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    Uniworld and Crystal
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  1. Have a wonderful time! Our first river cruise was the Paris - Normandy trip with Uniworld on the Baroness. We'll be on that cruise again in August as part of our Grand France cruise. Looking forward to reading your report when you return. I'm wondering how different the excursions might be with covid protocols in place...
  2. I agree with tfred, Crystal is far superior to Viking in many ways: service, food, excursions, etc. My husband and I have experienced both lines, and Crystal proved to be above and beyond anything we were offered on our Viking cruise. Also, when considering costs, take a look at what is and is not included. When we traveled with Viking drinks (except wine and beer with lunch and dinner), gratuities for ship's staff, drivers and guides were all extra expenses.
  3. We've taken most of our river cruises in late July, early August to coincide with our less busy times on the farm. During our 2013 cruise on the Seine, we experienced a few hot days as well as some chilly, rainy weather. On our last night docked in Paris, we enjoyed having drinks on the top deck bundled in Uniworld provided blankets...it was that chilly! Looking back at one of our Rhine cruises, temperatures varied from 60 degrees F. to 78 degrees F. I always pack for warm weather, but take a couple of sweaters for layering and always bring along a raincoat, just in case its needed!
  4. We loved this cruise so much we did it twice! It is not a typical river cruise, as much of the time is spent exploring Venice and the surrounding islands. We really enjoyed having lots of time in Venice, both on guided tours and on our own. It is such a unique, interesting place! The bike ride in Chioggia was lots of fun, as was our luncheon visit to the off-shore platform where mussels are harvested. Not sure if those excursions are still offered. We also took the tour to Bologna which included a pasta making demonstration and delicious lunch. Touring St. Mark's after hours was a real tr
  5. Yes, this was an embarrassing attempt. Actually, this whole week has been fraught with embarrassing moments. I have always been more than satisfied with Uniworld's cruises in the past (6 cruises), and am booked for one more, but may explore other options in the future. Too bad that they didn't do a dry run to work out the bugs. Sure didn't leave a good impression, especially for those who haven't experienced the usually wonderful product that Uniworld provides.
  6. We rebooked (for the second time) a cruise on the Seine and Rhone for August 2021. We originally booked for March, 2020, then August 2020. Hoping and praying that a vaccine and treatment will be widely available by this time next year!
  7. Thank you for your posts and pictures! Brings back lots of good memories of our Uniworld trip to Spain and Portugal two years ago. Such a beautiful part of the world!
  8. Not surprised! We took our first Crystal river cruise last summer. It was a wonderful, top notch experience!
  9. We took one Viking river cruise several years ago, and will not book with them again since our experience was so disappointing. We usually book with Uniworld as we've always enjoyed those trips. Last year we took our first river cruise with Crystal and the whole experience was top notch: the service, the food, the excursions, the accommodations were all excellent. Have a wonderful time!
  10. In another topic, someone suggested that Uniworld is staggering their cancellations in order to more efficiently deal with refunds and rebooking. Makes sense for the company, but leaves many of us in limbo about cruises that are still scheduled for the next couple of months. I expect our August cruise will be cancelled sometime in the next couple of weeks.
  11. That's a good point, Roz. Our August 16th cruise to France with Uniworld hasn't been cancelled yet, but France is still not open for tourists and unless restrictions let up significantly, I can't believe that we'll be taking that cruise. It makes sense that the company is staggering cancellations, but it sure leaves us wondering whether we'll have the option to cruise.
  12. We're still booked for a mid August France cruise with Uniworld, but I have my doubts that it will happen...or if will be the experience that we paid for (in full almost a year ago) if it isn't cancelled. A brave new world we're having to learn to live with... I would think that once a vaccine and/or treatment are available we'll all feel more excited about booking vacations abroad.
  13. Did you ever get a reply from Uniworld via your TA? My TA said Uniworld had not yet suspended cruises beyond July 1.
  14. Since we are booked on a Uniworld cruise August 16th, I asked my TA to check with the company about cancellations, since there are no Uniworld cruises listed until September. Her response was, "Uniworld has not suspended any sailings past mid-July." Guess it's still a game of wait and see....
  15. Just checked Uniworld's website. They are no longer listing any available European river cruises through August. I'm wondering if they'll follow several other companies and cancel bookings until September.
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