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Chose this cruise because we are fiscally in good condition and knew at times there maybe some long days if you were to take in all or most of the activities on board and off. From time we arrived in Amsterdam to flying home from Prague ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we are fiscally in good condition and knew at times there maybe some long days if you were to take in all or most of the activities on board and off. From time we arrived in Amsterdam to flying home from Prague we always were in excellent hands with tour guides and crew. Very knowledgable and friendly. Highlight, bike ride thro Austria. This is truly a five star cruise, very good food and liquor. Even the buffet was five star with wide variety of dishes and the presentation was exceptional. If the staff felt there was a problem with anything on board they were quick to rectify. Only two negatives I may have is with the same on board musician every night, got a little tedious at times, although the entertainment that came on board from the different countries was excellent. Second negative being we felt the staff should push the use of hand sanitizer prior to and upon leaving the on board restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Suggested by my travel agent. I also liked the fact once you paid your final payment that it covered everything! Excursions, alcoholic beverages and gratuities! The staff of the Jewel were absolutely phenomenal. Food was awesome as ... Read More
Suggested by my travel agent. I also liked the fact once you paid your final payment that it covered everything! Excursions, alcoholic beverages and gratuities! The staff of the Jewel were absolutely phenomenal. Food was awesome as there were so many choices from fine dining to a la carte to buffet. Ship was nice and clean. Nightly local entertainment in the Lounge was the perfect finale to that particular port and a great way to enjoy a cocktail and wind down. Shore excursions were informative. There were some issues with my tech device to hear the commentary from our guides. Guides were local to the area so they could add a lot more flavour to the commentary and answer questions. You could hear their passion! Prague was a great "tack on" to the cruise. Well worth the little bit extra. Lots of walking. For fit bit enthusiasts, around 15000 to 20000 steps per day in Prague. Wear comfy shoes, cobblestones can be tricky. If I was going across the "pond" again, I would upgrade to first class air. 8 to 9 hours is a long time so you want comfort. Direct flights are undoubtedly your best bet. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Lovely ship, clean and comfortable. All Staff helpful, attentive, polite. Extremely smart. Butlers charming, could not do enough for us, Their grey suits exceptional. Very comprehensive tours with excellent guides. However one ... Read More
Lovely ship, clean and comfortable. All Staff helpful, attentive, polite. Extremely smart. Butlers charming, could not do enough for us, Their grey suits exceptional. Very comprehensive tours with excellent guides. However one criticism is that their walking pace was a little to fast for me age group they were leading. The app on the smart phone had several technical difficulties. The two external musical events in Budapest and Vienna were superb and very professional. Venues exceptional. The whole experience reflected the culture of the countries. On board entertainment was equally memorable. Food of a very high standard, good choices. journey arrangements good excepting at Budapest some confusion on arrival at Budapest airport as no one there to meet us. I rang the help number given only to receive a recorded message in what I presumed to be Hungarian!! Overall a most enjoyable and memorable holiday. Thank you o very much to everyone involved. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We choose Scenic for the all-inclusive option, where tips and alcoholic beverages outside of meals are included in the price. We also chose them because of their 5-star rating, as most in the group were seasoned travellers with ... Read More
We choose Scenic for the all-inclusive option, where tips and alcoholic beverages outside of meals are included in the price. We also chose them because of their 5-star rating, as most in the group were seasoned travellers with discriminating tastes. Scenic met our expectations in all respects, with only a few exceptions. The design of the Jewel (not sure about their other ships) is flawed in the sense that the two most expensive suites, the Royal Panoramic Suites at the stern, are located above the engines. A member of our group staying here. The vibration and noise is quite disturbing for guests sleeping in these quarters when the ship is cruising at night which is fairly frequent. The suites are beautiful, with full length windows on two sides. This turns the suite into a sauna on a sunny day and unfortunately the air-conditioning only functioned in the entry way of the suite, not the