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36 hours before we were due to fly to Amsterdam we received an email via Scenic to our agent informing us that we were going on the Scenic Jade when we embarked at Amsterdam and not the Ruby. We were not up set as the Jade was a few years newer. We found the transfers to the ship good, on arriving our luggage was left at the quay and later arrived at our room. We found our tour guide Andrea excellent, if all destinations staff were so well organised as she was all of our previous Ocean cruises would have been far much better. The tours were very good, the only tour which was a disappointment was the coach trip to Cologne, nothing wrong with the coach or the city. Just the english tour guide who had very little interest in taking the group round the city centre area. In fact we went to the Cathedral and stood out side for some 30 minutes then he disappeared for good, we walked around in free time. The other tours which were in the cruise itinerary were excellent, some fairly early starts to get there but worth the the early start. The castle tour and banquet to Marksburg was okay, the tour actually around the castle was good, done by volunteers, but the medieval feast was a bit poor and did not live up to to our expectations from a up market cruise. Otherwise all other tours were very good. Dining was set time, 19.00 which meant that that everyone collected at the same point, the lounge for the pre next day information talk and then down into the restaurant. Service overall was fairly slow, some nights taking 2.5 hours to finally get your desserts. It improved slightly as time went by but not that impressed. Some reviews in the past have commented on the standard of the food served and it should not be compared to Ocean cruising food, well we have cruised all over the world and I can only say that the food was over hyped, very small servings, in fact my wife also ordered soup as one of the dishes every night because the all other servings were very small quantities. Harry our butler was very good and looked after us very well at all times, it was disappointment to have to see him go as when we had to leave the Jade at Linz and join the Jasper at Melk. This was because a part of the Danube was so low due to the long dry summer that Europe had been experiencing. Lucky for us we managed to navigate the rest of thee cruise on the Jasper to Budapest. The rest of the cruise review is under Scenic Jasper.

Well Organised and Great Views with Change of River Cruise Boats

Scenic Jade Cruise Review by RogerW

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36 hours before we were due to fly to Amsterdam we received an email via Scenic to our agent informing us that we were going on the Scenic Jade when we embarked at Amsterdam and not the Ruby. We were not up set as the Jade was a few years newer.

We found the transfers to the ship good, on arriving our luggage was left at the quay and later arrived at our room. We found our tour guide Andrea excellent, if all destinations staff were so well organised as she was all of our previous Ocean cruises would have been far much better.

The tours were very good, the only tour which was a disappointment was the coach trip to Cologne, nothing wrong with the coach or the city. Just the english tour guide who had very little interest in taking the group round the city centre area. In fact we went to the Cathedral and stood out side for some 30 minutes then he disappeared for good, we walked around in free time.

The other tours which were in the cruise itinerary were excellent, some fairly early starts to get there but worth the the early start.

The castle tour and banquet to Marksburg was okay, the tour actually around the castle was good, done by volunteers, but the medieval feast was a bit poor and did not live up to to our expectations from a up market cruise. Otherwise all other tours were very good.

Dining was set time, 19.00 which meant that that everyone collected at the same point, the lounge for the pre next day information talk and then down into the restaurant. Service overall was fairly slow, some nights taking 2.5 hours to finally get your desserts. It improved slightly as time went by but not that impressed. Some reviews in the past have commented on the standard of the food served and it should not be compared to Ocean cruising food, well we have cruised all over the world and I can only say that the food was over hyped, very small servings, in fact my wife also ordered soup as one of the dishes every night because the all other servings were very small quantities.

Harry our butler was very good and looked after us very well at all times, it was disappointment to have to see him go as when we had to leave the Jade at Linz and join the Jasper at Melk. This was because a part of the Danube was so low due to the long dry summer that Europe had been experiencing. Lucky for us we managed to navigate the rest of thee cruise on the Jasper to Budapest.

The rest of the cruise review is under Scenic Jasper.
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Cabin 305
Our room was well maintained and spacious, we had had fruit, biscuits every day left in the room along with our choice of alcohol. The housekeeping staff were not intrusive. We decided to have breakfast served in our room daily, Harry our butler was always on time, polite and in fact could not do enough for us. Complementary laundry service proved to very good, we noted that the clothes upon returning to us, under 24 hours every time was far cleaner and fresher than on our last seagoing cruise on the Oceania Regatta. The views from the 2 glass large windows gave us some great scenery to look at, it was pity no one was able to clean the glass however during our time on board as it at times was difficult to see out when they were closed. Nevertheless we were glad we booked this room.