16 Uniworld River Queen River Cruise Reviews

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
Simply a magical journey with excellent and caring staff and wonderful opportunities to experience the best of the Rhine and Moselle. I am always a bit apprehensive before travel as I need to manage my work and home responsibilities ... Read More
Simply a magical journey with excellent and caring staff and wonderful opportunities to experience the best of the Rhine and Moselle. I am always a bit apprehensive before travel as I need to manage my work and home responsibilities fully, before I depart. This cruise line made it happen ever so smoothly. From the 'wellness coach' to the dining staff, to the magical bike rides, mystical castles and enchanting castles, it was nothing less than relaxing and magical. I have dietary restrictions that were managed effortlessly and for the first time I was able to enjoy my meals! It was a special event for us to travel during this time and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate us. The views, calm, excited, and experience will be cherished for a long time to come. I can't say enough about this cruise line and what they afford their travelers. Simply wonderful. Uniworld - you rule! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was my second cruise with Uniworld. The ship River Queen was beautiful. Fully renovated but kept its good bones. Activities offered each day were well planned and extremely interesting to me for the historic value. Ample time given to ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Uniworld. The ship River Queen was beautiful. Fully renovated but kept its good bones. Activities offered each day were well planned and extremely interesting to me for the historic value. Ample time given to those who wanted to shop. You were never intimidated into joining if you did not want too. Service on this ship was excellent. Every person on the crew was friendly, very helpful and fun. They worked as a well oiled team/family to make my experience absolutely wonderful. I can not say enough positive things about this crew. The excursions offered were varied and well prepared. Although some of the guides were a bit tedious they did their best with the group they were given. Travel to embarkation port was okay. I hope to never fly United again. My cabin was like a palace to me. I room alone and had plenty of space. All was provided by Boliana when ever I asked and anticipated by her so all needs met. Dining was exquisite. Everything beautifully prepared and served. I wanted to bring the chef, waiters and everyone else home with me. I settled on acquiring soup recipes. Entertainment was so fun. The on board piano man was great. The special local musicians were great treats and very good. Disembarkation was efficient and fun to watch. All types of transportation was arranged for passengers to get then to their other destinations. Well done. I will be traveling exclusively on Uniworld for all my cruises. Thank you, thank you for a wonderful experience with more to follow. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We just returned from our 1st Uniworld River Cruise. IT WAS AMAZING! We saw so many wonderful things, met so many interesting people and the service was unbelievable. The staff was so well trained and pleasant. The ship was ... Read More
We just returned from our 1st Uniworld River Cruise. IT WAS AMAZING! We saw so many wonderful things, met so many interesting people and the service was unbelievable. The staff was so well trained and pleasant. The ship was beautiful and spotless. The food was delicious and diverse. We participated in most of the shore excursions. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining (with only one exception..she was knowledgeable but boring). The attention to detail was exceptional. Uniworld's years of experience shows. Our cruise manager, Rik, was obviously well trained and thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing. We did not participate in much of the entertainment offered on board. We made so many new friends that we made our own entertainment. We have taken sea cruises on large ships in the past but never again....The intimacy of a river cruise is definitely the way to go. More personalized service and more opportunities to get to know your ship mates. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first river cruise and we chose a cruise that included The Mosel River as we had heard how beautiful it was. That certainly was the case and the itinerary for the Legendary Rhine and Mosel was excellent. Our first choice was ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we chose a cruise that included The Mosel River as we had heard how beautiful it was. That certainly was the case and the itinerary for the Legendary Rhine and Mosel was excellent. Our first choice was Tauck but we planned too late to sail with them but Uniworld was available and we had heard they were similarly considered luxury lines. In our case, aboard The River Queen that proved to be an over-statement. I would consider the cruise line more "Upscale Light" in terms of accommodations, food, beverages and service. The age range seemed to encompass mostly late 60's to mid 70's, much older than we had anticipated. Fellow cruisers were very friendly and many were very interesting but it would have been nice to travel with a slightly younger