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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our third Scenic river cruise. All have been great but this one was the best. Great boat, friendly crew, fantastic food and excellent day tours. Portuguese food and wine is superb, and the cruise focus on local dishes, ... Read More
This was our third Scenic river cruise. All have been great but this one was the best. Great boat, friendly crew, fantastic food and excellent day tours. Portuguese food and wine is superb, and the cruise focus on local dishes, ingredients and wines was well placed. At each daily brief the chef and tour director highlighted that night’s recommended local dish and wines. As always with Scenic there was lots of choice on the menu, but the local dishes were our favourites. We had a little trouble with high water given the heavy rains before we arrived and were required by the Portuguese authorities to dock at unplanned locations. But Scenic did a great job of keeping us informed, arranging for day trips when we were docked unexpectedly, and making sure everyone got to the airport to get on to their next destination. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who likes history, food and wine. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Ship was beautiful, cabins were huge very spacious the bathroom was a very generous size with a amazing shower. The dining on board is the best dinning experience i have ever had the waiting staff very polite and knowledgeable ... Read More
Ship was beautiful, cabins were huge very spacious the bathroom was a very generous size with a amazing shower. The dining on board is the best dinning experience i have ever had the waiting staff very polite and knowledgeable regarding wines and dishes being served. The port of call were fantastic great choice with very knowledgeable guides who were happy to answer any questions along the way. Seeing the Eiffel Tower illuminated and sparkling was a great start to our cruise. Service we received from every single staff,crew member was brilliant. The whole experience from start to finish was seamless Entertainment was very low key which was fine, nice music playing in the background each evening. I would 110% recommend a Scenic Cruise to friend and family i can guarantee you will be blown away. Looking forward to planning another one and i know Scenic will be my first choice every time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Everthing about the cruise was perfect. Scenic did everything for us. Our flights before and after went smoothly without any hitches. We were picked up and delivered before and after right on schedule. On board the cabin was quite ... Read More
Everthing about the cruise was perfect. Scenic did everything for us. Our flights before and after went smoothly without any hitches. We were picked up and delivered before and after right on schedule. On board the cabin was quite comfortable. It was always cleaned up daily. The food on board as excellent. Service was impeccable. Our cruise director Sonia was phenomenal. She provided daily updates and arranged plenty of fun times.Our side trips were well organized and most enjoyable. Entertainment on board was very good. The sailing down the Rhine, Main and Danube we most scenic. We enjoyed the many stops and ventures through the towns. There were many extras that were provided free of charge. Even the 200 euros that we got were well used. The Taylor made gps were quite useful. We enjoyed the company of many passengers from around the world. All total we won give Scenic an A++ Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
After a very positive experience on the Seine with Scenic, this cruise was an easy choice. Traveling with a small group, we were able to enjoy the company of our friends, and of many other new friends. I would identify the passengers ... Read More
After a very positive experience on the Seine with Scenic, this cruise was an easy choice. Traveling with a small group, we were able to enjoy the company of our friends, and of many other new friends. I would identify the passengers on the Opal as fairly young group, and the staff embraced, and encouraged, our wish to have fun on the ship, as well as off. As previously experienced, our excursions with Scenic were interesting, and well guided. The outings were perhaps a bit short, part day tours, due to a need for the Opal to cover the distance to the next stop. This is not a criticism of the cruise, but a characteristic of this cruise. The crew were vey capable of ensuring the time spent on the Opal passed quickly. The food and the ship were excellent, as we now expect with Scenic. Our balcony was perhaps underutilized, but that relates to the fall weather, and meeting our group in the lounge, or dining room, instead of watching the sights as a couple from our balcony. Enough cannot be said about the staff on the ship. I believe every Scenic ship is well designed and appointed, but the effort and care of the Opal staff ensured this cruise has established a very high standard for our Scenic cruises that are likely to follow. A few days were well spent in Amsterdam before the cruise, to adjust to the time change and enjoy Dutch culture. Touring in and around around Zurich after the cruise is expensive, but wound out the trip nicely. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was a lovely cruise on a smallish classy boat, with a hugely attentive and friendly local crew, Food and cabin were good, but most important of all the ambiance and feeling on the trip was wonderful with the Douro being a truly ... Read More
