Legendary Rhine and Moselle – How Our Uniworld Adventure Begins!

July 28th ~ Basel, Switzerland: On board the River Queen

Uniworld River Queen

Uniworld River Queen

UNIWORLD – Legendary Rhine and Moselle

Day one of a river cruise is when one simply gets on board, unpack a suitcase or two, perhaps explore the ship a little, find your way to the main lounge, try out the drink of the day or have a glass of wine (or both), and start meeting a few people. 

Since we had arrived in Basel the day before and had to check out of our hotel before noon, we were amongst the first to board. The majority of the passengers were flying in the same day and would arrive in batches after being met at the airport by a Uniworld representative and delivered to the ship via a brand new Uniworld bus.

The check-in procedure for Uniworld is straight forward. Having already filled out the online pre-departure forms, all we had to do when we boarded was show our passports, have our pictures taken and receive our key card.

Keycard for River Queen

Key Card for River Queen

The keycard will be used to unlock our cabin door and to scan out and then back in every time we leave the ship. That way the crew will know if everyone is, or is not, back on board when it is time to depart each city.

Uniworld seems to lean toward a very French European style of decoration in their cabins. Colorful, bold, elegant and comfortable with luxury bedding and linens. Also provided in the cabin is a safe, umbrella, comfy bath robes and slippers, hair dryer, flat screen TV, heating/air conditioning controls, telephone, L’Occitane bath/beauty products, and bottled water.

Our cabin (#311) on the River Queen

Our cabin (#311) on the River Queen

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The onboard WiFi was adequate, although not always accessible while cruising. A couple of computer stations were provided for anyone wanting to check their emails and were not already lugging their own laptop, iPad or iPhone with them.

I know you have all heard that the food on cruises is legendary – more than ample, large variety of local specialties, and desserts to die for. Uniworld goes a step beyond with choosing locally sourced fresh ingredients, cooks with whole (not processed or packaged) ingredients and avoids using artificial chemicals.

A dream for someone like Tim with allergies to processed foods or artificial ingredients!

With only four suites, and 60 cabins, the maximum passengers on board would be 128 with a staff of 41. The cabins and all public areas are non-smoking.

The staff has been well-trained. You are always greeted when passing, smiles are warm and genuine, and any request is fulfilled ASAP with a desire for you to experience the best possible vacation.

We knew from our pre-trip information booklet that our cabin would not be ready until 3:00 pm, but we were invited to relax in the lounge, enjoy lunch in the dining room, and start getting to know the other early arrivals.

Lounge

Lounge

It seems that the initial dialogs all started out with:

  • Where are you from?
  • Have you traveled with Uniworld before?
  • Are you retired?
  • What was your career/business/profession?
  • Eventually we got around to names/kids/grandkids…

There is a Wellbeing Coach on board who leads a daily exercise program at 7:00 am for those wishing to stay more active or burn off some calories from the extra drinks and desserts consumed. He is also an excellent massage therapist.

The price of our cruise included all gratuities, daily sightseeing excursions (there are a few optional tours offered at a reasonable price), and wine and/or mixed drinks.

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to once again have the opportunity to be spoiled, pampered, educated, entertained and fed delicious meals on our second Uniworld river cruise.

Curious to learn more about river cruises? We invite you to follow along our day-to-day journey as we depart Switzerland to explore four more countries including Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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16 Responses to Legendary Rhine and Moselle – How Our Uniworld Adventure Begins!

  1. paperpopups says:

    Wonderful! Thank you for the extra photos and quite like your daily thankfulness…

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  2. Sounds like pure fun/relaxation 🙂

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  3. Alice Gratias says:

    Beautiful. Sorry we missed this cruise. Everything looks “first class”.
    Alice & Rod:.

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  4. Nato says:

    Enjoy! Looks wonderful:)

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  5. salpal1 says:

    A dream cruise! Lovely ship.

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  6. Officially jealous. I would love to do something like this. It looks amazing.
    Alison

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  7. Shelley says:

    We did the river cruise with Uniworld in 2008. You did an excellent job describing what it is like to travel with them.

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  8. maristravels says:

    I’ve done the same route with a different company and enjoyed it tremendously but your cabin look much posher than mine did. I’m a big fan of river cruising but i hate ocean cruising.

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