Remember that earlier trip to Paris I told you about, when I was a student and couldn’t afford to do anything fun? During that visit I would sit along the Seine and watch the dinner cruises go by, wishing I could join them.
So during this trip to Paris, now that we have the luxury of incomes (ha), we made sure to book a dinner cruise so all my student dreams could come true.
Based on online reviews, we booked the Bateaux Parisiens and we couldn’t have been happier. The ship is incredibly swanky, and I thought our boat was better than each one we passed on the water. Plus our waiter was incredibly personable, and we enjoyed talking to him and still quote him sometimes!
Greg knew how excited I was about doing a dinner cruise, so he selected the very best, the Premier Service for €205 each. This meant we had a prime table at the front of the boat, where we could see landmarks on both sides of the river. We also were served a starter, main course, cheese and dessert, and, even though they don’t advertise this feature in the booking, unlimited amounts of wine and champagne.
For his starter, Greg had the foie gras confit with rhubarb and cherry marmalade and grated almonds.
And I had the Crabmeat with Avocado Purée, served with a creamy white wine sauce, puffed quinoa and lime.
And just as we were tucking into our food, the ship left the dock and headed out into the open… Seine.
It was such an incredible experience taking in the views while eating delicious French food and being serenaded with live French music.
Then it was time for our main courses. Greg had the Veal Rump with potato gnocchi, girolles and soft apricots coated with an arugula jus.
And I had the Duck Fillet with cherries au jus, white turnip and thyme-confit soybeans.
As we ate our main course the sun began to set, leaving Paris coated in a gorgeous twilight.
I love how the French always have a cheese course! I would incorporate that into my daily life if not for the fact that my meal usually has an excessive amount of cheese already!
As the city began to light up, we saw a familiar landmark glowing in the distance.
While this picture isn’t the best, it does give you a pretty good idea of just how incredible it is to see Paris from the water.
At about this time our desserts arrived. I had the Le Schuss with roasted peaches.
And Greg dined on the Strawberry and Sour-Cherry Vacherin topped with basil whipped cream and a crisp meringue.
And just as we were finishing our sweets, we caught sight of something else that looked familiar.
It couldn’t have been a more perfect 2 1/2 hour sailing.
Before we got there, Greg and I were talking about the dinner and how we assumed it would be gimmicky. We figured the food would just be ok, but it would be worth it for the views. So imagine how surprised we were when we actually really liked the food too! We would have enjoyed eating at the restaurant even if it wasn’t sailing down the Seine at the same time!
To find our more information, or book your diner cruise aboard the Bateaux Parisiens, click here.
It was a wonderful experience, and certainly one worth waiting for!
(You can find all of my France travel posts here).
P.S. My dress is by Alexis. You can shop the designer here.