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First of all you need to understand that with Scenic there are no additional costs and NO Tipping! You pay up front for everything so there are no surprise bar bills or extra excursion costs. Our trip was outstanding! There was nothing to complain about on this wonderful trip. This was their first trip of the season (early April) so the weather was somewhat cool and rainy but it never prevented us from having an amazing time. Scenic is an Australian company and many of the other passengers were Australian. They are always a happy outgoing bunch who are a pleasure to travel with. We were treated like royalty from the moment we were so efficiently checked in until they carried our even heavier luggage (there's lots of opportunity for shopping) off the ship. . The tours: We are seniors and found the pace just perfect. Buses were lined up and ready to drive us to whatever excursion we chose if the distance was longer than we cared to walk. Some were off ship meals, like in a resort on the mountain overlooking Salzburg or in Wurtzburg where we celebrated an early Octoberfest with jolly Bavarian musicians, beer and sausage. Another outing was a fabulous symphony concert evening in Vienna's Liechtenstein palace. Each of us were given a gps to use on excursions. It also functioned as a personal head phone to enable us to hear the tour guides who accompanied us on our tours. A brilliant invention for those of us with hearing issues. The lounge: The second level had the bar and really comfy chairs and couches. Here we watched guest musicians and dancers while we sipped our drinks or read our books as we watched the scenery go by or listened to Voytek, the ship musician belt out our favourite songs. The bar offered any and every alcoholic (or non alcoholic) drink that you could imagine from the best scotch to Bailey's. There was also a section in the lounge offering light meals if you didn't feel like going down for the buffet at breakfast or lunch. One of the best times was the night we all, staff included, danced to the oldies. It was obvious that the staff had been hand-picked for their positions and because the passengers number less than 200 you got to know them well. The Dining room and the meals: Excellent food and the best of wines each day. So often at all inclusive buffets after a few days, the food starts to look and taste the same. This was not the case here. Dinner was always a la carte. Chef Budi was very knowledgable and creative. He gave us a tour of his kitchen and a special cooking lesson one day. All meals were made fresh and produce was purchased locally. The soups were "to die for". I came home with a few new recipes to try myself. The wait staff was exceptional. Our favourite was the youngest, Victor. He treated us like royalty. We ladies all wanted to take him home. Our bubbly cruise director Sonja had unlimited energy. She would flit around sometimes between the different day tours checking on us and shopping for prizes for her contests. She even set up an egg hunt for us on Easter morning. She always ended her port talk with some hilarious joke and has the perfect personality for the job. I'm ready to take another River cruise anytime. This is the best way to see Europe and it will be with Scenic all the way!

Perfect way to see Europe

Scenic Pearl Cruise Review by maberly

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Trip Details
First of all you need to understand that with Scenic there are no additional costs and NO Tipping! You pay up front for everything so there are no surprise bar bills or extra excursion costs.

Our trip was outstanding! There was nothing to complain about on this wonderful trip. This was their first trip of the season (early April) so the weather was somewhat cool and rainy but it never prevented us from having an amazing time. Scenic is an Australian company and many of the other passengers were Australian. They are always a happy outgoing bunch who are a pleasure to travel with. We were treated like royalty from the moment we were so efficiently checked in until they carried our even heavier luggage (there's lots of opportunity for shopping) off the ship. .

The tours:

We are seniors and found the pace just perfect. Buses were lined up and ready to drive us to whatever excursion we chose if the distance was longer than we cared to walk. Some were off ship meals, like in a resort on the mountain overlooking Salzburg or in Wurtzburg where we celebrated an early Octoberfest with jolly Bavarian musicians, beer and sausage. Another outing was a fabulous symphony concert evening in Vienna's Liechtenstein palace. Each of us were given a gps to use on excursions. It also functioned as a personal head phone to enable us to hear the tour guides who accompanied us on our tours. A brilliant invention for those of us with hearing issues.

The lounge:

The second level had the bar and really comfy chairs and couches. Here we watched guest musicians and dancers while we sipped our drinks or read our books as we watched the scenery go by or listened to Voytek, the ship musician belt out our favourite songs. The bar offered any and every alcoholic (or non alcoholic) drink that you could imagine from the best scotch to Bailey's. There was also a section in the lounge offering light meals if you didn't feel like going down for the buffet at breakfast or lunch. One of the best times was the night we all, staff included, danced to the oldies. It was obvious that the staff had been hand-picked for their positions and because the passengers number less than 200 you got to know them well.

The Dining room and the meals:

Excellent food and the best of wines each day. So often at all inclusive buffets after a few days, the food starts to look and taste the same. This was not the case here. Dinner was always a la carte. Chef Budi was very knowledgable and creative. He gave us a tour of his kitchen and a special cooking lesson one day. All meals were made fresh and produce was purchased locally. The soups were "to die for". I came home with a few new recipes to try myself. The wait staff was exceptional. Our favourite was the youngest, Victor. He treated us like royalty. We ladies all wanted to take him home.

Our bubbly cruise director Sonja had unlimited energy. She would flit around sometimes between the different day tours checking on us and shopping for prizes for her contests. She even set up an egg hunt for us on Easter morning. She always ended her port talk with some hilarious joke and has the perfect personality for the job.

I'm ready to take another River cruise anytime. This is the best way to see Europe and it will be with Scenic all the way!
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Cabin 207
Very roomy bright stateroom with a good sized bathroom and a state of the art shower. The king sized bed was extremely comfortable. There was plenty of storage/closet space to hold our clothes. We had a balcony with 2 chairs and a small table. The upper half of the balcony window opened and closed electrically. This was one of the great vantage points to sit and watch the quaint villages go by. There was a fridge with wine, beer and drinks. We had our own butler (ours was Antonio) who was available by phone and would bring meals to our room, should we opt to stay and watch a new release movie instead of eating in the dining room. He found us extra converters for my phone charger, helped us set up our safe and anything else that we could dream up. Dani our room attendant had everything tidied up while we were at breakfast and left us chocolates on our pillows. Our snacks, drinks and bottled water were replaced like magic. Lots of towels and even a fluffy bathrobe available for each of us. They supply a hair dryer and all soaps and shampoos and there is a clothesline in the shower to hang your hand washing. They also offer one free laundry per trip. We sent them our pjs, sox and underwear and a couple of my husband's shirts. All came back the same day neatly folded and pressed.