Europe and Mediterranean: Dutch Delight Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Windmills, delicious cheeses, colourful flowers, a rich art history and more bikes than you can possibly imagine—the Netherlands is like nowhere else on earth. See the full spectrum of Dutch life, landscapes and customs on visits to bustling cities and small rural villages. With an entire third of the country below sea level, it takes a complicated system of inland waterways and flood barriers to keep the Netherlands afloat, including the Delta Works architectural marvel that was named the 8th wonder of the world. It's no wonder, then, that Dutch culture is so deeply tied to the water. Experience the many ways this plays out as you sail your own boat in a lakeside resort town, visit charming port towns, taste pickled herring and, of course, stroll through endless canal-lined streets.

Included Extras

  • True All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising™

  • All gratuities for onboard services

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages**

  • Shore excursions with local experts as your guide

  • Internet and Wi-Fi

  • All arrival and departure day transfers

  • Locally sourced cuisine

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a US $ 50 shipboard credit per person (maximum US $ 100 per stateroom)♦

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Shop Card with every Uniworld river cruise†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Amsterdam

Overview

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Day 2Harlingen/Netherlands

Overview

Harlingen is a dynamic, historic seaport and two rural villages in a setting of sea, sky and green landscape. Billowing clouds sweep the inland. The sea glitters under shafts of sunlight and seagulls are hanging in the wind over the expansive dyke which protects the green land behind it. Between land and sea: Harlingen. From whatever side you approach the town, the striking silhouette of its two spires can always be seen from afar. Outlined against a wide expanse of sea, land and sky. Harlingen has a close bond with the sea and shipping. The ebb and flow of the tide still predominates the old harbours in the town centre. Cargo vessels from Russia, Scandinavia or England, ferries to the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland, fishing boats, traditional sailing ships and modern yachts contribute to the bustle of activity in the harbours. Port cranes, ship building and repair yards are also a characteristic of the skyline of Harlingen. At night, the twinkling red and green lights of the buoys marking the navigation channel to the islands and the North Sea, can be seen from the jetty. Beams of light from the lighthouses on the islands blink on the horizon. Closer by, to the east, bright light emanates from the shipyards, the gas processing plant and fishing boats unloading their catch at the fish auction. Work goes on day and night. If you turn your back to the sea, the warm lights of the town can be seen reflected in the water of the old harbour. The historic centre has numerous monuments such as merchants houses, warehouses, the town hall, churches, canals and bridges. The old pattern of streets and alleyways determines the character of the intimate town centre. Gradually Harlingen expanded. The harbours became larger, more industry settled here and modern residential areas arose to the south of the railway line leading to the provincial capital, Leeuwarden. East of the town, wedged between the Leeuwarden-Amsterdam motorway and Van Harinxmakanaal, lies the new Oostpoort industrial site. The port and industrial activities are also expanding in a northerly direction. Harlingen is therefore not only a typical, historic Dutch town, but also a dynamic and modern port. A town surrounded by sea, land and sky, a good place to live, work and spend one's leisure time.

Day 3Harlingen/Netherlands

Overview

Harlingen is a dynamic, historic seaport and two rural villages in a setting of sea, sky and green landscape. Billowing clouds sweep the inland. The sea glitters under shafts of sunlight and seagulls are hanging in the wind over the expansive dyke which protects the green land behind it. Between land and sea: Harlingen. From whatever side you approach the town, the striking silhouette of its two spires can always be seen from afar. Outlined against a wide expanse of sea, land and sky. Harlingen has a close bond with the sea and shipping. The ebb and flow of the tide still predominates the old harbours in the town centre. Cargo vessels from Russia, Scandinavia or England, ferries to the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland, fishing boats, traditional sailing ships and modern yachts contribute to the bustle of activity in the harbours. Port cranes, ship building and repair yards are also a characteristic of the skyline of Harlingen. At night, the twinkling red and green lights of the buoys marking the navigation channel to the islands and the North Sea, can be seen from the jetty. Beams of light from the lighthouses on the islands blink on the horizon. Closer by, to the east, bright light emanates from the shipyards, the gas processing plant and fishing boats unloading their catch at the fish auction. Work goes on day and night. If you turn your back to the sea, the warm lights of the town can be seen reflected in the water of the old harbour. The historic centre has numerous monuments such as merchants houses, warehouses, the town hall, churches, canals and bridges. The old pattern of streets and alleyways determines the character of the intimate town centre. Gradually Harlingen expanded. The harbours became larger, more industry settled here and modern residential areas arose to the south of the railway line leading to the provincial capital, Leeuwarden. East of the town, wedged between the Leeuwarden-Amsterdam motorway and Van Harinxmakanaal, lies the new Oostpoort industrial site. The port and industrial activities are also expanding in a northerly direction. Harlingen is therefore not only a typical, historic Dutch town, but also a dynamic and modern port. A town surrounded by sea, land and sky, a good place to live, work and spend one's leisure time.

