Uniworld announce their newest Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced plans to unveil their newest Super Ship in spring 2019, the S.S. Bon Voyage.
- The River Royale will be going out of service on 28 October 2018 and will undergo an extensive transformation to become S.S. Bon Voyage, resuming service on the Dordogne and Garonne rivers
- She will be Uniworld’s sixth Super Ship, launching on 14 April 2019
- The S.S. 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 as a Super Ship this past April
- The S.S Bon Voyage will be inspired by the renowned wine and gastronomic expertise of the Bordeaux region; from the beautiful design on the ship’s bow to the enhanced culinary opportunities onboard
Food and Dining on S.S Bon Voyage
Food and beverage is at the forefront of the ship’s re-imagination. Two new onboard dining venues will be introduced: the space formally known as the Blue Fox Café will be converted into a casual dining venue that opens up onto the new pool serving lighter fare with a local spin, well suited for daytime poolside dining.
In the evening, this space will become an alternative 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 sharing plates at dinner, reflective of the local cuisine onshore - from beef bourguignon to rich pâtés and escargot.
Claret's, as seen here on the River Royale
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, which will be preserved for special events such as Captain’s Table dining or VIP wine tasting.
Guests will also enjoy new dining excursions offshore, where they can dine out at local restaurants and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Bordeaux region.
Suites on S.S Bon Voyage
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 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; with this river we have one of the best inspirations in the world. Special attention has been paid to everything from the original art on the walls to the beautiful local wines poured. We’re 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.”
S.S. Bon Voyage itineraries
The S.S. Bon Voyage will sail Uniworld’s eight day Brilliant Bordeaux, 15 day A Portrait of Majestic France and 22 day Ultimate France itineraries. Prices start from £2,499 per person, twin share, for the eight day Brilliant Bordeaux. The price includes luxury onboard accommodation in a riverview stateroom, all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, onshore excursions and all transfers on arrival and departure days. Departures begin 14 April 2019.
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