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“Lots of Locks, too Bad no English provided”
Review of Canauxrama

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2.5-Hour Cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin
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Owner description: Canauxrama offers cruises on the canals of Paris, the Seine and the Marne. Sail on the Saint-Martin Canal and discover the Paris of Parisians passing under the Bastill's vault, four double locks, two swing bridges and the centenary Lift Bridge of Crimea to go to the "Parc de la Villette". For one day cruise, discover the smallest navigable of France canal: The Ourcq, with a unique entertainment: a horse will draw the boat. Or go on the Seine river that inspoired impressionists to Chatou near "la Maison Fournaise" or on the Marne River and its famous Guinguettes!
Oakland, California
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“Lots of Locks, too Bad no English provided”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We just came back from the all day Marne cruise. We departed our Bastille quay a little after 9:00 am, and returned at about 5:30 pm. Our party was us (an American couple) and our French friend. The cruise was well attended, mostly French, with some other European tourists included. We were the only Americans. There were plenty of chairs and room to roam about the boat. The extensive commentary, really a running monologue, was all in French and seemed to cover every aspect of French life and history. It would have been nice if there were some handouts in English to supplement the tour guides talk. If you take this cruise you will learn all you ever wanted to know about how river locks work. There were four of them as we motored up, first the Seine, and, then the Marne. At times we were dead in the water for an eternity waiting for our turn to enter the lock. The view from the boat was interesting. We entered the Seine and had a fine view of Notre Dame. Further east, industrial Paris was at the river bank. Turning left we passed an enormous Chinese complex - restaurant, hotel and Gallery at the confluence of the Marne and Seine. The scenery slowly turned from urban to more natural, with tidy homes, islands and boats to observe. This was the highlight of the cruise. There was ample time to eat at one of the remaining traditional river restaurants. The others said the food was mediocre. I had mussels and frites and had no complaints. All in all it was a nice day. Nothing to rave about, but, worthwhile. Not something to do if you are only in Paris for a few weeks or so (do take the Seine river cruise, most companies are fine) but, if in Paris for an extended stay, this all day cruise is not a bad way to spend a day.

Visited August 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A must for your visit to Paris”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Very worthwhile and interesting a different view of Paris.absolutely fascinating going through the locks down 24 metres in four double locks great commentary and atmosphere

Visited July 2012
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Henderson, Nevada
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“A good choice”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

Chose this boat ride based on previous reviews. We Did this the day we arrived. We took the 9pm cruise of the Seine thinking it would be darker but were surprised to see it was still daylight for 3/4 of the trip. The ride takes you past all the sites up to the Eiffel Tower and back again. Easily accessible by metro. Less crowded than the otherboats. I would recommend this activity as a must do for first timers to start out there trip. If you plan on eating before your cruise I would stay away from the restaurant right by the entrance as it is very expensive (150€ for 4 guests). The online ticket purchase from their website was very easy and convenient. Highly recommend this.

Visited June 2012
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Ocoee, Tennessee
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“Nice Seine cruise”
Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

Took the Seine cruise last night and even though we had been in Paris a few days, (some say to take one when you arrive to familiarize yourself with the city) we both enjoyed it. On a smaller boat, we left from the Bastille area and went through the lock to enter and exit the Seine, and turned around after the Statue of Liberty. Jerome was a great host and even gave us ideas for dinner with a view our last night in Paris. I asked him about the restaurant that he pointed out during the cruise, it was to expensive for us.(probably 100-150 euros per person). We did make reservations at one of his recommendations for tonight. If you are looking for an inexpensive cruise without dinner, then I recommend this cruise.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Something off the beaten track”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

The Canal St Martin provides a more intimate view of Paris. It's not nearly as wide as the Seine and the areas travelled through far more urban. We found the operation of the locks quite fascinating, and the dual-language commentary both witty and interesting.

It proved a mellow couple of hours, just sitting, watching and listening. Our feet were thankful for the rest as well.

Visited June 2012
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