It was a wonderful cruise, but I do not wish to take my time to write 150 characters about it. Uniworld consistently does an excellent job and I would always choose them for a river cruise.
We arrived near the ship and immediatly 2 men took our bags. We were received at reception and in our room with in 10 minutes with luggage. Quite a different experiance from ocean liners.
The service, food and tours were all first rate. We enjoyend meeting some very nice people and had a great, memorable time.
I would go on this cruise every year if I could!! Our first river. We definitely started at the top. From the time we received our docs in a classy blue leatherette folder through the pick up at Bordeaux airport where a rep with an umbrella escorted us to the beautiful bus to the easy check in and immediate lunch and wine we were pampered and introduced to the wine culture of SW France. Only 125 pax, beautiful cabin with French balc. I would opt for larger cabin w/o balcony next time. Very well travelled clientele anxious to meet new friends. We did!! Superb food and service. Very laid back. No dress up unless you care to. Wonderful complementary excursions and vineyard tours. All inclusive means just that. All wine, spirits and beer and soft drinks. Each day we were treated to an excursion and in the afternoon learned about the wines that would be served that evening. Bikes and active excursions as well as lower impact offered.Fabulous
River Royale is a beautiful ship, no doubt. Cabins were on the smaller side as compared to other river ships I've sailed. The food, while good was not great and there were too many 'set' menus for my liking. The excursions were all very nice and well organized. You truly do get to see the whole region as it's not too big and the cruise is concentrated there. Evening entertainment was lacking and mostly consisted of a piano player in the lounge. Staff was nice and helpful but I didn't feel like I was leaving family as I have felt on other river ships. Overall, it was a nice way to see the region.
Total Passengers: 132
Total Crew: 38
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.47
Built: Jan 2006
Refurbished: 6 yrs ago
Number of Decks: 4
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 4
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Definately find time to hang out at the whirlpool on a sunny day and watch the region float by!
It doesn't matter what room you choose, they are all comfortable with easy access to everything you need on ship. Our friends actually preferred their room on the lowest level of the ship as it seemed more private.
There is a hot top topside!!