Europe and Mediterranean: Paris and Normandy Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

A journey steeped in wonder. Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches. Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a choice to tour two majestic palaces, Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, or Château de Malmaison, once home to Napoleon’s first empress, Josephine.

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • True All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising™

  • All gratuities for onboard and onshore services

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages**

  • Shore excursions with local experts as your guide

  • Internet and Wi-Fi

  • All arrival and departure day transfers

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a $50 shipboard credit per person (maximum $100 per stateroom)♦

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Shop Card with every Uniworld river cruise†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Paris

Overview

Regarded as the most romantic city in the world, Paris is definitely a wonderful place for couples to visit. It is also full of famous landmarks and museums, however, so even if you are going with some friends or on your own, you won't find it hard to fill your days.Paris was founded over 2000 years ago when Gauls of the Parisii tribe set down there between 250 and 200 BC, making the French capital more than 2000 years old. They settled on an island in the River Seine that today is known as Ile de la Cité. It is from here that the city centre developed. Lutetia (Lutece), as Paris was known in ancient times, was conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC making it a Roman centre in the Middle Ages. It wasn’t until Hugh Capet, the Count of Paris, was crowned King of France that the city’s position as France’s capital became established. Under the leadership of Etienne Marcel between 1355-1358 , Paris finally declared themselves an independent commune. Then again in 1528 Paris was named the capital of the French monarchy under Francais I. It was he who reconstructed the fortress of the Louvre and also decided to build a city hall in Paris, as it was the capital. With a city steeped in so much history, it isn’t surprising that there is so much to see and do in this city. Paris’, and arguably France’s , best known landmark towers over the city, while the Champs Elysées is one of Europe’s most impressive boulevards. Above all Paris will never get rid of the stereotype that is the city of lovers. Indeed, many happy couples get engaged on the Eiffel Tower, and hundreds of others are joined at the hip for their weekends away, but it doesn’t take anything away from the time the budget traveler can have over the space of a few days in the French capital.

Day 2Vernon/France

Overview

Vernon is a very ancient town attested by prehistorical, Celtic, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian remains. It became like Gisors an important military town after the foundation of the Duchy of Normandy. Richard de Reviers, Captain of Vernon, took part in the battle of Hastings in 1066 and settled down in England. Vernon played a political and military part during the long rivalry between the Capetians and Plantagenets. It was attached to the French kingdom by Philippe Auguste in 1196, even before the rest of Normandy (1204). Philippe Auguste had the castle of Vernon built, the Keep and a tower still remain. Saint-Louis often came to Vernon where he used to meet his friend Eudes Rigaud, archbishop of Rouen. He founded the Hotel-Dieu (the present Saint-Louis Hospital) and endowed it richly, as precious charters testify. In the 18th century, Vernon, like Gisors, les Andelys, Lyons-la-Forêt was transfered by Louis XV to the Count of Belle-Isle in exchange for the island of Belle-Isle-en-Mer. After his death, his properties passed back to the crown, then they were granted to the Duke of Bourbon-Penthièvre, grandson of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, and grand-father of Louis-Philippe. Vernon keeps the memory of the heroic battles fought in 1870 by the mobile troops of Ardeche. The town was partially destroyed in 1940 but it rose from its ruins. It is presently the second town in the departement.

Day 3Rouen

Overview

Rouen is a must for anyone who loves the arts, fine foods and long strolls through cobblestone streets. From the most classical to the most innovative, the city offers a wide array of cultural activities. Rouen's museums, theatres, art galleries and other attractions are amongst the richest and most dynamic in France outside of Paris. Its richly endowed museums include the Musee des Beaux-Arts (or Fine Arts Museum), where visitors can appreciate one of the finest art collections in France, with world-class masterpieces by Velasquez, Gericault, Monet and others. The Theatre of the Arts/Normandy Opera House presents a vast programme of lyrical music, as well as other forms from classical to rock and roll. Each year, more than 400 concerts are music to the ears in Rouen. Cultural activities and other festivities make their way onto the streets of Rouen during a number of popular events attended by thousands and even hundreds of thousands of people. Theatre, painting, dance, music, cinema and architecture: the muses still grace the birthplace of Corneille and Flaubert.

Day 4Caudebec-en-Caux

Overview

CAUX, a town of France, in the department of Seine-Inferieure. It is situated on the right bank of the Seine, the tidal wave of which (mascaret) can be well seen at this point. The chief interest of the town lies in its church, a building of the 15th and the early 16th centuries. Round its top run balustrades formed of Gothic letters, which read as part of the Magnificent. Its west portal, the decoration of the spire of the tower. The town also possesses’ several old houses. Its industries include tanning and leather currymg, and there fs trade in grain. The port has a small trade in coal, live-stock and farm produce.

Day 5Rouen

Overview

Rouen is a must for anyone who loves the arts, fine foods and long strolls through cobblestone streets. From the most classical to the most innovative, the city offers a wide array of cultural activities. Rouen's museums, theatres, art galleries and other attractions are amongst the richest and most dynamic in France outside of Paris. Its richly endowed museums include the Musee des Beaux-Arts (or Fine Arts Museum), where visitors can appreciate one of the finest art collections in France, with world-class masterpieces by Velasquez, Gericault, Monet and others. The Theatre of the Arts/Normandy Opera House presents a vast programme of lyrical music, as well as other forms from classical to rock and roll. Each year, more than 400 concerts are music to the ears in Rouen. Cultural activities and other festivities make their way onto the streets of Rouen during a number of popular events attended by thousands and even hundreds of thousands of people. Theatre, painting, dance, music, cinema and architecture: the muses still grace the birthplace of Corneille and Flaubert.

