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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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Scenic cruise was on our bucket list for quite a while and we have no regrets for choosing to sail with Scenic during the Christmas period. Great itinerary was provided for the 7 days and the last minute substitute the city of Obernai was ... Read More
Scenic cruise was on our bucket list for quite a while and we have no regrets for choosing to sail with Scenic during the Christmas period. Great itinerary was provided for the 7 days and the last minute substitute the city of Obernai was simply gorgeous, passing the Alsace region and it’s small towns was like stepping into a winter fairitale. Cruise director Yvonne was phenomenal her knowledge of the region and her adventurous spirit was greatly appreciated hotel manager Djordje and staff were great and went above and beyond to meet our expectations. Our last dinner at Portobellos was excellent as was the chef. The cabin was spotlessly clean and spacious ,the view from the cabin was beautiful . crystal dining restaurant manager Gianni was were very attentive and knowledgeable as were the wait staff. Well done and thank you for the wonderful and memorable 7 night stay. Thanks 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We are first time vacationers with Scenic and we wouldn’t hesitate to book with them again. Since riverboat cruising is new to us, we relied entirely on Scenic to book our flights, provide airport transfers and tours. They did not ... Read More
We are first time vacationers with Scenic and we wouldn’t hesitate to book with them again. Since riverboat cruising is new to us, we relied entirely on Scenic to book our flights, provide airport transfers and tours. They did not disappoint. We did the Rhine Highlights 8 day Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam on the Opal, their newest riverboat built in 2015. Of note, the hull of this ship is designed to travel in both low and high water levels when other boats would not be able. Deluxe Cabin #208 is well appointed with all the comforts of home, only scaled down because after all, this is a boat! We had no problems sleeping comfortably. We were very impressed with the shower pressure and the various spray selections provided. The boat/ship is contemporary in design and decor with space for everyone. Besides the view on the top deck, covered areas with loungers, chairs and tables, a running/walking track and small pool, this space is a great gathering place to meet new people while taking in the sights. Dining buffet or a la cart, the menu choices will not disappoint. Everything including the recommended wine/food pairings is thought of for your dining experience. You will not be able to escape adding on some weight. The arranged tours are well thought out and planned. You only need to ask questions, make a choice, show up and leave the rest to them. Last but not least, the staff. Everyone on the ship is there to make your time with them THE BEST!!! I cannot single out any of them as they were all very attentive, friendly and a good reason to cruise with them. We plan on booking with Scenic again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Overall, we satisfied with the experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Liked the variety of the shore excursions. Lots of walking though. We found the tailormade device was super helpful especially going out with the ... Read More
Overall, we satisfied with the experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Liked the variety of the shore excursions. Lots of walking though. We found the tailormade device was super helpful especially going out with the group. the size of the cabin was good and we were in deluxe balcony suite. The way the closet organized was very spacious and could store lots of things. The entertainment and activities on the boat cannot compare with ocean cruise due to the limitations of the space. The wifi service was great which let us able to keep in touch with our friends and share our experience. If it's the first time to travel Europe, having the land tour was suggested. The scene was beautiful and we took lots of pictures. The hotel in Zurich was fantastic. As for the embarkation and disembarkation, the process was smoothly and well-organized. We would recommend Scenic. 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
Sail Date: June 2018
We were supposed to board at Basel but due to a lock problem we started at what was the second port Breisach not a problem. We had been with Scenic before so knew what to expect and it was all as we thought it would be. Due to any early ... Read More
