Uniworld has announced plans for a new Super Ship, the Joie de Vivre, to sail along France's Seine River, starting in March 2017.
The design team from Uniworld's sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, will center the new vessel around the theme of the French "joy of living" philosophy with a special emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine and local wines. The ship will also have French inspired handcrafted furniture with rich fabrics, antiques, art, gilded and wrought-iron accents.
The ship's Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge will have a collection of fine art and antiques curated from auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie's and 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 has 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 will have enhanced amenities and services, including butlers trained to the same 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.
Couples can save up to $1,600 by paying in full before May 15, 2016. 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.