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We had traveled with Scenic once before. It was a delightful and memorable experience. We were entertained, wined and dined to our hearts' delight. What more could anybody ask for? The crew was capable, informed and personable. The ... Read More
We had traveled with Scenic once before. It was a delightful and memorable experience. We were entertained, wined and dined to our hearts' delight. What more could anybody ask for? The crew was capable, informed and personable. The food was exquisite and varied and the wines paired with the food very well. The breads, desserts and pastries were baked on the ship so were as fresh as possible and extremely tasty. Scenic takes great pride (justifiably) in acquiring local foods and giving the guests a taste of the area of the world where they are visiting. The excursions were geared to guests who had varied interests and physical capabilities. They informed and educated the guests of the history, culture and modern life of the area visited. All the guides are from the area so have an in depth knowledge of the land. Scenic offers a complete experience with no added charges unless you purchase something on board. That appeals to us. There are no surprise bills to sting at the end of the tour. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The cruise and staff overall were great with efficient transfers and well organised tours. The staff did their best to provide support and information when necessary. The supply of special dietary need could have been better organised and ... Read More
The cruise and staff overall were great with efficient transfers and well organised tours. The staff did their best to provide support and information when necessary. The supply of special dietary need could have been better organised and there was significant waiting for special types of food, which sometimes never turned up. The cabin was well positioned, spacious and well maintained throughout. The Scenic coaches for the daily excursions from the ship were comfortable and provided WiFi and USB points for charging. They were driven safely and with the passengers in mind.The negative point was that if the coaches had hydraulics to aid boarding and departing they were not used to lower the step's height from the road. The stepping up and down from the bottom step at the back and front doors were significantly high making it difficult to get in and out of the coaches. At the end of the 14 day cruise/tour, both knees were inflamed and swollen from the strain and is still present 2 weeks after cruise and gradually improving. Sometimes the bar staff/waiters got the cocktails wrong and often long wait for service. The stops were well organised and the Scenic coach followed us by road to ensure a smooth tour. The stops were mainly to visit port/wine producing villages or Quintas. The highlight was the visit to Salamanca in Spain, which was achieved by coach from Vega de Terron. Salamanca was vibrant and busy with other tourists. The tour included a tour of the Cathedral and the square. Lunch was provided at a beautiful restaurant in the square and as well as excellent food and wine we were treated to a traditional all female trio of Spanish flamenco dancing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
They focus on nature and making a difference. I don't like cities on water. I don't like nightclubs and casinos. I like focus on nature, stillness, away from the city. Of the beaten track. Hurtigruten offers this. I like to leave ... Read More
They focus on nature and making a difference. I don't like cities on water. I don't like nightclubs and casinos. I like focus on nature, stillness, away from the city. Of the beaten track. Hurtigruten offers this. I like to leave a small carbon footprint when travelling. I enjoy travelling with older people or retired people. They make for better conversation. The group on this trip was smaller and it made the ship less crowded. The shore activities were great but quite costly. Dining was good with a good buffet and menu in the evenings. The ship does not include wifi and I did not know this beforehand. It cost NOK 1600 for wifi throughout the cruise. It was an unforeseen cost. There should be more clarity on that . I also prefer an all inclusive full board which should include tips etc. No surprises. I loved the entertainment. It was heartfelt and interesting Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have travelled the Amsterdam to Budapest in 2015 and wanted to experience another river cruise. A wonderful experience,the ship is new and totally comfortable,it is a smaller ship therefore making and meeting new friends are an ... Read More
We have travelled the Amsterdam to Budapest in 2015 and wanted to experience another river cruise. A wonderful experience,the ship is new and totally comfortable,it is a smaller ship therefore making and meeting new friends are an extra bonus.. The staff were fabulous they certainly could not do enough for you Our cruise director Luis was great,he certainly made you laugh and had a fabulous team working with him that were always ready with an answer for you or an idea of what you could do.. The hotel manager Mauel was exceptional,very professional and he was always attentive to eveyones needs. The excursions were always perfect and the optional extras well woth doing. Food was fabulous and as always plentiful.. There is not a lot of entertainment on board unlike the big cruise ships,however this can be quite relaxing after a busy day where you can sit in the lounge and enjoy meeting other people. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have cruised with Scenic Tours before and they have always paid a lot of attention to detail. Each shore excursion is planned out to the infinite detail, but if you want to do your own thing then that is fine as well. All the cabins ... Read More
We have cruised with Scenic Tours before and they have always paid a lot of attention to detail. Each shore excursion is planned out to the infinite detail, but if you want to do your own thing then that is fine as well. All the cabins are well appointed with the majority having their own balcony. The beds are like sleeping on a cloud. The room service is of a very high standard. Every member of the crew greet you and make you feel as if you were royalty. If something is not right it is fixed immediately. The meals are abundant leaving you with the need to expand your belt. Everyone is able to dine in the specialty restaurant on the cruise. The wines match the meal being served. But if you do not want wine there is the option of having another type of drink. This is not a cruise for children as there are no activities for children. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose the cruise for its itinerary. Unfortunately, the "Bordeaux" stop was at an abandoned container dock 100 km from Bordeaux, so not having purchased a costly all-day shore excursion, we didn't see Bordeaux, so that was ... Read More
