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Sail Date: July 2019
The staff made an dream experience for us both and memories to cherish. All events and activities were well organized leaving no worries. Professional and friendly the entire trip. The cruise director was very knowledgeable and thorough ... Read More
The staff made an dream experience for us both and memories to cherish. All events and activities were well organized leaving no worries. Professional and friendly the entire trip. The cruise director was very knowledgeable and thorough with all planning details. The reception staff were patient and accommodating to all requests. The host, servers, provide a carefree environment during relaxation times. From the start to the end of the trip nothing was left out and nothing was left wanting. The enrich and cultural events were detailed and educational. The free time to self explore at each stop allowed an opportunity to shop or explore in greater depth. A good pair of walking shoes are mandatory. By the end of the cruise it was difficult to say goodby to staff and new friends. The food and the chef were exemplary allowing for an incredible culinary experience from all counties travelled during the cruise. Thank you Scenic Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
This cruise had been on our bucket list for quite a while so we were finally going to experience it. After spending 3 fabulous days in Paris, we chose to add this extension along with a 3 day extension at the end of the cruise to Prague, ... Read More
This cruise had been on our bucket list for quite a while so we were finally going to experience it. After spending 3 fabulous days in Paris, we chose to add this extension along with a 3 day extension at the end of the cruise to Prague, we got on the "fast" train which was to take us to Amsterdam to board our ship. The train broke down & we were given numerous different excuses as to why & even our tour guide from Scenic couldn't get a straight answer. What a great start to a cruise down the river. As a result we were 3hrs late arriving to the ship which put our plans for exploring Amsterdam out the window. Our ship Cruise Director did make us feel very welcome though when we did eventually arrive. We were on the Scenic Opal ship. Our cabin was very spacious & had all the amenities that we needed. We had a balcony suite. Very, very limited entertainment on board. Aprox 1hr maybe every 3 days. Only one dinning room every evening to go to & you had to dress appropriately. Nil activities to do whilst sailing down the river. As the ship had to pass under some low bridges during the trip the sun deck was unavailable for 5 days for the passengers. This meant we were stuck inside all this time when the ship was sailing. This was never mentioned to us that this was going to occur when we booked the trip. When we eventually reached a port there was very limited time on shore. Aprox 3-4 hrs for shore excursions. Not enough time at all. Too much time is spent sailing down the river with nothing to do on the ship. On a couple of our elective tours we were not informed until we were at that particular palace/church etc that we couldn't take photos inside. This was not mentioned to us when we booked the cruise or by the Tour Director on the ship. If it had we may have made a different choice beforehand. The service on the ship was terrific. The bar, cabin, stewards & butlers were all fantastic. The ship was clean at all times. We had room service a couple of times & it was very prompt, nicely presented & tasted delicious. There needs to be another option if you don't wish to go to the dining room for the evening meal though & there isn't one on this ship. We would not do another river cruise again due to the slowness of the cruise down the river, lack of entertainment/activities on board, lack of dining facilities, shortness of time at ports & too much time spent on the ship doing nothing, unavailability of using the sun deck. What we saw when we finally got on land was amazing & definitely needed more time to see more. For the amount of money we spent on this cruise we would have been better off using it for an ocean cruise & got more value for money. Very disappointed with the cruise in general but very happy with the things we actually got to see. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
My husband was drawn to the cruise because his college alumni was a sponsor and we were happy to learn that many other college alumni groups were aboard, all of which were very interesting to talk to and we very much enjoyed meeting new ... Read More
My husband was drawn to the cruise because his college alumni was a sponsor and we were happy to learn that many other college alumni groups were aboard, all of which were very interesting to talk to and we very much enjoyed meeting new people. We enjoyed the fact that there were only a little over 150 people on the cruise, which made it much more enjoyable to us than the larger cruise ships of 2000 or more people on board. While we enjoyed the variety of shore excursions offered, some of the descriptions were not clear enough to address the time and distance involved requiring a coach ride to get to the destination. Also, several of the older people on board required canes or walkers and had difficulty navigating the uneven cobblestone streets, long walks from the ship to the coach and I felt they should have been advised of the difficulties they would have beforehand so they could have made another choice or just stayed on board. Dining was excellent; ALL crew members were well spoken, efficient and pleasant to be around at all times. Our cruise director, Andrea, was wonderful; competent, efficient, friendly and outgoing and and excellent cruise director. We will definitely go on another river cruise and hope to find one in the USA to see more of our own country! A. Piland Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our second Scenic cruise "Girls Trip". We chose this particular route to see some of the highlights of the Netherlands and Germany. The itinerary was excellent and our choices of the tours each day was plentiful. We ... Read More
