Dame Joan Collins to Serve as Godmother for New Uniworld River Cruise Ship
The company chose Collins because she has a love for France; Joie de Vivre has been designed to sail on the Seine River and will be based in Paris, where it will dock in the heart of the city. It will carry 128 passengers and will reflect all things French, including the country's food, wine, art, music and design.
In its release, Uniworld noted the fate of Joie de Vivre seemed uncertain after terrorist attacks hit Paris November 2015. But "after more than 70 years of bringing travelers to Paris, the company decided it was more important than ever to show its continued support for both the city where their guests have always enjoyed great experiences, and also to the Parisian people."
"We are delighted to welcome Dame Joan Collins to the Uniworld family as Godmother of the S.S. Joie de Vivre," said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. She epitomizes the 'joy of living' philosophy that is reflected in every bold detail and gentle touch of our newest Super Ship."
Joie de Vivre's christening will be held March 27.
"I hold France and its 'City of Light' close to my heart, and now, thanks to Uniworld, my ties to the beautiful country are even closer," Collins said in the statement. "I am honored to be the Godmother of the S.S.Joie de Vivre and welcome guests from all over the world to fall in love with Paris just as I have."
--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor
Uniworld’s newest Super Ship—S.S. Joie de Vivre—is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience. The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and art and antiques curated from renowned auction houses and private collections. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore. Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.