whole suite. The windows can be opened but while in port, the suite filled up quickly with flies. Scenic should indicate on their ship maps where the engines are located so guests can be warned in advance of where the noise will most likely occur. Our cabin was midship and so quiet you didn't even know the ship was moving. There is no motion at all on river cruise ships, making it an extremely comfortable cruise. Wait staff and butlers go above and beyond, as do the cleaning staff, kitchen and our cruise director, Tadei. They can't do enough for you. In spite of the design shortcomings in the Royal Panoramic Suite, we still gave it full marks, as it would be impossible to surpass every other aspect of this trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We cruised along the Danube towards the Black Sea having previously sailed in the opposite direction from Vienna to Nuremberg. We were fortunate to encounter wall to wall sunshine in early to mid-October. Scenic Jewel is well up to the job ... Read More
We cruised along the Danube towards the Black Sea having previously sailed in the opposite direction from Vienna to Nuremberg. We were fortunate to encounter wall to wall sunshine in early to mid-October. Scenic Jewel is well up to the job of cruising with visibility from all aspects and dining second to none. The crew were superb and our tour manager, Nikola, was an accomplished host from start to finish. Our cabin was comfortable bearing in mind travelling along the river. And the panoramic views from our balcony were beautiful; we could also lower the window whenever the occasion arose. A butler service was available if you required.. All drinks and excursions were inclusive and this made socialising in the evening after a hard day's sightseeing a great pleasure. A little note about the excursions. These were enjoyable and informative although perhaps a bit of a shock when discovering the Balkan countries. Twice, however, in Serbia and Bulgaria were were served food that was cold. Perhaps I'm being unkind to the east Europeans but we in the west found it a bit disconcerting. However, we received nothing but kindness and consideration from the locals. I can thoroughly recommend this tour.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise because the price I paid was all I paid (no staff tipping, alcohol was "free", trips were all included) and because I liked the itinerary. Every single aspect worked perfectly from the pick up from our house ... Read More
I chose this cruise because the price I paid was all I paid (no staff tipping, alcohol was "free", trips were all included) and because I liked the itinerary. Every single aspect worked perfectly from the pick up from our house to the airport, the flight left on time (RyanAir), the pick up from Budapest to the ship, the welcome, the trips, etc etc. I cannot fault a single aspect of this unbelievable experience. The professional but very friendly staff, the delicious but healthy food, the accommodation on the ship. Nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed the 2 special meals that were included in the price and we made a number of new friends. The weather was delightful for the middle of October. We made use of the walking track daily as we cruised along. The hotel afterwards in Bucharest was probably too posh for us but the room was huge and the staff helpful.x Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The overall experience was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. The crew were always happy to help with questions etc and were very efficient through out. The whole experience was really help together by the tour director/manager a guy ... Read More
The overall experience was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. The crew were always happy to help with questions etc and were very efficient through out. The whole experience was really help together by the tour director/manager a guy called Nicola. He was superb . The organisation was top drawer, most days three excursions were offered which catered for most tastes the transport arrangements, the food arrangements during the tours, the guides on those tours were all excellent. English was spoken throughout by all crew, guides. The tour was made up of Australians, Canadians, Americans and Brits and all interacted throughout. We never sat at meal times with the same people twice which led to some very interesting and enjoyable conversations. The food throughout could not be faulted and was always well prepared and served by an excellent team of waiters. Liquid refreshments were available 24/7 as were small snacks along with tea and coffee. The mini bars in every cabin were replenished everyday and the piece de resistance was having a butler assigned to you. They made life that much easier and were there to help in any way what so ever. Tea/coffee in bed every morning served by them was a very enjoyable experience. The ship overall was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and we all had plenty of room to do our own thing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
