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The Best Seine River Dinner Cruises in Paris

We have visited Paris many times, and one of the activities we always recommend folks do when visiting the city for the first time is to take a Seine River Cruise. They offer a unique perspective on the city and let you see many of the highlights of Paris as you relax onboard.

You actually have some options when it comes to taking one of these cruises. You can either do a sightseeing cruise, or you can take a cruise which includes a meal, either lunch during the day or dinner in the evening.

We have taken several Seine River Cruises in Paris over the years, including sightseeing cruises and dinner cruises. In this guide, we’re going to share our thoughts specifically on taking a Seine River dinner cruise when you visit Paris.

We’ll cover our favourite dinner cruise options, share our experiences taking dinner cruises, and also offer our advice on what to look for when deciding between cruise options.

If you’d prefer to take a sightseeing cruise instead, which is more focused on seeing the sights and often comes with narration, we also have a detailed guide to the best Seine River Cruises, which covers sightseeing cruises in detail.

We have taken a number of dinner cruises in Paris, and this guide is based on our personal experiences. We’ve also written a number of other guides you might find useful in Paris, including suggested itineraries for 2 days in Paris and 3 days in Paris, tips for how to get around Paris, as well as a review of the Paris Pass. We share all these resources at the end of this post.

Now, let’s look at our favourite Seine River dinner cruises in Paris!

Best Seine River Dinner Cruises

This guide lists what we think are the best options for a dinner cruise in Paris. If you’d prefer a lunch cruise, most of these companies also offer that as an option.

These are listed in no particular order. Pricing is correct as of June 2023; however, do always check the latest prices as they can vary. All prices are listed in euros.

 

Bateaux Mouches

Bateaux Mouches is one of the most well-known and popular sight-seeing cruise companies operating on the Seine River. They have a range of cruises offering dinner, with a convenient departure location by the Eiffel Tower. You can book these cruises here.

Cruises run every day, with an early-bird special at 6pm offering a shorter, value option. Most cruises last for 2 hours and 15 minutes approximately, with the exception of the early-bird cruise which lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

Pricing and Tickets

Bateaux Mouches currently offers two dinner cruise departure times. These all include live musical accompaniment and there’s also a dancefloor which is open to guests to enjoy.

The two main cruise departures are:

  • A 2.5 hour “Prestige” cruise which costs 115 euros per adult (39 euros for children). This includes an aperitif, three course meal, as well as wine, soft drinks, tea or coffee, and water. This can also be upgraded to a four-course menu (“Excellence”) and additional drinks, which costs 155 euros per adult. This cruise departs at 8:30pm.
  • A 1 hour 15-minute early bird cruise which costs 85 euros per adult (39 euros for children). This includes a three-course meal as well as wine, soft drinks, tea or coffee and water. This cruise departs at 6:00pm.

Whilst the price of the early-bird cruise is attractive, we’d recommend taking one of the longer cruises as otherwise it might feel like a bit of a rushed experience. However, if you are looking for a dinner cruise in Paris to do with children, this early departure can be a good option for those wanting an earlier, shorter, and more budget-friendly cruise.

Vegetarian options are available for all the above.

If you upgrade from the Prestige menu to the Excellence menu on the 2.5 hour cruise you will be able to board the ship earlier as well have a slightly elevated menu with an extra course and a wider complimentary drinks selection.

So you will have to decide if this menu upgrade is worth the price difference for you. The actual cruise experience is the same as it’s the same boat, you just get a different menu.

 

Menu Upgrades and Special Diet Options

On the early-bird cruise only one menu is offered. On the longer cruise, you can choose between a three-course menu and an upgraded four course menu.

According to their website Bateaux Mouches can provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, egg-free and nut-free dishes.

 

Departure Points

The boat departs at Port de la Conférence, 75008 Paris, France.

 

Accessibility

Bateaux Mouches boats are wheelchair accessible. Access to toilets on board the boats requires navigating stairs, but there are wheelchair-accessible toilets available near the docking area. Priority access for disabled guests is available.