This was a lovely cruise on a smallish classy boat, with a hugely attentive and friendly local crew, Food and cabin were good, but most important of all the ambiance and feeling on the trip was wonderful with the Douro being a truly unspoilt and magnificent destination. The excursions were well organised with entertaining and knowledgeable guides. It of course helped that the weather (October) was neither too hot nor too cold. In summary we would highly recommend - it wasn't cheap but the inclusive nature, alcohol and tours, made it better value for money than it seemed on the ticket price. The flights were via Portuguese airlines, which were both surprisingly pleasant and punctual. The transfers were fine, albeit the traffic from Porto airport to the ship was awful. Overall highly recommended on this our second scenic tour - they have developed a way of employing good staff who seem genuinely to enjoy helping all their passengers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The first cruise on Scenic was Basal to Amsterdam. We throughly enjoyed the whole trip. This time we chose to start in Amsterdam for a few days and then cruise down the Rhine and Danube ending in Budapest. Enjoyed time in Budapest post ... Read More
The first cruise on Scenic was Basal to Amsterdam. We throughly enjoyed the whole trip. This time we chose to start in Amsterdam for a few days and then cruise down the Rhine and Danube ending in Budapest. Enjoyed time in Budapest post cruise. It was the same ship and some of the same crew/staff were aboard. As usual, a fabulous trip from accommodations, food, drinks, excursions and other wonderful passengers. We will be sailing with Scenic next April as well. Starting in Porto and sailing round trip down/up the Douro. We discovered Scenic through our travel agent. It is not as well know in the US and the passengers were mostly Australian, Canadian, New Zealanders. That made for a wonderful mix of people with plenty to chat about beside the day's events. We loved that there was a choice of different excursions everyday. As well as excursions for gentle walkers, average walkers and bicycle riders. We also loved that the cruise is all inclusive. One price included everything. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Food, luxury and caring was all part of this cruise. I am only 41 years old and won this trip on a tv show . I was a little worried that I would find it a little slow for my style but was totally wrong. When we got on the ship we were ... Read More
Food, luxury and caring was all part of this cruise. I am only 41 years old and won this trip on a tv show . I was a little worried that I would find it a little slow for my style but was totally wrong. When we got on the ship we were welcomed with open arms and made feel so welcome. The cabin was gorgeous and so clean and just pure luxury. It was all the little items that made it feel like home. The staff were always so happy and nice and every single time we walked past someone they said good morning. The port and shore excursions where well thought out and gave us so many options , which i loved, as if you wanted to be active you could be or take a slower paced one. The food was five star. It was some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted. Room service was available if I was too tired to eat out and was just as delicious. The food was always fresh and the presentation was stunning. The food menus covered all types of taste , vegan, vegos etc. The beverages where also stunning. The knowledge of food and wines was amazing from the staff. I just can recommend Scenic enough. I was made feel like a princess and the staff was amazing. I would say to anyone who has the oportunitiy to go on this cruise to do it. I made many wonderful memories and friends and wish I could do these cruises with Scenic yearly. Well done Scenic, I can see why you are one of the best cruise lines in the world. Many thanks to you all Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first River Cruise. We enjoyed the size of the ship and that there were only 168 guests, which made getting to know people very easy. The cruise director, Andreea, was exceptional - she managed all aspects of our itinerary ... Read More
This was our first River Cruise. We enjoyed the size of the ship and that there were only 168 guests, which made getting to know people very easy. The cruise director, Andreea, was exceptional - she managed all aspects of our itinerary seamlessly. The food was very good, with a varied selection of appetizers, soups, mains, and desserts. The wait staff were friendly and professional. Our cabin was very well designed so we had plenty of space to put everything. Our cabin was also spotless. I would say that I found the itinerary a bit rushed - that being said however, I also chose to not stay on the boat, which I could have. Perhaps the same itinerary could be completed in ten days, allowing a bit more time in some cities. Unfortunately on our second last day we ended being off the ship for almost 11 hours. Our tour of Regensburg was to last 4 hours. There was a problem with water levels being too low and the boat being unable to make it to our next destination. That is understandable - cannot control Mother Nature! I'm not totally convinced that there was not a way to get us on the boat earlier. So, the memory of my last excursion was a long, wet, cold day in a small city with nothing to do. When we boarded the boat everything was rushed. The next morning we had to wake up very early to be bussed to our last port of call. Unfortunately these events coloured my overall experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My wife and I have now completed four river cruises with Scenic and yet again we have not been disappointed, it was excellent. The cabin was clean and tidy at all times by the housing keeping service, the butler service was great being on ... Read More
