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We had never been on a river cruise before but travel extensively, almost always independently. But we decided we wanted to try this out based on all of the positive things we heard from friends. I did a bunch of research before selecting Scenic. They seemed to have the best features at the best price and excellent reviews, even though I didn't know anyone who had used them personally. We actually joined the cruise after 10 days traveling around Europe on our own. It was very nice to arrive on board to such a warm greeting and be shown to our cabin to unpack. The cabin lived up to its billing. Plenty of space, storage spots and features, great sliding glass sun balcony. Nice bathroom. Our butler Harry stopped by to introduce himself, show us how things work etc. The crew was top notch, super nice, couldn't do enough to help you. Our cruise director Andreea was wonderful. The food was very good, particularly breakfast though dinner had some excellent meals, though not all of them were equally good. One reason we chose Scenic was the Free Choice concept, where most days you had 3 tour options to pick from. They were very good overall. The use of e-bikes from on board was another reason we picked them and that was fun. Great cocktail selection, including several single malt scotches (my drink of choice) all included. Only knock is that some of the docking locations seemed sub-par (like winding up against a cement wall in Karlsruhl instead of in pretty Rastatt). We had a wonderful private concert event in a palace in Ratstatt, and 3 different excellent local entertainers come on board 3 different nights, in addition to the on-board pianist. The ship was incredibly stable. i get sea sick and even when there were waves or wakes in the river I never felt it rock an inch.

Wonderful Intro to river cruising

Scenic Pearl Cruise Review by Quadrangle

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We had never been on a river cruise before but travel extensively, almost always independently. But we decided we wanted to try this out based on all of the positive things we heard from friends. I did a bunch of research before selecting Scenic. They seemed to have the best features at the best price and excellent reviews, even though I didn't know anyone who had used them personally.

We actually joined the cruise after 10 days traveling around Europe on our own. It was very nice to arrive on board to such a warm greeting and be shown to our cabin to unpack. The cabin lived up to its billing. Plenty of space, storage spots and features, great sliding glass sun balcony. Nice bathroom. Our butler Harry stopped by to introduce himself, show us how things work etc.

The crew was top notch, super nice, couldn't do enough to help you. Our cruise director Andreea was wonderful. The food was very good, particularly breakfast though dinner had some excellent meals, though not all of them were equally good.

One reason we chose Scenic was the Free Choice concept, where most days you had 3 tour options to pick from. They were very good overall. The use of e-bikes from on board was another reason we picked them and that was fun.

Great cocktail selection, including several single malt scotches (my drink of choice) all included.

Only knock is that some of the docking locations seemed sub-par (like winding up against a cement wall in Karlsruhl instead of in pretty Rastatt).

We had a wonderful private concert event in a palace in Ratstatt, and 3 different excellent local entertainers come on board 3 different nights, in addition to the on-board pianist.

The ship was incredibly stable. i get sea sick and even when there were waves or wakes in the river I never felt it rock an inch.
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The bed was extremely comfortable, as were the ample pillows. Good TV and wifi, good storage space to easily unpack everything, plus a safe for valuables. The bathroom was well thought out and housekeeping service was very prompt and friendly

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