DAME JOAN COLLINS The latest Godmother

Posted on 04/03/2017

Uniworld newest ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, set sail this week on its maiden voyage along the historic Seine River. The event included a christening ceremony in Paris led by the ship’s Godmother, Dame Joan Collins, after which the S.S. Joie de Vivre embarked on its journey through Northern France along Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itinerary.

Ellen Bettridge, president & CEO of Uniworld said, “Our company has brought travellers to France for more than 70 years and we are thrilled to introduce a new, enticing way to experience the country. Godmother Dame Joan epitomizes the same ‘joy of living’ philosophy embodied by the S.S. Joie de Vivre, and we are honoured to have had her christen the ship before its inaugural journey.”

With a length of 125 metres, rather than the typical 135 metres, the S.S. Joie de Vivre can conveniently dock in the heart of Paris in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The ship has two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms for a maximum capacity of 128 guests. Sailings on the S.S. Joie de Vivre in 2017 run from April 2 to December 27.

Uniworld’s sister brand, Red Carnation Hotels, has decorated the S.S. Joie de Vivre with colourful design elements inspired by 20th-century Parisian influence from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties.

Farm-to-table cuisine and superb local wines are at the dining venues and guests can select fresh ingredients and prepare a seven-course meal with the ship’s onboard chefs, with French wine pairings from the sommelier.

The S.S. Joie De Vivre joins the Uniworld fleet, which feature all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, India, Egypt, Vietnam and Cambodia – a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide.