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From her neoclassical interiors to an exhibition of historically significant artworks, Uniworld’s S.S. Joie de Vivre is as indisputably Parisian as the Eiffel Tower.
To step aboard is to take a journey through historical France. Fifteen months in the making, the chic Super Ship made her debut in Paris last year, representing a number of firsts for the boutique river cruise line. Despite her relatively small length at just 125 metres, the vessel presents more space for guests than ever before, each room offering the most storage space on the rivers. The multifaceted Club L’Esprit, too, is a first, transforming from a wellness space by day into a supper club and cinema by evening. These innovations are complemented by multiple dining venues and two stunning Grand suites. And, so intimately sized, she is the first of Uniworld’s Super Ships to sail the Seine, able to dock in the heart of Paris.
Her flagship itinerary is an eight-day return voyage from the capital, travelling through the Normandy countryside. Visit Monet’s gardens in Giverny, walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen and pause for a moment of reflection at the D-Day beaches. Tee off atop the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast on an exclusive ‘Let’s Go’ golfing excursion in Étretat, or cycle through the impressive gardens of the Palace of Versailles.
Inspired by France itself, S.S. Joie de Vivre is designed to celebrate the culture, design, food and wine for which the country is renowned. Accents of handcrafted antique bronze appear throughout the vessel’s interiors, inspired by French designers of the early 20th century, while a grand staircase is a reimagining of that in the historic Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Dotted throughout the ship are original linen posters dating from the 1860s, alongside the Paris dans sa splendour picture series depicting the history of life along the Seine in Le Salon Toulouse.
Accommodating just 128 passengers with an impressive staff-to-guest ratio, there is no denying that S.S. Joie de Vivre delivers on all the promises of her name in unmistakable Parisian glamour.
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