 

Dress Code

For dinner cruises, a smart dress code is applied. This means no sportswear, flipflops, shorts, or baseball caps.

Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise River Seine

Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

Bateaux Parisiens

Another of the major operators in Paris is Bateaux Parisiens. We have taken the standard Bateaux Parisiens sightseeing cruises a number of times in Paris as they are so conveniently located by the Eiffel Tower, and their sightseeing cruise is included on the Paris Pass which we regularly use.

Naturally, they also offer evening dinner cruises. These are a shorter 1 hour and 15 minute cruise or a longer 2.5 hour cruise. The latter would be our suggested option. You can book these cruises here.

 

Pricing and Tickets

Bateaux Parisiens currently offer two dinner cruise departures with different durations.

The longer cruise includes live musical accompaniment and there’s also usually a dance floor which is open to guests to enjoy.

The two main cruise departure times are:

  • A 2.5 hour cruise which starts at 109 euros per person (34 euros for children). This includes a three-course meal. Drinks are not included in this package but can be purchased on board. We would recommend considering upgrading to either the Decouverte Service (139 euros) or Privilege Service (179 euros) option though. These include drinks and, more importantly, an improved view. This cruise departs at 8:30pm.
  • A 1 hour 15 minute cruise which starts at 89 euros per person (34 euros for children). This includes a three-course meal and an aperitif. Other drinks can be purchased on board. Consider upgrading to the Privilege Service (119 euros) option for a window table.

 

Menu Upgrades and Special Diet Options

There are three main menus which you can upgrade between. The standard “Etoile” menu is a three-course meal. The “Privilege” service adds a cheese course. The Premier Service adds a cheese course and an appetiser. Additional drinks are also included as you upgrade between menus.

According to their website Bateaux Parisiens can provide vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, residue-free, fibre-free and diabetic meals.

 

Departure Points

Leaves from the Port de la Bourdonnais (near the Eiffel Tower, on the left bank) in the 7th arrondissement.

 

Accessibility

Bateaux Parisiens boats are wheelchair accessible. Access to toilets on board the boats requires navigating stairs, but there are wheelchair-accessible toilets available at Le Bistro Parisien, the company’s restaurant near their Eiffel Tower dock.

 

Dress Code

For dinner cruises, a smart dress code is applied. This means no sportswear, flipflops, or shorts.

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise River Seine

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

La Marina de Paris

The first dinner cruise we took in Paris was with Marina de Paris and we really enjoyed the experience. They offer a couple of different dinner sailings, including a shorter early departure and a longer later departure.

What is nice about the later cruise is that it is timed to sail past the Eiffel Tower as the twinkling lights come on, which is a very special sight to see. You can book their cruises here.

Pricing and Tickets

There are two main options, as follows:

We’d generally recommend the Flavours dinner cruise, which can be upgraded to include drinks if you prefer.

 

Menu Upgrades and Special Diet Options

We are not aware of any menu upgrades for the food.

According to their website a vegetarian option is available.  If you have other dietary requirements, we would recommend contacting them directly to see if they are able to accommodate you.

 

Departure Points

This cruise departs from Port de Solferino, 75007 Paris. It’s by the Musee d’Orsay.

 

Accessibility

Due to the steps required to access the boat this tour is not recommended for those with access requirements.

 

Dress Code

A dress code is not mentioned, we would recommend smart casual as a minimum.

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

Captaine Fracasse

One of our favourite Paris dinner cruises we have done was on the Capitane Fracasse, which was recommended to us by a couple living in Paris.

They are a smaller company which only operate one vessel as far as we know, and we found the service on board to be top notch. The food is also cooked on board. You can book their cruises here.

 

Pricing and Tickets

Capitaine Fracasse has different options depending on which day of the week you are cruising with them.

All the options include a 3-course menu. Drinks, including soft drinks, are not included in the standard ticket but are available to purchase on board.

