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An insight onboard the SS Antoinette from Tiffani at Ponders.

SS Antoinette – Uniworld

Stepping aboard the boutique SS Antoinette is like stepping into France’s 18th-century Palace of Versailles – lots of gleaming marble, mirrors and polished brass. But the real wow factor is the stunning 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with large sapphires that once upon a time hung in New York’s famous Tavern on the Green but now hangs proud in the two storey foyer.

The plush staterooms are very different to any other river vessel I have ever seen, with acres of material, giving it a country house feel yet with a real air of elegance. There are generous built-in closets offering plenty of storage and a safe, there’s a flat-screen TV with complimentary movie and entertainment options, bottled water, and best of all a glass jar full of yummy Lindt chocolates and sweets! The luxury marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, always one of my favourites for a spot of pampering in the shower, before snuggling down in the cosy waffle bathrobe and slippers. And what a great night’s sleep I had in the Egyptian cotton bedding on one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept on.
My room for the night was on the La Duchesse Deck. These staterooms have French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button – allowing uninterrupted view of the scenery whether up or down – perfect for watching the world roll by. The staterooms on the upper deck have a similar balcony, but when the window is up, it creates a fully enclosed conservatory with a table and two chairs – such a fabulous seating area.

The swimming pool and spa area provides a tranquil escape -all under glass cover, making it suitable for all seasons. The on board masseur is on hand, or if you prefer to work your muscles yourself, there’s a well-equipped gym close by. A bit too energetic for me, and on a tight schedule my priorities were food – which was outstanding in quality and presentation, served by polite and friendly waiters – and after dinner drinks in the trendy Leopard Bar.
The public areas are luxurious and comfortable, with quality fittings and artwork. The décor might not be to everyone’s taste – it is very unique – but personally I found it welcoming and simply stunning! The SS Antoinette definitely gets the thumbs up from me!

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