There was a large bonjour before the grand ‘Bon Voyage’ when Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, designed specifically to give cruisers a full French experience in France, made its debut.

S.S. Bon Voyage cruised into France this week after an extensive eight-month transformation, during which the vessel was converted from River Royale into a Uniworld Super Ship.

Part of the ship’s new form includes new dining venues – Parisian La Brasserie, La Cave des Vins and Le Grand Fromage – that capture the essence of French dining through traditional dishes, expertly selected wine pairings and locally-sourced ingredients.


The Soleil Deck is described as the “most striking” in terms of redesigned features, with a fresh blue and white palate, carefully selected furniture and the newly installed infinity pool, which just happens to be the only one on the rivers.


Commons areas and guest rooms have been redesigned with marble bathrooms and other unique features, while polished wood with subtle brass detail compliments hand-crafted balustrade in the lobby.


“Like the finest couture”, is how Uniworld Chief Executive and President Ellen Bettridge described the ship’s upgrade. She expects guests to appreciate the “expensive” changes that reflect the “amazing destination” in which she’ll cruise.


“It is certainly more expensive to build [ships] exclusively for a particular destination, but we know our guests value authentic experience above all else.”

Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld Chief Executive and President

S.S. Bon Voyage offers three itineraries along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers, including the eight-day Brilliant Bordeaux, 15-day A Portrait of France, and 22-day Ultimate France.


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