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River Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Tulips and Windmills

River Princess Cruise Review by djett

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

We chose this cruise to see the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens. This was our second Uniworld cruise and it was wonderful. Our first cruise was on the Maria Theresa and we wondered whether Uniworld’s excellent service would continue. It did. This cruise was on the River Princess which holds 130 guests and 41 crew. There were only 78 passengers and nothing ever felt crowded. The entire crew was extremely friendly and helpful. By the second day, it seemed every crew member knew you and greeted you by name. Whatever you needed was taken care of immediately. Our cruise director was wonderful and the local guides in each city were excellent. Food and beverages were delicious and plentiful. Although this was a smaller ship, our cabin (207) had plenty of room and storage space was plentiful. We were met at the airport by the Uniworld hostess who told us that it would be about a ten minute wait for the car to drive us to the ship. Once the car arrived, the driver took our luggage and drove us to the ship. After a quick check-in we enjoyed a delicious lunch, went to our cabin and unpacked. Although the shower contains a dispenser for shampoo, shower gel and body lotion, we prefer bar soap. Our room steward provided this immediately. On Uniworld, any request is promptly taken care of. A typical day:

6-11 am: Coffee and pastries in the patio.

7 am: Morning yoga

7:15-9 am: Breakfast (Buffet as well as menu items)

8:30-11:30 am: Walking tour (Depending on the number of participants, several groups of 12 to 15 people are formed, each group led by a local guide. There is always a gentle walking group that sees the same sights at a slower pace. Each person is provided a lightweight listening device with earpiece so that you’re always able to hear your guide even if you wander a bit from your group. All of the local guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Breaks were provided to use restroom facilities.)

12-1:30 pm: Lunch (buffet) aboard ship.

6 pm: Cocktail hour (Uniworld provides beer, wine, liquor and soft drinks any time you want them included in the cost of the cruise.

6:45 pm: Cruise manager discusses the next day’s itinerary.

7-9 pm: Dinner with numerous menu choices.

9-10 pm: Evening entertainment in the Piano lounge.

My wife had a dental procedure several weeks prior, and on the second day she was experiencing some tooth pain. The cruise director immediately arranged an appointment with a local dentist as well as a cab to get us there. Luckily it was nothing serious but Uniworld took care of getting her the treatment. At meals, seating is not assigned. There are tables for six, four or two. You may find a particular server you like so you’ll sit at their table or you may move around and meet new friends. Most people go into the dining room at 7 but if you choose to eat later, it’s not a problem. On this ship, there was not an alternative dining venue. At the end of the cruise, you’re asked about your debarkation plans. If you’re going directly to the airport, Uniworld provides bus transportation based upon your flight times. If you’re going to a hotel, they will arrange for a taxi and the time you wish. Uniworld is inclusive as far as tips. This includes tips to shipboard staff, city guides and bus drivers. You can certainly choose to tip extra but it is not expected and no staff member ever mentioned tips. You cannot book Uniworld directly, you have to use a travel agent. Our trip was wonderful and we booked another Uniworld cruise while on the ship due to the 20% discount offered. We’re off to Egypt in January.


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Cabin Review

Standard Stateroom
Cabin 3 207

Large window. Plenty of storage space including closets for hanging clothes. Bed extremely comfortable. Large shower (no tub) with adjustable shower head. Shampoo, body wash and lotion provided. Hair dryer provided. Magnifying makeup mirror provided. 110 and 220 outlet. I brought small power strip for multiple electronic devices. Table and chair in cabin.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Canal Boat Tour

Was included in city walking tour.

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Brugge (Bruges)

City walking tour and canal boat ride. Had about two hours on our own.

Antwerp

Rode the subway to city center and walked back to the ship. Tour included sampling Belgian fries and chocolate.

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Our ship docked at the windmills so we just walked across the dike and we were there. Interesting tour and a very beautiful location.

View All 23 Windmills of Kinderdijk Reviews

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