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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection unveiled a first look at the S.S. La Venezia, a completely refreshed, updated vessel (formerly sailing as River Countess) that will cruise in northern Italy.
The new design—led by Uniworld’s artistic directors Toni Tollman and Brian Brennan—was inspired by the work of celebrated Italian artist and textile designer Mariano Fortuny, according to Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld’s CEO and president.
Much of the design and décor aboard S.S. La Venezia was influenced by that local design house known for its hand-made fabrics.
Calling the S.S. Venezia “a work onto itself,” Tollman says that the ship is intended to complement and enhance Uniworld’s curated Venetian itineraries. Guests “will experience the unmistakable
An example of a suite aboard S.S. La Venezia (No. 410 is shown here).
In addition, because the Fortuny story is so intricately woven into the ship’s design, S.S. Venezia’s guests will have the exclusive opportunity to visit that company’s private showroom and gardens.
S.S. La Venezia’s restaurants and bars will feature local gastronomy and ingredients sourced from local markets. In line with Uniworld’s signature dining experience, options for dining will include:
For Italian comfort food with al fresco dining and the best views of Venice, guests can relax at Cielo’s Pizzeria on the Lido di Venezia Deck. It will serve wood-fired pizzas with fresh accompaniments from the salad bar.
In 2021, S.S. La Venezia will sail a signature eight-day “Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy” itinerary, with guests experiencing a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica, the peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello, plus visits to the cities of Bologna and Padua.
Three additional itineraries will be offered throughout 2021 and 2022, including the 10-day “Milan, Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy” and the recently launched 12-day “Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps” and 14-day “Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & the Swiss Alps.”