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Cruise in Paris : The Seine is different with Paris Yacht Marina

Would you like to cruise the Seine aboard a prestigious boat? The Paris Yacht Marina offers you and your guests the chance to embark on the Clipper Paris; a yacht of 54 meters inspired by the ships of the beginning of the 20th century, the croisiere Paris offers sheer elegance. For a small group of up to 6 people, the croisiere seine offers pure comfort and relaxation.

The Clipper Paris - your cruise along the Seine aboard a prestigious yacht

The Clipper Paris is a 54-meter yacht, recently constructed at the Chantiers Naval in Saint-Nazaire. It combines the classical style of the early 20th century with the best current level of comfort. Furnished and decorated in an atypical and cozy style, it proposes a living room of 200 m2 and a superb bridge of 170 m2 in the lounge. On the deck or from the lounge, you can enjoy the most beautiful part of Paris, the Seine.

Your cruise to Paris from the port of Grenelle, or with a stopover of your choice

Moored at the Port of Grenelle, located in the 15th arrondissement, a stone 's throw from the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Yacht Marina suggests you sail the Seine River to the Louvre or the François Mitterrand Library, towards the Parc de Saint-Cloud and the Seguin Island. As an option, we can board or drop off your guests at various stopovers in Paris (Javel Bas, Gare d'Austerlitz, Debilly Trocadero, etc.).

You can have the Clipper Paris for lunch, dinner or for the whole day. The Clipper Paris is ideal for a cruise on the Seine whatever the number of your guests.

The James - your cruise on the Seine for up to 6 people

For a romantic cruise, or small group outing, discover the James.

The James is a 12 meter long offshore cruise ship, constructed by the Bénéteau shipyards. It will allow you to enjoy a comfortable cruise for up to 6 people. Your cruise may include champagne and snacks, or a delicious dinner served back on the beach. An experienced captain and a steward will watch over the smooth running of your cruise on the Seine.

Cruise as a lover or group of intimate friends with a VIP welcome. The James is the ideal boat to experience privilege under the bridges of Paris. It will allow you to appreciate the most beautiful avenue of the capital, the Seine, in the best conditions of comfort and exclusivity.

Paris Yacht Marina : A prime location in the heart of Paris

Located in the 15th arrondissement at the Port of Grenelle, The Paris Yacht Marina enjoys easy access to : - Metro line 6, station Bir Hakeim - RER C, station Javel - West periphery by the Porte de Versailles - Quick access from Montparnasse train station - Quick access from Orly airport (Paris Center ring road)

As well as the proximity of the Eiffel Tower, the Port de Grenelle enjoys a unique perspective on the island of Swans. The port and marina boast many prestige boats and sailboats that contribute to the beauty and image of the place.

Contact us for your Paris cruise on the Seine

If you wish to discover the Clipper Paris or the James for a luxury cruise on the Seine, then contact our team for information and advice on the what would meet your needs best. With 25 years of experience, the Paris Yacht Marina has developed great know-how. We will be able to suggest and adapt to meet your expectations.


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Cruise aboard genuine and legendary luxury classic boats in the heart of Paris the most Romantic Capital in the world

Vintage 2006, Paris Luxury Boat  created and launched the genuine luxury myth of the sixties

the one with the famous runabouts such as Riva collection boats for the Italians and Chris Craft for the Americans

Additional to that amazing and incredible experience a Gentleman Private Motor Yacht from Como Lake

was added to our collection one of the famous which was the property of Sofia Loren Italian actress

Our unique creations are focused on customized private luxury cruises aboard Italian Vintage Classic boats

 Due to our passion of boats to our everyday involvement to our love of sharing

the private luxury cruises are turning into unique experiences of life and emotional moments; yours!

Our mission is not just to plan your trip we offer you an unforgettable experience! Entrust us with the organization of your next private luxury cruise on the Seine in Paris

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Kim capri super deluxe, your luxury cruise experience, and boat ride along the seine aboard capri super deluxe, private boat ride experience , 1h30mns .

