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I did a full assessment of all the river cruises and Scenic, although amongst the most expensive came out as good value for money as an all-inclusive cruise. Eveything was included. The ship was superb, however the journey there was not at all good. We were supposed to fly from Bristol to Budapest via Brussels. However, our flight was cancelled on the tarmac, we were transferred to Heathrow via taxi, then had more delayed flights after that, arriving in Budapest at 2230 rather than 1120 originally. The meals are superb and the butler service for morning tea was great. Meals to mention are the Tasting menu, which complemented seve courses to five wines, and the exclusive la Rive meal. The highlight was the exclusive concert at Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna. The music was out of this world and the setting magnificent. Other excursions were to Salzburg, and Melk Abbey. The guides were excellent and the hand held guides worked well. Although we were early in the season all the staff were extremely well trained to a high standard. The fellow passengers were a mixed crowd from UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, and we had a great time. We even had a Grand National sweepstake and my horse came third! The shore excursions were all excellent with the personal guide being very good. Would I go again? Definitely

Perfection once we got there

Scenic Opal Cruise Review by Dedulin

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I did a full assessment of all the river cruises and Scenic, although amongst the most expensive came out as good value for money as an all-inclusive cruise. Eveything was included.

The ship was superb, however the journey there was not at all good. We were supposed to fly from Bristol to Budapest via Brussels. However, our flight was cancelled on the tarmac, we were transferred to Heathrow via taxi, then had more delayed flights after that, arriving in Budapest at 2230 rather than 1120 originally.

The meals are superb and the butler service for morning tea was great. Meals to mention are the Tasting menu, which complemented seve courses to five wines, and the exclusive la Rive meal.

The highlight was the exclusive concert at Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna. The music was out of this world and the setting magnificent.

Other excursions were to Salzburg, and Melk Abbey. The guides were excellent and the hand held guides worked well.

Although we were early in the season all the staff were extremely well trained to a high standard.

The fellow passengers were a mixed crowd from UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, and we had a great time. We even had a Grand National sweepstake and my horse came third!

The shore excursions were all excellent with the personal guide being very good.

Would I go again? Definitely
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Cabin Review

Cabin 326
Superbly eqipped. Couldn't be faulted.
The minibar was fully stocked and we could have drunk it every day, although we hardly used it. The balcony/conservatory was great. We could sit in there, and it was separate from the room itself.