My wife and I have now completed four river cruises with Scenic and yet again we have not been disappointed, it was excellent. The cabin was clean and tidy at all times by the housing keeping service, the butler service was great being on call at all times, the balcony is unique to Scenic with the electric opening and closing windows that allow for you to sit out there regardless of the weather. The dining as usual was first class from the light lunches to the speciality table restaurants on board and being remembered by the crew for drinks and other services was especially great. As for the activities as we have come to expect from Scenic they were all great and well timed to not be totally exhausting but very informative and a wonderful experience each time. And we will always recommend Scenic for those who want luxury and an exceptional adventure that is value for money. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
The whole experience was all that we had hoped for. The ship beautifully appointed, the Cruise Director had a wonderful dry sense of humour and made the next days overviws more like an entertainment. He could turn the driest subject into ... Read More
The whole experience was all that we had hoped for. The ship beautifully appointed, the Cruise Director had a wonderful dry sense of humour and made the next days overviws more like an entertainment. He could turn the driest subject into a fun experience for us all. We had no complaints about anything on this scenic cruise. Transfers went smoothly and assistance was always available if ewe had any questions. The tour guides were knowledgeable and passionate about the information on the places and history of the steady they were responsible for. They were also alert to energy of the group. The busses were clean and new, very comfortable to ride in. The resteraunts we were taken to on the tours were true to the culture and food of the area. The on board entertainment by local groups was a great enhancement to our experience of the countries we visited. We will book through Scenic Tous again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
A friend we were traveling with found Scenic and we just took his recommendation. The ship was excellent and the crew were superb. The only disappointment was our butler, who did very little and for the the odd time that we asked for ... Read More
A friend we were traveling with found Scenic and we just took his recommendation. The ship was excellent and the crew were superb. The only disappointment was our butler, who did very little and for the the odd time that we asked for something he still didn't come through. Otherwise, the entire experience was excellent. The shore excursions were very well organized and we were very pleased that all the gratuities were included. The motor-assisted bicycles were also a great amenity. We used two of them on one occasion and thoroughly enjoyed them. They were also very easy to learn to use. The meals were outstanding and the chef took great pride in his craft. The selection of wines was mediocre but sufficient. The bar selection was likewise very good and the bar staff carried the torch for service excellence. Overall, we had good value for our money and will likely cruise with Scenic again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We loved every aspect of the cruise. The service and attention to our every need as top priority for the crew. Once they knew what we wanted, we never had to ask for something again. It was always there for us without asking. The ... Read More
We loved every aspect of the cruise. The service and attention to our every need as top priority for the crew. Once they knew what we wanted, we never had to ask for something again. It was always there for us without asking. The excursions were fun and enlightening, helping us to experience the culture of the communities we visited. The food was top quality. We particularly enjoyed La Rive with the white glove service. What we really liked is that everything was included. We didn't have to pay for excursions. The only costs for us were the souvenirs we purchased. The room was large and we loved being able to lower the windows in the balcony. Scenic had special cultural events only available to Scenic passengers that were very high caliber. From an Oktoberfest to Medieval banquet, to a symphony performance, we were always entertained. They managed the logistics perfectly. We often arrived at our ports early which gave us more time to enjoy our destinations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
We explored Lisbon before we embarked our ship in Porto. I found Porto difficult to walk around with lots of potholes in the sidewalks and lots of empty buildings. In the future, I would skip Lisbon and head into Porto a little earlier. ... Read More
