By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor
S.S. Catherine, sister ship of S.S. Antoinette, is one of Uniworld's largest ships. Measuring 443 feet and carrying 159 passengers, it sails in the South of France.
Uniworld vessels are known for their ornate -- rather than understated -- style, and S.S. Catherine has plenty of whimsical details, including the signature Leopard Lounge with leopard-print furnishings, elephant-head bar rails and other safari-themed fixtures and fittings.
The 80 cabins, in eight categories, are situated on three decks. The majority of staterooms measure between 162 and 194 square feet. There are five suites forward on the upper Carmargue Deck that measure 305 square feet. The Royal Suite, on the same deck, measures 410 square feet. The largest suite has a separate living room and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and bathtub.
All the suites and Category One cabins, which are also located on the upper deck, have balconies. The two Category Two staterooms on this deck have French balconies. Cabins on the middle Avignon Deck feature French balconies. The 13 cabins on the lower Saint Remy Deck, which include one single cabin, have fixed windows.
Standard cabin amenities include a marble bathroom with L'Occitane products, towel warmer, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV and complimentary bottled water. Additional amenities in each suite include butler service, room service breakfast, daily fruit and cookie plates and evening canapes, DVD player, iPod dock, tea- and coffeemaker, refrigerator, bottle of wine on arrival and free laundry service.
The main Cezanne Restaurant, which also has an alfresco dining terrace, is forward on the Avignon Deck. Other public areas and amenities include a mosaic-tiled pool and bar, fitness center, spa, shop, 24-hour tea and coffee station, and free Wi-Fi.
S.S. Catherine sails on the Rhone and Saone, adding additional capacity to Uniworld's Burgundy and Provence itineraries.
This was our second Uniworld cruise, the first being the Castles on the Rhine last year. We were delighted with our tour on the S.S. Antoinette and were anxious to experience the new sister ship in an area we had never been before.
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This was the second part of our Grand France Uniworld itinerary. The first part was on the River Baroness from Paris to Normandy. This part for us began in Paris, with a high speed train TGV to Lyon, where the SS Catherine awaited us. We were ...continue