This was our second Scenic cruise "Girls Trip". We chose this particular route to see some of the highlights of the Netherlands and Germany. The itinerary was excellent and our choices of the tours each day was plentiful. We each chose according to our own interests and often ended up on different day tours. Having done a Scenic tour two years ago, we knew we could expect top notch accommodations, food and service. We love the attention to detail that Scenic has for each of its guests. We enjoyed the small pool on the sundeck as well as the saltroom and I loved the ebikes - I did both the ebike tour offered and again used an bike on free time one afternoon. Our meals were always delicious and so well presented. There were many options for dining if you opted not to have the choices offered each evening. The staff were the best! We always had the feeling that Scenic treats their employees very well as the staff from the maids to the butlers and servers as well as the nautical team all seemed very happy in their positions and eager to help guests in any way. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Because we saw the cruise on Getaway and wanted to see the Christmas lights and markets of Europe. This was our first ever cruise and it will certainly be hard to top. Scenic thought if everything. Everything on this cruise was well ... Read More
Because we saw the cruise on Getaway and wanted to see the Christmas lights and markets of Europe. This was our first ever cruise and it will certainly be hard to top. Scenic thought if everything. Everything on this cruise was well organised especially free choice excursions. Nothing seemed to trouble the staff and they were excellent and helpful. The dining facilities and food were excellent and if anyone went hungry well that was their fault. The butler service was excellent as well, all staff made our first cruise that much more enjoyable. The only downside I would say was the dress standards. The A-Z booklet in the cabin recommended that no shorts were to be worn in the dining room and it was preferable for men to wear jackets to dinner. Very few of the guests took notice of this. Some even wore baseball caps in the lounge and dinning area, which to me is not the place for these items. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our trip of a lifetime to enjoy the scenery, the people, the culture, the history and the food in a relaxing worry-free way. The crew on the Opal were a spectacular lively and charming group. The crew on the Pearl was charming as ... Read More
This was our trip of a lifetime to enjoy the scenery, the people, the culture, the history and the food in a relaxing worry-free way. The crew on the Opal were a spectacular lively and charming group. The crew on the Pearl was charming as well but more reserved. We had an exceptional cruise activity director "J-J" who went above and beyond to make this cruise special for everyone while having to deal with the low levels of the rivers and changing ships. He made sure the transitions went smoothly and everyone was treated with utmost respect. It may have been a nightmare to organize new visits and make sure the travelers were satisfied. Service was excellent in the dining rooms and the choice of menus were appetizing and of perfect proportions. Ports and shore excursions were made interesting with knowledgeable guides and time to explore the areas was just the right length of time. The change of ships from the Opal to the Pearl was a surprise but again, JJ the cruise director made arrangements for a pleasant change over. The new crew was a little surprised to see us but we felt well received and they were as charming as the crew of the Opal. Things went really smoothly with the both crews and the trip was just so splendid. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
SCENIC, THE WORST EVER Of 21 Cruises, this was by far and away the worst we have ever taken!!! We have cruised Carnival, RCI, Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Crystal, Seabourn and this was definitely the worst. ... Read More
