River Cruise Buzz: Basel, Switzerland Day 1 Uniworld Cruises Rhine

River Cruise Buzz

Sail along with me live: December 2-9, 2012 via social media

This cruise promises a wonderful journey along the Rhine River on one of the best river boats on the water: Uniworld Cruises S.S. Antoinette. You can keep up in a variety of ways:

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Day 1:  Overnight in Basel, Switzerland on S.S. Antoinette

16 hours from the time I left Los Angeles International Airport, I have settled into stateroom 415 onboard S.S. Antoinette. Uniworld Cruises is dock alongside  Steiger 3, Dreiländereck
 Westquaistrasse 61 CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland.

Route from EuroAirport in Basel to dock. 15 minute drive.
Tip: I would recommend that you either get an airport transfer from the ship or make sure to have the ship’s phone number handy so that you can call them ahead of time to find out what quay they will be docked at in Basel. There are two different ports in Basel where the ship could be located.


First Impressions

Upon first review the ship is living up to all the hype that I have read about online. I will write in more detail later about the impressive art collection, great food, pool, and spacious public rooms. When I arrived via my pre-arranged transfer, our group on the bus was greeted quayside and escorted onto the ship.

Focal point

Here is one of my very favorite features of the ship: 10-foot Baccarat chandelier

Focal point:  Baccarat chandelier


A blue Strauss 10-foot Baccarat chandelier with massive sapphires, originally hanging in New York’s famed Tavern on The Green, graces the two-story lobby. The finest Brazilian marble adorns the walls and the floors; and a sparkling 19th-century Venetian glass mirror rest high above the reception desk reflecting an air of grandeur.

Deck the halls

One fun touch on this sailing is the abundance of holiday decor. The ship is outfitted with festive center-pieces on the tables, a few unobtrusive Christmas trees, and even a gingerbread house.


Gingerbrad house on Uniworld Cruises


Dinner is served

Carlos was my server in the dinning room.   I am looking for more great meals this week. In the meantime, check our what I had for dinner and a copy of the menus.


Dinner is served.
Dinner is served on Uniworld Cruises.  I selected the chicken, which the chef recommended. #Delish.


Getting around

The ship is docked north of the city center.  I walked the ship but the immediate area is rather industrial and lacks a lot of diversions. In the morning the ship will offer the included tour of the city and a complimentary shuttle bus from the ship to town. Stay tuned for my update tomorrow from the Christmas market near the cathedral.

Helpful travel resources for Basel, Switzerland:

  • Information about Basel Christmas Markets (click here)
  • Information about Basel, Switzerland official site (click here)
  • Basel Tourism Twitter account @baseltourism
  • Map of Basel (click here)
  • Public transportation map (click here)


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