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Old December 8th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Default Live from Uniworld's River Queen. Nuremberg to Frankfurt

We have been in Nuremberg since Friday afternoon, four of us traveling together. The hotel called the ship for us to confirm the docking area and also arranged for a taxi to take us to the port. The taxi ride was about 20 minutes and cost about 20 €.

Upon arrival to the ship The staff greeted us, took our luggage and escorted us to the reception desk. Our passports were taken, information put in the computer and our photos were taken for ID purposes. We then went to the lounge for lunch. There were two kinds of lasagna, soup, sandwiches, salads and desserts offered. Coffee , tea (hot and cold), wine, beer and soft drinks were all available.

Then at 2 pm we were given our room keys and escorted to our rooms. Our luggage was already in the room and we were given an explanation about our room, where to store the luggage (under the bed), where the safe was located, and how to use the room key. One end of the key opens the door and the other end has a UPC which we will scan at the reception desk every time we leave or come back to the ship. This procedure is new for us; other ships all had paper boarding cards that we had to get before leaving.

At 3:15 till 5:00 pm tea was served in the lounge. Again, there was tea, coffee, pastries, and small sandwiches.

Tonight we will have a safety talk at 6:00 pm, followed by a port talk at 6:45 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm.

If anyone has any specific question I will try to provide an answer.

Looking forward to cruising and visiting all the Cristmas markets.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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Thanks for the update H2O. We are planning on the Danube holiday markets market cruise for 2014 on the Beatrice. Post photos if you can and enjoy!
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Old December 8th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Hi Sharon,

We're traveling with you! Stay warm and keep us posted and have a wonderful time.
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Have a wonderful time! Can't believe we're almost at two weeks before we step on board sister ship River Beatrice for Christmas and New Year's!
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Old December 9th, 2013, 12:26 AM
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Default Monday, Dec 9th

We had our safety demonstration and talk last night at 6 pm followed by the port talk. The boat holds 140 people and there are 120 of us on board. We will have three busses with 40 people in each bus for the tour.

This morning breakfast will be served from 7 to 9 and the tour will take placed between 9 and 12:30. There are two choices for lunch, standard lunch in the restaurant from 12:30 till 2:00 and light lunch in the lounge from 12:30 to 1:30.

There is an optional tour today from 1:30 till 5:30 that is called "Nuremberg WWII tour with Documentation center".

Tea time will be from 4 till 5.
From 5 to 6 there will be a lecture about Christmas traditions in Germany.
At 6:30 the Welcome Reception will take place followed by dinner at 7.

All Aboard tonight is10:15 and we set sail for Bamberg at 10:30.

There will be shuttle busses that will be going back and forth to the markets every hour until 5 pm today. The ride is about 20 minutes.
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Thanks for taking us along with your "live" reports.
Is this your first time on Uniworld? What other river cruise lines have you traveled with? How does Uniworld compare?

Have a wonderful vacation!
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Thanks for the update H2O. We are planning on the Danube holiday markets market cruise for 2014 on the Beatrice. Post photos if you can and enjoy!
Won't be able to upload photos until I get home 😔. Internet is too slow and spotty here. We were told last night that only so many people can get on their electronic devices at one time and if we were not actively using our device to turn OFF the WiFi on our devices.
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Sounds like a busy day in Nuremberg Sharon. Hope the crowds have subsided from the weekend, it should be much more enjoyable. Are you going to visit the documentation center? Enjoy your last day, this trip, in Nuremberg.


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Left the ship thus morning at about 9:15 for a drive-around tour and we departed the bus at the Nuremberg Castle. We had some time to look around outside and then we had a 45 minute walk down to town. For those who decided they did not want to tackle the steep, slippery cobble stones on the walk down the bus took those people to the markets.

We did not get out to visit any of the sites; an optional WWII tour was offered from 1:30 to 5:30.

Markets were still very crowded today.

The weather has been rainy all day, from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. Shuttle busses were running every hour, with the last pick up being at 5:00 pm. Tonight is the Captain's Welcome Reception in about 10 minutes.
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Hey!! On another river cruise I see. Looks like you guys are having your usual great time. We had a ball this Sept. with our Rhine cruise on Uniworld's Antoinette. A fantastic ship and wonderful itinerary. Hi to Dick and have a super Christmas!!
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And now you're headed to Bamberg! Can't wait to hear of your continuing travels.