SCENIC, THE WORST EVER Of 21 Cruises, this was by far and away the worst we have ever taken!!! We have cruised Carnival, RCI, Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Crystal, Seabourn and this was definitely the worst. Misrepresentations on services galore, misdirections, and sullen, surly staff started us off. Mediocre to poor food continued the negative impression, and extremely difficult access to decks, docks and tours completed the debacle. It appeared that the Australian owned line had changed its policy on room service between the time we booked in February and the time of our cruise in August. Scenic, when contacted about this, from the email rep, to the operations manager to the staff onboard all said we could not have it. Pointing out the fact that their brochure on page 23 said they had room service did not do the trick. Only after showing them the 3 pages and menu in our cabin 3-ring notebook (proclaiming our services and amenities) which included room service, made somebody at the reception desk and the cruise director agree that we were to get room service. It was a constant battle. And although this was booked as all “inclusive,” we had to beg for iced tea or mineral water with lunch. We finally on the fourth day got a 6 -pack of bottled water for our room. At meals the waiter would arrive with a bottle of cheap wine in each hand (one red and one white) and assume that you would not have anything else. Most people had one glass and shut up. One day I asked for iced tea and waited 15 minutes for it. The bartender in the lounge blew his nose on a cocktail napkin and then continued garnishing drinks! Food portions were minuscule: fish was cut in pieces barely bigger than a silver dollar. Cafeteria containers of over-stewed vegetables accompanied all buffets. Desserts were tasteless and served in what appeared to be liquor glasses. The only 5 star stand out was the dining manager, Gianny, who was beyond professional and helpful. He went out of his way to assist with my husband’s lactose intolerance issues, and even highlighted menus with what he could safely have to eat. He was genuine, and caring and always available. Our “butler” appeared as we unpacked, mostly looked at himself in the mirror and left before we found out how to turn on the shower or find the A/C outlet in the bathroom. We did not see him for 4 days. On one tour we were taken by a kiddie train with no knee room on a rough teeth rattling ride up a hill and told the boat was at dock #19 if we wanted to find our own way back. Attempting to return, we walked approximately a mile to dock #19 to find no ship!! We then walked the approximate mile back the other direction to find the Scenic Opal at dock #4. Upon inquiry, the reception desk just said, “Oh, that train guide told everybody the wrong dock number.” No apology, no concession, nothing. My knees hurt so bad I had to miss the next day’s tour in Heidelberg to recover. All in all it was awful. Supposedly free choice and open seating, we were herded like a bunch of 3rd graders to eat at one seating: an hour or hour and a half for lunch and then wait for 7-9 dinner. And despite the limited options, all were made painfully aware that the “Diamond Deck” passengers were far superior. Have never had such a class conscious experience on any cruise ship!!! And although we did not have the most expensive cabin on the ship we figured our costs at over $1,000 per day would provide much better than we got. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
SCENIC EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE Our cruise was from Amsterdam to Budapest with Paris and Prague extensions. I will start with the positive parts of the trip first Paris was wonderful the hotel and food was great our Tour Guide Joshua ... Read More
SCENIC EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE Our cruise was from Amsterdam to Budapest with Paris and Prague extensions. I will start with the positive parts of the trip first Paris was wonderful the hotel and food was great our Tour Guide Joshua done a fantastic job he was available nearly all the time and very knowledgeable he also took us to our ship in Amsterdam the Scenic Opal. We were greeted on the ship by our Tour Director Tadej everything looked good we chose the Scenic Opal as it was one of their new ships we also paid extra for a balcony suite but in reality it was very small and for us was unusable ( a waste of money ), we seem to travel at night so for someone who likes taking photographs that wasn't any good at all. When we stopped most of the time we were docked up against another ship which meant we had to have our curtains closed nearly all the time, there was only one day and a half that we travelled during the day not what we were expecting on the cruise. Then the bad news was delivered on our third day when Tadej told us we were changing ships because of low water levels this was one big disappointment for everyone so after unpacking we had to pack again and bused to the next ship the Scenic Ruby the following morning after breakfast it was supposed to be an hour trip but after 3 hours we finally got to the next ship which was smaller and a downgrade from the Scenic Opal so we settled in unpacked thinking this was our ship to Budapest some people on board was asking the Tour Director if there would be anymore ship changes but he would not give a straight answer Scenic must have known before we even left Australia that there were water level issues but we were not told anything, this was very frustrating, so along we went for another 3 days low and behold another ship change at that point we could have went home but persevered, the next ship was the Scenic Crystal not much better than the Scenic Ruby so after 3 ships we were on our way to Budapest. We lost a fare bit of time in bus travel, itineraries were tried to be kept but this meant more time on buses which lead to late lunches and dinners. Crews on the three ships were very much under pressure with all the ship changes and that reflected in there service. Breakfast and lunch was a buffet style very repetitive food and not really five star quality, dinner was suppose to be a la carte even that was questionable. On the other positive note Prague was excellent our Tour Guide Petr was by far our best made our stay in Prague memorable he done a great job. In the end Scenic"s customer service made out we were only inconvenienced for 3 day in our eye's that was total rubbish!!!!!!! I can go on and on but would we recommend Scenic River Cruises definitely not and we will not do another Scenic tour. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise [have cruised with Scenic a number of times before] - one of the most picturesque cruises with masses of 'pinch yourself' moments as we passed by amazing landscapes [with perilously steep vineyards ... Read More
