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We (my husband, 72 and I, 67) had cruised with Scenic before, two years ago and we have been on numerous ocean cruises. Scenic (which attracts mostly Brits and Australians with some Canadians and Americans) makes the trip so easy and enjoyable. Embarkation went like a dream - we were met at the Basel airport, transferred to the ship, fed lunch and relaxed in the lounge until the cabins were ready at 3pm. The ships are amazingly spacious, the food is incredible and the crew is never without a smile - always accommodating and pleasant. Ports and shore excursions are well chosen and the local guides are knowledgeable and fun. Perhaps best of all, a cruise on Scenic is truly ALL inclusive. Tips are included (even for the local guides and bus drivers), drinks (top shelf spirits and wines) are included and always very generous - even one load of free laundry is included on a two week cruise. They even include bottled water with every excursion and a map of the destination as well. The dining room is lovely with great views. We enjoyed the food very much and we are "foodies". Breakfast and lunch were buffet with a wonderful selection and you could always order off the menu as well. Food was always hot and delicious with many local specialties. You can have a mimosa with breakfast and wine/beer is served with lunch. Dinner was to order and generally offered four courses with vegetarian and healthy choices as well. Over the course of the two weeks we had beef, duck, chicken,many types of fish, pork and lamb. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. There is also a cafe on the lounge deck which offers early/late breakfast and light lunch, along with fruit and pastries during the day. Always available in the lounge are various coffee drinks and many types of tea. Being a river cruise, the entertainment is not as abundant or flashy as that on an ocean cruise, but we had performances several nights by local artists. The sun deck up top is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, take a dip in the pool/hot tub or walk the small walking track. There is also a fitness center (a state of the art treadmill, elliptical and bike as well as free weights) and a salon where hair services and massages/treatments are available. The service is impeccable - the staff is so well trained and seem to really care if you are having a good time. Our cruise director, Patrik, was as good as I have ever experienced. He was knowledgeable, informative, patient and funny. His port talks each day explained exactly what to expect on each excursion. The wait staff, bar staff, cabin staff and everyone were just so pleasant and helpful. Our butler, Daniel, came by several times to ask if he could do anything for us. The ports were well chosen and the excursions really provided something for everyone. They ran like clockwork. If you don't want to join an excursion you can always take your "Tailormade" from your cabin (a type of GPS unit pre-loaded with story/history of the port) and do one of the tours on that. they also have electric assisted bikes for use (we did not try those). Scenic also provides a Scenic Enrich experience and a Scenic Sundown experience on each cruise. For our Scenic Enrich we had a tour of a castle and then a classical concert, complete with wine. Our Scenic Sundown was taking a cable car up to another castle and listening to local music while overlooking the city below. Disembarkation went equally as smoothly as embarkation. When it was time to leave for the Amsterdam airport we had a full size bus for 10 of us, and the Scenic rep at the airport even came in with us to help with printing our boarding passes. I would recommend Scenic to anyone!

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Scenic Opal Cruise Review by ssarha

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We (my husband, 72 and I, 67) had cruised with Scenic before, two years ago and we have been on numerous ocean cruises. Scenic (which attracts mostly Brits and Australians with some Canadians and Americans) makes the trip so easy and enjoyable. Embarkation went like a dream - we were met at the Basel airport, transferred to the ship, fed lunch and relaxed in the lounge until the cabins were ready at 3pm. The ships are amazingly spacious, the food is incredible and the crew is never without a smile - always accommodating and pleasant. Ports and shore excursions are well chosen and the local guides are knowledgeable and fun. Perhaps best of all, a cruise on Scenic is truly ALL inclusive. Tips are included (even for the local guides and bus drivers), drinks (top shelf spirits and wines) are included and always very generous - even one load of free laundry is included on a two week cruise. They even include bottled water with every excursion and a map of the destination as well.

The dining room is lovely with great views. We enjoyed the food very much and we are "foodies". Breakfast and lunch were buffet with a wonderful selection and you could always order off the menu as well. Food was always hot and delicious with many local specialties. You can have a mimosa with breakfast and wine/beer is served with lunch.

Dinner was to order and generally offered four courses with vegetarian and healthy choices as well. Over the course of the two weeks we had beef, duck, chicken,many types of fish, pork and lamb. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. There is also a cafe on the lounge deck which offers early/late breakfast and light lunch, along with fruit and pastries during the day. Always available in the lounge are various coffee drinks and many types of tea.

Being a river cruise, the entertainment is not as abundant or flashy as that on an ocean cruise, but we had performances several nights by local artists. The sun deck up top is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, take a dip in the pool/hot tub or walk the small walking track. There is also a fitness center (a state of the art treadmill, elliptical and bike as well as free weights) and a salon where hair services and massages/treatments are available.

The service is impeccable - the staff is so well trained and seem to really care if you are having a good time. Our cruise director, Patrik, was as good as I have ever experienced. He was knowledgeable, informative, patient and funny. His port talks each day explained exactly what to expect on each excursion. The wait staff, bar staff, cabin staff and everyone were just so pleasant and helpful. Our butler, Daniel, came by several times to ask if he could do anything for us.

The ports were well chosen and the excursions really provided something for everyone. They ran like clockwork. If you don't want to join an excursion you can always take your "Tailormade" from your cabin (a type of GPS unit pre-loaded with story/history of the port) and do one of the tours on that. they also have electric assisted bikes for use (we did not try those). Scenic also provides a Scenic Enrich experience and a Scenic Sundown experience on each cruise. For our Scenic Enrich we had a tour of a castle and then a classical concert, complete with wine. Our Scenic Sundown was taking a cable car up to another castle and listening to local music while overlooking the city below.

Disembarkation went equally as smoothly as embarkation. When it was time to leave for the Amsterdam airport we had a full size bus for 10 of us, and the Scenic rep at the airport even came in with us to help with printing our boarding passes.

I would recommend Scenic to anyone!
, The Scenic Team has responded
Dear Ssarha We are extremely pleased to hear you enjoyed your cruise with us and that the service on board was impeccable. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards, The Scenic Team
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin 232
Our balcony cabin (232) was a feat of design, utilizing every square inch of space. There was a bit of engine noise as we were aft. The balcony can be shut off from the room or left open (the tri-fold glass wall folds flat the the wall) and contains two chairs and two small tables. The room has more than adequate shelves, drawers and hanging space (with lots of hangers!). A safe and mini-bar (replenished daily) are in the closet wall area. Also provided in the cabin are plush bathrobes, slippers, a large umbrella,shoe shine packets and ear plugs, seven outlets (most are European/Australian), a digital alarm clock, a flat screen tv (many stations and movies, radio and even a fireplace screen) that doubles as a computer screen (wifi coverage is not fast, but was almost always available). There is also a small desk area with a small chair. The lighting is great, including the bedside reading lamps. The bathroom is very spacious with plenty of storage and the shower is amazing with three jets. In the bath there is a shaver outlet, a hair dryer, q-tips and cotton pads and a lighted, magnified makeup mirror. Great plush towels every day and L'Occitaine shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and hand lotion.

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