River Cruise New Uniworld river ship to highlight French culture By Michelle Baran / February 16, 2016 Share 1 The Joie de Vivre will sail the Seine River, starting in 2017. -- Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will launch one of its Super Ship class of vessels, the 128-passenger Joie de Vivre, on France’s Seine River in 2017. The ship will sail the “Paris & Normandy” itinerary, and was built to a length of 410 feet instead of the standard 443 feet so that it can dock in the heart of Paris, according to Uniworld.The sailings will highlight French food, wine, art and music.The Joie de Vivre, to be christened in March 2017, will feature a Salon de Beaux-Arts lounge that will house a collection of fine art and antiques acquired from auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s as well as from private collections. A public space called Le Club l’Esprit will include a pool area with a hydraulic floor that can turn into a dance floor or outdoor cinema at night. There will be two dining venues — the main restaurant (Le Restaurant Pigalle), and La Cave de Vins (a private-dining wine room). The Joie de Vivre will have two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites and 54 staterooms. Each suite will be designed in a unique style. All suites and staterooms will have Savoir of England beds and marble bathrooms in various color schemes. The ship will offer butler service.As with all Uniworld vessels, sister company Red Carnation Hotels will oversee the design of the vessel.Cruises include scheduled airport transfers; all gratuities onboard and onshore; port charges; all meals; unlimited beverages including, local wines, craft beers and premium spirits such as Grey Goose and Glenfiddich; daily guided shore excursions; in-suite butler service; concierge services; 24-hour room service; and WiFi.