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Our Scenic 5***** Tsar Cruise in 2017, from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, was so marvelous in every way that it inspired us to take the Scenic Pearl cruise and explore Gems of the Danube with Prague, from Budapest to Prague in 2019. ... Read More
Our Scenic 5***** Tsar Cruise in 2017, from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, was so marvelous in every way that it inspired us to take the Scenic Pearl cruise and explore Gems of the Danube with Prague, from Budapest to Prague in 2019. Unfortunately, we are not inspired anymore. We cannot call Gems of Danube a Five Star Cruise and we assigned the Stars as follows: Staff: The only aspect of the Gems of Danube that was 5***** star was the Pearl Cruise Manager and the entire staff. They could not have been better in any respect and with a great sense of humor. Food: Breakfast and Lunch were excellent. However, dinners definitely need a new chef. The one we had would be good for a 2** restaurant. Cabin with balcony: 3 ½ *** Much smaller than on the Russian Tsar. Two people could not pass each other, very small washroom space. Very narrow balcony. If you sat on the chair your back would be against the wall and your knees (if you are 5 to 5’3”) would be pressed against the outside railing. Daily Tours: 2 ½ to 3*** Absolutely no comparison to the Russian Tour in any way . Why? The emphasis of the Gems of the Danube tours is on the “Tailormade City Guide” devices. You are drilled on that every evening instead of having interesting lectures about the country you came to visit as we had on the Tsar. The Tsar Cruise city tours were thoroughly informative, at a leisurely pace and the guides were aware of every guest. The Gem tours were all about 3 ½ hours of marching through the city. The guides, except for the one in Regensburg who obviously cared, marched on explaining the surroundings not looking or caring about their group. If you stopped to take a photo or two, you had to run to catch up. Of course, we had our “tailormade” devices and could hear the guide two blocks away, but you had no idea what she was talking about. Some of the 3 ½ hour tours were spent on the bus and here you could view the “in depth city tour” through the bus window. The tour of the famous Belvedere Museum unfortunately allotted us time to see only Klimt’s paintings. It seems like the 5 *Scenic Tours were looking to economize on the Danube Gems with Prague. Passau and all the afternoons were your own responsibility. There was no Nuremberg. You were told to take the metro, tram, or shuttle and do your own exploring, which never happened in Russia. In Russia there were always guided programs for the afternoons and evening theatres. We thought that paying Scenic Tours Cruise for taking us to explore the Gems of the Danube with Prague would save us the job of planning the entire trip ourselves. Silly us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Was under the impression care free travelling. Everything paid for eg museums. Disappointed not notified of low water levels until the day. We were to be on the boat. Came as a shock to us we’d be staying in hotel two extra days. ... Read More
Was under the impression care free travelling. Everything paid for eg museums. Disappointed not notified of low water levels until the day. We were to be on the boat. Came as a shock to us we’d be staying in hotel two extra days. Dinner and drinks were not covered as they would be on boat. We were on the buses far too long and too many hrs. We packed and unpacked at least four time. Was promised care free travelling. Unpack once be done with it. Did not see everything promised on this cruise. This was our once in a lifetime adventure. Very disappointed. I can say the food was excellent and the staff and service was great. For the $19,000 we paid for trip was not worth the money. We could of done several bus trips since we were on buses anyway and packing a lot of the time. I can say it would of been a great trip if we had not had to transfer and been on the river full time Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We choose this cruise because we had done the Rhine and this looked like a decent alternative for our next cruise. The day trips on this cruise required more bus time then the Rhine cruise which made for long long days. The low water level ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we had done the Rhine and this looked like a decent alternative for our next cruise. The day trips on this cruise required more bus time then the Rhine cruise which made for long long days. The low water level caused us to have to change ships too days prior to the end of the cruise this made for hectic travel time of packing and unpacking. The kitchen and bar staff were great however the butler service was a lacking compared to the service we received two years prior on the Scenic Crystal. For example all the products in the min fridge were not to our liking so www asked the butler to change the items in the mini fridge i.e. more beer less wine and on this trip he stated that the mini fridge has a fixed set up and can not be changed however on the Crystal the butler was only too happy to make the changes. This is why we rated to trip in some ares mediocre. However the money we paid of the trip was top dollar. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Cruise director and crew did everything they could to make our trip enjoyable. Disappointed that we were not able to sail on the more expensive and newer Jade do to problems with low water levels in the Danube. Sailed on an older boat the ... Read More
