Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld River Cruises
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Gratuities: All Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
Destinations: Asia & Europe

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54 Uniworld River Cruise Reviews

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Average 4.6 out of 5 based on 54 user reviews.

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Australia
Travelled: 13/11/2016
“From North to South”
We had undertaken a very enjoyable trip down the Mekong a few years ago so when this one came up with Uniworld we thought why not go again? It did not let us down. Two days in Hanoi was the appetizer followed by a flight to Siem Reap where the wonder of Angkor Wat and several other temples was the highlight. This is one place that carries the tag of a "must see". The trip from Siem Reap to our boat by bus was a very long affair but with the provision of food boxes and a few comfort stops along the way the scenery and commentary provided by our local guide made it enjoyable.

The boat itself was from the Pandaw company on lease to Uniworld. Although this boat did not have all the up to date bits found on more modern vessels it more than made up by the attentive caring nature of the crew where nothing was too big an issue. The food on board was first rate. I understand that for future trips another more modern boat will be leased, hopefully the crew is as good as what we had. The trip down the Mekong was great with daily stops to scramble up the river bank to visit local communities, temples markets ect. The trip concluded with two days in bustling Ho Chi Minh, which is an experience in itself. This was an excellent trip. The only down side was the very high temperatures and humidity which made getting around uncomfortable. It was just after the wet season so it was normal for the locals (good they said!). The upside was that mosquitoes were still a few weeks away. Overall a great trip well worth doing.
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Australia
Travelled: 26/09/2016
“Lovely method to travel!”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 4 /5
It was a very nice cruise & you could be as busy or sedate as you wish. There were plenty of options and the guides were excellent. There was a good mix of people & everyone was there for the same reason - having a nice leisurely holiday and visiting interesting places. We were fortunate enough to have good weather for the bulk of the trip. Uniworld could improve their visiting on board entertainment - one was pathetically bad, the rest very good. They could also improve their internet service! On board wifi was ok but the internet cafe computers were useless. The meals were very nice & the staff very accommodating. I've now traveled with both Avalon & Uniworld, and for value for money I would pick Avalon, but both were memorable, comfortable, & interesting. I'll river cruise again!
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Australia
Travelled: 18/08/2016
“Truly a world heritage area”
I was a little worried about embarking on this trip gathered several negative reviews written about it. All I can say about those, is that some people need to get a life. Yes it was not a Uniworld boat, it was leased from a Portuguese company, but so what? The service was first rate, the included tours were all excellent, the food was excellent and even the wi-fi worked which is more than can be said for some of the other European river cruises. The Douro river and its valley are truly magnificent. The scenery far exceeds what you experience on the Rhine and the beauty is that the boat only sails during the day and stops at night meaning you can actually see it all. It is truly a world heritage area that should be visited. The Queen Isabella is a great way to go. The only slight negative is that the QI is a little smaller than the other European boats and thereby cabins are also smaller but they are adequate. The dining room, particularly at dinner, needs some sort of acoustic dampening as it was difficult to have conversations due to the noise from the many discussions being had. Overall an excellent trip. Thanks to Hannah for pulling it all together, it all went very smoothly.
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Australia
Travelled: 13/08/2016
“Great holiday, wonderful ship, totally 5 star all the way”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
Had a wonderful holiday with Uniworld. Was so glad we didn't bypass Istanbul. It was a highlight and due to the recent bombings and troubles, tourism was down 80% and there were no queues anywhere and very few tourists. We were looked after so well and never for a moment felt threatened. The cruise manager (Daniel) and local guide ("Doc") were fantastic hosts and even did a special free Istanbul by night with guests who wanted to see a bit of night life which was great fun. Still a very vibrant city actually with magnificent sightseeing and history. We joined the ship at Bucharest and found all the varied sightseeing choices on a daily basis were excellent and hard to choose sometimes as so many interesting options were included. Eastern Europe was quite an eye opener with horror tales of past history and violent rulers and more recently recovering from communist suppression.

