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Scenic Amber Cruise Review
0.0 / 5.0
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Great service, nice ship, average food

Scenic Amber Cruise Review by EatLobster

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Europe River

Had been on Ama (wonderful), Uniworld (good) and wanted to try Scenic. Also wanted Danube cruise that went to Salzburg. The service was excellent, room kept very clean, and excursions good. Wine far better than we were expecting but food was a disappointment. Beate, the cruise director went out of her way to help everyone but she was leaving at the end of our cruise for a private job opportunity. Some of the excursions groups were too big and they should have hired another guide or 2 to keep the groups smaller. The new system for the headset didn’t work well all the time, but that was due to too large groups.

The biggest disappointment was the food. Breakfast was a 10 but lunch and dinner fell short. Sometimes the food was lukewarm. The veal schnitzel was almost inedible. There were no wow factors. The salmon and tenderloin that you could always order were under seasoned. The gala night had Canadian lobster tail and beef Wellington and it was very good. Then the closing night was turkey. The turkey was good but it doesn’t seem like a luxury dinner on the last night of a luxury cruise. They could Improve by doing a grill on deck with bratwurst and cheeseburgers! Soups were generally pretty good. Desserts were average except for ice cream.

We are excellent home cooks so food is very important to us. I will stick with Ama for future cruises. Or try Crystal. But Scenic and Uniworld are out. If you are a foodie, go with Ama.

I’ve attached pictures of menus and wine lists and daily plans. I wish I could have received this information in advance so hope it helps others.

Mark, the musician, was excellent. The dancers were ok. The concert in Vienna was very nice.

Portobellos had excellent appetizers and desserts but mediocre entree.

Have to submit photos separately because they don’t attach from an iPad.

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Cabin Review

Cabin E 109

We never spend any time in our cabin so stopped getting balconies. The lowest category is fine for us (not so on ocean ships). Cabin was small but laid out fine. We don’t like down quilts so had them change to blankets,

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Not as quaint as we hoped

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Belvedere Palace & Museum

Beautiful building

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Old Town Tour

Lunch was better here than on the ship. Not as impressed with Salzburg as I expected to be

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Loved this city. Great guide. Sausage kitchen was fun.

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