I chose this ship originally for the itinerary -- mainly Normandy and Giverney.
The Seine River caused a few problems from all the rain it was quite high.
We needed to be transported to Rouen to board the ship. From start to finish the tour director Jean Lund did an absolutely fabulous job during the entire cruise. Faced with adversity he managed to reroute the cruise and still keep everyone more than satisfied.
The staterooms were wonderful. This is my 3rd Avalon River cruise and I love them.
The dining, entertainment and shore excursions were great.
Also, to note what a 'class act' Avalon is --- They gave passengers an opportunity to not sail and for those that chose to stay on the ship gave all 1/2 off their fare!! They also included all shore excursions (while most are included) they included ones that had charges.
When we couldn't return to Paris by ship they put us on the motor coaches back to the hotel. They gave us money for lunch both days and included a fabulous dinner both evenings with free flowing wine.
Wonderful cruise and exceptional cruise line!!!
The cabin was very comfortable with lots of storage space -- drawers, shelves and closet. Beds are high enough to easily put your luggage under. Bathrooms are a wonderful size unlike many other cruise ships. Beds facing the windows allows you to view the world going by as you cruise along the rivers. Nice to have the love seat, chair and small table to have a coffee or wine and relax. Also, refrigerator is and added bonus although we didn't really use it.