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Joie de Vivre Review

Truly luxurious cruise ship with amazing Normandy tour

Review for Europe River Cruise on Joie de Vivre
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2023
Cabin: Stateroom with French Balcony

Honestly, we chose this cruise because it fit our dates and we wanted to get to Normandy. That being said, we were extremely impressed with a Uniworld. The ship was extraordinary. The rooms are incredibly comfortable and well designed with every detail thought out completely. The one qualm I would mention about the ship is that it appears that they don’t really care about the top deck. We saw other ships that had much nicer, sitting areas with couches, etc. on the top deck or ship, basically had some chairs and shades. I would urge them to make more of the top deck, because it is such a wonderful part of the ship, as sort of loved an outdoor pool or hot tub.

Overall, the tours were very good to excellent with Normandy being outstanding. We got to see all of the major American sites, and I am aware that other cruise lines don’t necessarily do this. Our cruise manager was excellent at coordinating activities and tours, and ran a tight ship. he was definitely warmer speaking in public to the group than he was in person.

The food on the ship is excellent with both healthy and less healthy options at every meal. There is truly some thing for everybody. I was a bit disappointed by the wine selections, which seem to be chosen for their inexpensive cost rather than taste. The wine was definitely not up to the same standard as the food, which is a shame when you’re traveling in one of the best wine countries in the world where excellent wine is very affordable. The sommelier was great and very knowledgeable and wine upgrades were available for a cost. The service in the dining rooms was truly outstanding, and the people that worked on the ship, particularly in the dining areas were just wonderful.

Cabin Review

Stateroom with French Balcony

Stunning, amazing, extremely comfortable, and very well thought out.

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