what a good cruise company as everything was very well done . the ship was excellent and the staff were excellent especially rositsa, martina in the bar/lounge and milosh in the restaurant, well done. everything was good. lovely cabins and ... Read More
what a good cruise company as everything was very well done . the ship was excellent and the staff were excellent especially rositsa, martina in the bar/lounge and milosh in the restaurant, well done. everything was good. lovely cabins and the spotless ship. the captain was always around at events. the only thing is how they choose those for the captains table, a mystery to us!!! scenic is a good company and we would recommend then to all. well done scenic and a big thank you and especially to the mostly excellent staff who help make the trip xxx we had fabulous entertainment and a good pianist, we danced the evening away several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. the drinks were included and we had good wines and premium spirits. this should have been en emerald cruise but was on a scenic ship because of a ship out of commision Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We liked that the cruise was all inclusive - no extra charges for excursions, tips, drinks. There was an ample number of choices for the excursions, or you could stay on the ship, or take an e-bike out and tour the town at your leisure. ... Read More
We liked that the cruise was all inclusive - no extra charges for excursions, tips, drinks. There was an ample number of choices for the excursions, or you could stay on the ship, or take an e-bike out and tour the town at your leisure. They'd even pack a lunch for you if you were going to be gone through the lunch hour. The service on board was excellent, the staff friendly and well informed about all aspects of the trip. The cabin was very well maintained, exceptionally clean as were all the public areas. The food was out of this world, and the presentation was creative. The portions were appropriate. Scenic had explored various entertainment options, offering us everything from an exquisite concert in a formal atmosphere to an Oktoberfest party, as well as some performers and speakers brought on board to entertain, amuse and educate us. It was all great. At the end of the tour, we had no outstanding expenses with the tour company. Our only out-of -pocket costs were for souvenirs for those we left behind at home. Embarkation and disembarkation went without a hiccup. Their systems have been well tested by time and experience. Things could not have gone more smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruiseline based on others reviews. It was a great choice. Although the cost was considerably higher this is a once in a lifetime cruise for us so we chose to spend the extra. There were other choices but I still feel we made ... Read More
We chose this cruiseline based on others reviews. It was a great choice. Although the cost was considerably higher this is a once in a lifetime cruise for us so we chose to spend the extra. There were other choices but I still feel we made the right decision. The service was outstanding with a crew that exceeded all expectations. The captain was always at the gangway ready to greet passengers fro the day of embarkation and every day as we returned from excursions. On embarkations every woman was handed a rose and we were greeted by the captain, cool towels for refreshing, and champagne. A butler escorted us to our cabin. The first evening dinner was a buffet but then we set sail on the river for a beautiful evening cruise around Budapest which is a gorgeous evening sight! At the end of the little evening cruise we re-docked across from Parliament which is one of the most beautiful building in Budapest. The next day, after out excursion, we walked into the shopping district of Budapest. It is a lengthy walk from the ship across Budapest's Chain Bridge, but well worth the walk. All breakfast buffets were outstanding! Lunch in the dining room was always an excellent buffet but for lighter choices the lounge and bar area had a wonderful selection of lighter lunches, pizza, soups, salads, burgers, and my favorite which was fish and chips. Dining in the dining room was always wonderful with excellent food choices, outstanding service, and great company. The Budapest excursion we chose was good It seems like every river cruise had the same excursion which created some extremely crowded conditions at some of the sights. It would be nice if the cruise ship companies coordinated their excursions so some were in the morning and some in the afternoon to alleviate some of the crowds. Every ship seemed to have groups at the same sights at the same time. The Viking River cruise ships had a much better docking area nearer to the sops and activities in Budapest - but Scenic had a nice quiet, very scenic docking area. The evening cruises through the locks would sometimes create much bumping and noises in the lower deck but that was expected. Sometimes