SS La Venezia Review and Specifications
Specifications of SS La Venezia
|Year built||2003 / Age : 17|
|Builder||Scheepswerf Den Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)|
|Owner||(TravCorp) The Travel Corporation|
|Operator||Uniworld River Cruises|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||River Ambassador (THE A), River Baroness (THE B), River Duchess, River Empress, River Princess, River Queen, River Royale (SS Bon Voyage)|
|Former names||River Countess|
Review of SS La Venezia
Uniworld SS La Venezia ship (fka River Countess) cruises on Po River in Italy, departing from homeport Venice. Uniworld (officially "Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection") is a major river cruise company part of The Travel Corporation group. With the same design features and amenities as River Countess are the Uniworld ships Ambassador (1993, now THE A), Baroness (1994, now THE B), Duchess (2003), Empress (2001), Princess (2001), Queen (1999), Royale (2006, now SS Bon Voyage).
Following an extensive drydock refit and refurbishment, in 2020 MS River Countess was renamed to "SS La Venezia" and classed as "super ship". River Countess boat's last major refurbishment was in 2012 when the vessel was completely remodelled. The premium hotels and all excursions with English-speaking guides and audio headphones are included in Uniworld Po River cruise fares.
SS La Venezia has as sisterships the Uniworld's "Super Ship" class boats SS Bon Voyage (2006, ex River Royale), SS Beatrice (2009, ex River Beatrice), SS Antoinette (2011), SS Catherine (2014), SS Maria Theresa (2015), SS Joie de Vivre (2017).
Of all SS La Venezia staterooms (total 63), 6x are Suites, 14x French Balcony, 36x Deluxe (with Picture Window) and 7x Classic (with Porthole Windows). Before 2020, the ship was operated under the name "River Countess" and had 66 cabins (including 4x Suites).
The fully remodelled ship has standard cabins sized 14 m2 (150 ft2), while the French Balconies are 13 m2. French Balcony Suites are sized 19 m2 each. Two-Room Grand Suites are sized 26 m2. All cabins are fitted with UK-made Savoir beds with top-luxury bedding sets and pillows. All staterooms on Deck 3 (Murano) are with French Balconies - an electronically-controlled, sliding floor-ceiling window opening to a railing. All passenger cabin bathrooms were completely renovated (tiles, furniture, LED lighting, vanity tops). The signature Savoir beds are handcrafted, with ample under-bed suitcase storage space, luxury bedding sets (100% Egyptian cotton), duvets, pillow menu.
Standard cabin amenities include boutique decor (decadent-style interiors with high-quality wooden furniture, brass finishings, wooden wall panels), Queen-size double bed (some convertible to twins / 2x single beds), bedside cabinets (3-drawer), wall-mounted reading lamps, large wardrobe (2-3x built-in closets), smart HDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system / Internet, movies-on-demand, “View From the Bridge” /real-time webcam views), direct-dial phone (intercom), electronic safe box (in the closet), mirrored dressing table, chair, bottled water (replenished daily), individually controlled air-conditioning (thermostat), 110-220 V power outlets, en-suite marble bathroom (WC-toilet, single-sink vanity, magnifying mirror, glass shower cubicle, hairdryer, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, plush towels, slippers), Asprey bath products (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion).
Both Two-Room Grand Suites (midship-aft on deck 3-Murano) each has two French balconies (one in the bedroom, one in the living room), larger bathroom (with double-sink vanity, separate shower, bathtub, rain shower, Hermes bath products), bedroom (fixed Queen bed / non-convertible), living room (3-seater sofa, 2x chairs, 2x glass-top coffee tables). The two French Balcony Suites (midship on deck 3-Murano) are with a 2-seater sofa and also with a fixed double bed and larger bathroom (double-sink vanity, separate shower, rain shower, Hermes bath products, no bathtub).
All cabins on deck 2-Burano-Mazzorbo are same-sized (14 m2) and with a large (wall-to-wall, half-height) non-opening Picture Window. All cabins on deck 1-Torcello are with 2x Porthole Windows (non-opening, round-shaped) located at water-level (high-up on the riverside wall).
One pair of French Balcony staterooms (408-410) are connecting and can be booked as a family cabin with quad capacity.
On Deck 2 forward (Mazzorbo Deck) are located Serenity River Spa (massage room served by a professional masseur), Beauty Salon (professional nail-hairdresser-barber services), 24-hour tea/coffee station (complimentary teabags, hot and bottled water, cookies, candies), Boutique Shop, Internet corner), Fitness (Gym Room with exercise bikes, treadmill, rowing machine, free weights, yoga mats). La Cantinetta (specialty dining venue at surcharge) is a la carte priced "wine club" for wine pairing dinners and gourmet food (made-to-order upon request). On Deck 2 aft (Burano Deck) is the Sauna Room.
