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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our fourth Uniworld River Cruise and it was a pleasure to take another trip. The sites were wonderful and the staff was superb as always. My only regret was that the room was the smallest that we've had on Uniworld although ... Read More
This was our fourth Uniworld River Cruise and it was a pleasure to take another trip. The sites were wonderful and the staff was superb as always. My only regret was that the room was the smallest that we've had on Uniworld although this was the last trip for this ship so I'm sure it will be up to world-class standards once the renovations are complete. The tour guides for each excursion were very skilled and informative and every request was satisfied. The staff was simply outstanding and made every effort to make the trip a pleasure for everyone aboard. The only suggestion I would make is that we did not spend enough time at the D-Day beaches - we wasted a considerable amount of time on a bus getting to the beaches. It would be preferred to dock much closer to the site to allow another 2-3 hours at the site. This may indeed be in the plan for future trips. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We arrived in Paris 2 days before our cruise and spent the time seeing the Parisian sites. We didn't realize that lunch was available on board the first day before the ship embarked on our cruise, so take advantage of that. Our ship ... Read More
We arrived in Paris 2 days before our cruise and spent the time seeing the Parisian sites. We didn't realize that lunch was available on board the first day before the ship embarked on our cruise, so take advantage of that. Our ship the River Baroness was lovely, but our cruise was its very last as it is being retired. A couple we were with commented about how small the cabin was, but we didn't feel it was a problem. The food was excellent as was the service. Each night if you did not want an of the three entree choices, there was always a choice of steak or chicken. We enjoyed all the excursions especially the one to the beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery. There was lots of walking on the tours but they did have a group for gentle walkers if needed. All alcohol was included in the cruise price, so that was a bonus. Each afternoon and evening there was entertainment that was mainly someone playing a keyboard. It was my first river cruise and I discovered that I like river cruising. It is because I am shy and loved that everything was planned; we had a guide who spoke French whenever we were out and about and our tours were all organized for us and we had choices each day as to what we wanted to do. I loved that the ship was our hotel room and we did not need to move from place to place. Can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
I especially chose this cruise to see the Normandy Beaches, Giverney and Rouen. I was not disappointed . Great staff and we were lucky enough to have good weather in October. The food was absolutely wonderful. The wait staff attentive. ... Read More
I especially chose this cruise to see the Normandy Beaches, Giverney and Rouen. I was not disappointed . Great staff and we were lucky enough to have good weather in October. The food was absolutely wonderful. The wait staff attentive. The wine was flowing and very good. WE also followed this cruise with one from Bordoeaux on the River Royale. It was much better. The rooms larger and there were days of cruising without a trek off the boat. Very relaxing. Lots of Wine tasting. I feel t his cruise line even though it was expensicve as they all are these days is one of the best. We were impressed with the ship and we were lucky enough to have some wonderfull traveling companions. If your lucky enough to have good weather, You will enjoy any river cruise. It is very pleasant to watch the scenery drift by. Both these boats and an enclosed top so on could play cards and keep warm while enjoying the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Cruise went through Normandy which we had always wanted to see. The trip to the D Day beaches was very emotional and overwhelming at the same time. You actually could spend days there, but we only had the one day. Seeing the American ... Read More
Cruise went through Normandy which we had always wanted to see. The trip to the D Day beaches was very emotional and overwhelming at the same time. You actually could spend days there, but we only had the one day. Seeing the American Cemetery was heartbreaking. The cruise director, Tania was wonderful and the guides we had at every stop were extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining! Our favorites were Barbara, Evelyn and Denise. They were truly amazing and the level of knowledge and history they shared was unbelievable! Loved the boutique cruise as it wasn't crowded. Our stateroom was very comfortable and the food was fabulous! I was even able to squeeze in a fabulous massage one afternoon as a special treat. Every staff member was extremely courteous and did everything they could to make this trip special. We will definitely use UniWorld again and look forward to our next adventure with a top of the line cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Always wanted to see Normandy, and Uniworld offered a Paris-Normandy-Paris cruise. We've been on the typical big ship cruises, but never a river cruise, and this one had fewer than 100 guests. We really didn't know what to ... Read More
Always wanted to see Normandy, and Uniworld offered a Paris-Normandy-Paris cruise. We've been on the typical big ship cruises, but never a river cruise, and this one had fewer than 100 guests. We really didn't know what to expect. Well, it greatly exceeded our expectations! The service was unbelievable and the food was extraordinary! The excursions were perfect, including the knowledgeable - and English speaking - tour guides. And all-inclusive meant all-inclusive. The only money we spent was on souvenirs. And oh yes, in a cafe on the Champs Elysees! They picked us up and dropped us back to the airport. What we didn't expect was that as part of the return trip to Charles DeGaulle airport in Paris, a Uniworld representative met us there, took our bags, checked us in, put our bags on the carousel, and personally took us to Security -- now that's service! We'll take another Uniworld cruise, and would highly recommend Uniworld to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with Uniworld. We loved the itinerary; Giverny, Normandy Beaches, Rouen, Honfleur, and Auvers-Sue-Oise. The food and wine on board were all very good. The on board entertainment was also good. I ... Read More
Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with Uniworld. We loved the itinerary; Giverny, Normandy Beaches, Rouen, Honfleur, and Auvers-Sue-Oise. The food and wine on board were all very good. The on board entertainment was also good. I especially like that Uniworld allows me to personalize my meals giving me flexibility. We met several new friends from around the states and Canada and enjoyed dinning and touring with them. Multiple tours were available both morning and some afternoons. Some of the walking tours had a "gentle walking" feature which is respectful of people with aches and pains. One still saw the sights and participated but at a little slower pace. The days were full and this cruise was a little more active than some others taking. Glad we took this ship first as we did back-to-back river cruises. The staff and crew of the River Baroness were very professional, considerate and wanted to make sure everyone's expectations were met. A one team. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
My wife and I went on the cruise from Paris to Normandy on the River Baroness in september.The ship is beautifully presented and decorated with the rooms being top class although a little smaller than we expected especially the bathroom ... Read More
