Uniworld River Baroness cruise review
Oceangoing cruise ships often resemble self-contained floating resorts, with everything from Broadway-style entertainment to climbing walls or tennis courts. River vessels are different: They're more like boutique hotels that cruise from port to port, often staying overnight in towns or cities. And because more time is spent sightseeing than cruising, there's no need for the constant schedule of activities that you might expect on a Behemoth of the Seas or an Aquatic Princess.
Still, River Baroness does have a few amenities for passengers who need a change from sightseeing or napping on deck:
The ship's gymnasium (see photo at top of page) has a treadmill and other fitness equipment that will let you work up a sweat while you watch the river through picture windows. (It also has a "jet massage shower" that we didn't try.)
The Serenity River Spa offers massages, full-body treatments (such as "Full Body Honey Treatment with Peruvian Chocolate Exfoliation"), and more. On most days, the masseuse leads a free morning exercise session with basic zumba steps in the Monet Lounge.
The shop next to the reception area has clothing, jewelry, gifts, and miscellaneous items. (The "European River Cruising" map is a great--and inexpensive--souvenir.)
At a nook near Reception, you can borrow books and games. (The selection is limited, so we'd suggest bringing your own reading material.)
Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the ship. There are two Wi-Fi networks: an open "Gateway" network (no login required) in the Monet Lounge, and a "River Baroness" network in the cabins that requires an ID and password. The satellite connection can be painfully slow at times, and we had our best luck early in the morning or late at night in the Monet Lounge.
Full-size umbrellas are supplied in cabins and at the gangway.
These are free to use, and they're available in ports where there's time for independent sightseeing.
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