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11 Uniworld Asia River Cruise Reviews

Treated myself on this cruise for a 70th birthday present. Ships was only half full and besides an English couple, Scandinavian couple & Canadian and 4 Australians the rest of the guests were from the USA. The group bonded well. The ... Read More
Treated myself on this cruise for a 70th birthday present. Ships was only half full and besides an English couple, Scandinavian couple & Canadian and 4 Australians the rest of the guests were from the USA. The group bonded well. The local guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and changed in Cambodia. We were divided into two groups for the entire trip with separate buses. Dining was buffet for breakfast and lunch and dinner was a choice of dishes. We would have liked to see more local food on the menu but did notice that many Americans preferred their style of food. Staff were amazing, efficient and friendly. Entertainment was just a pianist but we were lucky that one of our guest was a good singer and Bing the Uniworld rep also played the guitar. Some of the excursions such as the visit to a local school and joining their English class was so much fun! We were told that Uniworld will have a new ship next year January. Please note that March is very hot in Vietnam and Cambodia Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have been on Uniworld over and over in Europe, and opted for a change and booked the Vietnam and Cambodia cruise on the Mekong. Departed Saigon, staveled through Vietnam and then to Cambodia, ending up in Hanoi. We started at the Park ... Read More
We have been on Uniworld over and over in Europe, and opted for a change and booked the Vietnam and Cambodia cruise on the Mekong. Departed Saigon, staveled through Vietnam and then to Cambodia, ending up in Hanoi. We started at the Park Hyatt in Saigon and had 2 days in Ho Chi Minh City. We had been there before, so we took the opportunity to see things not on the schedule (like the War Remnants Museum). Embarkation was smooth and easy, with luggage in our cabin waiting for us. The Mekong Navigator ship is small, but perfect for the 50-60 Uniworld guests. The hotel and cruise staff was terrific and went out of their way to make you comfortable and attend to every need. Food was superb with plenty of great selections, well prepared. The stops on the Mekong were usually quite primitive, as is the country. But you see things you wouldn't see otherwise than on a river cruise. And they were always waiting for you with cook towels and refreshing drinks, and they collected and cleaned the dirt and grime from your shoes! The hotel manager (Roberto) and the cruise director (Hua) were among the best we have had in 9 Uniworld trips. Only issue was that the ship had no elevator -- but we all have to make sacrifices! Stops in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the Sofitel was wonderful, especially visiting the Indiana Jones temples! Pity those traveling in the future, because the trip now stops at Siem Reap and you'll have to see Hanoi as an extension -- but well worth it! Hanoi was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our Uniworld tour, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, was flawless and fully met our expectations. Along with the land tour, we traveled on a 7-night cruise on the Mekong Navigator and, once again, this was flawlessly executed. As ... Read More
Our Uniworld tour, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, was flawless and fully met our expectations. Along with the land tour, we traveled on a 7-night cruise on the Mekong Navigator and, once again, this was flawlessly executed. As to the land tour, the sights visited were directly on point and as advertised, travel arrangements were well done and every element of the tour was meticulously organized. In particular, our tour director (Binh) performed in an exceptional manner. The hotels on the land portion of the tour (Hanoi, Siem Reap and Saigon) were also excellent. As to the cruise portion of the tour, the food was great, our "prestige suite" met our expectations (although the quarters were a bit smaller than a suite on a sea-going cruise ship) and the staff was truly remarkable. From the waiters, to the "butlers," to the people who cared for our cabin, genuine friendliness was the standard - at all times. I also note the Uniworld representative (Roberto) on the cruise was present almost "everywhere" and was very helpful. The only negative I can think of centers on the fact the tour guides (one in Hanoi, one in Cambodia and another in Saigon) were, at times, a little difficult to understand because (of course), English was not their native language. One other point, I became ill (vomiting and diarrhea) one night and the crew was helpful in addressing this situation. Fortunately, i recovered fairly quickly. In summary, I very much recommend Uniworld in general and the Vietnam/Cambodia tour in particular. Both my wife and I fully enjoyed the tour and offer our highest recommendation. As we frequently visited "rustic" sights or areas, those who may be mobility challenged may find portions difficult. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is my first review...I have to share this so others will not hesitate to go. Our cruise/tour actually started with 5 nights land based, first in Delhi. You are met at the airport by your Oberoi Hotel Mercedes driver. 4 of us were ... Read More
