14 Uniworld River Queen Luxury Cruise Reviews

This was our second cruise on Uniworld. We were so impressed with the first cruise on the Joie de Vivre in Paris we had to see if it was some how different. We were not disappointed. The service, accommodations, meals and excursions ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Uniworld. We were so impressed with the first cruise on the Joie de Vivre in Paris we had to see if it was some how different. We were not disappointed. The service, accommodations, meals and excursions were just as good on our second cruise as the first. Although the rooms are a bit smaller than the Joie de Vivre, it was more than adequate. After all how much time do you spend in your room. We met so many people during the cruise. Sharing cocktails and meals with them made our trip socially entertaining too. There was lounge entertainment every evening and every other night there would be special local entertainment, Dutch dancers, singers and classical musicians. All of them including the lounge performer were very good. Late afternoons we were treated to a strudl making demo and beer tasting. May have missed other because of excursions. We had Ingrid as the cruise director on both our Uniworld cruises. Her patience on herding a bunch of people around all day has to be appreciated. We got private access to The Hermitage and various other sites during the excursions. A lot of walking so brings some comfortable shoes but well worth the effort. You can also go at a more leasurely pace if you choose, but we were up to the challange and it was great exercise. Waiters, bar tenders, and housekeeping were all friendly, courteous and helpful. By the second day they would call you by name and anticipate your needs. The breakfast omlet chef was one of my wife's favorites. Breakfast and lunch were a bit routine but dinner was always a new experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our third river cruise and second with Uniworld. We previously sailed with Uniworld from Amsterdam to Budapest and loved it. This cruise, from Amsterdam to Basel,( with a detour down the Moselle) had only two stops in common with our ... Read More
Our third river cruise and second with Uniworld. We previously sailed with Uniworld from Amsterdam to Budapest and loved it. This cruise, from Amsterdam to Basel,( with a detour down the Moselle) had only two stops in common with our earlier cruise. The scenery along the Moselle was outstanding. Much of our free time was spent on the top deck. The cabin was small, but adequate. The food was great and the service was nothing short of outstanding. Several people had problems with their airline reservations which weren't apparent until the day before our disembarkation. Denisa, the cruise director, spent a lot of time on the phone straightening everything out and everyone seemed satisfied. All of the tours were interesting but our favorites were Luxembourg, Trier, Strasbourg, and Colmar. We spent two days prior the cruise in Amsterdam. It was worth it. It gave us time to adjust to the time change and do a walking tour of Amsterdam. We also spent three days after the tour in Basel. Another great time exploring a lovely city. It's a very expensive city, however, and I would recommend getting a hotel room that includes breakfast. We are already planning our next cruise with Uniworld. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My RACQ travel agent recommended this cruise. It was fantastic advice! The cruise was pure luxury all the way. Staterooms, staff, service and shore excursions all exceeded my expectations. Before this, I had only done ocean cruises - ... Read More
My RACQ travel agent recommended this cruise. It was fantastic advice! The cruise was pure luxury all the way. Staterooms, staff, service and shore excursions all exceeded my expectations. Before this, I had only done ocean cruises - with mixed reactions. This cruise enabled me to relax, unwind and enjoy the passing scenery. The choice of shore excursions was extensive. I was particularly impressed with the way appropriate alternatives were made when excursions didn't go according to plan - for example, a tour of the BMW factory was unavailable because we arrived on a Sunday. The alternative visit to the Maybach museum proved to be just as exciting. The food on offer was a blend of old favourites and local dishes. Apart from the fact that too much food was offered, I thought the entire dining experience was superb. Congratulations to the chefs and their helpers. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The 15 day cruise gave me a new historical, economic and cultural perspective of the areas I visited. Next time I want a river cruise I will definitely travel with Uniworld again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We decided to take this cruise as we were interested in seeing the tulips in flower, learn more of the water management in The Netherlands, had experienced excellent tour management by Uniworld several times already and because friends we ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise as we were interested in seeing the tulips in flower, learn more of the water management in The Netherlands, had experienced excellent tour management by Uniworld several times already and because friends we had met on a previous cruise suggested we join them. Expectations were met in all categories. We had visited Amsterdam briefly after a previous Uniworld cruise; the more time we spent there the more we enjoyed it. A couple of days spent there before this cruise started was well spent. We enjoyed all aspects of the tour; the itinerary was well constructed and met our expectations as the tulips were in full bloom and we were given plenty of opportunity to