We are experienced cruisers but this is only our 2nd River cruise. The new SS Catherine is beautiful...a little over the top in decor but the quality is staggering! Murano glass everywhere, original artwork, embroidered wallpaper and draperies, comfortable beds with great linens. Sumptuous.
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 service was impeccable and the food beyond compare with any other cruise line. (Even Oceania and Seabourne)
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.