My wife and I went on the cruise from Paris to Normandy on the River Baroness in september.The ship is beautifully presented and decorated with the rooms being top class although a little smaller than we expected especially the bathroom .However this was an older boat which was about to be retired.Apart from this the staff ,amenities and facilities were fantastic.The food wine and dining experiences at breakfast ,lunch and dinner were excellent .Each night the program was explained to all and the choices for each were amazing from historical sites to culinary experiences and all were led by english speaking guides. All the staff were friendly ,helpful and great fun whilst being very professional.We even had a artist on board giving portrait lessons which were very educational and fun.We visited such things as Monets Garden,richard the lionhearts castle ,Rouen , Normandy Beaches and cemetary and MoulinRouge.We would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to enjoy top class cruising.Well DONE UNIWORLD Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
This cruise was recommended by friends with whom my wife and I we were traveling in France. After spending 4 days in Paris we cruised to Normandy and back over the course of a week. Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless and ... Read More
This cruise was recommended by friends with whom my wife and I we were traveling in France. After spending 4 days in Paris we cruised to Normandy and back over the course of a week. Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless and uneventful. The food was plentiful and excellent and the staff attentive without being intrusive. Being in France and knowing little French, I thought language might be a problem, but it wasn't. In fact, it appeared that most of the crew we encountered were not from France and speaking French was as big a problem for them as it was for me. The shore excursions were interesting, including a "must see" stop in Giverny to see Monet's garden. As an American, I found the excursion to the beaches at Normandy especially interesting and memorable. It was nice to see how well-maintained the cemetery was. We had a suite, and after getting a glimpse of the standard cabins while they were being cleaned, I don't think we would have taken this cruise in a standard cabin. They just appeared too small. We had a lot of stuff. This was our first river cruise, but probably not our last. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because it neatly dovetailed with a 2 week tour of France that we were completing on its sailing date. This was our 6th river cruise and we had travelled with Uniworld on the River Countess in Italy a few years ago, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it neatly dovetailed with a 2 week tour of France that we were completing on its sailing date. This was our 6th river cruise and we had travelled with Uniworld on the River Countess in Italy a few years ago, and had a wonderful experience on that ship. We found the food on the Baroness to be exceptional, the service excellent, and the excursions to be very informative, although some of the bus rides were overly long (2.5 hours). Our one complaint about this ship was that the cabins were too small (128 sq. ft. as compared to 151 sq. ft. on the River Countess) and they did not have adequate storage space or room for 2 people to easily move around. There was very limited space to put anything down and there was minimal drawer space in 2 tiny nightstands. The closet was too shallow to close unless you turned the hangers slightly sideways. This was by far the worst accommodations we have had on any river cruise and because of this, while I would recommend Uniworld as a superior cruise company, I would not recommend this ship or its sister ship, the River Ambassador. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
I chose Uniworld as I had had wonderful experiences with 1 Avalon cruise ship and 2 APT cruise ships in the past.I still think that River Cruising is the only way to travel. I caught a cold whilst travelling on APT and cannot speak more ... Read More
I chose Uniworld as I had had wonderful experiences with 1 Avalon cruise ship and 2 APT cruise ships in the past.I still think that River Cruising is the only way to travel. I caught a cold whilst travelling on APT and cannot speak more highly of the staff attention I received. My suite was turned into a hospital room with fresh juice, constant care, change of linen and meals delivered to my room - all with a smile from the helpful friendly staff.The Captain even took me to the Doctor in Avignon where the Cruise director was waiting to translate for me as I do not speak French. Sadly, although Uniworld provided a wonderful experience on my Paris to Normandy River cruise with the most beautiful suite, delicious food, comfort and friendliness I must advise other solo cruisers of my terrible experience with Uniworld. While on a Walking tour of Paris 25 July,2015 as part of the Uniworld cruise, I was injured as I attempted to board the RATP train at the Concorde Station and the Conductor closed the doors too soon. I was trapped by my right arm and leg, screaming for help and the Tour Guide stood petrified and did not help me at all! If it wasn't for the clear headed thinking of two Parisian men who tore the doors open, I would had my limbs amputated when the train that was revving up and about to start dragged me along the Railway station! Although I had 6 months treatment for the injury and am still suffering from the side effects of these injuries, Uniworld ignored my plight on the day and has continued to refuse to take any responsibility what so ever. As a solo traveller I was deserted when I needed the help of Uniworld. It is one thing providing a beautiful ship, food etc. but when the unthinkable happens there should be someone to take care of you if you are travelling alone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our first river cruise, and the Uniworld Cruise Line was highly recommended to us. I can now understand why. The ship, our suite, the crew, the dining, and the service were impeccable. From embarkation to disembarkation, we ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and the Uniworld Cruise Line was highly recommended to us. I can now understand why. The ship, our suite, the crew, the dining, and the service were impeccable. From embarkation to disembarkation, we were treated like royalty. Our every wish was accommodated even before we knew what we wanted. Ours was called a "Generation Cruise" meaning there were families with children aboard. We found all the passengers to be extremely congenial and the children to be delightful. In fact, we spent considerable time with another couple, and have kept in close contact with them since returning home. I would absolutely recommend Uniworld for river cruising in complete comfort and stunning surroundings. We have already planned our cruise with Uniworld for 2017. I would be remiss to fail to mention our personal butler who was attentive to every detail. Our laundry would be collected in the morning, and returning carefully hung and folded each afternoon. Special mention of the wait staff in the dining room who were not only completely dedicated and courteous, but also congenial and very friendly. We hope to meet them again on another Uniworld cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Uniworld came highly recommended by our travel agent. It did not disappoint! We sailed from Paris to Normandy. The tour guides were excellent. The ship's staff were superb and well beyond expectations. The food was excellent and they ... Read More
