Restaurant: Seine River Dinner Cruise (Paris, France)

Okay, I admit it, every now and then I book my touristy obligations and this has to be one of the better ones. Yes, you’re herded like cows like in factory farms, but the scenery where the cruise takes you into a short 75-minute cruise will leave you wanting more. Even if the food is something secondary to the entire experience, I would recommend you just come for the view and wine. Plus we visited during the colder time of spring and got to witness a beautiful sunset at Pont Alexandre III to seal my partner’s birthday celebration at around 8pm/9pm.

As instructed upon booking online, you should arrive 30 minutes before departure to secure your allotted seats. As it attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world, the cruise does become full and herd-like. Just pray you get a good seat, because I heard a few customers refusing their seat allocations, and they weren’t granted change, as it is full.

The address given is right across the road and stairs that will take you down to the cruise. Do not take the escalators, it is the stairs that will lead you to the cruise. When arriving at the Marina de Paris/Paris City Vision, there will be hosts welcoming you to your seat and you will instantly be given a champagne glass when seated down. Make sure you have your printed ticket. 

The overall cruise is then a blur of rushed service, Paris landmarks, spilled wines, and consumption of food in a span of 75 minutes. Oh, and there is no choice if you want water. It’s either bottled water or nothing because the waiter explained that the boat cannot accommodate table water as it will be unsanitary and dirty to have them. 

As advertised you receive a glass of Champagne and a glass of your choice of wine (during mains) red or white, also inclusive of the deal is a 3-course meal. Entree, Main and Dessert. To tell you the truth I did not find my food memorable, rather what captured me was the scenery of Paris. But here is the list of our food:

1. His and Hers: Provencal tart with fresh tomatoes, peppers and pine nutsScallop flavoured with lime leaf, diced potatoes with seaweed preserveCucumber and artichoke tartare, diced smoked salmon and lumpfish roePan-seared aubergines, shrimps with lemongrass, yellow pepper coulis.

The entrees from memory seem like little parcels with raw ingredients in it, half the selections seemed like uncooked vegetables chopped into tiny pieces to distract you from the lack of taste. Since it was still cold in Paris I found it odd some of the dishes did not match the season, the temperature of the entree was too cool for my liking, maybe Onion Soup would have been more suitable for the season. 

1. His: Braised chicken leg, Mediterranean flavoured vegetables, celery chips with parmesan
2. Hers: Piece of beef, new potatoes, caramelised peppers and onions, green pepper sauce (+7€)

For the main, I opted for the beef which I paid an extra 7€ on top of what I have already paid. The waiter confirmed that this was additional. The meat was cooked a little under which was alright with me, so I am not sure if this changed the texture of the meat because it was hard to chew and the only way for me to eat it was by cutting it in smaller pieces. It was somewhat a forced experience and not worth the extra 7€. 

1. His: Vegetarian Chocolate Mousse
2. Hers: Trio dessert

Out of the 3 courses, I enjoyed the dessert the most. There was fresh fruits (pineapple and strawberries), a mousse bar which was light to the taste, and a miniature pastry with peach and cream. 

For this occasion, it was my partner’s birthday. You may want to experience it for an anniversary, team building (I saw an entire company dine there), or if you want to tour Paris’ highlights with a 3-course meal this is for you. 

Service: Occasionally you receive impeccable service and you need to share it with others, so they too can experience it. In this case, I cannot say the same. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. It is a tourist trap, but a scenic and enjoyable tourist trap distracting you with Paris’ astounding landmarks without having to lift a finger, gifting your senses with food and wine to match the visuals.

Yes, you are herded like cattle and you get unprofessional comments and looks every now and then, but if you’re the sensitive type maybe you shouldn’t try life. Lol, I kid, I kid. Who cares?! Enjoy your wine and the scenery, it’s unforgettable. 

For 2 adults we were charged $227.52, $113.76 per person. Inclusive of a glass of Champagne, a glass of wine and 3-course meal. 

Contact Info:
Viator: Paris City Vision
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
At PARIS Cityvision La Marina on Port Solferino just down the stairs near the River Seine
Telephone: ParisCityVision +33144556000/ Viator Customer Care +1-702-648-5873

Disclaimer: Please note I have not been paid or sponsored to do this review. This write-up is based on my own opinions, research and experience. Pictures used are personally taken, unless stated otherwise. I hope you find it helpful.

Visited on: May 2019
​​Paris City Vision Website image

​​Our three course meal

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