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River Empress Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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There is a Reason Uniworld is Rated #1

River Empress Cruise Review by jjmurphyjr

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Standard Stateroom

This was our second cruise with Uniworld. It met all of our expectations and then some. After our experiences on our first cruise, our expectations were high. While I admit I haven't cruised with other lines, those that I talked with who have ay Uniworld does it better. The food, the service, the rooms and the "all-inclusiveness" are truly #1. We enjoyed shore excursions daily. We toured two small towns in France which was too much for the time allotted. We could have spent the entire morning in one of the towns and still not had enough time! Castles along the Rhein was a great cruise that took us from Amsterdam through stops in Germany and France ending in Switzerland. This cruise has a good mix of cruising on the river and stopping at interesting cities. Weather in May turned out to be milder that we were expecting. Temps were in the high 60s to low 70s during the cruise. Uniworld does it right. I am looking forward to our next cruise with Uniworld.

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Cabin Review

Standard Stateroom
Cabin 4 421

Cabin was nice. While small in comparison with a hotel room, it was adequate for our needs.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Guided tour walking tour.

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Cologne Cathedral


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Paffgen Kolsch brewery

Perfect way to end our tour with a glass of Kolsch beer.

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Walking Tour

Perfect way to see the city.

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We stayed in Holland for a few days before the cruise began.


Wine tasting while visiting a castle. Memorable.

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