Uniworld came highly recommended by our travel agent. It did not disappoint! We sailed from Paris to Normandy. The tour guides were excellent. The ship's staff were superb and well beyond expectations. The food was excellent and they provided gluten free bread to our traveling companion who is intolerant. The wine selections were great and we learned about them each evening before dinner. We were in a suite and had the services of a butler and we learned not to say, "I wish" because it would happen. Housekeeping was perfect and never intrusive. We had the occasion to have one of the passages have a medical issue on a bus tour and were sent to a hospital. They sent a staff member to coordinate services and help get her back to the ship. They have three levels of ways to basically see the same sites. They had active, regular and relaxed pace so that guests with different capabilities could easily tour. This cruise had a young travelers program that appeared to be excellent. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Just returned from Uniworld's 14 day "Portrait of Majestic France" itinerary. This is a "back-to-back itinerary" with 7 days on the River Baroness on the Seine River from Paris through the Normandy region and 7 ... Read More
Just returned from Uniworld's 14 day "Portrait of Majestic France" itinerary. This is a "back-to-back itinerary" with 7 days on the River Baroness on the Seine River from Paris through the Normandy region and 7 days on the River Royale that covers the Bordeaux region in the south of France. This itinerary also included an escorted Train Transfer on a GTV Train between Paris and Bordeaux. Our experience is that Uniworld's brochures are absolutely true when they describe the exceptional service that their staff provide. Both ships were always spotless and the food was exquisite. The Shore Excursions [included in the Cruise Fare] are PHOENOMENAL, (if anything they are underrated in Uniworld's brochures). As noted in previous reviews, River Ship cabins are not as large as their Ocean Counterparts. In addition, River Ships do not offer the large stage shows but do have enjoyable musical entertainment every evening after dinner. There are also evening Port Talks by the Cruise Directors describing the next days activities in thorough detail. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both handled extremely well. There is free WiFi on board but the bandwidth is limited (fine for text emails but blocks most graphics and entertainment streaming) The age range of our fellow passengers was well over 65 so this is not a cruise recommended for children or Honeymooners. Both ships sailed with about 1/2 of their 128 passenger capacities. I can highly recommend Uniworld's "Portrait of Majestic France" itinerary. It was the trip of a lifetime! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My husband and I wanted a shorter (not 14 night) cruise and had heard how lovely the Seine cruise and Normandy beaches were. Uniworld made it a positive experience from beginning to end. The recent flooding made it impossible to leave ... Read More
My husband and I wanted a shorter (not 14 night) cruise and had heard how lovely the Seine cruise and Normandy beaches were. Uniworld made it a positive experience from beginning to end. The recent flooding made it impossible to leave from Paris as originally scheduled. We flew into Charles de Gaulle from Portugal and were met by a Uniworld representative and a driver. The private car got us to the ship in Rouen shortly before sailing. This top-notch treatment was maintained throughout the cruise and beyond disembarkation. The River Baroness is a beautiful ship; ALL the staff were courteous, friendly, and helpful! We had been upgraded to a Category 1 cabin - not roomy, but beautiful, with a VERY comfortable bed and several niceties (drinking water, fresh fruit, candies,...). Our cabin was kept in tip-top shape - so welcoming after an excursion! In the dining room and lounge, as well as up on deck, the service was friendly, attentive, and impeccable. Meals were delicious and varied! As for entertainment, the staff included an excellent keyboard player whose music we enjoyed before and after dinner in the lounge. On two separate nights, acts (duos) were brought on board - both very good and very entertaining. Due to the high water in the Seine, the itinerary had to be rearranged a bit, but we hardly noticed and got to do everything (except one) that we had expected. Our guides throughout were not only very informative, but a lot of fun as well. Medieval history, religious history, World War II history, art history, the Kings Louis were interwoven with breathtaking scenery of the French countryside. Sailing up the Seine on sunny afternoons would have been worth the trip! Gorgeous! Uniworld bent over backward trying to make up for the effects of the flooding, to ensure that our experience was as pleasantly memorable as possible. (We did not take advantage of the gym or fitness classes that were offered.) A few days before the cruise was over, our cruise director Piet informed us that our flight home on Air France would be affected by the strike and asked if he could book us on a different flight. He did so, and Uniworld put us up at the Marriott Opera Ambassador hotel for a night and took care of all transportation. It is this first class treatment that brought us back to Uniworld (Amsterdam to Vienna cruise 3 years ago) and has us already planning our next river cruise with them. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I had never been to France and wanted to see Paris & the Normandy region. If I could do it over, I would have arrived in Paris 3 days ahead of our river cruise to make sure I saw more of the city. The ship was beautiful and the crew ... Read More
I had never been to France and wanted to see Paris & the Normandy region. If I could do it over, I would have arrived in Paris 3 days ahead of our river cruise to make sure I saw more of the city. The ship was beautiful and the crew were fantastic. Everyone was friendly, and service was excellent. Dining was a lovely experience on board; the entertainment gets a "good" rating. The cabin was a little "snug" but the beds were oh so comfortable. Everything was smooth from day one, and our guides and cruise manager were first-rate. I would have preferred more time for shopping during our on-shore excursions and would have appreciated knowing that many French shops close for lunch from 12:00 - 2:00. I would definitely recommend Uniworld to friends and family who are interested in a river cruise. The convenience of your "hotel" traveling with you, the lush accommodations, delicious food and pleasing crew made my first river cruise most assuredly not my last with Uniworld! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
I had sailed on Uniworld before and knew the line to be excellent. This cruise had an interesting itinerary which was new to me. Also, it was a cruise on which the single supplement was waived, which I appreciated as a single traveller. ... Read More
I had sailed on Uniworld before and knew the line to be excellent. This cruise had an interesting itinerary which was new to me. Also, it was a cruise on which the single supplement was waived, which I appreciated as a single traveller. The ship was older, but well appointed. The staff was outstanding and the food was excellent. The cruise director worked out a very helpful program for those of us who were not as mobile as some of the other passengers. We were able to see everything, but could go at a slower pace and at times had some special transport. This service is a specialty of Uniworld, called "Gentle Walkers." The excursions were interesting and local guides were knowledgeable. The on-board special entertainment was average - the only low mark from me. I would have liked to have had classical music or more French singers. The pianist who entertained nightly with popular music was very good. It was an informative and fun cruise. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Just a few notes on this cruise. First the much discussed room size. Yes the rooms, with the exception of the suites, are very small, very well executed with plush drapes, well lit bath, a great hair dryer, small closet and little ... Read More
