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Scenic Sapphire Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Wine, Food, and Scenery Along the Rhone and Saone Rivers

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Hunt1530
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jun 2016
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We are a party of two that sailed on the Scenic Sapphire from 27 June to 4 July 2016, our second time taking a European river cruise with Scenic. Starting at Tarascon in southern France, the cruise went up the Rhone to Lyon, then to Chalon on the river Saone, a distance of about 600 kilometres. We were lucky enough to enjoy good weather throughout, though it did get quite hot in the south of France. We were concerned that recent flooding in france might affect our itinerary, but I guess water levels have receded. There are indeed some very low bridges along the way!

We enjoyed every aspect of this cruise; from our cabin (#207) with its “spaceship” balcony, to the food, to the excursions, to the service, and to the onboard activities, led by our enthusiastic tour director Yvonne.

This cruise had a decidedly culinary focus. There were wine tastings, cheese tastings, and chocolate tastings on board. Some of the excursions we took visited olive farms, wineries and local markets. Everything was included under Scenic’s all-inclusive pricing structure, a pricing model that even some ocean cruise companies are starting to emulate.

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