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TORONTO — Today marks the debut of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s sixth Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage, which has reemerged following an eight-month renovation.
Setting sail on its maiden voyage today, the transformed ship features four spacious new suites, four dining and beverage venues, and the Soleil Deck featuring panoramic views. Other enhancements include new offshore excursions as well as ‘Wellness on the Water’, integrated programming that focuses on healthy lifestyles while travelling.
“Like the finest couture, the S.S. Bon Voyage was built with a single purpose, to share the marvels of this amazing destination with our guests and there isn’t another like it in the world,” said Ellen Bettrige, Uniworld CEO and President. “It is certainly more expensive to build [ships] exclusively for a particular destination, but we know our guests value authentic experience above all else.”
The new dining venues include ‘Parisian La Brasserie, which serves traditional bistro fare; ‘Le Grand Fromage’, offering menus reflective of local cuisines; and ‘La Cave des Vins’, an intimate space where expert food and wine are paired for dinners upon request.
On the new Soleil Deck, guests will find a newly installed infinity pool – the first of its kind on these rivers – as well as poolside service at the ‘Le Café du Soleil’.
In addition to common areas, every guestroom and suite has been refreshed with a redesign and marble bathrooms.
New immersive excursions include a walking tour and wine tasting in Saint-Emilion, shopping at a local farmer’s market in Libourne, an artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve, and a bike ride tour through the Médoc vineyards.
With ‘Wellness on the Water’, guests can sign up for yoga at a historical site such as the Blaye fortress, a guided trek or Nordic walk with a naturalist from the Garonne river banks, or a sunrise meditation session on Europe’s highest sand dune, La Teste-de-Buch.
The S.S. Bon Voyage offers three itineraries along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers: the eight-day ‘Brilliant Bordeaux’, the 15-day ‘A Portrait of France’, and the 22-day ‘Ultimate France’.