it woke me but I never seemed to have a problem if we were just cruising. After having experienced many ocean cruises where the cruise director was always outgoing and energetic I was a little surprised by the dry, humorless cruise director onboard. He often sat by himself. He always seemed to be available for questions but did not have a very outgoing personality. He got a little better at the end of the second week. Don't get me wrong, he was very accommodating but you had to seek him out and expect to only get a minimal answer to your question. The bartender, waiters, bar staff, service staff, room attendants, butlers , everyone was just outstanding! They worked tirelessly to make sure every need was met. There is not a huge staff and they worked for hours to attend to your needs. One of the things I did not like was that with so few staff, there was very limited service if you were on the sundeck. It seemed like they would come around once in a while but if you decide to stay on the sundeck you should expect to go get your own refreshments I cannot blame the staff. When you are cruising there are many passengers, 1 or sometimes two bartenders, and most often 2 bar service staff. In Vienna the Schonburg Palace - the early excursion was good since it seemed to get more crowded as the day wore on. My suggestion ... the tour was approximately 1 hour but then you had 2 hours of free time which was way too much a=for just at the Palace. If the excursion included more passes to more of the museums then 2 hours would be good but this tour only included a tour in the main Palace and then you were on your own. The bus took you back to the ship or dropped off in town. Unfortunately the ship docks fairly far from the town and the drop off in town was too far from the place I wanted to go. My suggestion is that if you would like to see the Market then do the tour "Shop with the Chef" for that shopping opportunity. Much of the evening entertainment was too short. There were many good, interesting evening entertainment opportunities but there were all fairly short. There was not a lot to do onboard I the evening once the entertainment ended. Almost every tour (other than Schonburg Palace) did not have enough free time. I always felt very rushed and wanted a bit more time. The excursions were good but then there was never enough time to do that bit of shopping or to go back and see something that really interested you. The Best of the Sound of Music excursion was just "OK". It could have been that we had the one rainy day of out 15 day cruise that day so the show was inside a restaurant that was just "ok". The food was mediocre, the room was overly crowded. The show was ok but since it was highly rated I was disappointed. If the sun had been shining the scenery may have made up for the lackluster show and lunch - but it poured. Here we were in the mountains and hills of Austria and the fog and rain was so thick you could not see! Just the luck of the day - not any fault of the cruise line. For shopping - save it until the final days. The best shopping port was Cologne. There was plenty of time for shopping any many shops. I have to state that every excursion was very good. I always wanted more time but the content, organization, and areas were well chosen and excellently planned. Would I go again? YES!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Enticed by the images of castles, green pastures, churches and villages of Europe, it was time to book a comfortable more leisurely exploration of this part of the world. Scenic's blitz of advertising in print and TV was timely, the ... Read More
Enticed by the images of castles, green pastures, churches and villages of Europe, it was time to book a comfortable more leisurely exploration of this part of the world. Scenic's blitz of advertising in print and TV was timely, the information day at Sofitel, Melbourne helped consolidate my decision being an Australian organisation. Budapest to Amsterdam - Jewels of Europe River Cruise Not having to embark till mid afternoon meant there was enough time to explore Budapest for a few hours. We were offered afternoon tea and cakes at Budapest Marriott with the opportunity to meet fellow travellers. On boarding Scenic Jewel we were greeted by crew and Captain with flowers, drinks and a refreshing face towel, much appreciated as it's summer. By the time we found our 'home' for the next fortnight, our luggage was awaiting to be unpacked!! Not being an ocean liner I prefer the cosier feel of a smaller vessel, yet large enough for smooth and stable travel. Our cabin was compact, with more than adequate storage, mini bar (fully stocked) and security safe. Ensuite was well stocked with French toiletries and diligently restocked daily and cleaned/tidied twice/day. Buffet breakfast (with option for continental breakfast for early risers) and lunch with dinner being a la carte there's an Italian Dining Option as well in the Reserved Restaurant area. It was near impossible to not overeat and portioned sized evening meals was most