252 Paris River Cruise Reviews

Paris is always a draw but we were particularly focused on seeing Normandy. This cruise did all of this and more. The time spent in Paris was fun and well spent. We were quickly caught up on France's great history. The Louvre and ... Read More
Paris is always a draw but we were particularly focused on seeing Normandy. This cruise did all of this and more. The time spent in Paris was fun and well spent. We were quickly caught up on France's great history. The Louvre and Notre Dame were great. Traveling on the river to Normandy presented great excursions. Visiting the farm in Rouen was a particular highlight and Monet's gardens and home were a real treat. Normandy was a very special experience, especially the visit to Omaha Beach. Looking at the geography of the beach, one has to wonder how our great soldiers were able to overcome the odds by making it up that wide expanse of a beach and then up the hills beyond. This has to be seen to understand how difficult a time they must of had. The ceremony at the Memorial and the walk through the cemetery fulfilled our purpose for taking this cruise. As always, the food was wonderfully prepared and served. Our servers quickly became our friends and their entertaining capability made each meal more than just a food experience. The ease of coming and going throughout the whole trip is much appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Food, luxury and caring was all part of this cruise. I am only 41 years old and won this trip on a tv show . I was a little worried that I would find it a little slow for my style but was totally wrong. When we got on the ship we were ... Read More
Food, luxury and caring was all part of this cruise. I am only 41 years old and won this trip on a tv show . I was a little worried that I would find it a little slow for my style but was totally wrong. When we got on the ship we were welcomed with open arms and made feel so welcome. The cabin was gorgeous and so clean and just pure luxury. It was all the little items that made it feel like home. The staff were always so happy and nice and every single time we walked past someone they said good morning. The port and shore excursions where well thought out and gave us so many options , which i loved, as if you wanted to be active you could be or take a slower paced one. The food was five star. It was some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Room service was available if I was too tired to eat out and was just as delicious. The food was always fresh and the presentation was stunning. The food menus covered all types of taste , vegan, vegos etc. The beverages where also stunning. The knowledge of food and wines was amazing from the staff. I just can recommend Scenic enough. I was made feel like a princess and the staff was amazing. I would say to anyone who has the oportunitiy to go on this cruise to do it. I made many wonderful memories and friends and wish I could do these cruises with Scenic yearly. Well done Scenic, I can see why you are one of the best cruise lines in the world. Many thanks to you all Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this river cruise because we wanted a more personal experience, and to be on a smaller boat than a cruise ship. We had a feeling we would like this more than prior cruises we went on before, but didn't expect to love most ... Read More
We chose this river cruise because we wanted a more personal experience, and to be on a smaller boat than a cruise ship. We had a feeling we would like this more than prior cruises we went on before, but didn't expect to love most things about it as much as we did. The food was exceptional, with many offerings that covered everything from fresh and healthy, to rich and satisfying. Always very fresh and well prepared. The wines were very nice and of a wide variety. It was nice to taste different wines from different regions every night. The inclusive details made this a no -brainer for us. The excursions were all well thought out, and with very hospitable and knowledgeable guides. The travel to and fro to the different off site excursions were comfortable, and the drivers were very professional. The service was top tier as well. The smiling faces greeted us daily and consistently had very positive attitudes and pleasant conversation. Everyone who we encountered on the boat spoke very good English! It (their English) was very good! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We took this cruise to attack our "bucket list" and found it to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. Not only did we tour some of the most evocative sights in France, but we were treated exceptionally well by ... Read More
We took this cruise to attack our "bucket list" and found it to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. Not only did we tour some of the most evocative sights in France, but we were treated exceptionally well by arguably the most capable and entertaining crew imaginable. They truly made this cruise one for the books! The cruise director, chef, and other staff made the port briefings and subsequent evening dining a highlight and not merely the dissemination of information and provision of outstanding menu items. This is our third Viking cruise, and while they all have their own personalities, it is the interaction of the crew that will provided us with some of our more endearing memories. The excursions were exceptional as well, again because the staff worked so well together. Throw together iconic land destinations and the capabilities of the staff and you have an unbeatable combination. We'll see Viking again soon! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We wanted to experience a more intimate, friendly cruise experience. We have grown tired of the big, mega ships with thousands of passengers. The meals were of top quality and a highlight of each evening. The ship staff were always ... Read More
