This river cruise exceeded our expectation. We participated in all the "optional" excursions which added greatly to our enjoyment. It would not have been the same trip without them. All were interesting and for the most part unique except for the "cruise" on the Erdre River which we found to be beautiful but not any more beautiful than other rivers of its ilk. Furthermore, the outing scheduled at 9 p.m. after a bountiful meal, was at a time when we "seniors" would prefer to be winding down. It grew quite dark and it was not possible to see the chateaus and villa alongside the river as the night wore on.
The Loire Princesse is lovely--new, quiet, and well-maintained. he lounge and dining room are spacious and furnished pleasingly.
The food, of course, is wonderful, although the breakfast cook did not fry eggs to American tastes!
It was fun that the villagers, old and young, along the river came down to the banks to see us sail by and wave, the Princesse being the ONLY boat on the lower Loire.
We appreciated the efforts of the staff to include non-French-speakers in all announcements. Two separate buses were provided for excursions; one with a French-speaking guide, one with an English-speaking guide, and a dedicated guide for those who only spoke Spanish.
It was a positive experience in every way, even including transportation from the airport before boarding and to the train station at the termination of the cruise.
The cabin is small but well-planned, functional, and comfortable. We liked our deck. The linen is first-rate. The color scheme is appropriate. Although our cabin was adjacent to the lounge, we were never disturbed by lounge noise.