crowd. The stateroom was very small and the red decor was almost disturbing. Seating was so uncomfortable we just used the chairs for storage. The bathroom was tiny but very functional although more shelving would have been appreciated. The bed was comfortable enough but the pillows were very hard and still not supportive. There was a menu of pillows to select from but our steward said they were the same that were already on the bed. Our cabin steward did a great job of keeping everything clean. But, I was surprised that there was never a treat left on the pillows at turndown, something we always experienced on Silversea and The World and something I equate with a more luxury level line. The public areas were pretty enough but the seating in the lounge was very uncomfortable. My husband could never relax on the sofas and the chairs were basically dining chairs. The lounge was also too warm during the evening port talks so we usually just stood in the doorway. The bar and waitstaff usually did a great job but sometimes we waited forever for a cocktail and there never seemed to be enough snack trays for every table...they were just distributed randomly throughout the lounge. This area was also used for a light lunch and tea time both of which were not that interesting in terms of food selection. We loved the coffee machine in the patio and the always available iced tea. The "gym" was tiny but did have good cardio machines but the free weights were all too light and there wasn't room for a bench. The dining room was very loud and when seated in the lower back area there was quite a vibration if the ship was underway during mealtime. It was difficult to hear our dining companions at dinner but somewhat better during lunch and breakfast because not everyone was seated at the same time and some people dined in the lounge. Service quite often was very slow, especially at dinner. It took two and a half hours every night to slog through dinner which really became a chore if one was seated with less than interesting fellow diners. Breakfast and lunch food selections were okay but dinner was inconsistent. The fish selections were especially unappetizing some nights but just okay on other nights. If you don't eat meat the choices can be rather bland but the meat eaters were usually very pleased. The wine selections were not great most of the time and a real disappointment considering the outstanding wine regions we were cruising through. The included tours were also inconsistent regarding the quality of the guides. Many folks complained of the groups being too large and too slow even though the slow walkers were asked to joined a slower group, it was not enforced. Requests to the tour director to create a fast walking group were brushed off. The groups were averaging about 25 people each and when walking through narrow, winding streets and stopping for bathroom breaks the size of the groups became cumbersome. We took the optional Heidelberg tour for an extra fee and unfortunately that guide was one of the worst. His explanation of the history of the area was very disjointed and not very informative. I had no problem with understanding the various guides' german or french accents but quite a few older people complained they had trouble understanding. The two tours that included wine tasting were a highlight but for some reason, never explained, the dinner ashore in Rudesheim was not offered even though it was listed in the cruise guidebook. In conclusion I am interested in trying another river cruise but will look to another line that might do a better job of living up to a Luxury category.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Just returned from Uniworld's Tulips And Windmills trip. I have done similar river cruises on other lines and this was by far the best. The River Queen itself is more or less the same size and configurations as other river boat lines, ... Read More
Just returned from Uniworld's Tulips And Windmills trip. I have done similar river cruises on other lines and this was by far the best. The River Queen itself is more or less the same size and configurations as other river boat lines, but is much more attractively decorated. The staterooms were actually pretty and the public rooms were lovely. The dining room was generally excellent and was significantly better than other river or cruise lines including Seabourn and Silversea. All riverboat rooms are tiny and this was same. The closet space was better laid out on Ama, but the room as a whole was far nicer on Uniworld. The room was actually pretty, the bed and linens were excellent, and the room service was very gracious. The showers on the River Queen are particularly well done for a riverboat as the doors actually keep the water inside so that the bathroom doesn't get all wet. It would have been helpful to have a clothesline in the shower for lingerie as some of the other riverboat lines do, but other than that the rooms were great. Most lines have good staff, but the River Queen's really distinguished itself. From the cruise director to the dining staff, everyone went above and beyond to accommodate. We had an entirely disinterested cruise director on Ama (although the rest of the staff was lovely) and an actually arrogant and obnoxious cruise director on Lindbland Galapagos (although the rest of their staff was lovely too). On River Queen she was terrific. It was also nice to see that all of the staff seemed to really enjoy each other and get along. Everyone had great personalities and it felt like one was cruising with friends. I mean that in the nicest possible way. They were never intrusive. I recommend them highly and will definitely travel with Uniworld again, hopefully on the same boat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I want to share with you our recent sailing (12/21/13) on Uniworld Holiday Markets, starting from Nuremberg and ending in Frankfurt. Our family (6 of us) have travelled with Uniworld on the Danube in the summer of 2011 and had a wonderful ... Read More