Cruise director and crew did everything they could to make our trip enjoyable. Disappointed that we were not able to sail on the more expensive and newer Jade do to problems with low water levels in the Danube. Sailed on an older boat the Pearl and halfway through the trip bused to a second vessel further up river. Not a big issue as this was the day we were already taking a day-long trip to Salzberg. Just meant we had to pack and unpack again, missed a section of the river and the bus trip was a bit longer. I heard that others on other cruises at this time were cancelled or people ended up busing instead, so I counted ourselves lucky. The cabins were small but comfortable. Enjoyed the local folk entertainment on board. There was a reasonable variety for dinner although the breakfast and lunch offerings somewhat repetitive. The shore excursions were included and typically a couple of different options. All the guides were extremely knowledgeable Loved the using their e-bikes and our stops at smaller communities along the way. Would have been nice to have yoga or other onboard fitness activities. Added on a pre-cruise stay in Prague and post-cruise stay in Budapest. The accommodations and guided walk organized by Scenic were great. Would recommend having this full experience. So yes there were very big problems due to water levels in the river but I believe Scenic worked hard to make to work. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
5 STAR ASPIRATIONS - 3 STAR DELIVERY!! As a preamble I should say we are comparing the Scenic offer with Seabourn which is a true 5 Star product. This was our first river cruise and I appreciate that many of the downsides identified are ... Read More
5 STAR ASPIRATIONS - 3 STAR DELIVERY!! As a preamble I should say we are comparing the Scenic offer with Seabourn which is a true 5 Star product. This was our first river cruise and I appreciate that many of the downsides identified are typical of the river cruise experience and not unique to Scenic. First the good points 1 The staff were excellent and tried very hard. However due to the multi tasking required several promised facilities did not live up to the promise. How can your ‘butler’ be in attendance when she is waiting on tables. If the service cannot be efficiently delivered why offer? 2. The boat was very clean and tidy all the time 3. Our suite was fabulous. However looking in others they seemed small. I appreciate that small cabins are typical of most river cruise boats, not exclusive to Scenic 4. The excursions were very well organised. However on some occasions, such as in Vienna they started at 8.00am when they could very easily have started 1.00-1.50 hours later as we were in port to late evening. Consequently breakfast was served 6.30-8.00 which was not necessarily desired by those guests not participating in the tours. 5. The free laundry service is very useful 6. The unlimited drinks at any time is a generous facility and the quality of wine,spirits and champagne offered was good. 7. Good modern easily useable technology in the cabin and ample power points 8. Relaxed dress code. 9. Due to difficulties with low water levels making parts of the Danube unnavigable the cruise schedule had to be amended on several occasions. This was seamlessly managed by Scenic Downsides 1. Some aspects of the service did not live up to promises. For example whilst the mini bar was refreshed daily occasions the replacement champagne was left on the table not placed in the fridge. Dirty glasses were left on the desk for several days and half finished bottles of water were not refreshed. Three empty ice buckets accumulated on the small coffee table before being removed. In view of the excellent and hard working staff is this perhaps a reflection of poor management or being over worked? 2. Due to the size of the public areas at full occupancy they were not capable of accommodating all the passengers 3. The dinner is at a fixed time of 7.00 pm, which personally is to early for us on vacation. Whilst ‘open seating’ is advertised there are very limited tables for two. Whilst we are happy to dine with others we feel this should be at our discretion, not forced upon due to lack of alternative seating 4. Our particular boat (Scenic Pearl) could perhaps benefit from some additional bed chairs and deckchairs on deck. Observing other Scenic boats they appear to have more which are needed during sunny days. 5. Whilst understanding the need to dock boats side by side this is one feature in particular which will deter us from returning to river boats. If your boat is in the middle or your side abuts another boat it makes the cabin and common areas very dark as blinds and curtains are drawn for privacy. Not sure if multiple docking is essential or an economic benefit as I noted that in several locations boats were not multiply docked. 6. Being something of a foodie the food was perhaps the biggest disappointment. The buffet selections at breakfast and lunch were limited and fell well below 5 star standards. In the heart of the summer we would at least expect strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc. The menu selection for dinner was also limited and only of average standard. Recognising the 5 star boast if a limited selection is offered it has to be of excellent quality which unfortunately it was not. At ‘Late Breakfast’ in Portobello one morning I was served my fruit and yogurt after cold poached eggs. Not acceptable. 7. The restaurant times seemed to be arranged at the convenience of the staff not the guests. In addition if a sitting ended at say 9.00am the food was cleared away by 9.05. Not very client friendly or conducive to guests who arrive at 8.55 Due to the downsides identified above we have concluded that river cruises are not for us. Potentially Scenic has a great product which on our cruise was let down by attention to detail and generally disappointing food. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were disappointed in this cruise line. We did a river cruise in Europe with Scenic almost a year ago. We were in a 200 cabin (205, 207, 209?). The balcony was pretty useless; would have made more sense if they took out the doors and ... Read More
