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River Countess Cruise Review

Exploring Venice, the Venetian Lagoon, and Northern Italy with Uniworld Cruises.

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ABOVE: River Countess spends part of its seven-night itinerary on Venice's main waterfront promenade, within walking distance of the Piazza San Marco. INSET BELOW: Uniworld's logo, and Cheryl posing with Captain Richard Martin of the Netherlands (who'll command Uniworld's new Maria Theresa in 2015).


imageOn our Venice for Visitors site, we've recommended roundtrip cruises from Venice for years. Venice isn't just one of the most popular cruise ports in the Mediterranean, it's also a city that ranks high on many travelers' bucket lists.

So, when we had the chance to review a roundtrip cruise from Venice on Uniworld's River Countess, we happily seized the opportunity. (We'd been impressed by a Seine River cruise from Paris on another Uniworld ship, River Baroness, so we figured that a week aboard River Countess would be just as satisfying.)

imageWe booked the final River Countess cruise of 2014, with a November 2nd departure. We knew the weather in November could be gloomy and rainy, but we didn't let that discourage us, and we were pleased to find that we weren't alone: Our end-of-the-season voyage had 74 passengers, including a young schoolgirl, several couples in their 30s, middle-aged singles and couples, and retirees.

In this 10-page illustrated review, we'll describe our cruise with River Countess and shore excursions in Venice, the Venetian Lagoon, and Northern Italy.

We also suggest browsing our River Countess day-by-day photo diary, which shows the ship and the places that we visited during our eight-day, seven-night cruise.

2017 update:

Uniworld now offers its seven-night River Countess cruise as part of either a 10-day "Gems of Northern Italy" package (Milan to Venice) or a 15-day "Splendors of italy" tour (Milan to Rome). The cruising itinerary is similar to the one described in this review. For details, visit Uniworld's Web site.

Next page: River Countess: the ship


Uniworld River Countess cruise review:
Introduction
River Countess: the ship
Cruise itinerary
Cabins and suites
Dining and lounges
Other amenities
Shore excursions
Officers and crew
Is River Countess right for you?
Web links

Ship and shore photos:
River Countess day-by-day cruise photo diary

Also see:
River Countess itinerary map
Venice Santa Marta pier (with map)
Venice for Cruisers