Scenic Pearl Cruise Review by maberly
- Sail Date: April 2017
- Destination: Europe River
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. .
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 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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