Day 4Nijmegen

Overview

Nijmegen sits on the south bank of the river Waal, near the Dutch border with Germany. At a hundred feet (31.6 m) in elevation, it stands well over the delta flatland, which is why Nijmegen has such a long history. The Romans liked it, when they moved in amongst the Batavians. Nijmegen became a city, a major trading centre and military outpost. Well, it wasn't an outpost—it was part of the empire. The "great rivers" passing below to the North ensured that this was the extent of that empire. Today, Nijmegen is one of the few places in Holland where visitors could go too fast downhill on a bicycle.

Day 5Veere

Overview

The small city of Veere (population as of 2001: 1,520) is located on the Veerse Meer. It received city rights in 1355. In the 17th and 18th century, Veere was a prosperous trading city. There were about 750 houses inside the city walls then, compared to about 300 now.

Day 6Rotterdam

Overview

Nowadays Rotterdam is a vital part of the economy of the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in the world with a total throughput of about 300 million metric tons a year provides a solid base for industry in and around the Rotterdam area. Its population is about 575000, which makes it one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, but the number of people that work in the Rotterdam area or are otherwise economically dependent of it exceeds that number by far. The density of population is among the highest in the Netherlands, exceeding 4000 per square kilometre. Shipping, storage and forwarding are of course among the most important activities in the region, but the port of Rotterdam has also created a large chemical industry, which is fully dependent upon the transport facilities for the inflow of crude oil and the shipping of the various refined end products. Large petrochemical plants have sprung up, especially on the south bank of the Maas. These plants are in operation 24 hours a day. The development of Europoort ('Euro gate') started in 1957. A large complex of ports and industrial areas was created between Rotterdam and the entry to the North Sea. When more space was needed, the Maasvlakte ('Maas Flats') was created. By means of dikes, dams and sand deposits the coast line was altered to include many square kilometres of newly created land, where the Petroleum Harbours, container terminals, ore terminals and the Maasvlakte power plant are located. An interesting feature is the 'disaster area', a training complex where fire brigades train to cope with large-scale industrial accidents. The complex includes a grounded tanker that is set on fire several times a day. The name Europoort suggests that Rotterdam wanted to become the gateway to Europe. By 1963 this suggestion had become outdated, because in that year Rotterdam could claim to be the largest port in the world, a record that it still holds. In fact, the Berge Stahl, a 365000 ton ore carrier, is fully dependent on the port of Rotterdam, since this is the only port on the European continent that this ship (with its 23m/75ft draught) can access. After the flood in 1953 a large project was initiated to prevent such floodings in the future. This project, the 'Delta plan', involved stronger and higher dikes and numerous flood barriers. The latest of those flood barriers to be completed was the storm surge barrier in the Nieuwe Waterweg near Hoek van Holland. Two enormous doors mounted on swing arms can be used to close off the Nieuwe Waterweg, should storm and high water require so in order to protect the country from flooding. Normally the doors are open, so as not to impede the flow of ships through the Nieuwe Waterweg. Building and development have become a way of life for Rotterdam. The city has continued to grow, and it shows no signs of slowing down. And although this constant increase of population, urbanization and development all breed their own problems, Rotterdam is ready for the next millennium. As the economic heart of the Netherlands, with a population heading towards 600000, it had better be ready.

Day 7Amsterdam

Overview

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Day 8Amsterdam

Overview

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Onboard the River Empress

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Ship Rating

3.5/5

River Empress features all river-view staterooms; a cozy library that provides the perfect haven for inviting conversation, game playing or simply a place for deep contemplation; a fitness centre where you can unwind from a day of sightseeing; and a lounge with a full-service bar where you can gather with friends for cocktails while the evening's entertainment provides a soothing backdrop.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Bars/Lounges

  • Card Room
  • Movies
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Concierge Desk
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Self-Service Laundromat

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Full-Service Spa

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Main Dining Room

Main Dining

Main Dining Room (open seating): This seating option allows you to choose when and with whom you dine. Menus are a blend of classic cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance, and are created using only the finest and freshest ingredients often brought onboard from local ports of call. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of passing riverbank towns and villages.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Classic Stateroom with Small Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Deluxe Stateroom with Window (Category: DE)

Category: DE

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: FB)

Category: FB

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers

Suite with French Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S

  • Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq.ft – 20 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers
  • Additional special amenities and services

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Rhine Deck
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Ship Facts

River Empress ship image
  • Ship Name: River Empress
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Year Refurbished: 2010
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2001
  • Maximum Capacity: 134
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 3
  • Number of Crew: 36
  • Officers' Nationality: European
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 45
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 18
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 134
  • Country of Registry: Switzerland
  • Total Staterooms: 67
  • Suites with Balcony: 4
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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Available Dates & Prices

Terms & Conditions

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy and is valid for select stateroom categories only. Click on the Terms & Conditions link below for details.

**Unlimited beverages include premium wine and premium spirits. Diamond List of wine and spirits is available at an additional cost.

♦Executive Members receive a US $ 50 shipboard credit per person, maximum US $ 100 per stateroom. Executive Member benefit is valid for the primary cardholder only. Shipboard credit is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Shipboard credit will be applied to your onboard account. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash.

†The exact amount of the Costco Shop Card will be calculated during the booking process. Click on the Terms & Conditions link below for additional information.

Ship's registry: The Netherlands

    Package ID: UNIEMPEUR20220716