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River Empress cruises for 2018-2019


Uniworld's River Empress sails between March and November each year. Take a 7-night cruise between Basel (Switzerland) and Amsterdam on the Rhine River, passing all the famed castles. For the other months Empress sails the Rhine-Main-Danube river system between Budapest and Amsterdam, passing through five countries...read more

River Empress Cruise Calendar

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2018 CRUISES

5

SEP

River Empress cruises

15

NIGHTS

European Jewels 2018 Cruise
Departs: Budapest | Arrives: Amsterdam

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5

OCT

River Empress cruises

15

NIGHTS

European Jewels 2018 Cruise
Departs: Budapest | Arrives: Amsterdam

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2019 CRUISES

21

JUN

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Amsterdam | Arrives: Basel

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28

JUN

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Basel | Arrives: Amsterdam

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5

JUL

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Amsterdam | Arrives: Basel

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12

JUL

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Basel | Arrives: Amsterdam

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19

JUL

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Amsterdam | Arrives: Basel

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26

JUL

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Basel | Arrives: Amsterdam

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2

AUG

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Amsterdam | Arrives: Basel

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9

AUG

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Basel | Arrives: Amsterdam

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16

AUG

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Amsterdam | Arrives: Basel

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23

AUG

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Basel | Arrives: Amsterdam

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30

AUG

River Empress cruises

7

NIGHTS

Castles Along the Rhine 2019 Cruise
Departs: Amsterdam | Arrives: Basel

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River Empress — Ship Review Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.

Life aboard River Empress
Uniworld's River Empress sails between March and November each year. Take a 7-night cruise between Basel (Switzerland) and Amsterdam on the Rhine River, passing all the famed castles. For the other months Empress sails the Rhine-Main-Danube river system between Budapest and Amsterdam, passing through five countries. The 15- night cruises pass all the Rhine castles and Vienna. These cruises are for those who appreciate history and architecture from Roman times, Medieval towns and castles, connoisseurs of wine, beer and food, and lovers of music. The ship is part of the most luxurious fleet in Europe.

River Empress is one of Uniworld’s twelve boutique, hotel-style European river ships. She was completely refurbished in 2010, combining quality craftsmanship and the latest technical innovations. Included in the cruise are first-class hotels (according to the cruise), all meals with complimentary dinner drinks, 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, bottled water, all shore excursions with audio headphones, local English-speaking guides, use of bicycles, Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinner, and all transfers. There is free Internet access and Wi-Fi in public areas. River Empress was named one of the world's "Top Small Cruise Ships" by Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Readers' Poll.

Accommodation
All cabins are outside, comfortable, and maintained by twice-a-day service. All have premium bedding, pillow options, controllable AC, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment, storage, built-in safe, vanity, hair dryer, bathrobes, and compact marble bathroom fitted out with L’Occitane products. Lower deck cabins have a wide head-height window, and middle deck staterooms have a large panoramic window. An elevator services all three interior decks.

Twenty-two of the 67 staterooms have French balconies (including the Suites). The four Suites have extra amenities including a bottle of wine on arrival, larger sitting area, private DVD player, slippers, daily fruit and cookie plate, refrigerator, morning coffee and tea, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, continental breakfast, evening amuse-bouche, shoe shine, and free laundry service. Suites have a bathtub.

Food and Dining
The Restaurant is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and provides open seating. Dining is acclaimed as “best-of-the-best” by observers of the river cruise industry. Breakfasts and lunches are full buffet with an extensive array of hot and cold items, and individually prepared items are available. Menu items change daily, follow the region and season, and include Continental and American preparations. Local and regional specialities are featured. Dinner is open-seating with four courses. Accompanying dinner are fine wines and a selection of beers and soft drinks.

Alternatively, dine al fresco at lunch and dinner on the Sun Deck during good weather. Menus follow the river, using fresh local ingredients and cuisines. Special dietary and vegetarian requests are catered for. Afternoon tea is served in the main lounge. All day Bistro Menu is for snacks. The specialty coffee and tea bar is open around the clock. Dining features include the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions, Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners, and the ‘Epicurean Adventurer Program’. Uniworld received the TravelAge West Wave Award Editor’s Pick 2014 “Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising”.

