Best time of year to be in France: River Baroness Cruise Review by nhnana

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Best time of year to be in France

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Paris
Our TA indicated that the time period was when the France were on holiday. Some think that places would be closed but we did not find any place closed nor did the time period effect our travels. With one exception, one of our guides in Paris was surprised when we were driving in Paris that the traffic was so light--due to the French being on holiday!

I read one of the reviews on this website which may have been during the time we were on the River Baroness but we had a different experience. The person indicated that they were in one of the four suites. The suites are equal to two of the other staterooms. We were next door to a suite and got to peek in and see the difference. The extra cost would definitely be worth it for the suite. We had the Cat. 1 stateroom which has the french balcony, otherwise it is the same as the other catagory rooms. We did enjoy having the balcony. The stateroom itself is cramped and the bathroom difficult to move around in - I'm not a big More person 5'4"; 145 lbs. We agree with the decor of the lounge - it could've been better.

The food was great - you couldn't possibly go hungry. If you didn't wish to eat in the resturant you could order something from the bar menu. As far as the staff we did not encounter anyone that was not pleasant and helpful. One pacritic indicated that you could send emails for a charge. That must have been in the past as three laptops were available for passenger use in the lounge area (this was due to the location of the wifi signal). The weather was perfect. Enjoyed the small number of passengers (the ship was sold out). The guides were very informative as well as the cruise director. We chose to stay in Paris for a few extra days at the end of the cruise. We would recommend the river cruise experience to anyone and are looking forward to planning another in the near future. This was an adult only cruise. Less

Published 11/11/12

Cabin review: 1209 Standard Stateroom with French Balcony

We were located in the middle of the ship on the Normandy deck. The ship has three decks. Every riverview stateroom includes an individual thermostat for air-conditioning and/or heat, a flat-screen TV (several channels to chose from and free movies), an internal telephone, safety deposit box, and a bathroom stocked with L'Occitane bath and body products, a luxurious bathrobe for each guest, complimentary bottled water, a hair dryer, and an umbrella. Electrical current is 220V, the European standard however, each stateroom has one 110V outlet. Beds can be positioned separately or together (twins or king size). Staterooms serviced daily. Closet space is adequate. Wall with TV is completely cover with a mirror. Loved the balcony- able to lay in bed and watch the world go by. This was a quiet location rarely heard any noise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beautiful seaport town. All the towns have a carousel and public toilets though not all are modern toilets. You also need change to tip the person who keeps them clean.

After staying two nights in a four star hotel in Paris we were shuttled to our cruise ship where we were greeted warmly and provided services that you would expect on the larger cruise ship. This was more personal. The ship was docked near the Eifel tower and other points of interest.
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Actually this port was Les Andelys but it wasn't listed on the ports of call listing. This was a lovely country village. Beautiful grounds along the river and a quient village. There was a visit to the Chateau Gaillard which we travelled to by bus while others could chose to hike to the chateau. What a wonderful view of the valley!
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Vernon - another port not listed. This is where Monet's Giverny is located. A little crowded when we first arrived but we had plenty of time to visit and as the day went on the crowd was less. Beautiful grounds - would have liked to be there when all the flowers were in bloom. There were many but as it was August I'm sure the spring flowers make it even better. Our last port of call before returning to Paris.
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The port where the cruise ship is docked is in a different area from the dinner and sightseeing cruise ships dock. While we were extending our stay we still had to get our luggage out early and wait for our taxi to take us to our hotel. I did enjoy watching the ship dock at the different ports. Also, as we went through the different locks one side of the ship was against a wall so there wasn't any view from the resturant.
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This is the capital of Normandy. We docked in the town so it was easy to walk into town. While here we had a choice of excursions Normandy Beach with either the D-Day Museum or the Tapestry Museum. We chose the D-Day museum and though it was crowded with tour groups worth the stop. We had lunch on our own at a sidewalk sandwich shop. It was a lovely stop. We also went to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetary where the cruise director provided flowers to everyone to place on a grave site. I found an unknown soldier to place my flower and I placed my husbands flower on a soldier from NH. I took a picture of the grave and looked up the person when we returned home. We took a walking tour of the city and had free time to shop. Free samples of different chocolates and mandalines were available. This is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. The middle ages clock is really beautiful. Picasso described the town as "beautiful as Venice".
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