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By Louise Goldsbury
Cruise Critic Australia Managing Editor

S.S. Beatrice Overview

Beatrice is the first vessel to be converted into one of Uniworld's signature "Super Ships," a superior class boasting redesigned accommodation, upgraded technology and signature features such as a grand central staircase. Formerly sailing as River Beatrice, the slightly renamed and vastly redesigned S.S. Beatrice is virtually unrecognizable. For a start, it's grown a few feet in length to install a sleeker hull. All public rooms and accommodation interiors have been transformed, and dining and bar options doubled. Unlike other Super Ships, however, Beatrice has no pool or mini-cinema.

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About Uniworld S.S. Beatrice


Pro

2018 makeover elevated ship to a higher level of luxury with additional venues

Con

Some excursions involve long drives and large groups

Bottom Line

Superb service, dining, decor and activities ensure a highly pleasing experience


The addition of three larger suites and four cabins reconfigured as connecting family rooms, has reduced capacity from 156 to 152 passengers. Our early-season sailing had only 97 passengers and 56 crew, so we were lavished with attention. The ever-professional crew made such a difference to everyone's enjoyment. From the captain, the cruise manager, restaurant manager and hotel manager to the delightful waiters, bartenders and impeccable housekeeping, Beatrice's team is hard to beat.

A sign of the times: The Captain's Lounge, which housed a small library, is gone to make way for the modern Max's, where every table has USB ports and international power points to plug in and charge phones, iPads and Kindles. Max's hosts cooking classes (for an extra fee), while its bar is completely overlooked; there is no entertainment so many passengers didn't know it exists. More popular is Schubert's, a complimentary, Austrian-style cafe. Much of the outdoor deck at the bow has been reclaimed for this lovely, indoor alternative to the main restaurant.

The 2018 renovation, undertaken by designers from Red Carnation Hotels (Uniworld's sister brand), addresses style and comfort in equal measures. The overriding feeling is one of lightness and brightness as sunshine streams in through panoramic windows onto the light wood and blue decor. New furniture and divine beds make everything literally comfortable. Adding to this appeal are special touches, most notably the marble-floored lobby with jars of candy, lots of vases of fresh flowers and the impressive artwork collection (some original Picasso, Alexander Calder and Murano glass artist Pino Signoretto).

Six itineraries are offered on the Danube, stopping in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. Dedicated family sailings are held on select dates.

Fellow Passengers

Largely North American couples, as well as smaller numbers of British, European, Australian, Asian and South African are mostly in their 50s to 70s. Around a dozen solo travelers, usually women, can be found on some voyages when the single supplement is waived. Most people are well-traveled and many have never cruised.


Uniworld S.S. Beatrice Dress Code

Resort-style casual is acceptable day and night. In the evening, men wear trousers, a collared shirt and optional jacket; shorts and T-shirts are not appreciated in the restaurant for dinner. For women, summery dresses, skirts or nice pants and top are fine for all occasions. At the welcome and farewell festivities, men should wear dark trousers, a button-down shirt and sport coat (or jacket and tie --although you could get away with not wearing the latter), while women can opt for a cocktail dress or elegant pantsuit. A low heel or flat shoes are easier than high heels on a moving ship. Passengers who don't wish to change for dinner can dine casually in Schubert's cafe or order room service. There are no formal nights.

Europe's weather ranges from chilly and wet to hot and humid, so bring a rain jacket or coat (umbrellas are provided), hat and sunglasses. If you plan to use the gym, don't forget activewear. Walking shoes are recommended for shore excursions.

S.S. Beatrice Inclusions 

The fare includes all meals (except in Max's), drinks (excluding premium wines), 24-hour room service, shore excursions, Wi-Fi, exercise classes, bicycle rental, entertainment, lectures, self-service laundry, in-cabin movies and gratuities for onboard crew and tour guides. There is a self-serve coffee machine (near the stairs on Deck 4), as well as tea facilities, jars of cookies and candy, and a water dispenser with three nozzles for a choice of chilled, sparkling or room temperature. The only extra expenses are optional, such as massages and other spa treatments, laundry and pressing service (if you don't want to use the free laundry), a few premium brands of wine and alcohol, and a small selection of additional tours. It's very possible to not spend another cent above the cruise fare. The onboard currency is the euro.


Uniworld S.S. Beatrice Awards

Editors’ Picks Awards

2018 Best Ship Refurbishment

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Uniworld S.S. Beatrice Ship Stats

  • Crew: 57
  • Launched: 2009; fully refurbished 2018
  • Decks: 4
  • Passengers: 152
  • Registry: Netherlands
S.S. Beatrice Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

Uniworld S.S. Beatrice Member Reviews

S.S. Beatrice
Texas Traveler1717
Sail Date: Jul 2018
For me the ship was too small. I don't think river cruises are for me. This might be great for some people but just didn't wow me at all. The entertainment was mediocre at best. It consisted of a female singer...Read More
S.S. Beatrice
commonloon
Sail Date: May 2018
We have sailed with Uniworld 8 times in the past, 6 times in Europe plus once each in China and Egypt. We embarked in Budapest which we'd visited before so didn't spend any extra time before the cruise started....Read More
S.S. Beatrice
djett
Sail Date: Apr 2019
This was our fourth Uniworld cruises, all of which had been excellent. PRO’s Staff, service and shore excursions lived up to Uniworld standard of excellence. This cruise concluded with a two-night hotel stay...Read More

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