Dame Joan Collins is to christen Uniworld’s Joie de Vivre, the company has announced.
The 128-passenger vessel, which will sail France’s Seine River, will be launched on March 27, 2017.
“We are delighted to welcome Dame Joan Collins to the Uniworld family as Godmother of the S.S. Joie de Vivre,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “She epitomizes the ‘joy of living’ philosophy that is reflected in every bold detail and gentle touch of our newest Super Ship.”
The company said that due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris it had faced questions on whether to continue with the new ship. Its decision to launch the Joie de Vivre was a commitment to France after bringing travellers to Paris for more than 70 years.
“I hold France and its ‘City of Light’ close to my heart, and now, thanks to Uniworld, my ties to the beautiful country are even closer,” said Dame Joan. “I am honored to be the Godmother of the S.S. Joie de Vivre and welcome guests from all over the world to fall in love with Paris just as I have.”
Dame Joan is an award-winning actress who played “Alexis Carrington” on Dynasty; her novels and memoirs have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
The Joie de Vivre will sail Uniworld’s Paris and Normandy itinerary and will feature two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites and 54 staterooms.