakfast and lunch were buffet style while dinner was off a menu. the quality of the food and service in the dining room was more than superb. crew knew your names within 24 hours. there was nothing that they wouldn't do for you if asked. the tour choices were terrific and allowed you time to do some wandering on your own. boat and room were nicely decorated. room could have been a bit more spacious, but was fine. for the most part, ports and shore excursions were good. stayed one night in basel, switzerland before the cruise. very enjoyable city. stayed three nights in Amsterdam after the cruise. highly recommend that you do not rush home but extend your stay in Amsterdam. had a great time walking the city and taking tours. . we are already discussing our next uniworld cruise as our first one exceeded our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first river cruise, so we really did not know what to expect. We found that the minute we came on board the ship we felt very welcomed. Quickly, we realized that we made the correct decision to chose Uniworld. The service ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, so we really did not know what to expect. We found that the minute we came on board the ship we felt very welcomed. Quickly, we realized that we made the correct decision to chose Uniworld. The service of every staff member from housekeeping, to the captain was excellent. Our cruise director Piet, was outstanding. The various tours were informative an unique that provided life time memories. The venues were particularly interesting, including the vinegar tasting, wine tasting at Vollards Castle and the visit to Marksburg Castle. The food selections, quality and presentation were above our expectations. Our service staff was attentive and engaging. By the end of the cruise, it felt that the staff was part of your family. The only negative is that the ship is beginning to show it's age, particularly in the cabins. The wall fabrics appear worn are in need of updating. A very pleasurable and memorable experience! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We were fortunate to find this particular cruise through a special on "Black Friday." We only knew that we wanted to try a river cruise, and are delighted this was the one. We had lived for a summer in Germany many years ago ... Read More
We were fortunate to find this particular cruise through a special on "Black Friday." We only knew that we wanted to try a river cruise, and are delighted this was the one. We had lived for a summer in Germany many years ago and found joy to be in Germany again. Our stateroom was always clean and we found it very comfortable. Since you spend little time in the stateroom it was adequate despite being on the small side with a small, but well arranged bathroom. Our cabin steward took care of everything. This was one place where having gratuities take care of came in handy. My luggage was lost and the people who met us in Basel worked to find it. After we were on the ship I was reassured by our Cruise Director and he worked hard, calling around until the bag arrived. The public areas of the ship were lovely and very comfortable. It was a joy to sit in the lounge with an excellent cocktail and a few munchies to settle from the busy days. If we sat on the upper deck while cruising, staff kept up with drink orders so well. Excursions were well planned and very interesting. My husband is a historian and was glad to find they were accurate. Gentle walking tours made it possible for me to go. Arthritis makes me slow, but I can keep going. I was exhausted after one excursion when there was no slow walker tour. All the leaders had excellent English and were interesting, but one this one day I was made to feel that I was causing a problem. Others on the trip were irritated for me. I had to miss one excursion because there was no Slow Walker on an exceedingly hot day. Everyone that went said they were glad I did not go because of the speed of the tour. I complained and there were slow walker groups for all other tours. Lectures on board were interesting and useful. Brexit had recently happen and our cruise director's explanation helped me understand it so much better. I really do not have an adequate vocabulary to praise the food. Local and excellent with wonderful service meals gave us many happy memories to take away. Servers were very patient and explained things well. Soups were particularly good on the whole trip and we often asked for both soups. We would start with a small amount of both wines, then settle on one. No raised eyebrows, at least in our presence. :-) A mechanical malfunction was serviced as soon as they could, with good communication with us. This showed us how the crew was indeed a family and could work together. On the hot upper deck they rushed around moving us to shade, seeing we kept hydrated and providing whatever we wanted to drink. The whole crew worked to make us comfortable for an excellent dinner on deck. A stipend was given to people who wanted to dine in the town nearby. All in all it was an incredible trip. No other words need be said, other than we could not wait to plan another cruise. Will never stray from Uniworld, they spoiled us so thoroughly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Castles on the Rhine River Uniworld tour 2016 Just returned from a very enjoyable river cruise on the Rhine (Castles along the Rhine) aboard Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette. We did a pre cruise day in Basel Switzerland and a post day in ... Read More
