3 Vienna to Europe - River Cruise Uniworld River Princess Cruise Reviews

We are Heritage members and sailed with Uniworld before on the S.S. Joie de Vivre from Paris to Normandy. Our experience with Uniworld in 2017 was exceptional! BUT THIS EXPERIENCE ON RIVER PRINCESS WAS NOT! Front Desk Hotel Manager ... Read More
We are Heritage members and sailed with Uniworld before on the S.S. Joie de Vivre from Paris to Normandy. Our experience with Uniworld in 2017 was exceptional! BUT THIS EXPERIENCE ON RIVER PRINCESS WAS NOT! Front Desk Hotel Manager and staff looked upset and serious if you asked a question. No smiles at anytime. It was as if all of them had some attitudes. The wait staff were arguing at times in their Romanian or Slavic language-you could see the tension. I even had to get up at dinner to ask for water. They forgot my meal and had to remind them but all they always said was it is coming and then they would turn to each other and argue. It was extremely uncomfortable. The dining room was poorly set up not allowing much choices on seating to meet others and definitely NOT what our last experience was. It was a typical dining room as if it were on a Celebrity Cruise. The food on the River Princess was below standard-not typical of Uniworld’s fine culinary fare. It tasted comparable to most large massive mid budget cruise liners. We were extremely appalled that we were served a buffet one evening for dinner. Our Food was served Luke warm or cold at table side. I sent back several dinners due to flavor and being cold. My husband ordered a simple steak and looked grey in color as if they threw it is a broiler and rushed it out. He sent it back. We waited so long for our food to come a good portion of the time. Having to remind them! Never told in the morning there was a special dish. When the omelet station chef overheard me speak to another guest he said there is always a special and showed it to me. When I asked him to order me one, he said, " sorry, you have to go to your table and ask your waiter". The waiter NEVER CAME! I had to flag them down. That was done more than just one day on a 8 day trip. The choices of food served were the same almost everyday at lunch or breakfast. Many times.I had to wait 30 minutes for poached eggs. Poached eggs take 2-3 minutes to make. I made my own toast. The Eggs Benedict in morning was cold and thick sauce I could not eat it. Our tour guides were not the best and rushed us. Even an expert lecturer who traveled on the ship and spoke about the history stopped our guide during a tour and told her she was not telling the history as per the Jewish Heritage Tour it was to be. The ship was old and tired. My advice would be to remove this ship from circulation. It is old and many issues. The trip was from Vienna to Prague. They went to Nuremberg and bussed us to Prague-(4 hours) not given water bottles and stopped 1/2 way to buy some! Our choices of tours were do as locals with a basic walking neighborhoods, biking, hiking in Bavarian Forrest or Pay for other tours that were not worth the money-Especially the Schoenbrunn Palace-we paid 66Euro per person. We were taken to 4 rooms that were an apartment of a Queen who liked tropical islands and murals on walls, no furniture at all to view. Rushe in and out. There maybe 15 minutes it was so small. Took us on a specific tour in a museum to see directly the Vermeer painting a just a few other paintings. Then told to go to the gardens and walk around for 45 minutes in the blaring heat! She was abrupt and she had 45 minutes to herself and she could have let us stay in the museum if we chose too. But we HAD to leave it! We hung around in the heat and had nothing to do. I wrote a letter to corporate office explaining our experience in detail. They had the audacity to insult us with a $150 per person credit on board to be used on our next trip and expires no later than December 2020! Other passengers who had been on Uniworld before and had good experience prior were also upset and said Viking they took once did a better job on food , staff and quality. We are done with Uniworld. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Took the Uniworld European Holiday Markets cruise on the Danube, something we had wanted to do for some time. This cruise line touts this as all inclusive, and it didn't disappoint. Top shelf beverages and wines, not just at meals, ... Read More
Took the Uniworld European Holiday Markets cruise on the Danube, something we had wanted to do for some time. This cruise line touts this as all inclusive, and it didn't disappoint. Top shelf beverages and wines, not just at meals, but virtually all day. They even had a specific bottle of my favorite beverage waiting for me a the bar, which Evo, the bartender explained had my name on it. I mentioned this at booking and that's all it took. Meals were extraordinary, varied, superbly prepared and presented. Martin, the rest. mgr, visited with my wife and her sister before each meal to ensure their specific dietary restrictions had been taken into consideration, and in some cases, alternative meals prepared just for them. Chef Bogdan even provided a special off menu meal for us the last night which took several days preparation. Try that on your typical ocean cruise with 5000 of your closest friends. Oh yeah, there were only 67 passengers on this 110 passenger ship, so it was really special. George, one of the dining and lounge staff, took special care of our party all cruise long, never missing the chance to find ways to meet our every request. The staterooms were more than adequate, comfortable, and immaculate. There really are no bad rooms on a river cruise ship. The excursions were well planned, expertly guided, and yet leisurely. The service we received in every area of the ship was world class and my wife and I doubt we will ever take another mega-boat cruise again. And we will definitely cruise Uniworld again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We have just returned from a Uniworld Heart of Europe River Cruise and wish to praise the company for such a wonderful holiday. The Art Deco boat was luxurious and spotless at all times, as was our very comfortable stateroom. All staff ... Read More
We have just returned from a Uniworld Heart of Europe River Cruise and wish to praise the company for such a wonderful holiday. The Art Deco boat was luxurious and spotless at all times, as was our very comfortable stateroom. All staff and tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. We loved our tour Manager, Hildegarde who kept us well informed at all times. Meals were delicious and often produce from the regions were used with matching wines. The tours were well-paced, and interesting and the local talented evening artists were all of a consistently high standard. We would recommend this trip to anyone and we will definitely be doing another one with Uniworld. There were 90 passengers on our cruise, which we thought was a nice number as it was easy to get to meet everyone. We boarded the boat in Vienna and had 3 days exploring this charming city. Then we sailed up the Danube, Main, Reine and Moselle rivers passing many villages, castles and beautiful autumn scenery. It was fascinating going through the 70+ locks also. Every day we stopped at one of the villages or towns and explored with very knowledgable and entertaining guides. There were visits to the Audi Factory, beer brewery where they make ‘smokey beer’ (an acquired taste) glass blowing factory, lederhosen factory, horse-drawn carriage ride through the forest after eating sourdough bread (from an outside oven) and elderberry tea. One highlight was our visit to Schloss Lowenstein Castle where we met the Prince in his private chapel – a most eloquent man who told us all about his life. Then we went to his vineyards for a tasting – sadly none of the wines are sold in Australia. There was ample time for shopping in most of the towns and villages and a local café/restaurant experience. Hard to find a space to fit more food in after being so well fed on the boat! We have travelled overseas extensively but this would have to rate as one of our best trips. Even a rep from Uniworld to meet us off the shuttle bus at Paris airport and guide us to the check in desk was a lovely surprise. Col and Alex Conwell   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
River Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.0 4.6
Entertainment 2.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 2.0 4.2
Family 1.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 3.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 4.0 4.5
Rates 4.0 4.5

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