Editor's Note: In 2020, River Princess will undergo a refurbishment and become one of the line's "super ships" for the 2021 season.
The sister ship to the newer River Empress, the River Princess nonetheless has a completely different ambiance. The decor on the River Princess is starker and bolder than its sister's, with honey-colored woods, aluminum accents, and a deep color scheme of green, blue or pinky-red. However, Uniworld President Serba Ilich says the ship will be renovated to tone down the decor so it is more similar to the soothing, rich-looking interior on the River Empress.
The ship is an extremely comfortable way to see some of Europe's most popular sights while unpacking only once. The long, narrow ships often dock in the heart of small towns and historic cities so passengers can simply walk off the ship to explore. Shore excursions are included and often are guided walking tours or motorcoach tours, sometimes with lunch in a wonderful restaurant for a local experience.
Uniworld customers tend to be older, experienced travelers, although the age demographic may be trending downward as river cruising grows in popularity. The typical passenger is 50 years of age or older with a household income of more than $75,000. Many have cruised on large ocean-going cruise ships although Uniworld trips are also eminently suitable for the first-timer to Europe. Perhaps this is a more comfortable option than the five-country motorcoach tour?
Casual and comfortable during the day while evenings are slightly dressier. A jacket is suitable for men at the captain's dinner.
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River Princess Staff and ship Fell short of quality
A great vacation, with a few bends in the river
Disappointing, considering their own marketing
Uniworld Holiday Cruise, Nuremberg to Budapest, 12-22-2017 through 1-3-2018