I made sure that we arrived at the pick-up point early and just as well! My voucher stated 6.30pm as the start time and after waiting in a line to redeem my voucher for the actual tickets I was told that the bus would leave in a couple of minutes, at 6.15pm. We made it onto the bus in time and it left at 6.20pm. Moral is "be early"!
If it looks like rain, take your own umbrella too, as the umbrella sellers will then leave you alone. As you may gather, it was raining on our dinner evening and there is not a lot of cover at the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant is fine, although a little crowded, but the rain spoiled an otherwise great evening. The actual dinner too, although nice, would have been better if there had been at least a choice in each course. Being allergic to nut products I could not eat the dessert offered. It was also fairly rushed, but perhaps that was because we were enjoying the dinner, the location and the company.
The river cruise was somewhat marred by the torrential rain and not a lot could be seen through the rain spattered windows - some of which were also fogged up. It would have been a nice experience on a fine, balmy evening, but the weather is something no-one can control, eh?
The organisers also seem to like to keep everyone waiting in line for no apparent reason. Firstly while trying to board the bus, then when we got off the bus, then when trying to enter the security check area and then outside the restaurant - all outside in the rain. Very annoying at the time.
Great tour. Boat was smooth and comfortable, the buffet lunch was very good and we met a couple on the boat who we "clicked" with, making for a very enjoyable few hours.
I did however find that the commentary through the ceiling mounted speakers was hard to understand as the lady spoke too quickly.
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