River Baroness Cruise Review
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: Paris and Normandy
ABOVE: Uniworld's River Baroness is moored a
few blocks from Rouen Cathedral, next to a promenade on the banks of the Seine.
River cruising has grown
enormously in popularity over the last decade, for two reasons:
It's something new for cruisers to try after they've
Europe's coastline on oceangoing ships. (With river cruising, travelers can
reach cities and towns that are far from the sea.)
It's an appealing alternative to motorcoach tours and train
or car trips, since
there's no need to pack and unpack each day or check into a different hotel
past years, we've reviewed two river ships--Viking's
Maribelle and Peter Deilmann's
Casanova--but we'd never cruised with
Uniworld, which has become a leader in luxury river cruising with awards from
Condé Nast Traveler, Travel +
Leisure, Cruise International, Cruise Critic, and other media.
We corrected this omission in late September, 2012, with
a voyage on Uniworld's River Baroness, which offers seven-night "Paris &
Normandy" cruises from mid-March until late October. (We chose the "Cruise Only"
option; most passengers book a 10-day/nine-night "Cruise/Tour" that includes two
nights and a day of touring in Paris before the ship's departure.)
Paris & Normandy, rather than one of Uniworld's cruises on the Rhine, Danube, or
other European rivers? For us, the choice was easy: Our Paris for Visitors site attracts
nearly 1.4 million page views per year, so a cruise that began and ended in
Paris was likely to interest many of our readers. It was also convenient,
since--like our Paris for Visitors readers--we could easily combine the
River Baroness cruise with a Parisian vacation.
In this 10-page illustrated review, we'll describe our
week on River Baroness and what you can expect from a Uniworld cruise on the River Seine.
We also invite you to browse our 33-page
River Baroness day-by-day photo
diary, which has nearly 200 captioned images of the ship, ports of call, and
River Baroness: the ship