We wanted to experience a more intimate, friendly cruise experience. We have grown tired of the big, mega ships with thousands of passengers. The meals were of top quality and a highlight of each evening. The ship staff were always polite and willing to help with any question s we had. The excursions were right on. They were long enough so we could enjoy the locale that we were visiting and still gave us time to unwind before dinner on the ship. In general, everything went well. All the events and excursions were well planned and went off without a hitch. GREAT TRIP. We enjoyed the experience so much that we have already booked another river cruise for next summer. Both of our fathers served in Europe during the second world war and we wanted to partially retrace their footsteps throughout France and Germany. Again a very good trip. Worth every penney. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We had never done a river cruise. So we arrived with a little trepidation. Left with love. Food,crew, boat, was perfect. Other passengers were fine, mostly from the US. We fell in with a couple from Canada and another couple from Aussie ... Read More
We had never done a river cruise. So we arrived with a little trepidation. Left with love. Food,crew, boat, was perfect. Other passengers were fine, mostly from the US. We fell in with a couple from Canada and another couple from Aussie land and a group from the US, don't think we've laughed that much for years I'd include the crew in that. Cabins were as good as any hotel we've stayed in around the world, not huge, but then we spent most of our time either on trips or in the public lounge, on the sun deck or in the spar, we had a great bed and beautiful bathroom. I'm a fussy sleeper, a feather pillow I asked, "no problem said reception" We had been on a sea cruise in 2016, it was fine! But we are now river cruisers. The Captain and crew were friendly and very hard working. My advice to anyone reading this review is, ignore reviews that complain about food or their cabins or the crew. My wife and I spend a lot of the year traveling and if you think this review is over the top and sycophantic, please see other reviews on TripAdvisor under my Whinchmore hill reviews. For me the highlight of the trip was the excursion to the Normandy beach's, while my wife loved the visit to the Chateau of (Not to night) Josephine and Napoleon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We had been on a river cruise before with another company and very much enjoyed this kind of experience which you cannot get on an ocean cruise. We were not disappointed this time around. From the shuttle service which took us to ... Read More
We had been on a river cruise before with another company and very much enjoyed this kind of experience which you cannot get on an ocean cruise. We were not disappointed this time around. From the shuttle service which took us to the airport from a hotel in Paris (only four of us in the bus!), we knew we were in the hands of a company that was intent on providing first class service. The food was divine - for lovers of seafood this cruise is a paradise! Snails, mussels, and oysters on the last day! - the wine flowed freely, the staff were super-hospitable and attentive, the shore excursions were well-organized with several options for each venue depending on interest and the level of fitness of the travelers. The cruise director, Helene, is perhaps the greatest asset of this ship, so effervescent, funny and enthusiastic, that I don't think there was a soul on ship who didn't fall in love with her! Add to that the unique pleasure of a river cruise, where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of the scenery along the way and where the small number of passsengers - we were less than 100, I believe - creates a more friendly and intimate atmosphere which enables you to make friends more easily. And of course the beauty of Normandy and of Paris, for those like us who decided to extend our trip by a few days. I cannot think of anything negative to say about this cruise other than the fact it was over too soon! We will definitely go with AMA Waterways on more river cruises, perhaps next time to Vietnam and Cambodia. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We are UK residents and live about 30 miles from London. We wanted a 7-day cruise with not too far to travel, so went for 7-days Paris to Normandy & return to Paris. Used Avalon last year on the Rhine and it was great. We ... Read More
We are UK residents and live about 30 miles from London. We wanted a 7-day cruise with not too far to travel, so went for 7-days Paris to Normandy & return to Paris. Used Avalon last year on the Rhine and it was great. We travelled by air then, not our favourite these days but it was good from Heathrow to Zurich and return. This year we opted for Eurostar as our only previous experience, a short break to Lille, was good. This time it was a disaster, we missed our train by 2 minutes, as the security/passport control queue was massive. (Sat. morning). This cost us an extra £190 to get on a train 4 hours later, in separate seats, that was the only option. Return journey was terrible, we were dropped off at a side entrance and had a massively long walk to get to the Eurostar Terminal. The economy seats were tired and uncomfortable. At the end of the journey we had a massive walk to find our pick-up driver and then another huge walk to the car park. So our advice is unless you are young and fit, avoid Eurostar. The Avalon River Cruise part was very good, service, food accommodation etc. first class. Avalon include tips as well for UK customers and offer beer, wine & soft drinks at lunch and dinner included. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had a nine year old and could not find a lot of cruise lines that allowed children. She had an excellent time and really enjoyed all the attention. Excellent food, great excursions and the service was exceptional. Next cruise ... Read More
