Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announces plans to unveil their newest Super Ship this spring – S.S. Bon Voyage. The River Royale will be going out of service on October 28 and will undergo a 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.
Food and beverage are at the forefront of the ship’s reimagination with the introduction of two new onboard dining venues. The space formerly 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 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 – 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 Claret’s, the ship’s private dining and wine tasting room adjacent to the main restaurant, will be updated for special events such as Captain’s Table dining or VIP wine tasting.
Bon Voyage will add four new luxury suites, and will increase its 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, lounge, and banquette seating all along the edges.
“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. “It is what the Uniworld Super Ship experience is all about.”