Just a few notes on this cruise. First the much discussed room size. Yes the rooms, with the exception of the suites, are very small, very well executed with plush drapes, well lit bath, a great hair dryer, small closet and little shelving. The room was meticulously maintained. Yet we managed nicely , just be aware that the rooms are small by today's standards. Dining -Breakfast and lunch are buffets with multiple choices. There is a chef preparing any egg dish you desire, and always a menu with extra items such as crepes. Fresh fruits, juices, champagne, always 4 French Fromage, multiple bread items, etc. Lunch is again a buffet with hot and cold sandwich choices, soup, salad bar with fresh vegetables, and at least 3 composed salads and again those French Frommages with condiments. Fresh vegetables are always on the buffet and the use of European vegetables such as Kohlrabi was great for those of us who live in places not offering these choices. Several desserts, ice creams, and whole fruit were always available. If you desire something and it is not in site, just ask and this great crew usually makes it appear. Dinner is a seated dinner and luckily tables are not reserved. There are multiple entrees, always a vegetarian entrée, American thickness steak, baked potato, Caesar salad with condiments, chicken breast and salmon. White and red wines are always available , again the wonderful cheeses and condiments. There is an open bar policy and your beverage brings a few munchies. A 24 hr coffee/cappuccino machine is always available along with cookies and jars of candy. It is the service that sets this line apart. The staff just goes overboard to insure the happiness of each guest. The cruise director Thierry worked tirelessly to insure that every passenger was satisfied. Multiple walking tours designed for those who want to a more vigorous experience and for those who need to move slowly. The ship has a piano player to provide music during tea time and during the evening hours. Guest entertainment came aboard on several ports. WIFI is available and I found the speed to be quite good. We have traveled the rivers of Europe with several companies and would not hesitate to recommend Uniworld. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our first river cruise and trip to France. What a wonderful experience. The crew were amazing and provided world class service. The food was magnificent. The room cozy but more than enough, since you spent most of your time ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and trip to France. What a wonderful experience. The crew were amazing and provided world class service. The food was magnificent. The room cozy but more than enough, since you spent most of your time adventuring or hefting a glass with new friends. They refreshed your room twice a day, nothing like plump pillows on turned down bed. The guides were knowledgable and went overboard to make it a learning experience. We could not be more delighted. My husband has health issues and the staff went all out to accommodate him. Don't hesitate, do it now! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
The cruise on the Seine from Paris to Normandy and back to Paris was wonderful, but not what we expected. We had done the Uniworld 14-day cruise on the Rhine last year and it was thoroughly relaxing and simultaneously exciting. This cruise ... Read More
The cruise on the Seine from Paris to Normandy and back to Paris was wonderful, but not what we expected. We had done the Uniworld 14-day cruise on the Rhine last year and it was thoroughly relaxing and simultaneously exciting. This cruise was terrific, but not relaxing at all. This is not the fault of Uniworld, however. Had we carefully read the information ahead of time, we would have realized that there just wasn't sufficient cruising time on the river since the distance traveled is not long enough to provide for it. Each day was packed with tours, and most of them required a bus trip of 45 min to 2 1/2 hours to get to the location. Due to the heavy schedule of tours/bus trips, we chose to opt out of one, just to rest up. The stateroom was teensy, as we knew it would be, but leaving the bathroom door propped open with a trash can helped to alleviate the feeling of being in a tiny steam room. The best part of traveling with Uniworld is the superior service. Every staff member is genuinely friendly and eager to please. We had fun with them all and got to know them well. Ingrid, the cruise director, was wonderful, and knew her job exceedingly well. We especially enjoyed the pianist in the lounge, and wished there was more cruising time on the river to sit in the loung with cocktails, listening to the piano music. The food was excellent, although there were some issues with the meal being hot enough, particularly with breakfasts ordered "off the menu" and with the SkyDeck special dinner which was beautifully presented, but just lukewarm. We did only one optional tour...the Moulin Rouge. We signed up for it the first day knowing that the optional tours can fill up quickly. The price of €195 apiece was steep, but it was worth every Euro! We also had a guide on the bus ride there who was very entertaining and who took very good care of us. Our table was right in front, and what a show! The guides on all the tours were very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. And there was always the option of a slow-gentle walking group which I loved because we could take our time to take pictures without having to catch up. I would not recommend this cruise to those wanting an experience similar to the relaxing 14-day Rhine cruise, but if you want a more active trip which includes bus rides, then this is one for you. And you cannot go wrong with Uniworld. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
We began on June 14 in Paris to Normandy on the River Baroness--very small cabins, but manageable--crew in total were FANTASTIC. The same goes for the food and service we received. There was an air of closeness--in a good way. We ... Read More
We began on June 14 in Paris to Normandy on the River Baroness--very small cabins, but manageable--crew in total were FANTASTIC. The same goes for the food and service we received. There was an air of closeness--in a good way. We traveled with friends and we all agreed the feeling on the ship was close and sort of family like....we thoroughly enjoyed it. A lot is made of the small size of the cabins 125sq including bathroom, however it is manageable once you accept the idea you will be crowded. We did and it made us use the the drawer space, closets, vanity, etc. Doing that we found no real issue with the cabin. The decor and bath amenities are all first class. The ship is first class in every way. It may be 20 years old, but it is in great shape and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. We took advantage of one of the special dining nights, where you dine on the top deck in an enclosed glassed room and they have a special menu. The special dining experience is limited to 24 persons and they only do it two nights because of the issue with the bridges and needing to keep the glass room collapsed. The meal was fabulous!! The entertainment on board is music in the lounge and very nice. The excursions were typical river cruise....8 am to noon and then you have the afternoon off. They did have a couple of optional excursions, but neither were inviting to us. Since my wife and I had just been to Normandy for 5 days in September, and since our traveling buddies had never been, we rented a car and did the touring on our own. The boat was tied up for two nights in Rouen and they were doing the bus thing one day with limited sights and a city tour of Rouen the second day. In renting the car we were able to cover St. Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, St. Marie Du Mont, Point du Hoc, Omaha Beach, American Cementary, Bayeaux & Bayeaux cathedral, Arromanches, etc. over the two days we had. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