We had a nine year old and could not find a lot of cruise lines that allowed children. She had an excellent time and really enjoyed all the attention. Excellent food, great excursions and the service was exceptional. Next cruise would be from Amsterdam to Budapest and definitely on Avalon. I love the smaller ship and special attention afforded all guest. This was our first river cruise and I found it much above an ocean cruise. I never realized that on an ocean cruise you spend so much of your time viewing water. On a river cruise you spend most of your day time exploring sites that have a lot of history and different culture. In the evening it is very relaxing to sit on top and watch the float up or down the river seeing the sites of river life. The next morning you are at a new port with all new experiences for that day. Very rewarding to a history buff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
First cruise and first time in France - LOVED this trip!!!! It was amazing and everything was fantastic - the ship/cabin was comfortable; the food was extremely good and I didn't even gain weight with all the food that was provided - ... Read More
First cruise and first time in France - LOVED this trip!!!! It was amazing and everything was fantastic - the ship/cabin was comfortable; the food was extremely good and I didn't even gain weight with all the food that was provided - loved all the excursions as they were a great way to get to know the area and cannot wait to go back and further explore Northern France. The staff was great about answering questions, and making the trip such a fabulous memory. I would strongly recommend Viking especially if you want to experience from a high level and travel abroad feeling safe. Everything was comfortable and enjoyable. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and cannot thank the Viking crew for all they did to make such a memorable excursion. I would definitely do this form of travel again as it was a perfect way to see and experience so many things about the country we were in - from history to present. Unforgettable!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Never been to Europe. Took two cruises One from Budapest to Amsterdam then went to Paris for Paris out to Normandy and back to Paris. Each ship had great crews, the excursions were wonderful, food and service just spectacular. It was ... Read More
Never been to Europe. Took two cruises One from Budapest to Amsterdam then went to Paris for Paris out to Normandy and back to Paris. Each ship had great crews, the excursions were wonderful, food and service just spectacular. It was a trip of a lifetime. I was espescially impressed with Nuremburg WWII for the Budapest to Amsterdam trip. Then for the Paris trip, Normandy and the beaches (Omaha especially) were inspirational. The US cemetary will be in my memory forever. Then the other places for the excursions such as Monets home and the village. Then Paris and the sights seen both before and after the cruise were spectacular. Napoleons home, the versailles and so many other things all packed into just a short time. I feel like it could not have been better. On the Budapesat to Amsterdam cruise, there were so many great sights and excufrsions. The Sound of Music day was wonderful as was he time spent in Vienna, Austria. So many of the areas are in my memory, but I have trouble remembering how to spell the area properly. On each ship the program director, Caitlyn O'Dowd(the Mirmar) and the Rolf Lionel were both great at the job they did. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Paris is always a great destination. Just walking around the city is a great pleasure. Lunch in a little brasserie near Notre Dame added to that pleasure. And, a visit to Notre Dame is good anytime - a place of peace. We had never been ... Read More
Paris is always a great destination. Just walking around the city is a great pleasure. Lunch in a little brasserie near Notre Dame added to that pleasure. And, a visit to Notre Dame is good anytime - a place of peace. We had never been to see Monet's gardens. This was a reason for the trip. The gardens more than lived up to expectations even though we were too early for the lilies to be in bloom. Our guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable. We took lots of photos, and had to buy a guide to the gardens to figure out all the variety of flowers. (The gift shop was an excellent shopping stop.) Omaha Beach and the American cemetery were very moving places. Rouen and the smaller towns along the way were most pleasant. And then, there was the simple pleasure of cruising on the Seine River. As always on Viking, the food was excellent, the service friendly and unparalleled, and the cabins most comfortable at the end of a hard day of tourism. We always like that we unpack once and the hotel goes with us on the journey. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our second AmaWaterways cruise and our third river cruise. We have done over 25 ocean cruises. River cruising has become our preference. The small number of people, the exceptional service and outstanding food are all very ... Read More