Day 6 Versailles
Day 7Paris

Overview

Regarded as the most romantic city in the world, Paris is definitely a wonderful place for couples to visit. It is also full of famous landmarks and museums, however, so even if you are going with some friends or on your own, you won't find it hard to fill your days.Paris was founded over 2000 years ago when Gauls of the Parisii tribe set down there between 250 and 200 BC, making the French capital more than 2000 years old. They settled on an island in the River Seine that today is known as Ile de la Cité. It is from here that the city centre developed. Lutetia (Lutece), as Paris was known in ancient times, was conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC making it a Roman centre in the Middle Ages. It wasn’t until Hugh Capet, the Count of Paris, was crowned King of France that the city’s position as France’s capital became established. Under the leadership of Etienne Marcel between 1355-1358 , Paris finally declared themselves an independent commune. Then again in 1528 Paris was named the capital of the French monarchy under Francais I. It was he who reconstructed the fortress of the Louvre and also decided to build a city hall in Paris, as it was the capital. With a city steeped in so much history, it isn’t surprising that there is so much to see and do in this city. Paris’, and arguably France’s , best known landmark towers over the city, while the Champs Elysées is one of Europe’s most impressive boulevards. Above all Paris will never get rid of the stereotype that is the city of lovers. Indeed, many happy couples get engaged on the Eiffel Tower, and hundreds of others are joined at the hip for their weekends away, but it doesn’t take anything away from the time the budget traveler can have over the space of a few days in the French capital.

Day 8Paris

Overview

Regarded as the most romantic city in the world, Paris is definitely a wonderful place for couples to visit. It is also full of famous landmarks and museums, however, so even if you are going with some friends or on your own, you won't find it hard to fill your days.Paris was founded over 2000 years ago when Gauls of the Parisii tribe set down there between 250 and 200 BC, making the French capital more than 2000 years old. They settled on an island in the River Seine that today is known as Ile de la Cité. It is from here that the city centre developed. Lutetia (Lutece), as Paris was known in ancient times, was conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC making it a Roman centre in the Middle Ages. It wasn’t until Hugh Capet, the Count of Paris, was crowned King of France that the city’s position as France’s capital became established. Under the leadership of Etienne Marcel between 1355-1358 , Paris finally declared themselves an independent commune. Then again in 1528 Paris was named the capital of the French monarchy under Francais I. It was he who reconstructed the fortress of the Louvre and also decided to build a city hall in Paris, as it was the capital. With a city steeped in so much history, it isn’t surprising that there is so much to see and do in this city. Paris’, and arguably France’s , best known landmark towers over the city, while the Champs Elysées is one of Europe’s most impressive boulevards. Above all Paris will never get rid of the stereotype that is the city of lovers. Indeed, many happy couples get engaged on the Eiffel Tower, and hundreds of others are joined at the hip for their weekends away, but it doesn’t take anything away from the time the budget traveler can have over the space of a few days in the French capital.

Onboard the S.S. Joie de Vivre

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Uniworld’s newest Super Ship—S.S. Joie de Vivre—is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience. The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and curated antiques from renowned auction houses. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore. Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir® of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Fitness Center

  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Concierge Desk
  • Elevators
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Self-Service Laundromat

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Spa

  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service

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Dining

Main Dining Room

Main Dining

Main Restaurant (open seating): This seating option allows you to choose when and with whom you dine. Menus are a blend of classic cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance, and are created using only the finest and freshest ingredients often brought onboard from local ports of call. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of passing riverbank towns and villages.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Classic Stateroom with Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (162-180 sq. ft. - 15-17 sq m) Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers.

Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: FB)

Category: FB
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq. ft. - 18 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes, and slippers.

Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: DF)

Category: DF
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq. ft. - 18 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes, and slippers.

Suite with French Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (260 sq. ft. - 24 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water.

Grand Suite with French Balcony (Category: GS)

Category: GS
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (410 sq. ft. - 38 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water. The Grand Suite offers extra benefits, including a separate spacious living room, bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and secluded toilet and bidet area.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Victor Hugo Deck
Key to Symbols
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ElevatorElevator
Triple accommodation availableTriple accommodation available

Ship Facts

S.S. Joie de Vivre ship image
  • Ship Name: S.S. Joie de Vivre
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2017
  • Ship Class: River "Super Ship"
  • Maximum Capacity: 128
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 3
  • Number of Crew: 54
  • Officers' Nationality: International
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 9
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 45
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 108
  • Country of Registry: The Netherlands
  • Total Staterooms: 64
  • Suites with Balcony: 10
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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Available Dates & Prices

Terms & Conditions

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy, is valid for select stateroom categories only, and does not include government taxes/fees and gratuities. Click on Terms & Conditions link below for details.

**Unlimited beverages include premium wine and premium spirits. Diamond List of wine and spirits is available at an additional cost.

♦Executive Members receive a $50 shipboard credit per person, maximum $100 per stateroom. Executive Member benefit is valid for primary cardholder only. Shipboard credit is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Shipboard credit will be applied to your onboard account. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and may not be redeemed for cash.

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Ship's registry: The Netherlands

    Package ID: UNIJOIEUR20200322