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River Countess Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Splendors of Italy

River Countess Cruise Review by Kathy Sellers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: Italy
  • Cabin Type: Standard Stateroom

My husband and I just returned from Italy with Uniworld on the "River Countess", 15 day tour called the "Splendors of Italy". The hotel in Milan, Florence, and Rome were very,very nice and the location in Milan and Florence were fantastic. The ship was also very nice; the cabin size is average for a river cruise but very comfortable, (we loved having a candy dish full of chocolates in our room); the food was good, but not great; the entertainment was what I expected from a river cruise - a pianist/singer who was good; the service was exceptional and the staff was very friendly and accomodating; the ports were wonderful, the shore excursions were great, and the local guides were fantastic. Our cruise director, Agnes, was wonderful. Our biggest complaint was that the trip wasn't a few days longer, especially in Venice and Rome. In Venice it would have been nice to have an extra free day and in Rome, you really need at least two more days to see it all. Plus, since the hotel in Rome was not in the heart of the city, we would have liked to be given the opportunity to stay in town for the day or an afternoon and then to be picked up by the bus to retun to our hotel instead of finding transportation on our own. But we loved this trip and would recomend it to everyone.

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Cabin Review

Standard Stateroom
Cabin 2 205

The cabin was very nice. Size wise, it was what I expected based on other river cruises I have been on; queen bed, two night stands/desk; enough closet space to hold all our things and a TV.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We cruised along the Grand Canal which was lovely.


All the brightly colored buildings were lovely to see.

City Tour

All the city tours were very educational.

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Doge's Palace

Lovely Palace

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Padua Walking Tour

Even in the rain it was a lovely town to walk through.

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St. Mark's Square is lovely, even with all the people.

Venice Walking Tour

Lovely city to walk around.

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Verona Walking Tour

Nice town.

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Florence Walking Tour

Lovely city.

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