Best Cruise We Have Taken: River Beatrice Cruise Review by marilyng55

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Best Cruise We Have Taken

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Budapest
We were aboard the River Beatrice for seven nights from Budapest to Passau and then took Uniworld's extension to Prague. After several ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise and the best cruise ever. The suite was luxurious, with lots of room to move around as well as plenty of storage and a nice size bathroom. The food was great, especially at the special events such as the captain's dinners. The level of the food would rival many of the excellent restaurants we have here in the SF Bay Area, and the wine poured with dinner was of good quality. The fact that the wine and excursions were included in the initial price meant that you didn't have to worry about buying a wine package or standing in line to sign up for excursions as we have done on all of our ocean cruises. Each Uniworld employee went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable. The cruise director, Christine, is exceptional in every way - she has an extensive knowledge of the area and is very articulate, patient More and warm. And the people we met on the cruise were interesting and fun to be with for a week.

Regarding the excursions, the local guides were almost always excellent, and the QuietVox system allowed everyone to hear the entire presentation. On some of the city tours, after we tired of regimentation and buses, we were able to break away and find our way back to the ship on our own. This was especially easy in Vienna especially, where the Metro line can take you within a 10-minute walk to the ship.

The Prague extension was enjoyable as well. Getting there was easy because a bus picked us up at the ship and took us to Prague, and Uniworld's guide Jana in Prague was exceptional. She offered a private optional tour of the theatre where Mozart first performed Figaro, conducted by the 85-year-old former symphony conductor, as well as a tour of the beautiful second floor of the Municipal Building. Her included tour of Prague Castle was very well done, and she took very good care of the Uniworld group throughout the stay, including handling everyone's airport transfers.

All in all, this was a great trip, and we will definitely use Uniworld in the future. Less

Published 10/07/10

Cabin review: S406 Suite with French Balcony

The suite was luxurious, with lots of room to move around as well as plenty of storage and a nice size bathroom. The only thing I missed was a real balcony. French balconies only allow you to open the window and not fall out. Would rather have a balcony with chairs where we could sit and watch the countryside go by.

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