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise [have cruised with Scenic a number of times before] - one of the most picturesque cruises with masses of 'pinch yourself' moments as we passed by amazing landscapes [with perilously steep vineyards everywhere], or exploring the beautiful, charming townships. Each of the excursions off the 'Opal' were supported by local guides who brought to life the medieval beginnings and survival stories of the incredibly unique history/architecture etc of cobblestone streets, castles, churches/cathedrals: always very interesting and educational; with free time to explore these quaint, colourful towns on our own. The ship's Crystal dining room was wonderful, with the added variety and opportunity to experience the six course tasting menu at Table La Rive as well as the Italian cuisine at Portobellos Restaurant - enjoyed the selection of courses, that were delicious, well presented and matched with local wines. Also, most importantly, the professionalism, friendliness and caring consistently on display from the marvellous crew, cabin and dining room staff, who all helped make our cruise so enjoyable. Special mention to the experienced Captain and his team; with extra regards to Alex, our Tour Director, who was always 'on the job' making sure everyone was safe, nurtured and having the best time; always with good humour, lots of laughs and very interesting, educational port talks. So many deserving of our sincere appreciation and thanks - it was a most wonderful, relaxing and happy cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first river cruise and a great experience. Richard the cruise director was amazing, he was living and very knowledgeable. Looked forward everyday for this review for the next day of what to expect on the excursions. The ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and a great experience. Richard the cruise director was amazing, he was living and very knowledgeable. Looked forward everyday for this review for the next day of what to expect on the excursions. The staff that service you is top notch!! They are all very friendly and profession. I really enjoyed that on disco night, the staff is able to join in and be part of the celebration. The ship crew is a real family and so accomodating to everyone's needs. And trust me we had some high maintenance people on the cruise and they were always so pleasant to really demanding and critical people. These people deal with all sorts of people and handle it with such professionalism. For the most part our meals were excellent but the exclusive Table Le Rive was a little disappointing. That is not the equivalent of very fine dining exclusive tasting if you're use to paying $200 for that experience it's not in that category. Go to dinner on time, it takes awhile to serve 160+ people. The wine pairings for dinner were always excellent choices. The bartenders are great at making you anything and suggesting different drinks. The excursions were great an the exclusive opera concert is a real treat!! We would definitely do another Scenic cruise again. It was great to have everything included and no hassles for drinks and excursions. We loved the staff cannot say enough about the crew, just exceptional service! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our second cruise with SCENIC. After having had such a wonderful time travelling from Budapest to Nuremberg last year, we decided to trust Scenic once again and try the Amsterdam to Basel tour. Once again, we were not ... Read More
This was our second cruise with SCENIC. After having had such a wonderful time travelling from Budapest to Nuremberg last year, we decided to trust Scenic once again and try the Amsterdam to Basel tour. Once again, we were not disappointed. Richard, our cruise director was accommodating, efficient, entertaining and had us well organized, informed and looked after. The staff on board are really good at what they do. We felt welcomed, pampered and genuinely appreciated. Food was excellent and plentiful ( as was the wine and other refreshments. ) Our excursions were well organized, very professionally guided and, thank goodness, did not require long rides on buses. Scenic certainly knows how to keep you busy and interested. I have come home for a rest and a serious diet. Embarkation was fast and efficient. I happened to be suffering from a nagging dose of bronchitis plus being up for about 30 hours. While we arrived at a time that would normally require a few hour wait for our cabin, our manager and head of house keeping graciously made our room available early. This was very obliging and very much appreciated. Disembarkation had a bit of a twist in that we did not get to our designated final destination. A problem with a lock on the river, not a scenic problem, required we disembark short of Basel. Richard handled it well and our airport transfers were completed without any issue at all. Our personal highlight was our visit to Strasbourg but, I cannot fault one single outing. Our enrichment evening was wonderful. River cruising may not be inexpensive and, agreed it may not be for everyone but, if you do choose a river cruise, you cannot and will not get any better itinerary or treatment than what you receive from Scenic. The fact that everything is included, no tipping, top shelf products on the bar, and all excursions included goes a long way to easing the mind and alleviating the all to often nickle and dime annoyances you experience on other lines. And, you may even get to meet Richard's Disco loving cousin while on board but that, my friends, is another story. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
