Uniworld Boutique River Cruises this week showed off a first look of its new super ship, S.S. La Venezia, ahead of its 2021 debut.
The ship, formerly the River Countess, will come back into service completely redesigned with a look that reflects the area that it is scheduled to sail in—Northern Italy. Uniworld worked closely with a local Venetian design house, Fortuny, to bring the look and feel of that region’s culture to life inside the ship.
“There is a mystery to the quality and beauty of Fortuny fabrics that are still made in Giudecca,” said Toni Tollman, one of Uniworld’s artistic directors.
One of the suites onboard.
“We appreciate the reverence they bring to their craft that is so much a part of the Venetian way and sought to carry that care and attention to every guest touch point.”
Aside from the design onboard complementing the Venetian itineraries, the food onboard will also celebrate the local experience. Four eateries will be available for guests to choose from—Rialto’s, Hari’s Bar and Lounge, La Cantinetta, and Cielo’s.
Rialto’s, the largest dining venue onboard, will offer traditional Venetian food in booth seating while Hari’s, a more relaxed venue, will pair live music with cocktails and champagne and Paninis.
La Cantinetta, which Uniworld call’s the ship’s “most intimate” settings, will offer private dining with expert wine pair and fresh Adriatic fish and fine Italian cheeses and salami.
And then Cielo’s, a more casual venue, will offer wood-fired pizzas and a salad bar for all fresco dining.
When the ship does debut, it will do so sailing an eight-day “Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy” itinerary that includes a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica, and visits to Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Bologna, and Padua.
More itineraries will be rolled out throughout 2021 and 2022 including the 10-day “Milan, Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy;” the 12-day “Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps,” and the 14-day “Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & the Swiss Alps.”