S.S. Bon Voyage
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S.S. Bon Voyage: Adventures in Bordeaux
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.
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
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.
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
- 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
“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.”