By all means everyone should explore Europe. But the means of transport is a large factor in the day to day life of your journey. I investigated river cruising for a very long time before booking, and found that it was not what I ... Read More
By all means everyone should explore Europe. But the means of transport is a large factor in the day to day life of your journey. I investigated river cruising for a very long time before booking, and found that it was not what I expected, largely due to what information was not supplied prior to embarkation. For example, travelling down the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers nowhere was I told that there was a total of 68 locks, and part of the journey was on man made canals, not the river. It seemed every night at dinner the ship passed through 2 locks, and the view out the window was cement walls. Also, the room was so small that twice I hit my head on the sink, when lowering myself to the toilet. The bed also was a struggle as it was 2 mattresses set on the base, which kept spreading apart, with me finding myself in the crack between the two. The itinerary gave the choices at each port each day, but failed to say that actual time in the port could be as short as 2 to 3 hours. Not really enough time in a port. And lastly, I really did not get a sense of the close quarters in the Crystal dining room or the lounge. There is zero private space when dining, and the table for guests at the next table we’re about 8 inches away from your table, so everyone heard everyone else’s conversations. The lounge was the same, with zero space. I do not know how many times I banged my shins on the little tables, trying to get to, or from my seat. Also, the noise level with so many people in such a confined space was deafening. And finally, I was disappointed with the bar. I am not a big drinker, and my favourite drinks are fruity blender drinks like daiquiris, pina colada etc. I saw a blender in pictures prior to the cruise, so I thought it would be fine, because search as I did, I could not find a bar drink list online before we booked the cruise. Well, there was a blender at the bar, but it was only used 2 times I knew of in our 2 week cruise. Pine Coladas were shaken, not blended. Daiquiris were not available. So I tried to think of every kind of drink I could possibly order, that they might be able to make. I ordered a Harvey Wallbanger, and they googled it, and made one, although not a good one. I asked them to make a drink in the blender, that they usually use the blender to make. They did not understand the request, or maybe there is no drink that is made in the blender. They serve wine, champagne, and any spirit mixed with something else, but as it turned out the blender was purely ornamental. So for 2 weeks there was not a drink I had, that I liked. Also, the entertainment in the lounge was background noise to the talking noise. So, while I enjoyed Europe, and will go back to Europe, I will never again go on a river cruise.n Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We had been on a previous cruise with Scenic and totally enjoyed it so we wanted to do the Rhine River and chose Scenic. The cabins are well done with lots of storage and a spacious balcony. We enjoyed the staff in the dining room. They ... Read More
We had been on a previous cruise with Scenic and totally enjoyed it so we wanted to do the Rhine River and chose Scenic. The cabins are well done with lots of storage and a spacious balcony. We enjoyed the staff in the dining room. They were very professional and were very helpful with any dietary needs. The chef provided personal service when needed for special food requests. He was amazing.The variety of food was great and expertly prepared. Sneysana was the young lady giving massages and was amazing also. I had 3 during the cruise and she helped me tremendously. Our excursions were wonderful. We love that the excursions are well thought out and the transfers are very comfortable. There was 4 adults in our group and we met wonderful people from all over the world on the ship. We certainly would look into other Scenic trips in the future. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
During our investigations, Scenic looked like a more flexible and yet "all-in" package. We spent absolutely nothing more than the fees paid up front, and at ports of call we were free to participate in their great guided tours or ... Read More