We explored Lisbon before we embarked our ship in Porto. I found Porto difficult to walk around with lots of potholes in the sidewalks and lots of empty buildings. In the future, I would skip Lisbon and head into Porto a little earlier. That being said, the hotel was lovely and our waitress in the hotel lobby knew her wines, and was generous in her information about Portuguese wines. Embarkation went smoothly. Our cabin was on Sapphire deck and was quite comfortable to our needs. Very comfortable bed. Housekeeping always kept the room immaculate and refreshed our little bar daily and gave us extra water. Loved the balcony which I could open and close at leisure. We ate mostly in the Crystal dining room, but often ate a lighter lunch in the sun lounge. We ate once in the Portobellos, the specialty restaurant. Food was delicious on all counts. Our entertainment and activities were light but highly interesting. Tours also were interesting, and there were always washrooms available. I am going to try to make the candied almonds that one person demonstrated on one tour. We especially liked the Fado music both on and off board, the cork demonstration, shopping with Chef and his demonstration, and tours to the wineries and villages. Service was always with a smile and we loved the staff, their hard work and humor. After disembarking at Porto, we flew on to Madrid. The only negative thing I have to say is about Portuguese airlines. Small and not on time. We loved Madrid. Our tour guide was knowledgable, warm and welcoming. She was always more than available and helpful. The streets are pedestrian friendly. We would definitely go there again. And our city tour guide who was also our guide at the Prado Art Gallery was exceptionally knowledgable. In conclusion, we loved Scenic. I love the all inclusive, I loved the wonderful variety of shipmates. I loved that the ship was Portuguese built, and the crew was Portuguese. But never fear - their English is impeccable. We would travel with Scenic again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Went on our first river cruise after many Cruise ship trips. We selected scenic since they advertise a fully inclusive experience. With the exception of our massages EVERYTHING was included except that we arranged our own air and pre ... Read More
Went on our first river cruise after many Cruise ship trips. We selected scenic since they advertise a fully inclusive experience. With the exception of our massages EVERYTHING was included except that we arranged our own air and pre hotel. We arrived a few days early in Amsterdam. When we arrived at the ship, we were checked in immediately and they greeted us as they removed our luggage from our taxi and delivered them directly to our cabin. The ship was clean and decorated very nicely. Our cabin was larger than we had on cruise ships with plenty of space for all our clothes and stuff. We had a balcony room that allowed extra seating as well. All rooms were assigned a "butler" to get anything we needed in addition to the room steward. From room service to morning or afternoon coffee/tea all was available. The min bar was refilled daily with anything we requested. Again all included. Each port had multiple excursion available all included. They ranged from hiking and using the on board bikes to trips for the easy walkers. The average age was 65 and 95% of the cruisers were active. Some cruisers were in their 40’s and the majority 50s and 60s. There were private concerts at different venues in port as well as local performances on board. The daily port talks were informative and allowed us to select which level of excursion we wanted in the following ports. The dining room had plenty of space and the food was tasty and the presentation was eye appealing. They were more than happy to cater to any special dietary needs. Daily they offered the daily special, Healthy alternative, Vegetarian meals . If you had any other special requests they were more than happy to accommodate if possible. In addition room service was available as well as the river café for lighter foods. Our cruise director Cathy was always there to make sure everything was perfect. If there were any complaints she was on top of everything to make sure it got corrected quickly. This is an Australian based company so the majority of passengers were from there which only enhanced our travel experience as Americans. We would definitely go on another river cruise with Scenic again Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
My husband and I went on the Scenic Jade Budapest to Prague River cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary in June, 2017. The entire trip exceeded our expectations. From the airport pickup to the transfer to the Prague airport, everything ... Read More
My husband and I went on the Scenic Jade Budapest to Prague River cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary in June, 2017. The entire trip exceeded our expectations. From the airport pickup to the transfer to the Prague airport, everything was handled wonderfully. We had a deluxe Balcony suite on the diamond floor and the room was beautiful with plenty of space. The balcony was especially nice on the nights the boat was cruising. We were treated to a full moon these nights….very romantic. The food was very good and they accommodated my husband’s dietary restrictions. There were lots of choices of excursions. My husband is gluten free and everyday a menu would be in our room indicating which item he could eat. This was our first cruise and would definitely go on another one, especially with Scenic. I would highly recommend Scenic and this trip to anyone. Loved it!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We wanted a type of holiday that we hadn't tried before and didn't involve any type of sea cruise (prone to sea sickness) or long air flights. We also wanted a trip that gave us the option of joining in with day trips to ... Read More
