Uniworld Cruise Reviews
Awesome River Cruise,8/25/2014
Our 1st River cruise - and hopefully not our last. The S.S. Antoinette was outstanding, as was the crew and cruise experience overall. Uniworld in my opinion is a first class cruise operator.
On embarkation day, (we actually embarked from Basel Switzerland) we were greeted at the dock when we arrived at approximately noon. (Our departure was scheduled for midnight) Our luggage was immediately gathered, and directions given to us to begin our day onboard ship. After a short 'self' guided walk around the ship, we were encouraged to have lunch on ... the Sun Deck. We were informed at approximately 2:30 pm that our room was available. When we arrived at the room our luggage was awaiting and we were greeted by our cabin attendant and shown the room and it's amenities available to us. We found the room very comfortable with plenty of room for the two of us, and also plenty of storage available. The room boasted such things as a fresh carafe of water, very tasty candies, aluminum water bottles with carabiners as well as Vox headsets to be used while on our excursions were provided. Our cabin was also stocked with robes, and slippers for both of us, along with their signature bath products. Our cabin measured 196 square feet and had a French balcony, also with a large, electric, retractable glass wall . The ship itself also provided walking sticks and bicycles during our cruise and their use were highly encouraged.
Each member of the ships staff from the Captain to the maintenance personnel were always pleasant and were always smiling. The English speaking crew were always available to assist and/or answer questions.
One area of particular note was how we were treated and provided for when on our very 1st nite we were unable to leave Basel, Switzerland due to a mechanical failure of the locks upstream. During the night, ships staff made arrangements for buses to come to our dock, and gather us for our daily excursion. Due to the fact that we would not be onboard (as scheduled) for lunch, we were given compensation to have lunch in town. Our buses and tour guides were outstanding, and in this particular instance the entire experience was well handled. We managed to see all of the same locations originally intended and were only inconvenienced by having to able to tour an extra 2 hours total. While we were on the tour, the ship negotiated the Rhine and met us at our regularly scheduled dock at Breisach. The Captain and tour manager Tony, kept everyone informed of the issues and jokingly said that he would "Have to put the pedal to the metal" to make up a bit of lost river cruise time. This was a minor issue as we were not due into our next port Kehl/Strasbourg until the next morning.
This review will not go into the individual city tours but I will mention that every Tour and guide arranged in each port/city appeared very well versed on their particular area, and kept the tours extremely interesting. One particular note was of our tour guide Iris Burkin who escorted us to the Black Forest. Iris was outstanding, and even provided us with her private photo collection of points of interest in the area as we traveled, and a little treat toward the end of the tour.
A mention about the food and overall service in both the Dining and Lounge rooms is necessary as this too was a highlight of our trip. The food was extremely well prepared and presented, and a foods could be prepared for most dietary concerns, if needed. The waiters and maitre'd were constantly checking to insure that the food and beverage were to our liking. After the 1st day - it became apparent to staff that I was one of those that would rather have beer with my meals than the wine offerings and I was approached regularly to insure what I wanted to drink. This was also the case in the lounge where we congregated after dinner to listen to the outstanding performance of Marguerite and her husband. Did I mention the food was OUTSTANDING?
Overall we were pampered beyond belief, and well cared for in every aspect of this cruise. The ships attention to detail in all areas, especially SERVICE, could not have been any better in my opinion.
This cruise has sold us on the River Cruise experience, and while we have no other River Cruise company to compare Uniworld to, it would be extremely difficult to beat what was presented by this company and their staff.
We are definitely planning a future River Cruise, and YES!! it will most assuredly be on one of the Uniworld ships. Read More...
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Enchanting Danube 6 stars,6/7/2014
We met some wonderful people and will likely book other Uniworld tour!
Queen for a Week,6/4/2014
Now for a report on the ship. I have cruised 7 or 8 times on riverboats and probably a dozen times on ocean liners. I have NEVER seen a better staff. This staff is unbelievable! Each and every person was smiling and always saying hello and asking how our day was going. Not just to me, but to everyone. And as wonderful as the general staff was, there were standouts, and I mean standouts! Unfortunately, my daughter had her backpack stolen on the train from Rome. We could not get a police report at the train station because it was Sunday and the office was closed. When we got to the ship and Jennifer told the cruise manager, Damiano, what happened, he got a taxi and took her to the police station at the port. Unfortunately, it was also closed. The very next day, he made arrangements to take us to the police station at St. Mark’s Square after our tour. He stayed with us the whole time and was WONDERFUL in helping us explain what we needed in the police report for the insurance claim. And, he was smiling the whole time and told us not to worry when we told him how badly we felt he was using up his free time. Jen’s glasses were taken and he called around to see if there was a place that could replace them in a day. One of my clients broke his glasses and Damiano took them and had the frame replaced. He could not do enough for anyone on the ship. What a gem! He was OUTSTANDING.
There were a few people in my group who had special dietary needs. The very first night the restaurant manager, Romica, went to each of them and spent several minutes discussing their needs. We had vegans, vegetarians, gluten free and dairy intolerant issues. Each and every one of these clients told me how incredibly wonderful their food was. Every night Romica told them what they would be served. He was great! Daniel, the chef came to them every night to make sure all was okay. We had two birthdays, and the wonderful pastry chef made gorgeous cakes. I traveled with one woman who was an embarrassment to me. She was rude and very childish, even getting up and leaving the table once. The wait staff took it in stride and was so kind to her, even after the insulting things she did. I was in awe of them. (I will never invite her on one of my trips again.) A standout was Danail. He was so nice to her.
I loved seeing the RED CARNATION book and made sure that everyone in my group read it. At every buffet, one of the salad dressings said “Beatrice Tollman’s favorite salad dressing.” I heard someone say to someone else, “who is Beatrice Tollman?” The other woman said “I hear she has taken more Uniworld cruises than anyone else.” I had to chuckle and then I told them who she is. And, the dressing is delicious.
I became friendly with several crew members and had conversations with them, and each one said how wonderful it is working for Uniworld. Many have worked for one of your competitors and all said there is no comparison in the way they are treated. What a compliment to Uniworld, and your family.
So, from start to finish, I could not have had a better experience anywhere. Again, thank you for everything and giving me, and my clients (all who say they would travel with you again) wonderful memories.