We were disappointed in this cruise line. We did a river cruise in Europe with Scenic almost a year ago. We were in a 200 cabin (205, 207, 209?). The balcony was pretty useless; would have made more sense if they took out the doors and made it part of the room. If you happen to be on the balcony you could hear conversations from several rooms away. The excursions were mostly great. Their headsets were horrible and desperately needed to be upgraded. The worst part was the food. Trying to serve an entire, albeit small, ship at the same time in the evening is a bad idea. We sometimes had to wait 45 minutes to order, so we were served late. And the food portions were, as some of the Canadians said, quarter sized. No seconds, except dessert. We expected local food, but only got German sausage once. The staff was friendly and some overly so. I expect that was to receive extra tips (included in cruise price). They did work extremely hard. I heard some say the work they were doing was not what they signed up for; bait and switch? Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Let me just say that the service on our ship was outstanding. Most everything else wasn't. We could have missed our transport to the ship had we not brought our luggage down early where we were told a different time for transport ... Read More
Let me just say that the service on our ship was outstanding. Most everything else wasn't. We could have missed our transport to the ship had we not brought our luggage down early where we were told a different time for transport than previously. There was not great coordination between excursion debarkation time and food service. For instance coffee service did not begin until 6:30 am with an 8 am tour. For the women on our tour we found this was not adequate time to get showered and dressed, eat breakfast and be ready to leave. And some excursions returned at midnight with breakfast closing at 9:30 am. Water was only served by the glass, except for excursions. There was no water that could be carried around easily onboard. And the bar personnel was stingy with ice unless you specifically asked for a lot. Ship balconies are not private; there are only partitions between cabins. So you could hear your neighbor's conversations if you had your balcony door open. The tailormade devices, for which they are so proud, are antiques. Other tour companies had lighter, smaller, and more effecient devices. Their self-tour gps didn't locate you and give you information. You had to choose a location from a list. The food was quite sad. The protein portions were virtually non-existent, and as some Canadians remarked the vegetables were quarter size. There was barely any regional food. And the food was bland. There was nothing salty onboard - except for a can of pringles in your cabin - no peanuts, chips, etc. There was supposed to be gelatto onboard, but instead there was only ice cream. Some excursions were better than others. I expected more than here's the cathedral, the beer pub, and the shopping is down that street. We were lucky enough to have Charles as a tour guide, who had lived in Medieval Rothenburg and knew everyone. At Marksburg Castle I was afraid some of the older traveling companions would fall on the treacherous steps. Another marvelous tour guide we had was Eva in Strasbourg. I would have liked to have seen the daily menu posted somewhere. The most enjoyable meals we had were hamburgers and fries in our cabin. But you had to go to the dining room first to find out what they were serving! So much better than enduring a 2 hour dinner with only one seating! The tour director was quite knowledgeable on the history of the cities we visited. However, unlike other cruises I have on, he had no knowledge about the local shopping! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The disembarkation port of Budapest had no transport to our hotel included. We booked our own accommodation which was near to the Scenic choice of hotel Marriott. This was discriminatory. The ship was good, it was clean, and fully ... Read More