In the heart of Paris, at the foot of the most imposing monument in the world, at a few steps from the famous lovers bridge : Art bridge

we will meet you at the Louvre stopover

to visit rediscover the historical heart of Paris

The private lasts 90 minuts and takes you

to the destination of Notre Dame and its 2 islands, the Eiffel Tower

 Champagne from a very French & exclusive House Ruinart the oldest champagne house in Reims and sweet petits fours

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and English speaking people welcomes you

New since 2019 , beyond its Mercruiser 230CV V8 inboard engine

the KIM Luxury Runabout very often confused with the Ariston or the Aquarama of the Riva House and brand is the only Collection boat in the world to be equipped with electric  pods engines

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Embarkation at the Louvre stopover on the right bank of the Seine

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the new Paris and the old Paris

From the National Library F. Mitterrand, Notre Dame

the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty

Accompanied by our crew

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Tour and travel into the heart of  the Historical Paris Rendez-vous with another myth, previously the Italian Super Riviera  designed with the specific rules of  art

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lately removed by another legendary sea private motor yacht with incredible comfort and silence, a more recent Classic motor yacht designed with luxury furnitures. The new Shivas takes part more than ever  at the Luxury private cruises adventures in Paris 

At the foot of  Alexandre III bridge, on the "side of the Tsar"

at Champs Elysées  harbor or Orsay left bank during 1h30mns

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From 2 to 12 passengers Customized catering by our private chef for the awakening

of the most sensitive and sharpened taste buds in Paris Embarking at  Bastille private harbor in Paris

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Since vintage 2006, Paris Luxury Boat has been offering to individuals and corporate clients 

an exclusive service dedicated to the world of Yachting in Paris

Our aim is to offer the excellence in a real experience of boating threw the most beautiful city in the world

Like a romance we did marry 2 very strong symbols of emotion

Discovery of the Historical Paris by boating aboard exceptional pieces of collection

Cruising  aboard Classics and Vintage Runabouts on the Seine

We just don't plan bookings, our aim is to offer our private guests

the best private boating experience ever in the city of lights, love and romance

Our services are uniques, French tailored and artistic

Let yourself be seduced by the French Capital, the city of lights, its incredible romantic atmosphere

and explore the heart of Paris by boat as no one else!

Each private cruise has a tailor-made service according to the customer’s expectations

Our ambition is to allow you to live your personal boating experience  

Contact us today to learn more about our must-see cruises

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Laurence advises you and accompanies you in your luxury  private cruise choices for an unforgettable experience in the capital

The little difference of Laurence:  She has lived in the USA, in California, Carmel By the Sea , city of the Mayor & celebrity Clint Eastwood: graduated Senior at los Padres Carmel High School, having the  knowledge of the expectations of the American clientele. 1st promotion of Hostellery & Catering School in Champagne-Ardennes, 2nd National Award  Evian Badoit challenge in France for the creation of a thematic catering company, Luxury Hotel Imperial Palace Annecy , Lutetia Hotel Paris left bank, catering expertise in Luxury Parisian houses Potel & Chabot Grands Evenements, Butard Enescot Maison France Ameriques    Paris ,  Private mansion Roland Bonaparte Paris

 newly transformed into Shangrila Palace Paris,  before creating a few years later the events company 4D events in 2001 and the brand Paris Luxury Boat since 2006. Her passion for the sixties and for the celebrities like Brigitte Bardot who owned Riva runabout such as Nounours drove Laurence to create the service in Paris accompanied with David. 

Since 2004 resident on the Seine, aboard Dolce Riv a a Modern and Design House boat totally built and furnished by laurence in the smallest details   "Dolce Riva" is newly located in Normandy facing Giverny on the Seine river. Giverny is the famous village known worldwide for the  Impressionism, it became successful with Monet property with its incredible garden furnished with water lilies.

Other tailor-made services are offered to companies and individuals who want to live personalized trips and experiences in Paris or in Giverny. The curiosity of Paris as well as trips often related to the water, many worldwide islands have contributed to increase the services the requirements of our clientele in search of dreams and unusual services  The top of all our services is a very friendly welcoming

relaxed services with very professional team and crew

A special thanks goes to our smily crew and team  

Captain David

           In charge of the skipping and the technical parts of boats

 David is the captain for more than two decades

       on board of the private Italian Luxury Motor Yacht

The little extra that makes all the difference :

 Atypical and aquatic course:  Son of River Boatmen since 4       generations who traveled along the rivers   between France

 Belgium and Holland   The Seine in Paris has no more secrets for David His passion for navigation has led him by his experience to drive  any type of boats or ship, from industrial convoys to mass passenger boats during years

After all, he decided to cruise downtown Paris in a more restricted format, t o specialize himself into luxury yachting  for a Parisian private clientele

In detail, always sensitive to the expectations and the demands of the clientele in care of the others, David became one of the Captain of yachts most talented and respected in the capital of lights

His skills and performances  associated to Laurence others

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the private cruises in small committees aboard luxury units and 

on board of legendary boats

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A dream come true

We are romantics, we find locations tor capture in our pictures to remember of our lives specially in vacation. We we received by L & the captain  A., what a luxurious welcoming! I felt like a queen, a celebrity, the boat is a classic Italian, cruising boat name Paris Luxury boat fits them perfectly l. I will definitively come back.

