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SS Bon Voyage

Former name: River Royale

SS Bon Voyage Review and Specifications

Specifications of SS Bon Voyage

Year built2006  /  Age : 13
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderShipyard De Hoop BV (Lobith, Holland)
Owner(TravCorp) The Travel Corporation
OperatorUniworld River Cruises
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)110 m / 361 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Passengers124
Crew50
Decks4
Cabins65
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesRiver Royale

Current itinerary / position of SS Bon Voyage

SS Bon Voyage current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux. The itinerary starts on 15 Sep, 2019 and ends on 22 Sep, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Sep    Departing from Bordeaux, France hotels
16 Sep    Blaye, France
17 Sep    Pauillac, France
18 Sep    Cadillac, France
19 Sep    Libourne, France
20 Sep    Libourne, France
21 Sep    Bordeaux, France
22 Sep    Arriving in Bordeaux, France hotels

Review of SS Bon Voyage

Uniworld SS Bon Voyage cruise ship (formerly River Royale) cruises in France (on Dordogne and Garonne rivers) departing from Bordeaux. The UNIWORLD line also offers combined B2B (back-to-back) itineraries with departures from Paris France. They additionally include a Seine river cruise from Paris (roundtrip on the UNIWORLD ship River Baroness). Uniworld (officially "Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection") is a major river cruise company part of The Travel Corporation group.

SS Bon Voyage cruise ship (Uniworld) River Royale

River Royale had the same design features and amenities are the Uniworld ships Ambassador (1993), Baroness (1994), Countess (2003), Duchess (2003), Empress (2001), Princess (2001), Queen (1999). In July 2018, Uniworld announced that River Royale will be removed from service (October 28, 2018, through April 14, 2019) as the ship enters drydock for refit and refurbishment. Following the 2018-2019 refurb project, the boat was renamed "SS Bon Voyage" - company's 6th "Super Ship" and 2nd transformed (after SS Beatrice / River Beatrice in 2018). In 2019, UNIWORLD intends to transform into Super Ships also River Empress. River Royale was last refurbished in 2014.

Cabins

SS Bon Voyage has a total of 65 cabins (of which 1 Suite) in 4 grades. In comparison to River Royale, SS Bon Voyage offers 4 new luxury suites, higher staff-passenger ratio (reduced passenger capacity from 128 to 124 and added more staff). All Riverview suites and standard staterooms are with handcrafted UK-made Savoir beds and top-luxury bedding sets. The Rhine Deck's cabins are with French balconies. All cruise cabin bathrooms were completely renovated (tiles, new furniture and LED lighting, marble vanity tops). 

Shipboard facilities

The re-designed riverboat has 2 new dining venues - bow-located Bistro and Blue Fox Cafe.

  • The new Cafe offers direct access to a new swimming pool (infinity pool) and serves lighter French food (including ham-and-cheese baguettes, pizzas, salads). In the evenings, this restaurant transforms into a bar lounge. During the day, French cooking classes are also held here.
  • At its bow, SS Bon Voyage has a new Bistro where cooks serve locally inspired shared plates, such as Beef Bourguignon, escargot, pates.
  • Ship's Dining Room Restaurant was upgraded with a new buffet and live cooking demonstration area.
  • Claret’s is a private dining and wine tasting room.

This boutique hotel-style riverboat offers large staterooms, fine dining and premium hotel amenities. The ship has panoramic bar lounge (Salon Gascogne with Aquitaine Bar), Blues Cafe, large-sized Sun Deck with deck games (shuffleboard and Giant Chess Board), wellness complex (sauna, fitness room, Jacuzzi, a treatment room for massages). The boat has one elevator, boutique shop, plenty of public space, full-service bar. 

SS Bon Voyage cruise ship (Uniworld) River Royale

Ship's Serenity Spa and Fitness Center were renovated and upgraded with new equipment. The Sun Deck was also remodelled, adding an outdoor/heated infinity pool and an outdoor bar lounge with banquette seating. Additional amenities include 24-hour speciality tea and coffee bar, elevator, free Internet and Wi-Fi access, complimentary use of Nordic walking sticks and bicycles on all Uniworld France cruises' shore excursions.

Itineraries

In 2019, the renamed River Royale (SS Bon Voyage) introduced a new 7-day itinerary (themed "Brilliant Bordeaux") roundtrip from homeport Bordeaux. The new cruise tour includes wine tasting and walking tour at Saint-Emilion (shore excursion from Libourne, the farmer’s market in Libourne, wine tasting at Chateau de Cazeneuve (in Bordeaux' immediate vicinity), a Medoc vineyards cycling tour. Next table shows the ports sequence.

Date / TimePort
12 Jul     Departing from Bordeaux, France   
13 Jul     Blaye, France   
14 Jul     Pauillac, France   
15 Jul     Cadillac, France   
16-17 Jul (overnight)     Libourne, France   
18-19 Jul (overnight)     Arriving in Bordeaux, France   

SS Bon Voyage river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative Uniworld France cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Uniworld Dordogne and Garonne river cruise only or cruise tour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. Uniworld offers air-inclusive cruise deals and pre/post cruise hotel packages as extensions (at additional cost).

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MS River Royale was drydock remodelled in 2014. Uniworld Royale boat is one of the most expensive river ships ever built. It offers one of the most refined river travel experiences in France, and especially among those leaving from homeport Bordeaux. This vessel also has one of the highest ratio staff-to-passenger on the European inland shipping market.

Uniworld's 6th "super ship" SS Bon Voyage officially joined the fleet on April 11, 2019, following an 8-month drydock refit and refurbishment in Holland. The reconstructed riverboat now features 4 new suites, 4 dining/drinking venues, Upper Deck with infinity pool, Cafe Lounge housing cooking classes. All staterooms were redesigned and upgraded with marble bathrooms.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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SS Bon Voyage Itineraries

The below listed SS Bon Voyage cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Uniworld fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Aug 25 14 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Paris Bordeaux
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Sep 15 14 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Paris Bordeaux
2019 Sep 15 21 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Avignon Bordeaux
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Sep 22 14 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Paris Bordeaux
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Sep 29 14 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Paris Bordeaux
2019 Sep 29 21 days, one-way from Bordeaux to Avignon Bordeaux
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $7249
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6549
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $5699
2020 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $7399
2020 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $7399
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $7899
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 May 03 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 May 10 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8499
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8199
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6799
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $5899
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8399
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6699
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6699
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6699
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8199
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8499
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8499
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8499
2020 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $8199
2020 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6499
2020 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $6199
2020 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip Brilliant Bordeaux Bordeaux $5699

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