I want to share with you our recent sailing (12/21/13) on Uniworld Holiday Markets, starting from Nuremberg and ending in Frankfurt. Our family (6 of us) have travelled with Uniworld on the Danube in the summer of 2011 and had a wonderful time. We had high hopes this time around, having heard and read so much about the wonderful Christmas markets in Europe, and seeing that we would be visiting them just about every day, as publicised in the travel brochure/catalog from the company. We were terribly disappointed. Day 1 was spent lolling in the lounge of the river boat, and the staff were quite adamant about everyone checking in at 3PM. For those of us who had arrived early on Day 1, it was a complete waste of our time and no activities were planned. Day 2 was a day tour of Nuremberg plus a visit to the local Christmas market. That was kind of fun, as we could stay on at the market till evening on our own. However, for those passengers who had adverse flight logistics (missing bag, late arrival, ..), and missed this outing, it would prove disastrous. This was the only outing to a Christmas market, as on the rest of our trip (Day 3 - 8), all the markets had shut down. I found out from the locals that 12/24 (from around 1PM) through 12/26, and in some cases, 12/27, were holidays taken very seriously as non-working days, to be spent with family. The markets were completely shut down/dismantled, and most of the local shops in the towns on our cruise were closed. Even the museums, some churches (e.g. Nativity Walk) were closed. The guides were a missed bag: some of them were young and relatively inexperienced, and generally not as enthusiastic as I would have expected. Some of the key highlights of the places listed in the brochure, and even from what I had read before the trip, were not touched upon. There were 3 optional excursions listed prior to departure, 2 of which were not even offered on the trip. I understood on the one remaining excursion (Nuremberg Documents Center), there were only 2 takers. On board the ship/boat, in spite of the brochure listing "Welcome Gala" and "Captain's Farewell Gala", there was no special event. This cruise taking place over 12/24 and 12/25, and given that the paucity of programming over the Christmas holidays with everything shut down, the least one could have expected is some kind of attempt to put on a festive celebration, Christmas music, party favors, etc. Evening recap time in the lounge seemed to be an occasion to get the guests together to partake of (self-paid) alcoholic and other "cocktail (alcoholic or otherwise!) of the day." On the cruise on the river, there was no commentary at all - no one pointed out what towns we were passing by, let alone any special features, cuisine, traditional crafts, or history and how the war affected these German towns. There was no commentary about the locks system, the number on the trip or how the system worked. Aside from the dining room and cleaning and engineering staff (who were extremely hardworking and pleasant), I found the administrative and nautical officers, including the cruise manager, very nonchalant and not very interactive with passengers. There were comments from some passengers about how they could allow "girlfriends" (e.g. of the captain) to sail on the boat. This sailing (12/21) should never have been offered, or at least if it was, the promotional material relating to the holiday market sailings should not have been given to the passenger. The cruise manager made it clear at the last presentation in the Lounge that she was an independent contractor dependent on gratuities as she was not paid by Uniworld. However, I fail to comprehend how Uniworld did not know that everything shuts down by 1PM on 12/24, and in some cases, through 12/27, and the cruise ends on 12/29 (disembark from ship), and offered a cruise that promised Christmas markets for 80% of the sailing. Extremely disappointing trip.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We just completed 13 days on the Rhine/Mosel with Uniworld. The cruise exceeded all expectations. We have been on a few large ship cruises (Mediterranean, Caribbean, etc.) and were committed to never cruising again on the "behemoth ... Read More
