Review of SS Bon Voyage deck 7 (River Royale deck3-La Gironde)
Salon Gascogne is the boat’s Main Lounge & Bar. This is an indoor observation and show lounge with comfortable seating (tables, tub chairs, armchairs), dance floor, full-service bar (named Aquitaine Bar), and stage for the live evening entertainment. In the evenings, here are offered live music performances by the resident duo (pianist/singer) and by local guests (post-dinner show). During the day, Salon Gascogne hosts the Uniworld Cruises’ enrichment program, which includes cooking demonstrations and guest lectures (themed food and wine, art and music, culture, architecture, etc). A traditional pre-dinner event here is the Cruise Director’s talks. They offer information and tips about the next-day scheduled Uniworld excursions (complimentary) and optional tours (cost extra) ashore.
In the Gasgogne Lounge’s forward section, there are 2 doors leading to staircases that access the Sun Deck’s forward section. In the Lounge, there is a 24-hour station for complimentary specialty coffee/tea (with cookies and candies). A portside stair-lift links Deck 3 to the Sun Deck 4.
Part of the Main Lounge are also the boat’s Shop and Library.
Boutique Shop (corner with glass cases /relocated to the Gascogne Lounge in 2014) sells special occasion gifts, luxury jewelry, and watches, brand perfumes, and cosmetics, Uniworld logo merchandise, itinerary-based souvenirs.
The Library has best-seller books, magazines, daily newspapers, popular board games, and two Internet computer stations.
Reception Desk provides 24-hour guest services (assistance, information, Sauna/Spa reservations, Claret Room dinner reservations, purser services).
Travel Desk (Uniworld Royale’s Cruise Director office) provides information on the daily-schedule program (onboard/port activities). It also serves the Uniworld line’s tours/excursions booking and future cruise booking programs.
In the boat’s rear section is located the circular-shaped Wellness Center, consisting of a Fitness Center, Spa (massage room), and Sauna Room.
Serenity River Spa (massage room /at a fee) has panoramic windows (portside views), It is serviced by a professional masseur/therapist using Ritual spa products.
Fitness Center is the aft-located semicircular gym room with large panoramic windows. It is equipped with 2 large TVs, exercise bikes, 1 cross-trainer, 1 treadmill, free weights, fitball, yoga mats.
Laundry Room is a self-service facility with a washing machine (detergent is supplied), dryer, and ironing board (no dry-cleaning).
La Gironde Deck cruise cabins from 301 to 329, all of which are French Balcony staterooms in categories C1, plus the boat’s only one S-Suite (cabin #326 /aft-starboard, with fixed queen bed).