Q – Now that Rush Limbaugh has called off his “boycott” of France and all things French, my husband and I are ready for our second river cruise, following a “Just OK” experience with Viking River on the Danube. This time we are looking at AMA, based on your reviews. But what about the Seine itinerary? What’s the bottom line we need to know?

A – Most of these itineraries are quite similar, operating between Paris and Rouen. The air is always through Paris and pre/post programs in Paris are usually fairly-priced. Rush does not tend to vacation in Paris – another plus.

The trip highlights are clearly the opportunity to visit the Normandy landing beaches. We recommend that you allow us to arrange for a private guide from our approved list of US Military historians. Photographers go ga-ga over the beauty of Monet’s gardens in Giverny.

Some of the lines offer longer voyages on the Seine as it flows north cuttingacross Paris and then heaqding to Norm,andy and the beginning, or end, of the English Channel at the port of Le Havre.

AMA will be a step up from Viking as long as you realize that gradations in quality among the major river boat lines are often quite subtle. You should notice better food and service on AMA.