CRUISE THE SEINE

Cruise the Seine and enjoy Paris in the spring · 25th - 31st March 2022

Our home, the MS Seine Princess, will be moored by the iconic Eiffel Tower, allowing us to experience the vibrancy of Paris before we set sail on a captivating journey through landscapes that inspired Monet and countless artists and poets on the way.

We have a fascinating programme that takes us to some of Normandy’s cultural gems, including the historic city of Rouen, Honfleur, an optional full-day visit to the battlefields, including Utah Beach and the D-Day museum and much more.

And of course, our unique Theatrical Adventure would not be complete without our exclusive nightly entertainment programme, unsurpassed on every level. We will even enjoy our own Palm Court Orchestra, dancing and afternoon tea as we sail gently along the river.

Itinerary

We are delighted to welcome the outstanding National Festival Orchestra String Quintet led by Sally Robinson.

Day 1 - Paris

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Passengers may board from 2 pm and are then free to explore. In the evening we enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception with our String Quartet, followed by dinner and our first onboard concert. Performance: Your first onboard Concert

Day 2- Paris

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We begin our sensational cruise with a fabulous full-day in Paris. In the morning, our guided bus tour reveals the famous landmarks at the heart of this iconic city. Then it is free time for lunch, shopping or sightseeing. Performance: tbc

Day 3 - Les Andelys – Rouen

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We arrive in Les Andelys at 1.00 pm and after lunch leave by bus to tour Chateau Martainville. Built in the 15th century, the Chateau is a museum dedicated to rural Normandy history. Time permitting, we will visit one of the delightful local dairy producers before driving to Rouen to meet the ship around 6pm. We sail through the night to Honfleur. Performance: tbc

Day 4 - Honfleur

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Today we have three options:
Option 1 - Enjoy free time and “do your own thing” exploring Honfleur, Normandy’s coastal jewel where historic houses line the quay amid quaint galleries and cafes. Packed lunches will be available.
Option 2 - Sign up for an optional full-day visit to the battlefields of Normandy. We visit Utah Beach and the fascinating D-Day museum nearby for a guided tour. Additional Cost: £65
Option 3 - Sign up for our optional afternoon tour to Le Manoir d’Apreval, an organic orchard and distiller. We tour the estate and taste the Calvados and cider they produce. Additional Cost: £40.
Performance: tbc

Day 5 - Rouen

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This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Rouen where Richard the Lionheart was crowned King of Normandy and Joan of Arc burnt at the stake. We visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and walk the cobbled streets in the Historic Quarters. We sail for Paris at noon, and on the way enjoy our Palm Court Orchestra, dancing and afternoon tea. Performance: Entertainment tonight is ‘Chiefly Yourselves’ - bring along your party pieces!.

Day 6 - Paris

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Day free to explore Paris. Individual optional excursions can be arranged for guests.
Back on board, we prepare for our farewell Cocktail Reception with our String Quartet followed by a Gala Dinner. Our Gala Concert features the orchestra, singers and guest chorus. Ce sera magnifique!
Performance: Gala Concert features the orchestra, singers and guest chorus

Day 6 - Departure

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We bid adieu - and look forward to seeing you again soon! Performance: No concert - Sorry you have to go home!

What's included

  • Whats Included
  • Three escorted excursions
  • Chateau Martainville
  • Walking tour of Rouen
  • Guided bus tour of Paris
  • 6 nights on the MS Seine Princess

What's not included

  • Flights and Flight Transfers are not included.
1

Paris Day 1

Passengers may board from 2 pm and are then free to explore. In the evening we enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception with our String Quartet, followed by dinner and our first onboard concert.

2

Paris Day 2

We begin our sensational cruise with a fabulous full-day in Paris. In the morning, our guided bus tour reveals the famous landmarks at the heart of this iconic city. Then it is free time for lunch, shopping or sightseeing.

3

Les Andelys – Rouen

We arrive in Les Andelys at 1.00 pm and after lunch leave by bus to tour Chateau Martainville. Built in the 15th century, the Chateau is a museum dedicated to rural Normandy history. Time permitting, we will visit one of the delightful local dairy producers before driving to Rouen to meet the ship around 6pm. We sail through the night to Honfleur.

