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River Empress

The cosmopolitan style of River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere, is certain to captivate you. Whether you're dining in the ship's sleek restaurant-reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club—or relaxing over a cup of tea on the Sun Deck as you gaze out at the 360-degree view, there is no better or more relaxing way to travel through the scenic heartland of Europe.
    • 361

    • Length
    • 2001

    • Built Year
    • 2014

    • Refurbished Year
    • 42

    • Crew
    • 130

    • Pax Capacity
    • 4

    • Suites


Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Oct 12, 2023UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$4,499
Oct 22, 2023UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$3,999
Nov 01, 2023UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$3,299
Nov 25, 2023UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$3,199
Dec 09, 2023UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$3,199
Dec 16, 2023UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$2,499
Mar 26, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAntwerp10$4,399
Apr 04, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAntwerpAmsterdam10$4,999
Apr 13, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAntwerp10$4,999
Apr 22, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAntwerpAmsterdam10$4,999
May 01, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$4,499
May 11, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$4,499
May 21, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$4,499
May 31, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$4,499
Jun 10, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel8$3,999
Jun 24, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel8$3,999
Jul 01, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam8$3,999
Jul 08, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Jul 15, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Jul 22, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Jul 29, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Aug 05, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Aug 12, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Aug 19, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Aug 26, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$4,499
Sep 05, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$4,699
Sep 15, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$4,699
Sep 25, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$4,699
Oct 05, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$4,699
Oct 15, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBaselAmsterdam11$4,499
Oct 25, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressAmsterdamBasel11$3,999
Nov 25, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$3,199
Dec 02, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$3,199
Dec 09, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$3,199
Dec 16, 2024UniworldRiver EmpressBrusselsBrussels8$3,199

Ship Information

  • Maiden Voyage: 2001
  • Refurbished Year: 2001
  • Length: 361
  • Passenger Capacity: 130
  • Normal Crew Size: 42
  • Staterooms: 65
  • Suites: 4


When dining onboard your all-inclusive Uniworld river cruise, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit. Uniworld’s farm-to-table approach takes their chefs to regional farms, local markets and artisanal producers to ensure that every meal is an adventure in and of itself. For those interested in healthier dining options, Uniworld’s Traveling Lite menu features all of the flavor of their traditional menu, but with fewer calories. Uniworld also offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, prepared just for you. If you have a specific meal preference, just ask. Uniworld’s chefs will be happy to accommodate.

Age Restrictions

Guests who are under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult that is 21 years of age or older. Guests travelling with younger children are highly encouraged to select one of Uniworld’s Generations voyages, offered on select itineraries and ships in Europe. Featuring specially-priced cruises planned around breaks from school and filled with exclusive activities and features for travelers of all ages, Generations voyages include the same matchless service, elegant accommodations and enticing itineraries that you can always expect from Uniworld, with additional programs, events and excursions designed specifically for your world travelers in training. Uniworld recommends a minimum age of 4 years old to cruise on a Generations voyage. 


Gratuities for onboard and onshore personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager, local experts, drivers) are included on all itineraries in Europe, both during the cruise-tour as well as on any pre- or post-cruise land extensions.


Category Classic
Square Footage: 151

Category Classic

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom, handcrafted Savoir of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers. Located on the Moselle Deck.

Category Deluxe
Square Footage: 151

Category Deluxe

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom, handcrafted Savoir of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water Marble bathroom with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers. Located on the Danube and Main Deck.

Category French Balcony
Square Footage: 151

Category French Balcony

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom with a French balcony, handcrafted Savoir of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers. Located on the Rhine Deck.

Category Suite
Square Footage: 214

Category Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite with a French balcony handcrafted Savoir of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers. Additional amenities and services, including: daily fruit and cookie plate, private DVD; iPod docking station; Nespresso coffee machine; bathroom towel warmers; refrigerator; bottle of wine upon arrival; morning coffee and tea; continental breakfast; shoe shine; and free laundry service. Located on Rhine Deck.

Life on Board


Main Restaurant

The Restaurant onboard provides a relaxed environment and accommodates all guests with open seating. Located on the Rhine Deck.



Enjoy the full-service bar and the panoramic view located on the Rhine Deck.



A gift boutique for a variety of special items and sundries is available for you to take a piece of your fairy tale experience home with you as a keepsake memory. Located on the Main Deck.


Captains Lounge / Library

The intimate Captain's Lounge provides a delightful atmosphere in which to read a book from our Library or to play cards or games. Located on the Rhine Deck.


