Uniworld S.S Joie de Vivre © Steve Dunlop

Uniworld S.S Joie de Vivre © Steve DunlopDame Joan Collins has christened Uniworld’s new ship S.S. Joie de Vivre at a glittering ceremony in Paris before it sail on its maiden voyage along the Seine River.

“We are delighted to welcome the S.S. Joie de Vivre to our impeccable fleet of floating boutique luxury hotels, as the first of Uniworld’s Super Ships to sail the renowned Seine River,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld.

“Our company has brought travellers to France for more than 70 years and we are thrilled to introduce a new, enticing way to experience the country. Godmother Dame Joan Collins epitomises the same ‘joy of living’ philosophy embodied by the S.S. Joie de Vivre, and we are honoured to we are honoured to have had her christen the ship before its inaugural journey.”

The inaugural events included a christening ceremony in Paris led by the ship’s Godmother, Dame Joan Collins. Following the event, S.S. Joie de Vivre embarked on its journey through Northern France along Uniworld’s Paris & Normandy itinerary, with unique programming in celebration of the highly anticipated launch.

With a length of 125 metres, rather than the typical 135 metres, S.S. Joie de Vivre can conveniently dock in the heart of Paris in the shadow of its most beloved landmark, the Eiffel Tower. The ship has two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms for a maximum capacity of 128 guests. Sailings on S.S. Joie de Vivre in 2017 run from 2 April to 27 December.

S.S. Joie De Vivre joins the Uniworld fleet which feature all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, India, Egypt, Vietnam and Cambodia – a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide.

For more details or to book, visit uniworld.com.