This was our second AmaWaterways cruise and our third river cruise. We have done over 25 ocean cruises. River cruising has become our preference. The small number of people, the exceptional service and outstanding food are all very attractive features vs. an ocean cruise.Our travel agent contacted us just before Christmas with a very attractive offer on this cruise, and we took it. It was over Easter week, which seems to be a slow period. The ship was not completely full and some of the guests were travel agents and others not paying full or any fare, I believe. Nevertheless it was a great group. Our Cruise Manager was Victor, who although seemingly a bit gruff at first, got to know everyone by name and gave very personal service to each individual. The crew were fabulous and uniformly friendly. One of our favourites was Anton, a waiter in the area where we normally sat in the Dining Room. The excursions included in the fare were all fantastic and we especially enjoyed Honfleur, Monet's Gardens at Giveryney, and the World War 2 beaches and cemeteries in Normandy. Canadians and British (there were no British on this cruise) got their own separate tour to our own WW2 beaches and the Americans went to theirs. The ship, although built in 2009, was in terrific condition, and looked like it had been refurbished in its winter layover. It is shorter than the newer vessels, and so carries a few less people. But I liked the dining room layout better than the AmaSonata we had been on previously. It has quite a few tables for two, which we greatly prefer. An exception is the Chef's Table alternate restaurant at the stern, where everyone is entitled to one meal during the cruise. It seats 24 people, but they are all at tables for six. We did not enjoy this especially, being seated with people with whom we had little in common. I did not enjoy the food here either and would probably skip it next time. Embarkation and especially disembarkationn was flawless. We bought an Ama transfer to the airport at the end of the cruise and it was great- including being met by someone at the airport to guide us through checkin. This kind of personal attention, including Victor coming our to our luxurious van to say goodbye, is long remembered and is such a contrast to ocean cruises where they typically can't wait to get rid of you at the end of the cruise, and where you are on your own once you step off the ship. We will definitely sail on Ama again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had heard that river cruises were excellent. Love the smaller atmosphere and personal service. The embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy, well planned and executed. Our cabin was beautiful and well maintained. We were ... Read More
We had heard that river cruises were excellent. Love the smaller atmosphere and personal service. The embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy, well planned and executed. Our cabin was beautiful and well maintained. We were very pleased with the beautiful accomodations and views from our room. The dining experience was exceptional each and every meal. We would definitely return and highly recommend this experience to our friends. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and personal relationship we acquired with the staff and cruise director as well as the chef and serving staff. My husband has extreme shellfish allergies and the chef and head waiter personally sat down with my husband on the first day to review his allergies. Then each meal the head waiter or the chef would go over each menu to help my husband avoid any foods that might cause him concern. I found this to be exceptional service. Our shore excursions that were included with the cruise were very interesting and far exceeded my expectations. The tour guides were extremely knowlegable and friendly. We took one added tour, Paris by Night, which I found we could have skipped as it was a bit expensive and short. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We selected the Paris roundtrip cruise on the Seine for the ports to include the Normandy and D-Day history. This was our second river cruise, first on AMA. We had an excellent experience and we enjoyed everything about this cruise ... Read More
We selected the Paris roundtrip cruise on the Seine for the ports to include the Normandy and D-Day history. This was our second river cruise, first on AMA. We had an excellent experience and we enjoyed everything about this cruise experience. We left Paris after dinner and sailed up the Seine toward the Eiffel Tower starting the cruise off viewing the Eiffel Tower at night with the spectacular sparkling lights, a special memory to start the cruise. The captain and crew provided excellent customer service and always went above and beyond to make you feel like a special guest on their ship. The captain and second in charge were always at the door as we left for excursions and returned, even standing out in the rain to greet us. We were provided many extra special small perks that were much appreciated and it showed that they value their guests. The excursions were excellent, especially Giverny and our day in Normandy. All guides were professional and provided great narratives and the perfect amount of historical information about the port and area. With the "vox box" and ear piece you could hear the guides throughout the excursion. The room was comfortable and well kept. Limited