(12:30 p.m. EST) — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will put a new «super ship,» Joie de Vivre, on the Seine River in 2017.
Scheduled to debut March 2017, Joie de Vivre will carry 128 passengers and sail an itinerary that begins in Paris and encompasses trips to Monet’s garden in Giverny, Normandy beaches and Honfleur. The ship will be 125 meters (about 410 feet long) so it can dock directly in Paris, instead of outside the city.
The ship’s decor, designed by sister company Red Carnation Hotels, will reflect a French aesthetic, with art and antiques sourced from Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
The ship will have 54 standard cabins, eight Junior Suites and two Royal Suites. Restaurants will include Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins, a «vinoteque» for wine-pairing dinners. Le Club L’Esprit will have a movie theater and a hydraulic pool, which will be turned into a dance floor or outdoor movie theater at night.
Uniworld is a luxury river cruise line; fares include airport transfers, gratuities on and off shore, port charges, unlimited wine, beer and spirits, shore excursions, butler service for suites, 24-hour room service and Wi-Fi.
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