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Scenic Opal Cruise Reviews

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152 reviews
Sometimes the views are not very “scenic”.
River cruising views
Roomy Diamond Deck Suite with full sized glass windows
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4.4
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Excellent cruise, exceptional service

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Old musician
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

The whole crew do everything in their power to ensure that everything goes smoothly and provide exceptional service, 5 star meals, snacks and many extra touches that really makes it a 5 star experience. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The optional activities are well thought out and handled very professionally. Can't fault them in any area. Top class. The whole experience from booking ...
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Sail Date: July 2022


In-depth from a first-timer

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Tampabay_97
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

So, let's start with the ugly. Scenic, as a company, is the worst at communication I have literally ever seen. We were, unfortunately, on our own to get to the ship since we arrived in Amsterdam 4 days early, and once you sent someone an e-mail they would answer you once and literally never answered you again (assuming they answered you). Even my travel agent was waiting on the phone for 2 ...
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Sail Date: April 2022


Good; not great. Not luxury as advertised.

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Marika71
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

First, Scenic had terrible issues with their website and staffing. So it was practically impossible to communicate with anyone even months before the cruise. We never received as much as a document or a pamphlet to tell us what was expected of us as passengers or what was the actual itinerary and times for embark and disembark. Everything was a huge mystery to us! No email was answered, no ...
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Sail Date: April 2022


Rhine River Cruise : Basel to Amsterdam (NOT BLACK SEA EXPLORER)

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The river cruise queen
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Wonderful cruise. Only 2nd one post Covid closure and the crew and staff couldn’t do enough for us. Absolutely wonderful job they did. Everything looked after including Mercedes taxi from home to airport. Super clean cabin, with butler. Replenished drinks fridge twice a day ( included in price). Three fantastic meals - buffet breakfast and lunch and three course waiter dinner. Everything ...
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Sail Date: October 2021


Christmas Wonderland cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest 2019

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granton57
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

This was our first Scenic river cruise, which was advertised as a “Christmas Wonderland”. There wasn’t any Christmas wonderment about it. The only decorations were a tree in the entrance, one in the lounge and 2 foam snowflakes on the windows in the lounge. In the dining room a small table decoration per table. That was it, no lights etc. We parked next to a few ships who were beautifully ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


The scenic grinch stole Christmas

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J59d
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We have done previous Scenic River Cruises and loved them. We wanted to immerse ourselves in all things European Christmas with the luxury of scenic. However Scenic didn’t provide anything Christmas on this cruise. Lacking Christmas decoration, no special Christmas Eve dinner and no special Christmas Day festival. Very disappointing. This cruise was at the end of the season and Scenic Crystal was ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Switzerland extension and Christmas Market River Cruise

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Johnie271
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise due to the Switzerland extension before hand and the great reviews of Scenic. The extension was amazing. We eventually got on the Scenic Opal in Basal and began our cruise down the Rhine. The ship was perfect. Very clean, modern, and welcoming. The cruise director (Andreea) was waiting to welcome us aboard and was always available to answer any question or solve any ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Lackluster Rhine "Christmas Market" cruise

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nancyevans
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Having done two previous cruises with Scenic and a Christmas market cruise with their sister company Emerald, I was really looking forward to this cruise. What a disappointment!! While I would consider another cruise with Scenic, I do not recommend their Rhine Christmas Market cruise. 1. No on-board Christmas/holiday ambiance. Meager decorations that included a couple of decorated trees ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Disappointing Christmas Market Cruise

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Sprinter57
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Very disappointed in this Christmas river cruise. Very disappointed in the ship. 2 Christmas trees and small table ornaments on the tables does not make a themed Christmas cruise. We saw other companies ships that had Christmas lights and decorated balconies on the top decks that looked amazing. Some of the markets we stopped at were only average and the one village and market that was amazing ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Not Really a Christmas Market Cruise, despite how it is sold.

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Fceexp1
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

For the most part, I have good words and praise for the actual cruise ship staff. They could not fix or be held accountable for things beyond their control, chiefly the marketing of what this cruise was supposed to deliver. The cruise is billed as a Christmas market tour. But let’s put this promise to test. Day 2 involved a departure from AMS at 13.00, so what do you really see of ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

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