The moment we stepped aboard and were personally greeted by the Captain and crew we had a feeling this was going to be a warm and enjoyable experience. We chose the Ponnant line following a recommendation from friends who said the small size of the ship, with about 160 passengers, allowed access to places on the Inside Passage to Alaska that other larger cruise ships cant enter. This was true and we found that the size also allowed the crew to be get to know us and make us feel very welcome. Staff even greeted us by name in the corridors.
Our cabin was very roomy with enough space for all our belongings.Having a private balcony was fantastic.
We could choose either the formal dining or the buffet. Both were beyond our expectations. The French cuisine included traditional dishes, beautifully prepared and presented.