  • On Saturdays, there’s a 1 hour 45 minute cruise which departs at 6pm and which costs 69 euros (35 euros for children), and a 2 hour 15 minute cruise which departs at 9:30pm and costs 79 euros (35 euros for children).
  • On every other day of the week there is one 2 hour 30 minute cruise which departs at 8:45pm and costs 79 euros (35 euros for children). We’d normally recommend this cruise if possible as it is slightly longer.

You can see all the information about their cruises on their official website here.

 

Menu Upgrades and Special Diet Options

We are not aware of any menu upgrades for the food.

According to their website a plant-based option is available. For other requirements they recommend you contact them directly to see if they are able to accommodate you.

 

Departure Points

The departure point is L’île aux Cygnes, Escale de Pont de Bir-Hakeim, 75015 Paris. This is just a little walk south of the Eiffel Tower.

The departure point is actually on a small artificial island (the Isle of Swans) in the middle of the Seine River, accessed from the Bir-Hakeim bridge. Be sure to arrive early as there are lovely views up and down the Seine from this bridge.

 

Accessibility

Due to the steps required to access the boat this tour is not recommended for those with access requirements.

 

Dress Code

A dress code is not mentioned, we would recommend smart casual as a minimum.

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

 

Paris en Scene

Paris en Scene are one of the smaller dinner cruise operators, offering meals which are prepared on-board. They also have very competitive pricing. If you are looking for the best value Seine River dinner cruise, then Paris en Scene is definitely worth considering. You can book their cruises here.

 

Pricing and Tickets

Paris en Scene offers two dinner cruise departure times. The experience and duration is the same, the only difference is the departure time.

  • A 1 hour 45 minute cruise which costs from 55 euros per person. Includes a three-course meal as well as water. Upgrades are available to include wine and champagne as well as a window seat.  This cruise departs at either 7:15pm or 9:45pm.

You can see all the information about their cruises on their official website here.

 

Menu Upgrades and Special Diet Options

We are not aware of any menu upgrades for the food.

According to their website a vegan option is available. For other requirements they recommend you contact them directly to see if they are able to accommodate you.

 

Departure Points

The departure point is L’île aux Cygnes, Escale de Pont de Bir-Hakeim, 75015 Paris. This is just a little walk south of the Eiffel Tower.

 

Accessibility

Due to the steps required to access the boat this tour is not recommended for those with access requirements.

 

Dress Code

A dress code is not mentioned, we would recommend smart casual as a minimum.

Paris en Scene Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

Diamant Bleu

Diamant Blue is another of the smaller operators on the River Seine. They have two boats, the Diamant Bleu and the smaller Theo.

Meals are all prepared on board, and they have two options, a standard cruise which features French cuisine and live musical entertainment, as well as an Italian dining cruise on board the smaller Theo.

We think the Diamant Bleu offers great value for money and is definitely worth considering when comparing Seine River dinner cruises.

 

Pricing and Tickets

Diamant Blue have a number of departure times, depending on which boat you use. These are as follows.

  • A 2.5 hour cruise on board the Diamant Blue with a 3-course meal including water for 89 euros (same price for adults and children). Live music is provided. This can be upgraded to include window seating and champagne. This cruise departs at 8.30pm.
  • A 1 hour 45 minute cruise on-board the Theo with a 3 course Italian meal which costs 55 euros per adult (39 euros for children, infants not allowed). Drinks can be purchased on board. This cruise departs at 6pm.
  • A 2 hour cruise on-board the Theo with a 3 course Italian meal which costs 59 euros per adult (39 euros for children, infants not allowed). Drinks can be purchased on board. This cruise departs at 9pm.

 

Menu Upgrades and Special Diet Options

We are not aware of any menu upgrades for the food.

For other requirements we recommend you contact them directly to see if they are able to accommodate you.

 

Departure Points

The departure point can vary by boat and departure so do check your booking. Normally it is as follows:

For the Diamant Bleu, the departure point is: 36 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. This is near Gare Austerlitz.

For Theo, the departure point is: Escale de Beaugrenelle, situated at Port de Javel Haut, 75015 Paris

 

Accessibility

The Diamant Bleu is listed as being wheelchair accessible, however the Theo cruise is not.