learn how the Dutch have managed to live mostly below sea level. The on board staff were courteous and ensured that all aspects from room cleanliness, laundry service, dining room and bar management and tour management were carried out effectively and professionally. The only minor criticism is that the River Queen has a split level dining room which caused some inconvenience. The food was excellent. A good Tour Manager is critical to the successful conduct and enjoyment of the itinerary; Uniworld has always excelled in this area and the local guides were all very knowledgeable. We came away with a much better understanding of the regions of The Netherlands and Belgium that we visited. We found travelling this April to be chilly on occasions, but mostly fine. The strong tulip flowering made it all worthwhile. This cruise is highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
On the first day we were pampered from the dock to the ship by three very attentive crew members. Our room was clean and neat every day. Room supplies were replenished everyday x2. The excursions as we traveled were well planned and ... Read More
On the first day we were pampered from the dock to the ship by three very attentive crew members. Our room was clean and neat every day. Room supplies were replenished everyday x2. The excursions as we traveled were well planned and well guided by local residents. Each guide had a passion for the excursion and were very well informed about the history of the area and what was happening now. The staff during the trip was unbelievable in that they were there for us without even asking. The food was great too. It was a 5 star menu from some very dedicated chefs. I tried more things that I have tried in some time and liked every bite. The quiet box provided on the excursion made our experience more enjoyable and information. In the past you had to stand next to the guide to hear what was being said, but not on this trip. If you are comparing cruise lines, chose this one as you will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Choose Uniworld to go along with friends. What a great surprise; our expectations were far exceeded. Even after having lived in Germany for 3 years in the early 90s, it was great. Can't believe all the neat places we toured that we ... Read More
Choose Uniworld to go along with friends. What a great surprise; our expectations were far exceeded. Even after having lived in Germany for 3 years in the early 90s, it was great. Can't believe all the neat places we toured that we had not heard of while living there. It was very different seeing from along the rivers and very different from ocean cruising. We plan to take more river cruises in the future. The staff, food, beverages, tours, onboard entertainment, everything was all phenominal. Can't wait to go with UniWorld again. We suggest an IT person review the on-line process of completing the passenger information form. I am not an expert computer tech but have over 25 years as a user. I thought I had submitted the forms for both my wife and myself back in August but got a late September e-mail from our travel agent UniWorld had not yet received them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We actually booked our first river cruise through Costco and trusted their judgement. It far exceeded our expectations! The food was truly wonderful as was the impeccable service....friendly and extremely helpful. The ship only had 94 ... Read More
We actually booked our first river cruise through Costco and trusted their judgement. It far exceeded our expectations! The food was truly wonderful as was the impeccable service....friendly and extremely helpful. The ship only had 94 passengers and we became friendly with most of them by the end of the 12 night cruise. Each day we had at least one tour and we were always greeted cheerfully when arriving back at the ship. There was an entertainer on board who played the piano and sang during afternoon tea; during cocktails before dinner; and also played dance music after dinner. A couple of times there were performers who came on board as a nice surprise from local villages. My husband and I have traveled many places in the world but have never taken a river cruise. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises really know how to treat people and leave them with wonderful memories. We are already planning our next river cruise, probably on the Danube. By the way, Captain Hendrik really does a great job...and he's funny too! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is our third cruise with Uniworld and the second time on the River Queen. This boat is elegant and reminds us of the good old sailing days past. The entire Staff is very knowledgeable about the cities we stopped at as well as the ... Read More
This is our third cruise with Uniworld and the second time on the River Queen. This boat is elegant and reminds us of the good old sailing days past. The entire Staff is very knowledgeable about the cities we stopped at as well as the local food and wines that had been served during out stay on board. It was a home coming for us to meet old friends and make new ones among staff and guests. We had such good time we did not wanted to disembark in Basel, Switzerland. Sailing up the Mosel River was an extra pleasure for us as well as our new and old friends for whom it was the first time sailing this way. The cabin was very nice with a beautiful view of the passing scenery. Sitting on the Sundeck and chatting with fellow guests while watching the Mountains and Vine Yards was a wonderful experience for us all. The food on board was always excellent and so were the drinks and of course the desserts. We hope to sail again with you and see more of Europe and maybe other parts of the world. We highly recommend Uniworld for its first class and outstanding service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I cannot praise this ship and it's crew high enough! 5 stars isn't enough. We sailed on the Uniworld's River Queen from 6/8 to 6/22. From the very beginning we were treated like honored quests; the whole crew made you ... Read More
