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  1. Thanks to all for their contributions to this thread and particularly Notamermaid for all the wonderful information. I have been tracking the Uniworld River Duchess from Amsterdam to Bucharest as we are scheduled to board her for the cruise back to Amsterdam from October 2. She has been docked at Regensburg, upstream from Pfelling, for a couple of days and is now headed back upstream towards Nuremberg instead of continuing down the Danube as scheduled. It looks to me like a ship swap has occurred with the River Princess. She was docked at Vilshofen, downstream from Pfelling, and is now back at Passau. If anyone has any first hand info it would be appreciated. I am guessing that even if the level at Pfelling rises next week so ships can get through, Uniworld will swap us at some stage to get the ships back on schedule. Off to do some research on the River Princess ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
  2. We are starting in Bucharest so this is our first day after the delightful flight from Australia. 5+ hrs on a bus isn't the most enticing of propositions. Your description of Bucharest is exactly what we are hoping for so depending on how we are feeling we may just spend the day exploring. Pickpockets are pretty much a given now. I couldn't believe how good the ones in Barcelona were. Cheers Steve
  3. Hmmm.. that will make us think twice about it as well. While I'm sure the castle is spectacular I doubt it will be the last castle we get to see on the trip. I wonder what the minimum numbers would be? Many minivans are 8 seaters and quite common for tours of that length. Steve
  4. That's good to know about the tours in Budapest. I've been investigating what we could do ourselves for that day. Steve
  5. Yes it is a combination, back to back in ocean cruise parlance, but marketed by Uniworld as a single, complete, option as well. I am gathering there will be some change of passengers at Budapest as we have a Captain's Farewell Dinner on Day 8 and a Welcome Dinner on Day 10. Steve
  6. Thanks HappyTvlr for coming back and reporting on how your trip went. I would love to hear more about your overall impressions if you are willing to share. My email is my CC username at gmail dot com. I recall our previous discussions about this same issue before you left. Sorry that it seems to have caused you so much irritation despite your best efforts to get clear information before you boarded. It certainly sounds like the process is inconsistent and that is why it is so worrying. It's hard to understand how, with a capacity of only 130 passengers, it is so difficult to offer the "included" excursions to every passenger. Even if everyone wanted to do the bus tour to wherever, it should be available, without any undignified jostling for position and concern about missing out. This is supposed to be a "Top Shelf, High End" operator. I understand the minimum number provision so I guess we would just have to suck it up if that happens. What is harder to understand is why forward bookings can not be made if a passenger is certain they want to do a particular Masterpiece excursion. I don't even mind paying for it at the time of booking. If it is advertised that there are limited numbers available, those who wish to leave it to the last moment, take their chances. This could easily be made clear in excursion documentation. Hopefully the experience of others reported above and in other threads will prevail and all will be fine. Cheers Steve
  7. Looking forward to meeting you too. We received our Uniworld parcel last week so it's all very real now. I was mostly concerned about the Peles Castle tour at the start of the trip but all the advice above has been reassuring. We will definitely be signing up for some of the other excursions as soon as we can. We have one extra day in Amsterdam before hopping the train to CDG Airport in Paris and picking up a hire car. Another new experience for me, driving in France. Will be avoiding Paris though and heading back north to do some exploring. 34 days on my countdown now ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Steve
  8. ๐ŸคฃI did wonder about the comment earlier. It all sounds very organised and reassuring. Cheers Steve
  9. Thanks RB & Roz for the reassurance. You are right about the anxiety as I'm a bit of a details person and TBH I don't have a lot of confidence in our agent. I'm sure things will work out. We are booked in to the Uniworld hotel (Radisson Blu) in Bucharest and the timeline is as you say. Looking forward to it immensely. Cheers Steve
  10. Thank you RB, more great tips. We have gone through the existing information and chosen most of what we want to include based on that so will check for anything different once we board. I'm trying to reach out to Uniworld at the moment regarding the first day of our trip as there is an excursion listed we want to do but this is even before we actually board the ship. So hopefully we will have some contact with Uniworld staff while still at the hotel. Thanks to everyone for the assistance. Steve
  11. There has been some discussion about this previously. Seems some are and some aren't. https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2137518-are-the-walls-magnetic/
  12. Great tip, thank you. They don't mention anywhere in their literature that numbers may be limited. ๐Ÿคจ I'm imagining the Walking Tours would not fill up but some like the Masterpiece excursions that are extras may very well fill. Thinking about it more, the Bike tours may also fill as they only have a limited number of bikes available on board. Does anyone recall if payment for any Masterpiece excursions was expected at the time of booking?
  13. Thanks Roz, That's exactly what I needed to hear. ๐Ÿ‘ Cheers
  14. I am having some difficulty finding as much information as I would like about some of the Uniworld excursions. (Ultimate European Journey, Bucharest -> Amsterdam) Can I ask of anyone who has cruised the Danube or Rhine with Uniworld, whether they have information sessions on board before excursion selections are made? If so, are these usually the day or evening beforehand? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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