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Personal Information

Author:
Karen

Did you do a river cruise before:
No

Number of previous cruises:
0

Summary:
Outstanding. Exceeded all my expectations.


General Questions

Why did you select this particular cruise itinerary?
Vienna and Prague had family significance for me.

Why did you select this particular cruise line?
AAA travel agent told me that Uniworld was better than Viking, prices were also better for this particular cruise.

Did you book with or without airfare?
0

How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
2

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
Very little contact from Uniworld prior to cruise. Just one e-mail survey that we needed to fill out prior to departure. Nothing in the mail. Felt a little abandoned.

How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
10

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
Great.

How would you rate the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
10

How would you describe the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
Fantastic. Anne Sweet (Spelling?) was the cruise director and she was amazing. Very pleasant, knowledgeable, and upbeat.

Did you experience any problems during the cruise?
Low Water

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
10

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
They minimized any impact and kept everything going smoothly.

How often was your ship double docked to another?
0


River Ambassador Ship Rating

Ship Tech: Please rate the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
7

Ship Tech: Please describe the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
Cabin was small but sufficient. Although not new, everything was very well maintained.

Ship Equipment: Please rate the other rooms and and their equipment on board.
8

Ship Equipment: Please describe the other rooms and their equipment on board.
-

Ship Service: Please rate the on board service.
10

Ship Service: Please describe the on board service.
Outstanding. Entire staff seemed to know my dietary requirements from day one, and quickly learned our habits and likes and dislikes.

Ship Food: Please rate the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.
10

Ship Food: Please describe the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.<
Best food I have ever had. This was totally unexpected. I had thought for a small cruise that there wouldn't be much variety for the buffets or the formal dinners, but the variety was excellent, and many of the dishes were extremely creative in their ingredients and presentation, and the tastes continually impressed me. Everyone else we spoke to on board agreed. Everything was also very fresh.


General thoughts
This would be the field for any general comments on the itinerary, the countries or the season of the year your cruise took place.
There were no bad days. They kept it interesting and different all days of the tour.

Day 1: City Vienna

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
-


Day 2: City Vienna

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Jewish History   Baroque   Contemporary History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Vienna, driving tour around the city and then walking tour of Imperial Palace, crown jewels, and down to St. Stephans Cathedral. Free time in the afternoon when I took subways and explored on my own.


Day 3: City Weissenkirchen

How would you rate the city?
4

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Religion   Meet the Locals   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walked around the town and up to the ancient church.


Day 3: City Melk

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Baroque   Ancient History   Religion   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
7

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Drove to Melk abbey, tour guide on the bus told us about the Wachau Valley. Went on a tour of Melk Abbey. Tour of the museum was a little boring, but the views, the library, and the church were spectacular.


Day 3: City Wachau Valley

How would you rate the city?
7

Tags for this City:
Medieval History   Photo Opportunities   Agriculture   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Cruising, up on deck and very scenic.


Day 4: City Passau

How would you rate the city?
7

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Medieval History   Baroque   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walking tour through the town, which was interesting, then an organ concert in the old cathedral, which everyone was looking forward to but no one that we spoke to actually ended up liking because they played very discordant ugly music. Then we walked back into town after lunch and did some shopping.


Day 5: City Deggendorf

How would you rate the city?
6

Tags for this City:
Religion   Meet the Locals   Baroque   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walked into town and explored the old city center, but the town was mostly closed up due to a religious holiday. Went into some churches.


Day 5: City Theresienthal

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   Nature   Contemporary History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
4

Tour Type
Other

Please describe the city and your activity:
Drove through Bavaria to farm about an hour away, had a buggy ride through a section of forest and a farm. Both were a little bit boring. Went to a glass factory for a glassblowing demonstration. Factory was closed due to a religious holiday, but there was a master glassblower there working on his own time giving the demonstration, which was very interesting.


Day 6: City Regensburg

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Jewish History   Medieval History   Meet the Locals   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Had two tour guides, the first general tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, and a historian. Went on the Jewish History tour. The second tour guide, in the underground area of the old synagogue, was not very knowledgeable and droned on too long. After lunch, went back into town and wandered around by myself.


Day 6: City Ingolstadt

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
-


Day 7: City Nuremberg

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
World War 2   Military History   Ancient History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Drove through Documentation Center and past Parade Grounds and Nuremburg Trials Courthouse. Walking tour started at Castle and was very interesting. It then proceeded down to the old town square (there is probably another name for the old town square but I don't remember it.)


Day 8: City Nuremberg

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
1

Tour Type
Panoramic Drive

Please describe the city and your activity:
The tour guide on the drive to Prague was terrible. She told us virtually nothing along the way, and the information she did give us was wrong (for example, that the bathrooms would be free at the halfway point stop, bus she didn't know where to stop, and the bathrooms needed coins we didn't have.) She was supposed to start giving us info as soon as we crossed the border into the Czech Republic, but she seemed to know nothing about the country or Prague, so she didn't say a word.


Day 8: City Prague

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Jewish History   Ancient History   Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walked into the old town and looked around.


Day 9: City Prague

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Photo Opportunities   Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walked through the Castle grounds and then down over the Charles Bridge into the old town. Then we split off from the group and I toured the Jewish areas of the town. Then we walked to Wenceslas Square.


Day 10: City Prague

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
We were concerned as to how we would be affected by the French Air Traffic Controllers strike which had just started that day, so I contacted the Uniworld representative and she did a lot of follow up between the airlines and me to keep me updated as to the status of our homebound flights.