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Tracy McCully

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AmaWaterways "Paris and Normandy" River Cruise

Year: 2015

October 2015 

This was an amazing trip!

It was my first river cruise and I just loved this experience.  The  AmaWaterways  crew was so friendly and accommodating giving impeccable service at all times.  We felt pampered and taken care of.  It is a very leisurely way to travel. It was nice to just unpack once and our room steward came in twice daily to help us keep things in order in our well-appointed stateroom. 

 I highly recommend spending a little more money and upgrading to a room with at least a French balcony.  It was so nice to be able to open our sliding windows and get some fresh air and hear the sound of the water as we were cruising along.

The meals served for evening dinner were so delicious and it was a great opportunity to try some French delicacies such as caviar and fois gras.  And don't get me started about the cheese....my oh my.....such wonderful cheese! The breakfast and lunch buffets had so many options!  It was sometimes hard to know where to begin. Wine, beer and softdrinks are complimentary at lunch and dinner. In the lounge you can always get coffee, espresso, cappuccinos and lattes.  They also serve an early-risers continental breakfast and a light lunch in the lounge each day.

The daily excursions were very well organized.  The coaches used to transport us were very nice....big windows and very clean.  We really liked that we had a headset so we could hear our guide perfectly during the tours. They were all so knowledgeable.  It was so meaningful to visit the Canadian War Cemeteries and the Juno Beach Centre.  My mother and I were also fortunate to be able to pay our respects at her uncle's grave. He died in 1944 two months after landing on Juno Beach.

I made good use of the complimentary in-room wifi and we could even use our TV as a computer, complete with keyboard, so I could send some emails too.

 Each evening after dinner there was entertainment in the lounge.  One evening we saw a lovely chanteuse (French singer) who serenaded us with traditional French songs such as "La Vie En Rose".  The last evening of the cruise we enjoyed a violin & guitar duo who were so talented!  They played  beautiful classical music as well as some gypsy songs.  There was also an onboard pianist/organist named Mike who was keeping us entertained all week long in the lounge.

There were only two things that I feel could be improved upon: (1) I found the bed to be too hard for me....someone with back issues. (2) It would have been nice to have a room service option...whether free or at an additional cost.