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What a way to visit Normandie and get a taste of Paris! This was our first cruise of any kind. We are very happy with our choice. From beginning to end all went well. The crew were welcoming, helpful, efficient and professional. They must be applying the 10/5 concept; eye contact at 10 feet and a hello at 5 feet. Whenever we would leave the ship for an excursion the Captain would bid us a good day and then a welcome back, something we were told rarely happens on other cruises. The stateroom was very well apportioned and always kept clean and tidy by our room steward. Dining in the morning, at noon,in the evening and at night was fantastic and plentiful and the wines were very good. The service on all fronts was excellent, albeit a bit slow at the bar at times; the entertainment also left something to be desired, except for the night the crew took to the stage. As for the shore excursions all of them were well guided, informative and always on schedule. Without taking anything away from other excursions the highlights for us were the D-Day landing beaches and the optional one to Honfleur, i.e., the location from where Champlain and company departed to settle the "new world". The sailing part of the cruise was not so much a sail per se as a glide along La Seine. Although there is always a current there is practically no wind to speak of, thus no waves. We delighted in watching the river banks and the towns and cities glide by, even at night with the lights of our room extinguished and curtains slightly opened, all until we gently fell asleep. This was truly a wonderful adventure.

A truly wonderful adventure

Avalon Creativity Cruise Review by Real cruises

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
What a way to visit Normandie and get a taste of Paris!

This was our first cruise of any kind. We are very happy with our choice.

From beginning to end all went well. The crew were welcoming, helpful, efficient and professional. They must be applying the 10/5 concept; eye contact at 10 feet and a hello at 5 feet. Whenever we would leave the ship for an excursion the Captain would bid us a good day and then a welcome back, something we were told rarely happens on other cruises. The stateroom was very well apportioned and always kept clean and tidy by our room steward. Dining in the morning, at noon,in the evening and at night was fantastic and plentiful and the wines were very good. The service on all fronts was excellent, albeit a bit slow at the bar at times; the entertainment also left something to be desired, except for the night the crew took to the stage.

As for the shore excursions all of them were well guided, informative and always on schedule. Without taking anything away from other excursions the highlights for us were the D-Day landing beaches and the optional one to Honfleur, i.e., the location from where Champlain and company departed to settle the "new world".

The sailing part of the cruise was not so much a sail per se as a glide along La Seine. Although there is always a current there is practically no wind to speak of, thus no waves. We delighted in watching the river banks and the towns and cities glide by, even at night with the lights of our room extinguished and curtains slightly opened, all until we gently fell asleep.

This was truly a wonderful adventure.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin B 230
The cabin we occupied is well designed. There is plenty of storage for two people. When we would open the sliding door on the balcony, despite that it added no actual space, it gave such an illusion.

The bathroom is small, however bigger than one we had in a hotel in Paris; actually The stateroom and bathroom was much bigger than that hotel room and bathroom. It was well equipped with soaps, lotions, towels and, though in Europe, face cloths.

The best feature, though, was our steward. Upon our return from breakfast our room was made up. Upon our return from dinner the bed was turned down. The room was kept clean and tidy at all times,except when we were in it.

We were the closest to the engines. However, that was no problem as they were not that noisy; in fact the drone of the engines helped us nod off to sleep.
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