This is my first review...I have to share this so others will not hesitate to go. Our cruise/tour actually started with 5 nights land based, first in Delhi. You are met at the airport by your Oberoi Hotel Mercedes driver. 4 of us were travelling so there were 2 cars for our us!. The Oberoi Delhi is very nice hotel, clean and the service is absolutely wonderful for our 2 night stay. This is consistent with each of the amazing Oberoi Hotels that are used on this trip. You will get a briefing and meet your Tour Manager. (ours was Vishal..fantastic and totally organized and on top of everything for the entire journey). Our land based Guide (Rishi) was excellent too! We boarded a very clean comfortable bus (there were 2 buses for our group of 27 and never felt crowded) and did a sight see around Delhi and fortunately due to a Political rally that would of had us caught up in traffic, we altered the Gandhi Tomb portion and went to the place he spent his last days. This we recommended to be in the tour in the future instead of the tomb, it is so worth while to see. Agra and the Taj Mahal were the next stop. From the Oberoi hotel, every room has a view of the Taj! It is a short golf cart ride to the main gate. You get to visit twice, once in the afternoon for sunset and then again for sunrise. Do both visits! Next was Jaipur. Here you get to view a place where they make inlaid marble items. (a bit of a tourist stop, no one purchased anything and we never felt pressure to do so). Next was a carpet stop, you get the presentation etc..prices are good. (we actually bought one after we had a super lunch around the corner.) There were lots of other stops too during our stays in Dehli, Agra & Jaipur, this is just a taste. The next day is an early rise for the flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival we are met by our two new local guides & board a bus for our transfer to the Ganges Voyager II, the bus is ok, not as nice and smooth as the ones used for the other cities. A city tour of Kolkata gets you ready for the next leg of your journey. During the travels through India, you will see lots of areas with people living amongst garbage & animals, tough to see, and the honking is constant, (Honking is a language on the road, it will be explained and then you realize how they communicate as they drive). Once you board your ship, if you thought the land portion was crazy hectic, prepare to be swept away!! The service on board is outstanding! The cruise itself is something you can't explain but have to experience! The stops on the Ganges starts with Kalna. This is were you start to realize how friendly the people are in the villages all along the river. They have very little in terms of possessions (comparing that of most westerners). They have a culture and way of life that works for them. The children come up to us to say hello and wave as they are so happy to see us. The smiles go on forever! This is the first step into the incredible life along this amazing river that is used by the people every day. Each day we traveled to a different village and each time it was a new adventure. You will see how families, and their way of life, come together. The colors along the river bank are another highlight. No one in our group suffered with any major stomach issue. A bit gassy one day by one, but didn't stop any plans. We had our vaccinations as recommended, and we all took Ducoral before arriving. There were 3 people on board who had a bit of tummy trouble, don't know if they had used anything prior to the cruise. The water on the ship is treated but we used bottled water for teeth brushing just to be sure and there is an ample supply of water. Each day when you return from the shore excursion, as you enter the ship, you remove your shoes and they clean them and return them to your door in a few minutes. On your shore excursions, the staff from the ship are always around to keep you supplied with hand sanitizers and help you with translation if you need. They are outstanding every day! The food on board was another highlight. If you are not wanting to try the local foods, there is plenty of western style options that they will have or prepare for you. Their Indian cuisine was excellent. So much variety and flavors that you want to keep eating! I will explain my ratings here: This Ganges Voyager II is not Uniworld's own ship, it is used by them but is definitely the nicest one on the Ganges. Embarkation- smooth and easy Cabin, no issue, bathroom counter is a bit small - shower is huge, bed is comfy. Dining - lots of variety of food, even for myself being probably too cautious. Enrichment activities - cooking demo, talks about the way of life of the Ganges people and Saree & turban wearing demonstration, tour of the engine room, yoga twice a day, everyone had fun. Entertainment - couple of Indian dance groups came on board, very colorful and gave you a taste of how deep their traditions are. Small gym- not a lot of time to use it but you can fit it in if you like. Spa has two ladies for facials & massages. My wife had 3 massages and I had one and they were excellent. Onboard experience- above a 5 if I could give it. The crew are your friends and gracious and always there for your every need. wifi service was good in some locations and in and out in others. Might be a few hours without but not too long as I managed ok. Public Rooms- Lounge outside and bar area both on upper deck providing views of the Ganges left and right, just don't know which way to keep looking! Shore excursions- you will get use to the sight of Water buffalo on the