welcomed. Given the vessel has a small kitchen it was amazing the range and variation of mainly European delectables that were consistently created, the meals would arrive hot and freshly cooked. The fresh fruit sorbets were out of this world!! Difficult diners (with multiple allergies) were not a problem and nothing was an issue. As it was an open bar offering; including cocktails and wines from local regions were the norm. Being an almost non drinker - an odd sip is all I can tolerate - I enjoyed the occasional mocktail. It is my understanding many other shipping companies offer only beers and wines!! (shared by fellow travellers). Entertainment at the end of each evening was well sourced, varied and interesting - allowed us a further appreciation of the region's culture. Because we had to traverse through 69 locks with each one taking on average 30 mins the sundeck was invariable quarantined from being used as deck equipment and canopies had to be constantly flattened then re-erected - this meant less space for those of us trying to burn off the calories - thank goodness for the small gym, but there's nothing like fresh air, majestic views and vit D. Take drip dry clothing - a complimentary 1kg laundry/cabin was most appreciated otherwise laundry service can add up. It is obvious the crew enjoy working on smaller vessels and with Scenic, as many have worked on ocean liners (small cities) previously. As each day passed we were like one big extended family of 140+ plus crew. Small surprises like venturing back to our cabins to find a different towel sculpture awaiting our return........this is not a dream!! Service overall was consistent, professional, obliging and "can do attitude" is commendable. Understandably some ports were not worth viewing as nothing was opened (on weekends), whereas other ports needed further exploration but there was not enough time although too small to make another trip to see these little gems. Not sure what's the best solution as I understand we have a schedule to keep to arrive at our final destination. Some places warranted at least 1 - 2 nights like Vienna, that is why these cruises are viewed as teasers or samplers of a region for further exploration without constant packing and unpacking one's luggage. The Shore excursions were well planned with supporting transport for those unable to walk steep inclines, though would have appreciated viewing some artisans, craftworks (like in Amsterdam), cottage industry rather than just more eating and drinking (a thought), although half a day excursions restricts how much one can achieve. Very impressed with Scenic buses along the way. Overall, really had a memorable magical 15 days with Scenic, enjoyed travelling with largely Australian travellers, felt very at home, so glad gratuities were included and it was up to us if we wanted to reward individually. Will share this experience with my travel agent, will continue to explore future regions with Scenic, although unsure how to balance travelling and spending say 1 - 2 days in some larger city locations without having to come back to that region with another travel organisational group. Thank you Scenic for some lovely memories. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Embarked on a cruise with my amazing wife. Started in Prague to Budapest, set sail on the river and went all the way through to Bratislava, Austria, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Cologne to Amsterdam. Everything was great start to finish. Great and ... Read More
Embarked on a cruise with my amazing wife. Started in Prague to Budapest, set sail on the river and went all the way through to Bratislava, Austria, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Cologne to Amsterdam. Everything was great start to finish. Great and happy cabin crew, great service, with delicious food, great beverage selection, music and dance on the boat was fantastic. Met great people, organisation of the cruise and excursions impeccable. Amazing sights to see and very informative. Would definitely recommend to friends and family if they wish to set sail on a cruise throughout Europe like we did and experience an adventurou=s, well organised and wonderful sightseeing holiday experience and to get away and relax for a few weeks away with family or a loved one. Cant wait to experience another cruise hopefully in the near future and get away with my beautiful wife again take her on another cruise and travel experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
An amazing 2 weeks. We did a 3 day 'add on' to our cruise and travelled from Prague to Budapest - a great way to meet a group of fellow travellers prior to the cruise starting. Loved our balcony cabin on Scenic Jewel. It was ... Read More