 

Dress Code

Sandals, flip flops, and shorts are not permitted.

 

Seine River Dinner Cruises Summary & Where to Book

To help you out, we’ll summarise the best Seine River dinner cruise options here to show what’s included, pricing, duration and also where you can book each cruise.

  • Bateaux Mouches. Recommended cruises start at 115 euros per person and include a 3-course meal, wine, tea/coffee, soft drinks, and live music. Cruises are normally 2 hours 15 minutes with an 8:30pm departure. Book online here.
  • Bateaux Parisiens. Recommended cruises start at 109 euros per adult and include a three-course meal and live music. It can also be upgraded to include drinks and a window seat. Cruises are normally 2 hours 30 minutes with an 8:30pm departure. Book online here.
  • Marina de Paris. Recommended cruises start at 100 euros per adult and include a 3-course meal. Drinks can be purchased on board. The cruise is 2 hours in length with a 9:15pm departure. Book online here.
  • Capitaine Fricasse. Recommended cruises start at 79 euros per adult and include a 3-course meal. Drinks can be purchased on board. Cruises are normally 2 hours 30 minutes with an 8:45pm departure (except on Saturdays). Book online here.
  • Paris en Scene. Recommended cruises start at 55 euros per person and include a 3-course meal as well as water. Cruises are normally 1 hour 45 minutes with departures at either 7:15pm or 9:45pm. This is a great value dinner cruise option. Book online here.
  • Diamant Bleu. Recommended cruises start at 89 euros per person and include a 3-course meal with water. Live entertainment is provided. Cruises are normally 2 hours 30 minutes in duration and depart at 8:30pm. Book online here.

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

 

What to Consider When Booking a Seine River Dinner Cruise in Paris

As you have seen, there are quite a few choices when it comes to dinner cruises in Paris. So you might be wondering how to narrow your selection down a bit.

Well, to help you out we wanted to go through some of the key things to think about when comparing cruises, so you can decide on the right one for you.

 

Departure & Return Location

Seine River dinner cruises depart from various locations along the river, so you might want to consider this when booking your cruise.

Booking a cruise that starts and finishes closer to your accommodation will make getting back when it finishes easier.

 

Cruise Time

Dinner cruises depart at different times of the evening, from around 6pm through to around 9.30pm. Depending on the time of year you visit Paris you might prefer to take an earlier or later cruise to experience different lighting. This decision will depend on the sort of experience you want to have.

We have taken a cruise which went through sunset and into the night, as well as a cruise that took place entirely in daylight.

In the summer in Paris it doesn’t get dark until quite late, so if you want to have a nighttime experience on one of these cruises you’ll need to book one with a later departure time. Conversely over winter it gets darker much earlier so you might not have as much choice over whether you cruise in the daylight or not.

There are pros and cons to daytime, sunset and nighttime cruises.

During daylight hours, you will generally get a better view of Paris and it will be easier to take photos. However, it might not feel quite as romantic.

When it’s dark, you get to see the city when it is lit up. This can be very beautiful, and the Eiffel Tower in particular at night is gorgeous. This is definitely a more romantic experience.

However, it’s worth noting that photography can be pretty challenging at night. Reflections from the interior lights on the glass combined with the lack of light combines to make photography much more challenging.

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

Price

Price is of course going to be a major factor when considering which Paris dinner river cruise to book.

Prices range from around 55 euros up to 150 euros and up.

When comparing price, it’s really important to look beyond the price and see what exactly is included. Some cruises include things like live entertainment for example. Others might have a better menu, a more intimate seating environment or more inclusions like water and drinks.

 

Choice of Seating

One of the reasons to take a Seine River dinner cruise is of course the view. Whilst the food on board most cruises (in our experience) is generally good, what you are really paying for is the experience and the views.

Most boats have a range of seating options, from central seating with limited views through to window seating along the sides. Some also offer more premium panorama seating near the front of the boat.