streets along with cows and pigs. The people and colors and smiles will stick with you! Value for Money- ABSOLUTELY, this is a great way to see a little part of India. This is a luxury cruise and you get totally immersed into it all on the Ganges. There were so many highlights on this trip, but here are some extras I wanted to add. I mentioned this one above- All the Oberoi hotels, Ghandi's last place residence, Taj Mahal, Rickshaw ride in Kalna, Craftsman in Matiari village, having a try at Cricket in Murshidabad with the crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Just got back from a fabulous trip to India's Golden Triangle and the Ganges River by Uniworld. On land went to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, staying at the incredible Oberoi hotels. The hotel service, food, ambiance was the best ever. The ... Read More
Just got back from a fabulous trip to India's Golden Triangle and the Ganges River by Uniworld. On land went to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, staying at the incredible Oberoi hotels. The hotel service, food, ambiance was the best ever. The rooms spacious and elegant. In Agra from the room's veranda you can see the Taj Mahal Embarked smoothly from Kalkuta to the river cruise ship the Ganges Explorer !!, which looks like a New Orleans paddle wheeler. The Cabins were gorgeous and huge, food very good. As someone who hates Indian food I was hesitant about taking this trip, but was able to get Thai (which I love) Chinese and Continental food both in hotels and aboard ship. The soups on the ship were especially good. In our group of 28 only 2 people got sick...they ate street food ! The only secret to staying well is drink and use for teeth brushing only bottled water! The ports all had interesting temples, towns and sights along the way. Found the Indian people to be very friendly and kind. Service at hotels and aboard ship to be wonderful. Staff was dedicated to seeing you have the best trip of your life! Hemesh, our trip leader did everything humanly possible to see that everything ran smoothly. When my husband developed an awful cold and cough an Indian doctor was called by Hemesh and the manager of the cruise who came to attend him. They took care of everything and did not bill us for the visit or medicine. Uniworld did a wonderful job with this fantastic trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
In October we took the Uniworld tour – India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges, the river portion of which involved a stay on the Ganges Voyager II. This was our first Uniworld tour, and 3rd river cruise – Russia and Myanmar ... Read More
In October we took the Uniworld tour – India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges, the river portion of which involved a stay on the Ganges Voyager II. This was our first Uniworld tour, and 3rd river cruise – Russia and Myanmar being the other two with different vendors. We arrived in New Delhi early to allow additional time to recover from jet lag and started the land portion of our tour on October 19th. We met with the Uniworld Tour Manager (Vishal Bhaskar) and two local consultants who would guide us through the New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur portions of the tour and then the Tour Manager continued with us for the river cruise/Varanasi portions of the tour where local guides assisted him. All of the Uniworld staff were excellent in their roles; knowledgeable of the different areas we were visiting and accommodating of any requests made by guests. The land portion of the tour while exceptional was exhausting and we all were looking forward to boarding the Ganges Voyager II. We were met by the captain and staff on boarding ship and escorted to our room by Mahendra Singh, the Head of Housekeeping. The ship was very clean and comfortable and we were in our room quickly, shown A/C and other controls and our luggage was delivered shortly thereafter. Our Heritage Suite 302 was excellent at the front right of the ship – affording us a view of full bow as we proceeded down the Ganges. We found the room to be compact but quite accommodating (pictures attached). The Sun deck had plenty of loungers and was covered from the sun. At the far end they had an open area which was used for on-board performances by local entertainers and for early morning and afternoon yoga classes (which Uniworld River Cruises has recently added). The instructor was awesome. There was an on-board spa that offered a variety of services that I personally used three times and was used by many other guests. Prices were very reasonable. If there is a criticism of the itinerary it was we did not know when off shores tours would occur each day – so it was difficult to schedule appointments in advance and sometimes one had to reschedule when you found you were in conflict with the off shore tours. The Ganges Voyager II has a sandpan that was used to transport us from ship to shore for excursions. Crew were very diligent ensuring we all had life jackets on for the short transfer to land and for ensuring we could safely climb to shore, as often there was not a fixed dock available. The shore excursions generally were not too long but you should be able bodied to do this tour. There are steps, uneven ground and it was hot and humid. All of the staff of the Ganges Voyager II were friendly and outgoing; working hard to ensure we had a memorable experience. They met our every request and were very gracious when showing some of the male guests how