Uniworld Boutique River Cruises River Royale Bottom Line and Value

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By WAVEJourney
Viv & Jill cruised the Rhone & Saone Rivers aboard Uniworld’s luxury river cruise ship, River Royale, during a 2009 visit to France.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises River Royale Bottom Line and Value

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises - Bottom Line and Value

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises – Bottom Line and Value

Value & Bottom Line ~

To us, one of the most appealing aspects of river cruising is to unpack once and have our luxury floating hotel transport us through the countryside with unobstructed views, gourmet cuisine and our beverage of choice at our fingertips. The time spent in port (daily tours are included in Uniworld’s cruise prices) is extra special as the local tour guides each bring with them a vast knowledge of the area, customs and culture.

Our River Royale cruise was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable modes of travel that we have experienced. It permitted us to really unwind, while at the same time enhancing our vacation with visits to historical sites oozing with culture. The small size of River Royale allowed for ease of getting acquainted with fellow passengers and crew. Leaving and returning to the ship while in port was hassle-free. There was no time wasted on tender or coach transportation to the ports of call, as the ship docked within a short walk of the main historical city centers or next to quaint medieval villages. Upon returning to the ship there was always a smiling face greeting passengers — with towels for cleansing hands and a beverage to wet our whistle.

Attire aboard was country club casual. Even at dinner no formal wear was required, although some passengers did choose to gussy up on one or two evenings. In fact, it was very easy to travel with just carry-on luggage for our 8-day Uniworld river cruise.

The entertainment aboard River Royale was limited, primarily featuring a solo musician who performed for a couple of hours each evening. The big shows full of exciting performances that the ocean cruise ships feature were not missed by most — on a river cruise the mood is more romantic, relaxed, convivial and personally enriching.

River Royale has an elevator for guests that have difficulty with stairs (it does not reach the sun deck), but the itinerary is one that does require a fair amount of walking for those that wish to participate in the included tours. Passengers that wanted to do nothing but sit, read, relax, enjoy the food and wine and take a quick, solo jaunt into ports found this a great trip for themselves, as well. River cruises are vacations that we come away from feeling refreshed, relaxed, enriched and rejuvenated – not exhausted.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises for Great Value

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises for Great Value

Bottom line:
We found there to be tremendous value for the cost of this cruise, especially when taking into consideration the overall high quality, superb service and all the “extras” that were included in the cruise fare. When contemplating a Uniworld river cruise, remember to factor in all of those “extras” that may be charged ala carte by other companies.

The following are some of the items that were included in the cruise fare aboard River Royale: daily guided city tours; specialty coffee machine; filtered water; local wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner; internet.

Do we recommend river cruising? Yes!

Do we recommend a river cruise with Uniworld aboard the River Royale in France? Absolutely!

Will we cruise with Uniworld again? We can’t wait until our next trip!

Will it be Europe, Egypt or China? We’ll keep you posted.


WJ’s Review
Overview | Itinerary | Cabins | Food & Wine | Crew & Service | Optional Excursions | Spa & Fitness | Fellow Passengers | Photos | Gratuities | Value & Bottom Line |

If You Go:

Contact Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
17323 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  91316
Toll Free Tel: 800-733-7820
Tel: 818-382-7820
Fax: 818-382-2709
Toll Free Tel: 800-555-8333
Email: [email protected]
Website: Click here.


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