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Queen Isabel Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Relaxing cruise

Queen Isabel Cruise Review by Fostersmith

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony

We have cruised with Uniworld two other times on the Danube mostly with some time on the Main River

This cruise was quiet with only a limited number of excursions compared to the other cruises we took with Uniworld

Embarkation and disembarks was smooth and very nice

The layout of the boat was fine but the « fitness « room was so tiny and crowded that I was lucky no one ever wanted to use it when I was there.

The lounge was very nice but we missed having a library or game room for the evening hours.

To follow are my suggestions to make the experience better for future cruise guests

I am a vegetarian and when we made our reservation we told everyone. When we embarked one of the chefs or sous chefs should have spent 5 Minutes with me to see my parameters for food choices, as was done on previous cruises. The breakfast and lunch buffets were spectacular l always found good food to eat with enough cheese and other options for protein intake. Dinner fell short on that issue. The « eat light » or vegetarian options were not what I would consider choices for myself. So the first two nights I asked for different vegetables so I had food that I enjoyed and met my needs. These requests eere met with a lack of understanding of what I needed to eat but we’re able to accommodate me.

We finally found an incredible waiter,Armindo, who talked to me about what I liked to eat and always helped prepare good nutritious food for me. After meeting him we reserved a table to be in his area and all was good.

This issue could have been avoided if the chef just spent 5 Minutes with me to understand what I could eat.

Fine dining on River cruises is a very important part of the trip, so please for future passengers make a little effort for those people with special food requirements before the first dinner

As for shore excursions, I know there is limited things to see and do as in the Douro valley it is all about Port and wine. Which was fine. The excursion to Salamanca was a waste of time for us. We spent as much time riding back and forth on the bus as we did there. The comfort break was helpful for using the bathrooms but we did not need coffee, tea, and pastries as we just finished breakfast two hours before this stop. If we had not wasted time being fed again we could have spent more time in the town.

So for future guests think hard about this trip. It Takes a long getting there and you have limited time to explore the city although the cathedrals were lovely to see but travelers need to weigh travel time verses time in Salamanca

The other tours were mostly excellent. The Douro museum and the vineyard visit with dinner were great as was the archeological hike and e bike to the ocean.

Since the boat could not travel at night we did spend a lot of time “relaxing” while we cruised the Douro.

So if you want a quiet relaxing cruise this is for you.

The reception staff excellent especially Pelipe

All staff excellent as was service on board.

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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin 1 308

Room nicely kept up by house keeping plenty of drawer space nicely laid out bathroom

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