If being trapped on a boat with young families and old-timers makes you want to toss yourself overboard, Uniworld’s new European-based cruise line, U, just might be for you. Exclusively for travelers between the ages of 21 and 45, the cruise embarks from Paris and Amsterdam, as well as Frankfurt and Regensburg, Germany (home of the oldest bratwurst restaurant in the country). Plus, sailing along the calm waters of the Seine, Danube and Rhine rivers means no seasickness!
On-board activities include a “drink wine while you paint” class, mixology lessons with professional bartenders, multi-course cooking classes, a silent disco run by a resident DJ and daily yoga conducted by the ship’s wellness coach. Yes, wellness coach. At mealtimes, you can choose from vegan, vegetarian and healthy options (think homemade granola, freshly pressed juices, seafood) or fancy “vacation food” like a build-your-own pizza bar. Best of all, depending on where you dock along the way, you’ll enjoy local specialties like German sausage, French escargots and roasted Hungarian red pepper soup, all paired with local wines.
Now we’re not trying to knock all the fantastic Guy Fieri-curated options on Carnival Cruises to Mexico, but the geschmorte sulmtaler ochsenroulade mit gselchst und senfgurkerl served on the German U ships will probably win every time, no matter what it actually is.