Best Seine River dinner cruise

The Seine river cruise truly is a memorable experience during a stay in Paris. You get the best seats to watch the legendary monuments of Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Alexandre III bridge and of course the Eiffel Tower. In the early evening, several companies offer dinner cruises with a spectacular view of the City of Light. These restaurant boats are heated or cooled according to the season and some of them even have a terrace.

Bateaux-Mouches ? Bateaux Parisiens ? Which cruise line to choose?

You will find here a comparison of the main boat companies on the Seine:


Bateaux Mouches

Bateaux Mouches

The Bateaux Mouches company is the most famous in Paris. The boats are entirely glassed and offer panoramic views of the Parisian landscape. When you are comfortably seated next to the windows, you will be entertained with an orchestra. The Bateaux Mouches partnered the Crazy Horse and provide an evening with a dinner cruise followed by a cabaret show.

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Bateaux Parisiens

Bateaux Parisiens

The Bateaux Parisiens are a good choice for a fine dinner with attentive waiters. Panoramic boats allow you to contemplate the beautiful bridges of Paris. The pier is located a few steps from the Eiffel Tower.

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Marina de Paris

Marina de Paris

The Marina de Paris is an amazing opportunity to spend some quality time with your family or couple. The fleet has boats with large windows, and the crew is warm. For dinner, you can choose a tasting of appetizers and desserts.

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Capitaine Fracasse

Capitaine Fracasse

The Capitaine Fracasse offers a cruise from the Bir-Hakeim bridge, on the "Ile aux Cygnes" (island of Swans) which hosts the Statue of Liberty. The food is freshly prepared on board by Chef Martial (Meilleur Ouvrier de France 1992). On the terrace, smokers or everyone else get the best spots of Paris from the Seine.

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Paris en Scène

Paris en Scène

Paris en Scène offers the most affordable dinner cruise, from 39€. Boats are cozy and trendy, besides you are settled in comfortable leather armchairs. Enjoy the lovely surroundings.

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This table summarizes main differences between these dinner cruise companies:


BATEAUX MOUCHES BATEAUX PARISIENS MARINA DE PARIS CAPITAINE FRACASSE PARIS EN SCÈNE
SCHEDULE

Boarding:
5.30pm or 8.00pm

Departure:
6.00pm or 8.30pm

Return to dock:
7.15pm or 10.45pm

Boarding:
6.00pm or 8.00pm

Departure:
6.15pm or 8.30pm

Return to dock:
7.45pm or 11.00pm

Boarding:
6.15pm or 9.00pm

Departure:
6.45pm or 9.15pm

Return to dock:
8.00pm or 11.15pm
From Sun. to Fri.
Departure at 8.45pm
Return to dock at 11pm

Saturdays
Departure at 6.30pm or 9.15pm
Return to dock at 8.15pm or 11.15pm
Departure at 6.00pm, 8.00pm, 10.15pm

CRUISE DURATION
1h15 when departure at 6.00pm
2h15 when departure at 8.30pm
1h30 when departure at 6.15pm
2h30 when departure at 8.30pm
1h15 when departure at 6.45pm
2h00 when departure at 9.15pm
1h45 when departure at 6.30pm
2h15 when departure at 8.45pm
2h00 when departure at 9.15pm
1h15
PRICE
From 75€ From 69€ From 60€ From 65€ From 42€
DETAILS
Tables next to the windows
Scenic boat
Live violin and piano
At the foot of Eiffel Tower
Orchestra and singer
Scenic boat
Fine French cuisine
Renovated vessels
Large windows
Dinner by Chef Martial
Next to Eiffel Tower
Family Atmosphere
Panoramic view
Outdoor terrace
Leather chairs
BOARDING
Pont de l'Alma - Paris 8e Port de la Bourdonnais - Paris 7e Port de Solférino - Paris 7e Ile aux Cygnes - Paris 16e From Nov. to Apr.:
Escale de Grenelle
From May to Oct.:
Pont Saint-Michel
SUBWAY
Alma Marceau (L9) Bir Hakeim (L6, RER C) Assemblée Nationale (L12)
Musée d'Orsay (RER C)
Bir-Hakeim (L6, RER C) From Nov. to Apr.:
Bir-Hakeim (L6, RER C)
From May to Oct.:
Saint-Michel (L4, RER B, C)
PARKING
Free during the cruise Parking Quai Branly Parking du Carrousel du Louvre Parking Grenelle (Gratuit) From Nov. to Apr.:
Parking Grenelle (Gratuit)
From May to Oct.:
Parking Saint Michel
CHILDREN RATE
from 3 to 11 from 0 to 12 from 0 to 10 from 0 to 10 from 0 to 10
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
manual and motor manual manual manual manual
TERRACE
yes no no yes yes
SMOKING
yes yes no yes yes
ONLINE BOOKING
Bateaux Mouches Bateaux Parisiens Marina de Paris Capitaine Fracasse Paris en Scène



For all:

  • air conditioned/heated: yes
  • dress code: Smart casual
  • animals: no
  • toilets: yes
  • comments during the cruise: no
  • vegetarian menu: yes
  • halal or kosher meals: no

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