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  1. Chiming in again...we just got back Friday from our Uniworld Castles on the Rhine trip. While it wasn't a Generations sailing there were still about 5 kids on board from 4 different families. They ranged in age from about 6 to late high school & while they didn't really interact w/ each other much they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The high school girls were the first on the dance floor every night & the little boy got a different fist bump/high five from the Dining Room Manager at every meal. He even took him down to the kitchen one night & gave him his own chefs hat. You know your son best but I'd say he'd be just fine on a river cruise. If you travel in summer there's a strong chance he wouldn't be the only kid aboard as well. Happy Travels!
  2. Thanks so much for your review, really enjoyed all the pic's!!
  3. Just wanted to chime in with a yes vote for Uniworld's Generations cruises. The first river cruise DH & I did was Uniworld's Paris & Normandy & the sailing happened to be a Generations one (we don't have kids, that was just the departure date that worked best for us). There were about 8-10 kids aboard ranging from about kindergarten to middle school age. Uniworld offered several excursions geared more toward the kids interests so some families did those while others took the kids on the regular excursions. Uniworld was fine In letting them do whichever they felt more in tune with. Uniworld also converted one of their single cabins into a game room for the sailing-full of DVDs & video games & all the kids congregated in there whenever we were sailing or after dinner. From all the laughing going on it sounded like they were all having a blast. Overall though I think if your son is already a well adjusted traveler then I think he'd be just fine on a river cruise whether it was with other kids or without. Enjoy your planning!!
  4. Great to know, we love hopping on but somehow never hop off til we're back to where we started:)
  5. Everything sounds awesome, so glad you enjoyed it. Welcome home! Now you can start planning for next year:)
  6. Awesome! I thought it looked close but wasn't quite sure. We love to walk & try to skip cabs/public transportation whenever we can. Last year in Paris we walked from near the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame to the Luxembourg Gardens & back in one afternoon. I thought our legs were going to fall off! So glad to hear the Trois Roi is right where we want to be.
  7. Thanks for the Kunstmuseum recommendation, we may try to work it on the day we get there. I'm glad you let us know about the construction-I hope we can find our way around. We're staying at the Hotel Trois Roi & I'm hoping it's not too bad a walk or tram ride to the Old Town.
  8. djh 1959, Never did a trip report before but I'll be sure to do one when I get back. Thanks for all your help everyone! I've jotted down some of your ideas for reference & quick research before we go. Now if I could just get myself to start packing......
  9. Hey Fellow Long Islanders, Loving your review so far, really looking forward to the rest! Sounds like you're having a great time already & you haven't even started the cruise portion yet! We leave next Wed for Castles on the Rhine w/ Uniworld & thought we had decided on Bordeaux w/ them for next year but just a few posts into your review & I'm already thinking Portugal...….:))
  10. Hi All, Two weeks from today DH & I will be boarding Uniworld's River Empress in Basel for our cruise to Amsterdam. Very excited!! Any suggestions for things not to miss is Basel? We'll have the afternoon we arrive (Thursday) & Friday morning before we board the ship free. Also anything not to be missed w/ our limited free time in any of the ports we're visiting? (I think we finally figured out which excursions we're taking):) We'll be stopping at Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, Strasbourg, Speyer, Boppard, Koblenz & Cologne. Basically, any & all tips, suggestions, recommendations, anything welcome!! Thanks in advance!!
  11. Finally getting caught up... Everything looks awesome, loving all your pics! Glad you're having a great time & thanks for posting your itinerary for each day.
  12. HappyTvlr, Which trip are you taking? Maybe someone who has been on that particular trip could help you a bit better.... We've done three Uniworld cruises so far so I might be able to help you at least a little. Generally (at least the cruises we've been on) their morning excursions run in the AM then they take you back to the ship for lunch & after lunch the PM excursions will depart. The exceptions to that are listed as All Day Excursions-an example of this being the D Day Beaches on the Paris & Normandy trip. It seems odd that your Masterpiece excursion is already sold out since you usually sign up for these once onboard. The first night they give a port talk where they go over all your options/excursions for the week & then you have the chance to sign up for them. Word of caution about the Masterpiece Collection though-if they don't book enough people on the excursion they may cancel it. We had that happen to us on our last cruise. We signed up for the Masterpiece tour of Mont St Michel in Normandy & it was canceled due to lack of participation. Hopefully someone else can chime in here w/ their experience/advice too...
  13. Perfect timing for this as we leave for our cruise from Basel to Amsterdam on Uniworld in 3 weeks. Thanks!!
  14. Got2Cruise, Enjoy your trip!! Please post about it when you return, we'd love to hear how it was. Safe travels!
  15. Hi Bob, Thank you so much for allowing me to travel to France vicariously through your beautiful photos & narration. I really enjoyed every post. Just curious, where did you go on your river cruise(s) w/ Tauck? We'd love to try a cruise w/ them but they are just a bit over our budget right now.. We've done 10 land tours w/ Tauck however & find them to be near perfect in every way. Thanks again & safe & happy travels for your next trip!
  16. Sounds great, enjoy your trip!! I'll be following along for sure...….
  17. Since we travel w/ Uniworld in Summer my husband wears a dress shirt & tie for the Welcome/Farewell dinners. About half the men on our trips wear sports coats, the others just go w/ a dress shirt & maybe a tie. It really comes down to personal preference for most. If we traveled in the shoulder season he would definitely pack a sport coat but Summer is just too warm. As a bonus-a tie takes up less room in the suitcase than a sport jacket. Enjoy your trip, Paris to Normandy is a fantastic itinerary!!
  18. What a fantastic experience in Viviers! It sounds like you were truly lucky to have Frances as a guide. Thanks for sharing the story about her great aunt. Cheers to her!
  19. Bob, So glad Jeannie was feeling better relatively quickly, it's bad enough when you become ill at home but it's awful when it happens on vacation. Shout out to Uniworld for taking care of things so seamlessly for you. Their high level of service is one of the reasons we choose to travel with them. Loving your review & pics-Lyon looks like a great city to wander around. But now I have a problem-I want to do this cruise instead of the Castles on the Rhine that we're booked on next month!! I don't think I can convince my husband though LOL. Guess I'll just live vicariously thru your review......
  20. Thanks for the update! Enjoy your time in Venice🙂
  21. That's a ridiculously long time for Viking to hold your money before you actually cruise, I don't think there is another line that asks for full payment that far in advance. Please do look around at some of the other river cruise lines out there,. So many of them go to the same cities/towns/ports that in some cases it really does come down to just your own personal preference/likes/budget, etc.
  22. Bob, I agree with you that too much Paris does not compute! We've been to Paris 4 times (& 2x were w/ Uniworld) & are hoping to go back in 2020. No matter how many sights we see there are always more on our list. I'm really looking forward to your review of the SS Catherine & the south of France as this itinerary is on our Must Do list sometime in the next 3-4 years. Enjoy the next phase of your vacation & keep those awesome pictures coming!!
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