As the pioneer in luxury river cruising with over four decades of experience, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection sets the standard for excellence in hospitality, culinary, and nautical practices, ensuring our guests an unsurpassed experience.
In Europe, our all-inclusive boutique river cruises deliver the perfect combination of luxury and convenience. These exceptional cruises include airport transfers; all gratuities for everyone onboard and onshore; all meals and unlimited beverages; hosted excursions with personalization options; port charges; Wi-Fi; and more—allowing you to simply relax as Uniworld takes care of the rest.
Each one-of-a-kind ship in Uniworld’s European fleet is purposely designed and artfully decorated to be as unique and inspiring as the destinations visited—and the new S.S. Joie de Vivre is no exception. Debuting in spring 2017 on France’s Seine River to serve five expertly-planned itineraries, the S.S. Joie de Vivre will reflect the French “joy of living” philosophy. This magnificent new vessel will feature French-inspired handcrafted furniture with rich fabrics, as well as antiques, original artwork and wrought-iron accents that blend perfectly with modern-day conveniences. Public areas include a vinoteque for private dining and wine-pairing dinners, as well as the signature Leopard Bar—complete with a cinema, surrounding pool and hydraulic floor that can turn the bar into a dance floor or outdoor cinema at night.
Plus, our onboard staff is one of most dedicated, professionally trained, tenured staff on the rivers of Europe, and we proudly offer one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of all river cruise lines. Whether cruising onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre or any other Uniworld vessel, you can be assured you will receive unmatched personal attention onboard your floating boutique hotel.
The S.S. Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Suites and 54 staterooms for a capacity of 128 guests. Each suite will be designed with its own signature style and will feature enhanced amenities and services, including weekly laundry service and in-suite butler service from butlers trained to the same exacting standard required at Buckingham Palace.
All suites and staterooms have custom-made-to-order Savoir® of England beds with unique headboards, inviting bed linens and duvets of the highest quality and choice of pillow options. Each suite and stateroom also includes an Italian marble bathroom with plush towels, comfy robes, slippers and soothing amenities from Hermès and L’Occitane en Provence.
With Uniworld’s farm-to-table philosophy, guests onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre will be treated to world-class dining. Onboard meals are prepared with only the freshest local ingredients, and are paired with incredible complimentary wines, sparkling wines and champagne chosen by acclaimed sommeliers. We also provide unlimited craft beers and premium spirits, such as Grey Goose, Crown Royal, and Glenfiddich.
A variety of dining venues and experiences are available onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre, including 24-hour room service; early-riser breakfast; light-lunch dining; afternoon tea in the Salon Toulouse; al fresco dining in the Deck de Montmartre, weather permitting; and Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners in Le Restaurant Pigalle.
While onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre, you can start your day with morning yoga, unwind with a spa treatment at the Serenity River Spa™, visit the fully equipped fitness center or enjoy the refreshing heated pool. Or, you can simply stay in your suite or stateroom and enjoy a movie on their infotainment center. In the evening, onboard entertainment is presented in the Salon Toulouse by local artists.
The S.S. Joie de Vivre will serve Uniworld’s popular “Paris & Normandy” itinerary in 2017, including three departures of the award-winning Generations family program. Our Generations family river cruises are the best way to introduce young people to Europe’s most spectacular cities, with onboard and onshore experiences specially designed for each destination.
While cruising onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre, families will be serviced by two dedicated Family Hosts for Junior Cruisers (ages 4-11 years) and Young Cruisers (ages 12-18 years), who will supervise and coordinate engaging onboard activities. A special onboard dining menu with unlimited soft drinks is available, as are special cooking classes, a dedicated Game Room, language lessons and more.
Uniworld provides you with everything you need to indulge you mind and body while cruising onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre. The Serenity River Spa™ offers a variety of soothing massage and body treatments, while the onboard fitness instructor—who has years of training in massage therapy and personal coaching—leads yoga sessions and other exercise classes, including TRX® Suspension Training.
You can also personalize your journey with our onboard Concierge Services, should you wish to explore something more than the standard itinerary offers.