We’d usually recommend trying to get a window seat if it’s possible to specify this as you will generally have a better view of Paris. Just note that this is often a paid upgrade.

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

Duration of Dinner Cruise

When choosing a Seine River dinner cruise, you will need to decide what sort of duration of cruise you want to take. Cruises are offered ranging from around 1 hour 15 minutes up to 2 hours 30 minutes.

It’s worth noting that these times are the time that the boat is actually spent cruising on the water from departure to docking. Most cruises require you to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier so everyone can be seated in time for departure.

Our suggestion is to take a cruise that lasts at least 90 minutes – 2 hours as this way you will be able to enjoy your meal and not feel rushed.

Of course, you can save money by taking a shorter cruise if you prefer. Just be aware that the cruise will cover less ground, and you’re going to have less time for capturing all your favorite moments!

 

Route

This being a river cruise, there is not a huge amount of choice that the boats have when it comes to the route.

Most vessels in our experience have a route which stretches from the Eiffel Tower area to the Notre Dame area. This route covers most of the sightseeing highlights of central Paris that you can see from the river.

Of course, the duration of the cruise can affect this route. Cruises that last for less time might see less, whilst cruises which last for longer will probably cover more ground.

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

 

Meal options

All the Paris dinner cruises we are aware of offer a fixed menu, usually consisting of 3 or 4 courses. There are usually at least 2-3 main course options, and there are also normally 2-3 starters and desserts to choose from.

Meals are normally included in the price of the cruise, however there will sometimes be a premium menu item such as steak which comes with an additional charge.

The majority of the cruises offer French food. You should be able to check the menu online prior to booking your cruise, which we recommend doing to be sure there will be an option to your liking.

 

Children’s Pricing, Age Policy, and Menu

The majority of Seine River Dinner cruises welcome children on board. If you are travelling with children and want to take them on a cruise, then this can definitely be a fun experience as a family.

There are a few things you will want to check before you book. First, what age the company defines as a “child”, as it varies from under 12 to under 13. Often (but not always) those defined as children will pay a lower rate, so this is definitely worth checking.

Many cruises also offer a children’s menu, so you will want to be sure that it is something your child will enjoy.

 

Drink options

Depending on the dinner cruise you choose, different drinks options will likely be available. Some packages include drinks, whilst others do not include any drinks at all. However, you can always purchase drinks, including alcoholic and soft drinks on board.

So obviously you can decide in advance if you would prefer to include drinks with your package or just pay as you consume.

It’s also worth noting that in our experience, tap water is not available on any of the boats, so if drinking water is not included in your meal package you would need to buy it on board.

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

 

Special Diet Needs or Preferences

If you have a food allergy or intolerance, then you will definitely need to check that the cruise you are thinking of taking is able to accommodate them. For most allergies, I would contact the cruise company directly to check if they can accommodate your needs.

For most special diets, unless they have a specific menu you can book directly (e.g., a lot of companies offer a “regular” and vegetarian menu), it is wise to contact the company in advance about your dietary needs or preferences.

Most companies require that you tell them in advance if you would like to choose a special menu option such as a vegan menu, dairy-free, or a gluten-free one.

 

Entertainment

Some cruises provide entertainment, normally in the form of live music. If this is something that you would like, then you would need to choose a cruise which includes this as an option.

Note that none of the dinner cruises we are aware of include any kind of sightseeing commentary as you travel up and down the river, as this would interrupt the ambience of the cruise. You can always ask a member of staff to identify sights of interest if you see something you are not sure about.

However, if you would prefer a cruise with commentary then you might consider taking a Seine River sightseeing cruise. We think that the two types of cruises are complimentary to one another so you could do a sightseeing cruise during one day of your trip and then do an evening dinner cruise another day of your trip.

But if you are choosing one or the other and want commentary, then we’d recommend a daytime sightseeing cruise instead.

 

Professional Photography

Most crusies have professional photographers on board who take photos. They will generally ask to take your photo and offer you photos to purchase if you wish towards the end of the cruise. This is optional and not something you need to do, but it can make for a great souvenir.

