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S.S. La Venezia Review

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S.S. La Venezia (Photo: Uniworld)
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S.S. La Venezia (Photo: Uniworld)

Completely redone from stem to stern, Uniworld's former River Countess will emerge as the all-new S.S. La Venezia.

Sailing year-round from Venice on Italy's Po River, S.S. La Venezia debuts in March 2020. Few vessels call the Po home, and fewer still offer the kind of lavish and indulgent touches that Uniworld's river cruise ships are known for.

Virtually every corner of the ship will be touched during this refit, which will give S.S. La Venezia an entirely new decor scheme inspired by Venetian culture.

It will also offer a wide variety of completely transformed staterooms and suites, two onboard dining venues and an onboard spa, library, lounge and bar.

Uniworld is known for its sumptuous onboard cuisine that combines a mix of European and North American flavors together with local ingredients. Meals are lavish, and dinners are an event to be celebrated by everyone onboard. Expect a healthy dose of Italian influence onboard S.S. La Venezia, as Uniworld tweaks its cuisine to further reflect the destination it calls home.

Unlike most river cruise ships, the main Savoy Restaurant is situated all the way at the stern and offers some impressive 180-degree panoramic views.

New aboard S.S. La Venezia will be an Italian kitchen, located on the ship's Upper Deck, which will offer dishes inspired by Northern Italy.

Snacks and lighter fare will continue to be offered in the Il Castillo Bar, along with a full menu of beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks, all of which are complimentary aboard Uniworld ships.

Room service is only available to passengers staying in the top suites.

Four grades of accommodation are offered aboard S.S. La Venezia: Classic staterooms, Deluxe staterooms, French Balcony staterooms, and suites.

Classic and Deluxe staterooms feature fixed window views, though Deluxe Staterooms offer a larger picture window while Classic rooms feature a half-height window positioned near the upper portion of the wall.

French Balcony staterooms add a sliding floor-to-ceiling glass window that can open and turn into a French balcony. Suites also feature a French balcony and offer more living space and a small sitting area.

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All staterooms and suites feature Savoir of England beds that are so soft and fluffy that you'll think you were sleeping on a cloud. Egyptian cotton sheets and plush European duvets round out the beds, which can be converted to two twins or one queen.

Rooms are decorated with Uniworld's trademark lavish decor. Expect a healthy dose of Old World elegance and motifs throughout, with colorful furnishing and plenty of textures. A sight for the senses, Uniworld's interior design is one of its most defining features.

All rooms have flat-panel interactive TV's with complimentary movies and television shows, built-in closets, hair dryers, climate control, telephone, safe, and complimentary bottled water. Marble bathrooms come equipped with lavish L'Occitane toiletries, waffle bathrobes and other niceties.

Suites -- four of which are featured aboard S.S. La Venezia -- add butler service, Hermes bath products, a fully stocked bar and room service.

Staterooms 410 and 408, 321 and 323, and 204 and 206 are available as connecting cabins.

The Sun Deck features a jogging track and plenty of seating, with both shaded and unshaded options.

Like most river cruises, entertainment aboard S.S. La Venezia is limited to nightly briefings, the occasional lecture or cooking demonstration, and the odd performance by guest entertainers. That's not a bad thing, though: Most passengers prefer to mingle over pre- and post-dinner cocktails, or head into town on longer port stays to explore the city's nightlife.

S.S. La Venezia operates year-round on Italy's Po River, sailing Uniworld's 10-day "Gems of Northern Italy" and eight-day "Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy" river cruise tours.

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