to play cricket, a fun afternoon. Staff were very diligent both on the land tour and the Ganges Voyager II that every time we returned to the bus/ship, hand sanitizer was given to every guest. On tours the security staff carried cold towels/bottled water that were available and offered a “helping hand” on navigating the uneven surfaces. The crew provided wipes for you to clean your feet when bare feet were required and shoe coverings when you were allowed to wear shoes. When you boarded the ship you placed your “off ship shoes” in a cubby with your room number, and wore slippers (or shoes of your choice) back to your room. Your “off ship shoes” are cleaned after every shore experience and returned to your room a few hours later. The post tour visit to Varanasi was excellent and quite different from everything else we had seen on the tour. The food was excellent, both local and western options offered at all meals. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style and dinner was plated service. Wine and beer flowed freely. The local sauvignon blanc was quite good. The Executive Chef (Zaved Islam) was very outgoing and “toned down” some of the spices for us, however if you wanted something more “local” he accommodated individual requests. He even changed his menu to accommodate a “favorite” dish requested by one guest as one of the dinner options. I came to India expecting to encounter poverty, smells and other uncomfortable situations. Only one day did we encounter any smells and that was limited. While most of us had at least one day with “Delhi belly”, this was more due to not being accustomed to the level of spices we were consuming (combined with taking Malaria tablets). I am unaware of anyone who had major issues that required prescription medication. The Housekeeper (Mahendra Singh) and Restaurant Manager (Sagar Chand) were great providing ginger tea or bringing meals (soup) to your room if requested to assist your speedy recovery. The sites visited combined with the exceptional service from Uniworld River Cruises and Ganges Voyager II staff made this a “trip of a lifetime”. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Included as part of our 19 day Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer, we went on a 7 day Mekong River cruise put together by Emerald Waterways. We were on the M/V Mekong Navigator while on the Mekong River. The Mekong Navigator has 4 levels ... Read More
Included as part of our 19 day Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer, we went on a 7 day Mekong River cruise put together by Emerald Waterways. We were on the M/V Mekong Navigator while on the Mekong River. The Mekong Navigator has 4 levels & a maximum capacity for about 69 passengers. The 1st or bottom deck has the crew & passenger cabins with portholes, from around mid-ship towards the stern & bow respectively. The 2nd deck has the passenger cabins with balconies, from around mid-ship towards the bow, while the dining room is from around mid-ship towards the stern. The 3rd deck has a small boutique shop & pursers’ office sandwich between passenger cabins which are located from mid-ship towards the bow & stern respectively. The lounge is located on the 4th deck stern area, while the spa/gym, library/computer room is located in the bow area. The bridge is also located on the 4th deck bow. In the mid-ship area of the 4th deck is a sitting/sunning area. There is air condition, but only in the enclosed pubic areas (restaurant, lounge, etc.) & cabins, not in the hallways. Wi-fi, although sporadic, is only available in the public areas. There are no elevators on this boat. We elected for a cabin with a porthole on the 1st deck. Our room was larger than that of the Avalon boats with porthole or French balcony, which we have had before. I believe it was even larger than the cabins with balconies we’ve had on ocean going ships. Our cabin was furnished with among other things, a king size bed, 2 night tables, a small table with 2 chairs, a writing desk with chair, a flat screen TV, mini-bar, small cabinet & a closet with 2 large drawers & safe. You can stow your suitcases under the bed. There are ample sockets for your electrical items. Our marbled bathroom was also roomy with a glass shower stall. We found our cabin very clean, comfortable & quiet, especially that the boat is anchored at night. The breakfast & lunch buffets had a good selection fresh fruit, cold cuts, bread & hot food. There is an egg & hot noodle area at the back of the buffet station. At night we had table service for dinner. When on excursions, we were split up in 3 small groups, each with a local tour guide & our own transportation. They even cleaned our shoes when coming back from our village visits. They also constantly reminded us to hydrate ourselves & provided water to do so. Overall, we found all the on-board staff to be very caring, friendly & courteous and the food served & service received to be very good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Our travel group,not affiliated with Uniworld, consisted of 3 universities and Smithsonian Travel boarded the Mekong Navigator after our 3 day stay in HCMC. Since we would be 7 days on board, I was hoping for the best. It turned out that ... Read More