The disembarkation port of Budapest had no transport to our hotel included. We booked our own accommodation which was near to the Scenic choice of hotel Marriott. This was discriminatory. The ship was good, it was clean, and fully ready by the time guests arrived. The cabins were as advertised and cleaned daily to a high standard. The dining part of the experience was definitely below 5 star. Breakfasts and lunch were good but the dinner meal was well below standard. At times the meals were under cooked, cold eg, caesar salad was a cos lettuce cut in half with two strips of bacon, two anchovies and dressing, all on a plate. As for lobster tails, not cooked and when making a complaint, the dining room manager refused to accept that the lobster was not cooked even with the evidence clearly visible. Entertainment, was adequate. Service by all staff was very good. Ports and Shore excursions. Guests need to be advised that when making a choice prior to the cruise that the information supplied by Scenic, on the free choices, fully includes the time spent on buses to get to these destinations. Additionally, Scenic ships should always dock inside the limits of each town being visited along the river rather than docking miles away and then busing into those towns. Local information should be given to guests so as to extend their ability to decide on where they will go on each shore excursion, this includes areas of each town not previously advertised. Tour guides spent too much time giving history lessons rather than showing guests around. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were happy with the cruise overall but very disappointed with the size of the cabin and the engine noise, couldn't sleep without earplugs.Also still trying to work out why we paid extra for diamond class couldn;t see any difference ... Read More
We were happy with the cruise overall but very disappointed with the size of the cabin and the engine noise, couldn't sleep without earplugs.Also still trying to work out why we paid extra for diamond class couldn;t see any difference other than the decks.The dining room was at times very disorganised and also waiting for drinks to be ordered and served .I think that the cruise was overpriced and didn't live up to their web pictures.Laundry arrangements on board were very poor considering what they charge should be part of the package.The staff were at times hit and miss with service as they seemed to be under staffed.The cleaners were excellent and didn't miss a beat with the cabins cleaning and were very helpful with peoples needs. Overall I think that these cruises are very over priced and we felt very let down as we expected a lot better as they are supposed to be five star.We will never go on a river cruise again because of our experience overall.Any one going on a Scenic river cruise needs to check the cabin location due to the noise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Heard and seen many good reviews on TV about this tours so decided to give it a go, Booked a Rhine river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam in a royal panorama suit. The suits only 2 on the ship are at the rear of the boat-incredibly ... Read More
Heard and seen many good reviews on TV about this tours so decided to give it a go, Booked a Rhine river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam in a royal panorama suit. The suits only 2 on the ship are at the rear of the boat-incredibly noisy and smell of diesel fumes and cigarette smoke as the crew gathers here and smokes all the time,even with closed windows we could smell both the diesel and the cigarette. The cabins are tiny comparing to other similar category as I cruised the Nile and Jangcee river before and the size were nearly double than this.Also pretty steep price for the 7 days paid more than 8K per person AUS-the dinners are set at 7pm and goes for 2 hours no other choice either you skip it or eat at this late hours-the room service is very limited and not healthy either,burgers and brownis with chipos etc The booze was flowing freely so if you are an alcoholic probably will have happy time onboard well we were not.The first 3 days were nothing to look at while sailing-flat boring scenery-the first port of call-Strassburg was missed as the captain and crew made an error and miscalculated the lock times so we had to wait 5 hours to go through and all shore activities were cancelled.Pretty annoying when the whole cruise is 7 days and this was supposed to be one of the highlight. The table la rieve degustation dinner-only for the top deck guest were good but the portobello-Italian evening was less than impressive. Only 2 -2 seater table on the entire restaurant and even those were set next to the "feeding station" so it was like eating at a cross road people bumping into your chair and private space all the time. Also there were some noisy canadian and American tourists onboard who were more interested in their own little fun than listening the cooments on shore trips. Well I certainly wouldn't recommend this very expensive suits to anyone as they simply grossly overpriced for the 7 days the scenery and the service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We did a Danube cruise on the Scenic Pearl from Nuremberg to Budapest from 20th to 27th June 16. We were in a Junior Suite. The cost including Business Class fares was £7500 for the two of us. High water levels on the Danube. We ... Read More
We did a Danube cruise on the Scenic Pearl from Nuremberg to Budapest from 20th to 27th June 16. We were in a Junior Suite. The cost including Business Class fares was £7500 for the two of us. High water levels on the Danube. We were notified before we left that the boat could not make it to Nuremberg because of the high water levels. We were told that we would be bussed to near Passau - about 2.5hrs. As we had gone out early for a weekend in Nuremberg this was no real issue. But for the others on the trip it was as they this meant they either had to miss Nuremberg or face a c 6hr/there and back bus trip. But the more serious issue was whether we would be stuck in Passau for the whole week. A Viking boat had tried to 'escape' only to hit the bridge and had to 'Abandon Ship'. Clearly not advisable! Eventually, they were able to make the ship as low as possible by removing sun shades all the furniture and railings on the sundeck and we made it under the