We just completed 13 days on the Rhine/Mosel with Uniworld. The cruise exceeded all expectations. We have been on a few large ship cruises (Mediterranean, Caribbean, etc.) and were committed to never cruising again on the "behemoth cattle cars" of the sea. Our travel agent friend said, "just try Uniworld", it's different. He was correct. We enjoyed everything, the itinerary (you are cruising so close to shore that you can hear the conversations of the grape pickers), the food was the best "group" food that I have ever had, the staff was available but not intrusive, and nothing was "announced". We were treated like adults, not sheep, and expected to show up when and where for excursions. And, being all-inclusive, what a nice surprise to not receive an invoice at the end of the cruise that flows to the floor for water, wine and excursions. I can no longer say, "I do not cruise". We will take several Uniworld cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We have previously taken a number of cruises but this was our first river cruise. We arrived in Basel, Switzerland two nights before the ship departed. We stayed in a lovely hotel, Hotel-Brasserie Au Violon, which used to be a prison. ... Read More
We have previously taken a number of cruises but this was our first river cruise. We arrived in Basel, Switzerland two nights before the ship departed. We stayed in a lovely hotel, Hotel-Brasserie Au Violon, which used to be a prison. They have obviously updated it by converting to cells to one room with a lovely bath. The hotel staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable and went out of their way to be sure our brief stay was pleasant. We boarded the River Queen early in the afternoon. The check-in process was extremely fast and easy, nothing like arriving for larger cruises has been in the past. The ship was beautifully appointed and looked exactly as advertised by catalog and internet. We visited the lounge to briefly await our cabin availability. When we were shown to our cabin we were very pleasantly surprised. We had been "warned" that river cruise cabins are very small. We found our cabin to be very comfortable and nicely appointed. There was adequate room for two single beds configured as a king, with night tables and reading lamps next to each side. We had two large windows, two straight-back chairs with a small round occasional table and a large dresser and mirror combination. The bathroom was small but certainly adequate. We found plenty of room in the closets and drawers to put away our belongings and promptly went about exploring the ship further. We sailed the first night right about dinner time. The meals were good and we enjoyed the freedom to sit where we wanted at every mealtime allowing us to meet a number of very enjoyable people. The breakfasts and lunches were served buffet-style and included a number of options. Complimentary beer and wine were generously served at both lunch and dinner. I would say overall, the meals did not match other culinary experiences we have had on Oceania cruises in the past, but were still pleasant. One concern was the noise in the dining room. My husband has a hearing impairment which proved quite challenging to carry on conversation at the table. However, he was not the only one who had such difficulties. It really became a topic of discussion amongst our fellow passengers. We visited many ports in France, Germany, Luxemborg, and The Netherlands. Although we were scheduled to sail both the Rhine and a tributary, the Moselle River, due to severe flooding we were limited to ports on the Rhine. Even with this complication, the Uniworld staff and our Cruise Director, made sure we were still able to visit each of the planned stops. They arranged coaches to transport us to the areas that weren't available by sailing even the though, at the time, the Moselle was three meters above flood stage. They even through in a few "extras" that weren't planned to try to make up for the fact that we weren't able to sail on the Moselle. There were only a few passengers that we heard of that really complained about this fact. After all, you cannot control nature. Each stop had very enjoyable excursions that were included with the price of the cruise itself. In addition, a couple of other excursions were available for an additional fee. The ship had great bicycles that could be reserved and most locations had fabulous bike paths readily available near the ship. The ship also made nordic walking sticks available which helped me immensely to more comfortably participate in excursions, as I have severe back problems. I skipped one excursion and scheduled a massage on board. It was fairly comparably priced and the young masseuse from Budapest was skilled and delightful. He spoke with our room steward who then provided ice for my back every evening after that. We didn't participate in the entertainment offered in the evening because we tended to turn-in for the night pretty early so we could get an early start each morning. One particular section of the Rhine river includes many castles and we passed this area during the day. Our Cruise Director announced and told a little bit about each one over the P.A. system so everyone could see and hear all the information. Our disembarkation was very quick and easy. We had to make our luggage ready to be moved by 8:30 a.m. on the last day. This was much preferred over larger cruise ships that require your luggage to be left in the hall on the last night. The ship arranged for a taxi to take us to the hotel. We stayed two additional nights at The Zandbergen Hotel in Amsterdam after the cruise. The hotel was very affordable and conveniently located, just a short way from the bustle of the city right on a tram line. The stairs were quite steep, but the cheerful breakfast room made up for that. The hotel staff were very helpful and knowledgeable as well. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
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
