Being our first cruise, we took advice from friends who highly recommended Grand Circle. We were not disappointed. Excellent accommodations, timely transportation, a great main guide and local guides, fabulous food, clear directions, complete freedom to take in what you wished and stay on board when yo desired. Obvious attention to detail to make sure their guests received the best possible attention. Servers who remembered names, were always courteous and more attentive than any restaurant, main crew members who mingled and took the time to allow the guests to be part of the cruise experience. Quick attention to anything that needed correcting. Even the maid service people went out of their way to make our stay effortless and they always greeted us in the hallways. If you have experience such total service and quality before, you will find it with Grand Circle. If you have not, pamper yourself and have the time of your life. River boats cannot be beat. Your room and luggage travels with you and you are on land seeing all kinds of history for a large portion of you travels. From setting expectations, to meeting at delivering to the airports, and all in between, Grand Circle leaves nothing to chance. You pay a price, but every cent is worth it. All the multiple time Grand Circle travelers we met said every cruise was exactly the same as the one we took from Honfleur to Paris. I know why Grand Circle is highly rated, they earned it.

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Bizet Cruise Review by KennethM

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: France
Being our first cruise, we took advice from friends who highly recommended Grand Circle. We were not disappointed. Excellent accommodations, timely transportation, a great main guide and local guides, fabulous food, clear directions, complete freedom to take in what you wished and stay on board when yo desired. Obvious attention to detail to make sure their guests received the best possible attention. Servers who remembered names, were always courteous and more attentive than any restaurant, main crew members who mingled and took the time to allow the guests to be part of the cruise experience. Quick attention to anything that needed correcting. Even the maid service people went out of their way to make our stay effortless and they always greeted us in the hallways. If you have experience such total service and quality before, you will find it with Grand Circle. If you have not, pamper yourself and have the time of your life. River boats cannot be beat. Your room and luggage travels with you and you are on land seeing all kinds of history for a large portion of you travels. From setting expectations, to meeting at delivering to the airports, and all in between, Grand Circle leaves nothing to chance. You pay a price, but every cent is worth it. All the multiple time Grand Circle travelers we met said every cruise was exactly the same as the one we took from Honfleur to Paris. I know why Grand Circle is highly rated, they earned it.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 310
Well designed, efficient use of space, comfortable beds, sufficient lighting, clean and efficient bathroom, adequate storage, and the balcony was an added bonus. We sat out a few times watching the river go by, however there are so many other activities that the cabin was primarily a place to rest, relax, and sleep. We were initially concerned that the space would feel claustrophobic, but it felt spacious.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Caen Memorial for Peace
    Great appreciation for the people of France who made this effort to remember the sacrifices of the Americans as well as the many allies who liberated their country. Seeing footage of the actual battles and results was a sobering preparation for our visit to Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, and Pointe Du Hoc later in our trip.
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  • Giverny Village
    Grand Circle got us there as the first group to open the gardens that day. We had the paths of the Japanese and Norman gardens mostly to our selves for a while until the many other tour buses arrived. Monet was not just an artist on canvas, but also a great floral designer. This garden was the primary reason my wife wanted to take this trip and it did not disappoint. Even with the crowds that came later, there was a sense of peace in these surroundings.
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  • Omaha Beach
    Overwhelming to stand on the sand having seen what it took for American soldiers to cross this beach under fire and begin the liberation of France. We were there at low tide (as were the troops) and to see the 100s of yard they had to travel before there was any cover was sobering.
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  • Pointe du Hoc
    This strategic point (gun emplacement) with a view of both Omaha and Utah beaches could have been a game changing obstacle on D Day. Fortunately, it was not well manned and all the guns were not working. To see all the craters left by the shelling from allied battleships gave you a real sense of what it must have been like for the Germans who were trying to hold this position. They failed and that contributed to the eventual success of the allied invasion.
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  • Rouen
    A wonderful city, beautiful cathedral, well preserved sections that were not destroyed in the war, a beautiful memorial to Joan of Arc. This was a very special experience walking the cobblestones and visiting the various sites and shops.
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  • Walking Tour
    We had many walking tours including Versailles, Rouen, Honfleur, Montmartre, Chateau Galliard, and several others on our trip from Honfleur to Paris. Grand Circle definitely emphasized education. Well informed and effective guides brought the history of what we were seeing to life. I think this emphasis is at the top of my list along with the food on this river cruise as quality achievements.
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