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We cruised on the brand new Opal on her third cruise. We selected Scenic because their Rhine/Mosel cruise is 14 nights and includes several ports other lines do not. Another reason was everything is included -- all tips, drinks, shore excursions with multiple excursion choices offered in each port. The ship is gorgeous and incredibly "high tech." Most of the shore excursions were outstanding including ones to Zollverein coal mines, the Delta Water Works, the Arnheim Airborne Museum, and shopping with the chef. Scenic included several special events -- a cocktail reception and concert in the beautiful Rastatt Palace, cocktails at the Ehrenbretstein Fortress in Koblenz, and dinner at a choice of local restaurants near Veere. These were outstanding. The service from our butler and cabin attendant was super. The service in the lounge and dinning room, not so great. Food was a disappointment. Breakfast and lunch were buffets. The breakfast was the same every morning. We learned half way through the cruise you could ask the waiter what the breakfast special was (one example French toast). Problem was getting the attention of a waiter. While lunch on other lines were buffets, I do remember alternative cooked to order options. The only really great lunch was the "asparagus" lunch. Dinners in the dining room were boring. A choice of two appetizers, two soups, three mains, and two desserts. The meat always seemed to be overcooked roast, pot roast types, or stews. Definitely not high end food! Service was uneven. Portobello, the fine dining restaurant by reservation had excellent, innovative Italian food with good service. The ship also offered light breakfasts -- rolls and fruit and lunch--premade sandwiches, pastries, and pizza in the River Café section of the lounge. These were good. Fortunately the ship spent lots of time in the ports, so we often chose to eat at restaurants on shore. The uneven service might have been because this was only the third cruise. Included alcoholic beverages and wines were good. The ship made an effort with entertainment -- often bringing onboard local groups. Would I travel with Scenic cruises again? Absolutely. All my expectations were met except for the food and service in the dining room. I would just expect a four star experience with three star food.

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Scenic Opal Cruise Review by leslie99

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We cruised on the brand new Opal on her third cruise. We selected Scenic because their Rhine/Mosel cruise is 14 nights and includes several ports other lines do not. Another reason was everything is included -- all tips, drinks, shore excursions with multiple excursion choices offered in each port.

The ship is gorgeous and incredibly "high tech." Most of the shore excursions were outstanding including ones to Zollverein coal mines, the Delta Water Works, the Arnheim Airborne Museum, and shopping with the chef. Scenic included several special events -- a cocktail reception and concert in the beautiful Rastatt Palace, cocktails at the Ehrenbretstein Fortress in Koblenz, and dinner at a choice of local restaurants near Veere. These were outstanding.

The service from our butler and cabin attendant was super. The service in the lounge and dinning room, not so great.

Food was a disappointment. Breakfast and lunch were buffets. The breakfast was the same every morning. We learned half way through the cruise you could ask the waiter what the breakfast special was (one example French toast). Problem was getting the attention of a waiter. While lunch on other lines were buffets, I do remember alternative cooked to order options. The only really great lunch was the "asparagus" lunch. Dinners in the dining room were boring. A choice of two appetizers, two soups, three mains, and two desserts. The meat always seemed to be overcooked roast, pot roast types, or stews. Definitely not high end food!

Service was uneven. Portobello, the fine dining restaurant by reservation had excellent, innovative Italian food with good service. The ship also offered light breakfasts -- rolls and fruit and lunch--premade sandwiches, pastries, and pizza in the River Café section of the lounge. These were good. Fortunately the ship spent lots of time in the ports, so we often chose to eat at restaurants on shore.

The uneven service might have been because this was only the third cruise.

Included alcoholic beverages and wines were good.

The ship made an effort with entertainment -- often bringing onboard local groups.

Would I travel with Scenic cruises again? Absolutely. All my expectations were met except for the food and service in the dining room. I would just expect a four star experience with three star food.
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Cabin Review

Cabin BB222
This cabin is the best designed riverboat cabin we have experienced. (This was our 8th river cruise). The outside wall is basically a glass enclosed sun room. Just press a button and the top lowers so you have an open air balcony. The bathroom was large with a big shower. We never heard any noise from the hall or the engines. Storage space was good and cleverly designed. The in cabin electronic system was "awesome." Just wish I had figured out how to use it sooner. In cabin internet reception was good when we were in port.