S.S. Catherine was christened during an elegant ceremony on March 27, 2014. Attending the intimate ceremony were travel agency owners & executives; local dignitaries; journalists from around the world; Guy Young, President of Uniworld, and his wife, Melissa; & three generations of the Tollman Family. The ceremony opened with Brett Tollman, CEO and President of The Travel Corporation, saying, This is a most wonderful day to christen this most gorgeous & glorious ship on the rivers.
The celebration continued with the customary tradition of the S.S. Catherine's ship builder giving a key to Captain Pascal Rech, followed by a heartfelt speech from Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld's sister company. Mrs. Tollman shared the history of how she & her husband, Mr. Stanley Tollman, have spent the last 60 years in the hospitality industry owning & operating five-star luxury boutique hotels with one goal in mind: to please our guests & exceed their expectations.
Mrs. Tollman then introduced Ms. Catherine Deneuve, France's legendary actress & the Godmother of the S.S. Catherine. It is my pleasure to be here today celebrating the ship that bears my name. My compliments to Mrs. Tollman for the beauty & elegance of this ship, stated Ms. Deneuve. Captain Pascal joined Ms. Deneuve for the cutting of the blue ribbon that triggered the smashing of a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne against the vessel's hull. All guests then joined in a champagne toast before boarding the ship to enjoy the S.S. Catherine for a special celebratory inaugural sailing.
Public Areas & Amenities
Van Gogh Lounge
Bar du Leopard
Matisse Terrace (top deck) with chess & shuffleboard
Serenity River Spa
24-hour specialty coffee & tea bar
Free Internet & Wi-Fi access
Staterooms & Suites
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms & suites (Full open-air balconies for category one staterooms & suites, & French balconies for category two staterooms on the Carmargue Deck; Category two & three staterooms on the Avignon Deck feature French balconies )
All staterooms & suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center & satellite, & bottled water
Marble bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath & body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, & slippers
All suites have many additional amenities, including special butler services