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Author: norbertsniece

Joined: 3/8/2013
Posts: 12
GCT Trips Taken: 1
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Traveler Since: 2013

August 01, 2013

 Here's the link.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 524
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Traveler Since: 2002

August 01, 2013

 Linda,

It looks like you're off to a great start.

Author: norbertsniece

Joined: 3/8/2013
Posts: 12
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Traveler Since: 2013

August 04, 2013

 Thanks x Currently in room with an ice pack on the biggest blister I've ever experienced (result of mosquito bite) ..... just pulling out of a lock..... my porthole is just above water level.... interesting perspective.....

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
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Traveler Since: 1999

August 04, 2013

I'm following your blog.  It's fascinating!

Pauline

Author: grammyflo

Joined: 3/15/2010
Posts: 177
GCT Trips Taken: 13
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Traveler Since: 2002

August 04, 2013

Linda, your blog is better than a post-trip report.  We are considering this trip so please keep up the good work.

grammyflo

Author: revbet

Joined: 5/7/2010
Posts: 11
GCT Trips Taken: 5
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Traveler Since: 2008

August 04, 2013

 How great to read your blog!  We took this same trip a few years ago and LOVED it.  We even got 5 extra days in Paris as it was during the Icelandic volcano episode and we could not fly back to the states.  It was a wonderful trip and I am so enjoying reliving it through your account.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 524
GCT Trips Taken: 12
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Countries Visited:

Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

August 04, 2013

 Linda,

I'm sorry to here about the noise being so bad. Those cabins are right by the engine room, and that  is why they are the cheapest class of cabin. We are looking at this cruise and normally take the lowest price available, but I think that we willl avoid them in this case.

Author: jeswlloyd

Joined: 9/13/2011
Posts: 32
GCT Trips Taken: 8
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2009

August 04, 2013

Thanks for this blog.  We are enjoying following your trip as it is one that we are considering.  Hope that your foot gets better and that you get some relief from the noise in your room.  Certainly, the info on the room noise is very useful for those planning to book the trip.

Author: rwhansen

Joined: 3/5/2010
Posts: 66
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2010

August 05, 2013

We sailed on the June 3, 2013 departure of the Burgundy and Provence itinerary, except from Paris to Nice and on the Provence, not the Chardonnay.  We had a delightful time.

 

Responding to two of Norbertsniece's comments, we experienced no mosquitoes.  None!  While they may have hatched since then and have become a pest since our trip, I would not think they would be a problem while underway; just in the ports.

 

Second, as Nanaandpapa points out, Norbertsniece's cabin, number 2, is the last in line towards the stern and the engine room.  It is no surprise that she is experiencing noise while underway.  In a like manner, it is also best to avoid cabins close to the bow if the ship has thrusters.  It is always best to be located mid-ship to avoid noise.

 

We were in cabin 12 on the Provence, and experienced no discomfort from noise.  None of the main deck cabins were available when we booked.  However, being on the lower deck turned out to be a blessing because being partially below water level, our cabin was well insulated.  The air conditioning in our cabin was so cold that we had to turn it warmer.  Cabins and public areas on the main deck were much warmer.

 

All told, our experience on the Provence was wonderful and always comfortable.

Author: norbertsniece

Joined: 3/8/2013
Posts: 12
GCT Trips Taken: 1
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Traveler Since: 2013

August 06, 2013

Thanks for your kind comments.

Saw the Provence yesterday as she is stuck facing south in Tournon awaiting the lock to be fixed.... we are stuck in Cruas waiting to head north. No noise last night!! Chuckle. Am guessing we will get under way today, fingers crossed the lock is repaired, so will definitely be sailing over night. 

Author: gaynell

Joined: 8/12/2010
Posts: 161
GCT Trips Taken: 4
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Traveler Since: 2005

August 06, 2013

Oh, those sunflowers!  Amazing.

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