Excellent cruise, lovely ship: S.S. Catherine Cruise Review by Patolsen2
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Excellent cruise, lovely ship
Every member of the staff was professional and approachable and very helpful. Laurentia, the sommelier, was a standout. Our wine and food organization nearly took over the boat and Laurentia was just exceptional with her depth of knowledge, professional service and kindness to a group of very demanding winos!
The kitchen also needs to be commended as they produced fabulous food all the time. Breakfast and lunch buffets had a wide variety of foods that were often replenished and always delicious. Our dinners had been pre-planned to go with our own organizations' wines but a vegetarian menu was always offered and several standard dishes, like a steak, could be substituted. The More service was impeccable and the food beyond compare with any other cruise line. (Even Oceania and Seabourne)
The rooms seemed a bit cramped at first but there is really a lot of storage and once we had fully unpacked (we are on a month long European vacation and had a lot of luggage) there was room to spare. The bathrooms are spacious for a ship and well appointed.
We only did a few of the included excursions but 2 of 3 were exceptional, Avignon with Marie and Arles with Frances, the other was forgettable because of the guide.
It was wonderful to just spend time on the boat. Wish we were on a longer cruise and would definitely sail on the Catherine again.
The only real problem was that the dining room seemed to have really hot zones but the crew responded quickly and brought on extra air conditioners to help solve that problem. Less
Cabin review: 3337 Stateroom with French Balcony
Seemed a little cramped at first but it had lots of storage space and once we were unpacked it was fine. Bathroom is a good size and nicely appointed. 337 is at the back of the boat where smoke from the smoking deck regularly wafted in. Otherwise, the room was lavishly decorated with embroidered wallpaper and curtains, a wonderful bed and sumptuous linens.Lovely...just lovely.Read All Stateroom with French Balcony (3) Reviews >>
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