This was our third Uniworld European cruise in the last four years and our favorite, due in large part to the wonderful cities we visited. We travelled with our adult daughter and son-in-law. While the River Princess can carry over 120 passengers there were only 80 on our cruise, half of which were Americans. There were times we felt like we were on a large private luxury yacht.
Food and drink is always exceptional on Uniworld. By the second day our waiter had already made note of our preferences. My wife and daughter are both on gluten-free diets and alternatives were given - particularly with desserts - that were hard to distinguish from the originals. We are not big drinkers but the wines offered each night at dinner were some of the best we've ever had.
We cruised Budapest the first night, and it was stunning - so beautifully lit up - and we were anxious to explore the next day. It poured rain that morning, but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm for the city. Our guide said Hollywood has come to depend on Budapest to represent different cities in both Europe and the Soviet Union. It was easy to see why.
Our room was immediately at the top of the steps from the front desk, but noise in the corridor was never an issue. Being an older ship, the River Princess has two drawbacks: there was only a French balcony and the bathroom is a bit smaller, but neither of these things bothered us much. The Danube and the weather were most accommodating, giving us plenty of time to sit on deck and enjoy the view. The decor and cleanliness were very much in keeping with what we have come to expect from Uniworld. Our room was looked after twice each day, once in the late morning while we toured and again during dinner.