BOTTICELLI Ship Review
Built in 2004, Botticelli takes 151 passengers on a journey along France’s Seine River. At 361 feet in length, she is large enough to offer plenty of public rooms and amenities for guests to enjoy while onboard, but still small enough to provide the intimate river cruising experience that family owned CroisiEurope is known for.
Her sister-ship, Seine Princess, also operates river cruises along the Seine.
Each of the 75 staterooms available aboard the Botticelli are nearly identical in size and amenities. Their main differences lie in their physical placement on the ship’s two passenger decks.
Staterooms on Upper Deck feature French balconies, while those on Main Deck have fixed windows. Each stateroom includes a private bathroom with shower, toilet and sink/vanity area; a hairdryer, personal safe and a satellite television set.
CroisiEurope has also set aside one stateroom on Main Deck for those guests with disabilities, conveniently located adjacent to the ship’s main Reception Lobby.
BOTTICELLI Public Areas
Aboard Botticelli, all public rooms are located on the ship’s Upper Deck. A main Restaurant located all the way aft serves up meals buffet-style for breakfast, with a set menu that changes daily for lunch and dinner. The Restaurant has an intimate feel and encourages a social atmosphere, with a variety of table sizes.
All the way forward on the same deck is the Main Lounge aboard the Botticelli. This features 180-degree panoramic windows that look out on the stunning scenery passing by. With a full-service bar, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy newfound company. The Lounge also features a decently sized dance floor that becomes well-used as the night wears on.
On the Sun Deck, located one deck higher, guests can admire the passing views of Europe’s most storied waterways with outdoor deck space that stretches from bow to stern.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- Electrical outlets onboard use standard two-prong, European 220V connections. North American travelers will require an adapter and/or converter to use electronics.
- There is no passenger elevator aboard the Botticelli.
- Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity are available onboard free of charge.
My husband and I just returned from the Seine River Cruise on the Botticelli — it was wonderful! The staff was friendly, helpful, accommodating, and gave 110% at all times; they made sure all passengers enjoyed their stay. Most passengers were French speakers, with us being 2 of the 10 English speakers (6 from USA, 2 from Australia, 2 from England), however we never felt “left out”. Food was wonderful, served hot (important to us), and beautifully presented. While same meal was served to all, when we noticed something that my husband would not eat, they were quick to make a substitution for him. Unfortunately our weather was not the best for sitting on the upper deck, but the lounge was very comfortable and afforded great views as well as friendly service. We had never been on any cruise and would definitely do this again! The small size and personal service made for a fabulous vacation!
Ralph Grizzle says
CJ, I am so glad to hear this. I am on the same cruise beginning June 20. Your comments have me even more excited. Can you tell me what were some of your best tour recommendations? Thanks, Ralph Grizzle
Ralph Grizzle says
CroisiEurope actually saw your comment and wrote to me. They asked if they could use it on their website. Do you have a photo of the two of you on the ship?
Best regards, Ralph
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