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River Beatrice - Uniworld River Beatrice Ship Tour and Profile

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River Beatrice - Uniworld River Beatrice Overview
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' River Beatrice on the Danube River in Passau, Germany

River Beatrice of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises on the Danube River in Passau, Germany

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' River Beatrice (c) Linda Garrison
The 162-guest River Beatrice was launched by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection in 2009, and the European river ship has received many accolades since her debut. She is certainly a beautiful ship, with luxurious cabins and common areas. The River Beatrice is named for Beatrice Tollman, the President and founder of The Travel Corporation, parent company of Uniworld, so it's not surprising that Mrs. Tollman devoted a lot of personal attention to making sure the river ship was worthy of her name.

The Tollman family loves to collect art and exhibit it at their boutique hotels and river ships. The interiors of the River Beatrice feature an interesting selection of original artwork, including sketches, lithographs, and oil paintings. These pieces add to the overall elegant atmosphere onboard the ship.

Overview Tour of the River Beatrice
Entering the River Beatrice on the Danube Deck (deck 3), the first thing you notice is the large, two-deck marble lobby with gleaming white Murano glass chandelier and white woodwork. This lobby has the reception desk and small boutique, and the exquisite attention to detail in the hand-crafted solid wood panels with antique bevelled mirror insets sets the luxurious tone for the rest of the ship. The main dining room is forward on deck 3, and category 2 and 3 staterooms are aft.

Down the stairs from the lobby on the Moselle Deck (deck 2) are the category 4 and 5 cabins, a well-equipped fitness center, passenger laundry, and massage room. The fitness center is the best I've seen on a river ship, and having a complimentary self-service laundry room and ironing board is welcome on any ship. With air travel weight limits becoming more and more restrictive, it's nice to be able to wash a few clothes along the way, especially on longer cruises. Passengers can also have their laundry done by the ship's staff for a fee.

Up the stairs from the lobby to the Rhine Deck (deck 4) are the suites, category 1 staterooms, Captain's lounge, library and computer center, and main bar and lounge.This observation lounge features wonderful views of the river scenery, a nice bar, comfortable seating, grand piano, and dance floor. Many passengers spend the day in the lounge reading their own books or browsing through one of the many coffee-table books scattered about. Or, they just visit with new (or old) friends. In the evening, either the onboard musician or local talent entertain the passengers. The small Captain's lounge and library/computer center aft on deck 4 are cozy spots to read or play games. The River Beatrice has two computers with complimentary Internet access and WiFi throughout the ship for those who bring along their own computers. There's a small outdoor sitting area aft, which is out of the wind and features terrific views over the wake of the ship.

The sun deck includes the most comfortable lounge chairs I've ever encountered on a river ship. These lounges are well-padded and can be used to sit in the sun or the shade since there are plenty of umbrellas. Like all European river ships, the bridge is also on the sun deck. It can be retracted into the ship when the River Beatrice needs to pass under low bridges.

Now that we've had a brief overview tour of the River Beatrice, let's look at the European river ship in more detail.

The Uniworld River Beatrice sails 8-day "Enchanting Danube" itineraries between Budapest and Passau during late March through November. In December, the River Beatrice features an 8-day itinerary visiting the "Danube Holiday Markets". I sailed on the River Beatrice on the "Enchanting Danube" first cruise of the season in late March and loved the ship, the Danube River scenery, and the ports of call.

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