In May 2015 we embarked with UniWorld on their ship the River Baroness (RB) on the Seine, followed the next week on the River Royale (RR) sailing the Dordogne and Garonne in the Bordeaux region. This coupling of itineraries provides an ... Read More
In May 2015 we embarked with UniWorld on their ship the River Baroness (RB) on the Seine, followed the next week on the River Royale (RR) sailing the Dordogne and Garonne in the Bordeaux region. This coupling of itineraries provides an excellent combination of the quintessential charming and glamorous Paris, with side excursions to interesting, quaint medieval towns, castles, chateaus, gardens, and to the Bordeaux region. The cruise lasted 15 days, including a land transfer from the RB to the RR using the high-speed TGV train. The itinerary of the trip was essentially as described in the UniWorld catalog. The scenic highlights of this cruise for me were of course Paris and surrounds, Normandy Beaches, St. Emilion, and the Chateaus of Bordeaux. The land excursions were mostly excellent, and very nicely selected to provide a broad spectrum overview of the area and culture. This review will mostly focus on execution of the cruise. Please be aware that some of the descriptions in this review will be in comparison to a UniWorld cruise we took in June of 2012, sailing on the River Duchess (RD) from Vienna, Austria, through Germany, ending in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. River Baroness and River Royale The RD set our expectations for a river ship. Never having been on a river cruise before that time, I was somewhat awestruck by the beauty and splendor of the ship; the reception, dining room, its lounge, and certainly its inimitable staff and crew. The stateroom was small, but definitely adequate. Three years later, now experiencing the RB, it is clearly an older ship in need of freshening. The reception area is tired and did not leave a great impression; neither did the lounge. The staterooms (level 100) are notably narrower than the RD, maybe a foot or two less, but that made a big difference in less ability for two persons to maneuver while dressing or trying to relax. This ship made us realize that on future cruises we need to get better informed and thoughtfully consider the ship and its accommodations. The sites where the ships docked were not necessarily in attractive or convenient proximity to their respective cities, except for Rouen and Bordeaux. But the most displeasing thing about where ships dock is that ships often tie up together side-by-side. This happened most of the time with each ship (RB & RR), resulting in no view whatsoever from the staterooms on that side of the ship. I realize none of the cruise ships have much control of this situation, especially due to the increasing popularity of river cruises. Fortunately, one usually does not spend much time in a stateroom except for sleeping. Culinary Experience As one would envisage, the cuisine is a delightful 5-star experience. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners have typical, gourmet, and eclectic offerings to suit your preference. If in the unlikely case that the offerings do not meet your dietary needs or desires, the chef(s) are fervent to find something to your satisfaction. The best part of the cuisine are the dinner specials of the day, which are usually a specialty of a nearby locale; always a dining adventure. Dinners were usually five-course sumptuous feasts with fine wine selections. Moreover, much of the fare on-board is locally sourced. Of course, being in France, you can expect a smattering of interesting cheese, pate´, fish, duck, and luxuriant pastries and desserts. The soups were unique and delectable; they were on our must-have list every evening. On the RR, there was an excellent sommelier who every evening gave a short presentation of the wines selected for dinner. He also held wine education and tastings for small groups. This was a very nice and appreciated dividend indeed. One enticing option offered is the Saveur (flavor) Dinner in the RR Sky Lounge, a sunroom-like enclosure on the top deck of the ship. This popular sign-up option was limited to 25 persons or so, for a more intimate dining experience. The down-side of this experience is that the acoustics are so bad the conversation din was headache inducing. Further, the chairs had such narrow seats it was actually painful for some of us to sit. Lamentably, the staff admitted it was a known issue. Lastly, the sun shined so brightly through the large windows that sunglasses were a necessity. It was worth it though, to enjoy the perfectly prepared multi-course tasty cuisine. Almost as good as the food was the choreographed sharply executed food presentation at each table, reminiscent of a ballet. On the RB, the dining room staff were superb. They were omnipresent, yet nearly invisible when not needed. It seemed the very moment a glass needed refilling or plate removed, it happened instantly. The staff were all efficient, courteous, engaging, smiling and friendly. On the RR, the staff was equally efficient and worked assiduously, but apparently very understaffed, or maybe not as well trained. They just were not as attentive as the RB staff. My impression is that the staff was short due to cutbacks since the ship was obviously well below capacity. Shore Excursions Excursions are a main attraction of river cruising in France, and the itinerary offered on these cruises was exceptional. UniWorld’s selection of tours, sights, chateaus, castles, towns, farms, gardens, venues etc., were superb. They provided a broad overview of the region, while adding unique up-close views of past and present-day life. Because of the extent of the area, by necessity some of the tours required an extended bus trip to get to the destination, but those drives were often through beautiful scenic countryside with vineyards and charming villages. The guides were excellent, had amazing breadth and depth of knowledge, and were charming and witty, one and all. Each night before dinner a presentation was made about the itinerary and logistics for the following day, especially about the excursions and optional activities. Sometimes these were a bit hard to follow, much due to the fact that the written next-day itinerary was not distributed until after the talk. It would be much easier to grasp details if the itinerary was already in-hand when trying to listen to someone speaking with an accent. We found these talks to be important and useful to help decide which excursions we would choose, or not. UniWorld River Heritage Club The Heritage Club (Club) is obviously intended to reward, and thereby entice return customers. When poorly executed, as in our case, it is a dissuasion. The Club is purported to afford a cabin upgrade if available, have a private cocktail party with Captain and crew, provide a complimentary fruit platter upon arrival, and offer free weekly laundry, among other perquisites. After receiving none of these items on the RB, at the end of the week we inquired why. The purser said there was no record of our previous cruise (on the RD in 2012). Upon boarding the RR the next week, we asked the purser to look into it, as well as inquiring with our Travel Agent. The next day the purser said the record had been corrected. Nevertheless, there were these issues with the Club on the RR: 1) Never did receive a welcome platter. 2) Cabin upgrade was not offered, even though there were only about 74 guests on the ship (maybe 2/3 capacity), and apparently empty cabins. 