I cannot praise this ship and it's crew high enough! 5 stars isn't enough. We sailed on the Uniworld's River Queen from 6/8 to 6/22. From the very beginning we were treated like honored quests; the whole crew made you feel that it was their privilege to serve & help you in any way. I was travelling with my 92 & 93 year old mother & father. The crew did everything in their power to ensure their comfort & safety. My mother got sick on the cruise & spent 2 days in her cabin. Chef Danny prepared special meals for her based on her requests separate from his gourmet menus for those days. Danielle, the bartender delivered those meals to her & requested to sit with her while Mother ate. The Danube River was flooded and early on in the cruise, the captain Ludo Schef became concerned that we wouldn't make our next destination based on a very low bridge, so he made the decision to by pass Passau in order to make Regensburg. All the other ships behind us had to wait for the river to subside. Because of his knowledge of the river we were able to complete our cruise. Agnes Hazai, our Cruise Manager, had us bused back to Passau so we wouldn't miss the beautiful & historical city. All other tours were comped for the rest of the trip!!! We celebrated my mother's 92 birthday & I asked our hotel manager, Irma Erdeji to have a cake made for all the passangers. She only charged me their cost! 5 stars is not enough. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our second UniWorld cruise, and my third river cruise. UniWorld by far exceeds other river cruise experiences that I or any of my friends have enjoyed. While most of the European river cruise companies follow similar itineraries, ... Read More
This was our second UniWorld cruise, and my third river cruise. UniWorld by far exceeds other river cruise experiences that I or any of my friends have enjoyed. While most of the European river cruise companies follow similar itineraries, the total cost and experience vary from one line to another. On this ship, Captain Heinrich mingled with passengers and greeted us as we returned from excursions. The crew were attentive, friendly, and accommodating--to a person. Food was excellent--in fact we returned to the ship for meals at times when we were on shore nearby and had excellent dining opportunities. Dinners were outstanding and it was always fun to find out what the Chef would prepare for us next. The menu offered wide varieties, local flavor, consistently delicious and served by the most outstanding staff. The staterooms are very comfortable, quiet, with the feel of a nice hotel. The bed was very comfortable. Excursions were just the right length, led by very good guides, and we often felt sympathy for other (non UniWorld) passengers whose excursions had them walking lengthy uphill climbs or altered itinerary due to rain. When about 6 river ships had a high water delay (at a loch) the UniWorld Cruise Manager and Captain absolutely worked miracles to arrange excursions of excellence. The excursions we were able to select, while the ship was waiting for the loch to open, were some of the best. On a holiday Sunday and Monday, coach, drivers and guides were arranged. It was (to the passengers) as if this were effortless. The transport and guides were known and vetted by UW thus the quality of our excursions were excellent! (While some of the other ships had passengers onboard with no excursions). We had village, castle, vineyards, cathedrals, art and architecture with or without plenty of walking. There was time to see and experience most of the towns and villages on our own if we so desired. A guide in Trier, an archeologist, was amazing in his ability to make the town's Roman ruins and history come alive. We are already planning two more UW cruises. This is the best way to get to know where, in Europe, you would like to come back for vacation. About cost. UW is all-inclusive. Tips, excursions, drinks (I never saw anyone intoxicated) special dining, everything. Once booked there is nothing to worry about, they WILL take care of you. Right down to the flight we booked through UW, they made the experience truly carefree. Returning guests are given a discount. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first river cruise. We took the Tulip and Windmill cruise from Amsterdam to Belgium. The contrast with the ocean cruises we have taken shows up most in the area of service but also in dining. Service on the ocean cruises we ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. We took the Tulip and Windmill cruise from Amsterdam to Belgium. The contrast with the ocean cruises we have taken shows up most in the area of service but also in dining. Service on the ocean cruises we have gone on has been very good but Uniworld service is absolutely exceptional. The staff goes out of their way to give excellent service. They are very personable and sincere in seeing that you are pleased. If it is possible for them to do they will. Food is also exceptional, the quality of what is served and preparation stand out as well as the variety of dining opportunities each day. Unlike big ships river cruise ships do not have multiple restaurants and dining areas but I was amazed at the dining variety offered for less that 100 passengers. All areas of the cruise were well done, the excursions were great with excellent guides, the cabins were