I thought I had cruised Uniworld before. I had not. It is true that I had been on a vessel with the Uniworld name emblazoned on it, the River Empress. But that was in 2008. That Uniworld and the Uniworld I experienced this week were, well, Uniworlds apart.
Embodying the new Uniworld to its fullest, the S.S. Catherine is a stunningly sophisticated and elegant vessel. It will no doubt appeal to anyone who has an eye for luxury (those who cruise Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal and the like) and the finer things in life (free-pouring champagne, gourmet cuisine, butler service and an all-inclusive environment).
And as S.S. Catherine sails along the Rhône and Saône, the newest member of the Uniworld fleet will also appeal to Francophiles. C’est vrai.
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Learn more about Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine and my four all-too-brief nights aboard at the posts below.
- Christening S.S. Catherine. On Thursday, the famed French actress Catherine Deneuve christened the new vessel in Lyon, France, and then she did something that stunned many. Read Christening S.S. Catherine.
- Day 2 On Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine: Ship Of Elegance. From its $2-plus million art collection to its sumptuous suites and white-gloved butlers, S.S. Catherine is an elegant vessel. Read all about her in Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine: Ship Of Elegance
- Day 3 On Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine: Public Room Tour & The Royal Suite. Tour the 410-square-foot Owner’s Suite, the Cézanne Restaurant, Fitness Center, Van Gogh Lounge — and what was arguably the most popular venue on the new vessel, Bar du Leopard. Read S.S. Catherine: Public Room Tour & The Royal Suite
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