Uniworld has announced plans to launch a one-of-a-kind ‘super ship’ in the form of the Joie de Vivre.
The vessel, which will feature two royal suites, eight junior suites, and 54 staterooms for a capacity of no more than 128 guests, will sail on the Seine river in 2017.
Guy Young, president of Uniworld, said: “We are extremely proud to launch the SS Joie de Vivre in Northern France in March 2017.
“Uniworld was one of the very first river cruise companies to sail the rivers of France, and our parent company, The Travel Corporation, has been bringing travellers from all over the world to this amazing country for over 70 years as this has been one of our most popular destinations, so our commitment to France is unwavering.
“This will be the most beautiful ship sailing the Seine and will provide every possible comfort for our guests.”
The design team from Uniworld’s sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, will design the ship. The line said it will feature “French-inspired handcrafted furniture with rich fabrics, antiques, art, gilded and wrought-iron accents will blend in perfect harmony with modern-day conveniences.”
It added that the ship’s Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge will feature a collection of fine art and antiques curated from auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christies, as well as private collections.
The Le Club l’Esprit will come 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 will include Le Restaurant Pigalle and La Cave de Vins, a vinoteque for private dining and wine-pairing dinners.
The Joie de Vivre will sail Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itinerary, and when in Paris, will dock in the heart of the city.