comfortable, comparable in size to regular cabins to ocean cruises but well laid out. We noticed that all levels of staff did not hesitate to pitch in. The Captain even helped with luggage and checking people out when they left the ship. Our Cruise Director Bart was the energizer bunny and constantly entertaining Uniworld provides a truly all inclusive experience, there are no extra charges for anything except for a few optional excursions which normally take place at the same time as included excursions. The charges for those are very reasonable but you have a very full excursion itinerary without them. We traveled right after the Brussels airport bombing noticed that they took good care of both the people who booked their flights through them and those who did not. We did not but they still provided transfers to and from the airport and when they rerouted departing flights from Brussels to Amsterdam they included us on the transfer to the Amsterdam airport. In summary we thoroughly enjoyed our Tulips and Windmill cruise, thought it was exceptional while at the same time providing a great value. They seem to take good care of their staff. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We loved our Mosel and Rhine river cruise on Uniworld's River Queen. Seeing Roman ruins, castles, cathedrals and the beautiful villages was amazing. The 13 days was full of wonderful excursions and wine tastings. The boat, food and ... Read More
We loved our Mosel and Rhine river cruise on Uniworld's River Queen. Seeing Roman ruins, castles, cathedrals and the beautiful villages was amazing. The 13 days was full of wonderful excursions and wine tastings. The boat, food and staff exceeded our expectations. Staff treat you like royalty! They had great local entertainment during the evening! Uniworld goes the extra mile by assisting you to your next destination upon disembarkation, saving you expensive Swiss taxi fares to the airport or train station. It was great not having to pay for beverages, excursions and tips at the end of the trip as other cruise lines require. We recommend Uniworld for river cruising. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our third cruise with Uniworld and was a really great experience with a most interesting program each day. We travelled down the Rhine from Basel, up and down the Mosel, then along the Rhine to Amsterdam. We travelled in ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Uniworld and was a really great experience with a most interesting program each day. We travelled down the Rhine from Basel, up and down the Mosel, then along the Rhine to Amsterdam. We travelled in October and just missed the grape harvest but saw some beautiful autumn colors which made up for the cooling temperatures. Cruising the Mosel and seeing the Rhine castles again were wonderful experiences. The villages and cities along this route are exceptional and historically so interesting that a longer stay in the area would be worth thinking about. We had two wine tastings, one in the upper Mosel at Ediger-Eller with a first generation wine maker, Stefanie Vornhecke, and one at the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler cellar in Bernkastel. We were shown some really nice rieslings. The River Queen is a beautiful river boat with lovely timber work and beautifully maintained. What a treat to be able to travel on such a boat. The staff were truly exceptional and provided outstanding service throughout the cruise. We recognised the restaurant manager from a previous cruise when he was a (very good) waiter and it added some fun when we went to the restaurant and were treated like royalty. Food and wine was excellent. I still fondy remember the cheese selection on the first cruise but maybe the types they had were more to my taste. Now that there is an open bar, a lot more cruisers have a drink at various times like before and after dinner and this made for a more friendly feeling on board. Overall a great cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
After a week of personal travel through Germany and Austria, we arrived in Nuremberg for our river cruise. We have traveled with Uniworld six times before and expected this cruise to be the same high quality as those others. We were ... Read More
After a week of personal travel through Germany and Austria, we arrived in Nuremberg for our river cruise. We have traveled with Uniworld six times before and expected this cruise to be the same high quality as those others. We were not disappointed. From the time we dropped off our luggage until we left at the end of our cruise, we were treated like family. We had sailed before with the Captain and Zoltan, the ship's entertainer, and both remembered us and went out of their way to welcome us. It is obvious that the crew of the River Queen are proud of their ship. It was spotless at all times, the food and service in the dining room was absolutely outstanding, the bar staff was quick and professional, and everyone worked hard to make the cruise memorable. The tours at each of the ports were handled by outstanding guides. We even remembered a few from previous cruises. They were well planned, leaving plenty of time in the Christmas Markets. I took only one optional tour on this cruise, the Beer Tour, and it was great. I'm glad it wasn't offered in every port since I never would have gotten to see any Christmas Markets. Uniworld is the cream of the crop of English speaking European River cruise lines for a reason and they proved it on this cruise. It could not have been any better. We are currently booked on one more Uniworld cruise and will book another when the 2014 schedule comes out. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
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