We chose this cruise because we wanted to do a river cruise and to see France up close and personal. We went with Avalon because they are very highly rated and had the perfect itinerary at very attractive fares.
Our package was northbound and included two nights in Nice which was well worth seeing. It can also be done from Paris heading south.
We then transferred to the ship, which was modern, clean and comfortable. The crew was exceptional; everyone was friendly and outgoing, especially the dining room crew, the cruise director and the front desk.