We just got back from our Paris to Normandy cruise with Avalon and have nothing but positive to say.
We arrived a few days early on our own and were able to get directions from the cruise director to give to our taxi driver. We were told to be there between 4 and 5, but due to being a little neurotic arrived at 3:30. As we walked up to the ship to just hang out until 4, the crew saw us and allowed us to board. They grabbed our bags and took us to the reception desk. Within minutes we had our key and were settled in our room.
Beautiful, clean cabin with a comfortable bed and lovely french balcony to view the scenery passing by. We had a great location just 4 doors down from the entrance to the hallway so we never had far to go to get to reception, the lounge or dining. The room was extrememly quiet.