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River Empress: Castles along the Rhine
Some say river cruises are the new bus tours of Europe -- only better. Cruisers unpack only once and get to sail down Europe's famous rivers and dock in the heart of its fabled cities. European Jewels and Castles along the Rhine, two itineraries that will bring to life your fairy tale notion of these classic locales. Like most river boats, Uniworld's River Empress is long and narrow with a stylishly designed interior. The ship generally sails during daylight hours so passengers can enjoy the view while eating lunch, and docks at night so they can stroll around in town after dinner.
Who will enjoy sailing the River Empress
The ship was designed to appeal to Americans, and features English-speaking staff with a lighter cuisine and no smoking allowed except on the Sun Deck. Uniworld cruisers tend to be older and have enjoyed ocean cruises before.
Where River Empress Sails
Home port: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Destinations: The Uniworld River Empress sails the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Cologne, Germany; Germersheim (Speyer), Germany; Kehl (Strasbourg, FR), Germany; and Basel, Switzerland.
Dining with a view! Acknowledged by Zagat for top dining, and outstanding service from an all-English speaking staff, your journey will be a real treat. The elegant dining room serves scrumptious meals , often sourced locally. Wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner, bottled water in staterooms and a specialty coffee and tea bar are all complimentary.
Entertainment, bars & lounges
- Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
- Captain's Lounge with library
- Patio lounge
- Sky lounge
- Sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard
- Fitness center & sauna
- Serenity River Spa
Other amenities include: 24-hour reception service, complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, and free Internet and Wi-Fi access and guest laundry and ironing facilities, and elevator.
Lavishly appointed river view staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the Rhine Deck have French balconies.
Stateroom and suite amenities include:
- Generous built-in closets
- Hair dryer
- Individual climate-control thermostat
- Direct-dial telephone
- Infotainment center with flat-screen TV
- Complimentary movie and entertainment options
- Bottled water and safe for valuables
Marble bathrooms include: L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, and cozy waffle bathrobes.
All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including: daily fruit and cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche; slippers; private DVD; iPod docking station; Nespresso coffee machine; bathroom towel warmers; refrigerator; bottle of wine upon arrival; morning coffee and tea; continental breakfast; shoe shine; and free laundry service.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Enjoy the lounge with a view as you cruise down the Rhine
- The small number of guests allows you to get to know many of your fellow and make friendships that will last
- Dining with a view!
“This modern river ship might be a good choice for a well-rounded cruise though the cabins are small with limited storage. The cuisine is reasonably good and includes a healthy choice menu, although lacking in finesse.”