During our investigations, Scenic looked like a more flexible and yet "all-in" package. We spent absolutely nothing more than the fees paid up front, and at ports of call we were free to participate in their great guided tours or venture out on our own with their terrific little gps doodads. Even e-bikes to lessen the effort, were provided. The cruise director, Richard, was fantastic. Always available and quick to look after whatever our question was. The service staff were exemplary, doting over every need. And the food was as good as any high-end restaurant...from the breakfast buffet thru to the sit down served dinners. The daily/nightly entertainment was enjoyable and the dance floor was never empty. The special event, the classical concert in the Rastatt Palace was the best event of this kind I have ever attended. The intimate venue meant we were almost participating in the concert. We're already planning our next cruise...perhaps the Seine. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
After a very positive experience on the Seine with Scenic, this cruise was an easy choice. Traveling with a small group, we were able to enjoy the company of our friends, and of many other new friends. I would identify the passengers ... Read More
After a very positive experience on the Seine with Scenic, this cruise was an easy choice. Traveling with a small group, we were able to enjoy the company of our friends, and of many other new friends. I would identify the passengers on the Opal as fairly young group, and the staff embraced, and encouraged, our wish to have fun on the ship, as well as off. As previously experienced, our excursions with Scenic were interesting, and well guided. The outings were perhaps a bit short, part day tours, due to a need for the Opal to cover the distance to the next stop. This is not a criticism of the cruise, but a characteristic of this cruise. The crew were vey capable of ensuring the time spent on the Opal passed quickly. The food and the ship were excellent, as we now expect with Scenic. Our balcony was perhaps underutilized, but that relates to the fall weather, and meeting our group in the lounge, or dining room, instead of watching the sights as a couple from our balcony. Enough cannot be said about the staff on the ship. I believe every Scenic ship is well designed and appointed, but the effort and care of the Opal staff ensured this cruise has established a very high standard for our Scenic cruises that are likely to follow. A few days were well spent in Amsterdam before the cruise, to adjust to the time change and enjoy Dutch culture. Touring in and around around Zurich after the cruise is expensive, but wound out the trip nicely. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Cruise was all-inclusive including all drinks and tours, everything, did not spend any money during the cruise week. 20 of us went so an all-inclusive was the way to go. Rooms super clean and luxurious, service, food, entertainment ... Read More
Cruise was all-inclusive including all drinks and tours, everything, did not spend any money during the cruise week. 20 of us went so an all-inclusive was the way to go. Rooms super clean and luxurious, service, food, entertainment fabulous. In room bar. We had a balcony. No reserved dining times which we liked as we could go when we wanted to. Staff very friendly and attentive. Cruise went from Amsterdam to Basel. Good choice with tours. Can hardly wait to go again. I believe you have to be at least 18 but average age was 70-75. Our group was around 60 yrs. Dancing in lounge every night. We were in Europe about 2 extra weeks and toured Paris, Belgium and Switzerland. Easy to meet other people. Weather was somewhat cool so we didn't utilize the sun deck as much as we would have liked. But did use the hot tub/infinity pool. This cruise exceeded my expectations. I had no complaints at all. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We wanted this cruise to visit a part of Europe not yet seen. Scenic offered such an all inclusive cruise choice we felt it was the one to try. The itinerary to was great.,we saw so many beautiful castles and half timber towns it was ... Read More
We wanted this cruise to visit a part of Europe not yet seen. Scenic offered such an all inclusive cruise choice we felt it was the one to try. The itinerary to was great.,we saw so many beautiful castles and half timber towns it was amazing. Our cabin was well appointed and we love our sunroom balcony which was lovely to sit on,warm and cozy as we floated along. The rest of the cabin was well planned and had lots of storage for both of us. Food was excellent. So varied and well prepared. Especially considering the petit galley they were working from. Wine selection as well offered all of our friends their particular favourites. The staff on the ship was well trained and attentive. Things asked for would appear in short order always with a smile . We had lots of fun with several staff who had fun senses of humour and we looked forward to seeing during our days. Shore excursions were also nclud d and offered many choice see as we moved along. My husband and fri nds especiaal enjoy d their bike ride on the electric bikes. Entertaining intervals were a glimps of the local talent Germany has in abundance. We enjoyed several evenings as well as a couple of afternoons in the lovely lounge. I hope I haven't missed anything. I did save the best for last. Our cruise director Richard Grey was without a doubt the most outstanding part of our trip. He was not only the most organized fellow ,but the most entertaining. He made our cruise the best time ever. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
A friend we were traveling with found Scenic and we just took his recommendation. The ship was excellent and the crew were superb. The only disappointment was our butler, who did very little and for the the odd time that we asked for ... Read More