We were supposed to board at Basel but due to a lock problem we started at what was the second port Breisach not a problem. We had been with Scenic before so knew what to expect and it was all as we thought it would be. Due to any early flight we arrived about 1pm and were told to wait in the lounge as boarding was officially 3pm. After a quick drink we were asked by Marketa the hotel manager so register at reception and we could go straight to our cabin registration took about 30 seconds! Excellent cabin plenty of storage space and the balcony system gives you a nice open atmosphere. Later had the orientation by Richard the cruise director and realized we had met him before on his previous sea cruise director roles. He was excellent throughout the journey very knowledgeable very helpful and very funny (even if we had heard some of his stories on one of the sea cruises!) Dining was what we expected and gave the opportunity to sit with different people each night we met lots of interesting folk from all parts of the world. Excursions were varied and enjoyable with very knowledgeable guides The staff helped to make the trip even better with their friendly and helpful attitudes too many to mention individually but special thanks to our butler Marius who couldn't do more for us (even bringing a cognac nightcap to the cabin Thanks) Would we go again with Scenic Definitely!! Thank you to every one who made it such a great cruise p.s. The glorious weather as promised by Richard helped 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
All inclusive. From the very convenient boarding to the easy departing trip was top notch. Our cabin was well-appointed. This vessel is relatively new, in 2015, I think. Balcony added comfortable space. Beds were deluxe clouds ... Read More
All inclusive. From the very convenient boarding to the easy departing trip was top notch. Our cabin was well-appointed. This vessel is relatively new, in 2015, I think. Balcony added comfortable space. Beds were deluxe clouds .Extremely well executed program of events. Dining was 5-star. Dining service best I've experenced- far above QE2. Kudos to Zoran and Branislan who provided me a very memorable dining experience. Cabin 324 well-appointed. Thanks to my son for this Mother's Day present I shall forever remember. Also, luckily, the weather was perfect. Tulips were gorgeous. Alex executed excursions etc with great aplomb. The stars were in alignment. I don't know how anything could have worked out better. Also, we think the Basel-Amsterdam is the more desirable. Scenic provided limo service both ways. I would hope to have the opportunity to travel with them again. Yes, Life is too short not to go first class. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Amazing customer service. Amazing staff. Food excellent, room comfortable, fridge always stocked. Could ask for nothing more. Excursions were excellent, informative. Evening entertainment was fun and not so loud that you could still ... Read More
Amazing customer service. Amazing staff. Food excellent, room comfortable, fridge always stocked. Could ask for nothing more. Excursions were excellent, informative. Evening entertainment was fun and not so loud that you could still carry on a conversation if you wanted to. Cabin was kept spotless as it was cleaned twice a day with a turn down service as well. Personal laundry was done same day. We had the best waiter in the business I am sure. Zoran made my dining experience excel. Loved the fact that one night we partied with the staff. Everyone was like a friend. Lots of choice for menu items and the wines were delicious. Leaving the ship was effortless, and you didn't feel rushed. Everything was arranged for you. It will be very hard to top this holiday, we are already looking at the Scenic book to plan our next holiday. When you have had the best the rest will not do. 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I have always wanted to try the river cruise experience. I also wanted an "all inclusive" format. Tell me how much up front and please don't bother me after i start my trip. What an experience! Scenic advertises "all ... Read More
I have always wanted to try the river cruise experience. I also wanted an "all inclusive" format. Tell me how much up front and please don't bother me after i start my trip. What an experience! Scenic advertises "all inclusive"! They do deliver, not only do they deliver but they exceed your expectations over and over and over again. Each day passed and we thought that the next day could not be any better but we were misled. Each day had more surprises, more activities that were not expected or anticipated! The food was unbelievable. This is coming from someone who is of Italian heritage and known to be a connosseur of good food. The night time entertainment was different each and every night. Usually entertainment from the country we were visiting. Very nice touch! The best night was the Symphony Orchestra of Vienna where we got a "private for Scenic guests only" performance. And it was held inside one of the Castle's in Vienna! Breathtaking experience. Absolutely loved it. The cruise director was awesome! He kept the group very entertained and ensured every single detail of the cruise was detailed for us and was followed through on. Very talented individual! The crew, cleaning, butler service, bar staff, etc. were all very much focused on client experience. There was much attention paid to detail and staff remembered favourites of the passengers - very impressive! Cleaning crew were meticulous - i cant count how many times my bath towels were changed! Excursions were very very detailed and just the right length of time! Great tour directors as well. Very knowledgeable and very willing to share any information we were looking for! An absolute amazing experience. Exceeded my expectations in every category. Will definitely sail with Scenic again and highly recommend to all my friends and colleagues. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Scenic exceeded my expectations for service and luxury. Our cruise director Richard was both fun and fabulous at running the program. Every tour was exceptional. Nuremberg WW 2 tour was moving, interesting and haunting. Do not miss it! ... Read More