An amazing 2 weeks. We did a 3 day 'add on' to our cruise and travelled from Prague to Budapest - a great way to meet a group of fellow travellers prior to the cruise starting. Loved our balcony cabin on Scenic Jewel. It was great to be able to be open the window and actually sit out on a balcony - not just open a window and sit looking out as seemed to be the case on many ships we saw on the river. Staff were amazing - so friendly and obliging, nothing was any trouble. Shore excursions from the ship were all excellent - information provided beforehand was very informative. Afternoon/nightly entertainment was varied and excellent quality. Food in the main dining room was first class - great variety. We also enjoyed a visit to two other dining areas on the ship (open to all passengers) and the food in those was very impressive. Loved the 'cocktail of the day' in the dining room, the early morning cup of tea, the daily crosswords and suduko, newspapers, the 'raffles' and competitions and so on. This was our first cruise with Scenic - it will not be our last. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The cruise was spectacular. Every aspect exceeded our expectations and the entire crew made the time spent on board personal and memorable. The ship was comfortable and the cabins spacious and in particular we were happy with the size of ... Read More
The cruise was spectacular. Every aspect exceeded our expectations and the entire crew made the time spent on board personal and memorable. The ship was comfortable and the cabins spacious and in particular we were happy with the size of the cabin and bathroom. The food was top notch and all the excursions were well organised and time managed well. We loved being able to choose between different excursion options. The added enrich experiences were fantastic and always included and catered for different peoples tastes and ability. We were so impressed with the bike ride when there was many more people opting for this than usual instead of disappointing anyone the team organised to hire more bicycles so ensure everyone could go. Hunor our cruise director was fabulous and always made the port talk interesting and amusing and nothing was too much effort. Thanks to everyone on board the Scenic Jewel for a memorable holiday!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My husband and I did the 24 Day Eastern Europe Explorer & Jewels of Europe River Cruise and it was one of the best trips we have ever done. We couldn't speak too highly of Scenic .... the Company was just fantastic. The first ... Read More
My husband and I did the 24 Day Eastern Europe Explorer & Jewels of Europe River Cruise and it was one of the best trips we have ever done. We couldn't speak too highly of Scenic .... the Company was just fantastic. The first part of our trip covered Eastern Europe by land and the tour content, hotels, tour guide etc. were excellent. Upon reaching Budapest, we emarked on the Scenic Jewel late afternoon where we were greeted with champagne by the crew before going to our cabin. The cabin was reasonably spacious considering it is just that "a cabin", with plenty of storage, comfortable bed, excellent aircon and bathroom facilities, complete with make up mirror (a must for us ladies)! The balcony was small but adequate. Our butler was very professional and nothing was too much trouble. Food on the ship was excellent and varied. Every drink imaginable (wine, beer, cocktails of all descriptions) were available 24 hours per day and all inclusive. The little "cultural extras" Scenic does for its guests, goes above and beyond what anyone would expect. Tours were well managed and all the ports we visited were fantastic (with the exception of Nuremberg) which was a little disappointing. We had a situation on our trip where there was flooding in Europe and at one stage our ship was unable to sail under the bridge and so we were bussed to the next port, had our tour and were to board the ship again once the water level had dropped (as was expected that particular day). When we arrived to board the ship it still had not arrived. So, instead of letting us sit on the bus, our Tour Director (Kurt) organised to take us all to a restaurant where he ordered food and drinks for all of us until we were able to board the ship about an hour later. Fantastic service! I could go on and on but to sum it all up ..... Scenic are very professional, genuinely care for the guests and have fabulous itineraries. Book with Scenic and you won't regret it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Traveling with Australians is a whole lot more fun than 140 other Americans. The Aussies's attitudes toward life in general is refreshing - they know how to have fun. The Jewel was in excellent shape, the crew very attentive, and ... Read More
Traveling with Australians is a whole lot more fun than 140 other Americans. The Aussies's attitudes toward life in general is refreshing - they know how to have fun. The Jewel was in excellent shape, the crew very attentive, and the shore excursions well chosen. Scenic is "all inclusive" never need to reach for a wallet or credit card. Scenic even provided us with a private limo for our transfer to our Amsterdam hotel at journey's end. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