A friend we were traveling with found Scenic and we just took his recommendation. The ship was excellent and the crew were superb. The only disappointment was our butler, who did very little and for the the odd time that we asked for something he still didn't come through. Otherwise, the entire experience was excellent. The shore excursions were very well organized and we were very pleased that all the gratuities were included. The motor-assisted bicycles were also a great amenity. We used two of them on one occasion and thoroughly enjoyed them. They were also very easy to learn to use. The meals were outstanding and the chef took great pride in his craft. The selection of wines was mediocre but sufficient. The bar selection was likewise very good and the bar staff carried the torch for service excellence. Overall, we had good value for our money and will likely cruise with Scenic again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We experienced our first river cruise two years ago on a 7 day Scenic River Cruise 0n the Danube. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to go on another 7 day excursion Scenic river cruise on the Rhine, and this time with a few family ... Read More
We experienced our first river cruise two years ago on a 7 day Scenic River Cruise 0n the Danube. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to go on another 7 day excursion Scenic river cruise on the Rhine, and this time with a few family members. The service and the attention to details was exceptional. Everything was included in the price of the cruise. Food was exquisite and all you could eat. Ports and shore excursions were planned to the T with no issues. There was local entertainment every evening in the bar area which was enjoyable. Also included was an evening out to a concert just for the cruise members in Strasbourg, France. The ship was easy to get around and the sun deck was great for gathering and enjoying the scenery when cruising. There is an elevator for access to all decks except for the sun deck. Plan to do another Scenic river cruise in the future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first river cruise. We spent 2 days in Amsterdam, which we thoroughly enjoyed, before connecting with the river cruise. Our cabin was excellent (junior balcony) and was spacious for a cabin, especially the bathroom. The ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. We spent 2 days in Amsterdam, which we thoroughly enjoyed, before connecting with the river cruise. Our cabin was excellent (junior balcony) and was spacious for a cabin, especially the bathroom. The lounge and dining room were beautiful, and because the weather was so nice, we spent quite a bit of time on deck. Our crew could not have better and the food and entertainment were wonderful. If I am permitted, I would especially like to thank three staff who stood out: Costi, who looked after the dining room, Margaret who served our drinks, and of course Kurt, the cruise director. We especially enjoyed the excursions. Our only regret was that we wish we could have had more free time to explore the places on our own after the guided tour, but we realize that schedules could not allow this. The cruise exceeded our expectations, and we will definitely do it again. While this was our first river cruise, so I have nothing to compare, we felt we were totally looked after from the time we left our home to when we returned. I also very much appreciate that this cruise was totally all inclusive. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We had lots to celebrate this year and decided to do our "bucket-list" trip . . . a European river cruise. Scenic was recommended to us by our travel agent. We went into the trip with high expectations, and I can honestly say ... Read More
We had lots to celebrate this year and decided to do our "bucket-list" trip . . . a European river cruise. Scenic was recommended to us by our travel agent. We went into the trip with high expectations, and I can honestly say that all our expectations were exceeded! The ship was beautiful. Being only two years old, it was shiny new and pretty. The staff in every area were all top-notch (cruise director Kurt was exceptional); the food and beverages were excellent; every excursion was fantastic! We enjoyed every single minute of the cruise. It was well-organized, relaxed, and a lot of fun. Scenic paid attention to every detail and we felt really well looked-after. The transfers were smooth and seamless. Embarkation and Disembarkation were organized and pleasant. The guides on all of our excursions were very knowledgeable and very passionate about their city. The pace of the excursions was perfect. Entertainment was varied and very enjoyable.Fellow travellers were all very friendly. One of the highlights for us was cruising down the Rhine gorge on a beautiful sunny, warm afternoon and seeing mile after mile of castles, vineyards, and churches. We felt like we were in a storybook! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We were interested in learning about Holland, Germany and Switzerland and discovering what a river cruise was like -- the best and most relaxing of all the cruises we have taken! Our meals were fantastic, breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... Read More
