“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
~Mary Oliver, At The River Clarion
After our tour of Versailles, we were back on the riverboat, on our way to Rouen. The ms Sapphire would be cruising during daylight hours, and Herb and I were looking forward to spending the afternoon on the Sun Deck, taking in the scenery along the Seine.
The Seine is an intimate river, lovely and serene. It almost feels as if you could stretch your arms from one bank to the other. Flowing 482 miles from its source northwest of Dijon, it empties into the English Channel at an estuary between Le Havre and Honfleur. Unlike the Danube, with its castles and aura of grandeur, the Seine is a family affair – a backyard with docks and small boats and river views from patios.
Cruising the Seine – from Poissy to Rouen
A Peek Inside the ms Sapphire
The ms Sapphire typically sails with 98 passengers, but with just 32 of us on this cruise, it sometimes felt as if we were on a privately chartered boat. The Tauck team and riverboat crew greeted this small group of people who had ventured into post-pandemic waters with an upbeat attitude, carrying on with all originally planned daily activities. Except for sleeping, I think we were off the boat more than we were on board!
Tauck did an extraordinary job with health precautions. Covid vaccinations were mandatory for all guests and crew. Masks were required in public areas, except when dining or sitting outside on the top deck, and hand sanitizers were prevalent throughout the riverboat. Near the end of the cruise, Tauck arranged the Covid testing we needed to return to the U.S., handling all paperwork and bringing a nurse on board to do the test. Thankfully, everyone in the group had a negative test.
Another Sunrise, Two Days Later
The ms Sapphire was making its way to the town of Les Andelys when my camera and I headed upstairs to the Sun Deck. A billowy stream of fog was hanging over chalky white cliffs, reflecting in the river like puffs of smoke. The sun was slowly rising in the distance, around a bend in the river, just beyond a bank of pine trees…a lovely early morning welcome to another day on the Seine.