Paris & Normandy
When we arrived at the ship, our cabins were not quite ready, but we were offered a nice buffet lunch in the lounge. After we had a bite to eat, we went across to the park to go on a tethered balloon ride. We were provided with yet another view of Paris....from a height of 500 feet!
Upon returning to the ship, we were shown to our cabins. The River Baroness is a beautiful ship, and the cabins are well appointed. We had ample storage space, a large picture window, a bathroom with a full sized shower (and wonderful soaps, lotions and shampoos), and a very comfortable bed. We found it interesting that the walls were covered with upholstery material, and were slightly padded. This must have contributed to the great sound insulation.
All of the Uniworld staff were attentive,professional, and very friendly. We were pampered for the whole week by everyone connected with the ship. Our guides on our shore excursions were excellent. Use of the quietvox system enabled everyone in the group to hear the guide's commentary while having the freedom to explore.
Our itinerary kept us busy, and we only opted for one additional tour (to Versailles).
We did spend some time on buses reaching some of our tour destinations (the Normandy D-Day Beaches, Honfleur, and Giverny) but the guides took this opportunity to give us valuable information about the destination, or about the passing scenery. We felt like this trip provided a wonderful combination of history, art, architecture, as well as spectacular scenery.
The food on the River Baroness was delicious. Breakfasts and lunches were buffets with amazing selections. Dinners were a la carte with several choices for each course. Wines and beer were free flowing at lunch and dinner, and at breakfast, mimosa were available. The variety of cheeses that were provided at breakfast and lunch reflected the regions that we visited, and most were melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
The only downside of the trip was that we spent very little time cruising along the Seine (at least in daylight). It was one of the highlights of the trip to relax on the deck, taking in the sights along the shore as well as the ever constant and interesting boat traffic.
Uniworld, and our experience on the River Baroness, has sold us on river cruising in Europe and we are looking forward to planning another cruise in the next year or two. Now we just have to choose an itinerary! Read More...
Bastille Week Paris & Normandy,7/28/2011
Our suite, #215, was spacious and suitably, Napoleonic (1800-10) French decorated. The daily food plates, daily laundry service, complimentary Burgundy wine, in ... addition to regular services, made our suite extraordinary. I booked an extended massage with Elena which was exhilarating. The fitness room has new machines so I could row, bike, and jog many miles, as we sailed each day. My husband enjoyed the lounge and sundeck during sailing.
Special mention for the hotel cleaning and laundry staff. Standards are exceptional. Clean laundry was returned each day, after dinner.
Beautiful Trip -- Paris & Normandy,1/2/2011
(PS -- I plan to visit the Duoro region end of August, 2011 -- how about transferring Chef Sousa to that new vessel?)
The River Baroness,4/27/2010
Beyond our expectations,4/1/2010
Thank you for the fine adventure,
Stevie & Joe Friedman
Paris & Normandy,10/15/2009
Our Paris to Normandy cruise which began Sept5-13, 2009,9/22/2009
Would like to recognize excellent service,7/27/2008
We began our trip with two nights in Paris and from the minute we collected our baggage and were transferred to the hotel, everything went smoothly. Dominique greeted us at the hotel and made us feel welcome and comfortable during our stay.
She waved and said goodbye to each of us as we boarded the ... motorcoach for our short drive to the River Baroness. Lunch was waiting for us on board the ship and our cabins were available immediately following. As a group of 12, we settled in for our exciting adventure. The cabins were comfortable and the beds and linens so divine that getting into bed at night was a true delight - not to mention turn down service with chocolates on each pillow.
Christian Basel, our Uniworld Cruise Manager, performed every task with a smile and no request was too small or too big for him to accomplish. When we arrived at the American cemetery in Normandy, he presented each of us with a yellow rose to place on a grave marker of our choosing. This special touch was very moving.
Sebastien Wendling, our Hotel Manager, and his staff go the extra mile when it comes to service. All cabins were cleaned and made up while we enjoyed breakfast and upon returning from excursions, the staff welcomed us with fresh juice, hand sanitizer and warm towels.
My husband and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary while sailing and this special day was recognized. We had a bottle of champagne waiting for us in our cabin and for dinner we were invited to sit at the Captain's table.
The knowledge of our escorts to the museums and towns was amazing. In particular, John Louie's love and appreciation for art came across beautifully and made each excursion special. Also, while in Paris, our escort to the Musee D'Orsay was equally enthusiastic about her love of the arts. In addition, all escorts spoke beautiful English.
Finally, the preparation and presentation at each meal was beautiful and the food delicious. Our thanks too for the wonderful on board entertainment.
This was not our first Uniworld River Cruise and hopefully not our last.
– Mary Anne Hyde
The staff & the food were outstanding. Price isn't cheap, but neither is anything comparable. It was nice to pay in advance, so exchange rates for the dollar, or inflation were not a worry. All we had to pay on the spot were the tips, & they ... were well explained.
We couldn't have been more pleased with your services. Every time I contacted you, you acknowledged it immediately, & then got back with an answer, if needed, within a day. You painted a clear picture of what to expect. And you volunteered much specific helpful information. We hope to be able to use the services again. What is always a question mark is health issues. We can't book until we've gotten medical clearance relatively close to departure date. However, we've definitely been recommending you to friends & family, & will continue to do so.
Marian Wemple Read More...