Review of SS Bon Voyage deck 4 (Sun-Pool)
Navigation Bridge (called “Wheelhouse” on riverboats) is passenger accessible and telescopic (can be lowered for passing under low bridges). By the Wheelhouse is the bike station - storage for bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for passengers. The equipment is offered complimentary on all Uniworld tours and excursions ashore (including on individually organized tours). All bicycles have locks, helmets are provided on request.
Sun Deck is a spacious outdoor relaxation and sunbathing area with shaded seating (two retractable awnings), chaise lounges with cushions, padded sunloungers, tables with chairs. The Sundeck is the ship’s only smoking-allowed area, and the best vantage point to enjoy the unobstructed countryside views along the cruise itinerary route. Weather permitting, in the mornings here are held complimentary exercise classes (including Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics).
The fore-located Le Cafe du Soleil is an outdoor dining venue that serves a salad bar with fresh greens, hand-picked tomatoes, salad topping, and the French flatbread Tarte flambee (made to order). Soup and grilled meats are offered at lunchtime. At night, Le Cafe du Soleil transforms into La Belle Etoile - an outdoor bar lounge/nightclub with a cocktail menu. Poolside service features casual French cuisine and cooking demos.
The aft-located Blue Fox Cafe (added during River Royale's refurbishment in 2014) is a multipurpose lounge, designed as a conservatory. It is glass-enclosed (with retractable roof and glass walls), with live plants for decoration and 14 tables (capacity 2-2-6 seats) Depending on the weather, the whole structure can be opened or closed. The Blue Fox Cafe doubles as an alternative dining venue with waiter service and a light lunch menu (pizzas, pasta, burgers, seafood, salads, soups, sandwiches). After dinner, here are served drinks from the Aquitaine Bar.
Twice per cruise, at the Blue Fox Cafe is offered a themed dinner menu with classic French cuisine dishes (complimentary). Here are also hosted daily Yoga sessions (starting at 7 am). The al-fresco Cafe also has an outdoor seating area (around the glass structure) furnished with 4-seat ironwork tables.
Midship is the deck games area with a Giant Chess Set. Aft is located is a sunbathing area with swimming pool /towels provided), cushioned sun loungers, and 2-seat tables. The swimming pool is an infinity-edge type, heated plunge pool at the rear of the cruise ship - the first of its kind on a riverboat. It features blue and white mosaic tiles imported from South Africa. Cafe seating around the pool includes umbrella-shaded lounge chairs with plump cushions (in white and blue patterns).
One Lift (passenger elevator) connects all cabin decks (1-2-3). A portside stairlift links deck 3 and 4.