We love you and

can't wait to come back

Brita & Todd Palm Beach

Thank you very much for the most beautiful cruise! This was a highlight of our honeymoon very special and romantic. Very wonderful! We love Paris

Lisa & Jeff NYC

Words are few when the heart is full! This has been the best experience

of  my life and

the best birthday ever!

Paris je t'aime!

Lots of love

Under the amazing sunshine and blue sky,

he proposed, with tears and happiness,

make this trip the most unforgetable memories

A & Norman

My most memorable fathers day ever! Thank you Laurence for one of our best experience of an amazing trip! We will highly recommend you! Now I want to buy a Riva!

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95m  /  311'8   golden yachts   2020.

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Cabin Configuration

Special Features:

  • Large aft deck pool
  • Foredeck helipad
  • Luminous interiors
  • Well-appointed owner's suite
  • Marble-finished en suite facilities
  • Sundeck jacuzzi
With plenty of onboard entertainment, motor yacht O'Pari is an exceptional yacht charter choice

The 95m/311'8" motor yacht 'O'Pari' by the Greek shipyard Golden Yachts offers flexible accommodation for up to 12 guests in 14 cabins and features interior styling by Studio Vafiadis.

Built in 2020, O'Pari is custom-built for world-class luxury yacht chartering, offering a wealth of spacious living areas and fabulous amenities, you'll be in for a treat from the moment you step on board. She has sensational features such as a helipad, underwater lights, beach club and gym.

Guest Accommodation

O'Pari offers guest accommodation for up to 12 guests in 14 suites comprising a master suite, two VIP cabins, six double cabins, four twin cabins and one single cabin. A crew of twenty-nine, who specialize in creating exceptional charters, are on hand to provide guests with a yacht charter vacation to remember.

Onboard Comfort & Entertainment

A charter on O'Pari is comfortable and convenient thanks to the provided amenities including a beach club for you to relax on the edge of the water. A gym with all the latest equipment is available for a good work out or soak up the bubbles in style in the deck jacuzzi.

O'Pari benefits from some excellent features to improve your charter including a helipad, allowing seamless travel to and from land. Stay connected to the outside world on long voyages with satellite communications or make your evenings more memorable with stunning underwater lights. Take advantage of the on board Wi-Fi and stay connected at all times or elsewhere, guests will experience complete comfort while chartering thanks to air conditioning.

Performance & Range

Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, she offers greater on-board space and is more stable when at anchor thanks to her full-displacement hull. Powered by twin Caterpillar engines, she comfortably cruises at 16 knots, reaches a maximum speed of 18 knots with a range of up to 8,600 nautical miles from her 326,920 litre fuel tanks at cruising speed. An advanced stabilisation system on board reduces the side-to-side roll of the yacht and promises guests exceptional comfort levels at anchor or when underway.

When not cruising O'Pari has onboard an incredible selection of water toys and accessories for you and your guests to connect with the waters around you. Principle among these is a Bouncer 16′ waterslide for hours of fun for all ages. Take to the sea on the Jet Skis offering you power and control on the water. Additionally, there are towable toys offering fun and adventure. If that isn't enough O'Pari also features waterskis, a seabob, wakeboards, kayaks and inflatable water toys. When it comes to Tenders, O'Pari has you covered - with five tenders, including a 9.75m/32' Onda Limo Tender.

Based in the magical waters of the Mediterranean all year round O'Pari is ready for your next luxury yacht charter. Let O'Pari Discover the magical places, food and experiences of the the Mediterranean.

With its luxurious interiors, vast array of onboard facilities and a highly-trained and professional crew, a luxury yacht vacation onboard motor yacht O'Pari promises to be nothing short of spectacular.


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Amenities & Entertainment

For your relaxation and entertainment O'Pari has the following facilities, for more details please speak to your yacht charter broker.

O'Pari is reported to be available to Charter with the following recreation facilities:

  • 1 x 9.75m  /  32' Onda Limo Tender with 2 x Volvo Penta 220 HP engines
  • 1 x 6.2m  /  20'4 Cobra Patronus RIB with 1 x Mercruiser 220 HP engine
  • 1 x Chris Craft Launch 27 Tender with 1 x Mercury 350 HP engine
  • 1 x 4.4m  /  14'5 Avon Seasport deluxe Tender Yamaha 60 HP engine
  • 1 x Vanguard Rescue Boat Mercury

For a full list of all available amenities & entertainment facilities, or price to hire additional equipment please contact your broker.

