Cruising with Uniworld aboard the S.S. Catherine exceeded my expectations in every way. From the accessible elegance of the ship to the professionalism and warmth of the crew, she was an exceptional platform for exploring Burgundy and Provance.
When we walked up the ship there was crew ashore, waiting to greet guests. Continuing to carry our own luggage was not an option. It was far too early to get into our cabin, but we were invited to have breakfast, a cocktail, and make ourselves comfortable. We were really just looking to drop our bags before exploring Lyon further. Of course that was not a problem; our bags would be in our cabin when we returned.
Headed up by the Hotel Director, Cruise Manager, and the ship's Captain, the service aboard was professional and pampering, but not cloying or claustrophobic. The crew of 50 hailed from 8 different countries, and were warm and friendly, and always there even when you didn't know you needed them.
A reality of river cruising is that ships occasionally 'raft up', or dock agains each other. It's the luck of the draw whether your view will get blocked; we seemed to average about 50/50. And it never lasted all that long — usually just a few hours before ships were rearranged.