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River Countess cruises for 2019


On the morning of 2 June 2019 River Countess was rammed by MSC Opera when it appears Opera’s engines failed. Both ships came to rest safely, Countess displaced from where she was docked in Giudecca Canal, Venice. Repairs will keep Countess out of operation for an untold period of time. Under normal circumstances, from April to November River Countess offers a share in two itineraries. The shorter 7-night journey begins and ends at the airport for Venice, joins the River Countess in Venice, and cruises around the Venetian Lagoon and a short distance along the Po River delta. (The crossings between Lagoon and Po River are by crew only, by law.) From the ship explore Venice and surrounding islands in the Lagoon, and coach tours visit towns in the surrounding delta countryside within a radius of 50 km: Padua, Bologna and Ferrara. Explore by bicycle. Visit islands in the lagoon: Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. You’ll have the opportunity to visit surrounding towns, markets and hand-craft workshops, by bicycle or coach. Longer journey begin in Milan and board the ship on Day 3, then at the end of the cruise travel by coach to Florence , or on to Rome. Tours include all of the key sites you would expect to visit.
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River Countess Cruise Calendar

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2019 CRUISES

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Venice & Gems of Northern Italy Cruise

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Life aboard River Countess
On the morning of 2 June 2019 River Countess was rammed by MSC Opera when it appears Opera’s engines failed. Both ships came to rest safely, Countess displaced from where she was docked in Giudecca Canal, Venice. Repairs will keep Countess out of operation for an untold period of time. Under normal circumstances, from April to November River Countess offers a share in two itineraries. The shorter 7-night journey begins and ends at the airport for Venice, joins the River Countess in Venice, and cruises around the Venetian Lagoon and a short distance along the Po River delta. (The crossings between Lagoon and Po River are by crew only, by law.) From the ship explore Venice and surrounding islands in the Lagoon, and coach tours visit towns in the surrounding delta countryside within a radius of 50 km: Padua, Bologna and Ferrara. Explore by bicycle. Visit islands in the lagoon: Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. You’ll have the opportunity to visit surrounding towns, markets and hand-craft workshops, by bicycle or coach. Longer journey begin in Milan and board the ship on Day 3, then at the end of the cruise travel by coach to Florence , or on to Rome. Tours include all of the key sites you would expect to visit.

River Countess will be refurbished in March 2020 and re-named S.S. La Venezia. Meanwhile, River Countess was last refurbished in 2012, combining quality craftsmanship and the latest technical innovations. Included in the cruise are first-class hotels (according to the cruise), all shore excursions with audio headphones, and local English-speaking guides. River Countess was ranked #1 of ALL cruise ships by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2013.

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-seven of the 65 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 Savoy 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 Il Castillo Lounge with a full-service bar, and 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 Countess deckplans

River Countess 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-seven of the 65 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 Countess

Uniworld

Ship facts

Star rating: River Countess star rating
Maiden voyage: 2003
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
  • Progressive dining (multiple locations)
  • ‘Farm to Ship’ cuisine
  • Room service 24/7
  • Alfresco dining in lounges
  • Bistro all day
  • All unlimited beverages on board complimentary
  • Coffee & tea bar all day
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Main 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 on-board, on-shore in Europe & Russia
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi Internet (slow) (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
  • REMINDERS
  • Check passport valid for 6 months after end of voyage
  • Confirm with bank and ship ahead of cruise your credit/debit card intentions
  • Check dress code, health requirements ahead
  • Special needs, dietary requests, arrange at booking
  • Smoking on board in designated areas only
  • Check stateroom ‘responsible adult’ requirements when booking
  • Don’t bring an aerial drone
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