O'Pari Awards & Nominations

  • The World Superyacht Awards 2021 Displacement Motor Yachts Between 1,500 GT and 2,999GT Nomination
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'O'Pari' Charter Rates & Destinations

Mediterranean Summer Cruising Region

Summer Season

May - September

€1,100,000 p/week + expenses Approx $1,190,000

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Mediterranean Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Turkey

HOT SPOTS:   Amalfi Coast, Calvi, Corsica, French Riviera, Mykonos, Sardinia

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Winter Season

October - April

Mediterranean Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Montenegro, Turkey

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Built on the platform of her successful predecessors and finely-tuned for the charter market from keel laying through to delivery, 95m (310ft) motor yacht O’PARI proves that when it comes to designing charter yachts, experience really is the best teacher.

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In France, the Future Is Arriving on a Barge

The Seine is becoming a test case for a European plan to cut carbon emissions by turning rivers into the new highways.

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Reported and photographed along the Seine, between Le Havre and Paris.

  • March 26, 2024

As pale morning light flickered across the Seine, Capt. Freddy Badar steered his hulking river barge, Le Bosphore, past picturesque Normandy villages and snow-fringed woodlands, setting a course for Paris.

Onboard were containers packed with furniture, electronics and clothing loaded the night before from a cargo ship that had docked in Le Havre, the seaport in northern France. Had the cargo continued by road, 120 trucks would have clogged the highways. Using Le Bosphore and its crew of four prevented tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere.

“The river is part of a wider solution for cleaner transport and the environment,” Captain Badar said, his eyes scanning other vessels carrying wares up and down the Seine. “But there’s much more that we could be doing.”

As the European Union steps up its battle against climate change, it needs to decarbonize freight transport , responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.

To get there, it is turning back to a centuries-old solution: its rivers. With 23,000 miles of waterways spanning the European Union, officials see a huge potential to help take trucks — the biggest source of freight emissions — off roads. The European Green Deal , the European Union’s decarbonization blueprint, would turn rivers into highways and double barge traffic by 2050.

Viewed from behind, Freddy Badar is seated in a chair on a boat with controls on three sides of him as he looks ahead over a long stretch of shipping containers.

There’s a lot of room for improvement. Today, rivers carry less than 2 percent of Europe’s freight. By comparison, around 6.5 million trucks crisscross Europe’s roads, accounting for 80 percent of freight transport. Rail accounts for around 5 percent.

If rivers are to handle more traffic, much of Europe’s decades-old waterway infrastructure, including ports and locks, will need upgrading. A warming planet adds to the challenge: Droughts in recent years have grounded some transport on the Rhine, and pose risks to the Seine.

While the Seine isn’t the most heavily trafficked river in Europe — that is the Rhine, which flows through Germany and the Netherlands — the ambition is to turn it into one of the main experimental hubs for the climate transition.

“We are working on a transformation to get businesses to massively shift their logistics routes,” said Stéphane Raison, the president of France’s main port operator, Haropa, which is investing over 1 billion euros (or $1.1 billion) in the Seine effort.

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Turning Toward the River

Before leaving Le Havre for Paris, as a heavy snow fell in the dark, Le Bosphore’s crew packed containers tightly into the cargo hold, checking a manifest as a gantry crane swung overhead.

Le Bosphore, part of a 110-barge fleet run by Sogestran, France’s largest river transport company, will head to Gennevilliers, a port five miles outside Paris that is a distribution hub for the capital region’s 12 million consumers. The trip will take around 30 hours.

The Seine could carry many more barges like Le Bosphore, which is longer than a soccer field and saves 18,000 truck trips a year between Le Havre and Paris. The government hopes to draw four times as much freight to the river as the 20 million metric tons it handles now each year.

To achieve that, Haropa has been accelerating an expansion of Le Havre port, which sits at the mouth of the Seine, in a bid to attract ships from the larger ports of Rotterdam in the Netherlands or Antwerp, Belgium. Cargo deposited at those ports is then driven to France on trucks.

At its five other port terminals on the Seine, Haropa is adding electrical stations that allow ships to plug in while docked, rather than running engines.