storage space in the bathroom but it was manageable for the week. Overall room had enough storage space and there was enough room under the bed so large suitcases could be stored underneath and out of the way. The food was excellent, always plenty of selections and variety for each meal. Snacks always available in the lounge with a hot drink self-serve machine as well as water and iced tea. There were several nights with a captain's event prior to dinner for nice social time prior to dinner. The lounge entertainment was enjoyable and added to the enjoyment of the time in the lounge.There was no assigned seating in the dining room and this allowed us to meet a variety of guests. One slight negative on our cruise was there were two groups, each appeared to be 10- 20 people and they did not mingle with other guests, the larger group frequently taking over sections of the lounge which created a cliche atmosphere for some gatherings, this is no fault of the cruise line but just an observation of groups being on board. We had an outstanding time thanks to the great efforts of the cruise, from the captain to those behind the scene crew members. We recommend AMA and we hope to do another cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
A great cruise, an excellent river cruise company, we have taken six cruises with Viking, all in Europe since 2010. The food on the cruise was very good, breakfasts and lunches were buffets or you may order off the menu which changes ... Read More
A great cruise, an excellent river cruise company, we have taken six cruises with Viking, all in Europe since 2010. The food on the cruise was very good, breakfasts and lunches were buffets or you may order off the menu which changes daily. Dinners were had a gourmet flavor and themes from the cruising regions were presented daily. Lots of choices, the wine flows freely at lunch and dinner with no extra charge. The two night pre-extension stay was at the Paris Pullman hotel, good food with an excellent location and view of the Eiffel Tower. The post extension stay was two nights at the Prague Hilton, an excellent location and very nice facility. Both Paris and Prague are wonderful European cities with lots to see and do. The shore tour are very nice and well managed. You have an opportunity to see and experience local culture, history, food, and the way of life in Europe both past and present. Go and enjoy it all, take this opportunity and make it a most memorable journey of a life time. Bon Voyage !!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We wanted to see the Normandy Beaches. That was a high point but all the stops along the Seine had their own appeal. Actually, travelling along the Seine during the day was a relaxing experience. I did some exercises on the top deck as ... Read More
We wanted to see the Normandy Beaches. That was a high point but all the stops along the Seine had their own appeal. Actually, travelling along the Seine during the day was a relaxing experience. I did some exercises on the top deck as the boat moved along. We enjoyed climbing to Richard's fortress in little LesAndelys. Rouen was fabulous. We had an entire day there. Honfleur was delightful. One Sunday we decided not to go on an excursion and walked the little town of Conflans, which was having its local market. I find that doing something very ordinary, like visiting a street market or goong to a "pharmacie" and interacting, makes me feel much closer to a place and immediately illustrates the differences in such a positive way. All the local guides were excellent, especially Clarice, who took us through Versailles and thr Ile de la Cite. We had been there before but without such entertaining narrative. The crew was excellent. The bar crew was friendly. I found that the crew remembered you day to day in a way I had not experienced on precious cruises. They would make conversation and joke around but never in a way that was too casual. The seminars that were held when the boat sailed during the day were quite good. One seminar highlighted pastry making with a local chef. I finally learned how to use a pastry bag corrctly. The D-Day scholar was exceptional. He was a well-known British scholar. My husband attended a wine seminar. He is quite knowledgeable but said he learned a few things. One nice touch that I don't remeber from previous cruises was the free afternoon tea and cakes. It's a nice way to wind down before dinner and before th happy hour. The food was fabulous. The logistics of embarkation and disembarkation, as well as the day-to-day excursion travel were smooth. Our cruise diector was responsible for this. She held a daily meeting and was very clear about when and where. I think that was key. One other improvement from previous cruises was the new hotel. It seems every tour of any kind used that same huge hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. This time we were in the Montparnasse Pullman. We almost got off to a bad start because another perrson on a different tour at a different hotel took my husband's bag by mistake at the airport. Fortunately, his cell phone number was on the outside. It was the Pullman concierge who got the bag back to us that day. As it happenned, even the passengers were just the right mix and friendly. As always the Canadians were their wonderful selves. That is one thing I like about Avalon cruises. There is a mix of English-speaking travelers that gives you a nice international flavor but everyone speaks English. We would go again in a heartbeat. I am hoping to see a Portugal trip and a Garonne River trip, which were hinted at in one of the Avalon surveys. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We arrived in Paris 2 days before our cruise and spent the time seeing the Parisian sites. We didn't realize that lunch was available on board the first day before the ship embarked on our cruise, so take advantage of that. Our ship ... Read More
