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3 Scenic Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because of recommendations from passengers on a previous cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience apart from having to hang about Marseille airport for 8 hours. We had been told that there would be a safe place ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of recommendations from passengers on a previous cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience apart from having to hang about Marseille airport for 8 hours. We had been told that there would be a safe place to leave our luggage but this turned out not to be true so we were unable to leave the airport - very frustrating and not a good end to our wonderful holiday. The welcome on embarkation was second to none and all the admin for that went extremely smoothly. Our cabin steward and butler were extremely pleasant and helpful. I had some small issues with the dining at the beginning of the cruise but as we went on it improved ending up with the most delicious Chateau Briande I have ever tasted. Our waiters were exemplary and full of fun. Entertainment was good and not too over the top. The pianist was excellent,. Shore excursions were well informed and very enjoyable. I would not think that this cruise would be suitable for children. Yes we would definitely go again in fact we are planning one for 2018 to celebrate out Golden Wedding!! All in all a thoroughly good holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had been on a Scenic cruise 2 years ago from Paris to Le Havre and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was our 20th wedding anniversary this August so wanted something special, hence we chose Scenic because of the superb all round experience 2 ... Read More
We had been on a Scenic cruise 2 years ago from Paris to Le Havre and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was our 20th wedding anniversary this August so wanted something special, hence we chose Scenic because of the superb all round experience 2 years ago. This trip didn't disappoint. As soon as we arrived in Amsterdam we were met by a Scenic representative who ushered us to a private car for the journey to the ship. Immediately we stepped on board there was a friendly welcome. The attitude of the crew was outstanding throughout the cruise. The food was wonderful. Cleanliness was extremely good. The excursions were very well organised and very enjoyable with top class venues and high standard performances. What my wife and I particularly like are that the majority of passengers are Australian who are definitely all there for a good time. They are fun to be with and this made a big difference for us. Coming home we were in the airport queue at Budapest behind some Viking Cruise British passengers and all they did was moan about their trip. ( we are British by the way ). I'm sure Viking Cruises are very good so was disappointed with their moaning. The Aussies didn't moan like this. My wife and I will definitely travel with Scenic again. Their prices perhaps appear on the high side for some but you get what you pay for. If you want quality then Scenic is the one. We maybe could save money and go with another river cruise company but we won't because we know for sure Scenic will always provide top class service so are prepared to pay. Everything is included which makes life so much easier, Trips/tips/drinks/food etc. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
During this review I will try to clarify some of the questions that have been asked on several Cruise Critic sites. On April 3rd we left England from a regional airport flying KLM to Amsterdam, we were met by a Scenic representative and ... Read More
During this review I will try to clarify some of the questions that have been asked on several Cruise Critic sites. On April 3rd we left England from a regional airport flying KLM to Amsterdam, we were met by a Scenic representative and waited a short time for another couple flying from another UK regional airport and we traveled to our ship in a very smart people carrier arriving in time for a warm welcome and time to meet our butler and room steward, we unpacked, changed and went to the welcome reception and an excellent glass of champagne. When traveling before with Scenic we had a Danube deck (top deck) cabin mid-ship this time we opted for a Rhine ( middle deck) deck cabin again mid-ship. Now the ship has been upgraded and the changes are all to the good, still clean uncluttered decor and furnishings plus the raise and lower screen on the balcony plus all ship butler service, the Scenic brochure is very clear on what is included and what is not, the people at the Scenic office are usually pretty good at answering your questions. We arrived in what has proved to be about the coldest spring on record. Our fellow passengers are mostly Australian. A few Canadians and British (last time it was equal numbers of Australians and Canadians then us Brits). Next day we opted for the Amsterdam canal trip with a short walking tour of Amsterdam which included tasting herring and a visit to a cheese shop to taste their on site made cheese. All walking tours were split into groups of which one was always for gentle walkers, our guide was excellent I don't think we had a duff one during the entire cruise some put more into their job than others for instance one distributed liquor chocolates on our way back to the ship. Thinking about it the whole trip kept coming up with little extras which were a surprise and unexpected, in fact by the end of the cruise at the port briefing each evening it became a standing joke ( these were carried out by our excellent cruise director Evonne and were not obligatory ) The food was excellent and we have eaten in some of the best restaurants in the country, the choice is very varied, we had a visit to the galley, how do they do it? Our chef was a young man from the former East Germany, nothing was to much effort he was very visible and always ready to talk I asked for and got the recipe for an excellent soup. In fact the food service was always of the best from breakfast in your cabin (Danube deck ) or early or late (River Cafe starboard of the lounge) or normal in the Crystal dinning room through lunch, what a choice! To dinner with the choice of eating in Portobello's, Italian you book this with the restaurant manager available depending on length of cruise once or twice, start with a glass of top class bubbly and continue with fine Italian wines. It is true that all but the very top of the range drinks are free that is all soft drinks, a good range of teas and coffees, all cabin mini bar drinks and bottles of water to good single malts, good gin and vodka labels plus very good wines at lunch and dinner and from the bar. The bar staff were very good and I mean very good they mixed their drinks well they cleared tables and took orders through the lounge and up on the to deck. Every day there was a different cocktail special plus a special martini on offer, my husband does enjoy a dry martini and the young man behind the bar got to know that he liked a very dry martini, it was almost waiting when he went to the bar, now that's service, my husband is sure it is the best martini he has ever had seeing as he has had them all over the globe that's saying something. The entire crew are so good it is difficult to know where to start, when required they all pitch in we were on Diamond we were supposed to have been on Pearl but her refit was not completed on time well obviously there was still some tweaking needed on Diamond (not that any of the passengers noticed) at one port while we were on a tour ashore, according to a few passengers who did not join the tour (you can do that) they changed all the beds and the cabin chairs plus other bits and pieces with all the crew even the hairdressers joining in. Wifi is free not easy to get on line sometimes one of the reasons evidently is so many passengers skipping etc. There are nifty little gadgets that are GPS enabled use them on your shore excursions or on board for info about the area you are traveling through we had a few hiccups but we got over them. Everyday there are maps and information sheets on the reception desk for the port and area you are visiting as well as the daily port briefing. Excursions there are so many to choose from sometimes it is difficult to decide all that we went on were very good. Bruges was so cold I was there as a teenager and I still recognised it its a timeless city, wonderful hot chocolate, we needed it, in the evening a display of Flemish dancing, straight out of an old master. The amazing Delta works what a fantastic example of modern engineering. Arnhem and the airborne museum followed by a visit to the airborne cemetery very moving. This evening a demonstration of Apple Strudel making. Tour of Venlo plus a towel folding demonstration it became quite interesting to return to our cabin to discover what towel animal or flower awaited us, tonight a disco with our ever present music man (who also joined the crew when required) some people let their hair down but it was not intrusive. Cruise down the Moselle, guided tour of Cochem and Reichsburg Castle then on to Bernkastel our tour choice was to travel to Luxembourg that was a bit of an eye opener. Cruise through the Rhine gorge to Rudesheim, onto a land train to the very interesting mechanical music museum. Next day Heidelberg we went to Hockenheim it was a Saturday and it was a motor bike day slight drizzle so interesting, to the museum up in the main stand on to the pits stand on the winners podium wave a pretend chequered flag finished off with watching the drift racing altogether a really good day ending with dinner, guided tour and concert at the Rastatt Palace, the dinner was a little long winded but the tour and especially the concert were very good. Our next choice was to the Alsace wine region I have never met such an enthusiastic wine grower and the wines we tasted were very nice indeed. Next stop the Black Forest the open air museum (a bit like Singleton in the UK) very interesting, lunch there and a demonstration of Black Forest cake making, the worlds largest cuckoo clock and the best water fall in Germany, busy day. Basel guided tour and Captains farewell dinner. Altogether a very good cruise of course there were one or two and I mean that few who were a bit annoying but the joy of cruising with Australians is that they don't hold back when people go beyond the pale it is also very interesting cruising with our commonwealth friends. We had several themed dinners, a couple of local music evenings plus a couple who played cow bells absolutely amazing and a zither player. We even met a couple who we met on our previous Scenic Cruise. All of this and more that I am sure I have left out without spending an extra penny, unless you want any laundry done. We will be cruising with Scenic again.Don't forget on our return from every excursion we were welcomed back on board by the Captain and Hotel Manager and offered a hot or cold drink and hot towel if the weather was warm, there was also hand sanitizer at strategic places around the ship. Happy cruising all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
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