Our Family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children ages 8 - 12) all agreed that our private River Cruise on Green River Cruises was the highlight of our trip to Paris.
A private cruise is certainly more expensive than the other cruise options, but if you have the budget I cannot recommend Green River Cruises enough. Their boarding location is a little bit out of the main area - just a short walk from the Jardin des Plantes, the Austerlitz metro station, or Gare de Lyon.
We reserved a private 90-minute cruise. Two bottles of wine were included and we added bottled water and a charcuterie tray at an extra cost. We booked online and corresponded via email to confirm details.
In hindsight, I should have opted for the 2 hour cruise, but I wasn’t sure when booking just how much everyone would have liked it and thought 90-minutes was fine. I’m honestly, after doing so much walking around Paris - we could have done a 3 hours cruise. The kids loved seeing so much while having a comfortable place to sit and relax.
We arrived a few minutes before our scheduled cruise time and were greeted by Jeff our captain for the cruise. The boat was very comfortable and would have seated 8 adults very comfortably. Jeff was very friendly although not overly talkative. He kept to himself when we were talking amongst ourselves but was very friendly and informative about the sights when we asked some questions.
The cruise itself was smooth and enjoyable. We saw all of the major sights along the Seine River. We were able to hook-up our phone to the boat’s Bluetooth speakers to enjoy our own music as well. The charcuterie tray was a big hit - even with the kids. My wife & I could only finish one bottle of wine and they allowed us to take the other with us.
One tip, we searched feverishly to find a bathroom at the Gare de Lyon train station prior to walking to the boat launch. We wasted 15 minutes and finally found one. And then when we arrived at the launch, we were offered access to a bathroom before the cruise. Would have liked to know that bathroom was available in advance.
I highly recommend Green River Cruises.