4

Honfleur

Today we have three options:
Option 1 - Enjoy free time and “do your own thing” exploring Honfleur, Normandy’s coastal jewel where historic houses line the quay amid quaint galleries and cafes. Packed lunches will be available.
Option 2 - Sign up for an optional full-day visit to the battlefields of Normandy. We visit Utah Beach and the fascinating D-Day museum nearby for a guided tour. Additional Cost: £65
Option 3 - Sign up for our optional afternoon tour to Le Manoir d’Apreval, an organic orchard and distiller. We tour the estate and taste the Calvados and cider they produce. Additional Cost: £40.

5

Rouen

This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Rouen where Richard the Lionheart was crowned King of Normandy and Joan of Arc burnt at the stake. We visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and walk the cobbled streets in the Historic Quarters. We sail for Paris at noon, and on the way enjoy our Palm Court Orchestra, dancing and afternoon tea.

6

Paris

Day free to explore Paris. Individual optional excursions can be arranged for guests.
Back on board, we prepare for our farewell Cocktail Reception with our String Quartet followed by a Gala Dinner. Our Gala Concert features the orchestra, singers and guest chorus. Ce sera magnifique!

We bid adieu - and look forward to seeing you again soon!

1 - Paris Day 1
2 - Paris Day 2
3 - Les Andelys – Rouen
4 - Honfleur
5 - Rouen
6 - Paris

MS Seine Princess

Map of the deck plan
Legend for the deck plan

At a Glance

  • Three escorted excursions 
  • Chateau Martainville 
  • Walking tour of Rouen 
  • Guided bus tour of Paris 
  • 6 nights on the MS Seine Princess 

Excursions

  • All-inclusive drinks (excludes champagne, premium alcohol/wines) 
  • Exclusive Theatrical Adventure entertainment every evening 
  • Welcome reception and Gala Dinner with String Quartet 
  • Afternoon tea with the Palm Court Orchestra 

Onboard

  • Amenities aboard the ship include a lounge/bar, dance floor, bar, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs and a gift shop.
  • Enjoy buffet breakfasts and set three-course lunches and dinners in the restaurant. Wi-Fi is available free of charge.
  • Both the main deck and upper deck feature panoramic windows for enjoying the views.

Meet your performers

Your one of a kind Entertainment aboard the MS Seine Princess

International opera singers Richard Suart and Donald Maxwell will join us along with former D’Oyly Carte Opera Company member Barry Clark and G&S Festival favourites Aidan Edwards and Juliet Montgomery. Our Musical Director is David Lyle.

David Lyle

Musical Director

Scottish conductor, pianist and arranger, David Lyle, is well known to Gilbert & Sullivan audiences across the UK, both for his award-winning recordings of Sullivan operas and as Musical Director of the Edinburgh G&S Society. David is a winner of the Best Conductor Award at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and is currently Bus Pass Opera’s Musical Director.

Richard Suart

Entertainer

Richard has sung Ko-Ko in The Mikado for English National Opera since 1988 in Jonathan Miller’s celebrated production - He was a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company since 1988 and has appeared as The Duke of Plaza-Toro, The Lord Chancellor and Sir Joseph Porter at the BBC Proms.

Domald Maxwell

Entertainer

Donald has performed with all the major British opera companies and has a long association with Welsh National Opera. Internationally renowned, Donald has also performed at La Scala, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Vienna Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He is a regular performer and director with the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.

Aidan Edwards

Entertainer

Aidan graduated from the RNCM and is a regular performer with the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company. Aidan has worked with numerous opera companies around the country including Opera Holland Park, Westminster Opera and has performed on ‘In Tune’ on Radio 3.

Juliet Montgomery

Entertainer

Juliet and partner Aidan are two of our favourite Theatrical Adventures entertainers. Juliet graduated from the RNCM and has performed with Scottish Opera, Opera North and was a young artist in Buxton Opera’s Macbeth. Juliet has performed regularly with the National G&S Opera Company and on radio and television.

Barry Clark

Entertainer

Barry was a member of the original D’Oyly Carte Opera Company where he played most of the leading tenor roles during a ten year span until its closure in 1982. He has performed with many other companies including New Sadlers Wells, Scottish Opera and Dublin Opera and he created the role of Auctioneer in the original London production of The Phantom of the Opera.