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13 Scenic Ruby River Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as we had already travelled with Scenic from Nurnberg to Budapest and from Budapest to the Black Sea, so this trip completed our journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea. The ship was immaculately kept and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had already travelled with Scenic from Nurnberg to Budapest and from Budapest to the Black Sea, so this trip completed our journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea. The ship was immaculately kept and spotlessly clean, although not the newest ship in the Scenic fleet. Cruising with Scenic is utterly relaxing, because you know that everything they promise will be delivered. The staff are truly outstanding - they seem to have a knack for recruiting genuinely kind and pleasant people who work incredibly hard and deliver a very high level of service. The food was excellent - not a disappointing plate on the whole voyage. Buffet breakfast and lunch, silver service dinner with a vast number of choices. There's also a range of favourite fishes on the menu ( steaks, salmon, fish) in case you can't find anything you fancy. Every customer is invited once to Portofinos - an Italian restaurant with a six course menu and matched wines. Passengers on the upper deck also get La Rive, which is a French themed restaurant, although some preferred to stay in the main restaurant. Drinks are all included, including Champagne with breakfast if your tastes run that way... The included excursions are well run, informative and quirky, and there are also other enrichment items, like an opera concert in a castle. Interestingly, a fellow passenger ( okay, cruise nerd) had done a detailed breakdown of Scenics prices with other lines, and worked out that although Scenics brochure prices are a bit higher, by the time you work out what all the included benefits would have cost if you had paid for them separately on another line, Scenic was the best value for money. Plus as previously mentioned, you have the deep calm that comes from knowing that everything will run super-smoothly. Fellow passengers were a mix of Brits, Australians and New Zealanders and Canadians, (and a single group of Americans from Texas, who took lavish advantage of the included drinks, and were consequently loudly and obnoxiously drunk every night, and grumpily hung over every morning). Minor niggles? We got the impression that the food, although excellent, had had its budget cut slightly from previous cruises, which meant one of two fewer choices at lunch. The mooring at Basel on the first day was next to a large working scrapyard, so sitting on the balcony enjoying the holiday-starts-here gin and tonic was periodically interrupted by the massive crash of shredded car bodies being dropped into skips. Similarly, the mooring in Amsterdam was miles from the centre. However cruise lines presumably have to take whatever the harbourmaster allocates on the day. Individual laurels to Alex, hyper-efficient and charming Cruise Director from Germany, and Emilia ( Roumania) and Marek (Poland), both charming, helpful,funny and incredibly hard working bar staff. I can't think of any reason to ever go with a different river cruise line. Mekong next!... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We looked at dozens of cruises but liked what we saw from Scenic. We travelled to Amsterdam with Eurostar, so easy and seamless. We were warmly welcomed on arrival on the Ruby and so it continued for the whole week. The ship is ... Read More
We looked at dozens of cruises but liked what we saw from Scenic. We travelled to Amsterdam with Eurostar, so easy and seamless. We were warmly welcomed on arrival on the Ruby and so it continued for the whole week. The ship is wonderful, the cabins smart and spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need. We loved the verandah which gave us a quiet space to sit if we wanted to. The butler service is a great addition and he was marvellous. The food was delicious, plenty of choice at every mealtime. The Gala Dinner and our dinner in Portobello's were memorable. The tours were excellent and the Guides were extremely knowledgeable. I don't think I can honestly say there was anything that could be improved. Well done Scenic. We've booked for Bordeaux river cruise next year, can't wait for 2018, we hope it comes round really quickly for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our first European River Cruise. Having done all-inclusive cruises with Regent Seven Seas we decided that an all-inclusive river cruise would be the way to go. We were certainly not disappointed. The experience was even better ... Read More