 

Accessibility

If you have accessibility requirements, you will obviously need to check what the cruise is able to accommodate.

For example, some of the dinner cruise options are accessible to those with reduced mobility issues and those in wheelchairs, particularly those which depart from near the Eiffel Tower as the dock can be accessed without steps.

However, other departure points require navigating many steps and so would be an issue.

If you have specific accessibility needs then we highly recommend reaching out to the company in advance of your tour to discuss your requirements.

 

Dress Code

Depending on the cruise you take, a dress code might apply, so it is important to check this beforehand. Even if a dress code is not mentioned, our experience is that most people tend to dress up a bit, so we would recommend smart casual as a minimum. Generally if you avoid shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and very casual wear, you’ll be fine.

In our experience, people are generally a bit more casually dressed on the early evening dinner cruises and a bit more formally dressed on the later dinner cruises.

You can of course be as dressed up as you like, we’ve seen some very smartly dressed folks on the dinner cruises we’ve taken in Paris. We think it adds to the experience to put a bit of effort into dressing up at least a little for the cruise.

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

 

Our Experience Taking a Seine River Dinner Cruise?

We have actually taken a number of Seine River dinner boat cruises in Paris. We wanted to share our experiences of doing so to give you an idea of what to expect (and what not to expect!).

I’ll cover two cruises we have done in this section. One was in late summer, so whilst it was light when we departed (at around 9:00pm) it was fully dark by the time we returned at around 11.15pm.

For the second one we cruised in early summer with a 6.30pm departure and as a result it was light pretty much throughout the whole cruise until our return at just after 8:00pm.

The overall experience was similar. For both cruises we arrived around 45 minutes before the actual departure. Most cruises let you board at least 30 minutes before departure, and we definitely recommend arriving early so you can locate the boarding point and have time to check in. Sometimes being early can also mean you might get a better table.

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

On boarding, we gave our names and were shown to our table. In both cases we were allocated a window table.

After sitting down we were presented with a menu. We had already selected a drinks package on the cruises so water was waiting for us on the table, and we were offered a choice of wine which was brought and poured.

On most cruises you’ll get a set menu which will generally at least have a choice of mains. Sometimes you might also have a choice of appetizers and/or desserts but these are often set. So it is definitely important to have an idea of the menu before you choose your cruise.

Some menus also give you the option to pay extra for an upgrade (e.g., to have a special menu item like caviar, steak, lobster, etc.). So be careful about this if you don’t want to pay extra. It should be clearly marked on the menu.

Example Seine River Dinner Cruise Menu

We had time to take a quick look around the vessels and take a few photos, and then we ordered.

In both cases most of this happened while the vessel was still docked. We then got underway, where we enjoyed our wine before our meals arrived.

For our cruise which departed later, this was when we watched the sunset, over our aperitifs. For our cruise which departed earlier, it remained light throughout the whole experience.

On both cruises the food was good. First courses and desserts were generally chilled, whilst the main course was served hot. We also had a drinks package included on both cruises, which gave us more than enough to drink between us. On both cruises it included wine, water, and coffee/tea.

Food on Seine Dinner Cruise

Food on Seine Dinner Cruise

Food on Seine Dinner Cruise

Food on Seine Dinner Cruise

Food on Seine Dinner Cruise

Service was efficient and friendly, and the service staff also answered any questions. There was also a professional photographer on board both cruises who took photos of everyone if they wished and then offered photo prints to purchase at the end of the cruise.

On the later cruise when it got dark it was lovely to see the Eiffel Tower lit up. However as it was dark it was quite difficult to take photos! This cruise also had a dance floor which quite a few people enjoyed towards the end, although there wasn’t live music.

Overall we enjoyed both our cruises a great deal. The views were lovely, the food was good and the service was excellent.

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise River Seine

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

 

Is a Seine River Dinner Cruise in Paris worth it?

We would say that yes, a Seine River dinner cruise in Paris is definitely worth it. It’s a lovely way to spend an evening, the food is normally good and the sights of Paris are always wonderful to see.

