We chose to travel on the Scenic Pearl because the cruise dates and embarkation point matched our schedule. We consider ourselves very lucky to have come to that decision.
The crew on board the Pearl are nothing short of stellar, from cruise director and hotel manager all the way down through butlers, bar and restaurant staff, kitchen staff and housekeeping.
Everybody greets you and spoils you at every turn. Food is plentiful, tasty, well prepared and varied, and the drinks are endless, starting with Moet and Chandon at breakfast, if you're up for it. The only risk, and it is a real one, is the frequent temptation to over-indulge. All of the staff are upbeat and smiling, and the service at every point is extraordinary.
Along the way, we got to visit some truly delightful cities, and to enjoy a number of on board activities and onshore cultural activities along the way. The crew show was a huge laugh, and the trivia nights likewise, and the opera at Breisach Castle was truly lovely.
The other passengers were also great fun. With this size vessel, you will always find somebody whose company you can enjoy, or I suppose you can keep to yourself, if that's your preference. It's up to you.
The cabin had everything we could need. The balcony could be kept closed, or the window rolled down at the push of a button. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom well appointed, and the storage quite sufficient. It was lovely to be able to put our bags under the bed and stop living out of them for the duration of the cruise.