We will arrive at CDG on a Monday, March 30 at 14:25 from Madrid (no jet lag). We'll be met by a driver from our hotel (on Ile St. Louis) and hope to be checked and ready to for a one-way Seine cruise by 17:30. Vedettes de Paris departs from the very close Pont Marie location, but it appears that we'd have only two options--a departure at 18:00 or 20:00--and 20:00 isn't really an option for us. I see we could book the cruise online, but I don't feel confident enough to do so given the possibility of a late flight and/or traffic issues. So...my question is: is it likely that the cruise will be sold out and we won't be able to board even if we're "on time"?
FWIW, our plan is to take the cruise to the Eiffel Tower, eat somewhere close (any recommendations?), mosey around a bit, then take Bus 69 back to a stop near Ile St. Louis. We may take the bus to the end, then grab a return bus and get off near Ile St. Louis.
Thanks in advance for your time and comments.
One more question: should the hotel driver be tipped?