While much of Europe’s barge fleet is still powered by diesel, a small but growing portion is being adapted for biofuels. Electric boats are coming onto the market. Hydrogen-powered prototype barges are also being developed.

Companies like Ikea and river transport start-ups are helping to propel the movement. They are developing carbon-free last-mile delivery services to appeal to consumers — and to get ahead of strict environmental rules that European cities are imposing to limit heavy, polluting vehicles.

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A Chain of ‘Cleaner Transport’

Eight hours after sailing from Le Havre, Le Bosphore pulled into Rouen, a major stop for river cargo to and from Paris. Around 10 a.m. a fresh four-person crew, led by Captain Badar, boarded for a weeklong shift, and the trip toward Paris resumed.

Barge traffic on the Seine has increased just 5 percent from a decade ago. While the government is trying to engineer an acceleration, “rivers have been neglected for too long,” said Captain Badar, the third generation of riverboat captains in his family. He is among a rare breed. Many riverboat captains in Europe are nearing retirement age, and there’s a shortage of qualified personnel, a problem that risks curbing the hoped-for growth in river traffic.

For centuries, Captain Badar noted, rivers were practically the only way to ferry goods through France: The ancient symbol of Paris is a boat. But waterways fell out of favor as trucks and trains dominated transport in the 20th century, especially after World War II, when highways and rail tracks expanded across the continent.

Governments support those industries “because they have powerful lobbies and unions,” Captain Badar said, navigating past a medieval castle built by Richard the Lionheart as the sun brightened the afternoon sky.

“Now we’re starting to talk about the environment, and it would be best to see the river as part of a wider chain of cleaner transport.”

France’s largest supermarket chain, Franprix, is ahead of the game. It has transported goods by barge for a decade to its 300 Parisian stores. Workers unload 42 containers each morning near the Eiffel Tower. That saves 3,600 truck trips a year on highways and has cut Franprix’s carbon emissions 20 percent, the company said.

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Le Bosphore pulled into Gennevilliers port the next morning before dawn, docking alongside other barges laden with wares for Parisian businesses. A crane unloaded three layers of containers from the hold, placing them on the pier, where forklifts stacked them to the side. Despite the voluminous cargo, Le Bosphore had consumed the fuel of only about four trucks on its entire trip.

Across the port, an experiment was underway to make the last mile of delivery more environmentally friendly: a hulking warehouse, set up in a 2022 deal between Haropa and Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, to create a carbon-neutral way to deliver goods using the Seine.

Pallets packed with Ikea kitchen cabinets and couches, ordered online less than 48 hours earlier, were loaded onto a barge that would take them to central Paris. There, they would be put onto electric trucks and delivered to customers.

The process isn’t completely decarbonized — the barge to central Paris burns fuel, as do the trucks from Ikea’s factories in Poland and Romania — but the arrangement allowed Ikea to take the equivalent of 6,000 trucks off Paris streets last year, said Emilie Carpels, director of Ikea’s river project.

Other ventures are aiming to be more cutting edge.

Europe’s first hydrogen-fueled river barge, the Zulu, is expected to start operating in the spring. Designed by Sogestran, it can carry up to 320 metric tons, or the contents of around 15 trucks. “We are moving toward a future of increasingly clean transport,” said Florian Levarey, the project director.

For Fludis, a French start-up, that future is already at hand. Its president, Gilles Manuelle, founded the company around two boats that run on electric batteries, and a fleet of electric delivery bikes.

Around 7 on a recent morning, a dozen crew members loaded one of the small barges with boxes of coffee beans, copier paper, kitchen towels and other goods to be delivered to French bistros and businesses. As the boat sped silently past the Louvre for its first drop-off, workers onboard loaded their bikes with orders, and sped onto the streets as soon as the captain docked.

“We’re starting off small,” Mr. Manuelle said. “But it’s little solutions like this that can grow much bigger, and help play a role in reversing global warming.”

Back in Gennevilliers, the crew of Le Bosphore filled the now-empty hold with French goods for export: flour, lumber, luxury handbags and Champagne. By 2 p.m. it would begin a cruise back to Le Havre, where the crew would unload and then start all over again.

“I’ve known for a long time that the river was the most ecological means of transport,” Captain Badar said, easing back into the helm. “Now we need for policymakers to really make it happen,” he added. “The potential is huge.”

Liz Alderman is the chief European business correspondent, writing about economic, social and policy developments around Europe. More about Liz Alderman

James Hill is a photographer working on a regular basis for The Times since 1993. He is currently based in Paris. More about James Hill



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