Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre, has set sail on its maiden voyage along the historic Seine River.
Inaugural events included a christening ceremony in Paris led by the ship’s Godmother, Dame Joan Collins. Following the event, the Joie de Vivre embarked on its journey through Northern France along Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itinerary.
“We are delighted to welcome the S.S. Joie de Vivre to our impeccable fleet of floating boutique luxury hotels, as the first of Uniworld’s Super Ships to sail the renowned Seine River,” said Uniworld president Ellen Bettridge. “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 Joie de Vivre can conveniently dock in the heart of Paris. The ship has two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms for a maximum capacity of 128 guests. Sailings on the Joie de Vivre in 2017 run from April 2 to Dec. 27.
Pictured, Collins, Bea Tollman and Bettridge. (photo by Steve Dunlop)