Then of course the legendry sail from Budapest to Amsterdam, beautiful scenery, great weather , fascinating medieval towns and always with interesting local guides along the way to keep us informed and usually with a good sense of humour too. First class ship, though cabins slightly cramped but still plenty of storage and comfort. Dining was amazing, gourmet food almost 24 hours a day and most professional and efficient service throughout.Travelling companions were a happy crowd and most mixed well on outings and enjoyed various evenings entertainment. Our Cruise Director, Daniel, was also the best looking after everyone, guiding and keeping us well informed ( and a good dancer too !!! ) A truly wonderful holiday. Thank you Uniworld, and not forgetting Georgie at Global Journeys who never lets us down with her first class service, knowledge and advice and look forward to next time.
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Australia
Travelled: 13/08/2016
“Uniworld rocked our World”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
Uniworld left no stone unturned in making our journey one we will remember forever. We were treated like part of the Uniworld family from the time we boarded the boat until the end. Daniel Tarr our cruise director was nothing short of fabulous. Supremely efficient and willing to go the extra mile to assist us whenever needed. He interacted with everyone in the lounge each evening and being a wonderful dancer he managed to make us all feel like dancing queens once the music started. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary our only regret being that we opted out of the Istanbul section which according to all who travelled there was magnificent. Excursions offered were varied and enjoyable. We did not have to put our hands in our pockets at all. When they state that everything is included in the initial price they truly mean it. The quality and variety of food was delicious.

Drinks flowed freely ... Anything your heart desired at anytime. The crew were marvellous and such a cohesive unit .... They too worked together as one happy family. Various singing and dancing groups came on board and entertained us in many of the places we visited. When a lock broke down and we had to spend extra time in town due to the boat having to queue on the river we were given 40 euros per couple to buy lunch. Extremely generous. No receipts required. Gifts were left on our beds each evening and being previous travellers with Insight, a sister company, we were not only given a beautiful throw as a thank you gift when we boarded the River Duchess but were also entitled to one bag of laundry each and every week ... Washed and ironed and returned to our cabin within a few hours. I cannot recommend them highly enough and look forward to travelling with them in the near future.
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Australia
Travelled: 27/07/2016
“Trip of a lifetime”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
We travelled with Uniworld on the River Duchess on the tour titled North Sea to Black Sea during August. On ship for approx 3 weeks and had a great time. Our cruise was mainly Austns with Kiwis, Canadians and travellers from the US as well. People mixed and got along really well. Crew members were fantastic and really looked after guests. Our cabin was spacious with a good view. Daily excursions were well organised with excellent guides. Meals on the cruise were amazing and drinks aplenty. A good time was had by all. Only caution is to make sure you exercise to avoid adding too many extra kg's. No hesitation in thoroughly recommending this cruise provided you can cope with 22 back to back Christmas Days.
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Australia
Travelled: 02/07/2016
“Excellent. From Black Sea to North Sea & only unpacked once”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
From the moment we were met at Istanbul Airport to our departure from Amsterdam, Uniworld representatives were excellent. The ship's staff were very polite and couldn't have been more helpful. The Cruise Director (Gabriel) was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The individual tour guides for the included tours were also very good. I have no hesitation in recommending this trip!
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New Zealand
Travelled: 12/06/2016
“Cruisey Cruise”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
Our Uniworld cruise was the highlight of our five week holiday. The River Royale is a beautiful ship and our stateroom was excellent, as were the lounges and dining room. The food was fantastic. The staff, including the tour guides, were lovely, friendly and accommodating. We met some really nice people amongst the other passengers and there was a range of age-groups.
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Australia
Travelled: 08/06/2016
“Castles on the Rhine Cruises through Uniworld”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
Beautiful scenery, lots of food and food options, lots of exercise options with gym, cycling and wellness worker who offered daily exercises. Hannah at Global Journeys assisted us with booking and organising and was always prompt in her responses and made the process hassle free. Ship was clean and crew excellent.
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Australia
Travelled: 15/05/2016
“Our cruise was wonderful”
Trip:    Overall Rating: 5 /5
The cruise was wonderful. The service was outstanding. I believe with feedback from our other companion travellers, we started with the best. Nothing was a trouble. Lots of fun. We knew we where somewhere special when there was a pillow menu. Beds where turned down with little treats each night. For us we know we will only travel with Uniworld if ever we cruised again. Out of 10 my score is 12!
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About Uniworld

Why you should choose to travel with Uniworld on your next holiday
Uniworld's Boutique River Cruising Experience
Uniworld's Boutique River Cruising Experience

As a luxury river cruise line, Uniworld handles all aspects of our onboard operations - nautical, hospitality, and culinary. And with the synergy we share with our award-winning sister company Red Carnation Hotels, which has over 50 years of experience owning and operating luxury boutique hotels, we have created the world's ONLY floating luxury boutique hotels. one-of-a-kind, exquisitely appointed river cruise ships are each a work of art, designed to be as unique as our guests, and as inspiring as the destinations they visit.

