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The Reason I Love River Cruising, And I Think You Will Too

Written by Diana Spangler

River Beatrce

Diana Budapest


I now know why my avid River Cruise clients love to cruise the Rivers of Europe.  I had the opportunity to travel this past April on the River Beatrice with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection on their Enchanting Danube Itinerary from Budapest to Passau and am completely spoiled sailing with them on my first River Cruise.  Can you say WOW! 

Ship deck
What a fabulous experience.  Uniworld is one of only a small few that offer a true all-inclusive experience.  All meals, beer, wine and spirits (anytime, not just at meals) are included.  Shore tours, self-serve laundry and tipping are also included.

The food was excellent, the staff gracious, the accommodations reminiscent of a boutique luxury European hotel. 

The ports were all uniquely charming; it’s hard to choose my favorite.  If I had to choose it would be a tie between Budapest and Dürnstein.

Budapest city viewDurnstien







Inside central marketplace
Budapest with its beautiful architecture, Central Market place and Castle Hill were fantastic. I wish I would have had an opportunity to spend more time there and experience The Thermal Baths.


Durenstien vineyard
Dürnstein was like walking into a storybook.  The town was so small and quaint with its cobblestone streets, vineyards and saffron farms.  We chose a “Village Day“ with an exclusive Saffron Workshop excursion.  We learned all about growing and producing Saffron from the only Saffron farmer in the entire region.  Learning about the uses in food, savory and sweet plus many medical uses was very educational and enjoyable.


This is just a glimpse of what this wonderful journey holds.  What would your ideal river cruise be?

Diana Durnstien