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Seine Cruise Question

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. 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?

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Willy - Places to eat near Eiffel Tower after your Seine River Cruise that are recommended are:

Cafe du Marche -

Le Petit Cler -

Cafe Constant -

La Terrasse -

Alfio -

Italian, Pizza, European

43 avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France

Bistrot Chez France -

Bon appetit...

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Willy, where are you getting your schedule information? As far as I can tell on their website, schedules for March 2020 are not available yet.

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Thanks for the responses so far.

Jean: When I checked the website this AM, the times I wrote about in my OP were all that were listed. Now, I can’t even find that same information on the Vedettes website?! Anyway, thanks for the link you provided—every half hour makes much more sense to me than every two hours for an operation like this.

RJean: Thanks for the restaurant links! I'm already hungry!

Nancy: I just went to the Vedettes website and posted the info I found. Since I wasn’t looking to book, especially this far out, I didn’t bother with checking for a specific date. I did assume (yes, I know what can happen when one assumes…) that the schedules wouldn’t differ by date since the boats run in daylight and in darkness. My main interest is in knowing if a pre-booking is recommended for a late March/Monday cruise. If it is, we’ll rethink our Monday arrival activities.