We arrived in Paris 2 days before our cruise and spent the time seeing the Parisian sites. We didn't realize that lunch was available on board the first day before the ship embarked on our cruise, so take advantage of that. Our ship the River Baroness was lovely, but our cruise was its very last as it is being retired. A couple we were with commented about how small the cabin was, but we didn't feel it was a problem. The food was excellent as was the service. Each night if you did not want an of the three entree choices, there was always a choice of steak or chicken. We enjoyed all the excursions especially the one to the beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery. There was lots of walking on the tours but they did have a group for gentle walkers if needed. All alcohol was included in the cruise price, so that was a bonus. Each afternoon and evening there was entertainment that was mainly someone playing a keyboard. It was my first river cruise and I discovered that I like river cruising. It is because I am shy and loved that everything was planned; we had a guide who spoke French whenever we were out and about and our tours were all organized for us and we had choices each day as to what we wanted to do. I loved that the ship was our hotel room and we did not need to move from place to place. Can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise to be able to visit the Normandy beaches. Other ports were equally as interesting. All the tour guides were very knowledgeable and it was nice to be able to pick the pace of the tour you wanted to do. Food was ... Read More
Chose this cruise to be able to visit the Normandy beaches. Other ports were equally as interesting. All the tour guides were very knowledgeable and it was nice to be able to pick the pace of the tour you wanted to do. Food was outstanding, loved the smaller portions with the option to get more if you asked for it. This allowed me to enjoy a four course meal without being overly stuffed! Our wait staff was great, very attentive and after one sitting knew our likes and dislikes.This was especially noticeable at the bar. Cabins were clean and serviced twice a day. Several nice touches included a rose for the woman at the first dinner, warm towels to wash your hands and a cup of tea or cider after each tour. Also all tours were included in the initial price of the cruise so there were no additional costs. I would definitely choose Amawaterways for another trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
First class cruise with 1st class people. We simply just loved, loved, loved the crew! The experience onboard the ship was great in every way. We always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. The food was great with a local influence ... Read More
First class cruise with 1st class people. We simply just loved, loved, loved the crew! The experience onboard the ship was great in every way. We always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. The food was great with a local influence and the servers in the restaurant although not technically perfect were efficient and personable. The excursions that we went on were well organized … the only comment would be that we would have liked more time at the beaches of Normandy. The reality is that it is there is only so much you can see in one day – if you really want to see everything then you must spend several days there. The ceremony arranged by the ship was a nice touch and made a big impression on us. Overall the tour program was really well organized and the concierge did a great job organizing the tours. The Program Director was also informative, but a little high pitched and too long briefings. All the guides were clear and easy to understand. I would have liked to see an option with a smaller tour group. No complaints about anything. You get what you pay for. Viking is an excellent value for an excellent experience. Go! Now! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I especially chose this cruise to see the Normandy Beaches, Giverney and Rouen. I was not disappointed . Great staff and we were lucky enough to have good weather in October. The food was absolutely wonderful. The wait staff attentive. ... Read More
I especially chose this cruise to see the Normandy Beaches, Giverney and Rouen. I was not disappointed . Great staff and we were lucky enough to have good weather in October. The food was absolutely wonderful. The wait staff attentive. The wine was flowing and very good. WE also followed this cruise with one from Bordoeaux on the River Royale. It was much better. The rooms larger and there were days of cruising without a trek off the boat. Very relaxing. Lots of Wine tasting. I feel t his cruise line even though it was expensicve as they all are these days is one of the best. We were impressed with the ship and we were lucky enough to have some wonderfull traveling companions. If your lucky enough to have good weather, You will enjoy any river cruise. It is very pleasant to watch the scenery drift by. Both these boats and an enclosed top so on could play cards and keep warm while enjoying the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The ship looked appealing. The trip was where we wanted to travel. We tied this in to a bus trip in France also. We spent almost a month in France and thought this would be a good choice to finish our stay. the stateroom was very nice. ... Read More