bridge with inches to spare. I can't really criticise Scenic for any of this. But, as ever, communications were in short supply. They did keep us safe. Note this an not uncommon issue with river cruising that must be taken into account. Suite We had a Junior suite. But it was still quite 'compact'. About what you would expect from a 'Regular' suite on a sea cruise. I don't think we would have wanted anything smaller. Beds comfortable. Clean. Well equipped. Just as an aside, a number of cabins two floors below us flooded when a valve blew. They had 3 inches of water in their cabins and, as the boat was full, they were rather stuck. I think it would have ruined our holiday if it had happened to us. I understand the cabins had not dried out as the cruise ended and new occupants arrived. Food The food was a great disappointment. Breakfasts were fine. Buffet lunches missed all the stuff we had been expecting like a 'carving joint of the day', prawns, crab claws etc. Dinners were even more disappointing. We had no 'WOW' meals. Fish was universally overcooked as were the veg. If you want fine dining, Scenic is not for you. Food much better on UniWorld and it bears no comparison to what you would get on Regent or Silver Seas. The Crystal Dining room is more like a canteen. The tables are very close together with inches between the tables for four. The noise level is high and on hot days the air con couldn't cope. Service Generally Eastern European crew. We had 'issues' with our butler who had a real 'attitude' problem. But the rest were great - friendly and efficient. They probably need more staff as drinks service was slow and limited outside the main lounge. There is only one bar which was closed during an exhibition of local dancing. Excursions Generally very good. The perennial problems of guides wanting to fill every moment of a 90min coach trip with talk,talk,talk. But this is not exclusive to Scenic. Best trip was to Melk Abbey. The evening concert at the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna was top notch in every way. The tour of the Hospital in the Rock in Budapest was fascinating. On the last night we were sailed along the Danube as the buildings were lit up. This was magical. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise because of Scenic's "reputation" which unfortunately did not follow through. It got of to a bad start. On the coach from Munich one of the passengers noticed we were on a different route. Unfortunately ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Scenic's "reputation" which unfortunately did not follow through. It got of to a bad start. On the coach from Munich one of the passengers noticed we were on a different route. Unfortunately the representative could give us no information. Three hours later (the journey should only have taken 20 minutes) we arrived at the boat but no information was forthcoming from the Cruise Director. It turned out that because of high river levels the boat wad stranded! The first excursion to Nuremberg took three hours each way as opposed to 20 minutes! I e mailed a scenic who said it could be Thursday before the ship could start her journey. As it turned out we sailed on the Tuesday evening. The trips and the guides were good The food I have to say was extremely disappointing. Scenic say that they provide fine dining. Sadly this is not the case. In particular the evening meals were poor. Most people we spoke to agreed and thought that the cruise was overpriced. We also did not like the regimented meal times. Being called to dinner was more like a holiday camp scenario. I can understand why the meal times are set because the waiters have to double up. More staff are required The cabin was compact but adequate and kept very clean. The staff were friendly but stretched. We looked forward to this cruise but have to say it has put us off choosing another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise and Scenic because we believed that Scenic were the number 1 River Cruise providers. We expected to have a 20 minute journey to the ship but it ended up driving for 3 hours. The guide on the coach had no information ... Read More
We chose this cruise and Scenic because we believed that Scenic were the number 1 River Cruise providers. We expected to have a 20 minute journey to the ship but it ended up driving for 3 hours. The guide on the coach had no information as to why we were embarking at a different port. It turned out the ship was docked and could not move because of high water levels. However the lack of communication and information was very poor and many guests were left angry. When asked specific questions at the embarkation meeting we were not given a specific answer. The first trip was to Nuremberg, which should have been a 20 minute drive, but took 3 hours each way which was tiring. An e mail from Scenic informed me that we could be stranded for 4 days. However it turned out that we could sail on the Tuesday night but had to sail back to our second destination but we weren't complaining Our main complaint was the quality and choice of food. This cruise is advertised with fine dining - not so. Breakfast was ok but was only at a specific time and heaven help you if you arrived within 5 minutes of the cut off time as everything was taken away. Choice in the dining room was poor. If you like salad and pasta, fine, but not everyone does. We ended up having snacks in the "River Cafe" which is part of the lounge. The choice here was much better and it was proved by the number of people who started to eat here. Dinner choice and quality was