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The ship itself is very nice. It looks and feels new. The decor is almost entirely green and white with accents of gold and silver (mirrors). The overall effect is very feminine. I would have appreciated a bit less flamboyance, but of course individual taste always vary. The modern art on the walls is very strange for a cruise ship-subjects range from motherhood to murder. But again, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, the Leopard lounge was a bit more subdued than the rest of the vessel-though, oddly, the ship's pool is only accessed by going through the lounge. The glass surrounding the pool turns opaque when someone goes in, though you must wave your hand at a sensor every so often or else it begins to clear up again, presenting you in a "fishbowl" of sorts. No hot tub on board, though there was an adequate gym. The fairly roomy cabin has the same kind of decor as the rest of the ship. A nice feature is a power window that rolls down to provide a lot of fresh air and viewing from the room. There is a lot of useful storage in the room. The beds were comfortable. Free WiFi worked only sporadically, but then on most cruise ships you must pay for something similar so no complaints there. The other guests are just what you'd expect: mostly Americans, with the balance mostly native English speakers. Retired professional types. Older crowd, in bed by 10 or 11. Entertainment was good. There was a pianist/soloist duo that were the "in house" talent supplemented on occasion by some local performers who were also very good. The staff were always very accommodating and helpful. The food was very good, though occasionally the wait staff needed a bit of prodding to bring out the coffee refills. Coffee was weak on some days. Excursions were professional and the buses left on time. The guides were knowledgeable and, at times, witty. I don't think the extra-cost tours are worth the money. More time in port would be appreciated, especially in the larger/more famous cities. I think it would have been worth it to stay a bit longer even if a smaller port was eliminated. I did appreciate the all-inclusive aspect of the cruise. There isn't anything badly "wrong" with Uniworld, but at this price point there are a lot of options worth exploring. I would consider going again but also keep myself open to other ships.

Good experience overall

S.S. Catherine Cruise Review by mistertravel

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The ship itself is very nice. It looks and feels new.

The decor is almost entirely green and white with accents of gold and silver (mirrors). The overall effect is very feminine. I would have appreciated a bit less flamboyance, but of course individual taste always vary. The modern art on the walls is very strange for a cruise ship-subjects range from motherhood to murder. But again, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

That said, the Leopard lounge was a bit more subdued than the rest of the vessel-though, oddly, the ship's pool is only accessed by going through the lounge. The glass surrounding the pool turns opaque when someone goes in, though you must wave your hand at a sensor every so often or else it begins to clear up again, presenting you in a "fishbowl" of sorts. No hot tub on board, though there was an adequate gym.

The fairly roomy cabin has the same kind of decor as the rest of the ship. A nice feature is a power window that rolls down to provide a lot of fresh air and viewing from the room. There is a lot of useful storage in the room. The beds were comfortable.

Free WiFi worked only sporadically, but then on most cruise ships you must pay for something similar so no complaints there.

The other guests are just what you'd expect: mostly Americans, with the balance mostly native English speakers. Retired professional types. Older crowd, in bed by 10 or 11.

Entertainment was good. There was a pianist/soloist duo that were the "in house" talent supplemented on occasion by some local performers who were also very good.

The staff were always very accommodating and helpful.

The food was very good, though occasionally the wait staff needed a bit of prodding to bring out the coffee refills. Coffee was weak on some days.

Excursions were professional and the buses left on time. The guides were knowledgeable and, at times, witty. I don't think the extra-cost tours are worth the money.

More time in port would be appreciated, especially in the larger/more famous cities. I think it would have been worth it to stay a bit longer even if a smaller port was eliminated.

I did appreciate the all-inclusive aspect of the cruise. There isn't anything badly "wrong" with Uniworld, but at this price point there are a lot of options worth exploring. I would consider going again but also keep myself open to other ships.
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