John, Jenn, Aaron and I took a dinner cruise on the Seine when we were in Paris. It was another thing Aaron and I had not done before, so we were looking forward to the experience. My first trip to Paris as a teenager my family and I took a river ride on the Seine, but it was not a dinner cruise.
We had a great time! The waitress was so surprised when we told her we would not be having champagne or any alcohol. She asked us quite a few times if we were sure we did not want something more than water and/or soda. By the end of the evening she told us she was very impressed that we did not drink alcohol. It is a very hard concept for the french to understand and respect.
We arrived at the boat around 8pm and we left the dock at 8:30. It was a two hour cruise up and down the Seine. We had a menu with 3-4 choices for each course. We ordered our food at the start of the cruise and the courses, 4-5 total, kept coming until the ride was over. We started with an apéritif, cheese/cauliflower puffs, with our drinks, then we had soup or a salad, our main dish, a cheese tray and then dessert. I tried the duck and Aaron had a plate of veggies. Their mashed sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes were so yummy! We all really liked our food!
It was fun seeing some of the sites from the boat. For example, the Eiffel Tower was beautiful as we rode by. When the sun goes down the Eiffel Tower has a light show on the hour and we happened to be passing by right at 10 pm. It was so neat! Also, Aaron was able to capture the Statue of Liberty, with the Eiffel Tower in the back ground!
We loved being with friends and we had a night of laughter, good food, fantastic ambiance in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!