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This was our first river cruise and after some research and a recommendation from our travel agent, we decided on Scenic river cruise down the Rhine on the Opal. We sailed from Amsterdam to Basel and the trip was just great. We spent a couple of days in Amsterdam before embarkation and from the moment we connected with the Scenic staff, it was smooth sailing! :) Our cruise director Alex, was very knowledgeable, attentive, helpful and always available for any questions. The ship itself, the Opal, is beautiful. Our cabin was well-appointed and every space was used for maximum efficiency. There's a well stocked bar that is replenished daily. The shower is excellent. The balcony has room for 2 chairs and a table where one can sit and enjoy the pleasant shoreline views of the Rhine. The floor to ceiling windows that open halfway are an added bonus. While the weather was a little cool on days, we still enjoyed the open air that the balcony windows offer. The bed is comfortable and we slept extremely well. Each room comes with its own personal butler and Milan was excellent and very attentive. There is one complimentary laundry service as well as room service. The food on board was very good with a choice of the buffet or a la carte. In addition, there are 2 restaurants away from the main dining area that are very good. With only 150+ people on board, the chef is able to pay attention to detail and there is something for everyone and all tastes. The excursions offer loads of information and take you through quaint villages, historic sites and are guided by locals. The excursions are well planned, but if you feel like doing your own self-guided tour, that's an option. We did our own self-guided tour on e-bikes which are provided by the ship. We loved the option of exploring on our own and the e-bikes are so easy and fun! Highly recommend. The crew is well trained and personable and fun. There were a variety of evening events - a violinist; a ooum pah-pah accordion duo; a disco night; an operetta at the Rastatt Palace - something for everyone. There's a little fitness room (little) with a treadmill, rower, bike, and free weights, and a running track on the sun deck. The cruise down the Rhine is very beautiful. Lots to see - quaint villages, churches, castles...it's quite spectacular. All transfers from our hotel to embarkation and then debarkation were excellent and without a hitch. We were extremely pleased that we chose Scenic for our first river cruise. The all inclusive aspect was right for us. We loved the all inclusive. We met many wonderful people and made good friends with folks from Australia. Simply put - the trip was great!

Scenic does it right!

Scenic Opal Cruise Review by Dale_Ann

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This was our first river cruise and after some research and a recommendation from our travel agent, we decided on Scenic river cruise down the Rhine on the Opal. We sailed from Amsterdam to Basel and the trip was just great. We spent a couple of days in Amsterdam before embarkation and from the moment we connected with the Scenic staff, it was smooth sailing! :)

Our cruise director Alex, was very knowledgeable, attentive, helpful and always available for any questions. The ship itself, the Opal, is beautiful. Our cabin was well-appointed and every space was used for maximum efficiency. There's a well stocked bar that is replenished daily. The shower is excellent. The balcony has room for 2 chairs and a table where one can sit and enjoy the pleasant shoreline views of the Rhine. The floor to ceiling windows that open halfway are an added bonus. While the weather was a little cool on days, we still enjoyed the open air that the balcony windows offer. The bed is comfortable and we slept extremely well.

Each room comes with its own personal butler and Milan was excellent and very attentive. There is one complimentary laundry service as well as room service.

The food on board was very good with a choice of the buffet or a la carte. In addition, there are 2 restaurants away from the main dining area that are very good. With only 150+ people on board, the chef is able to pay attention to detail and there is something for everyone and all tastes.

The excursions offer loads of information and take you through quaint villages, historic sites and are guided by locals. The excursions are well planned, but if you feel like doing your own self-guided tour, that's an option. We did our own self-guided tour on e-bikes which are provided by the ship. We loved the option of exploring on our own and the e-bikes are so easy and fun! Highly recommend.

The crew is well trained and personable and fun. There were a variety of evening events - a violinist; a ooum pah-pah accordion duo; a disco night; an operetta at the Rastatt Palace - something for everyone.

There's a little fitness room (little) with a treadmill, rower, bike, and free weights, and a running track on the sun deck.

The cruise down the Rhine is very beautiful. Lots to see - quaint villages, churches, castles...it's quite spectacular.

All transfers from our hotel to embarkation and then debarkation were excellent and without a hitch. We were extremely pleased that we chose Scenic for our first river cruise. The all inclusive aspect was right for us. We loved the all inclusive.

We met many wonderful people and made good friends with folks from Australia.

Simply put - the trip was great!
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