Scenic exceeded my expectations for service and luxury. Our cruise director Richard was both fun and fabulous at running the program. Every tour was exceptional. Nuremberg WW 2 tour was moving, interesting and haunting. Do not miss it! Cruising down the Danube from the roof top hot tub while enjoying fabulous scenery and sipping a cosmopolitan.....can it get better than that! Our diamond deck balcony suite was perfect and the Butler service met our every need. Loved being able to send out a complimentary bag of laundry and receive it back pressed and folded. This really is the an “All Inclusive” cruiseline. Everything I could want and more. The (included) night at the Lichtenstein Palace enjoying a classical concert of Mozart, Strauss and Beethoven was the best evening ever! The day in Strasbourg Germany was very special - seeing many of the Sound of Music sights including places used in the movie such as the garden gazebo where Lisa sang I am 16 go8ng on 17..... Simply an amazing river cruise, I cant wait to go on another Scenic Cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We (my husband, 72 and I, 67) had cruised with Scenic before, two years ago and we have been on numerous ocean cruises. Scenic (which attracts mostly Brits and Australians with some Canadians and Americans) makes the trip so easy and ... Read More
We (my husband, 72 and I, 67) had cruised with Scenic before, two years ago and we have been on numerous ocean cruises. Scenic (which attracts mostly Brits and Australians with some Canadians and Americans) makes the trip so easy and enjoyable. Embarkation went like a dream - we were met at the Basel airport, transferred to the ship, fed lunch and relaxed in the lounge until the cabins were ready at 3pm. The ships are amazingly spacious, the food is incredible and the crew is never without a smile - always accommodating and pleasant. Ports and shore excursions are well chosen and the local guides are knowledgeable and fun. Perhaps best of all, a cruise on Scenic is truly ALL inclusive. Tips are included (even for the local guides and bus drivers), drinks (top shelf spirits and wines) are included and always very generous - even one load of free laundry is included on a two week cruise. They even include bottled water with every excursion and a map of the destination as well. The dining room is lovely with great views. We enjoyed the food very much and we are "foodies". Breakfast and lunch were buffet with a wonderful selection and you could always order off the menu as well. Food was always hot and delicious with many local specialties. You can have a mimosa with breakfast and wine/beer is served with lunch. Dinner was to order and generally offered four courses with vegetarian and healthy choices as well. Over the course of the two weeks we had beef, duck, chicken,many types of fish, pork and lamb. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. There is also a cafe on the lounge deck which offers early/late breakfast and light lunch, along with fruit and pastries during the day. Always available in the lounge are various coffee drinks and many types of tea. Being a river cruise, the entertainment is not as abundant or flashy as that on an ocean cruise, but we had performances several nights by local artists. The sun deck up top is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, take a dip in the pool/hot tub or walk the small walking track. There is also a fitness center (a state of the art treadmill, elliptical and bike as well as free weights) and a salon where hair services and massages/treatments are available. The service is impeccable - the staff is so well trained and seem to really care if you are having a good time. Our cruise director, Patrik, was as good as I have ever experienced. He was knowledgeable, informative, patient and funny. His port talks each day explained exactly what to expect on each excursion. The wait staff, bar staff, cabin staff and everyone were just so pleasant and helpful. Our butler, Daniel, came by several times to ask if he could do anything for us. The ports were well chosen and the excursions really provided something for everyone. They ran like clockwork. If you don't want to join an excursion you can always take your "Tailormade" from your cabin (a type of GPS unit pre-loaded with story/history of the port) and do one of the tours on that. they also have electric assisted bikes for use (we did not try those). Scenic also provides a Scenic Enrich experience and a Scenic Sundown experience on each cruise. For our Scenic Enrich we had a tour of a castle and then a classical concert, complete with wine. Our Scenic Sundown was taking a cable car up to another castle and listening to local music while overlooking the city below. Disembarkation went equally as smoothly as embarkation. When it was time to leave for the Amsterdam airport we had a full size bus for 10 of us, and the Scenic rep at the airport even came in with us to help with printing our boarding passes. I would recommend Scenic to anyone! 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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
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