U River Cruises

6 Reviews
The A (Photo: Christina Janansky/Cruise Critic)

About U River Cruises

Designed as the first river cruise catering to a more trendy audience, U River Cruises features more experiential itineraries that allow passengers to connect with the cities the boats visit and the people who live there.

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U River Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on U River Cruises cruise ships?

U River Cruises attracts a wide variety of cruisers, though despite its target audience, you'll find more 40- and 50-somethings than 20-year-olds. Most are from the U.S.

Do I have to dress up on a U River Cruises cruise?

No. The tongue-in-cheek advice on the U website states: "Come as you are, as long as you have clothes on. No shirt, no shoes, no service."

Is everything free on U River Cruises cruises?

No. Meals are included along with complimentary water, coffee and tea all day long, and juice at breakfast. All other drinks cost extra. Wi-Fi, gratuities and the use of one of the 50 bicycles kept onboard is also included. One shore excursion is included per port but all others must be purchased.

What are U River Cruises’s most popular activities?

People choose U River Cruises for its alternative vision of river cruising. The more interactive, unique or active the option, the more popular it is -- extended bike tours, pretzel-making classes, rock climbing and other such tours, for example.

Other popular activities are morning yoga classes and local DJ nights in the onboard nightclub.

Why go with U River Cruises?

  • Cool ships that stand out from the crowd
  • First line geared toward younger travelers with rooftop lounges and yoga studios
  • Overnight stays and longer stops in cities

Best for: Young and young-at-heart travelers looking for a hip and lively river cruise experience

Not for: Mature, early-to-bed cruisers or anyone looking for a fully inclusive river cruise

U River Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Substitute ship, quirks of river cruising

On the second prepaid excursion, as it turned out one of us was quite sick from a stomach virus and could not go, but no refund is possible so we are out the $100.Dinner was starting (there is only one seating), so we went to dinner, then AFTER dinner there was a bottle of champagne and chocolates in the room.Read More
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couple2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Danube Flow: Beautiful ship, interesting stops, okay food, very uneven service

There is a limited bar menu (fries, etc) for an extra charge between meals, but I really think they should offer some sort of light snacks for those days with 10 hours between meals, especially when we are stuck at a port or at a sea day.Our port stops (Regensburg to embark, then a couple days lost to Deggendorf/river problems, then Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest) were all pretty interesting, and were the highlight of the cruise.Read More
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few6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

The A - a good concept, but needs refining

once we got to the top, he said we could go to the little museum there, or have a snack at the hilltop cafe, or head back down had visit a pub or cafe in town, but none of these things were included in the tour, but would be at our own expense..i went down the two flights of stairs to buy a drink at the U Lounge, and i suggested that a server come up top with a tray of drinks of the day, saying that sales would be brisk, but i was told that the ship did not have the personnel for that.Read More
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many10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Cruising the Rhine - Amsterdam to Frankfurt

There is a brunch most mornings that consist of generally the some sort of hot breakfast bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes etc.Breakfast does at some point move to a more lunch menu but I did not see that much as you are usually out and about.Read More
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few6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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