We wished to learn about the Normandy Invasion and enjoy another river cruise.
The Normandy day trip was quite emotional and many passengers were there to honor relatives and veterans. The itinerary, staff, Program Directors and food were all outstanding. Christophe Leger was our leader and a passionate traveler, historian, and all around good guy. His concern for our welfare, attention to details, and his enthusiasm for French culture and history all contributed to a very enjoyable cruise.
A nice touch was the added shuttle bus for those of us who arrived a day early to give us 2-1/2 hours in Paris for a walk-about and a café lunch. This was a nice surprise.
Also on departure day, GCT provided an employee to greet us at CDG to point us to the correct departure counters. That place is humongous! I nearly hugged the guy!
I suggest asking for a top deck cabin on the right-hand side, as we tied up 3 times to another boat and had to keep our curtain closed during the day. Also when the Eiffel Tower lights up, you can't see it from your port-side cabins.
Another suggestion: for the wonderful home-hosted visit, the bar staff onboard had gift wrapped bottles of wine. Our family was enthusiastic to collect various wines and this was an easy solution to bringing a hostess gift.
We booked this cruise at the last minute and yet all details were handled well.
You can't go wrong with Grand Circle Tours. This is go-to tour company!
Cabin is of adequate size with twin beds, table in between, and full patio window. Patio is just wide enough to step out on. Bathroom size is fine with an adequate shower. One closet is fine and each side of cabin had two deep drawers. We were very comfortable.