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River Royale Review

5.0 / 5.0
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41 reviews
River Royale
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Gary Buchanan
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Editors Note: In October 2018, River Royale was taken out of service and revamped as a "super ship" with new restaurants and suites. It relaunched in April 2019 with a new name, Bon Voyage, sailing itineraries in Bordeaux.



Bottom Line


Passengers : 130
Crew : 41
Passenger to Crew : 3.17:1
Launched : 2006
Shore Excursions : 24

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There's no doubt that River Royale offers one of the most refined experiences among the array of cruises now operating from Bordeaux. It has the highest staff-to-cruiser ratio in the river cruise industry, all-inclusive pricing that covers excursions and gratuities, and cuisine and service that are on a par with discerning restaurants ashore. There are also no annoying announcements to disturb onboard tranquility. Within this boutique ambience, passengers can enjoy a relaxed, destination-focused experience.

River Royale was one of the most expensive river vessels ever built, and its 2013 remodeling has ensured this boat is a study in decadence and style. The distinction is reflected in the materials and furnishings, with expensive wood, marble, leather, fabrics, glass and brass evident at every turn. The signature decor is daring, dynamic and colorful.

First-time cruisers are in for a treat, while experienced river cruisers will discover this is a vessel that doesn't short-change on style. What's more, the itinerary allows an up-close-and-personal encounter with one of the world's finest wine-growing areas through first-rate shore excursions.

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Fellow Passengers

Geared primarily to North Americans, Uniworld also targets English-speaking travelers from the U.K. and Australia. Consistent with most European river cruises, Uniworld's voyages tend to appeal to more senior passengers, but the ship's onboard ambience also attracts younger cruisers, especially in the 40-plus market. Cruises range from a week to a month and are designed to appeal to passengers seeking an unparalleled river cruise experience.

Uniworld River Royale Dress Code

The dress code is casual during the day and smart casual at night. (Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking tours.) Ladies wear cocktail dresses, skirts or dresses, while men are attired in slacks and shirts (jackets optional). Passengers tend to dress up for the captain's welcome and farewell dinners or for dining in the Claret Room and Blue Fox Cafe.

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Where does Uniworld River Royale sail from?

Uniworld River Royale departs from Bordeaux

Where does Uniworld River Royale sail to?

Uniworld River Royale cruises to Bordeaux, Vernon, Rouen, Paris, Lyon, Tournon-sur-Rhone, and Avignon

How much does it cost to go on Uniworld River Royale?

Cruises on Uniworld River Royale start from null per person.
Uniworld River Royale Cruiser Reviews

Bordeaux Amazing River Experience

The River Royale is beautiful, the service is impeccable. After a short 10 minute wait we were checked in at the boat.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Tours were good, meals & wine were NOT

In this case on the River Royale, it was all quantity that mattered.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Dorm size bedrooms

We had an average of one wine tasting per day, and asked for upgrade wines in almost every dinner.For a wine centered cruise I expected more wine tastings and better house wines on board.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Bordeaux River Cruise - Perfect for Foodies & Fine Wine Connoisseurs alike

Overall the staff were very friendly and helpful on board, particularly our sommelier and dining room manager, Plaman who arranged a special evening for us on the top deck with our selection of vintage French Champagne and canapes.It wasn't until we enquired further that the sommelier then offered us French Jacquart Champagne.Read More
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