We chose the cruise for its itinerary. Unfortunately, the "Bordeaux" stop was at an abandoned container dock 100 km from Bordeaux, so not having purchased a costly all-day shore excursion, we didn't see Bordeaux, so that was disappointing. The rest of the itinerary was as stated, and we enjoyed the ports immensely. Eleven days without a sea day made for a very busy cruise. Service was generally very good to excellent, except the day of embarkation, we didn't see the butler until I finally called him 9 hours after boarding. So much for Silversea's advertisement of a butler for each suite who will help you unpack. Food and wine quality and restaurants were very good to excellent. We got to go to market with the chef at two ports, that evening the local products the chef purchased were served on the pool deck. It was a great way to experience local flavors. The first few days of the cruise we had record heat, then the weather became chilly as we sailed farther north, a welcome change. Free wifi was only available one hour each day, and purchasing wifi was quite expensive, so we only had a short amount of time to check our email for contact with friends and family online. But that's ok, it left more time to enjoy the cruise.which we did, very much. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Superior ship with suites and outstanding staff. Each staff member was friendly, capable, and very helpful. The excellent food and beverages enriched the experience as did the scenery and port visits but the thing that makes Viking ... Read More
Superior ship with suites and outstanding staff. Each staff member was friendly, capable, and very helpful. The excellent food and beverages enriched the experience as did the scenery and port visits but the thing that makes Viking my river cruise of choice is the roomy, airy, modern, and light cabins and public areas. The ship accomodation and roominess was especially key in a cold weather time such as we sailed. The Chief Bar Tender was extraordinary both in his mixology skills and in his welcoming and helpful attitude. The staff recommendations of things to do and see in port were unerringly perfect and clearly based upon extensive knowledge of the port and perceptive measure of the guests! Based on this experience we have already sailed again on Viking (Douro River) and simply throw out all the other river cruise letters and circulars that we get! Viking is the TOP river cruise experience without exception. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I was on the Paul Gaugin while it was owned by Regent 10 years ago, and was very much looking forward to this cruise through wine country of Portugal, Spain and France. While the ship was beautiful, there was always something off with ... Read More
I was on the Paul Gaugin while it was owned by Regent 10 years ago, and was very much looking forward to this cruise through wine country of Portugal, Spain and France. While the ship was beautiful, there was always something off with the staff. They had procedures they had to follow. Their procedures were more important than ensuring that customers were put first. An example was one of the breakfasts in the buffet. I usually eat breakfast at the buffet on most cruises (I have been on over 30), as it is faster, the selection is vast and it starts earlier. To order anything not pre-made, the procedure is you must first select a table, then go on line and give your table number to those custom making food (like omelets) and they eventually bring it to you. I tried this twice, both times disaster. My omelet showed up 45 minutes after it was ordered, cold and my wife's never showed up. I had similar experience at the grill, they had a menu and whether you asked for it made a certain way or not, they made it per their procedure. Their procedure was that if you ordered a bacon burger (again with the table first rule), they were going to smother the burger with blue cheese whether you ordered It that way or not. Not a fan of blue cheese, I had to order a burger without bacon to get it without blue cheese. I only used the grill once (I often eat at the grill for lunch since it is lighter, their procedure was too much of a pain to live with). We had a penthouse, and while the butler was great, they were limited to what they were able to work with. On most ships, if I did not like the food at the restaurant, I could order from the specialty restaurants and have that food delivered to the cabin. However, that was not available, only the room service menu and the normal restaurant menu of the day. The cruise started out with a bit of a problem. The airline cancelled our flights, now this is not the cruise's fault but how they dealt with it clearly was. The airline redirected me to another city in Portugal, approximately 3 hours drive from Lisbon. I called the cruise before I left Newark, and they assured me they will have someone waiting for me in Porto. When I got to Porto, no sign of Regent, so at 9 AM Europe time, I called Regent. They told me they arranged a flight, but forgot to tell me the flight was 9 hours later. The airline staff was looking for ways to help, but Regent tied their hands (again, their blasted procedures). I called Regent several times (I should not have had to call them once), they assured me that they would have someone waiting for me in Lisbon. I had to call them again. They have a coffee shop on board, with limited hours (9 - 5), staffed by one person whose primary duty is to keep the coffee shop clean. When waiting to be served in the coffee shop, after approximately 30 minutes I gave up with the coffee shop. On other ships, I rather enjoyed sitting for a coffee in the middle of the day, however Regent's procedures (there we go again) took the enjoyment out of this as well. This was supposed to be a food and wine cruise, however there was not one cooking demonstration and the wine presentations were strictly tasting, no presentations. I truly enjoy when there is a personal touch provided to the specialty cruises. On this cruise, there was no personal touch at all. It seems that while the ship is up to the amenities expected of a luxury ship, the procedures imposed on Regent truly take away the luxury experience available from other cruise lines. I was not the only one noticing that something was off from the service category from Regent. I found the service somewhat on par with what I would expect from NCL, Royal Caribbean or Carnival, clearly not what I was expecting from a luxury cruise liner. Will I be back, definitely NO. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015

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