S.S. Antoinette Review

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Pool on Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette (Photo: Uniworld)
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
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S.S. Antoinette, river cruise line Uniworld's first-ever new-build, launched in March 2011. The 152-passenger vessel, built at Holland's Shipyard De Hoop, is one of the most innovative ships sailing on Europe's rivers today.

Uniworld's penchant for whimsical and daring interior design (Antoinette, for instance, is based on an interpretation of Marie Antoinette's France), lush cabin appointments, and superb service and cuisine is apparent on all the company's vessels. But creating its first ship from scratch offered the line a chance to innovate, and did it ever.

The Rhine River-based S.S. Antoinette offers a serious wow factor with its new unique-to-river-cruising features, including suites with alcoves that can be converted from glassed-in conservatories to open-air balconies by pushing a switch.

There's also a beautiful 22-seat cinema with Dolby Surround Sound that's atmospherically housed in a room adorned with vintage movie posters. (The requisite popcorn cart is also included in the mix.)

In addition, the vessel's top deck showcases several novel twists. Traditionally, riverboats use their upper decks as observation areas in good weather only; height-wise, they contain no furnishings taller than a chaise lounge so that the vessels can fit under low-slung bridges. For Antoinette, Uniworld has constructed a pair of all-weather rooms: the South Beach-like Leopard Bar (which is a classic lounge tradition in many Red Carnation hotels, a sister company) and the elegant L'Orangerie, an indoor/outdoor dining venue. Both have air conditioning and heating. The reason that Uniworld can build such structures: Their ceilings and windows can collapse on demand if the ship needs to pass under a low bridge.

Another twist: Few riverboats have swimming pools; on Antoinette, there's a glassed-in facility with gorgeous mosaic tiling, a wall of windows and an adjacent spa. Interestingly, the pool serves in another capacity. The few riverboats that have one typically locate them in their midsections, said Patrick Janssens, owner of Shipyard De Hoop, which has been building vessels for more than a century. In Antoinette's case, placing the pool in the rear gives it an operational advantage. With its heavy weight, it creates mass where vibration tends to be a problem, helping to ensure an extra-quiet ride.

All cruise fares include unlimited fine wine, beer and spirits, as well as gratuities for onboard and onshore services, including pre- and post-cruise extensions.

About

Passengers: 152
Crew: 57
Passenger to Crew: 3:1
Launched: 2011
Shore Excursions: 47

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Uniworld S.S. Antoinette Cruiser Reviews

Enjoyable cruise

We traveled on the SS Antoinette from Amsterdam to Basel on October 2-9, 2022. The ship is decorated in Uniworld unique décor that is very ornate.Read More
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jmb5545

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Great ship and cruise

The "Marie Antoinette / Louis VI" decor was good fun - lots of mirrors and gold, like Versailles. Restaurant and meals were excellent, drinks unlimited, service great.Read More
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Grege2

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Loved this itinerary and this ship

The crew on our cruise were outstanding and the attention to detail in the dining room was very impressive.Our waitress recognised from our last cruise and it felt lovely to be remembered.Read More
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Cruiselover22334

many10+ Cruises

Age 40s

Castles along the Rhine

I enjoy being able to just walk off the ship and walk into the towns.Not a big deal just my preference to just to be able to walk into town.Read More
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PNFL

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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