The make up of the passengers on Scenic Jewel for our cruise was 2 English (we are not Brits), 16 Canadians, 140 Aussies and only 6 of us from the US. Great fun, the Aussie take on life and humor was the icing on the cake of a wonderful ... Read More
The make up of the passengers on Scenic Jewel for our cruise was 2 English (we are not Brits), 16 Canadians, 140 Aussies and only 6 of us from the US. Great fun, the Aussie take on life and humor was the icing on the cake of a wonderful cruise experience. After reading other reviews and the professional review, I can assure folks that the Jewel had cured any staff training problems. They multitasked and worked hard and long hour very cheerfully. The ship's captain not only greeted us almost every time we returned from a shore excursion, but was seen helping the deck hands in setting the bicycles on shore before the ride. Patrick, the tour director was excellent, the best we have seen in over 30 cruises. The ship itself was clean and well maintained. The balcony with the roll up windows is an excellent feature, Scenic cruises should be proud of the amenity. The breakfast buffet was excellent, including all the fixings for lox, bagels and cream cheese, except no bagels. The omelet cook was great made up for the lack of bagels. The soups were exquisite. The only real failure was the kitchen's attempt at weiner schnitzel, based on my 4 1/2 years of living in Germany, this wasn't close. Everything else was very good to excellent. The speciality restaurant Porto Bello was a real treat. The cruise was truly all inclusive, no charge for tours, drinks or tips. Nothing was added to what we had paid in advance. If you are American or Canadian and enjoy irreverent sense of Aussie humor Scenic is for you.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
15 days of being looked after 24 hours a day. A1 cabins - there was nothing that Scenic hadn't thought of for our comfort. Brilliant crew; tasty food; enjoyable entertainment; interesting day trips; friendly passengers. Plenty of ... Read More
15 days of being looked after 24 hours a day. A1 cabins - there was nothing that Scenic hadn't thought of for our comfort. Brilliant crew; tasty food; enjoyable entertainment; interesting day trips; friendly passengers. Plenty of activities but also plenty of relaxation. It was our first Scenic holiday but definitely won't be our last. Can thoroughly recommend a Scenic river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My wife and I recently took a European River Cruise on the Scenic Jewel from September 15 through 29, 2014. This cruise started in Budapest, Hungary, followed the Danube through Austria and southern Germany, then took the Danube-Main Canal ... Read More
My wife and I recently took a European River Cruise on the Scenic Jewel from September 15 through 29, 2014. This cruise started in Budapest, Hungary, followed the Danube through Austria and southern Germany, then took the Danube-Main Canal to the Main River, and finally ended up on the Rhine, with the cruise ending in Amsterdam, a total distance of about 1800 km. Through good fortune, there was hardly any rain for the duration of our trip, with temperatures above 20 Celsius nearly every day. We are experienced ocean cruisers, but this is the first time we have taken a river cruise. We also arranged air transportation through Scenic, and the transfers between the airport and the ship were quick and flawless. The Jewel is a new ship, completed last year expressly for these waterways. It holds about 160 passengers on three decks, the top two having balconies with sliding windows that can be opened or closed depending on the weather. The cabins are spacious with every amenity and we found the beds very comfortable. All rooms featured an entertainment system with which you could access television, music, shipboard information and the Internet though we found with all the activities we hardly used that. The ship features the ‘Crystal’ dining room which featured buffets at lunch and usually sitdown dinners. The food was uniformly good and they were very careful to point out dishes that might trigger my nut allergy. There is also an Italian restaurant called the Portobello that all passengers can try. The ship has a lounge which also functions as an entertainment venue and bar/café. The entertainment was low key, consisting of folk artists, lectures and demonstrations. For those used to the splashy shows on ocean cruises, it will seem pretty small scale. Finally there is a sun deck where you can watch the world go by, for every day on a river cruise there is something to see. On the Danube Main canal, access to the sundeck was restricted because of low bridges. All excursions were included in the price we paid. The biggest problem we had was trying to choose one of the two or three options sometimes on offer. Scenic attempts to create experiences for their passengers so that in addition to the usual city tours, you can also do things like attend musical performances, wine tastings, “medieval feasts” and so on. There are power assisted bikes for those that like to explore on their