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Old December 10th, 2013, 05:28 AM
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Sharon,

I just read about an accident in the Nuremberg lock at 10:30 pm yesterday night. It says 140 passengers and next port Bamberg. So I hope it´s not the River Queen.

According to the news account the pilot house hasn´t been retracted enough and there´s at least a damage of 100,000 Euros. No injuries reported. It happened when the ship was about to leave the lock. The pilot house hit the lock gate.

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Old December 10th, 2013, 05:36 AM
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Unfortunately it looks like the River Queen. A photo of the damaged pilot house can be found here.

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Sharon,

I just read about an accident in the Nuremberg lock at 10:30 pm yesterday night. It says 140 passengers and next port Bamberg. So I hope it´s not the River Queen.

According to the news account the pilot house hasn´t been retracted enough and there´s at least a damage of 100,000 Euros. No injuries reported. It happened when the ship was about to leave the lock. The pilot house hit the lock gate.

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Sharon,

I just read about an accident in the Nuremberg lock at 10:30 pm yesterday night. It says 140 passengers and next port Bamberg. So I hope it´s not the River Queen.

According to the news account the pilot house hasn´t been retracted enough and there´s at least a damage of 100,000 Euros. No injuries reported. It happened when the ship was about to leave the lock. The pilot house hit the lock gate.

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This is too funny.....yes, it is our ship and you know more about what happened than we, on board, do 😄. I didn't even know that anything happened until this morning at breakfast. The CD held a meeting at 8:30 and we were told that there was some damage to the ship, we would not sail, and would be bussed to Bamberg.

The bus ride took about an hour and everyone was given money for lunch. We had the whole day to tour, shop and enjoy the city and the markets. We just got back a little while ago and will set sail at 5:30 this evening.

Thanks for the updated information 😄😄😄.
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Sharon,

Hope you can continue as planned!! Enjoy the rest of your cruise (which has just begun)!

Glad to hear that the ship is allowed to continue!

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Hello H2Otstr,

first the luggage, then the accident. I sincerely hope that this are all the hiccups you will encounter on this trip! Glad to hear you are able to continue your cruise.

Have a good night's rest.

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We are now back on schedule, docked a few minutes ago in Wurzburg.

Our schedule was slightly altered because of the accident with the wheel house when we were just outside Nuremberg. Yesterday we had a 1.5 hour bus ride to Rothenberg. We had a guided tour and then had the rest of the day on our own. The total time we were in Rothenberg was about 5 hours, which was plenty of time to shop, eat and look around. We were also given a coupon for 3% off any purchase at Katherine Wolfhart stores, which there are three in Rothenburg. Rothenberg is a beautiful city.

We then had an hour bus ride back to the boat.

Uniworld has gone out of their way to accommodate us. There have been a couple of meetings to explain to us what is going on and how our schedule has been altered. Most of all, the attitude of the cruisers has been great. Everyone that I have observed us just going with the flow. I have not heard any grumbling at all.

The weather has been cold, but no rain. I brought way too many warm weather clothes (long underwear) and not enough clothes that could be layered. Many people are wearing hats and ear coverings, scarves, gloves and boots. I have New Balance walking shoes and they are good enough. There are plenty of places selling shoes, hats and scarves, gloves , etc. if one needs to purchase anything.
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Yes, it is Ludovic. Haven't seen him very much, he has been very busy.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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Today we are in Frankfurt and it is our last day of the trip;we leave tomorrow morning. We had a 1.5 hour walking tour and then we went off on our own. The Christmas Markets here are huge.

Today has been a very cold, rainy, snowy day. We were going to stay in town, but the rain was coming down too hard and the markets were getting more crowded, so we walked back to the ship to have lunch and rest a little before we have to start packing.

Our flight leaves tomorrow at 9:45. We have to have our luggage outside our door at 5:30 and we will depart at 6:30 am. We were told that it is about a 20 minute ride to the airport.
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