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Just returned from our first ever River Boat Cruise - we booked with Scenic to do the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. We chose Scenic because it seemed to be the best value for money after attending many information sessions with various other cruise liners. Our experienced started with very helpful reservation staff for booking flights and hotels to extend our before and after cruise From the moment we stepped onto the ship it was amazing. our cabin was on the lower level and was more than comfortable for our needs, most of the time we enjoyed sailing sitting up on the top deck socializing with new friends, All the staff on Scenic Opal were very attentive and professional and quite talented from the show they put on one evening. Dining catered to everyone's needs/diet restrictions from formal dining to casual lunch in the Opal bar. One day we had a BBQ lunch up on the top deck, the food was great, the weather was perfect and we were setting sail for Cologne. Cologne was our last stop before entering Holland and beer fest was in full swing with lots of activities going on along the water front. Sadly following our excursion we had to be back on the boat and we were all wishing we had more time to enjoy some local beer. As we boarded all the crew were dressed in traditional German dress and were greeting us with nice cold German beer, even lunch that day was a German theme so we enjoyed our own private beer fest. There was 150 guest on board and at no time did we ever feel crowded, the ship is well laid out with lots of seating on the upper deck so everyone got to enjoy the great views sailing through the Rhine Gorge. Sadly our cruise came to an end but we are looking forward to cruising with Scenic again and are already planning our 2017 vacation.

Scenic Opal

Scenic Opal Cruise Review by pfreeman

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Just returned from our first ever River Boat Cruise - we booked with Scenic to do the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. We chose Scenic because it seemed to be the best value for money after attending many information sessions with various other cruise liners. Our experienced started with very helpful reservation staff for booking flights and hotels to extend our before and after cruise

From the moment we stepped onto the ship it was amazing. our cabin was on the lower level and was more than comfortable for our needs, most of the time we enjoyed sailing sitting up on the top deck socializing with new friends,

All the staff on Scenic Opal were very attentive and professional and quite talented from the show they put on one evening.

Dining catered to everyone's needs/diet restrictions from formal dining to casual lunch in the Opal bar. One day we had a BBQ lunch up on the top deck, the food was great, the weather was perfect and we were setting sail for Cologne.

Cologne was our last stop before entering Holland and beer fest was in full swing with lots of activities going on along the water front. Sadly following our excursion we had to be back on the boat and we were all wishing we had more time to enjoy some local beer. As we boarded all the crew were dressed in traditional German dress and were greeting us with nice cold German beer, even lunch that day was a German theme so we enjoyed our own private beer fest.

There was 150 guest on board and at no time did we ever feel crowded, the ship is well laid out with lots of seating on the upper deck so everyone got to enjoy the great views sailing through the Rhine Gorge.

Sadly our cruise came to an end but we are looking forward to cruising with Scenic again and are already planning our 2017 vacation.
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Cabin 110
The cabin may be a little small for some people but after cruising on some larger cruise ships we found this to be very comfortable.