17 Aug 2014
Basel, Switzerland 2014
We are in Basel to start our first ever river cruise for a week on the Rhine River. It terminates in Amsterdam where the river flows into the North Sea.
This spot marks the convergence of Switzerland, France and Germany. For a couple days France will be on the west side of the river and Germany the east.
We are on Uniworld’s beautiful S.S. Antoinette, a ship obviously designed with Versailles in mind.
The elegance stage is set upon entry seeing the 10-foot Baccarat blue sapphire chandelier originally from New York’s Tavern on the Green.
Meetings, entertainment, cocktailing, tea and other activities center on The Salon du Grand Trianon, which was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
The Restaurant de Versailles was taken from the ornamental gardens there.
Cabins are small but quite plush with extras such as heated floor, L’Occitane products, and monogrammed towels, robes and slippers. Suites have different soft decors.