This was our first European River Cruise. Having done all-inclusive cruises with Regent Seven Seas we decided that an all-inclusive river cruise would be the way to go. We were certainly not disappointed. The experience was even better than we expected from beginning to end. We were met directly in Budapest and taken directly to the ship even though there were only 5 of us, three in our group. Our arrival time was perfect and we did not have to go to a hotel to wait for transfer. Our cabins were made ready in short order and were very well-appointed. A little smaller than we were used to, but well thought out and extremely clean. This was the case from day one until the day we disembarked. The food was excellent and several choices of entrees each day. The evening at the specialty restaurant was great with wonderful Italian cuisine. I can't say enough good things about the staff and crew. Our wait staff was amazing, so friendly and helpful. The bar staff could not have been any better, always making sure that you were taken care of promptly. Something was always available for snacking, either in the lounge or from your well-stocked cabin. Breakfast was filled with choices, either buffet or made to order. Our butler was wonderful - coffee arrived every morning on time -- sometimes even before I called! The service was exceptional.. Our cruise director, J.J., was one of the most energetic people I have ever had the pleasure to sail with. Funny and always smiling, he made the daily briefings lots of fun and the events he planned for the evenings were great. Entertainment was excellent for such a small ship and you would be hard pressed to complain about the quality of any of the musicians and artists that we were provided. The shore excursions were very well organized, great bus drivers, and almost every one of the guides we had proved to be excellent -- they spoke English quite well and made each trip off the ship a pleasure. Always felt that they were doing their very best to give us a good experience and keep us safe too. The ship had a problem with low water during the trip, but Scenic went above and beyond to make sure we never missed a port or excursion and we were able to finish the cruise exactly as planned. I know the officers and crew worked extremely hard to make our cruise exceptional in every way. When we went to disembark at the end, our little group of three were the only ones going to the airport at that time, so we had a wonderful private van with a great driver. He even followed us into the Amsterdam airport and made sure that we were in the proper line for check-in. He did not leave us until we were actually at the desk for check-in. You could not ask for better service! We loved the whole Scenic experience - we will definitely use them again, hopefully for the Budapest to Black Sea trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We recently sailed the Danube River on the Scenic Ruby from Nuremberg to Budapest. This was our first river cruise. My expectations were high and I have to say Scenic exceeded them. Our cruise director was Adrian. He was very organized and ... Read More
We recently sailed the Danube River on the Scenic Ruby from Nuremberg to Budapest. This was our first river cruise. My expectations were high and I have to say Scenic exceeded them. Our cruise director was Adrian. He was very organized and an excellent communicator. Our butler was Pratish. He was very friendly and eager to please. The entire staff was friendly and hard working. They all seemed to enjoy their jobs. Scenic offered at least 2 excursions each day and an additional one at night a few nights. You can also do self-guided tours or just hang out on the boat if you like. They have electric assist bicycles that we used several times including a 22 mile excursion along the Danube. The food was excellent with many choices every day. Scenic claims to be all inclusive and I found that to be true. We went on any excursion we wanted, ate whatever we wanted and had unlimited drinks day and night at no additional charge. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had toured with scenic before and found them to be "unreal". So when we were looking at Europe we looked at scenic and they had a great deal and everything was included. Scenic rep was there to meet us before we left Sydney ... Read More
We had toured with scenic before and found them to be "unreal". So when we were looking at Europe we looked at scenic and they had a great deal and everything was included. Scenic rep was there to meet us before we left Sydney and met us in Amsterdam and transported us to the airport at the end of our tour. The Ruby was an excellent cruise ship. The cabin was spacious and the service was second to none. The meals were top class and every meal was hot when it needed to be. Tours we chose were really interesting and the local guides very informative and patient with us. We were a bit slow but no one got upset. I have recommended Scenic to my sister and now she is taking a tour next year. The on board entertainment was good.We enjoyed locals showing us local dancing and violin player. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have previously taken the St Petersburg to Moscow river cruise with Viking, a Basle to Cologne cruise with Riviera and the Hurtigruten return trip between Bergen and Kirkeness. We booked the Scenic cruise on the basis of the all ... Read More
