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River Duchess Review

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Wonderful Cruise Celebration, Great Itinerary

Review for River Duchess to Europe
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Fostersmith
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2017
Cabin: Stateroom with French Balcony
Budapest Parliament Building during evening cruise.
Entering Iron Gate Region on Danube River Serbia
Sunrise over the Danube, Romania.

We have cruised with Uniworld two years ago from Budapest to Passau and decided we wanted to do this cruise which actually started in Amsterdam and ended in Bucharest. WE had 21 days on the ship and 2 nights in Bucharest. We also did the pre cruise in Amsterdam, which was the only disappointment of the trip.

So I want to get that out of the way first. We booked the pre cruise tour in Amsterdam and had a very difficult time getting the timing of the excursions that came with the pre tour. Apparently there were two different cruises leaving on the same day and the guide was juggling both groups. We finally received an itinerary so we could plan our other excursions only to find that the tour guide changed the timing because "of the other group". This was really not my problem, they should have called in a second guide to deal with any issues that came up with another group. As it happened we missed the main excursion with the guide, as we had other plans for earlier in the day and could not make it to both. The canal tour he took us on was ok, although he sat in the back of the canal boat and just spoke using the audio equipment we had. He could not even sit with us and maybe spontaneously point something out. Then the day we were supposed to embark there was a glitch with the bus picking us up because of traffic and the size of the bus. We were supposed to arrive for lunch and as time got tight, he said just go and get lunch the dining room is open until 3 pm. Wrong. First we had to sign in, and by time we got to the dining room, we were told it was closed. In the meantime he went and got his food and was sitting eating and totally ignored the fact that we were expecting something to eat, from his directions. I was really upset, as he did nothing except kept on eating, even though he saw us walk in. Luckily a very good manage, Karolina, heard the issues and had the 5 of us go into the lounge and order off the bar menu. But why should we have to have an issue with this, the local guide should have taken care of this. All in all, I am not sure I would do another pre cruise tour with Uniworld local guides. I would rather plan private tours and arrive take a cab to the ship. Of course you might say, at least you get an airport pick up, wrong again. He did not even get that part correct. there were three of us waiting. Luckily a AMAcruise guide helped us, by calling the River Duchess for us, and helping us get a cab to the hotel. We were easily reimbursed, but another unpleasant way to start our vacation.

BUT EVERYTHING ELSE WAS GREAT!!!

Cabin Review

Stateroom with French Balcony

Cabin 1

A little small, but very well laid out, with more than enough storage, a very comfortable bed, nicely laid out bathroom, a French Balcony, so we had plenty of fresh air. As stated above, just don't take the stateroom next to the dining room as it is very noisy as people are waiting to go into dinner.

Port Reviews

Nuremberg

Excellent. We chose to go to the Documentation Center and Court room 600, where the Nuremberg trials were held. This was an excellent tour. I could have spent another hour in the Documentation center. It was facilitating.

Regensburg

I did a hike across the river and enjoyed the afternoon. The tour of the BMW factory was incredible!!!! Recommend anyone to take this excursion if you are interested in how cars are assembled. This was wonderful. The we all had dinner at a local restaurant, excellent.

Bamberg

Tour of cathedral was ok, but we had too much free time in Bamberg to "shop". There was nothing here that was special and I would have preferred to have gone back to the ship earlier rather than wait around for the buses.

Frankfurt

We went to the modern art museum with an incredible guide after a short walk through the city. This was a wonderful tour. We also had a great bike ride with Denise from the ship, who was the wellness/fitness member of the crew. She took around 10 of us for a bike ride along the river.

Amsterdam

We did not join the main excursion, as the local guide changed the timing at the last minute because of another tour group. We had made other plans and could not do both. So I would not give this guide or the pre cruise any rating.

Wurzburg

The residence was great. Wonderful tour guide.

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