Uniworld - Truly All-Inclusive
Uniworld Europe - Truly All-Inclusive

Experience the luxury of effortless travel, with everything included in your fare.

  • The world's only authentic boutique cruise line offering one-of-a-kind luxurious ships with an average capacity of just 130 guests.
  • The most elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites afloat - many with French balconies - offering exclusive signature touches such as handcrafted beds from Savoir® of England, an array of pillow options, flat-screen TVs with infotainment centers, and spacious marble bathrooms stocked with robes, slippers, and L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products.
  • All scheduled airport transfers.
  • Expertly planned shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with personalization options including Choice Is Yours, Go Active, Do as the Locals Do, Village Day, and Gentle Walking programs and a host of exclusive experiences designed for Uniworld guests only.
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore for your convenience and comfort.
  • All meals onboard, impeccably prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients sourced from farmers' markets and other local suppliers as well as unlimited beverages onboard, including an extensive selection of distinctive wines; craft and regional beers; spirits; cocktails; soft drinks; juices; cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, and French press coffee; fine teas; and mineral water.
  • A variety of onboard dining options and special culinary experiences with open seating and a casual-elegant dress code
  • Ship-wide Internet and Wi-Fi access, so you can stay connected.
  • Well-equipped fitness center with exercise classes onboard and use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment.
Uniworld - Truly All-Inclusive
China River Cruises & Tours

Marvel at the geographic diversity of China, from the mountains of Tibet to the grand gorges of the Yangtze. Witness the great contrast between ancient Chinese culture and its more modern entrepreneurial spirit. Be inspired by ethereal landscapes and historical sites, all while enjoying the modern-day comforts of five-star hotels and luxurious cruise ships. From the moment you arrive, you'll be in the hands of Uniworld's professional, English-speaking Cruise/Tour Managers, who will happily share their vast knowledge of China's history, art, culture, and natural landscapes with you. Experience the Eastern wonders you've always dreamed of—and uncover hidden treasures you couldn't possibly have imagined on a Uniworld Boutique River Cruise along the Yangtze River in China.

Uniworld - Truly All-Inclusive
Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruises

There can be no more striking cultural contrast between bustling Vietnam and the tranquility of Cambodia. From Ho Chi Minh City, through the Mekong Delta so rich in human life and endeavor, to the diverse countryside of Cambodia, you'll discover two countries, two cultures, and two ways of life linked by one river, the Mekong, that have shaped these nations.

Uniworld River Cruise Fleet

Click on the links below to view more information & the deckplan of each of Uniworld's river cruise ships.
  Uniworld European River Ships
  Uniworld Asia River Ships

Uniworld FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Uniworld receive from their clients

European River Cruise FAQ's

Which cruise itinerary is best for me?

A good choice for first-time river cruisers is a Danube River cruise, which offers an enjoyable "tasting menu" of many top cultural sites. A Rhine River cruise, with stunning scenery and dozens of castles, is another great option. Second- or third-timers may enjoy visiting Eastern Europe via a cruise along the Lower Danube. More experienced travelers seeking something new might consider the Douro River in Portugal or the Volga River in Russia.

Are three people per room allowed?

Triple bookings are allowed only in some suites onboard the S.S. Catherine and the S.S. Maria Theresa (excluding the Royal Suite).

What should I wear on my cruise?

It's best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season and regions visited. Wearing layers will allow you to easily adjust to temperature changes. Limiting your wardrobe to a simple mix-and-match color scheme will keep your bags to a minimum. We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over cobblestones or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a coat or wrap for chilly evenings are useful items to have. For dining ashore, concerts, special events onboard, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit. Neckties are optional. Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship.

Is laundry service available?

Most ships have either a self-serve laundrette (with ironing board) or laundry service for an additional fee. Please contact info@uniworld.com to find out what services your ship offers. No dry cleaning services are available on any ship.

Can I drink the water?

The tap water onboard is filtered and safe to drink, and bottled mineral water is replenished daily in your stateroom. Additional bottled water can be purchased just about anywhere onshore throughout Europe.

