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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Uniworld has gotten me better prices than I could get myself, and I check a lot. I have a rep at Uniworld that I use instead of a AT.
  5. The Grand Circle ship docks with a fantastic view, near the Eiffel Tower. Their ships are smaller and can dock near the center of Paris. Standing on their sun deck at night when the Eiffel Tower “twinkles” and a glass of champagne in your hand is a special moment on your trip to Paris
  6. I’ve done the Rhine and the Danube so I am looking forward to new experiences on the Maine Danube Canal on my Christmas Markets trip with Uniworld. Thanks for starting this thread!
  7. We were told specifically shorts were not allowed for dinner. This was on the first evening on board, very hot weather.
  8. Taking Uniworld’s Classic Christmas Markets which begins in Frankfurt and ends in Nuremberg!
  9. I am booked for a trip on the Main in December so would enjoy reading your posts!
  10. They usually take you around town going into shops, trying food (bakeries, candy) and maybe visit a local market.
  11. My husband and I had the ship call a taxi and we rode 15-20 minutes to the Winery Toni Muller and had a wonderful time tasting and buying some local wine! Totally without other tourist, just the wine maker’s wife and us. When we were ready to go, she called a taxi for us and we were back at the ship in a jiffy! Cost? Maybe 25 euros for the taxis. Go with another couple and split the cost. Tasting? It was free, but we bought a couple of bottles.
  12. If you are trying to get home (US) flying out of Basel to Munich then US is much easier than taking the train from Basel to Zurich and flying from there. The Zurich airport is huge and I found confusing. I took the train from Zurich to the airport and there was a lot of walking to find the correct checking counter.
  13. I was there last April and found Pont du Hoc and Omaha Beach very worthwhile.
  14. I have been on two Uniworld cruises. I don’t remember anyone wearing jeans. On a cruise in the south of France when it was between 90-100 degrees each day we were told on the first night that one of the dress rules were no shorts or sandals for men. On the dressy dinners most of the men wore sports coats. As a women it is easier to have a pair of slacks, a nice top, and low heels. You could take one dinner outfit and have it laundered halfway through the cruise. They are very quick with the laundry turnaround.
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