When we heard my Dad & his partner were planning a river cruise we decided it would be a good idea to join them. It would be a good chance to spend some time with them, and we’ve wanted to go on a river cruise for a long time. We were on the River Beatrice, a Uniworld ship – very comfortable, excellent service, great food, and perfect scenery. So glad we decided to tag along!
Our cabin on the River Beatrice (they called them “staterooms” – much more grand) was very comfortable. It was not huge, but big enough for a king size bed and enough storage that we could unpack everything and stow the suitcases under the bed. They had a pillow menu (my favourite thing) so I could order just the right pillow and get a good night’s sleep. We had fruit and chocolates on the dresser and little gifts appeared in the room from time to time. The bathroom was small but the hot water was always hot enough and there were nice toiletries provided. There was even a velour mat to put on the bed while we packed and unpacked. The lounges and dining room were very plush and the whole ship had an air of elegance.
We ate very well on the cruise. Every meal was beautifully prepared and served, and was delicious. The portion size was just right so you could have 3-4 courses without feeling like you overate. Fine dining 3 meals a day – not too shabby.
Since we did this cruise, the River Beatrice has had a complete renovation, and is now called the S.S. Beatrice. S.S. means Super Ship, and travelweekly.com says it is now “a sleek, modern ship that dispels any notions of pretentious luxury that might still be associated with the brand.” Here is a short video tour of the ship.
- To see all the posts about our 2016 Danube River cruise click HERE.
- Although this post was written in 2021, it happened in June 2016, 5 years ago. Since I didn’t document the trip at the time, now seemed as good a time as any to catch up.