Can you accommodate special diets?

Kindly inform us in advance if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.). We have a "Traveling Lite" menu for guests seeking more health-conscious options, as well as light lunches, vegetarian options, and generous buffets that offer something for everyone. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

What is the voltage?

Voltage in Europe and aboard our ships is 220v/50Hz with 2-pin "Schuko" outlets. All staterooms also have 110v outlets. Your electrical appliances from home may require an adapter and/or converter.

Is there onboard Internet access?

Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access. Wi-Fi Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or when moving through locks, and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home

What is Gold Seal Protection?

With the Uniworld "Gold Seal Protection" Policy, Uniworld will provide you with 100% of the Uniworld cancellation penalties in the form of a future cruise credit certificate, should you cancel your cruise/tour prior to your original scheduled flight departure date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.

Do we always dock in the heart of the city?

In many ports, your river ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of the historic city center. Elsewhere, the ship may need to dock farther away and a motorcoach transfer will be provided. There may be times when your ship moors next to another ship or between ships, especially in busy ports. Docking locations are determined by the local harbor authorities, not Uniworld or the ship's Captain.

How much walking should I expect?

Our itineraries focus on places of cultural and historical interest, which are often best experienced on a guided walking tour. You'll enjoy your cruise most if you are in good health and able to walk significant distances, often on cobblestones, uneven terrain, and up and down stairs. River cruise ships are not designed to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters, nor are many older European buildings or historic sites. Guests with mobility issues may be unable to participate in all shore excursions, but are always welcome to relax onboard and enjoy a spa treatment or quiet time with a good book.

How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager and charged to your onboard account. Some optional excursions need a minimum number of participants to operate. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time or for pre-paid tours. On pre/post-cruise extensions, you may book optional excursions with your Local Host and pay by credit card (cash not accepted). Optional excursions cannot be reserved prior to the cruise.

Could my itinerary change for any reason?

We make every effort to follow our itineraries exactly as promoted, but reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of our guests and ships. Time permitting, we will let you know of any known changes before you board the ship.

Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?
Yes, each group has its own English-speaking guide. Our local experts are considered the best in the industry, and our complimentary QuietVox audio headsets make it easy to hear every word of their insightful commentary.
Can I take children on my cruise?

In our experience, most young children - especially those under 4 - are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore.

What about gratuities, either onboard or onshore?

All gratuities for the ship's staff and crew, as well as your onshore tour guides are included in your cruise fare. When going ashore on your own, keep in mind that tipping is less expected and more modest in Europe than it is in North America (although equally appreciated).

Russia River Cruise FAQ's

What should I wear on my cruise/tour?

Triple bookings are allowed only in some suites onboard the S.S. Catherine and the S.S. Maria Theresa (excluding the Royal Suite).

What should I wear on my cruise?

It' s best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season. Wearing layers will allow you to easily adjust to temperature changes. Limiting your wardrobe to a simple mix- and-match color scheme will keep your bags to a minimum. We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over cobblestones or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a coat or wrap for chilly evenings are useful items to have. For dining ashore, the ballet, special events onboard, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit. Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship.

Is laundry service available?

The River Victoria offers laundry service for an additional fee. No dry cleaning services are available.

Can I drink the water?

Your ship has a water filtration system, and bottled water is also available for purchase. Complimentary water is served at all meals onboard and replenished daily in your stateroom. Additional bottled water can be purchased just about anywhere onshore.

What's the food like?

Our skilled chefs use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for all onboard meals, and prepare a mix of international and traditional Russian cuisine.

Can you accommodate special diets?

Kindly inform us if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc.). We will do our best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

What is the voltage?

Voltage in Russia and onboard is 220 v/50 Hz with 2-pin" Schuko" outlets. Your electrical appliances from home will require an adapter and/or converter.

Is there onboard Internet access?

The River Victoria has an Internet Corner with computer stations that you are welcome to use. You may also use your own laptop to access our complimentary Wi-Fi in the ship' s public areas.Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or when moving through locks, and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

With the Uniworld "Gold Seal Protection" Policy, Uniworld will provide you with 100% of the Uniworld cancellation penalties in the form of a future cruise credit certificate, should you cancel your cruise/tour prior to your original scheduled flight departure date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.

Where does the ship dock?