We have previously taken the St Petersburg to Moscow river cruise with Viking, a Basle to Cologne cruise with Riviera and the Hurtigruten return trip between Bergen and Kirkeness. We booked the Scenic cruise on the basis of the all inclusive price, the cabin size, itinerary (Amsterdam to Budapest) and the claims about food quality. Although there was plenty to be enjoyed on the trip it did not deliver the increased quality that it should have considering the price level compared with our previous trips. The good bits were the cabin which was spacious and comfortable (although the air conditioning never succeeded in getting the cabin temperature down to the level that we wanted). The balcony was a nice to have but there was actually very little time available to just sit and watch the world go by. The shore trips were too long and too many but there was very little point in staying on board as the boat seemed to be always moored well away from anything on shore that could be explored individually. The trips also seemed very much aimed at an audience that had never seen a building that was more than 50 years old so became very repetitive. The food was not as good as we expected. Breakfast was the best meal and if that standard had been maintained we would have been happy. Lunch was repetitive (pasta dishes almost every day) and dinner varied between quite good and awful (rubber lobster on one night). I suspect that the kitchen was not large enough to produce the variety that they were attempting. One meal that we were offered was in the Italian Restaurant which was pretty good. One of the other guests that we got to know was invited to have dinner with top deck passengers on what was called La Rive (actually a large table within the same dining room as the rest of us) and said that it was very pretentious and not very good. There were a range of short afternoon entertainment sessions which were generally well presented and interesting. They ranged from a string quartet to an oompah band! The lounge area on the ship looked quite tired. The double glazing had blown in at least 6 windows and some of the sofas were starting to look threadbare. On the positive side our butler was very helpful and the Tour Director was excellent. The electronic devices that allowed us to listen to our tour guides worked well but the other facilities that they offered such as details of landmarks along the river were very haphazard and became such an irritation that we just switched them off. If I was booking this trip again I would look much more carefully at alternatives and believe that I could have saved quite a lot of money by paying for drinks and tours that I actually wanted rather than having it all packaged. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My wife and I purchased a river cruise package from Scenic which including the airfares cost over $60,000. This was a Paris to Paris cruise along the Seine followed by a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with an ad on in Paris at the ... Read More
My wife and I purchased a river cruise package from Scenic which including the airfares cost over $60,000. This was a Paris to Paris cruise along the Seine followed by a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with an ad on in Paris at the beginning and an ad on in Prague at the end. The first cruise along the Seine was enjoyable as the ship sailed mostly in the day and moored at small French towns during the evening in contrast to the second where the ship sailed mostly at night and moored in industrial areas a lot of the time. The cabins were fine and as traffic on the Seine was not as busy as the Rhine we did not have to raft up with other vessels when mooring unlike the Rhine. The Hotel Manager was very friendly and went out of his way to provide a good service, however the food was not 5 star and my wife who is vegetarian found the restaurant staff very inflexible and unaccommodating to provide vegetarian food if it was not on the menu despite plenty of notice. We attended their Table La Rive fine dinning experience where despite plenty of notice they could not provide vegetarian food other than cherry picking a couple of dishes from the menu in the main dinning room, very disappointing seeing as she paid the same amount of money as everyone else and they state that they will attempt to meet any guests requests. The excursions to the Somme and D Day landing sites were scheduled early in the cruise for some inexplicable reason whilst the ship was close to Paris. This involved bus trips over two and a half hours in each direction plus a trip to a restaurant for lunch which left little time at the actual venue. A few days later the ship was closer to the coast and the attractions were only a short distance away. We booked this cruise late last year to be told that only one cabin on B deck was available. However after talking to fellow passengers I found that some had booked only recently and been given cabins on the top level which is what we wanted, plus some passengers had been given free upgrades to the top