S.S. Antoinette Cruise Review by RWSherm
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: Europe River
The difference was described to us like a Cadillac vs a Chevrolet or linen vs plastic. We loved our Viking-Danube River cruise but the Uniworld service, attention to details, cleanliness, friendly staff, "open bar" , no tipping policy all added up to a fantastic week.I would also add that we love cruising late in October--crowds are down, weather is cool but comfortable and on this cruise the ship was 3/4 full. I'm not sure it made a huge difference but service was so prompt and staff was easy to engage in fun conversation and this really added to our experience.
The cabin itself was very roomy--we were on mid-level, no balcony but huge windows. The beds were very comfortable and we were not bothered by any outside noise from above next door or engine noise.
One of the best little secrets of the ship was the swimming pool. It was in the rear of the ship, completely enclose by full length windows, heated and it was like having your private lounge and pool. I used it several times, while my wife read and only once was someone else using it. Just a nice way to quickly unwind from our daily excursions. Robes and slippers were provided in each cabin which made in convenient.
Every excursion was remarkable but the 2 that stood out for us was an afternoon bike ride along the Rhine when we were in Koblenz.. We are avid pedalers and the trails along the river were gorgeous with fall colors, castles on the hillsides and a great guide.
It was a 17 mile round-trip , so it was a good workout , but so worth it!! The other excursion was the Alsatian village day. We were bused to 2 medieval villages that were mostly untouched during WWII and they were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed walking around their uncrowded cobblestone streets and every corner and doorway were photo opportunities..
In all, we had a great time, met nice folks from all over, and will definitely do another Uniworld cruise in the near future.
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