Exceeded all our expectations

S.S. Maria Theresa Cruise Review to Europe

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 41

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
S.S. Maria Theresa

14 Night European Jewels Eastbound (Amsterdam To Budapest)

Sail date: May 03, 2015

Ship: S.S. Maria Theresa

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 421

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

Although we have cruised extensively (Seabourn, Silver Sea, Windstar, Paul Gauguin), this was our first river cruise and Uniworld exceeded even our high expectations.  Service, accommodations and food aboard Uniworld's SS Maria Theresa on its inaugural European Jewels cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest were of the highest quality.  Shore excursions enhanced the cruise with knowledgable, experienced tour guides.  Adding to enjoyment of the cruise were opportunities to get to know other passengers who shared similar experiences.  We enthusiastically recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to experience the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers and the medieval towns and historic cities along their shores. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Wide variety to accommodate all tastes and preferences

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Minimal, but appropriate for the passenger mix


5 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Polite and personable, recalling our names and preferences with ease

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful, luxurious decor

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Much smaller than we are accustomed to, but when you see the narrow locks through which the ship must pass you clearly understand they have maximized the usable space within those parameters. Storage is particularly efficient.

Ship tip

Make sure to go to the bow of the ship as you pass through some of the 67 locks between Amsterdam and Budapest to view first-hand these engineering marvels.

Ports of call

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Should spend a day or two before the cruise to experience this amazing city.

Cologne, Germany

5 out of 5
Sobering reminder of the past.

Cruise Rhine River

5 out of 5
Amazing castles!

Rudesheim, Germany

5 out of 5
Do experience Rudensheim Coffee and strudel in one of the local shops.

Frankfurt, Germany

5 out of 5
Do not pass on the Heidelberg tour.

Miltenberg, Germany

5 out of 5
Quaint, scenic city.

Wurzburg, Germany

5 out of 5
Residenz Palace was amazing.

Cruise Main River

5 out of 5

Bamberg, Germany

5 out of 5
Lovely city. We were lucky to be there on a Sunday, so we attended mass at the beautiful cathedral.

Nuremberg, Germany

5 out of 5
Do not miss the WWII tour

Main/Danube Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Locks are amazing.

Regensburg, Germany

5 out of 5

Passau, Germany

5 out of 5
Beautiful Baroque cathedral and organ concert!

Weissenkirchen, Austria

5 out of 5
Don't miss the Melk Abbey and its incredible library ... or the Mozart and Strauss concert at night

Cruise The Wachau Valley

5 out of 5

Vienna, Austria

5 out of 5

Budapest, Hungary

5 out of 5
Sad farewell.
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