cabins which is what I requested and was willing to pay for. The transfer from Paris to Amsterdam was stated in the itinerary and confirmed by my travel agent when booking as by high speed train with First Class travel including meals taking 3hrs 40 min however the Tour Director to save money used a charter bus despite our protests and the fact that I offered to buy a train ticket for my wife and I even though it was included in the package, so 9hrs later we arrived in Amsterdam by bus having stopped at truck stops so the driver could take his mandatory rest stops and where we had to buy the less than satisfactory food and drink. Scenic owes us money plus a day of our life back. The food was not 5 star the wines were ok the dinning room was noisy the service at busy times was slow as they do not have enough wait staff. the entertainment was like something you would find in a retirement village they would be better off without it. The Tour Director was very friendly but a bit touchy feely with the women and attempted to be a stand up comedian without much success and when push came to shove was unwilling to do much out of the ordinary. We do not believe these cruises represent value as the operators attempt to provide the lowest standard that they can get away with where as other operators in this price bracket attempt to provide the best available. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Hello. My husband and I were not “guests” but a paying customers on the Scenic Ruby (8/9/14 - 15/9/14). I was to complete the survey provided and return however putting a cross in a box could not express in detail all that should be ... Read More
Hello. My husband and I were not “guests” but a paying customers on the Scenic Ruby (8/9/14 - 15/9/14). I was to complete the survey provided and return however putting a cross in a box could not express in detail all that should be said. We were on tour Romantic Rhine and Moselle River cruise (code AMBA080914-2) that we booked. After a 8hr flight to Zurich we were transferred to Hotel Movenpick and left for 7 hrs in a room with chairs fit for a classroom with coffee facilitys. Once on the ship, both the room keys issued to us malfunctioned 4 times each. We were accused of keeping them next to a phone - NOT TRUE. Of the passengers that boarded 2 where visibly terribley sick with the flu. There was no attempt by the cruise director to address the prospect of infecting others. Others ships do so and retain those for a period to monitor in an infirmary. We were told after 2 days they were removed to hospital to intensive care and only returned on the last day of the cruise to fly home. It took a few days for 98% of those on board to get extremely ill (us included). When I tried to contact our private butler after being bed ridden for a day/night and explaining we had not eaten in this time, I was told that he was too busy as he was working in the dining room. The entertainment was an organ player suitable for a retirement village. The rooms appeared tidy and the bed comfortable. However the piece of blue material covering the bed foot was stained with what I could only call bodily fluid stains! The room staff where pleasant however some dining staff frowned when a request was made. You just about lost your voice trying to talk over the noise in the dining room. Food not 5 star - the same plain gravy with 3 totally different meats over 3 nights and 1 toaster for one hundred and so passengers. All passengers are invited to dine for an Italian meal at a dining area called Portabellos. I've had better Continental Cup minestrone soup, with more veg in it. The bus trip to Kaju Restaurant where we had a Swiss Cheese Fondue lunch consisted of 2 squares of bread to dip in the fondue and I had to get up to get my own drink of juice as the staff could not cope! - Not hard people. No one saw the 3 guys playing the Alp Horns on arrival as 3 bus loads of people with busting bladders tried to fit in 3 Female/ 3 Male toilets. Our guided tour of Strasburg had actually left 2 of the group there! Of the electric bicycles many did not work, neither did the GPS. We went out then without the GPS and took a map from the boat but the maps did not mark the locations of the sites - as you need the GPS to find them! The tour guides contracted to conduct the tours where blazay a least. The bike tour guides did not wait for the slow AND with no tool kits, they actually stopped at a residents house to ask for a spanner so as to adjust a seat for a rider! We were in Outside Stateroom: Cabin E110. Every time the Ruby entered a lock, it would fill with diesel fumes. An obvious lack of ventilation. Travelling time on board too long. We actually realised that we had turned and back tracked on the river. The last 2 days on board, the entire lower section reeked of raw sewerage (leaking sewerage container?) At this time staff where preparing for the next passengers. Our room was no longer serviced or stocked with toiletries (including toilet paper). Our bath robes were confiscated for cleaning for the next passengers and our tv/internet turned off. This tour is designed for those who wish to sink copious amounts of alcohol, spending time on a boat with 60% of industrial river views. PS take the earplugs if you don't wish to hear any rowdy neighbours. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My wife and I are experienced travelers and have been on several Ocean Cruises ranging from midrange to luxury. We had decided to try a river cruise, taking a 15 night cruise from Basil to Amsterdam Pre-cruise didn’t get off to a great ... Read More
