Our reason for choosing this cruise was 2 part. Small Ship & New Horizons. This leg involved joining the ship at Valparaiso, Chile continuing to Guayaquil, Ecuador. French food was an added attraction. As 2 people in our 70's we do not try to do the impossible, and the excursion choices allowed us to stay within our limits without difficulty. For example, on this leg we chose the Flight over the Nasca Lines excursion, but passed on the Macchu Picchu excursion because of the altitude.
The on ship lectures were generally good, as they varied between being delivered in French and English languages, but the slides etc had subtitles, so worked well.
Ports and Shore excursions were well organised, and a ship representative travelled on the excursions at all times to smooth the way. Worked well. The small ship also has a benefit at many locations as it berthed at really convenient locations compared to larger ships which we observed along the way.
We choose our cabin based on location within the ship, midship and generally rhs. Also, we were offered limited availability when booking. This particular room was adequate, but a little tired. The mattress was worn and hard, not the best. The aircon needed a service to get functioning, which was done immediately upon request. Space and storage was good.