The meals we had were both good but you shouldn’t expect a Michelin-starred meal. This is due to the constraints of being on a boat and serving multiple people at the same time. If you want a really nice meal in Paris, we would recommend booking a high-end restaurant. A lot of the cost of the cruise is for the cruise itself, rather than the meal.

You should also not expect this to be a narrated sightseeing cruise as the dinner cruises rarely include any type of narration. After dark, some of the attractions can be difficult to see although you get the chance to see the lights come on at night across central Paris. Many people love the experience of seeing the Eiffel Tower lights sparkle at night from the boat.

If you want a sightseeing cruise, we’d recommend booking a Seine sightseeing cruise as these give you a very different experience. But a dinner cruise is still a special way to see Paris at night.

So we’d recommend booking this for the experience of having a nice evening out with a good meal aboard a ship with nice views of Paris along the way.

 

Tips

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your Seine River dinner cruise, based on our experiences.

  • Do some research and book your dinner cruise in advance – compare factors such as what food/drinks are included, price, departure time and duration
  • Be sure to take into account the time of year in Paris in terms of how dark (or not) it will be during your cruise. For example, if you want to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night you need to book a cruise that will be cruising at night. You can see sunrise and sunset times in Paris at different times of year here.
  • Arrive in plenty of time. It’s important to arrive in plenty of time so you can find your boat and be boarded in plenty of time. Some of the departure locations have multiple companies, so you want to be sure you arrive in time to find your vessel.
  • Bring a camera. You will absolutely want to document the experience, so we recommend bring a camera. A smartphone will of course do, but if you’re looking to elevate your photos you might consider picking up a good camera for travel.
  • Dress up a bit. First you’ll want to check to see if your cruise has a specific dress code or not. Whilst many of the cruises don’t have a dress code, we suggest dressing up a bit anyway. It’s a special way to spend an evening, and many people will certainly be quite dressed up.
  • Ask the crew to take a photo of you. Whilst a selfie is all well and good, you will nearly always get a better result if you ask a member of the crew to take your photo. Depending on the cruise you book there may also be a shipboard photographer who will offer to take your photo and then sell them to you. These can make for a lovely souvenir of your trip.
  • Enjoy and make the most of your evening cruise in Paris!

Captaine Fracasse Seine River Dinner Cruise Paris

 

Further Reading for your visit to Paris

We have been lucky enough to visit Paris many times, and based on our experiences we’ve put together a number of guides to help you plan your trip here. We also have some suggested third-party resources that we think you might find helpful.

  • To help you make the most of your time in Paris, we have a series of itineraries. These cover spending a day in Paris, 2 Days in Paris and 3 Days in Paris
  • If you’re looking for good photos, we have a guide to the best photography locations in Paris
  • We have detailed guides to the best Seine river cruise, buying Paris opera tickets, attending a fashion show in Paris and saving money on Michelin starred restaurants in Paris
  • We have a detailed review of the Paris Pass and the Paris Museum Pass to help you decide if these might save you money
  • If you’re wondering how best to get around, see our guide to how to get around Paris for lots of tips
  • If you like afternoon tea, check out our definitive guide to the best afternoon tea locations in Paris
  • We have a detailed guide to attending the famous Moulin Rouge show in Paris
  • Are you coming to Paris from London? We have a detailed guide to the best way to get from London to Paris to help you plan
  • For walking tours in Paris, we can recommend both Context Tours (link gives 10% off) and  Take Walks who both offer tours in Paris.
  • If you want a guide book to Paris, we always like to recommend the Rick Steves guides – here’s the Rick Steves Paris edition. We also recommend the Lonely Planet guides, and they have a guidebook on Paris.

And that’s it! As always, if you have any questions or comments about this guide to our favourite Seine River dinner cruises in Paris, just let us know in the comments below. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

A guide to the best Seine River dinner cruises in Paris. Includes a guide to how to choose a dinner cruise and a list of the best options!