My wife and I are experienced travelers and have been on several Ocean Cruises ranging from midrange to luxury. We had decided to try a river cruise, taking a 15 night cruise from Basil to Amsterdam Pre-cruise didn’t get off to a great start as little information is provided on ship port timings or schedules for tours nor how long they lasted, which if we would have known that information we have never booked this particular cruise Romantic Rhine and Moselle. This ended up being mostly time spent on the boat or motor coaches with only 3 days where the boat stayed more than 5 hrs in port. We’re very active and having limited port time was a big disappointment. This cruise doubles back on itself 3 times during the day.. boring. The Transfer from Zurich to Basil included a 6 hr wait in a hotel meeting room with just snacks. You would think a lunch of some type would have been brought in. Particularly since most of the passengers had been traveling for over 24 hrs from Australia. In general the ship was more spacious that we had expected, the staff was very helpful, friendly but you could tell they are overworked. The on-shore tours were just OK. If you got a good guide we stayed with them if not we just went on our own. The average age on this trip was well over 70 and mostly “gentle walkers” so tours were very slow. The GPS/touring devices provided were good when you had a guide since you could hear everything but other than that a total waste of time. They don’t direct you but just “go off” when you get near a point of interest, if you can find the point of interest, a challenge with the maps supplied. Better maps with the tour route may have made the GPS devices more useful. The Cruise Director was approachable we found out later he was about the only employee on board that was paid by Scenic everyone else was contract labor through agencies. On board entertainment was definitely designed for the age group on board which we understand. The local entertainment was very Lawrence Welk. The nightly meeting about the next day was a hassle you’re almost had to attend to find out what was happening- it was supposed to be broadcasted in the room but it never had any sound. Can’t figure out why the disembarkment meeting was 3 days before we were to leave the boat. Bringing us back to reality long before it needed to be, made us feel like it’s time for you to leave long before it needed to be. After the nightly what’s happening tomorrow it was straight to dinner. There really wasn’t open setting since everyone went into dinner at the same time. If you came in even 20 minutes later than the foors opened and sat at a table for two you could tell dining room management was not happy based on the dirty looks we were given one time we did that. Dinners were always a big disappointment we both ended up eating the steak option all but 2 nights. The seafood night which my wife ate steak anyway and the special dining room night. Don’t bother with the special dining room it was really bad and really slow over 2 hrs. Dinner was also very long while it’s free choice seating everything is served in courses so that even if sit choose a table for 2 and only order the main course you sit and wait while all the other courses are served for the whole dining room before you get food. The only option to complete a dinner in less than 90 minutes was room service which we did three times- steak again. The breakfast buffet was fine. Lunch buffet was OK but we also had to order hamburgers several times to find a suitable protein. There were 3 meals off the boat the fondue lunch was unacceptable plus the wait staff was so angry if anyone tried to get their own coffee/tea it was a running joke at our table. The dinner at the palace and the dinner at the local restaurant were just OK. The bar/lounge is the main sitting/meeting/entertaining area and when busy seating was at a premium including and we found ourselves standing at most events since we’re in our late 50’s and most others were at least in their mid-70’s and several folks in their late 80’s we didn’t feel right sitting and making these folks stand. The plus points of the cruise was its all-inclusive but to have it be a reasonable value you needed to drink and I mean a lot to make it compare to the other boats in this market. We did tip individually the cabin steward and waite/bar staff. Wi-Fi is free and the TV channels are OK but need more movie choice when you’re cruising for sometimes 36 hrs in a row. Plus the movies sometimes had a new version listed and when it started it was the original version from 30 years ago. We did not enjoy our cruise due to the itinerary and the food options. Plus we didn’t anticipate the average age to be well into the 70’s. This is certainly not 5 stars like Seabourn or Crystal . They need to improve the food a lot. Once again if they were upfront about itinerary time in the brochure/web site we never would have booked this itinerary. We would not recommend this particular itinerary to anyone active. We would not recommend Scenic to anyone that thinks food is a major focus when cruising. Do you like to drink, relax and do nothing for 14 or 15 days but sit and talk to folks in their 70’s this is the itinerary for you.