• Help Ukrainian Families in Need: World Central Kitchen Donation Match
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Scenic Pearl Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
110 reviews

Gems of the Danube

Review for Scenic Pearl to Europe River
User Avatar
margury
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Rating by category

Cabin
Value for Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Fitness & Recreation
Service

Additional details

Sail Date: Aug 2019
Cabin:

Disaster from from the start. Low water levels meant we couldn’t start at Nuremberg, which I know is beyond their control, went to Passau and stayed there for 3 days which was a long way from Passau it’s self, had to look at a brick wall for3 days. Too far to walk anywhere so never saw Passau. Had to endure hours on coaches to get anywhere. No food for us when we eventually arrived at the ship being told the embarkation lunch finished at 3.00. By now it was late afternoon and hadn’t eaten since early morning when we had breakfast at the airport,and dinner that night wasn’t until 7.30. Surely theyknew a coach load of passengers were arriving late! On a few occasions when we arrived back for lunch, they were already clearing the food away so it was rush rush to get anything. We were travelling with a group of friends who were all totally disappointed with this trip. This was the first time they had been on a river cruise and we recommend it ,as we had had an excellent cruise on the Rhine 2 years ago with a different company. We only had 4 days cruising which was lovely when we got going. I don’t know why there were no contingency plans for this situation it didn’t just happen overnight It was a very rushed and stressful holiday and Scenic being a premium cruise company was a great disappointment to us as well as being a very expensive holiday, we were totally fed up.

On the bright side though, the ship and cabins were spotlessly clean and our butler was excellent. Also Darinka, the cruise manager, was doing an excellent job in very difficult circumstances.

Cabin Review

Port Reviews

Nuremberg

Had to endure a 3 hour coach trip there and back, no time there to see anything

Regensburg

Long coach journey again. Very rushed. Lost the guide at one point. Looked a lovely place if we’d had time

Budapest

Did our own thing. Easy walk into Budapest. Lovely place.

3 Helpful Votes
previous reviewnext review

Find a Scenic Pearl Cruise from $2,446

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.