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4 Scenic Diamond Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

We specifically chose this cruise, as we watch him on PBS, and because this cruise was billed as a hands-on cruise with Burt Wolf, who would be with us in some of the towns and host special events in some towns. However, the itinerary ... Read More
We specifically chose this cruise, as we watch him on PBS, and because this cruise was billed as a hands-on cruise with Burt Wolf, who would be with us in some of the towns and host special events in some towns. However, the itinerary changed after we boarded and although Burt Wolf was there, he only gave short, 15 minute or so talks on his upcoming show plans, before the dinner hour. On three occasions, he provided passengers with with a macaroon, a small glass of Cognac, and some swiss chocolates he and his swiss counterparts had developed - with strong flavanol enhancements - that allegedly help with memory. So all-in-all, we could not recommend this trip with Burt Wolf to anyone. Our traveling companions agree. One of those couples had been on a cruise with him face years ago and said it was "great" and that's why they signed up for this one. They too were very disappointed. Having cruised before, I have to say the upgraded cabin (not a suite, but not a standard room either) was "sufficient" for our needs, tight, but sufficient for our needs. The food was very good, and the towns in which we stopped along the Garonne River were quite nice. And the staff? The staff were excellent - mostly all from Eastern European countries. And the service was very good. Finally - this was billed as a Scenic Luxury Cruise. I would not use the word luxury even though this was a very good cruise. It's why we gave it an average rating. This was the last cruise of the season for the Scenic Diamond as it's now in dry dock being retrofit with a gym and either a pool or hot top. This may improve the experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our 4th River Cruise and have enjoyed everyone. No pressure and staff are great looking after your needs. The meals on board are always great and there is a wonderful variety of foods for all taste. Our Butler always made ... Read More
This is our 4th River Cruise and have enjoyed everyone. No pressure and staff are great looking after your needs. The meals on board are always great and there is a wonderful variety of foods for all taste. Our Butler always made special attention to our requirements and on this cruise like the past we arranged for afternoon tea with friends in our room most days so we could enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Normally we would have 2 other couples with us make 6 which is the right size. Port and Shore excursions met our needs as per the documentation. The tour guides are especially good and imparted their knowledge of the varies tourist sites. Ship - Scenic Diamond is always spotless and the staff look after all on board. The Cruise Directors are interesting people who manage the impossible and seem to exceed your expectations - wonderful managers of the customers, guides and buses etc. We feel very confident in Scenic to deliver and they do. We have already booked 2 river cruises for 2017 and the new Discovery for 2019. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We were on the Scenic Diamond ship that travelled on the Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne Rivers for 10 days starting April 16. It was the trip of a lifetime! The Scenic ship and staff were terrific. The ship accommodates up to 150 guests ... Read More
We were on the Scenic Diamond ship that travelled on the Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne Rivers for 10 days starting April 16. It was the trip of a lifetime! The Scenic ship and staff were terrific. The ship accommodates up to 150 guests and 50 crew/staff members. We could not have imagined better food, wine, service, or accommodations than what we received. The Scenic trip pricing is a true one cost that includes everything, including airport pickup and drop-off, all drinks, excursions, and tips. The excursion buses were extremely comfortable and we never had to worry about any details. Scenic makes sure that their guests only need to relax and enjoy the trip. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional, and did everything possible to make our trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The restaurant and bar manager, Eugen Anton, was very knowledgeable regarding Bordeaux wines and quickly became my best friend on the trip. The food was fantastic thanks to Chef Tivadaar and staff (Arpad made great omelets in the morning!). Eugen had great help with his talented staff of Zsolt, Monika, Ezster, Jose, Daniel, Andras, Kate, and others to make every meal a dining experience. The cruise director, Sylvie, always made sure everyone had a good time and attended to a multitude of details. Milenko was the hotel manager and received excellent support from Andrea, Marius, Daniel, Andrea, Judy, and many others who made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. Finally, the ship captains, Jeremy and Sebastian, took care of keeping us safe while on the river and dealt with the tides and high waters. If you enjoy fine wine, exceptional food, and are interested in a river cruise, then this is the trip that you should take. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Scenic really does an excellent job of caring for their guests from dining to excursions to personal requests. You expect more for all exclusive vacation and they deliver and go beyond. We started with a day in Paris. We dined at one of ... Read More
Scenic really does an excellent job of caring for their guests from dining to excursions to personal requests. You expect more for all exclusive vacation and they deliver and go beyond. We started with a day in Paris. We dined at one of our bucket list restaurants. The next day Scenic put us on the high speed train in first class to Bordeaux. Once on the ship, you have three choices each day of what to do in each port. On the Bordeaux Cruise, wine and food are superb both onboard and off from visiting Remy Martin to a foie gras tasting at a duck farm. One of the most memorable experiences is the Chateau. The owner of Chateau welcomes us into his home. While classical music plays, we try the Chateau's wines. We visited a castle, escorted by the owner, to a fortress, situated on a strategic point of the river, to several chateaus for more wine tastings. For those who want to explore on their own, Scenic provides commentary individual excursions at your own pace. I definitely consider Scenic the best of the river cruise lines I've travelled. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Scenic Diamond Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 3.5 N/A
Family N/A 3.8
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.7
Value for Money 4.5 N/A

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