Uniworld to say cheers to newly transformed S.S. Bon Voyage
River Royale to receive new name, enhanced gastronomic experience and stem to stern reimagination for sailings on France’s Dordogne and Garonne Rivers
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line, announces plans to unveil their newest Super Ship during Europe’s spring season – S.S. Bon Voyage.
The River Royale will undergo an extensive transformation to become S.S. Bon Voyage, resuming service on the Dordogne and Garonne rivers as Uniworld’s sixth Super Ship on April 14, 2019. Bon Voyage is the second ship in the line to be upgraded to a Super Ship, following the S.S. Beatrice, which joined the award-winning fleet of floating boutique hotels as a Super Ship in April.
Inspired by the renowned wine and gastronomic expertise of the region, the Bon Voyage will represent the bountiful destination – from the beautiful design on the ship’s bow to the enhanced culinary opportunities onboard. Food and beverage, “a consistently high priority for the line,” says Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of Uniworld, is at the forefront of the ship’s reimagination with the introduction of two new onboard dining venues: the space formally known as the Blue Fox Café will be converted into a casual dining venue that opens up onto the new pool and serves lighter fare with a local spin, such as ham and cheese baguettes, Niçoise salads and pizzas directly from its pizza oven – well suited for daytime poolside dining. In the evening, this space will become an alternate bar location and will also be used for immersive culinary experiences, including intimate French cooking classes with the chef.
A bistro inspired by Bouillon Pigalle in Paris will be added at the bow of the ship, offering guests shared plates at dinner, reflective of the local cuisine onshore – from Beef Bourguignon to rich pâtés and escargot. Other enhancements include a new buffet in the ship’s main dining room with chef demonstration area, and an enhanced Claret’s, the ship’s stunning private dining and wine tasting room adjacent to the main restaurant, will be preserved for special events such as Captain’s Table dining or VIP wine tasting. Weaved throughout the itinerary, guests will also enjoy new dining excursions onshore, where guests can dine out at local restaurants and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Bordeaux region.
One of Uniworld’s most intimate ships, S.S. Bon Voyage will add four new luxury suites, and will increase its already high staff to guest ratio when the ship goes from 128 passengers to 124 and adds more staff. Other improvements include an upgrade to all bathrooms from tile to marble; reconfiguration of the gym and spa facilities; and a reimagined top deck with a new outdoor swimming pool, relaxed outdoor lounge and banquette seating all along the edges with lighting designed to enhance the space in the evening.
“Luxury is never static, but an evolving concept that considers not only the aesthetic, but also the way service is delivered. For example, there was a time not so long ago, when one would never dream of bringing the chef front of house to cook with guests, but today, immersion is part of the luxury experience,” says Bettridge. “Our guests want to know where their food is sourced, about the local producers and to understand how a dish is prepared and with this river, we have one of the best inspirations in the world. Interest in everything from the original art on the walls to the beautiful local wines poured, means going beyond satisfying traditional service expectations, to deliver a standard of service that brings the guest closer to the destination at nearly every touchpoint. It is what the Uniworld Super Ship experience is all about.”
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About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line – features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt—a total of 23 rivers in 24 countries worldwide. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and highly regarded by discerning travellers, media, and cruise industry experts. Awards include Australia’s Best River Cruise Line in 2017 by Cruise Critic (world’s leading cruise reviews site), Best River Cruise Line in Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s 2017 Luxury Cruise Awards, #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 readers’ survey.