On Murano Deck (deck 3) are located Hari's Bar Lounge (forward), Lobby hall (Reception, Uniworld Tours Desk, , small seating area with sofas), Captain’s Club (midship), Ristorante Rialto (aft).
Ristorante Rialto is the ship’s open-seating Dining Room Restaurant with floor-ceiling windows, single-seating capacity, waiter service, fixed dining times (depending on the daily scheduled activities).Breakfast (7-9 am) is buffet-style (large station is located in the middle) with cereals, selection of bread, cheeses, cold meats, fruits, yoghurt, smoothies, sausage. There is a designated chef for made-to-order eggs, omelettes and other dishes ordered separately (at no extra charge). Lunch (12:30 – 2 pm) includes soup station, carvery, salads bar, hot dishes, pasta and sandwiches, desserts, with local delicacies also provided. Dinners (7-7:30 pm /starting after the Main Lounge’s cocktail hour) are waiter-served (until 9 pm). The 4-course dinner menu has several starters, 2 soups, 3 entrees (fish, meat, vegetarian), desserts, cheese plates. At dinner, the complimentary wines are itinerary-based (reflecting the sailing region), and steaks and chicken are always offered on request. At breakfast and lunch, a la carte menu is also provided.
Captain’s Club is a small room that doubles as Library (has 3 tables, collection of books, popular board games, playing cards). Hari's Bar Lounge is the boat's main lounge with a dance floor and evening program with live entertainment (music by resident duo pianist/singer) and local guests' performances. Hari's Lounge also hosts the Uniworld's onboard enrichment program (cooking demonstrations, guest lectures, crew show, Cruise Director’s port talks).
On Sun Deck are the Navigation Bridge (Wheelhouse), bike station (storage for complimentary bicycles with locks, helmets are provided on request), Sienna Salon (Cafe), deckgames area (Shuffleboard, Giant Chess Set). Sienna Salon is a conservatory-type indoor-outdoor lounge with retractable roof and glass walls, live plants, indoor and outdoor seating. Depending on the weather, the whole structure can be opened or closed. Sienna Lounge doubles as an alternative dining venue with waiter service and light food menu (oven-baked pizzas, pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches). The sundeck lounge also serves brunches and cocktail parties. Weather permitting, on sundeck are held morning exercise classes (complimentary, including Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics).
One Lift (passenger elevator) connects all cabin decks (upper level 3 of 3). A stairlift links decks 3 and 4.
SS La Venezia river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative Uniworld Italy cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Uniworld Po 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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SS La Venezia Wiki
The vessel (ENI number 07001802) is Holland-flagged (MMSI 244780776) and Holland-built (by Scheepswerf Den Breejen in Hardinxveld-Giessendam).
In April 2013, Uniworld introduced company's Po River cruisetours in Italy and aimed to be the most luxurious operator on the Italian inland waterways. Uniworld succeeded with the remodelled boat River Countess, which, after 10 years of service, underwent a total drydock transformation in 2012 at the cost of USD 5+ million. Countess was re-designed by a team of Red Carnation Hotels (sister-company of Uniworld, with parent The Travel Corporation).
Due to boat's unique itineraries in Italy, some shore excursions (for example, to Verona, Ravenna, Bologna, Padua) require bus travel of 1-2 hours. This means less cruising time than on an average river voyage. The ship's Po River itineraries include 3-day roundtrips from Venice (Venezia) and also one-ways leaving from Milan and Rome to Venice. This is the only Uniworld ship in Italy. Another major European river cruise line's ship in Italy is CroisiEurope's boat MS Michelangelo.
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SS La Venezia Itineraries
The below listed SS La Venezia 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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Apr 26||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 May 03||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 May 10||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 May 17||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 May 24||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 May 31||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 Jun 07||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 Jun 14||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Jun 21||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Jun 28||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Jul 05||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Jul 12||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Jul 19||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Jul 26||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Aug 02||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Aug 09||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Aug 16||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Aug 23||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Aug 30||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Sep 06||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Sep 13||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Sep 20||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Sep 27||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Oct 04||7 days, round-trip Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy||Venice|
|2020 Oct 11||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 Oct 18||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 Oct 25||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
|2020 Nov 01||7 days, one-way from Verona to Venice||Verona|
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