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  • ss-la-venezia-Panini-Bar.jpg - Relax and chat up new acquaintances at the Panini Bar on S.S. La Venezia.
  • Lido di Venezia sun deck (S.S. La Venezia).jpg - Enjoy a grand view of Venice from the sun deck of S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-light-fixture.jpg - A Fortuny decorative chandelier in the lobby of Uniworld’s S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-Cielos.jpg - Get a marvelous view of Venice while dining al fresco at Cielo’s aboard S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-La-Cantinetta.jpg - For private dining in an intimate venue and expertly paired wines, head to La Cantinetta on S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-Ristorante-Rialto2.jpg - Rialto’s is the main dinner venue on Uniworld’s luxury river ship S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-Ristorante-Rialto.jpg - Rialto’s offers classic Venetian fare in a friendly, cozy setting on S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-grand-suite2.jpg - Spread out in a spacious grand suite during your voyage through northern Italy on S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-suite-bedroom.jpg - The bedroom of a luxurious suite aboard Uniworld’s S.S. La Venezia.
  • ss-la-venezia-suite.jpg - Unwind from your explorations of northern Italy in a suite on S.S. La Venezia
  • ss-la-venezia-square.jpg - The 130-passenger S.S. La Venezia from Uniworld evokes the atmosphere of 1930s Venice.
  • ss-la-venezia-horiz.jpg - S.S. La Venezia from Uniworld takes guests through the waterways of northern Italy.

S.S. La Venezia: Luxury river cruising on a floating Venetian palace

Health advisory: Uniworld requires all guests age 12 and up to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to their sailing.


S.S. La Venezia, with an aesthetic that evokes a floating Venetian palace from the 1930s, is the newest Super Ship from luxury river cruise line Uniworld.

The focus of the cruises on La Venezia are northern Italian treasures such as Bologna and Poloselia on the Po River and islands in the Venetian lagoon, with several cruise tours (a combination of land and cruise vacations) available. There are also land journeys to Valpolicella and Milan and you can choose to extend your travels by land to Istanbul, Turkey or the Swiss Alps.

The ship — River Empress before its renovation in 2020 — has been completely reimagined, with influences drawn from luxury textiles brand Fortuny. Murano glass, gilded accents and artistic etched elements pay tribute to popular aesthetics of the early 20th century Venice, aspiring to create an onboard atmosphere that is at once elegant and nostalgic.

Where S.S. La Venezia sails

S.S. La Venezia is currently sailing 8-day round-trip itineraries called “Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy.” In 2022 it will feature a 16-day Cruise & Rail cruise tour from Venice to Istanbul and an 18-day Cruise & Rail cruise tour from Milan to Istanbul.

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Dining on S.S. La Venezia

S.S. La Venezia’s restaurants and bars bring local gastronomy to life with ingredients sourced from local markets. Options on board include:

Rialto’s: The largest dining venue on board, Rialto’s offers classic Venetian fare in a friendly, cozy setting.

La Cantinetta: For private dining in an intimate venue and expertly paired wines, head to La Cantinetta, where guests have the chance to source ingredients with the chef before the meal at the famous Rialto food market.

Hari’s Bar and Lounge: Hari's provides a relaxed dining experience with live music, cocktails and an extensive champagne list. Guests can enjoy the entertainment and choose from a selection of traditional Paninis as they sail through some of the most iconic sights in Venice.

Cielo’s: Casual dining is available at Cielo’s Pizzeria on the Lido di Venezia Deck. You can dine on wood-fired pizzas, hot from the oven, along with fresh accompaniments from the salad bar at the al fresco venue.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

For pricing, itinerary information and to reserve your spot on S.S. La Venezia, contact a Cruiseable travel consultant by email or call 1-877-322-3773.


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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Grand destinations
  • Where: Venice

  • What: Decorative flourishes
  • Where: Throughout ship

  • What: Panini
  • Where: Deck 3

Top dining options on board


  • Style: Classic Venetian fare
  • No additional fee
  • Open: Lunch & dinner


  • Style: Private dining
  • Additional fee
  • Open: Dinner


  • Style: Pizza, salads & more
  • No additional fee
  • Open: Breakfast & lunch

Fast facts

130 Passengers [?]
42 Crew
4 Decks
2020 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
361 Length in feet
36 Width in feet (max beam)
15 speed (mph) [?]

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