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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We booked this cruise with a number Navy Supply Corps Officer who had cruised on a different line in 2014. We cruised from Amsterdam to Basel and it was our first river cruise having done more than 30 ocean cruises primarily on Celebrity. ... Read More
We booked this cruise with a number Navy Supply Corps Officer who had cruised on a different line in 2014. We cruised from Amsterdam to Basel and it was our first river cruise having done more than 30 ocean cruises primarily on Celebrity. Our experience on the Opal from the time we boarded until they dropped us off at the hotel in Zurich could NOT have been any better. We ere treated royally by everyone whether it was onboard the ship or on one of their all inclusive shore excursions. We saw all of the ship's officers more than once a day and Milan, our butler could not have been any more helpful or attentive Goran (First Officer) and Patrick.(Cruise Director) were everywhere and along with the Captain handled the luggage getting us off of the ship. We got a tour of the galley and I have no idea how Walter (the head chef) and his crew could turn out the great variety and quality of meals they served. The ship itself had plenty of space and our cabin had lots of room. We loved the up-down window that allowed us to view the passing scenery with an open or enclosed balcony at the push of a button. The lounge and dining room had plenty of seating and great staffs and top side had plenty of seating and a hot tub. There is also an exercise room that I used daily and my wife took advantage of some very friendly and expert salon services that were vry reasonably priced. I would take a Scenic cruise any chance I got and most especially on the Opal as it is hard to imagine a better crew on any ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The US Navy Supply Corps Association organized this cruise. It was first class all the way. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship was beautiful and the crew very attentive and gracious. Our cabin was very nice with ... Read More
The US Navy Supply Corps Association organized this cruise. It was first class all the way. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship was beautiful and the crew very attentive and gracious. Our cabin was very nice with comfortable beds and an ample bathroom. The food was very good. A great selection of entrees at every meal, plus places where you could get food, coffee, tea, etc. at any time. The off ship tours were interesting for the most part with knowledgeable guides. The crew accommodated our request for a cook out and did an outstanding job. Great bratwurst! The best part of the cruise was the staff. From the Captain to the Cruise Director to the Hotel Manager to every one of the cabin crew and wait staff. They all tried their best to make the cruise a memorable experience. No request was too small for them to jump on. Our butler Milan was a standout. We would definitely do a river cruise with Scenic again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We were guests during the Naval Supply Core cruise. It was the best decision we made. The Opal was beautiful and very comfortable. But, it was the staff that made this trip so memorable, fun, and amazing. It was like being at summer camp ... Read More
We were guests during the Naval Supply Core cruise. It was the best decision we made. The Opal was beautiful and very comfortable. But, it was the staff that made this trip so memorable, fun, and amazing. It was like being at summer camp with a very enthusiastic counselors! They remembered names and preferences. They were engaging and fun. We spend time in both Amsterdam and Zurich, before and after the cruise. We enjoyed our time in both these cities. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Such a good impression of Scenic Cruise lines. Our cabin was lovely. It was nice to unpack and then cruise from city to city. We loved the window that rolled down to the railing. Several days we were able to sit in our room and get fresh air off of the Rhine River. Our butler, Milan, was helpful and very sensitive to our wishes. The food was great. (We enjoyed the chef's tour of the kitchen!) We loved all of the options. Especially the seafood! The all-inclusive aspect of the cruise was very important to us. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions and took advantage of tours every day. Getting the port talk the night before was helpful and lots of fun! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Our 6th (and by far, best) river cruise! Great cabin; love the unique windows to close off the balcony and make it part of the cabin. Our butler was outstanding and responsive to every request. Food and bar service outstanding. Cruise ... Read More
Our 6th (and by far, best) river cruise! Great cabin; love the unique windows to close off the balcony and make it part of the cabin. Our butler was outstanding and responsive to every request. Food and bar service outstanding. Cruise Director, Patrick, was super as were all of the crew. Particularly like their Scenic Free Choice tours and the opportunity to wander off on your own with their GPS headset system...found it particularly great while transiting the Rhine and. getting great info on the historical sights on either side of the ship. Every one of our local tour guides was well informed and entertaining. Liked not having to tip guide and bus driver...definitely a plus! Really appreciate all inclusive tour...hate signing chits for everything and having to pay for "extra" tours. Mini bar in cabin was always kept stocked. Had a small party in our cabin and the butler arranged for champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Will definitely pay the little extra to sail with Scenic again! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Brand new ship, the Scenic Opal did not fail to impress. Small ship (123m long by 11.5m wide) we found it very comfortable, crew were very friendly and accommodating and food was very good, especially the evening at Portobello's ... Read More
Brand new ship, the Scenic Opal did not fail to impress. Small ship (123m long by 11.5m wide) we found it very comfortable, crew were very friendly and accommodating and food was very good, especially the evening at Portobello's (restricted to 1 reservation per cruise unless availability permits extra sitting). The dining room food was varied, portions perfect in size (4 course dinner) and well presented, as you could expect in any high end restaurant. Or you could choose a simple steak or burger & fries if that's what you felt like. Entertainment on board was varied and interesting. Local artisans came on board while we were in port and showed us there craft/skill whether it was glass blowing, musicians playing a local instrument or local dancers. On land tours were very informative, guides were interesting or you could do a 'guide yourself' tour so you weren't restricted to a group tour. Overall, an excellent cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Can not fault anything on this cruise and the staff were fantastic. Lovely to be on holiday and understand everyone as the main tourists are Australian, Kiwis, American, Canadian and British. The average age is about 65-70 but this did not ... Read More
Can not fault anything on this cruise and the staff were fantastic. Lovely to be on holiday and understand everyone as the main tourists are Australian, Kiwis, American, Canadian and British. The average age is about 65-70 but this did not bother us as everyone so friendly and we were by far the youngest. We had a balcony suite which was sufficient - all toiletries included and everything in your mini bar - plus refilled every day. The ship was only three weeks old and has a well thought out layout. There is even a little dipping pool on the top deck which was 40oc when I got in but very pleasant. A lot of the other scenic boats do not have one. The dress code - quite casual. Nobody got really dressed up for dinner. Food - good selection but they will also make whatever you want. Drink - all free-husband made full use of it!!! On board there are electric bikes - these are put on shore when docked for you to use-great fun and worth a shot-free to use. Our scenic rep Gary who stays on board was full of fun and information - he organises all your trips, entertainment, deals with any problems etc. There was only one hick-up he had to deal with-in each cabin there are two commentary electric guides for your tour information-these kept loosing signal but when we left the ship they were getting all check out and reprogrammed. Would definitely recommend:) Read Less
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