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Scenic Opal Review

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Our first river cruise.

Review for Scenic Opal to Europe
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10+ Cruises • Age 2020s

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Sail Date: Sep 2019
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The most relaxing active vacation ever! Sounds strange but it’s true; active because there is often something going on or somewhere to be, relaxing because Scenic takes care of all the logistics. It truly was all inclusive; no tipping, even on the airport transfers from/to home. Scenic bills itself as 5 star all-inclusive so we were disappointed to read in the information booklet that “if we received exceptional service” we were free to add a gratuity. Sorry, for what we paid, exceptional service was expected! 68 locks, 803 bridges so it’s definitely a worry about low/high water levels. We were very fortunate as a few days after we passed Passau ship swaps happened.

Cabin 206 was perfectly situated, bed was very comfortable, roomy shower with rain head and hand held shower wands. Ample storage; everything was soft close (cupboards, drawers, cabinets, toilet seat). Very impressed with the number of outlets. Great lighting and mirrors make the cabin seem very spacious. We had a couple of minor things that needed attention and, within a half hour, the issues were resolved. Excellent service. The individual blankets had not been washed prior to our arrival so we made sure not to put them back in their zippered pouch so that our cabin steward was aware they had been used and needed cleaning. Our cabin steward was excellent – the best we’ve ever had. They make a big deal about your “butler” but, other than introducing herself the first day, we had no interaction with her at all. That being said, we didn’t have any need for the included services or they were provided by other individuals. Toiletries were great. Hair dryer, Nordic walking sticks, large umbrella, ear plugs, even a long handled shoe horn were provided. Undecided if the sun lounge was worth the additional cost; rafting and/or facing public areas often left us unable to enjoy it but it does make for a larger cabin.

Breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent; lots of variety and the breads at lunch were awesome. The pastry chef was outstanding; apple turnovers, croissants and other breakfast pastries were light and flaky. I absolutely loved the butter machine which provided a fresh portion of butter at the touch of a button; definitely a hit with all guests. There are fresh made options available for both breakfast and lunch. Smoothies were tasteless as was the “flavoured” water served at the Late Riser Breakfast in the River Café. We had lunch served in River Café when we opted out of the excursion to Salzburg and, while the selection was fine, the food was lukewarm. The same situation with the Sun Deck BBQ. The warming trays just don’t do the job. They do not serve “fresh” milk and we normally drink milk at lunch and dinner. Opted not to visit Portobellos as we didn't like the menu (beef cheeks!) and we don't drink alcohol so the wine pairing wasn't of interest.

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Cabin Deluxe Balcony Suite

Cabin 206 was perfectly situated, bed was very comfortable, roomy shower. Ample storage. Very impressed with the number of outlets. Great lighting and mirrors make the cabin seem very spacious. Toiletries were great. Hair dryer, Nordic walking sticks, large umbrella, ear plugs, even a long handled shoe horn were provided. Undecided if the sun lounge was worth the additional cost; rafting and/or facing public areas often left us unable to enjoy it but it does make for a larger cabin.

Port Reviews

Regensburg

We opted to do our own thing and spent a delightful 4 ½ hours in Regensburg. By the time we arrived at 1 the weather was perfect and we loved Regensburg. Visited the oldest sausage house in Germany and chose Café Goldenes Kreuz for our pastry stop.

Nuremberg

Arrived in Nuremberg at 1:30. There were 3 Scenic Freechoice options. We decided to do the walking tour on our own BUT the docking area is in the middle of nowhere with no transportation options. We were allowed us to hitch a ride on the bus and walked (ran like a gazelle) to the pick up point. Willie had a bratwurst at Behringer’s Bratwursthausle. Didn’t find any difference from the one in Passau.

Bamberg

Everyone did the Bamburg guided city tour. Hannah was an excellent guide. The pastry items were the BEST; cream puff with cherries, a cream filled chocolate roll.

Rudesheim

Arrived at 9 am. I took the mini train into Rudesheim but opted out of the guided tour of the Mechanical Music Cabinet. Took the cable car to Niederwald Monument which was free for Scenic guests. The views were incredible. All the church bells were ringing as I was on the chairlift high above Rudesheim. An easy walk back to the ship. We sailed back past Rudesheim, we have never seen so many swans!

Amsterdam

Since we had been to Amsterdam before we opted to take the train to Leiden which was expensive considering we only stayed less than 2 hours. We left at 9:34, returned at 12:04. Once back in Amsterdam we returned to two of our favourite dessert places only to find they had changed hands. A very disappointing visit and the miserable weather (windy, cold, a little rain) didn’t help.

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