Cruised the River Queen on the Main River December 8-16, 2012, from Frankfurt to Nurnberg stopping along the way at other Christmas markets in Wertheim, Wurzburg, Rothenberg and Bamberg. On arrival from the Frankfurt Airport we were taken ... Read More
Cruised the River Queen on the Main River December 8-16, 2012, from Frankfurt to Nurnberg stopping along the way at other Christmas markets in Wertheim, Wurzburg, Rothenberg and Bamberg. On arrival from the Frankfurt Airport we were taken to the lounge where a light buffet lunch was available and where we waited until mid-afternoon when cabins were ready. At check-in (by category of cabin) our photo was taken (for passenger security we were told) and we got our cabin door card with our name on it. For every excursion we left this card at Reception and picked up our tour group number and audio receiver. Each stop had an included orientation walking tour through the old town center plus additional-charge optional excursions (all well-worth the prices): to an abbey, a brewery, Aschfeld a fortified town and, to Room 600 memorial in Nurnberg's Palace of Justice where WWII war crimes trials were held and to the Nazi party Rally Grounds and Documentation Center (museum). However in four of the six cities visited -- Wurtzburg, Rothenberg, Bamberg, and Nurnberg -- the dock was so far from the old town Christmas Markets that we were shuttled to and fro by bus from the ship. Rothenberg was an included day trip from Kitzingen but, again, a great experience. The Quietvox portable audio headset system was used on all shore excursions so guides did not have to shout and we could all hear what was being said. Orientation walking tours included a "gentle walking" group for those who dislike steep hills, stairs and icy footing. There were guest speakers in the bar/lounge who talked about German Christmas traditions, glass blowing and, special holiday breads/cookies (the latter with samples!). Breakfasts and lunches were buffet with served dinners accompanied by wine/beer. Dinner selections offered both meat and vegetarian choices and my only complaint was there were so few German dishes offered. Oh yes, and that one evening with the chewy braised leg of lamb, which tasted more like athletic aged mutton, was the only culinary mis-step on the trip. The public areas color scheme is primarily blue and white (Delft-like since the ship registry is Dutch with German officers and Eastern European crew). All of whom, BTW, were excellent. Even at the end of the river cruising season, the interior decor still looked fresh and clean. There was an onboard reading/library area, computer/WiFi access, gift shop, exercise machines, two free do-it-yourself front-load washer/dryers (soap pods free at reception), plus irons/ironing boards in the laundry room. The flat screen TV in each cabin had access to the bow cam on the front of the ship so you can see where you are going (or are docked) while sitting up in bed. This beats standing out on the cold deck and is very interesting especially when going thru locks. The cabins also have a safe, umbrella, slippers, bathrobes, L'Occitane en Province lotion/soaps, water bottles, small seating area plus white bed linens and big towels all with the initials "UW" embroidered on them in gray. Guess this cuts down on pilfering (unless your initials are UW). Small gifts were given to everyone on board -- stainless steel water bottles, an agenda and a little packet containing your birthday stone (info from your passport). The River Queen is a smaller boutique ship but it does have an elevator which some of the bigger ships lack. I have taken five previous river cruises with various companies and, all told, I enjoyed this ship and the itinerary. Would I take it again? You betcha! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
My wife and I would like to acknowledge the excellent service received on our recent European Jewels river cruise with Uniworld. This was our first ever cruise, and I'm not so sure the Uniworld River Queen set the bar to the point we ... Read More
My wife and I would like to acknowledge the excellent service received on our recent European Jewels river cruise with Uniworld. This was our first ever cruise, and I'm not so sure the Uniworld River Queen set the bar to the point we will never be able to recreate the environment again on any future cruise. The entire crew under Captain Ferdy's direction (along with "Siggy" and Lawrence) made us feel like we were part of the family, with Hildagard our Cruise Manager providing an exceptional iterary each and ever day. Martin's resturant and lounge staff were on point (especially "Banjo" and Alex!) and his executive chef and team never disappointed at any meal. Martina had the hotel staff working at peak performance. Not a single issue, not a single excuse, not a better team on a cruise than the River Queen for those 14 days. We can understand why the River Queen was ranked #1 recently. If Uniworld can find a way to bottle this winning formula on each and every cruise ship they own.... The sky is the limit! Someone told me many years ago - if you love your job, you will excel at it - I don't think there was a single Uniworld employee on the River Queen that didn't want to be there. Uniworld - the River Queen knocked this one out of the park! I will be recommending the Uniworld Boutique River Cruises to anyone looking for a vacation idea. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Uniworld Rhine river cruise 10/23-11/4 2011 Day 1 arrival at Amsterdam Schipol airport. We arrived at 3:30 pm, were greeted by a representative, and were on our way within 15 minutes to the ship by bus. Check in was seamless, our cabin ... Read More
