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7 Scenic Jasper Entertainment Cruise Reviews

We were invited by some friends to join a group that was planning to cruise the Rhine River from Zurich to Amsterdam, so we decided to go. Our travel agent booked us on the Scenic Jasper with the rest of the group. From the moment we ... Read More
We were invited by some friends to join a group that was planning to cruise the Rhine River from Zurich to Amsterdam, so we decided to go. Our travel agent booked us on the Scenic Jasper with the rest of the group. From the moment we stepped on board on 5/8 until we got off the ship, it was a truly wonderful time. Our cabin was spacious and well designed, and it was kept spotlessly clean and supplied by the housekeeping staff. The ship itself was in immaculate condition, and the lounges and dining areas were extremely clean and comfortable. The staff, starting with the tour director, Tadej, and our assigned butler, Marko, all the way through the wait staff, bartenders, chef and kitchen crew. maintenance staff, and every other staff member, were all extremely personable and attentive to the needs of the guests. We were made to feel most welcome on board and valued as customers. The activities that were planned were interesting and informative, and were well planned and organized. There were several evening during which local entertainment was brought on board, and those occasions were thoroughly enjoyed. One night we were bussed to a concert hall at which we were entertained by two highly talented opera singers and a classically trained pianist. It was a very moving experience. The food and beverages on board were simply outstanding. Each night before dinner was served, Chef Bogdan came out and addressed the passengers with a preview of the meal; the wine steward described for us the wine and food pairings; and Cruise Director Tadej informed us of the next day's ship movements, available activities and individual options. The staff's attentiveness to the wants and needs of the passengers was impressive. My wife and I completely and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and we are already planning to take another cruise with Scenic. And we are going to recruit another circle of friends and relatives to join us. When we left the ship for the last time, it was a difficult moment because we had been embraced so well by the staff and now we had to leave them. We will be back! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Joined friends on a Christmas Market River Cruise. We had booked two nights pre cruise and two nights post cruise in local hotels.Three days before we left home, Scenic changed our hotel from a 5 Star to a 3.5 star hotel. the business ... Read More
Joined friends on a Christmas Market River Cruise. We had booked two nights pre cruise and two nights post cruise in local hotels.Three days before we left home, Scenic changed our hotel from a 5 Star to a 3.5 star hotel. the business office insisted that this was considered an upgrade for us. The two nights were over $650. USD Embarkation as well as disembarkation were very smooth. The cruise director, Richard Gray, could not have been more accommodating. The ship is Lovely, and the cabin adequate.The service level is very high. All the staff were top notch. As there are drought conditions in Europe, the River levels can be an issue. We were prepared pre-cruise, that there could be an alternate itinerary. As it turned out this cruise was the first all season,to make the entire cruise on the river. There is much hype about their special pillows. Problem was that they ran out of the special down pillows on the first day. There is also much hype with regards to the cuisine. They should tone that down a bit. The buffets are good. Much selection for breakfast and lunch. You also have an option of ordering of a "special menu". Menu items were not freshly prepared. In general there is an issue of cold food. If there is a special menu offering Eggs Benedict, it is a reasonable expectation that the dish will be freshly prepared. That was not the case. The eggs were cold and overcooked. The food needs help. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose Scenic in part, from a recommendation by our Travel Agent (M. Gaw of Vision Travel) and a local presentation by the company. We wanted a slightly ‘up-scale’ cruise. We liked the idea of a European river cruise to minimize ... Read More
We chose Scenic in part, from a recommendation by our Travel Agent (M. Gaw of Vision Travel) and a local presentation by the company. We wanted a slightly ‘up-scale’ cruise. We liked the idea of a European river cruise to minimize our time in coaches and not having to change hotels every night or two with all that implies. The number of people on the ship was to our liking. It is a group tour done “better”. See fewer countries but at a better pace. This particular cruise fit into our dates available, length of cruise (8 days) with the 3-day Prague extension but also, the trip went to an area we have wanted to explore for some time (Austria/Czech). The flexibility of the included excursions and the availability of E-bikes were an added feature we very much liked. In addition, the help from our travel agent to make sure all the deatils were included and explained along with other factors (early arrival, organization of air travel, etc.), made our confirmation of this choice easy. The use of Marriott hotels at both locations (Budapest and Prague) were great. The whole trip, from the early arrival to departure went extremely smoothly. We were extremely happy with the Scenic Jasper ship but more importantly, in our opinion, the crew were fabulous from the cruise director through the wait staff, were the best. Our cabin was perfect for us. The quality of the food but especially the bar were ‘top-notch’ with real champagne, great domestic and imported wines and a good selection of single malt. Cabin and cruise service(s) were teriffic even if we ‘under-used’ these amenities. We met some very nice and interesting people from around the world and were happy to be on board with other French and English Canadians, people from Great Britian and the USA. The excursion choices were a treat and the ‘guides’ friendly and knowledgeable. Their local knowledge reflected pride in their contries/cities which we very much liked. For the most part, they went out of their way on each excurison to ensure we had a pleasant day. The highlight for us was the Ebike trip but it was over too soon and could use a bit of ‘tweaking’ for a better day. True, we were perhaps too many people in one group (38). It may have been better in two (or more) groups if sufficient guides were available but all in all, we really enjoyed the Ebike tour. One negative for us was the slight rush in between and during the excurisons but we understand that they wanted to cover as much as possible where we would rather see less but spend more time. While we did not travel with children (and none were on board), we would suggest that theis mode of travel would suit kids to broaden their horizons on other cultures. The Prague extension was a treat. While a rough entry to our downtown hotel due to traffic (again the Marriott), once we settled, in it was perfectly situated to explore the old town and all that it has to offer. We would definitely recommend the Prague extension. Except for the (sometimes) ‘sea of humanity’, it was still a fantastic place to visit. As you can expect, we highly recommend this trip and this company and really found little to no fault. We would definitely take another Scenic crusie to explore other areas of Europe but maybe other parts of the world. