DAY 1: PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board our ship between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. You’ll meet the crew during a welcome cocktail party before enjoying dinner on board. At this time, the ship will set off and begin a cruise along the Seine (water level permitting) to take in enchanting Paris by night. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Seafood salad with a streak of balsamic
Cod loin filet with Normandy sauce and assorted vegetables
Floating island with caramel sauce and toasted almonds
DAY 2: PARIS - VERNON
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning. All meals served on board. We'll pass alongside the impressive concrete and glass buildings of the futuristic business district of La Défense, before mooring in Poissy. We’ll set off on a visit to Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny. Monet spent half his life here and designed several exuberantly colorful gardens, including one with lily ponds that led to his very finest paintings: Les Nymphéas, a series admired and studied across the world that put little Giverny on the map. You’ll be on your own to tour the house and gardens at your own pace. We’ll then visit the Musée des Impressionnismes before returning to the ship in Poissy. (In the low season, this excursion can be replaced with a visit to Chatou, where Renoir often retreated to find inspiration.) Afterward, we'll return to the ship in Mantes-la-Jolie and continue cruising to Vernon. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 3: VERNON - ROUEN - HONFLEUR
Our ship will leave early in the morning. All meals served on board. Once we arrive, we’ll have a guided tour of Rouen following the footsteps of the Impressionists, including a visit to the cathedral and Musée des Beaux-Arts (when closed on Tuesdays, this tour will be replaced by a visit to the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur on Day 4). After our visit, we’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Honfleur. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
Duck foie gras, spiced caramel sauce, and brioche roll
Veal cutlet with shallots and tarragon - Mashed Vitelotte potatoes, fries and vegetables
Grilled Cabécou on toast, assorted greens, honey vinaigrette
Baked Alaska with Grand Marnier
DAY 4: HONFLEUR
All meals served on board. In the morning, we’ll have a guided tour on foot of Honfleur, a quaint historic town that would radically alter the history of art by hosting artists such as Eugene Boudin, Johan Jongkind and Claude Monet at the Ferme St. Simeon. This afternoon, we'll have a visit to Etretat, Fécamp, and the Côte d'Albatre, with its magnificent white cliffs lined with pebble beaches. The unusual rock formations on this impressive coastline inspired many Impressionist painters, including Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Enjoy a taste of fine spirits at the Palais Bénédictine before returning on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.
A Taste of Normandy
Fish in puffy pastry with beurre blanc
Roasted boneless chicken leg cooked “Auge-style” in cider, with country-style potatoes and yellow beans
French toast, apple-caramel sauce
DAY 5: HONFLEUR
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.
The 11th of July on the MS Seine Princesse. The “Musée des Impressionnismes” in Giverny will be closed during one week in July to change their exhibition and will be replaced by the Museum of AG Poulain in Vernon