- Cruise line Uniworld reveals the first look of new ship SS La Venezia.
- The 63 cabin vessel is inspired by Spanish-Italian Mariano Fortuny’s vision and celebrates Venetian legacy.
- The ship has a maximum capacity of 150 passengers and will navigate through Venice’s Grand Canal.
Cruise line Uniworld revealed an exclusive first look at its highly anticipated new ship with interior designs closer to a boutique hotel, reports Telegraph travel.
The ship marks the very first time working of Fortuny founded in 1907 and renowned for its fabrics with a travel company.
Breath taking artistry
Ellen Bettridge, chief executive and president of Uniworld said, “We are absolutely thrilled to share details of the SS La Venezia, inspired by the incredible artistry and vision of Mariano Fortuny.”
“Like Uniworld, Fortuny and the company he built prize originality, made only possible by artisans deeply committed to their craft. For our guests, this means a setting and style of service that is wholly immersive in the enduring fascination and magic that is Venice; and is born from more than 100 years of experience, a distinguished honour that like Fortuny, is also enjoyed by our parent company, The Travel Corporation.” was further added.
The designs were led by Toni Tollman and Brian Brennan, Uniworld’s artistic directors and noted the designs to be a replica of Venice with the lobby meant to resemble Fortuny’s showroom in the city from the 1930s, and throughout marble textures and brass inlaid parquet floors.
The bridges of Venice, with their distinct porticos, are noticeable features in the fabrics and there are unmistakable swirls of ls and pops of color of Murano blown glass – “another signature craft of Venice”, said Tollman.
She added, “There is a mystery to the quality and beauty of Fortuny fabrics that are still made in Giudecca [an island in the Venetian Lagoon],“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.”
The passengers on board get an opportunity to celebrate Fortuny with a private showroom and garden and explore more about the company and the Venetian legacy.
Uniworld reports the ship to be 361- feet long and has staff to guest ratio as 3:1, with a maximum capacity of 150 passengers and will navigate off- limit ports for larger vessels.
The environmental-friendly Design
The operator said that the “sensitivity to the fragility of La Serenissima is crucial” and a number of features have been included with this in mind.
- This includes the environment conscious design from the ground up to incorporate a special paint for the hull that creates less drag caused by bio-fuelling, the diesel-electric propulsion systems which reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, and specially designed propellers to increase efficiency.
- On board there are energy-efficient LED light fixtures, water cooled air-conditioning systems and state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants.
The Grandeur of the ship
The ship offers several dining experiences on board, with Rialto’s largest which serves traditional Venetian fare and is furnished with etched panels and booth seating – inspired by the interiors of the Orient Express.
LaCantinetta, the most intimate, offers private dining; where passengers can start their La Cantinetta experience earlier in the day by accompanying their chef to source ingredients at the famous Rialto markets.
Hari’s Bar and Lounge is a more relaxed affair, with live music, cocktails, and an impressive champagne list.
SS La Venezia will sail in Northern Italy making her debut in spring 2021, with eight-day voyages around Venice’s lagoons starting from $2,899 (£2,256) per person, based on double occupancy.
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