River Countess cruise review
Dining and lounges on River Countess
The main dining room on River Countess is the on Marco Polo Deck (the ship's main deck), aft and down a hallway of cabins from Reception. The restaurant has an "open seating" policy, and guests can dine alone, à deux, or at larger tables with other passengers. On the first night of our cruise, we shared a table with two women who were traveling together, and we ended up dining with them every night but one.
is served buffet-style, usually from 7 to 8 a.m. Food choices include eggs, meats, smoked fish, breads, pastries, Muesli and other cereals, and made-to-order dishes such as waffles and French toast that are brought to your table by a waiter. (Cheryl usually headed directly to the omelette station in the dining room, where a cook was on duty every morning.)
are available in the Patio Lounge from 6 to 7 a.m., and late sleepers can enjoy a in the main Castillo Lounge from 9 to 10 a.m.
is also self-service, with a large array of soups, salads, pastas, a tasty "sandwich of the day," meat, fish, and desserts such as pastries, crème brulée, and ice cream. (One day during our cruise, the table at the entrance to the restaurant displayed freshly made chocolate-covered bananas.)
On days when most guests are aboard, you can get excellent lunchtime pizza by the slice, salads, prosciutto, and desserts in the glassed-walledon the Sun Deck.
is served by waiters in the main restaurant, with a different four-course menu each night. Main courses normally include several Venetian- or Italian-inspired dishes and at least one vegetarian option.
Main-course photo: Whole-roasted beef tenderloin with jumbo shrimp, cauliflower, mashed potatoes, asparagus tips, crimini mushrooms, vegetable parisienne, and local baby tomatoes confits with béarnaise sauce.
If you aren't tempted by the day's menu, you can ask for steak, salmon, or chicken breast with a choice of side dishes.
Dinnertime desserts on River Countess are as beautiful as they are tasty, and choosing just one can be a challenge. Dessert photo at right:Valrhona warm molten chocolate cake with homemade red berry sorbet.
If you prefer cheese to sweets--or if you want both--you can end your meal with a selection of three Italian cheeses.
Red and white Italian wines are served at lunch and dinner, or you can ask your waiter for a different beverage such as beer, a soft drink, or iced tea. Coffee, cappuccino, and espresso, and several kinds of tea are served at every meal. (At breakfast, Cheryl often ordered hot chocolate.)
is from 4 to 5 p.m., with sandwiches and pastries plus tea, coffee, or drinks from the bar.
River Baroness has four lounges:
The mainon Marco Polo Deck is a large room with panoramic windows, upholstered chairs, tables, and a bar.
As you enter the lounge, you'll pass a serving counter that offers a late breakfast, Uniworld's signature candies and marshmallows, teatime tidbits, etc., depending on the time of day.
Bar and mealtime drinks are included in the fare, except for a few "premium spirits." We suggest trying a --shown at right--which is a popular Venetian drink made with Prosecco sparkling wine, a dash of Aperol liqueur, and soda water.
In the evening, a staff musician entertains passengers in the Castillo Lounge.
One night during the cruise, local entertainers come on board for an after-dinner show.
The is a small, quiet room just behind the Castillo Lounge on the starboard side of the ship. In addition to books and magazines, it has printed copies of daily mini-newspapers that the ship downloads from a news service.One flight down, on Bellini Deck, you'll find the small with its 24-hour coffee, tea, hot-chocolate, and cookie station.
Finally, the glass-enclosed Osteria Siena on the Sun Deck becomes thewhen lunch isn't being served. It's a pleasant place to sit, chat, or read away from the crowd.
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