Review of River Empress deck 4 (Rhine)
Empress Lounge (Main Lounge & Bar) has a dance floor and evening entertainment program with live music (by resident duo pianist/singer) and also local guest performances. Empress Lounge hosts the Uniworld Cruises’ enrichment program, which includes cooking demonstrations and guest lectures (themed food and wine, art and music, culture, architecture, etc). A traditional pre-dinner event here is the Cruise Director’s talks. They offer information and tips about the next-day scheduled Uniworld excursions (complimentary) and optional tours (cost extra) ashore.
The Lobby area has the ship’s Reception Desk providing 24-hour assistance, information on the daily program’s scheduled activities, Sauna/Spa reservations, and also serves the Uniworld cruise shore excursions and onboard booking programs. Guests can find here the River Empress’s Cruise Director. The Lobby has a small seating area with sofas.
Starboard is located the small Captain’s Lounge & Bar with Library. The room has 3 tables, a small collection of books, and board games.
The Restaurant is the ship’s open-seating dining room with single-seating capacity, classic European, and also regional cuisine specialties. The food is high-quality, with locally sourced ingredients from markets and suppliers. The room’s decor feature floor-ceiling windows, an impressive chandelier, comfortable leather booths. The Restaurant is waiter-served and operates with preset dining times depending on the daily scheduled port activities. Tables as capacity are 2-, 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-seat. Breakfast (7-9 am) is buffet-style (a large station is located in the center) with cereals, a selection of bread, cheeses, cold meats, fruits, yogurt, smoothies, sausage. There is a designated chef for made-to-order eggs, omelets, and other dishes ordered separately (at no extra charge). Lunch (12:30 – 2 pm) includes soup station, carvery, salads bar, hot dishes, pasta and sandwiches, desserts, with local delicacies also provided. Dinners (7-7:30 pm /starting after the Main Lounge’s cocktail hour) are waiter-served (until 9 pm). The 4-course dinner menu has several starters, 2 soups, 3 entrees (fish, meat, vegetarian), desserts, cheese plates. At dinner, the complimentary wines are itinerary-based (reflecting the sailing region), and steaks and chicken are always offered on request. At breakfast and lunch, a la carte menu is also provided.
The dining room also hosts the Empress ship’s formal events, including the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners. On those, the dress code is elegant casual – jacket and tie (men), cocktail attire (women).
Rhine Deck cruise cabins from 401 to 424, of which 18 are the new “Category 1” staterooms with French Balconies, plus the ship’s four Suites (S-category).