3) We were ignored at the Captains cocktail party; no hors d’oeuvre served us. Admittedly, we were not sitting at a table with a “Reserved” card, but the reserved tables were occupied. We were, however, sitting at an adjacent table; likewise were a few other tables with Club members, but none of us were searched out. Part of the problem was that the cocktail party was set up in the lounge, and other guests started mingling with the party shortly after it started. Of course, none of those perks really much matter except for the cabin upgrade, and we were in fact afforded laundry service. UniWorld needs to overhaul management and execution of the River Heritage Club. Until then, you should ask for what you expect, - - or you may miss out. Summary These combined itineraries made for a great and enjoyable cruise. If you enjoy culture, art, and history, these are definitely for you, especially on the Seine. For the Bordeaux part of the cruise, you will enjoy it more if you are a wine aficionado or at least appreciate and enjoy wine. The length of the trip seemed about right, but another week extension onto the ship in the Burgundy region would probably be well worth it, given the expense to fly to France from the US or beyond. Obviously we had a few disappointments, hopefully just an anomaly, but we do not hesitate to recommend this cruise itinerary. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
.... which is well documented, the size of the cabins ... Paris is the only gateway city for the Baroness. Who can not like that? As stated above, the berthing area is close to downtown. It also adjacent to a very nice city park which was ... Read More
.... which is well documented, the size of the cabins ... Paris is the only gateway city for the Baroness. Who can not like that? As stated above, the berthing area is close to downtown. It also adjacent to a very nice city park which was nice to walk through on embarkation day. If one books the pre-cruise hotel stay (unlike "Joanzzzz" above), the Marriott Ambassador @ the Opera house district is wonderful. The best part of the stay there, you ask? The answer is one word -- "Sylvie". My wife and I have traveled with many cruises lines. Sylvie, by far, was the best cruise line hotel liason we have ever experienced. Her smile, attention to detail and desire to please was a prelude to the same on the River Baroness. The Baroness' small cabins do create a problem. However, one has to 'adjust' and spend less time there. That's all. The service was phenomenal (an upgrade from our first UniWorld cruise two years ago) and the facilities are just fine. In fact, the upper deck is MORE functional than their new ship, the S.S. Catherine (which we sailed on the following week). Why? First, it is 'lower', so it does not have to be put out of service as much due to low bridges. Secondly, the 'sky deck' has a very nice enclosed dining lounge, which is not available on the new ship. As is mentioned often, one takes a river cruise for the itinerary. The Normandy beaches and Versailles were our primary 'targets'. However, we also were pleasantly surprised by Giverny/Monet's Garden. Rouen is also a wonderful little 'big' city. The excursions were well organized and orchestrated by cruise manager Tony Jenkins. BTW, Tony was extremely 'visible' - catering to the needs of all. UniWorld's new policy of no announcements for tours, meals, etc. is wonderful. We ARE adults, here. The food was good. However, this is one area where an upgrade could occur, in one category. That is fish. In our opinion, it was consistently tough and 'overcooked'. The meat and desserts were wonderful. Entertainment was sparse, as on all river cruises. I would have liked to see a 'local' entertainer brought on board each day. IMO, this could have been accomplished. Customer service? Please see my posting to the "River Cruises" forum entitled "Kudo's to UniWorld" Pack creatively and sail on the River Baroness. You will not be disappointed.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Having just returned from the Paris/Normandy cruise on the River Baroness, we could not fault the Uniworld service or friendliness and consideration of the staff or the fact that the food was good. However, for the sake of those ... Read More
Having just returned from the Paris/Normandy cruise on the River Baroness, we could not fault the Uniworld service or friendliness and consideration of the staff or the fact that the food was good. However, for the sake of those considering this or any river cruise there are other factors to think carefully about when booking. This is a costly vacation so take into account personality factors and your likes and dislikes. This is the only reason we are writing this review. We have travelled the world, cruised on ocean liners, been independent in cities where we’d just rent a car and go, booked private houses in foreign countries and enjoyed being locals. When we travel we like to explore and walk as much as possible. We also like some “personal space” from time to time. We only picked this itinerary because of the Normandy Beach inclusion specifically and we’d be cruising a river inland vs. an ocean. So, we'd never done a river cruise, and thought we should at least try it. We also thought that for the most part we’d be “berthed” close to places that we could walk off the ship, and those places would not be mostly in areas either noisy or industrial. The impression in the brochure makes you feel like you will be close to a tow path with a village nearby when “letting the serene Seine carry you through the countryside”. The impression in the brochure is also that the berth in Paris is very near the Eiffel Tower. The berth is long way from the Eiffel Tower. Even with a Google map printout of the location, our taxi driver had difficulty and could not find the ship immediately. In the spring, while travelling, we spoke to a couple who had been on Uniworld. They were similar to us in personality and likes when travelling. They were sociable, but also liked to choose when to be social and when to have quiet time, in fact the woman said she “needed” to have that option. She didn’t want to put me off but said she ended up just wanting to be off the ship after three days to find a place she felt less confined. I thought she may be exaggerating. The first shock to us after spending three days in a small room in a boutique Paris hotel (they are all small), was that the room we had in Paris was large compared to the cabin on the Baroness. Others on the ship told us this is Uniworld’s oldest as well as their smallest ship. They also said they didn’t like the cabins either, but insisted we not let it put us off future river cruising. Honestly we felt cramped in the cabin, and the bathroom, as both are very tight. It’s a challenge and you better not be a slob on this ship. You need to be organized in a room this small. I wish I could post my pictures of the cabin on this review. I think the brochure must be done with a different lens. You can get one person on each side of the bed, but don’t try squeezing past each other (and we are not big people). There is one chair with no room to pull it out and sit on, as it would block up the space, and the only place to sit is on the bed. It got even worse the two days we were berthed at Rouen, with another ship right beside us cutting out the view and light from the room. It was like having a huge truck parked in front of your living room window. I wish I could post that picture also. Yes, people will say “well you are not in your cabin much” but some of us don’t always want to be with everyone else socializing 24/7 and simply want to enjoy a spot where you can chill out. We were lucky we could use the sun deck as an alternative to the Monet lounge, which I agree with a previous reviewer – needs an overhaul and is not that comfy. You are either in