Scenic Diamond - Gems of the Danube - Amazing!: Scenic Diamond Cruise Review by travellingtwosome
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Scenic Diamond - Gems of the Danube - Amazing!
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
We found the wait staff offered us superb service, always remembering our order and drinks and often anticipating our needs before we even asked. We enjoyed every meal and found there was adequate variety. The portions were small at times but our waiter was quick to provide us with a double order if requested. Personally I loved the small portions as it allowed me to taste a variety of different courses without becoming to full. There were only 25 staff on board so everyone was always seen doing many different tasks. They appeared to work well as a team and everyone was willing to jump in and fill whatever role was needed. Our personal butler was always seen in the main bar area. While he always had a smile on his face and asked if he could help you, we were hesitant to ask him for anything as he was obviously already so overworked. In no way did this affect our cruise as all as we were quite able to walk the few steps to the lobby to pick up our newspaper or get a plate of munchies from La Rive Cafe.
The port excursions were all fabulous and we really liked using the Scenic taylor made devices. The choices of excursions as well as the GPS system on the devices allowed us to design whatever kind of tour we wanted to take. The earplugs on these devices allowed us to hear our guide while walking through the towns. BTW the guides were all very knowledgeable, delivered their tour in clear English in an informal relaxed way. We found they expertly provided us with all the history, statistics and details in each port. The tours are all done aboard Scenic's own busses which are clean, modern and comfortable. The same drivers followed us along the river so we were familiar with them. This was far superior than boarding different busses rented in every port, never knowing if the driver was any good or the conditions of the bus. Again, a plus for Scenic because they ran bus tours before they ran river cruise tours.
Before booking our cruise we did extensive research and comparisons with other river cruise companies. They were all very similar. What stood out to us was the Scenic Sun lounge on our balcony and the all inclusive feature. We feel we made a very good choice with Scenic and we would recommend this cruise to everyone and hope to be able to travel with them again. Less
Cabin review: Dan
Wonderful balcony that had a retractable glass screen we could chose to have open or closed. Loved this feature! I would ensure that my room was more in the middle to front section of the ship next time to be further away from the engine noise in the back.