Entertainment
The cruise focus is on exploration and walking tours with local guides. Tour variations continue to expand to meet the requests of guests: you have a choice of five ways to explore, according to your wishes. Travel lectures expand your knowledge of the regions visited, and the Epicurean Adventurer Program enhances your appreciation of local cuisine ashore. Visiting entertainers come on board along the route. A Family-Friendly program is offered during school holiday times.

Public areas include the Main Lounge with a full-service bar, and the Captain’s Lounge and Library. The sun deck (parts of which is enclosed) has deck chairs, and chess and shuffleboard. Health facilities include a fitness room with jet massage shower cabin, massage room and boutique. Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks are provided for self-organised sight-seeing.





































Explore the decks

River Empress deckplans

River Empress deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

All cabins are outside, comfortable, and maintained by twice-a-day service. All have premium bedding, pillow options, controllable AC, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment, storage, built-in safe, vanity, hair dryer, bathrobes, and compact marble bathroom fitted out with L’Occitane products. Lower deck cabins have a wide head-height window, and middle deck staterooms have a large panoramic window. An elevator services all three interior decks.

Twenty-two of the 67 staterooms have French balconies (including the Suites). The four Suites have extra amenities including a bottle of wine on arrival, larger sitting area, private DVD player, slippers, daily fruit and cookie plate, refrigerator, morning coffee and tea, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, continental breakfast, evening amuse-bouche, shoe shine, and free laundry service. Suites have a bathtub.

Decks
River Empress

Uniworld

Ship facts

Star rating: River Empress star rating
Maiden voyage: 2001
Number of decks: 4
Tonnage: 3500
Cabins: 65
Passenger capacity: 130
Number of crew: 41

What's onboard? ▼

  • Cruise Manager, English speaking
  • Themed cruises (enquire)
  • French balconies 1 deck
  • Boutique
  • In-suite butler service
  • Gratuities, beverages, tours, scheduled airport transfers in fare
  • DINING
  • Main Restaurant
  • Open seating, casual
  • Alfresco dining in lounges
  • Bistro all day
  • All unlimited beverages on board complimentary
  • Coffee & tea bar all day
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Main Lounge
  • Sky lounge
  • Captain’s Lounge & library
  • Bars
  • In-cabin infotainment
  • Lectures, local entertainment
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Sun deck, shades
  • Deck chess, shuffleboard
  • Fitness centre
  • Exercises, wellness classes
  • Spa services (pay)
  • Spa & sauna On shore program at 3 levels of activity
  • Bicycles, walking sticks, audio headsets free
  • Internet, WiFi ship wide
  • UNDER 18
  • Discounts for 4 – 17 y
  • Kid-friendly menus
  • Hosts for 4-12y, 13-17y.
  • OTHER
  • Elevator all decks
  • Internet, Wi-Fi access free
  • Laundry room
  • Cabin power 220/110 V

What's included? ▼

  • Land accommodation & travel as specified
  • Gratuities for all crew & tour guides
  • All main meals on-board
  • Unlimited beverages on board
  • Bottled water in stateroom
  • Specialty coffee, tea, bottled water, juices & snacks 24 hrs
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell dinners
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Family programs on selected cruises
  • Cruise manager & all English speaking staff
  • Butler service (Antoinette, Beatrice, Catherine, Maria Theresa)
  • Shore excursions & meals as specified
  • Fully hosted shore excursions, wireless headsets
  • Use of bicycles, walking sticks ashore
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi (public areas)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Bar expenses & snacks not on regular menu
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry charges (unless self-serve)
  • Phone/facsimile charges
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Taxes
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
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Happy Customers

Christie was exceptional...both in knowledge of our itinerary/plans, as well as extremely helpful and courteous...and got us good deals on excellent stays in Southern Kruger (Kapama ) and Cape Town..both 10/10. Thanks (Also good advice on cabin selection on QM2)"

Reviewer: Nick K, VIC
Date: 19 February 2017
Rating: 10

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