In many Russian ports, your ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of the historic city center. Elsewhere, the ship may need to dock farther away and a motorcoach transfer will be provided. There may be times when your ship moors next to another ship or between ships, especially in busy ports. Docking locations are determined by the local harbor authorities, not Uniworld or the ship' s Captain.

How much walking should I expect?

Our Russia itinerary focuses on places of cultural and historical interest, which are often best experienced on a guided walking tour. You' ll enjoy your cruise most if you are in good health and able to walk significant distances, often on cobblestones, uneven terrain, and up and down stairs. River cruise ships are not designed to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters, nor are many Russian buildings or historic sites. Getting around the ship requires navigating numerous steep stairs. Guests with mobility issues may be unable to participate in all shore excursions, but are always welcome to relax onboard and enjoy a spa treatment or quiet time with a good book.

How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager and paid with a credit card(cash not accepted).Some optional excursions need a minimum number of participants to operate. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time or for pre-paid tours. On pre/post-cruise extensions, you may book optional excursions with your Local Host and pay by credit card(cash not accepted).Optional excursions cannot be reserved prior to the cruise.

Could my itinerary change for any reason?

The order of sightseeing in Russia is subject to change due to holiday closures or unannounced government functions(particularly in Moscow) and other factors. We make every effort to follow the itinerary as promoted, but reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of our guests and ships. Time permitting, we will let you know of any known changes before you board the ship.

Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?
Each group has its own English-speaking guide. Our local experts are considered the best in the industry and our complimentary audio headsets make it easy to hear every word of their insightful commentary.
Can I take children on my cruise?

In our experience, most young children - especially those under 4 - are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore.

What about gratuities, either onboard or onshore?

Gratuities are not included for the ship' s staff and crew, as well as your onshore tour guides. Please note that onboard gratuities cannot be billed to your onboard account or paid with a credit card; only Russian rubles or US dollars are accepted. When going ashore on your own, keep in mind that tipping is less expected and more modest in Russia than it is in North America (although equally appreciated).

Vietnam & Cambodia FAQ's

Do I need vaccinations?

We recommend consulting your doctor to make sure your vaccinations are up to date and that you are in good health for the trip.

What should I wear on my cruise/tour?

Triple bookings are allowed only in some suites onboard the S.S. Catherine and the S.S. Maria Theresa (excluding the Royal Suite).

What should I wear on my cruise?

It's best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season and the regions visited. Wearing layers of lightweight clothing—ideally in light colors—will allow you to easily adjust to temperature changes. Limiting your wardrobe to a simple mix-and-match color scheme will keep your bags to a minimum. Attire in Southeast Asia is more casual than it is in Europe, due to the warmer temperatures. We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing onshore and onboard. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over unpaved or uneven terrain. A sun hat and rain gear are good items to have. Sports jackets and cocktail dresses are not necessary on this itinerary. Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship.

Is laundry service available?

Laundry service is available in all hotels and onboard your ship for an additional fee. No dry cleaning services are available onboard.

Can I drink the water?

The ship's tap water can be used for washing, but please do not drink or brush your teeth with it. Complimentary bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth is provided onboard, and additional bottled water is available free of charge on all excursions. All hotels on this itinerary provide complimentary in-room water. When going ashore, we strongly advise against drinking tap water or any beverage served with ice.

What's the food like?

Onboard the ship, our skilled chefs use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to prepare all meals, a mix of regionally-inspired and western dishes. Most included meals onshore will be at restaurants serving Asian cuisine.

Can you accommodate special diets?

Kindly inform us if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc.). We will do our best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

What is the voltage?

The voltage in Vietnam and Cambodia is 220/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. Onboard ship, the outlets in your stateroom can accommodate both 110v and 220v appliances. In hotels, your electrical appliances from home may require an adapter and/or converter, which your hotel might be able to loan to you. You will need a two round-pin plug adapter in Cambodia and a three-flat-pin plug adapter in Vietnam.

Is there onboard Internet access?

Wi-Fi is not available onboard, but all hotels on this itinerary offer Internet access (an additional fee may apply, approximately $15-$20 USD per day).

What is Gold Seal Protection?

With the Uniworld "Gold Seal Protection" Policy, Uniworld will provide you with 100% of the Uniworld cancellation penalties in the form of a future cruise credit certificate, should you cancel your cruise/tour prior to your original scheduled flight departure date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.

Where does the ship dock?

