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Renoir Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2 reviews

A memorable four nights on the Seine - Le Havre to Paris

Review for Renoir to France
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Sail Date: Sep 2021
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Cabin 208 on the MS Renoir, September 2021

We had never been on a European river cruise before and chose this one for its brevity, just four nights. We were very happy with our choice and heartily recommend Croisieurope to travelers seeking affordable luxury plus top-flight service. The Renoir was refurbished to a very high standard in 2018 and it shows—comfortable beds, a ship-shape bathroom, lots of clever storage, individual climate control, big picture windows that open to let in fresh air. From the moment we arrived on board, the staff handled everything with professionalism and aplomb. The food in the restaurant (three meals a day with wine) was generous and truly delicious, and the shore excursions were all excellent: Honfleur, Deauville, a noted Calvados estate, Rouen, and Versailles. In each location we had a different guide, all bilingual and well-versed in the particular site's history. We really didn't have to to do anything except show up each day! What a treat.

The Seine scenery was gorgeous and the boat was extremely comfortable—we loved that we could stay in our cabin, relax on various decks, or attend onboard activities, including a lively dance performance by a Normandy folk troupe. Even though we were the only English speakers on the cruise, the bilingual staff were always on hand to help us, and the other passengers (mostly French with a few Belgians/Swiss) were friendly and tolerant of our basic French. After our final night sleeping aboard the boat on Quai de Grenelle in Paris, we were rather sad to depart the beautiful Renoir.

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Cabin 208 was excellent in every way. It had two firm beds facing the windows, so we could lie in bed and admire the passing river scenery. There was plenty of closet/shelf storage, bottled water, headsets for the guided tours, fluffy white towels, blackout drapes, good water pressure, and individual climate control. A chair and an ottoman provided seating. Even though it wasn't particularly spacious, the room never felt cramped because it was so well designed. The cabin was made up every day—and after our first day onboard it quickly became "home."

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