River Victoria Review

First time i have been disappointed

Review for Russia River Cruise on River Victoria
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2015
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom

this is my 8th river cruise w/uniworld. I was picked up at the airport and whisked to the ship in time for dinner.

I realize river Victoria was rented, but from experience I expected better experience. the dining room staff didn't speak English yet a server told me they were all students picked because of their English language skills then trained to serve. the dining room manager told me they were difficult to supervise because they were not a team. dinner usually took 3 hours due to the very slow service and complaining to the manager didn't help. it was also difficult to get needs met when no one but the manager spoke English. the food was ho-hum. the menu had one meat, one fish and one vegetarian whereas the cruises in Germany also had a 'healthy choice' and if you didn't like anything on the menu there were also steak, chicken, caeser salad etc. offerings. Uniworld had brought a senior chef from Germany, but that didn't help. still mediochre fare.

I always get a class 2 or 3 cabin and I was pleased to have a balcony, but when we cruised north from Moscow it was too cold and rainy to sit there. big disappointment since one of the pleasures of river cruising for me is having my morning espresso on the balcony and watching the sunrise. as well as the cold we sailed on two lakes in northern Russia where the wind blew so hard the shipped rocked. one of the reasons I river cruise is to avoid seasickness. it's the first time on any river cruise I had to take Dramamine.

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Balcony Stateroom

Cabin 3

large, roomy. lots of closet space. bathrobe and slippers provided. flat screen tv that uniworld offered 'tsars of russia' series(which I own) and a channel that allowed me to access the lecture series if I was too tired to attend in person. large balcony.

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