In many Asian ports, your ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of places of interest. Elsewhere, the ship may need to dock farther away and a motorcoach transfer will be provided. There may be times when your ship moors next to another ship or between ships, especially in busy ports. Docking locations are determined by the local harbor authorities, not Uniworld or the ship's Captain.

How much walking should I expect?

Our Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary focuses on places of cultural and historical interest, some of which prohibit vehicles. You should be in good health and able to walk significant distances, often on unpaved or uneven terrain and up and down stairs. Docking facilities may differ from port to port and may be somewhat rudimentary; we will always ensure that gangways are safe and have crew members on hand to assist you. River cruise ships are not designed to accommodate wheelchairs or motor scooters, nor are many Asian buildings or historical sites. Guests with mobility issues may be unable to participate in all shore excursions, but are always welcome to relax onboard and enjoy a spa treatment or quiet time with a good book. Riverbanks and walkways can be dusty or muddy, so we kindly ask that you remove your footwear upon returning to the ship. We will clean your shoes and return them to you as soon as possible.

How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise/Tour Manager and charged to your onboard account. Some optional excursions need a minimum number of participants to operate. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time or for pre-paid tours. On pre- and post-cruise/tour extensions, you may book optional excursions with your Local Host and pay by credit card (cash not accepted). Optional excursions cannot be reserved prior to the cruise.

Could my itinerary change for any reason?

We make every effort to follow our itineraries exactly as promoted, but reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of our guests and ships. Time permitting, we will let you know of any known changes before you board the ship.

Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?
Yes, each group has its own English-speaking guide. Our local experts are considered the best in the industry, and our complimentary QuietVox audio headsets make it easy to hear every word of their insightful commentary.
Can I take children on my cruise?

In our experience, most young children - especially those under 4 - are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore.

What about gratuities, either onboard or onshore?

Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done, and it is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. The amount of the gratuity you choose to give is entirely subject to your satisfaction with your travel experience. To assist you in determining the amount of your gratuities, we recommend the following as a guideline:

  • Cruise/Tour Manager: USD $8 to $10 per guest, per day (given on the last day of the cruise/tour before departure)
  • Ship staff and crew: USD $8 per guest, on 3- or 4-night cruises to be shared among all staff and crew (this will be charged to your onboard account at the time you check in, and the amount can be adjusted by the Reception Desk onboard at the end of the cruise)

Tips and gratuities are included for local experts, drivers, local river guides, rand the rickshaw driver and boatman during your trip, as well as on post-cruise land extensions purchased in conjunction with your cruise/tour.

China River Cruise FAQ's

Do I need vaccinations?

We recommend consulting your doctor to make sure your vaccinations are up to date and that you are in good health, especially if traveling in Tibet's high altitudes (approx. 11,000 feet).

Are three people per room allowed on the China programs?

Yes, triple bookings are allowed.

What should I wear on my cruise?

It's best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season and the regions visited. Temperatures in China can vary greatly, from 90°F in Hong Kong to as low as 30°F in Lhasa, Tibet. Wearing layers of lightweight clothing will allow you to easily adjust to any temperature changes. Limiting your wardrobe to a simple mix-and-match color scheme will keep your bags to a minimum.

We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing onshore and onboard. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on excursions, often over slippery or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a warm coat for chilly evenings or high altitude areas are useful items to have. For dining ashore, special performances, festive dinners onboard, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit. Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship.

Is laundry service available?

Laundry service is available in all hotels and onboard your ship for an additional fee. No dry cleaning services are available onboard.

Can I drink the water?

The ship's tap water can be used for washing, but please do not drink or brush your teeth with it. Complimentary bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth is provided onboard, and additional bottled water is available free of charge on all excursions. All hotels on this itinerary provide complimentary in-room bottle water. When ashore, we strongly advise against drinking tap water or any beverage served with ice. Soft drinks, water, coffee and tea are included with all meals onboard. Red and white house wine and draught beer will be also included at all onboard dinners.

What's the food like?

All restaurant breakfasts are served buffet-style and offer both Western and Asian menu items. Most other meals onshore will feature authentic Chinese cuisine. Onboard your ship, breakfast and lunch will be buffets featuring Chinese and some Western cuisine, and dinners will highlight Chinese food served at table. You will also enjoy special themed meals through your journey, such as a Peking Duck dinner, a dinner show in Xi'an, and a dumpling lunch in Xi'an.