Castles on the Rhine River Uniworld tour 2016 Just returned from a very enjoyable river cruise on the Rhine (Castles along the Rhine) aboard Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette. We did a pre cruise day in Basel Switzerland and a post day in Amsterdam on our own) but I'll focus this review on the cruise. This was our first river cruise and even after reading many online reviews, we were a little hesitant as to the possible lack of amenities and "activities" on a small passenger ship as opposed to the large cruise ships we are familiar with. It turned out that we didn't miss or lack for anything and were extremely happy with everything available on this type of cruising vessel. We flew from our location in the states on a Friday, leaving Dulles at 10:30pm for an overnight flight to Basel eventually arriving in Basel at 4:20pm Saturday the next day. We chose to fly Business Class in order to have the ability to lie down to sleep. We were fed and rather refreshed from the flight. Caught a taxi to our hotel Radisson Blu which we had prepaid from the states and chose “Business Class” which meant for a sparkling clean room. We were a group of 20 traveling as passengers for the cruise, I think there were a total of 100 passengers on the ship itself. We caught up with our friends and had a dinner at a nice Swiss restaurant with a reservation made one month ago. We caught the trams as we needed for our travels. The next morning on Sunday had our free included breakfast and then we were off in our private bus transport for the hour and ½ ride to Breisach Germany because the port in Basel is closed for repairs or the Rhine is not deep enough to get us there. Our other option would have been to get back to the Airport where Uniworld would have picked us up for free and transported us to the ship. Our ship was at the dock and we arrived at 11AM, we were quickly processed in, told to wait on the top deck where we could have lunch, drinks and our rooms would be ready by 2:30pm. This is where we met Ilian and Dejan who would watch after us daily and help us The only couple complaining was the one who had just flown in from overnight and wanted their rooms right away. Another couple who arrived by 3pm had experienced major flight delays due to storms out of New York. We have learned to fly out of Dulles in the Summertime…… Basel can be expensive, so, if you choose the cruise that goes from Basel to Amsterdam and have a time limit, you can just fly overnight into Basel and take Uniworld’s bus to the ship. The ship and the crew are absolutely divine! No complaints, the service is outstanding, the food, the accommodations, you will not want to leave! We had WiFi and a TV, but, who is watching Movies when you have this scenery? Breakfast and lunch are buffets with many homemade items, Dinner has enough choices to please almost any diet. I simply cannot do the food or level of service high enough. Do not worry about renting a car unless there is something specific you want to see. Everything is geared that you are up in the mornings by 7:30am and off by 9am, you are usually back on by 5pm and then relax and dinner awaits. I did not wear a dress, just took a lot of chicos and pretty tops. You will not get bored as the scenery is so charming. The cruise is like a dream come true, we really enjoyed it and we had sunshine 8 days in a row, even in Amsterdam. We took our raincoats and never used them once. Weather was low 80’s for the highs and 60 at night. As I said, we got to the ship and made the decision to stay on board. At 6 pm we moved to a closer dock where you could have gotten off, walked to one or two cafes, but, why?? It was Sunday and everything closed. Besides the Grand Salon was serving light snacks and the drinks were free. We were in Cabin 411 which had a French Balcony. We had a lovely blue Toile print. We unpacked and had ample storage for all that we brought. We were both impressed with the roomy bathroom. It had a large drawer under the sink to hold all your toiletries and did not have to clutter up the countertop. The shower was roomy. Helga was our room Attendant and she did an Outstanding Job! Once we got settled in it was time for the Safety drill which was held in the Salon. It is the area where daily meetings are held and is also a bar. The meeting took only about 15 minutes. We changed for dinner which was served freestyle from 7pm to 9pm.and overnighted in Breisach. The next morning was Monday the fourth of July. We had breakfast and headed out on a private tour with a wine tasting at a 200-year-old winery in the Alsace Region, lunch at a gourmet French restaurant and a tour of a castle I cannot say enough how charming these French Towns were. The restaurant even set out an American flag for us to enjoy on our holiday. Back at the ship by 5pm, we had a cocktail in our room, enjoyed our balcony and changed for dinner. 