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Scenic was going to a place we wanted to go at a time we wanted to holiday and we got a good offer from ROL. The cruise was good overall, but the senior chef was inconsistent. He didn’t understand French cheeses and how they should be stored and served. All consommé soups were very poor. We talked to the chef about it and he said it was because he wasn’t encouraged to use salt! Later a ‘tarte au citron” was served. It was patisserie creme flavoured with lemon essence and topped the raw meringue and was unpleasant. Both meat and fish dishes were often very good, but sometimes a disappointing raw product was no more than adequately cooked. The outstanding feature of this river cruise was the Cruise Director. Sonja was excellent in every respect. A good organiser, an outstanding communicator, eye for detail and a model of hospitality. Most of the waiting staff in restaurant and bar were skilled, efficient and amiable. One or two were outstanding. Reception staff were always patient and helpful.

A good introduction to the Bordeaux wine region

Scenic Diamond Cruise Review by TheReeders

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Scenic was going to a place we wanted to go at a time we wanted to holiday and we got a good offer from ROL.

The cruise was good overall, but the senior chef was inconsistent. He didn’t understand French cheeses and how they should be stored and served. All consommé soups were very poor. We talked to the chef about it and he said it was because he wasn’t encouraged to use salt! Later a ‘tarte au citron” was served. It was patisserie creme flavoured with lemon essence and topped the raw meringue and was unpleasant. Both meat and fish dishes were often very good, but sometimes a disappointing raw product was no more than adequately cooked.

The outstanding feature of this river cruise was the Cruise Director. Sonja was excellent in every respect. A good organiser, an outstanding communicator, eye for detail and a model of hospitality.

Most of the waiting staff in restaurant and bar were skilled, efficient and amiable. One or two were outstanding.

Reception staff were always patient and helpful.
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