The best dinner cruises on the Seine in Paris

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article published on 03/05/2023

Which dinner cruise on the Seine to choose in Paris?

You are going to Paris and want to live a unique experience by enjoying a dinner on the Seine? We have put together a list of the 5 best dinner cruises available in the Capital. You will have the possibility to admire during your stroll on the water the various monuments of the City of Light. You can also discover Paris in an original way thanks to our audio-guided walking tours. By adding the Sunset Cruise or the Relaxing Cruise on the Seine option, you will enjoy an exclusive rate that combines two atypical activities.

The Bateaux-Mouches

Trademarked for more than 60 years, the Bateaux-Mouches company is the most famous in Paris. Initially, this name designated the boats that transported goods. It was not until the Universal Exhibition of 1867 that some boats began to take passengers on board. 

Today, the fleet includes 15 modern boats that allow you to discover the City of Light from an unusual point of view. Would you like to have lunch on a bateau-mouche? Or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Seine? The company proposes different offers to meet everyone’s desires and means.

The boats – equipped with windows – offer a panoramic view of the different monuments of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame de Paris. The restaurant offers refined French gastronomy. You are comfortably seated at the window sill, surrounded by the music of a live band. The upstairs terrace allows you to enjoy the open air between your dishes. It’s also the perfect place to take some great souvenir shots. The Bateaux-Mouches are currently considered as the reference for Parisian cruises on the Seine.

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The Bateaux Parisiens

Present for more than 60 years in Paris, the Bateaux Parisiens are composed of 5 ships dedicated to dinner cruises. The cuisine prepared on board is traditional French and the chef uses fresh products. Choosing this company means opting for a delicately staged dinner and attentive waiters. 

The charm of this fleet also lies in its bay windows that offer a 360° view of the City of Light. You can thus contemplate the smallest details of the Parisian bridges. The boarding platform is located a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower, which gives you the opportunity to admire it from all angles. 

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Paris Seine by La Marina

The Marina de Paris is a company that belongs to the tourism company ParisCityVision. Three panoramic boats are available and can accommodate up to 200 people, all in a chic and intimate bistro atmosphere. 

As a couple, with family or friends, you can choose between lunch or dinner prepared by the chef who offers traditional French cuisine. The dishes proposed with fresh products will not leave the fine gourmets indifferent. 

For the second evening service, the company guarantees a passage at 11 p.m. in front of the Eiffel Tower illuminated and glittering. The cruise route remains classic, passing in front of the Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Louvre, Notre-Dame de Paris… The embarkation of the cruise on the Seine takes place in front of the Musée d’Orsay at the level of Port Solferino. 

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The Capitaine Fracasse

Belonging to the Compagnie de la Seine, the Capitaine Fracasse offers a comfortable boat that has been sailing since 2004. Accommodating up to 250 people, this panoramic barge with a bistro atmosphere offers a trip on the Seine River starting from the Bir-Hakeim bridge, on the Ile aux Cygnes, which is home to, among other things, the replica of the Statue of Liberty. On board, the cuisine is fresh, original and prepared on site by the cooks. Capitaine Fracasse collaborates with Martial Enguehard, chef elected Meilleur Ouvrier de France (French craftsperson of the year). 

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⇒ only available on Sunday

⇒ only available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

⇒ only available on Friday and Saturday

⇒ only available on Friday and Saturday

Paris en Scène

Also belonging to the Compagnie de la Seine, Paris en Scène offers the most affordable dinner cruises. In fact, it is undoubtedly the cheapest offer on the market for cruises on the Seine. The boat at your disposal is modern with an outside terrace that allows you to take pictures. Inside, you will be seated in leather armchairs in a floating bistro. This is the ideal option for those on a budget, but wishing to enjoy a cruise on the Seine in Paris in all simplicity. Depending on the season, the boat leaves from either the Pont Saint Michel stopover, near Notre-Dame Cathedral (from May 1st to October 31st), or the Ile aux Cygnes, in the middle of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim (from November 1st to April 30th). 

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