Riverboats are on a roll. The vessels are getting more elegant than ever and just to prove it Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has created a masterpiece of nautical design with its one-of-a-kind Super Ship, S.S. Joie de Vivre which is now sailing along France’s historic Seine River. Unlike barge-like riverboats of old, this one is sleek and sexy-looking. “We are extremely proud to launch the S.S. Joie de Vivre in Northern France in March 2017,” said Uniworld’s President Guy Young. “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 travelers 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.”
Like its name implies the new ship is designed to embrace the French “joy of living” philosophy and the country’s passion for food, wine, art and music in its public areas:The 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.
Food will be served with a flair at Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins, a vinoteque for private dining and wine-pairing dinners.
For high rollers aka: millennials, the ship will boast two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, in addition to its 54 staterooms for a capacity of no more than 128 guests. Suites are lavishly designed with 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 color-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 meter ship instead of 135 meters, so she can dock conveniently in the heart of Paris,” furthers Young.
Here’s the good news for couples, if you book and pay in full by Mary 15, 2016 you can save up to $1,600—a fare that comes with WiFi, tips, beverages, wines, spirits, shore excursions and more. Riverboats have sure come a long way, baby. For more details on this one click here or Uniworld’s social media community at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises using the hashtag #ExploreUniworld.