Internet Center

The internet center allows you to keep in touch with friends and family while onboard. Located on the Main Deck.


Main Lounge

The Lounge provides spectacular, expansive views at every turn. Relax on the comfortable chairs and sofas and enjoy the full service bar and dance the night away to the piano tunes of the onboard musician. Located on the Rhine Deck.


Fitness Center

Well equipped state-of-the-art fitness center offers everything you need for a good workout. Located on the Main Deck.


Serenity River Spa

Discover inner peace and pamper yourself with a relaxing massage in the luxurious Serenity river spa. Located on the Main Deck.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols

Uniworld approaches every cruise with that same thorough diligence. Stringent security and sanitation protocols onboard our ships are nothing new to us. They not only remain top priorities but are being escalated as we face the current challenge. As more information is provided from Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Uniworld will look to adopt their health and safety recommendations and continue to update for your added peace of mind.


  • All outside doors and access to the interior of the ships are locked when docked. Only registered guests can access the ship using a key card.
  • All guests and luggage are verified against the manifest at check-in.
  • Guests have 24/7 access to the front desk.
  • Key card scanners with facial recognition are utilized at the gangway.
  • Cameras are present at the entrance of the ship and in public areas, and are monitored by the reception staff.
  • Trained security staff are posted at the gangway 24 hours a day.
  • Ships are patrolled by trained staff 24/7.
  • All deliveries are thoroughly inspected before being brought onboard.


PLEASE NOTE: While Uniworld believes these protocols to be the appropriate steps in protecting the wellbeing of guests and crew, they will continue to evaluate and make changes if they are deemed to be ineffective or if they negatively impact the wellbeing of guests and crew. Uniworld is actively reviewing additional health and sanitation steps and will add them to these protocols upon approval.


  • All guests must complete a health screening prior to embarkation.
  • Gloves, face masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer will be readily available for each guest.
  • All guests and crew are required to sanitize their hands when entering public spaces, when coming back onboard the ship each day, and before each meal.
  • Housekeeping staff disinfect all public area touch points and hot spots throughout the day, including all handrails and door handles.
  • Fruits, cookies, chips, nuts, candies or other treats are now served to individual guests by the crew only. These treats are no longer available for self-service.
  • Disinfected wipes are available throughout the ship, including at coffee stations and in the public toilets.
  • Any onboard payments are processed using a contactless payment method and credit card machines will be wiped after each pin entry.
  • All coffee table books, magazines and brochures have been removed from public use. Guests will be able to access these reading materials via their complimentary PressReader app on their mobile devices.
  • Crew wash their hands frequently when handling guest luggage. Disembarkation luggage is kept separate from embarkation luggage to avoid cross-contamination.


  • All meals are now served by culinary and waitstaff, with no self-service allowed during buffets.
  • All restaurant dining now has reserved seating, with guests at the same table, with the same people, each day.
  • To limit the total number of guests in a restaurant at a time, they have introduced two seating times for each meal.
  • Items that are usually shared, like bread and butter, are now served to each person individually.
  • All touch points, like chairs and salt and pepper shakers, are immediately disinfected after each seating.


  • All staterooms and suites are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
  • All air-conditioning filters are cleaned and disinfected on each embarkation day before rooming takes place.
  • Umbrellas are now only available in rooms for individual use, with no shared umbrella stands in public areas.
  • In-room chocolate candy bowls are replaced at the end/beginning of each cruise.


  • All buses are cleaned and wiped with disinfectant before each use.
  • Face masks are also available on the buses, in addition to the staterooms.
  • Vox boxes are sanitized prior to embarkation and after each excursion.


  • All crew receives professional health and hygiene training (HACCP) by an external consultant before each ship begins its sailing season, including training on how to look for symptoms.
  • All crew strictly adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • All crew undergo regular health screenings and are quarantined immediately if symptoms are present.
  • Hand sanitizer is readably available and mandated for use in all crew areas.
  • Crew quarters, public and private, are sanitized regularly.
  • All crew meals are served, with no self-service allowed.

River Empress Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 30 reviews about River Empress - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
Reviewed on Oct 26, 2019

We had a pleasant, easy booking for our river cruise.


We enjoyed our trip and appreciated the many different services we received.


Uniworld does a very nice job and it was a nice experience.


This Uniwirld river cruise was fantastic

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Our river cruise on Uniworld was exceptional! The destinations and excursions were incredible, the staff was "above and beyond" friendly, helpful and professional, and overall, this was a spectacular vacation.

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