Six Top Dinner Cruises in Paris – Supping Along The Seine

By now you know that we love special evenings in Paris, especially those that combine two or three activities in the City of Light. And since there's really nothing more iconic than the Seine River, that's what we'll focus on here — dinner cruises that add something extra like hotel pick-up, a cabaret show, even dinner on the Eiffel Tower. Bienvenue à bord! — welcome aboard!

1. VIP Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pick-Up

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Seine River Illuminations Dinner Cruise

This is our number-one choice for a romantic dinner cruise and we can vouch for the wonders you will experience. This two-and-a-half-hour, slow cruise along the world,s most beautiful river route is offered by Bateaux Parisiens, the most prestigious dinner cruise company in Paris, and gives you the chance to see the light show that is Paris in the evening, when all of the most famous monuments are lit up and visible from your boat on the river.

The evening starts with pickup at your Paris address and a quick ride to the river banks for boarding your dinner boat, where you will have front-of-the-line entry as well as VIP seating at the front of the boat for the best views and the best service.

The four-course dress-up dinner includes a variety of wines, coffee and liqueur. There is champagne served both at the beginning and the end of the dinner. The view and the leisurely pace are fantastic. There's nothing to do but to take in the many aspects of this beautiful city as the sun sets and the buildings light up. You must to make sure to book the VIP Premier cruise that gets you a table at the front of the boat, better service, and includes hotel pick-up and return (a must). Plus the glasses of champagne, of course. Highly recommended by us.



Fabulous! We went on the cruise to celebrate my birthday and had a great time! The food, service and scenery were all exceptional. The hotel pickup was a big plus too - door to door service that made the experience hassle free. A "Must Do" while in Paris!!"
– 5-Star Review

2. La Marina de Paris 9 PM Dinner Cruise + Hotel Pickup

Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup

Loads of visitors to Paris have loved this nighttime dinner cruise operated by La Marina de Paris. Among its charms is this important one — your driver picks you up from your hotel and delivers you river-side. Once on board and seated at your table, the boat cruises along the river where you see so many of the iconic monuments of Paris lit up for the evening — the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Pont Alexandre III, and so on. After a relaxing 3-course meal with wine, you are whisked safely back home.



Initially, when I booked this tour, I was skeptical, but in every way it exceeded my expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend it! We were picked up at our hotel — for free — by a lovely young French woman who spoke outstanding English. The food on the boat was superb, and the boat itself was sparkling clean and very elegantly appointed. The wait staff were all dressed in tuxedos and did a fantastic job."
– 5-Star Review


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3. Dinner Cruise + Moulin Rouge Show + Hotel Pickup

Dinner Cruise + Moulin Rouge Show

This full evening activity also starts when your driver picks you up from your Paris hotel and drives you through Paris to the banks of the Seine. A private table has been reserved for you on La Marina restaurant bateau. You dine on a classic meal as the lights of Paris drift by.

Full and happy, you're driven to the Moulin Rouge to end the evening taking in the world's most famous cabaret show, with over 100 performers. When the show is over, your driver is waiting to take you back to your hotel.



This tour was fantastic, as was the driver. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see Moulin Rouge. The dinner and show along with the convenience of being picked up from our hotel and dropped back to the hotel was well worth the money."
– 5-Star Review

4. Dinner & Dance Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens

Dinner & Dance Cruise

A musical night on the river with dinner and dancing — what could be better? This is another cruise by Bateaux Parisiens that offers up a multi-course dinner, live musicians, and a dance floor. (Although we prefer the front-of-the-boat seating on the VIP Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise.) The evening also includes the very convenient hotel pick-up and return, so there's nothing for you to figure out. Eat, drink, and dance the night away.

5. Dinner on the Seine + Cabaret at the Lido

Dinner on the Seine + Cabaret at the Lido

Start your evening on the most romantic river in the world and end it at the hottest cabaret in the city. At a private table on a glass-covered bateaux, enjoy a three-course meal with wine as you take in the sights of Paris cruising along the Seine.

After your leisurely 3-course meal, your driver whisks you across Paris to the renowned Avenue des Champs-Elysées to see the one of the shows the city is famous for — a cabaret at the glittering Le Lido, featuring the Bluebell Girls dance troupe. If there's one cabaret show that out-spectacles Moulin Rouge, it's the Lido. Everything is included in this evening package — and that means pick up and return to your Paris address.

6. A Leisurely Lunch Cruise Along the Seine

Lunch Cruise Along the Seine

Take a break from sightseeing and shopping for a cruise along the river Seine while being served a classic three-course lunch. Marvel at the best of Paris passing by in the light of day while dining on a lunch made on board from fresh ingredients. We found the quality of food surprising, in a good way!

It's fun to spot the Paris attractions you've already visited — the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde — and see what they look like from a river perspective. No matter the weather, this lunch cruise gives you wonderful, unexpected views of the the city we love. Recommended by us.

What You Can Expect When You Dine on the Seine

What You Can Expect When You Dine on the Seine

The French consider good food essential to their culture. What you can expect when dining on a Seine River cruise is a fabulous multi-course meal with champagne & wine. Although the menu change with the seasons here's an idea of the type of menu you are likely to find on a Paris dinner cruise along the city's beautiful river.

Entrée (first course)

• Marinated Scottish salmon over baby greens, or
• Foie gras with truffle shavings, or
• Chilled prawns, herb vinaigrette & baby vegetables, or
• Lobster chaud-froid cream sauce & a vegetable melange

Plat (main course)

• Beef filet with morel mushroom cream sauce & fresh pasta, or
• Duck breast with fig sauce & baby potatoes, or
• Grilled Veal with pomegranate sauce, chanterelles & rice pilaf, or
• Sea bass filet with grilled zucchini, olives & basil


• Chocolate entremets — classic chocolate dessert selection, or
• Raspberry schuss — a vanilla and raspberry cake, or
• Raspberry macaron, or
• Vanilla and strawberry vacherin — a meringue-filled with cream and fruit

To Drink

In France, it's common to have an aperitif before dinner. Popular choices include kir (creme de cassis & white wine), a glass of champagne, or even a glass of fruit juice. We prefer a glass of rosé champagne. With the meal, wine is always the right choice! There will be a sommelier on board who can help with your selection.


It's also common in France to pay a little extra (called a supplement) for some of the special items on a menu. In some cases it might mean a supplement is added for the cheese course, or if you select higher priced-items like lobster or foie gras. In general, the standard (lowest) price is offered on the menu and the high rollers can tailor their menu with extra supplements. And of course, vegetarian options are almost always available nowadays.

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