terrible. The quality and presentation was quite simply terrible. One night for instance I asked for my dessert a pancake with a plum sauce. When it arrived it was "deconstructed" by this I mean chopped up and thrown on the plate. I truly believe that Scenic were cost cutting in respect of the food. The trips were fine but the return times did not leave much time to get ready and you had to come down for dinner at a set time which did not suit us. And, before dinner, you had to attend the Port Briefing fir the following day The air conditioning was not working but the staff would not admit this. The evenings were very warn and uncomfortable and this was highlighted when we had to disembark through another Scenic Ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first river cruise, and we had great expectations. We had read reviews, talked to neighbors, and got mostly positive feedback. We pictured ourselves riding along the Rhine, Main and Danube, sitting on the sundeck and watching ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we had great expectations. We had read reviews, talked to neighbors, and got mostly positive feedback. We pictured ourselves riding along the Rhine, Main and Danube, sitting on the sundeck and watching the castles go by. There were a few days where that actually happened. But far more often, we were going through locks looking at the concrete walls (too many to count), sitting at a dock double parked (so you view is a suite on the other ship), or taking long bus rides (way too many). Our understanding was that in some cases when the rivers are high, the ships might have a problem getting under bridges, but they just closed the upper deck and folded down the railings, etc. Well, the other problem is when the rivers are low. Then there is no solution except to pack up and ride a bus down the river to another boat, or finish your trip with a bus tour. Scenic usually has ships going in the opposite direction, but it was a 3 hour bus ride to the other ship, and then the next day we had to ride the buses back 2.5 hours each way to do the scheduled tours. Compared to ocean cruise ships, everything on these ships is cramped - the size of the rooms, the ceiling heights, the dining room, etc. The main dining room was used for all the meals. Breakfast and lunch were always buffet style. Dinner was usually sit-down, but there were two or three nights when that was also buffet. The buffet is a large oval in the center of the dining room, with serving stations spread all around. At the beginning of a meal you would have 100 plus people trying to get to the buffet. There was room around the oval for maybe 50 or 60 people, and no room to stand behind them. There was also no organization as to what was where and no lines established. You just needed to elbow your way in wherever you could. Scenic does a good job with what they have to deal with. The service was outstanding (except at dinner), and the food was excellent. They provide some cultural events that are superb. A lot of my comments are an issue with all river cruises. The rivers are getting way overcrowded, and there are just too many boats on the rivers and too many tourists at all the attractions. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
First of all I should mention that we had awful weather - cold and wet - and this obviously affected my enjoyment of the cruise. We were new to river cruising and I am glad that we chose a shorter cruise as our intro. There were no onboard ... Read More
First of all I should mention that we had awful weather - cold and wet - and this obviously affected my enjoyment of the cruise. We were new to river cruising and I am glad that we chose a shorter cruise as our intro. There were no onboard activities apart from a quiz one evening. Scenic cater for the more mature traveller and we found that the tours were not active enough. For example the best day weather wise was Salzburg but there were two stops on the way there so having done the walking city tour - one hour - and had lunch, there was only 45 minutes of free time. Regarding the ship itself, the restaurant and bar area were very cold - I was in layers the whole time. If you feel the cold take plenty of sweaters and shawls to put over evening wear. People didn't seem to dress up as much as they do on ocean cruises. There are also 68 locks to navigate if you take the whole trip to Amsterdam so nights are noisy - take earplugs. We dined in Portobello which is just a glassed off area at the front of the bar and also Table la Rive which is just a table for twelve at the far end of the restaurant - both meals were good. The standard of food overall was good with plenty of choice although the buffet dinner on the first night was a bit of a scrum. There were some interesting towns along the way - its worth walking around Regensburg because if you choose the Weltenburg abbey trip you won't see the town at all. I would have liked to explore Passau but as soon as we came back from the tour of Salzburg we sailed off - there did seem to be a rush to get to the next lock - presumably to avoid queueing. The sun deck was closed off most of the trip because the river was high and bridges low. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Scenic Pearl Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.3
Entertainment 2.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.3
Family 1.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.4
Enrichment 2.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 5.0 N/A

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