Uniworld Rhine river cruise 10/23-11/4 2011 Day 1 arrival at Amsterdam Schipol airport. We arrived at 3:30 pm, were greeted by a representative, and were on our way within 15 minutes to the ship by bus. Check in was seamless, our cabin was ready so we were allowed in immediately. Please note, if your plane arrives before noon, you will be taken to the ship, but you will not be able to go to your room til they are ready, usually around 1 o'clock. You will be accommodated in the lounge until your room is ready. This may be tiring for some passengers, so try to arrange your arrival in Amsterdam for after 1. Room was very nice, comfortable beds, nicely appointed bathroom. No refrigerator in room. Cabin was small, but adequate, and beautifully decorated. NOTE: if you purchase local wines, you may have it chilled and served to you with NO corkage fee. Day 2, Amsterdam canal cruise and museum visit. Canal cruise was lovely, not to be missed, you get a lot of history from the cruise. We chose the Van Gogh museum tour, arrived before opening and we allowed in per an agreement that Uniworld has with the museum, so we got a full half hour in the museum before it opened. Very nice museum, learned a lot about Van Gogh. Day 3, Cologne, Germany Pier was within walking distance to the heart of Cologne, Dom Square. We visited the Roman-Germanic museum, it was ok, but if you are not interested in artifact overload, go to the Dom instead, it is awe inspiring. Also, Cologne is one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Germany, a wide variety and lower prices than you will find elsewhere. This is also one of the best spots to "pub crawl" in the evening, visit a few pubs and drink the Krolsch beer, very fresh and delicious. Day 4, Koblenz, Germany. We were surprised at the size of the city, on our last visit we only did the castle tour, this one we did a walking tour, and found it a charming city, with a wide variety of shopping and nice café's. This is also a nice souvenir spot. Don't miss the Willhelm statue, it is huge. Day 5, Cochem, Germany Nice walking tour, pleasant city, the Reichsburg Castle is a must see, but be warned about the Ediger-Eller trip. We thought that it was an enterprising Mayor who had arranged tours of his small town to boost sales, turns out, he is the only one who is making money on it. You will have no time for shopping or exploring here, even though it looks like a nice quiet town. He escorts you to a church for a little organ music, then to a cemetery, then to his pub, where you are crammed in, and served some olives and bread, and have to suffer through a film, along with wines from a local vintner. The wine was not very good, and the "show" put on by his parents was embarrassing. I would definitely miss this "tour", but go to the town on the bus and go on your own, give some of the other businesses a boost. The Mayor is an opportunist, but not for his town, only his coffers. Day 6, Luxemborg, Luxemborg Awesome tour of the WWII US cemetery, where Patton is interred. Beautiful memorial for our men, very moving, don't miss it. Luxemborg itself is more of an industrial city than charming. Day 7, Trier, Germany This tour starts out very slow, with a bus ride to the top of a vineyard to look at a Roman amphitheater ruin, which you can't tell what it is from looking at it. The afternoon part of the tour to Trier and the Porta Negra is wonderful, a great shopping town. The gate is really impressive. Don't try to take pictures of the flower peddlers, they get snippy about it. Whatever. Day 8, Bernkastel, Germany Didn't go on the tour, felt like vegging out. People said it was nice, though, and the wines were good. Day 9, Boppard, Germany Cool music museum, awesome views of the Rhine castles during the afternoon cruising. Day 10, Speyer, Germany There is a really cool museum here, it is the Speyer air museum, they have every mind of motorized conveyance you can think of, a big hit with the guys. There is a cool U9 submarine that you can go into, as well as a Lufthansa 747. Town of Speyer is cute, though most things were closed as it was All Saints Day. Day 11, Strasbourg, France What can I say about France? I don't like it. People are culturally rude, not just to tourists but to each other, and no one picks up after their dogs, ugh. Watch your step. Day 12, Briesach, France France again, I can do without it. We chose the optional excursion to the Black forest, don't miss it, it is like an Alpine Old Sturbridge Village. You will stop at a clockmakers shop, this is the place to buy cookoo clocks, and also linens (Christmas) the price is reasonable and you won't find anything in Switzerland to compare. Day 13, Basel, Switzerland Disembark went like clockwork, the staff makes everything smooth and painless. We chose the extended option for Lucerne for 3 nights, stayed at the Radisson Blu, it was just ok for the money. Be prepared, Switzerland is EXTREMELY expensive. A large French Fry can run you 15 francs (about 18 USD). Really. There is a little grocery store in the Rail station, the COOP, where you can buy some staples