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  1. I agree with Robin, the comfort of the bed is exceptional. And when your eyes are closed during your blissful sleep you can't see the decor. Yes the decor is a bit much, and it is nothing like my house, but it always make me feel like I am somewhere special, and not in an Ikea store. Enjoying your report. Brings back memories of our first river cruise on the River Royale when it was brand new. RB
  2. Uniworld does have a spare ship....The B. The U by Uniworld ship that was sailing along the Seine, but they scrapped that itinerary this year. Not sure if the regular demographic of Uniworld would appreciate a ship designed for millenials? 😉 So thankful no major injuries...this time. RB
  3. Looking forward to your review. This particular cruise is on our radar for October. RB
  4. You can rinse the bottle out with the hot water from the dispenser for tea at the coffee station.
  5. Uniworld provides each guest a reusable water bottle that is yours to keep. They are doing their part to eliminate waste plastics, etc. Water is available at the 24 hour coffee station for your bottle. The water from the tap in your cabin is safe to drink. RB
  6. Travelnut4, Check your itinerary , you may not be leaving until the next day. If that is the case, you can embark any time you want. You can also check in as early as you want, but know you won't be able to get into your cabin until about 3 in the afternoon. What we have done is check in at breakfast time, the crew secures our luguage and we take off for the day. Have a great time, RB
  7. Very much enjoyed your review. Did you book through them or through a travel agent? RB
  8. Please let us know who you end up with. After many trips with Uniworld, I agree, they are pricing themselves out of our comfort level. We have looked at AMA, Scenic and Emerald, but my gut isn't ready to commit. Thanks, RB
  9. Please reconsider? 😉😁 that way you can write a review for all of us 'zoomers' who have hit midlife and beyond. RB
  10. I, too, have to shake my head. Not sure what is happening with U by Uniworld. Why pay that much for less than what you get with all inclusive on the regular cruises? RB
  11. We have taken the bikes for our own use and at least one of us (usually hubby) on all the organized bike tours on every river cruise we've taken. Along the Moselle, Rhine and Danube, in summer AND winter. A lightweight rain coat from L L Bean is my go to rain gear. It is about knee length, has a zipper that unzips from the bottom as well (so you don't split the zip when you sit down), has a hood and folds into a reasonable packet. Most cruise companies provide umbrellas, but they are useless in the wind, poke others and you need to hold it up using one arm so you don't have both hands free. Have fun planning, RB
  12. Go for the bike ride! Think positive the weather will cooperate. On our cruise day it rained a bit so you would not have sat out on deck anyway. The ride along the river gives you a different perspective and it was very enjoyable. Stops along the way to catch your breath and see something interesting. A hot shower and a soothing beverage afterward and all was good. Our ship had bikes, but all of the bike tours were provided through touring companies that provided their own bikes, guides and commentary., so I would check to make sure they use the ebikes if that is your peddle power comfort zone. Have a great time, RB
  13. Notamermaid, thank you for starting this thread, Many of us look for your posts to know what is really happening on the Rhine. All of your added stories about history and geography are such a joy to read. As Neil Gaiman once wrote... May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful, and don't forget to make some art...write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope , somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. RB
  14. Thank you for the review. We have taken the other Christmas / New Year's cruise a couple of times and wondered how this one compared. Sounds like we will add it to our list. RB
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