own, and audio players that may be used for self tours. We were kept very busy with all the activities. The local guides were uniformly superior and in keeping with the all inclusive nature of the trip would not accept tips. In every respect, this cruise exceeded our expectations. The service from the 50 staff members was uniformly friendly and attentive, and when this cruise company says that their cruise was “all inclusive” they really meant it, right down to the mini bar in the room and the free Wi-Fi. The only extra cost we incurred was laundry. There’s no doubt that all inclusive river cruising in Europe is expensive, but in this case you get what you pay for. Another good thing about river cruising is that with only 160 passengers you soon get to know your fellow travellers, unlike a large cruise ship where you hardly ever see the same person twice. We would unreservedly recommend Scenic to anyone considering a European river cruise and will use them again ourselves.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
From the time we arrived at Budapest Airport to the time we left Amsterdam Airport our river cruise on the Scenic Jewel can only be described as First Class. We were welcomed by our butler and the Captain with a glass of champagne, which ... Read More
From the time we arrived at Budapest Airport to the time we left Amsterdam Airport our river cruise on the Scenic Jewel can only be described as First Class. We were welcomed by our butler and the Captain with a glass of champagne, which set the tone for the whole trip. The Scenic Jewel was impeccable, sparkling throughout, as was the crew and service. This was due to the Captain and Cruise Director running a happy ship. The cuisine was wonderful and when Scenic say "all inclusive" it certainly was. Nothing was too much trouble. The tours were first class and enhanced by the provision of personal GPS units which had details of all points of interest programmed in. There were also Scenic Enrichment concerts, a banquet at Marksburg Castle, what a fun night, and not forgetting the Schnapps tasting!! The passengers were mainly Australian with a sprinkling of British, Canadian and New Zealanders, a great mixture, the whole ship gelled really well and we now have new friends in Australia and Canada. In all it was the best cruise we have been on, have not stopped talking about it since our return. We have now booked a Canadian Tour with Scenic for July 2015. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed from Budapest on August 12, 2013 aboard the Scenic Crystal. From the moment we stepped aboard everything was perfect. Greeted with a rose and a drink, we were ushered to the lounge. Our butler then came to collect us and show us ... Read More
We sailed from Budapest on August 12, 2013 aboard the Scenic Crystal. From the moment we stepped aboard everything was perfect. Greeted with a rose and a drink, we were ushered to the lounge. Our butler then came to collect us and show us to our cabin. We were in Balcony Suite 329 on the Danube Deck. Our luggage was waiting for us in our room. I was surprised by the amount of space, especially storage and hanging space. Every aspect of the trip was first class from food, drinks, entertainment, excursions and staff. Due to low water in the locks, meaning our ship couldn't pass through, we were transferred to the Scenic Jewel in Nuremburg. This was done very smoothly and with a minimum of fuss. We had some misgivings as we had developed relationships with the staff and were concerned that the other ship might not be so good but it was! The staff on the this ship were friendly, cheerful and helpful too. The Jewel and Crystal are identical in layout and the few differences were positives, e.g. Better pressure in Jewel's showers and folding doors on the balcony rather than sliding (this meant they could be fully opened). Some personal highlights were the excursion to Cesky Krumlov, a visit to a family run winery, Durnstein in Austria, concert at Litchenstein Palace in Vienna, sailing through the Wauchau Valley and the Rhine Gorge. We completed our cruise at Amsterdam on August 26. I could give a blow by blow description of the whole trip but that would take the shine off your experience. This is a holiday that can be as busy or as relaxed as you want it to be - you choose the pace of your days and select what you want to do or not do. As it is ALL INCLUSIVE, we did not spend a cent whilst on board (except to get some washing done). The greatest attraction of this style of holiday for me, is that we unpacked and were transported from place to place, often as we slept. If you are considering a European River Cruise, my advice is "Do it!" and in my opinion Scenic are the company to do it with. Happy sailing!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Scenic Jewel Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 2.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.3
Enrichment 3.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 3.3

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