I love the wines from the Rhone River, and for a number of years I have wanted to see the area where they came from. Also, I have heard what a beautiful area Provence was and wanted to see it for myself. It did not disappoint. After spending sometime in Paris, and then doing a wine tasting and lunch at Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet, we boarded the M/S Provence in Macon. We then sailed to Lyon (France's 3rd largest city) where we spent 2 nights, and then it was on to Vienne, Viviers, Avignon and Arles. The ship is about 15 years old, is kept in extremely good condition and is very charming. It has a capacity of 46, and on our particular cruise we were only 43, so you really got to know everyone on board.
The crew was truly outstanding - 5 star all the way. They were just fantastic and I cannot say enough nice things about them. All in all this was an absolutely FANTASTIC trip. We loved the ship, Our Program Director Olivier was awesome, the food was great and the ports were truly magical. This may have been the BEST trip we have ever taken.
Maybe because this was an older ship, but the cabin was HUGE - about 210 square feet. Nicely decorated (French Provincial). We were in "aquarium class" at the very stern of the boat and I was afraid that engine noise might be a factor, but I didn't really hear anything during our trip. The perspective of being at almost water level was quite interesting and made for good views of the passing swans. We really enjoyed the roomy cabin (and large shower), and our cabin attendant was really fantastic.