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S.S. Sphinx Review

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Very disappointing

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phertz1
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Grand Suite

The cruise was very disappointing. Staff tried to be helpful. Suite was nice with sliding windows. We expected to be able to relax in our suite and have a full view of the river or shore during the cruise and while docked. Any positive aspects of the cruise were completely overshadowed, however by the fact that 3 of the 7 days when the ship was docked we looked directly into a bedroom on the sister ship docked next to us. This was not only claustrophobic, but on one day we were looking directly at the adjacent room's occupants. On another day the neon glare of the sister ship's signage was directly across from our room less than 5 feet away. On excursions it was always "hurry up and then wait". At most sites not enough time to really explore the site. There were no educational lectures.Food was abundant, but average. It was impossible to communicate directly with anyone from Uniworld to answer specific questions prior to the trip. Although I prepaid extra to Uniworld to upgrade our room at the hotel at the beginning of the trip, the hotel had no information regarding this upgrade when we checked in. Any shipboard credits could only be used for massages, bar drinks priced at $30 per drink, or excursions. However if you had prepaid a lofty sum for an excursion prior to the trip you were not allowed to apply your on board credit to the prepayment.

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Grand Suite

Suite was nice with sliding windows. We expected to be able to relax in our suite and have a full view of the river or shore during the cruise and while docked. Any positive aspects of the cruise were completely overshadowed, however by the fact that 3 of the 7 days when the ship was docked we looked directly into a bedroom on the sister ship docked next to us. This was not only claustrophobic, but on one day we were looking directly at the adjacent room's occupants. On another day the neon glare of the sister ship's signage was directly across from our room less than 5 feet away.

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