We were interested in learning about Holland, Germany and Switzerland and discovering what a river cruise was like -- the best and most relaxing of all the cruises we have taken! Our meals were fantastic, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We enjoyed having dinner entertainment. Margaret and Gigi looked after us with our favourite alcoholic drinks during our meals and on the sundeck as well as the lounge. Costin, the head of food service, always made sure that our meals were what we expected and were always available. Kurt, the cruise director, was fantastic and did a super job of making sure everything was going smoothly and made Harley laugh like crazy during the "German class" and as a result, Harley has signed up for conversational German to start Sept. 18! The tour guides for the canals of Amsterdam and the bus tour were exceptional. The tour guide in Koblenz was knowledgeable and showed us the best of the city with his love of the city and his flair for writing, he made the city come alive. The Mechanical Music Instrument Museum was fascinating and the ride up the side of the mountain on the cable car gave us an overall view of the vineyards as we reached the Niederwald monument at the top. We have no words to describe the experience at the Baroque Palace, complete with drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the classical concert - we were overwhelmed with the beauty of the room and the wonderful performances of the two opera singers and the piano accompaniment. The visit to the Black Forest area was somewhat of a disappointment but Schnapps and the Black Forest Cake made up for it! We found going through the locks fascinating and we were very impressed when our cruise got delayed by a mishap in a lock but we admired the way Kurt managed to rebook everyone at the right times on each bus so that we could catch our flight out of Basel airport. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first cruise with Scenic. Their arrangements before, during and after the cruise were excellent. Everything which was under their immediate control worked superbly - Scenic cannot be blamed for the fact that there issues with ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Scenic. Their arrangements before, during and after the cruise were excellent. Everything which was under their immediate control worked superbly - Scenic cannot be blamed for the fact that there issues with the locks on the Strasburg to Basle section. The Scenic Opal is a beautifull well appointed ship, the food is very good and the service even better.Cabins are reasonably spacious and certainly way better than just adequate. The organised trips were extremely well guided with knowledgeable local guides who were well versed in their subjects and, because they were obviously experienced, made their guides both informative and entertaining. Talking of entertaining, the varied programme of evening entertainment in the ship's lounge was really good. In fairness, it is not a cruise which is suitable for children - it is definitely tailored for adults but even those who were more advanced in years than others coped with the tours very well. Not a cheap cruise but, as Scenic advertise, EVERYTHING is included - no surcharges for anything! Would have no hesitation in going with Scenic again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We went with two other couples and one of the other couples decided this was the best cruise to go on. Scenic was recommended as the best all inclusive cruise line. The ship was beautiful, the food amazing, the entertainment great. Our ... Read More
We went with two other couples and one of the other couples decided this was the best cruise to go on. Scenic was recommended as the best all inclusive cruise line. The ship was beautiful, the food amazing, the entertainment great. Our cruise director Kurt was unbelievable. All the crew were very polite, bent over to help you, very funny. Had a great time with them. Definitely would use Scenic again. It was a experience of a lifetime. The scenery was amazing. Tours where great. Having everything set up for you with a daily schedule was great. Having an all inclusive cruise is the best way to go. Get you eat and drink as much as you want with everything included. Only had to have money to do shopping while on shore. All tour guides were great and very knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend going on a Scenic cruise. You will not regret it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Chose this cruise because of its top reviews and attention to detail. From the moment we were picked up at Amsterdam airport, Scenic took care of everything. The cabin, food, cruise director, Richard, and the entire staff went above and ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of its top reviews and attention to detail. From the moment we were picked up at Amsterdam airport, Scenic took care of everything. The cabin, food, cruise director, Richard, and the entire staff went above and beyond to make sure we were constantly taken care of. The chef was very friendly, experienced and a great chef. He provided several options at every meal, and made sure we had a taste of every region we visited. The bar staff went above and beyond to make sure there was always a drink available. We can't compliment the staff enough, from the housekeepers to the skipper. Adding the four extra days in Switzerland was definately the highlight of the trip. First class hotels, tours and meals were excellent. All tours and activities were thorough and there was time everyday to have on your own. We will travel with scenic again because they took excellent care of us! Read Less
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