Are You Ready To Spend Springtime In Paris?
The countdown is on! It’s time to start planning all those little details that will make our OUTbound cruise through France’s northern country and the world class city of Paris even more exciting! Below are a few things to help you make the most of your vacation with us. As always, if you have any questions that we haven’t covered, or have a special request, hit us up… either by phone at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com.
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Flights for this one are super easy…. round trip to Paris! The easiest thing to do to get your airline tickets is choose the round trip option to Paris (CDG).
The airline you choose is completely up to you. While flights are not included, we’re always happy to help narrow down the best flight options for you. Simply give us a call or send us an email, letting us know where you’ll be flying from, if you have a preferred airline (based on frequent flyer miles or credit card points), & what class of service you typically like to book.
Getting to the Ship
Paris Yacht Marina Address: Port de Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France
By Taxi: Rates for taxis can often range from €65 to €70 depending on the time of day, and are readily available as you exit the Marseille airport on the arrivals (ground) level.
By Rideshare: Uber is available all over France. Uber fares from the Paris airport to our ship docked at the Paris Yacht Marina located at Port de Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France will often run anywhere from €55 to €65, depending on the time of day and traffic.
Boarding officially begins at 4:00pm local time on April 24th, but you are free to arrive at our ship at any time after 2:00pm. In the event your stateroom is not ready prior to 4:00pm, feel free to drop your bags at the reception desk, grab a drink from the bar and relax in the panoramic lounge or head up top to the sun deck to recover from your long travel day.
Paris Hotel Suggestions
Many of our OUTbounders are arriving a day or two early to see a little of Paris on their own, kick their jet lag or just get their vacation started right away!
We have a couple of hotel suggestions for anyone wanting to arrive early or stay longer after our cruise has ended.
Our ship docks at the Paris Yacht Marina, just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower. If you’re looking to stay close to the ship for ease of boarding, you can’t beat the Novotel right across the street. The prices are fairly reasonable (for Paris!), & you can’t beat the location. You’re only blocks from the Eiffel Tower, & there’s a metro station close that can take you anywhere in the city that you’d like to explore.
If you are looking to stay in the gay area of town, the gay scene in Paris is actually pretty small. Most bars, restaurants and clubs are located in the Marais. This district is close to Notre Dame and Le Centre Pompidou and is pretty centrally located. Here are a couple of choices.
The Hotel Jules & Jim is a small boutique hotel in the Marais district with only has 23 rooms. The rooms are small, but super cute and well cared for and have air conditioning & free wireless internet access.
Hidden Hotel is located in the west of Paris, within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe. This boutique hotel has excellent facilities, great service and stylish rooms equipped with free WiFi. This property also has a pool, a spa and a library.
This hotel is located in the sixth arrondissement of Paris, halfway between the church of Saint Sulpice and the Palais du Luxembourg. Other attractions near the hotel include the Senate and shopping Marché Saint-Germain. This hotel is also fairly small with just 24 rooms. The hotel has a swimming pool and spa on site, and offers free wireless internet.
Tipping Our Hosts
Tipping is the ONLY thing not included with your OUTbound vacation. We never want to dictate anyone’s generosity or decide how much you think YOUR experience with a crew member, waitstaff or tour guide was worth. How much to tip depends on the type of service you receive and your personal experience.
During our trip together, you’ll come into contact with many different servers and hosts. At the end of each day’s guided tour, you’ll have the chance to tip our guide and driver whatever you feel your experience was worth.
Onboard our ship, you’ll receive an envelope in your stateroom on the last night of our cruise before disembarking the next morning in Amsterdam. It’s here where you will have the opportunity to leave a tip that will be split among the crew… waitstaff, bartenders, room stewards and the entertainment staff.
A general rule of thumb for tipping the ship’s staff is €10 per day, per person.
However, if your experience warrants something more, then by all means feel free to be as generous as you would like. If you feel that any individual in particular has gone above and beyond in making your experience something extra special, then we encourage you to reach out to them directly and let them know how much you appreciated their service during our time together.
What Money Should You Bring?
France is a member of the European Union and one of 20 countries that use the Euro (abbreviated €) as their national currency.
You can also use your credit or debit card as well throughout our trip, as credit cards are widely accepted everywhere in the cities and towns we are visiting. However, remember that there will be additional bank charges upon usage and even a foreign transaction fee in some cases, depending on your bank.
What Power Converters Will I Need?
For your visit to the European Union, you’ll need a Type C adapter for use on our ship as it has the standard EU power outlets. This will be the same adapter you’ll need for any hotels you’ll be staying in if you are extending your trip to Europe.
The Type C is the plug which has two round pins, like this…
You can also find a ton of options on Amazon or other retailers that will include USB ports for charging your phone, tablet and other devices all at the same time.
Keep in mind that the United Kingdom (UK) uses different power outlets than the EU, so the Type C adapter will not work if you are visiting England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland during your trip.
Some reasons why you might buy travel insurance include:
- Cancel for Any Reason
- Unexpected Work Requirements
- Personal or Family Illness
OUTbound does not provide travel insurance. However, we always recommend using a third-party insurance carrier to provide your coverage.