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The advertising was very appealing, but what a disappointment. We have been on two ocean cruises and thought that a smaller number of guests (160 v 2,800 or so) on a river cruise would mean smaller crowds on board. A poor start when ... Read More
The advertising was very appealing, but what a disappointment. We have been on two ocean cruises and thought that a smaller number of guests (160 v 2,800 or so) on a river cruise would mean smaller crowds on board. A poor start when we were not met at the airport by the Scenic person. There were large signs for Avalon and Viking, but not for Scenic. Eventually, a lady turned up, after a wait and some worrying on our behalf. The opposite occurred regarding our crowding expectation. With only one bar/ lounge and two dining rooms (Scenic claims a third, but its a table in the main dining room) and a rooftop area that is off limits a lot of the time due to bridges, we found we were always in a crowd. The other travellers were very nice. The food was fine, the drinks plentiful. The scenery was great, as were the locations from Budapest to Amsterdam. The cycling was a personal highlight! Most of our time was on a tight schedule, which was not relaxing. The excursions left little time for our own exploring. There was an evening update of the activities for the following day - the Tour Director's routine/ patter became tiresome - following this we were off to dinner, where you could not book a table in advance. Much better on the big ships! The entertainment, such as it was, was OK, but not a patch on the big ocean going ships. Again, the small bar/lounge area meant it was a big crowd when most people turned up for a show. Our room , on the Diamond Deck, was very small and the balcony was not private; we could hear what our neighbours were saying or doing. The shower controller fell off and the window could only be closed if I physically assisted by pushing it up as well as using the control. The maintenance man fixed it once but it quickly failed again. He fixed the shower and it was OK for the rest of the trip. On balance, we would not recommend a river cruise with Scenic. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We loved Scenic because their balconies offered an automatic glass window that you could raise to lower to expand the bedroom space and allow us to enjoy the river scenery. They also offered multiple choices of excursions each day and all ... Read More
We loved Scenic because their balconies offered an automatic glass window that you could raise to lower to expand the bedroom space and allow us to enjoy the river scenery. They also offered multiple choices of excursions each day and all were included. The tailor made devices were cumbersome to use on the tours but here helpful to point our sites while on the river. The staff were superb and the food choices were fabulous. The cruise director was exceptional at accommodating any request by guests and ensure we all had a fabulous experience. We loved starting in Budapest and cruising to Amsterdam so the 68 lift locks came first then we had an easier cruise into Holland. We had great weather --22-28 degrees. The water was low but we only were stuck in the mud at one point when we moved to the side of the Rhine to let another river cruise ship go by. There were days when we had to close the sun deck as the the clearance to the bridges was so tight. The concert in Palace Lichenstein in Vienna and the Sounds of Music in Salzberg were highlights as was the Sundown evening in Aggstein Castle. Dining was open and earliest you could have dinner was 7:00pm. But after the excursions and the pre-dinner entetrainment eg. violinist, string quartet etc. made it seem not so late to eat. The gym was small and had only 2 bicycles but we made do. I would love to do another Scenic cruise SOME DAY! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was a once in a lifetime cruise for myself & my husband. Our cousins had been on 3 before and desperately wanted us to go with them on their 4th. So it started, we were picked up from the airport and transferred to a Hotel ... Read More
This was a once in a lifetime cruise for myself & my husband. Our cousins had been on 3 before and desperately wanted us to go with them on their 4th. So it started, we were picked up from the airport and transferred to a Hotel served drinks and canapes before being taken by coach to our boat. Upon entering we where greeted by Miguel and his very professional crew aboard Scenic Pearl for the start of our Moselle Rhine cruise . Our luggage and embarkation went very smoothly (obviously done many times before) we were seated in the lounge area with a welcome drink where we where put at ease with a talk by Miguel. They obviously travel & work as a family and we were made to feel part of that family from the very start. Excited we were taken to our cabins & not disappointed they were very clean & smelt fresh. Our Butler Costin was very professional and delivered exceptional services always with a smile to die for. The dining staff were 2nd to none, and special compliments to the head chef Mr Buti. Most of our spare time was spent in the lounge & bar area where Antonio,handled the bar like he was playing the violin with style. Richard our cruise director never failed to impress us with his knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication to making sure that we had the best of everything even when things beyond his control like being held up at locks that would throw all arrangements out the window late at night and have everything organized by morning . It was awesome to see when in port and their was loading to be done all hands were on deck. A mammoth job done by great teamwork. If there were any complaints it was that the 4 last port stops didn't really have much in the way of souvenir shops (started from Basel) so don't leave shopping till then. And maybe a little more dancing music on board for the young at heart. Everything about this cruise was exceptional from beginning to end. Compliments to Miguel,and to all 51 of your children Costin beautiful Daniela, Ramona, Haris, Tibor, Marion, Octavain, Branko, Marina, Antionio,Tibor, Sasa, Dominika, to name but a few thank you for the memories. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Scenic Pearl Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.3
Entertainment 2.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.4
Enrichment 2.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 5.0 N/A

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