Day 2 On Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine: Ship Of Elegance

Christening Uniworld's Catherine

I thought I had cruised Uniworld before. I had not. It is true that I had been on a vessel with the Uniworld name emblazoned on it, the River Empress. But that was in 2008. That Uniworld and the Uniworld I am experiencing this week are, well, Uniworlds apart. Embodying the new Uniworld to its… [Read More]

Christening S.S. Catherine


Lyon, France — After 18 hours of sitting on two Emirates 777s from Singapore to Dubai to Lyon, I arrived in this sprawling city situated in France’s Rhône-Alpes, cleared immigration and customs and proceeded into the Arrivals Hall. My new favorite airline, Emirates, included complimentary chauffeur-drive service, and my driver was waiting for me with a… [Read More]

In Singapore, A Ship Designed For Enriching Your Travel & My Journey Continues Back To Lyon For Uniworld’s SS Catherine Christening, Plus, Why Smaller Is Better

Ready for bed on Uniworld's S.S. Catherine. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Lyon, March 26, 2014 — Earlier today, I boarded an Emirates 777 in Singapore bound for Lyon, France. The journey took nearly 18 hours, including the two-hour layover in Dubai. I am returning to Lyon for christening ceremonies celebrating the launch of the SS Catherine, operated by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, certainly an aspirational… [Read More]

Silver Discoverer Is Christened In Singapore As Silversea Cruises Celebrates 20 Years

Another way to christen with bubbly. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

This morning shortly after sunrise, I trundled down the gangway of Silversea Expeditions’ third vessel, Silver Discoverer. The day before, I had been privileged to be part of a naming ceremony that took place pierside at Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore. The ceremony was entertaining and, at times, moving, and as is often the case… [Read More]

At The Raffles Hotel, Silversea Expeditions Hosts A Pre-Naming Event

Singapore Sling Served by butler

Despite my worries yesterday about not making it to Singapore in time for the Silver Discoverer christening, Emirates came through and delivered me on time to Singapore’s Changi Airport this afternoon. Not an hour after touching down, I had passed immigration, stepped into my chauffeured car (provided courtesy of Emirates) and, minutes later, stepped out to shake the… [Read More]

A Journey Stalls … Grounded In Dubai, Will I Make Singapore?

Seat-back screen Emirates

Like people, companies define their reputations not only by how they handle situations when all goes right but also by how they respond when all goes wrong. Such was the case yesterday when a mechanical issue delayed my flight from Lyon to Dubai by more than five hours. The late departure from Lyon set in… [Read More]