In early 2017, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will introduce their new masterpiece, the one-of-a-kind Super Ship, S.S. Joie de Vivre, sailing along France’s historic Seine River. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection —the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™, features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt – for a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide.
“We are extremely proud to launch the S.S. Joie de Vivre in Northern France in March 2017,” said Guy Young, President, Uniworld. “Uniworld was one of the very first river cruise companies to sail the rivers of France, and our parent company, The Travel Corporation, has been bringing travellers from all over the world to this amazing country for over 70 years as this has been one of our most popular destinations, so our commitment to France is unwavering.“
Aptly named S.S. Joie de Vivre, Uniworld’s new ship will reflect the French “joy of living” philosophy and their profound appreciation for food, wine, art and music. Everything from the ship’s décor and design to farm-to-table cuisine and superb local wines will be on full display for guests to enjoy. The design team from Uniworld’s sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, will once again bring their creative talents to the S.S. Joie de Vivre, designing another ship as majestic as the destination itself. French-inspired handcrafted furniture with rich fabrics, antiques, art, gilded and wrought-iron accents will blend in perfect harmony with modern-day conveniences.
The S.S. Joie de Vivre‘s Salon de Beaux-Arts Lounge will feature a collection of fine art and antiques curated from auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie‘s, as well as private collections. The Le Club l’Esprit comes complete with a cinema and a surrounding pool with a hydraulic floor, which can turn into a dance floor or outdoor cinema at night. Dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins, a vinoteque for private dining and wine-pairing dinners.
The Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms for a capacity of no more than 128 guests. Each suite will be designed with its own signature style and feature enhanced amenities and services, including butlers trained to the same exacting standard as Buckingham Palace. All suites and staterooms have custom-made-to-order Savoir of England beds with unique headboards of various designs and marble bathrooms in various colour-schemes.
“This will be the most beautiful ship sailing the Seine and will provide every possible comfort for our guests,” says Young.
The S.S. Joie de Vivre will sail Uniworld’s popular “Paris & Normandy” itinerary, and when in Paris, will dock in the heart of the city. “We made the decision to build a 125 metre ship instead of 135 metres, so she can dock conveniently in the heart of Paris,” further adds Young.
Couples can save from $900 to $4,600 by paying in full before May 15, 2016 on Uniworld’s value-packed all-inclusive cruises to Europe. Cruises include scheduled airport transfers; all gratuities onboard and onshore; port charges; all meals with unlimited beverages including, incredible local wines, craft beers, premium spirits, such as Grey Goose and Glenfiddich; daily guided shore excursions with options to personalize; in-suite butler service; concierge services; 24-hour room service; and Wi-Fi.
Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:
- Listed among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for “World’s Best Service” in the River Cruise category
- Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure‘s “Top 20 River Ships,” with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)
- Included on Condé Nast Traveler‘s Gold List for seven years (2008 – 2014)
- Top 3 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler‘s “Top Ten Cruise Lines” (river & ocean)
- Top 4 ranking on Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards for “Top Cruise Lines” (2014)
- Named “Best Luxury River Cruise Line” by Cruise International (2012 – 2015)
- Named “Best New River Cruise Ship” for the S.S. Maria Theresa by Cruise International (2015)
- Named “Best Culinary Cruise Line” by readers of SAVEUR (2014 – 2015)
- Named “River Cruise Line of the Year” and “Best River Cruise Line” by readers of Food & Travel (2015)
- Awarded “Best Overall River Line,” “Best New River Ship” for the S.S. Maria Theresa and “Best Shore Excursions” (river) by the editors at Cruise Critic (2015)
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