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  • river-royale-al-fresco.jpg - Dine al fresco during breakfast or lunch on Uniworld's River Royale.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-restaurant - Guests will experience fine cuisine with impeccable service throughout their journey aboard Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage.
  • river-royale-serenity-spa.jpg - Indulge with a heated-rocks treatment in the Serenity Spa during your River Royale exploration of France.
  • river-royale-vinoteque.jpg - Sample fine French wines in the colorful vinoteque board Uniworld's River Royale.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-lounge - The charming lounge aboard Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage, which plies historic villas along the Rhône River in France.
  • France-Bordeaux-Bourg-vineyard.jpg - The Bordeaux region of France is known for it fine wines and beautiful countryside. Visit the Bourg winery to taste their best.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-in-Avignon - Discover the classic French enclave of Avignon on a cruise along the Rhône River aboard Uniworld. This city in the South of France served as the seat of the papacy in the 1300s.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-in-France - S.S. Bon Voyage (formerly River Royale), one of Uniworld's most luxurious cruise ships, sails through a historic villa in the south of France.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-restaurant - Guests will experience fine cuisine with impeccable service throughout their journey aboard Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-exterior - Guests can take in the historic villages of France from the comfort of the top deck on S.S. Bon Voyage (formerly River Royale).
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-in-Lyon-France - Travel on Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage (formerly River Royale) and explore the hidden treasures of Lyon, France, as you cruise along the canal.
  • chateau-Pope-Clement-Bordeaux-France - The Chateau of Pope Clement,  who assumed the papacy in 1342, in Bordeaux, France.
  • Uniworld-River-Royale-lounge - The charming lounge aboard Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage, which plies historic villas along the Rhône River in France.
  • river-royale-in-blaye.jpg - Stop in the charming river town of Blaye, near Bordeaux, during your River Royale adventure in France.
  • river-royale-in-blaye2.jpg - Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage stops in Blaye in the Bordeaux region of France.
  • uniworld-south-france-1.jpg - A tour guide for Uniworld tells the tale of Pont du Gard, the ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in southern France.

S.S. Bon Voyage: Adventures in Bordeaux

Have you sailed on S.S. Bon Voyage? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

One of Europe's most luxurious river ships, Uniworld's S.S. Bon Voyage (formerly called River Royale) is an intimate upscale cruise vessel welcoming 130 guests at a time. Few travel experiences can compare to gliding silently down France's Rhone and Saone rivers, meeting the locals, eating local fare and wine, enjoying local history, art and music while cruising in comfort among the company of like-minded individuals.

Founded more than 30 years ago by a Serbian-born airline executive, Uniworld was the first company to bring European river cruising North American cruise passengers. Mostly in the 50- to 75-year-old range, the common thread among many of S.S. Bon Voyage's passengers is that they are English speaking and keen to see this region in a luxurious, stress-free environment.

Americans and Canadians are well represented, but while Uniworld once focused its marketing only in North America, sister tour operators now market the company's cruises throughout the English-speaking world including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Consequently, the clientele is becoming more diverse.

Where River Royale sails

Home port: Bordeaux & Dordogne, France

Destinations:  River cruising is about the destinations. S.S. Bon Voyage cruises the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers in the Bordeaux region of France. Embark from Bordeaux and visit  Pauillac, Libourne (Bergerac), and Cadillac. The Dordogne region is also visited.

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Dining

The food on board features local specialities and offers plenty of choice. The meals are served with fine wines of the region.The service is impeccable and servers and wait staff always gracious and anticipate your every need.

  • Le Bordelais Restaurant
  • Blues Café
  • Salon Gascogne with Aquitaine Bar
  • Claret Room
  • Blue Fox Café
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar

Activities & entertainment

  • Sun Deck with life-sized chessboard and spa-tub
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Elevator

Staterooms

Lavishly appointed river view staterooms and the suite have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options. The suite and staterooms on the La Gironde Deck have French balconies. Other amenities include generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment center, bottled mineral water, and a safe. Bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, and bathrobes and slippers.

River Royale, one of Uniworld's most luxurious cruise ships, sails through a historic villa in the south of France.
Courtesy of Uniworld River CruisesRiver Royale, one of Uniworld's most luxurious cruise ships, sails through a historic villa in the south of France.

The ship's suite has additional amenities and services, including:

  • one-per-person complimentary in-suite well-being treatment
  • daily fruit and cookie plate
  • elegant evening snack
  • iPod dock
  • Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas
  • fully stocked minibar
  • bottle of wine upon arrival
  • in-suite morning coffee and tea service
  • full breakfast menu
  • free shoe shine and laundry service
  • Hermès bath products 

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Explore Avignon
  • Where: Avignon

  • What: Great View of Local Villages
  • Where: Top Deck

  • What: Lounging with a View
  • Where: Lounge
  • Enjoy the local food and wine of the region, you won't be disappointed
  • An open top deck allows passengers to take in the local scenery as the ship glides down the river
  • Enjoy the pampering of the small details onboard like slippers and bathrobes, in-suite morning coffee and tea service and more

Top dining options on board

Main dining room

  • Style: Sustainable regional cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

132 Passengers [?]
41 Crew
4 Decks
2005 Maiden voyage
361 Length in feet
38 Width in feet (max beam)
2013 REFURBISHED

Overheard

 “This modern, nicely appointed river ship could be a good choice for a well-rounded cruise. Cabins are small but the open-seating aft restaurant is comfortable and the cuisine is reasonably good.”

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