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We were due to leave Australia after the floods in Europe were well publicised. We continually rang Scenic Tours only to be told that there was no problem as far as they were concerned. The waters were receding and we would be boarding our ... Read More
We were due to leave Australia after the floods in Europe were well publicised. We continually rang Scenic Tours only to be told that there was no problem as far as they were concerned. The waters were receding and we would be boarding our scheduled cruise (Scenic Crystal) as organised. The Mayor of Prague has requested that tourists not visit his City due to the risk of disease. We informed Scenic of this, but they still said that no cancellation was going to happen and should we cancel no refund would be granted. On our arrival in Prague (we had 3 nights there), we were informed that the Scenic Crystal would not be available in Budapest, but we would be boarding the same in Vienna. This was not accepted terribly well, but we had no choice. We then coached around and were accommodated in hotels with no choice for dinners but buffets. On two separate occasions our lunch was at a roadside dinner, once again many complaints were made to no avail. On our arrival in Vienna the Scenic Crystal was not not moored and we were told we would be boarding in Linz. Our hotel in Linz was at best a 3 star and the food was not acceptable to us and others,but again hard luck. Some passengers were accommodated in smoking rooms. We eventually boarded the Scenic Ruby after 6 nights being accommodated in hotels. The Scenic Crystal was still in the Black Sea. Our accommodation was still not available as we had booked a Deluxe Cabin on the Danube deck. The difference has since been credited. I have written four letters to Scenic with my complaints regarding the standard of hotel accommodation and the quality of food provided. Scenic would have made money out of lack of suitable accommodation, but we have only been offered $500.00 p.p. The hotel in Linz for example could be organised for just over 110 Euros per night (we paid over $1000.00 per night for the River Cruise). Be aware that if anything goes wrong with any of the Scenic itineraries you will not be compensated with anywhere near the amount that you have paid. The same thing happened to us in Canada a couple of years ago and on that occasion instead of our luxury 5 star accommodation we were billeted in a motel on the main highway. Scenic appear to be quite happy to spend millions of dollars on advertising their product, but beware often things go wrong and it is no good complaining via numerous letters. One is continually told that you signed the Terms and Conditions, so hard luck. Be very aware of Scenic Tours   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
It's unlike sea cruising in that there was almost always something interesting for us to see as we sailed up the Rhine then down the Danube. The cabin was very comfortable - just enough room but with a glass wall & door on the ... Read More
It's unlike sea cruising in that there was almost always something interesting for us to see as we sailed up the Rhine then down the Danube. The cabin was very comfortable - just enough room but with a glass wall & door on the river side to create a feeling of space. The balcony was an extravagance but very enjoyable - we often drank our coffee out there and watched the world pass by. (There is a coffee machine in the lounge that makes excellent coffee in one of six options.) The crew were all friendly and the food very good - sometimes excellent (except occasionally a touch too salty for our taste - we're told that more rather than less salt is a characteristic of European cuisine). The only disappointment was the cheese platter - always the same poor three samples. The beer was good & the wine OK. During meals drinks were free. (Apparently from 2013 all beverages including bar service & mini bar will be included in the fare.) I was very pleased to find that no one wore, or was expected to wear dinner suits throughout the cruise - although "formal" dress was sometimes suggested it really meant neat casual. I know there were two Canadian & two US couples aboard, but, the majority of the 170 passengers were Australian. