This was truly a unique experience. Although it is a tour, we did not feel like tourists; the tourists were on the big barges with dozens or hundreds of other people. It is almost impossible to have a private boat on the Seine in Paris; I cannot imagine being able to this any other way. Axel was friendly and enthusiastic. His boat seems like it is brand new. It really was the perfect way to spend a sunny morning in Paris. (I am recommending to a couple friends who live in Paris.). My favorite picture from our vacation was of my 12 year old piloting the speedboat with the Eiffel Tower in the background.