6:00 -- 9:00 PM -- Captain's welcome cocktail followed by the welcome dinner. The welcome cocktail was in the Grand Salon and we were introduced to the entire crew, which made the ship even more personal to the passengers. After the welcome cocktail, we all went down to dinner for the Captain's welcome dinner. This and the farewell dinner on the last evening, is as formal as the dining gets and the entire was more casual than formal dinners on the bigger cruise ships. That being said, most men wore a sport coat with open collared shirts (some wore ties and I saw a few suits) and the women mostly wore nice dresses or pants suits for these "dressed up" dinners. All other dinners we dressed in business casual attire and felt quite comfortable. The port talk was at 6:45 in the Salon every night and well worth listening to. The Sommelier Ivian would discuss the wine pairings he had chosen for the evening and others would talk about the events planned for the next day. The boat sailed at 7pm and we went thru one of the first of 19 different locks. Amazing how there are just inches on either side. They say Leonardo Da Vinci invented the lock system as a way to navigate the Rhine. The locks and barges became much more frequent as we neared Amsterdam. The next day Tuesday was Strasbourg and we elected to not do the included walking tour as we were tired. So tired we slept past the 10am deadline for breakfast. The ship has little maps they hand out of each town, so, we got one and waited for noon to have lunch and catch the 1:15pm shuttle into town. We knew the last bus leaving Strasbourg was at 5pm. We caught the bus and ended up on a 40 minute bus ride because the ship had to dock so far out. There was confusion for the folks on the Black Forest tour because the bus did not leave till 12noon. With a 2 and ½ hour bus ride each way, I think they had to cut out one of the stops and did not get back till 6:30pm I asked how they liked the tour and none of them raved about it. Anyway, we went into town, got off the bus and while we were gathering our things got approached by a man trying to give us a plastic elephant from “Kenya” He wanted money and we said No. We walked to the Cathedral which was a 15-minute walk. Notre Dame was lovely. After we came out, there was a public restroom nearby. YAY!! Then the policeman with UZI’s came walking up and one posted by each entrance to the cathedral. I looked at perhaps 200 people gathered there, having drinks and something to eat and said we need to leave. We thought about taking the mini train ride around the city and decided not to take the chance of missing the 5pm bus back to the ship. We walked back, got a delicious pretzel and caught the bus on time. I would not hesitate to take a canal boat ride although some were not impressed. Lines were long. Strasbourg was busy and noisy with young people and lots of traffic. I decided not to try any pastries because the ones on the ship are also homemade and delicious. We got back to the ship at 5:45pm, changed and had dinner. It was not long after we arrived home from our cruise that the people in Nice were attacked and killed………… I would not do Strasbourg again. Part of the charm of these villages is they are quaint and small, not so with the larger cities. That night they had the “Fine Dining Experience" for our 20 plus group. It was held upstairs at the L'Orangarie. It had a set menu with the entrée being a particularly fabulous tenderloin of beef. Ion the Head Butler oversaw the entire meal with his sophisticated White Gloves. He was a very impressive and professional Head Butler! The entire staff was that way even when they did not know you were watching. The next day was Wednesday and a 9am leave time for the 40-minute drive to do the Vinegar tasting at Doktorehof. We were able to see a lot of agriculture along the way. In fact, we have seen agriculture all along the Rhine from Amsterdam. Beside vineyard after vineyard there are all sorts of crops along the way. The Vinegar tasting experience was wonderful. I had read on Cruise Critic that this was not to be missed and I agree with that assessment. We enjoyed the trip ad bought some vinegar to take home. I was one of the lucky 12 who got to take the 4-hour cooking class by the head Vinegar Maker. We had a four course meal we prepared using some of the vinegars we had tasted. We went for cocktails afterward on the ship where Ana the waitress and Alexander the Head Bartender looked after our every need. Alexandru even made sure I had fresh unsweetened Ice Tea in my room every afternoon. Dinner was divine as usual Thursday was a morning arrival to Rudeshiem, the town is very touristy, and charming. They offer Rudeshiem coffee which is made with a shot of brandy, maybe I will try it next time. The first thing we do is go on the wine tour of Schloss Vollrads.which has the most wonderful Alsace Riesling. The ship also carries it and that is what I drink from now on. After the tour of the winery where we had our first tasting on the lovely grounds, second in a parlor and third in the dining room. It was delightful and a wedding was to be held there that afternoon. We went into Rudeshiem and walked the narrow, old, steep and charming streets to the Christmas Shoppe. Alas, the prices were sky high on the items that interested me, although they definitely had a wide variety of things. Some elected to have a pastry and a coffee, it was alittle bit of a walk back for me so we headed to the ship where the crew had prepared a delightful Octoberfest meal, we had them carry plates for us to our room. Again, they are very accommodating even making sure I had a fresh pitcher of unsweetened tea in my room every day. We returned to the ship, I went and chose my lunch and Alexander the waiter delivered it to our room, so, I could watch the start of the castles go by Up next the Castles on the Rhine! We then sailed a 40-mile swath of the Rhine. As we watched the Castles go by. Anthony narrated and told us the name and history of each castle we passed. We passed by castle after castle hearing how they were all destroyed by the French in the 19th century and all been rebuilt. The quaintest villages with gorgeous churches and buildings. My husband took almost 100 pictures. It was as if we stepped