Uniworld River Baroness cruise review
édéric Roland presides over the lunch buffet in the Van Gogh Restaurant.
Passengers on River Baroness take their meals in the , a large dining room with picture windows overlooking the Seine. The restaurant has an "open seating" policy, and we never had a problem finding a place to sit at the mostly six- to eight-person tables.
is served buffet-style. The daily choices include pastries, breads, fruit, cereals, cold cuts, cheese, smoked salmon, two types of bacon, sausages, eggs, waffles, pancakes, juices, Champagne, and other items. (Cheryl became addicted to the choose-your-own-filling omelettes, which are cooked to order at the buffet counter.)
Coffee and pastries are available for early risers, and late sleepers can have breakfast in the Monet Lounge until 10 or 10:30 a.m. on most days.
is also self-service, and in terms of sheer quantity, it's the most generous meal of the day. A typical lunch buffet might include salads, mini-burgers or grilled sandwiches, a pasta dish, a carved-to-order roast or ham, fish, vegetables, soup, and a choice of desserts.
is served by waiters, with a different menu each night. On most evenings, the menu offers a choice of several appetizers and salads, two soups, four main courses (including one vegetarian dish), assorted cheeses, and two or more desserts. If the main courses on the menu aren't tempting, you can request a sirloin steak, free-range chicken breast, or salmon fillet.
The Captain's Gala and Farewell Dinners have set menus, but even then, you have a choice of entrees, and you can request substitutes for any items that don't please you.
Tip: If you have special dietary requirements, let Uniworld know ahead of time, and identify yourself to the restaurant manager at the beginning of the cruise.
The is the bar and social center on River Baroness. It's a large room on the main deck with windows overlooking the river, comfortable chairs, tables, and a dance floor.
At the entrance to the lounge, a beverage station offers free coffee, tea, ice water, and cookies throughout the day.
You can order drinks from waiters or at the bar, with prices comparable to what you might pay at a Parisian café or a hotel bar.
Afternoon tea--with finger sandwiches and pastries--is free of charge.
Even if you aren't a tippler or a social butterfly, you'll want to visit the Monet Lounge before dinner each evening for the cruise manager's discussion of the next day's ports and shore excursions.
The Monet Lounge also has live entertainment once or twice during every cruise.
Upstairs, on the Sun Deck, you'll find a glass-enclosed with tables and a tiled floor for dancing. No events were scheduled there during our cool-weather cruise, and it seemed to be used mostly by a couple of small groups who got together for card-playing, conversation, or--on one occasion--Bible study. A waiter brought drinks from the bar downstairs.
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