Our travel group,not affiliated with Uniworld, consisted of 3 universities and Smithsonian Travel boarded the Mekong Navigator after our 3 day stay in HCMC. Since we would be 7 days on board, I was hoping for the best. It turned out that my expectations were greatly exceeded. The first good sign was the boat had very high end finishes. Immediately I found the Cambodian crew to be smiling and anxious to please, certainly a rarity today. Our precious butler, Samoun, was always looking after us like on the first tour day he delivered our forgotten tour radios before we disembarked. We were greeted every day from the dining room to the bar/loung with lovely attentive service. Our creature comforts were well taken care of by a comfortable cabin, spacious bath and inviting outdoor & indoor seating areas. But the real outstanding feature of the boat was the fabulous food service. I happened on the director and the chef one day at the lunch buffet and told them the food quality was as good as our favorite Crystal Serenity. The director understood the praise but said his young Cambodian chef would not get the comparison. If you are lucky enough to be able to visit this fascinating and authentic part of our world, I hope you have the privilege of being on this outstanding river cruise boat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This cruise went from Vietnam through Cambodia back into Vietnam. The accommodations in all 3 places were stellar and the ship itself was very lovely, comfortable and afforded privacy as well as good mingling places. The food was very ... Read More
This cruise went from Vietnam through Cambodia back into Vietnam. The accommodations in all 3 places were stellar and the ship itself was very lovely, comfortable and afforded privacy as well as good mingling places. The food was very good, the staff attentive and congenial. The tours themselves were interesting and appropriately timed, not too short but not rushed. We visited places I would not only not have gone, but could not have gone. There was a good mix of history, culture, fun and entertainment. The tour guides were knowledgeable and attentive to any issues. The staff was attentive to physical needs, comfort and individuals. The places we ate out at were very nice and the food was very good. The buses were comfortable and the guides filled the time with interesting information. I also did the Ha Long Bay add on which was the right amount of time. The bay is beautiful albeit busy with other boats, but did not feel crowded. The boat we had was brand new and gorgeous. The staff there was also kind and attentive. I had an excellent adventure and felt taken care of and considered at every step. I can't rate this cruise high enough. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because we had already done a Uniworld cruise in Europe and thought it may deliver the same standards. It didn't. The ship is OK. It's nothing special. The cabin (Heritage Suite) was OK. The food was OK but ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had already done a Uniworld cruise in Europe and thought it may deliver the same standards. It didn't. The ship is OK. It's nothing special. The cabin (Heritage Suite) was OK. The food was OK but the complimentary Indian wines were below par. The entertainment was good. The ships crew were very good. Almost every time you turned a corner there was one of the ship's crew with a hand sanitiser. It didn't help. Of the 22 passengers all but 4 were sick for at least a day. Some 3 days. It certainly takes the shine off the enjoyment of the voyage. The crew tried very hard to make an uncomfortable situation more enjoyable. Overall I was disappointed with the cruise. Apart from an inspiring visit to Mother Teresa's Orphanage and possibly the Hari Krishna's (currently under construction) Temple there is not a lot to see along the Ganges. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We got home last night from the long flights from Cairo. It was well worth the effort. Our Uniworld Nile River Cruise experience in Egypt was as if we were on a 5 star VIP private tour with an expert Egyptologist. Hatem was very ... Read More
We got home last night from the long flights from Cairo. It was well worth the effort. Our Uniworld Nile River Cruise experience in Egypt was as if we were on a 5 star VIP private tour with an expert Egyptologist. Hatem was very knowledgeable and led our group through the historical sites holding our attention every minute of the trip. He watched out for us and we felt very safe and secure throughout. Before and after the cruise we stayed overnight in the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza. It was part of the cruise package. We had room service dinner on our balcony overlooking the Nile and Cairo both evenings. Upon visiting the sights the only thing we experienced that was uncomfortable was desperate attempts of the souvenir vendors selling their wares. Our guide insulated us from the hassle. As we were transported, in AC comfort, from site to site people and children waved friendly waves. Everything was excellent. The chef on board met every request. The staff was friendly, efficient and very competent. The food and presentation was perfect. Seeing the infrastructure designed for the huge tourist industry sit idle was bad for Egypt but a big advantage for us. There were no lines, no waiting anywhere. I would do it again it was a bargain and a once in a lifetime experience. Not very ADA accessible at the sites if you have walking issues, lots of stairs and rough paths along with the heat of Egypt. After all, the sights were built and designed thousands of years ago. It is one of the must see places in the world. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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