The sweeping marble staircase graces the three-tiered central lobby, and features hand-painted tromp l'oeil mural and Venetian Murano glass chandelier. There are silk-clad walls and custom-made furniture, and coronets gilded in 22-carat gold leaf. There are 64 spacious rooms including ten elegant suites. There's a small private screening room.
You are probably thinking -- some European palace, no doubt. Either that or a movie star's home tucked away somewhere in the foothills of Los Angeles.
Actually, no. You're onboard one of the newer and most luxurious river cruise ships from Uniworld, sailing in Europe.
Even prior to "Downtown Abbey" and the Viking River Cruise television advertisements, river cruises hit a chord with travelers, and the music hasn't stopped. While with all the river cruise ships plying the planet's waterways, one might think more of a theme park experience than boutique vacation, the truth is still a river cruise offers a very relaxing and convenient (read: "hassle free") way to see a destination. And it's not just in Europe, though European river cruises are certainly dominant. Beyond Europe, there are river cruises in the United States, in Southeast Asia, in India, China, and even Africa River Cruises.
While from the outside many of the river cruise ships may look alike, the experience onboard can be quite different, and ranges the gamut from lower-end, budget to more luxurious, with the service and cuisine to match. While they all include onboard meals, and most include beer and wine with lunch and dinner, the quality can vary. Diserning guests will appreciate finer service and cuisine, and as our staff has cruised on many of the river cruise ships, we can provide our expertise to guide your best choice.