into a fairy tale. The staff was serving us the beautiful orange cocktails; it was all so luxurious. As we sailed into Boppard (where you can walk into town and get educated on German wines) some chose to do laundry on the ship where they have 6 machines for you to use and will give you the detergent. I for one bought second hand items to wear and leave behind, laundry was not a problem for me. More room to pack in souvenirs too., this was an overnight so some went into town to watch the soccer match after dinner. Our group had a private cocktail reception at 6pm in the Leopard Lounge, so we chose to enjoy the view of the lovely town of Boppard. Then from 7:45pm to 8:45pm, there was an opera singer entertaining us in the Grand Salon, I felt like I was at Spoleto. Friday at 8am the ship was set to sail and those who wanted to ride bikes into Koblenz took off as we sailed into Koblenz at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, they were offering the black forest cake demonstration at 9:30am. The problem is they had major tours starting at 10am and no one wanted to miss it. I was the only one who showed up, but, I was late and they had canceled, so, they said they would save me a piece (and they did!). We had plan to take a slow walk into town and then they arranged a gentle walking tour!! Perfect for us slow ones. We had a lovely slow tour seeing a church where Napoleon stowed his horses and a clock where the man rolls his eyes and ticks out is tongue on the quarter hour. The tour was so good, I felt I missed out on some very good guided tours. But…….if you have trouble walking you will just slow the group down. After the tour, we were back on the ship, had lunch and chose to go up on top and enjoy the rest of the afternoon, it threatened to rain, but, held off. At 5:30pm to 6:30pm they had a local quintet come aboard and perform. I sat pinching myself as I looked at the charming town of Koblenze, with this beautiful local talent playing. It just does not get any better than this We set sail that afternoon towards Cologne and docked later that evening. Saturday we had a 9am tour to Cologne and the ship was leaving promptly at noon. We were taken by the noisy bumpy mini-train to the Cathedral. Saw some f the most pitiful beggars………. Our tour guide had to get approval on an entrance time for us, so we finally got in around 10am. We had on our quiet Vox so, we had a wonderful tour. Saw the gold burial crate of the 3 wise men and a number of interesting facts. We were thru by 10:45 and some left to catch the 11am train back to the ship. I elected to go in one of the nearby souvenir shops and purchased some 4711 colognes. We caught the 11:30 train back to the ship. And at 12:30 we were off to our final destination of Amsterdam. The Wine sommelier Ivian elected to hold a 1-hour wine and cheese tasting which was educational, delightful and delicious. It was time to go pack because we would be up by 6:30am to eat breakfast and leave the ship by 8AM Sunday, our intent was to be off the ship by 8am, check into our hotel Radisson blu, store our luggage and be in line for the Anne Frank museum by 9am. There were several staggered bus departures taking passengers to various points. Earlier in the week, each cabin was requested to submit their departure plans (flying out after disembarking, trains, taxis to airport, extending in cities, etc.) and the crew efficiently used this information to use the buses to get us to where we needed to be. We got to our hotel by 8:15, we had previously reserved and paid for this room and upgrade to Business Class. We were told we could get in the room by 10am. We were also told the Anne Frank Haus were only accepting on line ticket purchases from 9 am to 3:30pm and afterwards walk-ups could purchase a ticket. I had been trying to buy on-line tickets since March. They took the site down in June for the United States BECAUSE SCALPERS WERE BUYING THE 9 EURO tickets and then selling them for higher prices to those standing in line. So……….we decided to wait on the 10am check-in time, then the system went down and no one could check in, we finally decided to do a one hour canal tour, got directions, went the wrong way and a kind Dutch gentleman stopped us and said we were headed to the red light district. We went back to the hotel, all was well and we checked into our room. We headed back out and they are right, watch out for the bikes!! Took the canal tour which was lovely. We then caught a Pedi cab to the Rijk’s Museum where we had no line and still no rain!! We saw the Rembrandts and the Masters, it was great. It was now 3:30 and we caught a cab to the Anne Frank house for 6 Euro’s. We waited in line for 1 hour and 15 minutes and got into the house. It was everything they said it would be, the worst part seeing the picture of Otto Frank standing in the apartment where his family hid for 2 years and seeing the sadness in his eyes. It was now 6:20pm and we caught a cab to Casa Di David where the remnants of our group was meeting for dinner. Fabulous Italian dinner then back to the hotel where we flew home. Amsterdam was lovely, 750,000 people and yes they had cars, but most walk or ride their bikes. Everyone is probably healthy, but, houses are very tall and skinny with tight staircases. They are all 16th century in the historic district, just lovely! The biggest question, would I do this cruise again? Yes, after I take one on the Danube, I would love to cruise from Amsterdam to Basel! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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