River Empress

4.8/5 |
As you are warmly welcomed onboard the River Empress, the elegant lobby sets the stage for the unfolding of your one-of-a-kind river cruise experience. The main lounge offers a place to gather with friends for cocktails or to enjoy some culturally-enriching onboard entertainment. A cozy library provides the perfect setting for conversing with friends about the awe-inspiring sights you've seen or simply perusing one of the many interesting books on display. Finely appointed furnishings in plush fabrics and rich leathers, custom designed carpets and silk wall treatments are only a few of the signature touches used to create the most inviting ambience for guests traveling onboard a Uniworld ship.
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Onboard Features

Activities & Services

The River Empress features a Main Lounge with a full-service bar, library, elegant restaurant, sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard, patio lounge, fitness room, and sauna.

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Additional for all guests.

  • Bath Amenities/Toiletries
  • Bath Robes
  • Direct Dial Phone
  • DVD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Minibar and/or Refrigerator
  • Private Safe
  • Showers and/or Bath Tubs
  • Television / Radio

  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
  • Library


  • Fitness Room
  • Massage Room
  • Sauna

  • Boutique(s) (duty-free)
  • Elevators
  • Laundry Room

  • Caf?/Coffee Bar
  • Dining Style: Open Seating
  • Formal Restaurant(s)


  • Internet Access - Free internet access and Wi-Fi available in the public areas.
  • Medical Emergencies - Uniworld does not employ staff doctors or nurses. Should a guest require medical attention, it will be at local facilities, at guest's expense. Uniworld is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of medical services, or for the quality of medical care or medical services received.
  • Smoking Policy - For the comfort of all guests, smoking is only permitted on the sundecks.
  • Special Dietary Needs - Advance Notice Required - Please advise the Uniworld reservation agent of any specific dietary considerations and Uniworld will do their best to accommodate the request.

Ship Destinations

River Empress visits these amazing destinations. Click to view sailings.

Ship Staterooms

Only a good night's sleep can prepare you for your exciting shore excursions each day. Beds handcrafted from Savoir of England, one of the most renowned makers of beds in the world, provide the perfect start for your restful night's retreat. Other fine amenities, such as 100% Egyptian-combed-cotton sheets, warm wool and cashmere blankets, and a choice of goose-down or hypoallergenic pillows, ensure an enjoyable night's sleep. Your stateroom provides you with your own personal, private sanctuary to do whatever you wish, whether it's watching a movie on your flat-screen television or admiring the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your room. Each stateroom features conveniences designed to make your stay as pleasurable as can be, including generous closet space, hair dryers, and complimentary bottled water.

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Information provided within these pages has been updated as of June 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration.

Ship Deckplans

Rhine Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Suite - SUITE
  • French Balcony Stateroom - FRNCH
  • Deluxe Stateroom - DELUXE
  • Classic Stareroom - CLASSIC
Rhine Deck

Danube Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Suite - SUITE
  • French Balcony Stateroom - FRNCH
  • Deluxe Stateroom - DELUXE
  • Classic Stareroom - CLASSIC
Danube Deck

Moselle Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Suite - SUITE
  • French Balcony Stateroom - FRNCH
  • Deluxe Stateroom - DELUXE
  • Classic Stareroom - CLASSIC
Moselle Deck

Main Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Suite - SUITE
  • French Balcony Stateroom - FRNCH
  • Deluxe Stateroom - DELUXE
  • Classic Stareroom - CLASSIC
Main Deck

Departure Ports

Featured Sailings

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River Empress

River Empress

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$3,999

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$3,999

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$3,999

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$4,499

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$4,699

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 5/20/2021 10 Basel/Amsterdam

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$4,699

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 5/30/2021 10 Amsterdam/Basel

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$4,699

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$4,499

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$4,099

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$3,899

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$3,899

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$3,899

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$4,499

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$4,499

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$3,899

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$4,299

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River Empress

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 9/10/2021 10 Basel/Amsterdam

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$4,499

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 9/20/2021 10 Amsterdam/Basel

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$4,499

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River Empress

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 9/30/2021 10 Basel/Amsterdam

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$4,499

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River Empress

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 10/10/2021 10 Amsterdam/Basel

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$3,999

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River Empress

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 10/20/2021 10 Basel/Amsterdam

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$3,999

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 10/30/2021 10 Amsterdam/Basel

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$3,999

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Experience
Ship Staff
Dining/Food
Entertainment
Activities
Staterooms
Itinerary/Ports
Value

Great Trip

| Amsterdam
Meet new friends, saw wonderful places.

Basel to Amsterdam

| Various towns/cities in France and Germany
My one regret that this particular cruise had few singles on board. Otherwise this was a most enjoyable vacation with an organization that goes all out to accommodate the wishes of it's passengers. The level of attention to all aspects of the cruise is truly outstanding.

Another successful vegan travelling experience

| The Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam
We are vegan and had the best accommodations by the chef, dining room manager, "V", and our waiter, Daniel. The food was excellent, the beds were comfortable, and the shower pressure and temperature were awesome.

Exquisite Rhine

| Rhine, embarked in Zurich, sailed Basil to Amsterdam.
Staff was amazing, saw to every need & want. I so enjoyed the ease of accessing the dining room, lounge, helpful reception & cruise manager. The complimentary self-service laundry was most convenient, just like home! It was wonderful to have fantastic guest lecturer on board as well as extremely helpful & accommodating travel agents on this sailing. The nightly piano player was very entertaining. Brendan knew all my favorites. Trip ended with 2 wonderful days in Amsterdam at historical Sofitels The Grand, amazing property & room.

Terrific Charter

| The Rhine from Basel. Switzerland to Amsterdam.
It was a trip of a lifetime with many interesting excursions, art and culture. the entertainment on board was terrific. The food and its presentation exemplary. The staff catered to our every request and were helpful beyond the call of duty. Friendly, clean and attractive surroundings added to the experience. I recommend this ship and its crew to anyone who wants an adventure par excellence.

Uniworld Jewish Heritage Cruise

| Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands
I enjoyed the cruise and would recommend it.

European Jewels cruise

| Amsterdam/Koln/Heidelburg/Nuremburg/Passau/Vienna/Budapest
Ship staff was excellent. Special entertainment events were excellent, while daily on-board music was competent but uninteresting.

Jewish heritage and cultural tours

| Rhine river
I loved the tours and Dr. Watson’s commentaries, Food was delicious and service was excellent!

A 2010 Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Poll "Top Small Cruise Ship." Entered service in 2001; Refurbished in 2010; 361’ x 37.5’; 67 staterooms; 134-passenger capacity; European officers and crew; 7- to 14-night cruises in the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers.

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