The ship looked appealing. The trip was where we wanted to travel. We tied this in to a bus trip in France also. We spent almost a month in France and thought this would be a good choice to finish our stay. the stateroom was very nice. i liked that you could see the river from your bed. Unless of course you were docked side by side with another ship. That at times was disappointing. the ship excursions were for the most part very good. A dinner the last night near Nice was not worth the time or money. The service at the restuarant was terrible. the thing that most stands out was the crew. They were excellent. Everyone of them were friendly and very accomadating. You could not have put together a better crew. I have already recommended Avalon to our travel representative. I am sure if we choose another river cruise in the future it would be with you. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Cruise went through Normandy which we had always wanted to see. The trip to the D Day beaches was very emotional and overwhelming at the same time. You actually could spend days there, but we only had the one day. Seeing the American ... Read More
Cruise went through Normandy which we had always wanted to see. The trip to the D Day beaches was very emotional and overwhelming at the same time. You actually could spend days there, but we only had the one day. Seeing the American Cemetery was heartbreaking. The cruise director, Tania was wonderful and the guides we had at every stop were extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining! Our favorites were Barbara, Evelyn and Denise. They were truly amazing and the level of knowledge and history they shared was unbelievable! Loved the boutique cruise as it wasn't crowded. Our stateroom was very comfortable and the food was fabulous! I was even able to squeeze in a fabulous massage one afternoon as a special treat. Every staff member was extremely courteous and did everything they could to make this trip special. We will definitely use UniWorld again and look forward to our next adventure with a top of the line cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
What a way to visit Normandie and get a taste of Paris! This was our first cruise of any kind. We are very happy with our choice. From beginning to end all went well. The crew were welcoming, helpful, efficient and professional. ... Read More
What a way to visit Normandie and get a taste of Paris! This was our first cruise of any kind. We are very happy with our choice. From beginning to end all went well. The crew were welcoming, helpful, efficient and professional. They must be applying the 10/5 concept; eye contact at 10 feet and a hello at 5 feet. Whenever we would leave the ship for an excursion the Captain would bid us a good day and then a welcome back, something we were told rarely happens on other cruises. The stateroom was very well apportioned and always kept clean and tidy by our room steward. Dining in the morning, at noon,in the evening and at night was fantastic and plentiful and the wines were very good. The service on all fronts was excellent, albeit a bit slow at the bar at times; the entertainment also left something to be desired, except for the night the crew took to the stage. As for the shore excursions all of them were well guided, informative and always on schedule. Without taking anything away from other excursions the highlights for us were the D-Day landing beaches and the optional one to Honfleur, i.e., the location from where Champlain and company departed to settle the "new world". The sailing part of the cruise was not so much a sail per se as a glide along La Seine. Although there is always a current there is practically no wind to speak of, thus no waves. We delighted in watching the river banks and the towns and cities glide by, even at night with the lights of our room extinguished and curtains slightly opened, all until we gently fell asleep. This was truly a wonderful adventure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The venue/places to see was what attracted us -- we wanted to see both the northern and southern route. Our cruise director (Jon Luc) was absolutely superb and he not only took good care us, in a very detailed fashion, but also provided ... Read More
The venue/places to see was what attracted us -- we wanted to see both the northern and southern route. Our cruise director (Jon Luc) was absolutely superb and he not only took good care us, in a very detailed fashion, but also provided some entertaining insights throughout the entire cruise. We had him on both legs. He was always on top of everything and his information was always correct. The transportation was excellent with good drivers and good guides. Most of the guides spoke decent English so we were able to follow most of what was presented for our enjoyment. All of the guides were well prepared and displayed a very good command of the venue. We had been wishing to go to the beaches at Normandy for many years and we were not disappointed. The train trip between the northern and southern route was very interesting. The ship was clean and layed out very well to provide a lot of comfort and convenience. The on-board drinks, beyond the complementary wines at dinner, were rather pricy but there was a "happy hour" on most days that knocked down to tab to half (reasonable). The wine served at dinner was generally good and there were choices available to suit most guests. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016

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