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  1. I’ve been on both ships. I was on the bottom level on the River Queen. The room was fine, nothing special. On the Antoinette I was on an upper deck and the room was very fancy and a much better and bigger bathroom. I don’t know what the rooms were like on their lowest level. As for the rest of the ship, the Antoinette is by far a more luxury ship. The pool is fabulous, there is a second lounge in the back that is like a night club, there is a movie theater and the main lounge and lobby are beautiful. If you want the full Uniworld experience, I’d choose the Antoinette.
  2. I have been on 5 Christmas Market River Cruises, I love them! I always wear socks that are part wool because when your feet are cold you’re not having a good time. My favorite are Smartwool. I could rinse them out at night and hang them to dry overnight. You also need a warm hat. Bring one from home but at your first Christmas Market look at hats in the stalls. Most are much warmer than the ones we get here, with warm lining bands along the ear area. My family of 4 all bought knitted hats at a hat store in Vienna that we refer as our “Vienna hats” that will even keep you warm on a winter trip in Yellowstone!
  3. So I have only been on 6 Grand Circle cruises, maybe other cruises are different than the ones I was on. It all depends on how comfortable you are in your attire. What do you wear when you go out to dinner at a nice restaurant in your home town?
  4. Thanks notamermaid for your info about Sunday of the Dead. Those dates are crucial for anyone planning a Christmas Market cruise. (I’m looking for a deal I can’t afford to miss!)
  5. The ships have a laundry bag and list of prices in the closet. You pay by the piece. My husband loves this service and always uses it. About half way through the cruise they have a laundry “special” about 20% off. I always change for dinner. Having a nice top is needed at their two special dinners. Men don’t need a sport coat, but a button down shirt works. You won’t see jeans in the dining room at dinner.
  6. Old town Lyon has one of the worst cobbled streets I have been on. I walked in the smooth narrow gutter when I could. I have no mobility issues.
  7. Taking Uniworld, starting in Frankfurt and ending in Nuremberg.
  8. Any updates on the Main? My Christmas market cruise is less than a month away!
  9. I took that Grand Circle trip and really enjoyed it. Being in the harbor at Honfleur was great. It was so easy to walk down the gangplank and be in the center of the town. There was a fish market very nearby where you could get a plate of oysters for a song. I think Grand Circle trips are under played on CC.
  10. I have been on Uniworld and Grand Circle. The trees and boughs were artificial. Inside the room there was a small arrangement with real pine and fruits, easily something that could be removed. The decorations go up in late November and have to look good all through the season so I’m sure artificial trees are much less work for the crew.
  11. I have been on two Uniworld cruises and neither of them had trips that filled up and were closed to others. One cruise (Bordeaux) had colored tags put out on the reception desk during dinner. People picked the color for a certain outing the next day. If you were worried about it, you could walk to the reception between courses. Most people just waited until they were walking by after dinner. I never was closed out of a trip, I don’t know anyone who was.
  12. The people mover is a train that comes very quickly. I didn’t waited more than 5 minutes the two times I was there last year. This is Switzerland, land of efficiency.
  13. I sailed with Uniworld about two years ago. Good cruise and fun time. The ship has recently been upgraded to a super ship and may be pricier than when I sailed.
  14. I’ve been on a Christmas Markets cruises twice on the Danube and twice on the Rhine. They both offer great stops. My favorites on the Danube are Vienna (multiple markets) and Regensberg (Thun and Taxis sp? market) and Favorites on the Rhine are Cologne (multiple markets) and Strasbourg (over the top decorating!) A side trip on the Danube is usually to Salzburg and a side trip on the Rhine is usually Heidelberg and Alsace. I’ve traveled on Uniworld ($$$$) which is a 7 day trip and Grand Circle ($$) which is a 10 day trip. There is no best! Weather wise is, of course, to pack a coat. I ended up wearing my Gor-tek raincoat the most. Snow was unusual, twice had it in Koblenz. Long underwear was helpful most days. Really the winters seem to be getting milder in Europe.
  15. I have enjoyed the Christmas Markets on both the Danube and the Rhine. I have traveled on Uniworld (queen beds) and Grand Circle (twin beds) and they both do a great job though very different in pricing. Grand Circle’s prices in mid November are lowest because not all the markets are open. Why go then? Anytime after Thanksgiving will work better.
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