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River Princess: Uniworld's European explorer
Some say river cruises are the new bus tours of Europe -- only better. You get to visit many towns and cities while floating on a five-star hotel vessel. Cruisers unpack only once and get to sail down Europe's famous rivers and dock in the heart of its fabled cities. Remodeled in 2011 Uniworld's River Princess has bold decor and a color palette that pops. The long, narrow ship often docks in the heart of small towns and historic cities so passengers can simply walk off the ship to explore. Prague, Vienna and perhaps even music by a Von Trapp Family singer will bring much of Germany and Eastern Europe alive. Sail past quaint villages and great cities on the glorious Danube, visiting baroque abbeys and medieval cathedrals, tasting fine wines, and encountering the mosaic of cultures in the region.
Who will enjoy sailing the River Empress
Uniworld customers tend to be older, experienced travelers, although the age demographic may be trending downward as river cruising grows in popularity. The typical passenger is 50 years of age or older. Many have cruised on large ocean-going cruise ships although Uniworld trips are also a great choice for the first-time visit to Europe.
Where River Princess sails
Home port: Nuremberg, Germany
Destination: The Uniworld Princess explores the Danube. The cruise portion of your trip embarks from Nuremburg to Passau, Budapest, Belgrade, and Bucharest.
The River Princess has an elegant restaurant with panoramic views, where you can enjoy locally sourced food, high-end service, and fine dining at its best!
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
- Quaint villages, abbeys, cathedrals and fine wines, Europe at it's best!
- Enjoy the expansive views in the the River Princess dining area and don't miss a minute of the scenery
- Budapest, Bucharest and Prague are some of the old-world highlights on your river journey
Top dining options on board
“This modern river ship might be a good choice for a well-rounded cruise, offering a fitness area and open-seating in a comfortable restaurant. The cabins are small with limited storage but the ‘Rhine Deck’ suites and cabins have French balconies.”