And we loved it. The Baroness has had a refurb since we sailed on her, but we didn't mind the decor. The ship was well maintained.

We travel lowest category cabin, and are fine with the space. Every square inch is utilized. Just mind the step going into the washroom - stubbed my toes a few times when we first boarded.

The itinerary has changed a bit since we took this cruise (2008), and one of our favourite stops (Conflans, and a trip to Auvers-sur-oise to see where Van Gogh was living when he killed himself) is not included any more. But they have added other stops (ie: Les Andelys) that do look interesting.

Of course, the trip to the beaches in Normandy is sobering, but a "must see". Our CD arranged for a few of us to see Juno Beach, and the Canadian Cemetery at Benys-sur-Mer - catching up with the rest of the group at Arromanche. Very happy that they made those arrangements for us.

The optional trip to Versailles is wonderful. And, after you have seen Monet's home in Giverny, I would suggest you make a trip to the Orangerie in the Tuilleries in Paris --> to see the actual canvases of the Water Lilies. You would need to do this on your own, but it is a small museum, and easy to find.

Fran