your cabin, the dining room when open, the Monet lounge, or on the bus doing the excursions. There is the sun deck when the weather is nice, but if not, then you are limited to the lounge or your cabin when the dining room is closed. The dining room and the lounge both have low ceilings, and the noise intensifies due to that, so trying to talk or socialize when there is a lecture, music, or scheduling talk going on ruins other’s enjoyment of whatever they are listening to. What we missed were more quiet spots, and we were not alone in wishing that. Others mentioned it also. It was also our first time on a daily basis being shuttled to excursions and being in a group following a guide twice a day. We did not think we’d spend as much time on the buses as we did. At Vernon you are berthed in a sort of industrial area, but you really only get on the bus from the ship, back again, and your off somewhere else. I think our nicest spot to berth was Les Andelys, but you are not there long either. In Rouen we were close to the city, and could walk ashore, which was a bonus. We were also next to a main highway and bridge so there was a lot of traffic and construction noise. Plus we had the other ship right next to us outside the window most of the time. On the return towards Paris we berthed in St. Denis suburb, in a rough looking area, and we did walk ashore so can attest to it. It was the “dump your car parts, oil change, old tires by the sidewalk” capital of France we think. You can’t have it all I guess – close enough to walk ashore meant not an ideal spot, and other spots you were bussed for a good distance to reach your destinations. This meant a schedule of getting up early, all rushing to dine to eat breakfast, then all heading for the bus. After the tour, it was back on the bus, back to the restaurant for lunch, and return to another bus for the next destination after lunch. For us this is a schedule………and we don’t go on vacations to have to follow schedules that tightly. We are not saying this is wrong. Some people may feel intimidated in a foreign place and not wish to go anywhere on their own. This is an all inclusive floating hotel that you never have to get off except with a guide if you don’t want to. Some love to follow the bus, never have to eat ashore and struggle with a foreign menu, love to stay with the same folks all the time, sit at the same table, get the same seat on the bus. They like the security of it all and the service which Uniworld provides – and that service is very good. If you are this type of person, this is the trip for you. We found very quickly that we were not this type of person. After days of sharing the tours the first few days we choose not to do the walking tour of Rouen, but had a later breakfast after the main crowds left. We simply got a map and headed out, taking in the vendors at the market, finding the historic spots on our own, opting to see what was up little alleys, and we saw and found it all without having to wait for stragglers or follow the guide. Yes, you do get a lot more history with the guide, (and hopefully retain it all by the end of the day) but we’d done some homework, and we managed just fine. In fact, we hit the tour group many times as we walked. We found we enjoyed the freedom more. We had signed and paid for the optional tour of Versailles, but after we hit the crowds there and got back on the bus, we looked at each other and said “we’re not going on another bus, or another tour, or another crush of people”. We were bus and tour sick. So, like two other couples, we were the only folks left on the last day. We had a “sea day” and enjoyed being on vacation with no schedule. Again, this is not saying anything against Uniworld, (apart from the fact that the cabins are smaller than they look on the brochure, and the Monet Lounge is tres “shabby chic”). The staff did a wonderful job. However if you are the type of person who: likes a little more space in your cabin and light through the window all the time; likes quiet time occasionally; hates to dawdle behind a crowd and guides with lollypops (felt a bit like being back at school some days); does not wish to get up too early on vacation; doesn’t like to be bussed almost every day somewhere on a schedule and wishes there was more free time rather than travel time; and lastly, thinks you are travelling up the Seine seeing scenic spots and tying up in quiet little villages all the time--------------- if you are all or most of the aforementioned - then don’t choose this tour. I’m not disparaging it for others. It simply did not fit our “type” of travel personality. We felt confined in the cabin, often in the lounge, on the tours, and ultimately, like the lady we met, felt confined by the whole boat experience, and because of that we know we will never go river cruising again. It’s a personal choice, but I do think you should be aware of all this before you make the choice. We are glad that we did Paris on our own ahead of time, as being on a panoramic tour on a tour bus at the end would have just been a snapshot of a wonderful city that needs to be experienced with time for walking along the Seine, checking out the architecture, sitting at a café, having time to really spend in a Museum, lining up to choose the pasty of the day, seeing the lights, sitting in a green metal chair in the many parks and watching the Parisians relax at the end of their work day. You need time for Paris, so, if you do choose this tour, make sure you spend time in Paris at either the beginning or end, because you really can’t see Paris properly any other way.   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
My husband & I recently returned from our first river cruise. We chose Uniworld because we had heard such great things about the company & Paris to Normandy for an itinerary as we love Paris & we are both WWII buffs. We came in ... Read More
My husband & I recently returned from our first river cruise. We chose Uniworld because we had heard such great things about the company & Paris to Normandy for an itinerary as we love Paris & we are both WWII buffs. We came in a day early to get over the jetlag but did not stay at the hotel that Uniworld uses (we stayed at a hotel in the 1st arr. that we have previously stayed at) so had to pay for our own taxi to the ship, no big deal but the cabbie did have some trouble finding the dock:) Also, we were just on this leg of the journey, there were a lot of people on the Grand France itinerary onboard but alas, that was not us. Now, on to the River Baroness: Our first impression was that it was nice, decently appointed but some of the areas looked a lot smaller than they do in the brochure or online:) The lounge was badly in need of a redo, the chairs & couches were rather broken in to say the least & the whole area could use a new coat of paint. We always found it to be rather warm & stuffy in there as well. The restaurant was nice with large windows on both sides that gave a nice view of the river (or the riverboat we were tied up to). Our cabin was VERY small (they must have used a wide angle lens when they took photos of it) & the closet was tiny, you had to have the hangers sideways in order to close the closet doors. Also, there is no dresser in the room, just 2 small night tables. We are average/small sized people & had trouble moving about our cabin but we had a lot of laughs trying to do so. The bathroom was really tiny although the shower was large. I was always banging my knees or elbows in the bathroom but again, we had a lot of laughs over it. Our favorite area was the top deck, it was so nice & the chairs & loungers were very comfortable. It was a treat to sit up there with a glass of champagne & watch the Normandy coastline float by. We still miss that! The staff: From housekeeping to the bar staff to the waiters everyone was so friendly & helpful, always smiling & remembering your