Think river cruises were for over 55’s? Think again! U River Cruises are a luxury river cruise line dedicated to younger travellers, with prices from only €899!
Before you start thinking of all night parties and fast-food, I should point out that U River Cruises are luxury cruises. The food on board is superb, their cruise ship is beautifully furnished and they provide immersive experiences across some of Europe’s most sought after cities. Expect culinary delights inspired by street food, with creative mixologists and international DJ’s onboard, as well as longer stays in each port to get off the beaten track.
Unlike ocean cruises, you will dock right in the heart of the city – so no lengthy disembarkation or bus journeys to reach your destination. You can choose one of U River Cruises guided excursions, or choose to go it alone and explore independently. Whatever you choose, the U staff will be on hand to recommend choices to suit you, whether you are a foodie, an adventure seeker, romantic or even a night owl.
Each cruise offers many shore excursions and many are included in the cost of your cruise.Enjoy a canal tour of Amsterdam, wine tasting in Eberbach Monastery (filming location of Game of Thrones), or a Mixology class at House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience, “the world’s largest cocktail experience” in Amsterdam!
Unlike most cruises you are free to disembark the ship at night time and in some cases you overnight in cities. Take in a concert in Vienna, enjoy a night hike up to Rheinstein Castle, or let one of the U hosts bring you to their favourite nightclub in Amsterdam. When you return back to the ship there will be entertainment on board, including a silent disco or karaoke, as well as an international DJ to play tunes into the small hours.
What are the facilities on board U River Cruises?
U River Cruises cruise ship is simply called ‘ The A’. It is a sleek matte black ship that carries up to 120 passengers. All staterooms are tastefully furnished and come with waterfront views, built-in bluetooth speakers and BeeKind amenities.
‘The A’ boasts a rooftop venue and a spa so if you don’t fancy leaving the ship, you can opt for some ‘U’ time on board. Work out in the gym and enjoy complimentary yoga classes. There are also painting, wine, mixology and cookery classes on board. I love that the Chefs Table Cooking Classes are co-ordinated to show local dishes from each destination you visit. If you just want to relax, let one of the mixologists make you a cocktail and take in the scenic river views from the contemporary rooftop lounge. Just check out their hashtag #TravelforU for some dreamy shots like this one!
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Where do U River Cruises cruise to?
U River Cruises have three eight-day itineraries, The Danube Flow, Germany’s Finest and Rolling on the Rhine, with overnight stops and longer stays in major cities like Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. U River Cruises also offer a Christmas itinerary, Dashing through the Danube, which is a great way to sample some of Europe’s best Christmas markets. If you are looking for something more unique, check out their dedicated themed cruise itineraries, ‘U In Drag’ on the 6th of July 2019 and ‘Tattoo on U’ on the 17th of August 2019.
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What is the typical age on board a U River Cruises?
U River Cruises are geared toward the young and young at heart, typically travellers between 21-55, however all ages above 18 are welcome. If you are over 55, check out Uniworld Boutique River Cruise collection, which caters for guests of all ages. You can read my review of Uniworld’s SS Antoinette here.
What is included in U River Cruises?
- Three meals each day, typically brunch and dinner as most guests are out exploring during the day.
- Non alchoholic drinks such as water, tea and coffee, juices etc. You can choose to pre-purchase a premium drinks package for €299 per week which includes unlimited alcoholic drinks throughout your cruise.
- One shore excursion per day which is tailor made to suit your tastes.
- All gratuities including tips for shore excursions.
- Onboard entertainment including rooftop yoga, mixology classes and a welcome party.
Call a U Specialist on 01 906 9408 or your local travel agent for more details.
This post was sponsored by U River Cruises but all views, as always, are my own.