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ABOVE: The trimaran Catherine Deneuve passes between the Left Bank and the Ile de la Cité. INSET BELOW: Passengers on the boat's open stern.

Bateaux Parisiens

photoFour glass-topped trimarans compete for the title of flagship in the Bateaux Parisiens fleet. The boats--named Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Adjani, Jeanne Moreau, and Pierre Bellon--hold up to 600 passengers each and offer recorded commentary in 13 languages through airline-style headphones. The company also has nine smaller boats, some of which are used for dinner cruises and private events.

Cruise tours depart once or twice an hour year-round (typically every 30 minutes from April through September and every 60 minutes from October until the end of March). High-priced lunch and dinner cruises are available on separate restaurant boats.

Location:

The main Bateaux-Parisiens pier is just to the right of the Eiffel Tower as you face the Seine. A secondary loading point at the Quai de Montebello, on the Left Bank facing Nôtre-Dame Cathedral, offers cruises on smaller vessels (with narration in four languages) from late March until the beginning of November.

Departure times and prices:

www.bateauxparisiens.com

Next page: Vedettes de Paris


Seine River cruises:
Introduction
Bateaux-Mouches
Bateaux Parisiens
Vedettes de Paris
Vedettes du Pont-Neuf
Batobus ('hop on, hop off' boat)

St-Martin Canal and Marne River cruises:
Canauxrama
Paris Canal

Other tour-boat operators in Paris:
More boat cruises

Related article:
Dinner Cruises on the Seine

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