Can you accommodate special diets?

Kindly inform us if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc.). We will do our best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

What is the voltage?

The voltage in China is 220v/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. Your electrical appliances from home will require a 3-pin plug adapter and a voltage converter.

Is there onboard Internet access?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available onboard your ship in the Executive Lounge area. The Internet Corner allows you to access the Internet for a small fee. Internet access is also available in all hotels (an additional fee may apply, approximately $15-$20 USD per day).

What is Gold Seal Protection?

With the Uniworld "Gold Seal Protection" Policy, Uniworld will provide you with 100% of the Uniworld cancellation penalties in the form of a future cruise credit certificate, should you cancel your cruise/tour prior to your original scheduled flight departure date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.

Where does the ship dock?

In many Asian ports, your ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of places of interest. Elsewhere, the ship may need to dock farther away and a motorcoach transfer will be provided. There may be times when your ship moors next to another ship or between ships, especially in busy ports. Docking locations are determined by the local harbor authorities, not Uniworld or the ship's Captain.

How much walking should I expect?

Our China itineraries focus on places of cultural and historical interest, some of which prohibit vehicles. Guests should be in good health and able to walk significant distances, often on slippery or uneven terrain and up and down stairs. Docking facilities may differ from port to port and may be somewhat rudimentary; we will always ensure that gangways are safe and have crew members on hand to assist you.

Although our ships in China are equipped with elevators, they are not designed to accommodate wheelchairs or motor scooters. Many Asian buildings, historical sites, and embarkation/disembarkation facilities are also not wheelchair accessible. Guests with mobility issues may be unable to participate in all shore excursions, but are always welcome to relax onboard and enjoy a spa treatment or quiet time with a good book.

How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise/Tour Manager and charged to your onboard account. Some optional excursions need a minimum number of participants to operate. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time or for pre-paid tours. On pre- and post-cruise/tour extensions, you may book optional excursions with your Local Host and pay by credit card (cash not accepted). Optional excursions cannot be reserved prior to the cruise.

Could my itinerary change for any reason?

We make every effort to follow our itineraries exactly as promoted, but reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of our guests and ships. Time permitting, we will let you know of any known changes before you board the ship.

Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?
Each group has its own English-speaking guide. Our local experts are considered the best in the industry, and our complimentary audio headsets make it easy to hear every word of their insightful commentary .
Can I take children on my cruise?

In our experience, most young children - especially those under 4 - are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore.

What about gratuities, either onboard or onshore?

Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done, and it is our goal to ensure that you have the most enjoyable trip possible. Therefore, the amount of the gratuity you choose to give is entirely subject to your satisfaction with your travel experience. To assist you in determining the amount of your gratuities, we recommend the following as a guideline:

  • Cruise/Tour Manager: USD $8 to $10 per guest, per day (given on the last day of the cruise/tour before departure)
  • Ship staff and crew: USD $25 per guest, on 3- or 4-night cruises to be shared among all staff and crew (this will be charged to your onboard account at the time you check in, and the amount can be adjusted by the Reception Desk onboard at the end of the cruise)

Tips and gratuities are included for local experts, drivers, local river guides, rickshaw drivers, and boatmen during your trip, as well as on post-cruise land extensions purchased in conjunction with your cruise/tour (excluding Hong Kong).

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Uniworld
European Transfers

Transfers to/from airports will be provided only for flights arriving/departing on the start/finish day of the cruise (and for extensions/extra nights). There may be a waiting period of up to 2 hours or more unless private car transfers have been purchased. Passenger flight details must be given to Global Journeys 45 days prior to departure. Let your Tour Consultant know if you wish to purchase a private car transfer from Uniworld or you'll make your own transfer arrangements. Uniworld will not be responsible for late arrivals or missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, for missed cruise/trip days or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing.

Asia Transfers

Transfers are available 24 hours on the date of arrival and the date of departure. Normally the wait is not more than 30 minutes.

Boarding Time

On turnaround day, the entire ship must be cleaned in preparation for your arrival. The facilities of the ship, including your cabin, will not be available before 4pm. We appreciate your understanding on this matter. Should you arrive early, you may leave your bags in the Reception area and take a walk into the city, or relax in the lounge.

Terms & Conditons

Yep, all the boring small print! We still recommend you read it though, as no one likes surprises!

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