to save money. We took the ferry to Weggis, it was mostly closed up, but the little café on Main st had a great lunch special, only 16.50 francs each (cheap for Switz). You can take the cable car up to the top of a mountain here, we chose not to because the day was overcast. About the ship- Beautifully decorated in the Art Deco style, nice marble, VERY clean, no smoking in any of the rooms but a smoking area on the top deck. There is a small elevator if you need one. There is a washer/dryer on the 3rd deck, it takes a long time to wash and dry but is worth it, especially if you have a down day where you don't want to go on a tour (France, LOL). The food is fabulous, the variety is great, service is good, everything you expect from a Boutique cruise ship. We found the housekeeping staff to be exceptional, and the front desk staff, too. Our tour manager, Ann Smits, was FABULOUS, I have never seen such a friendly, outgoing manager as she. The demographic on the ship is generally US, Aussies, UK and Canadians, with maybe a smattering of South Africa here and there. Almost everyone is retired, with just a handful of us in our 40's and 50's. The lounge entertainment is great, they bring in a lot of local artists for your pleasure, and they have the obligatory lounge pianist for times when there is no entertainment. The tours are generally pretty good walking wise, but they do offer a "gentle walkers" tour also, so if you have a sore foot or back you can still see a lot without the pain. All in all, this was the best cruise we have taken. We will definitely return to Uniworld for our next cruise. We sailed with Viking on a previous river cruise, while it was nice, Uniworld is better, for one thing the beds on the Viking Legend were as hard as a board, where the beds on Uniworld were great. Hope you take this cruise, it is an unforgettable experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We just arrived home, happy that we went again on this cruise...the 2nd time in 4 years. This is a beautiful scenic cruise. Lots of history, shopping, great included excursions. Our cruise manager Ramona was knowledgeable and helpful at ... Read More
We just arrived home, happy that we went again on this cruise...the 2nd time in 4 years. This is a beautiful scenic cruise. Lots of history, shopping, great included excursions. Our cruise manager Ramona was knowledgeable and helpful at all times. The crew were very helpful and polite. We are fairly well travelled when it comes to cruising and noticed that the atmosphere on the River Queen amongst the crew was very pleasant. This has to be attributed to the Captain, Hotel and Cruise Manager, and of course the Dining Room Manager. The meals were always excellent, thanks to our chef. Our cabin was wonderful. The River Queen has recently been renovated and very well done...we were on the original 4 years ago. We chose a suite this time around and were very happy that we did. The upgrade charge (saved with early booking) was worth every penny. The extra space is very nice, when you need some time alone. River ships are small compared to big ships, so a little space is good. There is a very good onboard pianist, but when they bring on the local talent that is fun! A nice addition since the refurbishing, are the great coffee table books and magazines in the lounge for you to enjoy. We were also impressed with our transfer to the airport. This time around we had a `transfer agent` that went with us on the bus, he made sure we had a luggage cart upon arrival and knew the check-in counter number for our flight. Right to the last minute Uniworld made sure we were looked after Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Christmas Markets. Uniworld Basel to Cologne. Uniworld's River Queen has recently been refurbished in an over-the-top Royal motif that is intentionally gaudy attaining a certain flamboyant charm. Fastidiously clean, common areas ... Read More
Christmas Markets. Uniworld Basel to Cologne. Uniworld's River Queen has recently been refurbished in an over-the-top Royal motif that is intentionally gaudy attaining a certain flamboyant charm. Fastidiously clean, common areas and rooms were bright and mirror-lined for a feeling of space. The food was tasty, simple, plentiful and, thankfully, not "fake fine dining". Internet (via WiFi and the onboard computers) was priced at 15E for the trip. The connection, however, was mostly slow and frustrating - even more so than big ships. Staff were friendly, helpful and really seemed to care about service. The Tour Manager, Wauter, was efficient and prompt with little time for guests who wanted to delay others. He got things done without fuss. On Christmas Eve, he was a willing and enthusiastic Santa. during the trip, he seemed to be everywhere at once. Great job! Entertainment was local, unpretentious, lively and diverse. But if you expect Vegas Acts, River Ships are not for you. Mario, the hotel Manager, ran a tight operation with a strong team and excellent service. Restaurant was similar with an attentive and helpful team led by Stanislaw. Onboard laundry, while slow, was an unexpected and prized bonus for light travelers. All in all, a delightful Christmas Cruise with an interesting itinerary of larger cities. Not for those who want to see quaint villages. Good value. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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