Joan Collins to be ship godmother as Uniworld pledges support to Paris despite terror attacks

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Grand dame of TV and cinema Joan Collins is to come onboard with the Uniworld family as the the Godmother of its latest Super Ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre.

Collins will attend the christening ceremony on March 27. Uniworld’s parent company, The Travel Corporation, decided to proceed with building the vessel despite the terror attacks on the French capital in November 2015, which left 130 people dead.

After more than 70 years of bringing travellers to Paris, the company said it was vital to show its continued support for both the city, which is a popular destination with clients, and the Parisian people.

SS Joie de Vivre

Stateroom onboard Uniworld’s SS Joie de Vivre

“We are delighted to welcome Joan Collins to the Uniworld family as Godmother of the S.S. Joie de Vivre,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “She epitomises the ‘joy of living’ philosophy that is reflected in every bold detail and gentle touch of our newest Super Ship.”

The S.S. Joie de Vivre will sail Uniworld’s popular Paris & Normandy itinerary, and was built at 125 metres as opposed to the standard 135 metres, allowing it to dock in the heart of Paris. The 128-passenger vessel will feature two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites and 54 staterooms. All rooms will have made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.

“I hold France and its ‘City of Light’ close to my heart, and now, thanks to Uniworld, my ties to the beautiful country are even closer,” said Collins. “I am honoured to be the Godmother of the S.S. Joie de Vivre and welcome guests from all over the world to fall in love with Paris just as I have.”

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises was named Best Specialist Cruise Company at last week’s ITAA awards in Dublin.

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