No doubt about it, the Seine offers some of the most spectacular views of Paris. A cruise along the legendary river is a must-do for visitors who gaze, wide-eyed, as the French capital’s iconic monuments slip past in the course of an excursion or a lunch or dinner cruise.
Spotlight on companies that offer cruises, private tours and team-building events on the River Seine.
Sightseeing and a gourmet meal
Set off on a lunch or dinner cruise with Bateaux Parisiens. The company’s boarding point at Port de la Bourdonnais enjoys a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. Their fleet comprises 13 boats: 5 ‘restaurant’ boats with seating for 110 to 340 people and 8 ‘sightseeing’ boats with seating for 100 to 600 people. Traditional French cooking can be savoured with musical accompaniment during a 2hr lunch cruise, at prices ranging from €57 to €89. Alternatively, there is a 2hr-30 dinner cruise (€99 to €250).
Discover or reacquaint yourself with historical Paris on a Bateaux Mouches sightseeing or dining cruise. These boats with avant-garde design have two decks, and are regularly redecorated to reflect current trends. Climb aboard an enclosed boat with heating and air-conditioning or, in warmer weather, a boat with an open deck to enjoy an unrestricted view. The fleet comprises 15 light-filled, glass-sided boats: 9 sightseeing and 6 restaurant boats, with dining rooms and lounges hosting 500 people for sit-down dinners (800 people for cocktails).
Marina de Paris, located south of the city centre in the Village Cour Saint Emilion, organizes a range of made-to-measure events on its panoramic boats, in the layout of your choice. The company has 4 boats with capacity ranging from 30 to 200 passengers. Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise to admire the French capital’s famous monuments, including the illuminated bridges at dusk. Sophisticated dishes made using seasonal ingredients are served aboard Marina de Paris boats. Three cruise durations are available, from 1hr15 to 2hrs, priced from €41 to €71.
Group packages can also be booked for groups of 15 to 200 people.
Entertaining on the Seine
Built in 2014, Pavillon Seine is a new floating vessel from luxury caterers Potel et Chabot. Stylishly appointed, with faultless service, the 70-metre-long vessel can be used – at dock or out on the water – to host a variety of events, from business dinners and fashion shows to meetings, product launches and receptions. The 800 m² surface area divided up into reception rooms, with 34 beautiful bay windows all the way to the upper deck, is perfect for hosting upscale receptions, and accommodates up to 400 people for cocktails. One noteworthy feature is the boat’s 3-metre ceiling, with no staircases or pillars.
Another Seine cruise stalwart is Les Yachts de Paris. The company possesses a fleet of 8 magnificent yachts hosting up to 800 passengers, sailing from Port Henri IV or Port de Javel. Privatized events and customized packages can be organized in superb lounges to suit the client’s requirements (conference, seminar, product launch, reception, dance party). The food served on board comes from the upscale Paris caterer Lenôtre.
As of end-2014, Les Yachts de Paris also provide spaces with eco-friendly design: the open-air Network lounges and the Liberty barge, located in the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty in western Paris.
Fun on the water
Marin d’eau douce offers a choice of convivial cruises on the Bassin de la Villette and along the Canal Saint Martin, the Canal de l’Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Denis for groups of 20 to 200 people. Hire an electric boat for a leisurely cruise, or opt for a more challenging event like a treasure hunt, a nautical rally or an orienteering course.
Nautiques Evènements organizes a number of unusual events in prestigious historical locations for groups of up to 1,000 people. Its ‘Dragon Boat’ regatta is a team-building event like no other. It gives crews of 8 or 18 a unique opportunity to test this ancient Chinese sport in the course of a 250-metre sprint, to the sound of drums. A themed evening or cocktail party with a prize-giving ceremony rounds off the day. Great fun!
Paris Canalhas 3 boats that can accommodate groups of 10 to 200 people, leaving from two boarding points, one at the foot of the Musée d’Orsay and the other on the Bassin de la Villette. Enjoy a 2hr30 cruise along the Canal Saint Martin or a full day outing on the Paris canals, touring the Île des Impressionnistes, the Grande Boucle de Paris, Guinguette, the Cité de la Sciences, Parc de la Villette etc. Various services are available for corporate clients: entertainment, flower decoration and a catering service.
Canauxrama has 5 panoramic boats accommodating up to 250 people on cruises along the Canal de l’Ourcq, the Canal Saint Martin and the Canal Saint-Denis. For groups, Canauxrama has several itineraries ranging in duration from one hour to all-day, private cruises with cocktails or dinner and incentive trips including a guided tour of the Musée des Arts Forains or the Cité des Sciences.