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and that Scenic is all inclusive ....drinks,mini bar,food, gratuities and a choice of daily excursions plus extras. The Jasper is the newest ship in the fleet and is beautiful....our cabin was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and that Scenic is all inclusive ....drinks,mini bar,food, gratuities and a choice of daily excursions plus extras. The Jasper is the newest ship in the fleet and is beautiful....our cabin was clean and bright with a window that you could lower with the touch of a button making an outdoor balcony Food was very good and the staff were friendly and made everyone feel welcome. Butler service is also provided to everyone and ours responded to our needs immediately. Ports of call were very interesting and all excursions were excellent . Several walking excursions were in cities with cobble stone streets so a good pair of shoes is required. With a choice of daily excursions offered, there was always something for everyone. Overall, this cruise was exceptional due to the itinerary,ships crew and amenities offered. Would definitely recommend Scenic to anyone considering a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
All inclusive. Choices for tours. Great reviews. Free time too long. Would be nice to be able to have bus to return to ship. We felt rushed at meal times as staff very busy trying to serve everyone. Food was mostly good but at times steak ... Read More
All inclusive. Choices for tours. Great reviews. Free time too long. Would be nice to be able to have bus to return to ship. We felt rushed at meal times as staff very busy trying to serve everyone. Food was mostly good but at times steak and fish undercooked. All meals cooked on rare side. We had no choice. Alcohol was good and many choices. Our cabin very small but beds were not easy to sleep on. Twins are very narrow. Maid service was excellent. Cruise director was excellent and very organized. Massage therapist was good. We didn’t use the butler service as we had nowhere to sit to have a coffee.. Tried to upgrade but only suite left and when we went to see it it was being used to store all the dirty laundry bags. We were not prepared to spend 3500 Euros for something we couldn’t even see. The tailormades were not always reliable. Would not always charge. I would recommend Scenic as we were well looked after and the friendliness of the staff made for a great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We piggy backed onto this cruise with friends who had previously booked. Seemed like an interesting idea for a vacation. We were transferred from the Marriott Budapest by luxury coach to the ship and were greeted by the crew. Our ... Read More
We piggy backed onto this cruise with friends who had previously booked. Seemed like an interesting idea for a vacation. We were transferred from the Marriott Budapest by luxury coach to the ship and were greeted by the crew. Our luggage was already in the room. Got the keys and away we went. No credit card number was asked for. Most of the passengers were from Australia and Canada which made for a convivial cruising experience. Cruise director Simona was fantastic from beginning to end. Don't know if she ever slept, the poor thing. All excursions were handled efficiently without any mishaps. Excursions were numerous and all interesting from attending a concert at the Palais Lichtenstein and treated to opera singers and ballet dancers. Optional bike ride along the Danube was exhilarating in the crisp October weather, as the Jasper passed us along the river. Lovely canal cruise in Amsterdam at the end with a visit to a cheese shop and the obligatory herring tasting with onions and pickles. On board entertainment was varied and excellent as well. Visits by violinists, dancers and even a zither player. All of the guides were absolutely fantastic. Mostly Austrian or German students, all highly educated, informative and best of all entertaining. I would sear they all had training in stand up comedy. Food was excellent at breakfast and lunch. Dinners were very good although portions were at times on the small side, such as the sea bass dinner which consisted of 2-3 bites. I could have asked for more of course but didn't..there is always something else to eat at dinner. Wines were OK but not of premium quality. German whites and reds mostly which were on the light side; but servers always available to refill your glass. Overall the crew worked very hard to make the cruise a success as well as very friendly to the passengers. And of course a chocolate on the pillow every night. And a shout out to the hidden staff such as housekeeping who were keeping our cabin tidy, resupplying us with clean towels. I would certainly recommend Scenic highly. We would definitely book again if the timing is right and the cruise is on our bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of our wonderful experience with Scenic Tours. The ship (the Jasper) was beautiful. Our butler Harry was perfect! The dining, service staff was mostly excellent. A couple of the servers couldn't ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of our wonderful experience with Scenic Tours. The ship (the Jasper) was beautiful. Our butler Harry was perfect! The dining, service staff was mostly excellent. A couple of the servers couldn't locate the wines we requested from the list offered and poured us wine we didn't want, saying "Trust me, you'll love it." On the last day one of our table mates suggested we ask our butler to find the wines and of course Harry brought the right ones right away. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The excursions were excellent. The only reason I rated them only "Good" was not Scenic's fault. A couple of ships belonging to other cruise lines damaged a loch and we had to leave our ship and take buses here and there for a couple of days. We missed a day in Vienna which was a big deal for me. However Scenic Cruises and our Tour Director really worked hard to make sure we still had a wonderful time. We were a little disappointed in that we thought this would be a more active cruise. We like to get in at least several miles of walking a day, but do to logistics, cuing up for Bathroom Breaks and escorted tours, we never met that goal. When you reach the days destination, you can go off on your own but my husband wanted to take the tours. So again this was not Scenic's fault. The Entertainment was first class. On board or at special locations (palace and castle) we were treated to music and dance that was second to none. We are already planning our next river cruise and hope to see Harry again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Scenic Jasper Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.9
Family 1.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.4
Enrichment 2.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 N/A

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