Our group of eight senior citizens arrived in Paris on the day before the cruise started. This gave us time to see a bit of the city, enjoy a relaxing dinner near our hotel, and get a little rest before we left on the cruise.
We were picked up and taken to the ship, where we had lunch. Our cruise directors arranged for taxi service and we spent the afternoon at the Arc de Triomphe. When we returned to the ship just before sailing time, our luggage had been delivered to our cabins. We unpacked and watched the city float by. The cabins are compact, but well designed to accommodate everything we brought with us. We enjoyed the large windows and the little touches of luxury - Loccitane bath products and the “fire” on our room TV wheN we went to bed each night. The food was delicious and varied and the service was wonderful. We had the same servers throughout the trip and they very quickly learned our eating and drinking preferences and often anticipated our requests. We also loved the warm towels and fruit infused drinks that greeted us when we returned to the ship after excursions. Every part of the ship was spotless and felt comfortable and even homey.
The ship docked at places which made the various excursions accessible without spending hours on a bus. The guides were knowledgeable and interesting. They also were very helpful. Our guide in Rouen went out of her way to find a weekend Mass that fit in with our itinerary. The cruise director was readily available and kept us informed of schedules, special activities, and where we needed to be.
We focused most of our time on the various excursions, so we were not on the ship for most of the day. We did however, participate in a few activities and enjoyed them. We especially liked a lecture on WWII on the evening before we visited the D Day landing beaches. There was a piano player/singer who entertained in the lounge most evenings. We found him to be pleasant, but we actually were not in the lounge all that much.
I would not say that this cruise was geared to children. There was only one child on the cruise and he did not seem happy most of the time. There were no child specific activities.
After our cruise ended we spent three days in London. We were transported from the ship to the Eurostar train and the transition went very smoothly.
I would definitely use the Avalon Cruise Line again. I recommend it highly.
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