preferences, they would pour the champagne as we walked into the bar or just deliver up to the deck if we were up there (thank goodness the alcohol was all-inclusive or we would have been in real trouble:) Top notch all the way. Our cruise director Ann was ok, rather impersonal but she did give a talk before dinner each night about what would be taking place the next day. The food was very good to excellent at all meals & they also offer "Al Fresco" dining up on the sundeck, we signed up for it 2x over the cruise & enjoyed it very much. All our excursions were terrific, the local guides really know their stuff & seem very passionate about what they do. We did the walking tour of Paris (fabulous), Giverny (wow), the hike up to Chateau Gaillard (really steep climb but worth it), The Normandy beaches (so moving, so many houses there are still flying American & British flags), The walking tour of Rouen (quite nice), The extra excursion to Etratat (worth every penny, the cliffs were amazing, the trip to the cider farm (rather dull), Honfleur (such a great place) & walked in the footsteps of Van Gogh (great but don't wear good shoes, you walk thru the fields that he painted in & my cute canvas shoes got destroyed, guess I should have taken the tour title literally:) We did have one MAJOR problem on our sailing, we were supposed to set sail Sunday night but because it was Bastille Day on Monday all the locks we had to go thru on the river were closed. Therefore, we would be in Paris on Monday instead of Giverny & so on for the rest of the week. Too bad almost everything in Paris was closed for the holiday. We then lost out on our Saturday in Paris at the end. We had saved a number of things we wanted to do in Paris for this day & as such missed out on them all. Uniworld chose to inform the hundred or so passengers this on Sunday night before our welcome dinner. Talk about a bunch of surprised people!!! You can't tell us they didn't know about this major change in our schedule well before we were due to set sail. How could they not check into whether the locks would be open or not on such a major holiday as Bastille Day?? Shame on Uniworld for springing this on everyone at literally the last minute. Talk about starting off on the wrong foot. Overall, we had a very nice cruise on a good ship & we like river cruising but I think if we were to do another one we would go with Tauck (we've done 8 land tours with them & they are just perfect in every way). We cut thru a Tauck ship on disembarkation day & it was gorgeous, very high end & trendy & a lot roomier than our ship. Sorry this so long but I hope it helps someone heading out to Normandy!!   Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
First, comments about the Uniworld experience. My husband and I have previously cruised with AMA on the Danube, and with Scenic Tours on the Saone and Rhone river. Service: excellent, décor: boutique hotel, beds and bedding: excellent, ... Read More
First, comments about the Uniworld experience. My husband and I have previously cruised with AMA on the Danube, and with Scenic Tours on the Saone and Rhone river. Service: excellent, décor: boutique hotel, beds and bedding: excellent, food: excellent to outstanding, wine: average to very good, tours: well-organized and interesting, Al Fresco dining option: fantastic, no announcements in your room: FANTASTIC (I hope all cruise lines will copy this)daily tour talks: available in your cabin on the t.v. (another excellent and innovative service). Bikes: available as well as Go Active bike tours. I haven’t ridden a bike in 35 years and now have gone on 2 of the Uniworld bike tours in Bordeaux. Wireless: included and in your cabin! All-inclusive: very good but not yet excellent. It was lovely to have drinks in the lounge and on the deck without worrying about cost. My husband and I cruised with Scenic Tours last year, and they are all-inclusive. We did not have any extra charges for tours. Uniworld still charges for “optional” tour. Scenic had 3 tours available each day, and no surcharge. Uniworld has usually 1 or 2 tours a day, and then very expensive optional tours that can be cancelled because not enough people signed up. A cooking class tour was a very expensive optional tour on Uniworld, but with Scenic we had a cooking class at the Paul Bocuse culinary school and it was included. On Uniworld, there is a different white and red wine served in the dining room. When we asked for a wine that is served on a different night, we were told that wasn’t possible by the waiter. Our cruise manager clarified this situation once she knew about it, and waiters then did serve any of the wines that are part of the “all inclusive” wine list. Which brings me to my last point, customer service: excellent. Our complaints and concerns were addressed promptly and graciously. Thank you to Georgina, our hotel manager. Paris to Normandy on the River Baroness Positive: visit to Giverney, visit to Juno and Omaha Beach, Uniworld provided a wreath for a powerful service at the American Cemetery – I had a lump in my throat the entire day. Rouen and the cathedral light show were lovely. Excellent, informative and interesting guides. Negative: there is no way I would have booked this trip with Uniworld had I understood how very, very small are the cabins. You can barely get a suitcase under the bed, and you can barely walk around the bed. There is chair in the room but you cannot put it beside the glass window and look at the river. The bathroom, very nicely done, is claustrophobic. My husband and I are not very large, but I can’t imagine how a large person could move in that space. The closet is so small that not only did all of our clothes not fit in it, but the clothes hangers don’t fit in it. You cannot close the closet door with your clothes on the hangers and the closet light shines all night long. For the same money or less, you can have almost the same itinerary on a competitor’s boat and have a much larger cabin. Because Uniworld combines 2 or more river cruises, our next boat, the River Royale, was a surprise. We had a lovely cabin with a much roomier bathroom, 2 chairs and a table, ample closet space – and for the same price as the River Baroness. My husband sent an irate email to our travel agent once we could compare the two exactly same priced one week cruises. Passengers who had been on the Uniworld Rhone river cruise on the exquisite S.S. Catherine were somewhat horrified when their next week was on the cramped River Baroness. Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux on the River Royale Positive: Focus on food and wine – and the food was divine! We promised ourselves to have a light lunch – and would have 3 or 4 courses - the food was just that good. Excellent meals on the ship and at the Chateau for lunch. Bike riding in bucolic vineyards, visiting charming small towns like Saint Emilion and Bergerac. Wine tasting Sauternes. Seeing famous chateaus and vineyards for real after having only seen them on labels. Arachon oyster tasting! Wine tasting in the Claret Room, Shopping in Bordeaux – same shops and fashion as Paris but in a calmer, smaller and very beautiful area. Younger and more active crowd on this cruise -families, 20,30, 40 something’s plus the usual 50 to 80 crowd. Negatives: the Gironde Estuary, Dordogne and Gironde River are brown – not what I was expecting! A different shore and water look from the other rivers I have cruised. In 2014, there are only 3 cruise companies in Bordeaux. Next year, there will be more. Half of the time, we were tied up to another ship, meaning you need to keep your curtains drawn so you don’t look into another person’s cabin. Viking cruise passengers couldn’t use their balconies when that side of the ship was tied to a ship. Without more docks, I can’t imagine where all of these ships will anchor!   Read Less
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