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The main dining room is free seating with tables for two up to eight usually. There's also the small Portobello restaurant which each passenger is invited to dine at once. It's just a few tables at the front of the lounge. We were disappointed in it, finding it did not to live up to its claim of higher standard fare. The sight-seeing organisation was efficient & a number of choices were offered. We enjoyed most of ours, but, I don't ever again want to be part of a group following a flag-bearing guide. Excursions frequently set off at 7:30 or 8:00 - too early for my comfort but I think necessary to "beat the crowds" at popular attractions or to fit the sailing schedule. Several excursions involved bus rides of two or more hours. In this respect, I guess the cruise is similar to a land-based tour although usually, during such excursions, the boat continued sailing and we rejoined the boat further along the river so the long bus ride was mostly one way. Where the cruise couldn't be matched by a land-based tour was the passage down the Rhine Gorge & later the passage from Passau to Linz - both were unforgettably wonderful sights. (Of course, the most obvious advantage of cruising is only having to unpack once.) There were also a number of special "events" - a tour, dinner & entertainment at Marksburg Castle, a "Village" event with eight options to choose from, & a Classical concert at Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna. All three were excellent. My highlight was visiting what was described as a "Piano Collection" in the Village event. When the bus arrived there and we told we'd be there for two hours I thought I'd soon be bored, but, oh no - Michael Gunther is a pianist who showed us eight or so of the 30 odd Harpsichords and Forte pianos he's collected, including one whose provenance strongly suggests it was played by Mozart. Michael also played them for us for more than an hour. How Scenic managed to find such a talented and generous fellow I don't know, but, I'll long remember his music and feel privileged to have heard it. Criticisms: There was some on-board entertainment: a zither player, a glass blower, a beer tasting, a lecture on the European Union, a Bavarian brass group, a crew comedy show & Hungarian folk dancing. The quality varied but was mostly fun. However, it was spoiled because unless you grabbed a seat early it was difficult to see. Scenic are renovating their fleet so maybe they'll reduce the size of the lounge bar (which looked about twice as big as it needs to be) and make more room for passengers in the lounge. There was also a musician who travelled with us, but, I found his music too contemporary and loud for my taste. While the excursion guides were almost always very good, we did have one that I wouldn't employ (an ex-pat rather than a local which in itself disappointed me). The biggest complaint we have of the guides is that Scenic provide personal headsets so that everyone can hear the guide. Unfortunately, most guides didn't wear their headset properly, instead hanging them round their necks so that when they turned their head (very often) their microphone didn't pick up what they were saying. (Scenic say that from 2013 they'll offer portable GPS devices loaded with sightseeing tours & commentary so that you can sight see at your own time. I think I'd choose this over joining "mother duck & duckling" guided groups.) The excursions & events were, of course, optional, so one could always stay aboard (we did that from Passau to Linz as we couldn't face the long bus rides to either Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov). I also took one morning off because the pace had tired me out. My final criticism is the "private Butler" service provided on our deck. I'm a simple fellow and frankly don't have a clue what do do with a butler. Scenic suggest that they could bring us breakfast (we preferred to meet our new friends in the dining room), bring us drinks, clean our shoes, or provide a concierge service. Now such services are commonly provided by good hotels without "private butlers". Scenic are apparently going to extend the butler service to all cabins, but, I'd recommend that instead they dispense with the hi-faltutin' nonsense entirely and just provide prompt service on request (as all the staff already seem to do). Despite the small criticisms, we can but recommend Scenic Tours Rhine/Danube cruise. Others may do it as well but I very much doubt that any could do it better. It was a real wrench to leave the Scenic Ruby in Budapest. We stayed there for an extra night and met some of our fellow passengers in our wanderings there and we all agreed - we resented that strangers were on "our" ship, in "our" cabins. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Amsterdam to Budapest. What a wonderful cruise. everything you could want and every detail covered. Staff were excellent and friendly. All the ports we stopped off at were well organised and a great adventure. Food was great, too good ... Read More
