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We had cruised at sea many times over the years with a variety of high-end lines. More recently, we have been exploring Europe and we took two Viking cruises last year. These are very good products and we enjoyed them very much.They are advertised as all-inclusive, but they are not really, as you have to pay for drinks other than lunch and dinner, and you have to tip, which I hate with a passion. We were attracted to Scenic's advertising and booked a week's tour up the Rhine from Amsterdam. We returned two days ago, with a general view that Scenic is a clear winner over Viking in every way. The environment in the public areas is cleanly detailed in a modern style, with huge areas of glass. This is carried through to the circulation spaces, most of which are lined with white glass. Bars are completely open and well stocked. The wine list is substantial, though cruising through German waters revealed a number of unfamiliar wines to try. Food is very good in the main restaurant and better in the 'La Rive', which is fronted as a gourmand experience and can only be use once a week. I didn't like the menu for the other special restaurant (Portobello), so we didn't eat there. Excursions were enriching and excellent and for the most part, Scenic used their own fleet of buses to shadow the ship as it passed along the river so that they were available at ecah town if needed. Entertainment included soloists for Zither and Violin, and a German wit who 'taught' us all some German. Some electric bikes are available too, but I didn't see them used much. Tipping is banned, both aboard and on tours and busses. In fact the Cruise director asked to be informed if anyone tried to solicit a tip. I think this has to do with the company being Australian. In fact, the majority of passengers were Australian, with a moderate contingent from UK and a few from USA

Surpassed expectations in every way.

Scenic Opal Cruise Review by digby40

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We had cruised at sea many times over the years with a variety of high-end lines. More recently, we have been exploring Europe and we took two Viking cruises last year. These are very good products and we enjoyed them very much.They are advertised as all-inclusive, but they are not really, as you have to pay for drinks other than lunch and dinner, and you have to tip, which I hate with a passion.

We were attracted to Scenic's advertising and booked a week's tour up the Rhine from Amsterdam. We returned two days ago, with a general view that Scenic is a clear winner over Viking in every way.

The environment in the public areas is cleanly detailed in a modern style, with huge areas of glass. This is carried through to the circulation spaces, most of which are lined with white glass.

Bars are completely open and well stocked. The wine list is substantial, though cruising through German waters revealed a number of unfamiliar wines to try. Food is very good in the main restaurant and better in the 'La Rive', which is fronted as a gourmand experience and can only be use once a week. I didn't like the menu for the other special restaurant (Portobello), so we didn't eat there.

Excursions were enriching and excellent and for the most part, Scenic used their own fleet of buses to shadow the ship as it passed along the river so that they were available at ecah town if needed. Entertainment included soloists for Zither and Violin, and a German wit who 'taught' us all some German. Some electric bikes are available too, but I didn't see them used much.

Tipping is banned, both aboard and on tours and busses. In fact the Cruise director asked to be informed if anyone tried to solicit a tip. I think this has to do with the company being Australian.

In fact, the majority of passengers were Australian, with a moderate contingent from UK and a few from USA
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Cabin 327
The cabin design is innovative and carefully detailed. The en-suites are 'nested' rather than planned like hotel rooms with the en-suite carving out a chunk of the room. This makes the room simpler and nicer. The balcony is very clever: the outside wall is fully glazed and covers the whole width and height of the room, but it is divided horizontally into two sections so that pressing a button motors the upper section down to open a true outside space. If it's too cold, you close it and still sit 'outside'. Lighting and bedding is excellent and the storage is cunningly laid out as well. The ensuite shower is powerful and attractive, and for those who are gadget minded you can even change the colour of the water that comes out!

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