This was our third Uniworld European cruise in the last four years and our favorite, due in large part to the wonderful cities we visited. We travelled with our adult daughter and son-in-law. While the River Princess can carry over 120 passengers there were only 80 on our cruise, half of which were Americans. There were times we felt like we were on a large private luxury yacht.
Food and drink is always exceptional on Uniworld. By the second day our waiter had already made note of our preferences. My wife and daughter are both on gluten-free diets and alternatives were given - particularly with desserts - that were hard to distinguish from the originals. We are not big drinkers but the wines offered each night at dinner were some of the best we've ever had.
We cruised Budapest the first night, and it was stunning - so beautifully lit up - and we were anxious to explore the next day. It poured rain that morning, but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm for the city. Our guide said Hollywood has come to depend on Budapest to represent different cities in both Europe and the Soviet Union. It was easy to see why.
We took the "City of Arts" tour in Vienna which included two museum visits. Both were spectacular in their own way. Vienna has MANY more museums and we were sorry we couldn't stay longer to see a few more of them.
Spitz and Passau afforded many photo-ops. Lovely interesting river communities.
Tour guides were of varying competence, although the cities spoke for themselves for the most part. A few excellent ones, particularly in Nuremberg and Prague. The one in Regensburg, however, was dreadful. Major construction was going on in the center of the city and our guide didn't seem to have the slightest idea how to take us to temple on the Jewish "walking discover tour." We walked in circles, eventually getting there only to discover it was closed.
After a full day of sailing we prepared for our last stop in Nuremberg. We took the city tour and explored their wonderful antique toy museum on our own. Great souvenir shopping. After lunch the bus arrived to take us to Prague - about a 4 1/2 hour trip.
What can we say about Prague, other than we saved the best for last? We spent two nights at the wonderful Art Deco Imperial Hotel in a room that was easily twice the size of what we have come to expect in Europe. We've talked with other travelers and the consensus seems to be that Prague is their favorite city. We'd certainly go back in a heartbeat. In many respects it looks just as it did in the 18th century, but it's an exciting place, full of young people (and tourists, of course).
In all, we would heartily recommend this itinerary. You won't find more interesting cities and the Danube allows for a stunning variety of experiences.
Our room was immediately at the top of the steps from the front desk, but noise in the corridor was never an issue. Being an older ship, the River Princess has two drawbacks: there was only a French balcony and the bathroom is a bit smaller, but neither of these things bothered us much. The Danube and the weather were most accommodating, giving us plenty of time to sit on deck and enjoy the view. The decor and cleanliness were very much in keeping with what we have come to expect from Uniworld. Our room was looked after twice each day, once in the late morning while we toured and again during dinner.