Amsterdam to Budapest. What a wonderful cruise. everything you could want and every detail covered. Staff were excellent and friendly. All the ports we stopped off at were well organised and a great adventure. Food was great, too good actually for the waistline. At times we had to cross other cruise ships that were docked at the same pier - they certainly weren't a patch on the Scenic and some were even smelly, we were glad to pull away from them. If you are ever looking for a quality river cruise - go scenic, you won't be disappointed. Price wise some of the others are cheaper but then on Scenic everything is paid for and included, on others you get hit for extra expenses along the way which they end up being dearer anyway. Bookings with Scenic were easy and well documented and entertainment was top quality. What else can I say, but Scenic is the best, so good that we then booked a cruise with them to do the Russian river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Our cruise on the Scenic Ruby far exceeded our expectations. Our cabin was on the top deck in the middle, just behind a suite, and it was a quiet, easily accessed location. We did experience some minor vibrations at times, but it is a boat ... Read More
Our cruise on the Scenic Ruby far exceeded our expectations. Our cabin was on the top deck in the middle, just behind a suite, and it was a quiet, easily accessed location. We did experience some minor vibrations at times, but it is a boat that's moving, so that is normal. Nothing ever moved or fell over in our cabin, at times it was hard to pick if we were even moving, unless we looked outside to our balcony. Our cabin had butler service and Vojtech was a lovely man, helpful, polite and very pleasant to have around. Veronika, our cabin attendant, worked tirelessly and unobtrusively to keep our cabin spotless. I very quickly got used to having the bed made in the morning and turned down at night with a chocolate on the pillow and our bathroom cleaned up twice a day. Just couldn't fit these 2 lovely people in my suitcase to bring them home. The food was amazing, especially when we saw the size of the galley on a quick kitchen tour. It was hardly any bigger than my kitchen at home. The buffets at breakfast and lunch were very comprehensive and if you couldn't find something there to eat, you were just plain fussy. Dinners, particularly the specially themed ones, were great. The beer and the wine flowed endlessly. I drank more wine in 2 weeks than I have in 20 years, normally not partaking, except on special occasions. The crew very amazing. Very friendly, happy to answer any questions, any time and always greeted you with a "welcome back" or even nicer " welcome home" whenever you returned. I miss them saying their genuine Good mornings and Good nights now I am home. Every single member of the crew whether bar, dining room, hotel service or nautical gave 110 percent. Our captain was a quiet man, but steady and I felt in good hands. I am pleased he was attending to his duties rather than endless socialising. With all the locks we went through, he was definitely needed on the bridge.It was a truly beautiful cruise down the Rhine and Danube. There was always something to see on each side of the river. My most outstanding cruise day on the boat was Melk in the morning ( the abbey was awesome) then cruising through the Wachau gorge with castles popping up on both sides, viewed from the sun deck, and then the lovely little town of Durnstein. My most outstanding excursion was the full day to Cesky Krumlov. It was a gorgeous medieval walled town with castle, bridges, good little shops to browse in, and on our trip, SNOW. For an Australian, it is a highlight to walk around with snow falling. My only " complaint" about the whole cruise is that we were very busy. There was not quite as much daytime cruising to look at the views as I would have liked. But, you could opt out of any day's activities and "stay home" while the boat cruised down to the next docking point, whilst everyone else went off on the buses. The excursions did frequently start early around 8 am, but hey, you can sleep in at home, you can't see those amazing sights at home. My last comments have to be about our tour director, Werney. That man is a dynamo!! He was so enthusiastic and organised and certainly gave us all the information we needed for every excursion, maps, fact sheets, daily port briefings and answers to any questions you may have. He offered suggestions on how to do things on your own if you wanted to. He really "made" the trip fantastic bombastic ( as Werney would say). The Scenic Ruby crew have won the most inter-company awards ,awarded based on disembarking passenger surveys completed, and they deserve it. However I am sure whichever of the Scenic space ships you cruise on you will enjoy the trip of a lifetime, because Scenic's attention to detail is outstanding, and that would be reflected on every cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Scenic Ruby Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 2.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.3
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates N/A 3.7

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