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River Baroness Cruise Review

A roundtrip voyage from Paris to Normandy with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.

RIVER BARONESS in Rouen, France

ABOVE: Uniworld's River Baroness is moored a few blocks from Rouen Cathedral, next to a promenade on the banks of the Seine.


Update: River Baroness is no longer in service with Uniworld. It has been replaced by a ship called "The B" and is being marketed to Millennials as a "U by Uniworld" cruise called "The Seine Experience." The itinerary is similar (but not identical) to the one described in this review.


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 explored 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 every night.

Uniworld logoIn 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.)

River Baroness in RouenWhy 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 shore excursions.

Update

Uniworld now has two vessels on the Seine: River Baroness and a new ship, the Joie de Vivre. Each ship has a unique itinerary that is similar (but not identical) to the one described in this review. For details, see Uniworld's Web site.

Next page: River Baroness: the ship


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

Day-by-day cruise photo diary:
River Baroness photos (33 pages)

Also see:
Paris for Visitors
Paris River Cruise Ports (with directions)
Uniworld River Countess cruise review (Venice and the Venetian Lagoon)