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Scenic Sapphire
4.5 / 5.0
85 reviews
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Passengers
167

Crew
50

Passenger to Crew
3.34:1

Launched
2008

Shore Excursions
43
Sails To
Europe
Scenic Cruise Deals
Erica Silverstein
Cruise Critic Contributor

Scenic Sapphire Overview

Scenic Sapphire, launched in 2008, is one of Scenic's popular “space ships.” If you're an American, you might wonder why you've never heard of this luxury river line. It's because its Australian parent company has not marketed to Americans until recently. European menu (items like fish and muesli at breakfast and a wide selection of cheese offered at every meal, for example).

Now a staple of Scenic's stable, the “space ship” class nods to a design that offers plentiful public and cabin space – among the highest passenger space ratio in the industry. Standout features include the "Sun Lounge" balconies, which simultaneously make cabins feel large and airy and make the balcony space usable in fair and inclement weather; multiple dining options teased out of just two main public areas (the restaurant and the lounge); and a spa and fitness center -- small but certainly not standard on all river ships.

And the luxurious amenities can't be overlooked: Scenic is one of the most all-inclusive river lines. All meals, all drinks (minus the highest-end liquors and French Champagne), excursions, Internet and butler service in all cabins are included in the fare.

No detail is too small to be carefully considered, from a gorgeous selection of loose-leaf teas in the lounge to combination television-Mac computers with Internet in every cabin. The glassed-in showers might be the largest we've ever had in a standard balcony cabin, and you can lather up in L'Occitane shampoos and lotions before drying off in fluffy bathrobes. Even the included excursions go beyond the river cruise staples with your choice of walking, biking or museum tours in every port. Plus Scenic's exclusive GPS devices allow for independent exploration with a virtual guide and map, as well as narration during scenic cruising portions of the trip.

If there's a lot about Scenic that pleases, one downside on our trip was the quality of service. We were surprised at how many glitches there were. Our butler never introduced herself while the butler for the cabin across the hall was checking in on my neighbor daily. The waitstaff couldn't handle simple requests (no prosciutto on my antipasto or an off-the-menu request for morning oatmeal); The ship's state-of-the-art electrically assisted bicycles kept getting flat tires or running out of battery power; and we never managed to get the TV or Internet working in our cabin.

Because Scenic Sapphire is not an American ship; you'll find lengthy itineraries (15-day sailings can be common) catering to Australian travel styles, European and Australian power points, and a more European menu (items like fish and muesli at breakfast and a wide selection of cheese offered at every meal, for example). But if you're looking for an upscale, all-inclusive river experience, Scenic Sapphire is definitely worth checking out.

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Lyon, Tournon-sur-Rhone, Avignon, Avignon, Lyon, Lyon, Lyon

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Fellow Passengers

Scenic historically has attracted Australians and Brits, but a growing number of Americans, Canadians and Germans are coming aboard. Passengers are typically aged 50 to 80, well traveled and financially comfortable. Passengers also tend to be fairly active; while Scenic Sapphire does have an elevator, the focus on walking tours along cobblestoned streets in European towns means the tours aren't so suitable for wheelchair-bound or travelers with significant mobility issues.


Scenic Sapphire Dress Code

Dress is casual during the day (bring sturdy, comfortable shoes for all the walking tours) and smart casual at night. Ladies would wear dressy pants outfits, skirts or dresses, while men donned nice slacks and button-down shirts (jackets optional). People dolled up a bit more for the Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners or for dining at specialty venues Portobellos and Table La Rive.


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Scenic Sapphire Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.4
Dining4.04.5
Entertainment2.04.1
Public Rooms5.04.6
Fitness Recreation3.03.8
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment2.04.5
Service4.04.6
Value For Money4.04.2

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Where does Scenic Sapphire sail from?

Scenic Sapphire departs from Paris, Monaco, and Monte Carlo

Where does Scenic Sapphire sail to?

Scenic Sapphire cruises to Avignon, Lyon, Paris, Tournon-sur-Rhone, Monaco (Monte Carlo), Nice, and Zurich

How much does it cost to go on Scenic Sapphire?

Cruises on Scenic Sapphire start from $5,095 per person.

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Scenic Sapphire Member Reviews

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AlbertaTripGuy
Sail Date: Aug 2019
For this reason alone I will continue to use Scenic on future cruises. Take a bow, staff of the Scenic Sapphire, you truly made our trip an experience to remember. Thank you!... Read More
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claudegaron
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Reviews of various river cruise lines consistently pointed to Scenic as a quality choice. Although the Sapphire is not new, we found it to be sparkling in both design and maintenance.... Read More
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KVV
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The crew on the Scenic Sapphire could not have been more accommodating and helpful. Our room was cleaned perfectly every morning and every evening by our wonderful room maid, Gabi.... Read More
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bob12and35
Sail Date: Sep 2019
In short, the bulk of cabins on the Scenic Sapphire, and most if not all Scenic river boats, are classified as Balcony Suites. They are cramped and not very well-designed.... Read More

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Scenic Sapphire, launched in 2008, is one of Scenic's popular "space ships." This class nods to a design that offers plentiful public and cabin space – among the highest passenger space ratio in the industry.

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One of Scenic's "space ships" offering "Sun Lounge" balconies in all rooms, which simultaneously make cabins feel airy while also making the space usable in all weather.

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Scenic Jasper
4.5 / 5.0
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Scenic Eclipse

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Scenic Spirit
5.0 / 5.0
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