We wanted a type of holiday that we hadn't tried before and didn't involve any type of sea cruise (prone to sea sickness) or long air flights. We also wanted a trip that gave us the option of joining in with day trips to interesting places or just staying on board and relaxing. The cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest certainly did that. The ship is big enough to navigate the rivers and locks yet with only 158 passengers on board, it never once felt crowded. In fact, often the opposite was true. We booked direct with Scenic and were treated to luxury, limousine transfers direct from home to the airport and from the airport to the ship, and the same on return. The daily excursions were to really interesting places, albeit we did take a day off a couple of times to rest because they can be a bit full on!! The ship I will review in the ratings below, but suffice to say it was fantastic. All of the facilities were spotlessly clean, the food was a really good standard and plentiful. The service was superb (big thanks to Branislav and Ricardo...) and it was all superbly coordinated by the Captain and the Cruise Director. A couple of tips though for future passengers. The Scenic paperwork does suggest jackets and ties for the gents as potential evening wear. I wore my jacket (but not tie) twice. Once to the Portobello dinner and once to the concert in Vienna. Hardly any of the passengers wore jackets and ties, and I was in the minority on the occasions I did were mine. There is also some wording in the Scenic literature about them only being responsible for one piece of luggage per person (or words that effect). We clearly didn't read that correctly because we could have used the new cases we bought to be used as carry on luggage on the plane. There was certainly plenty of storage under the bed for the cases during the cruise. All in all though, a fantastic trip and one to be repeated hopefully in the future. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this particular cruise because we had seen the Rhine from Amsterdam to Mainz and we wanted to go further east. The river cruise offered by SCENIC fit out timetable and from Budapest back to Nuremberg fit with our desired ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because we had seen the Rhine from Amsterdam to Mainz and we wanted to go further east. The river cruise offered by SCENIC fit out timetable and from Budapest back to Nuremberg fit with our desired geography. We priced various cruise lines and while SCENIC was not the least expensive, the 100% all inclusive and the description of the off ship excursions and on ship amenities just made the idea sound more convenient and fun. Boy, were we correct! Never have we felt more pampered. The staff, like the cruise director Andrian ( who could also have a second career in stand up comedy ) Kristian ( in the bar and the dining room ) ... well... actually, all the staff, were attentive, fast efficient and genuinely appeared to love their jobs. They made us feel so welcome and important. You can, other than the odd coin you may need for WCs when off ship, lock your purse or wallet away. Everything is top notch, top quality and included. Even the bus service used for off ship excursions was top notch and the local guides were fantastic. We began in Budapest, wandered down the Danube past Vienna and ended in Nuremberg where so continued to Prague and some ( including us ) sadly flew home. We were offered a plethora of choices for off ship excursions and I would have to write a short novel to outline them all. Check with Scenic for their itinerary. Every choice was great and, there were sufficient options that you could actually do the trip more than once. It is not often that I can find no fault whatsoever. This time I can. I highly recommend you take SCENIC cruise lines into consideration for your trip. ( And no, I don't work for them or have shares. ) We were extremely impressed. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise because of the rave reviews of Scenic, because it is all inclusive and because of the itinerary, Gems of the Danube. We were picked up at the airport in a lovely Mercedes and our driver delivered us to the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the rave reviews of Scenic, because it is all inclusive and because of the itinerary, Gems of the Danube. We were picked up at the airport in a lovely Mercedes and our driver delivered us to the ship quickly. Embarkation was simple and seamless in Budapest, though we waited several hours in the lounge for our cabins to be prepared. Drinks and snacks were offered in the meantime. The crew was welcoming and friendly. Our cabin was great and we met our butler immediately though I have to say that was one of the very few times we saw him. This was disappointing as we were expecting a little pampering. The food is ample and good though rarely outstanding. The wines are not as high quality as we expected though we discovered quickly that better wines were available upon request. The tours were well planned and made for little idle time. You will walk quite a bit on this cruise so be prepared. The signature Tailormade system is very effective, easy to hear the guides (I used my own earbuds though) but it is a bit heavy and bulky to carry around one's neck. We participated in almost every tour day, save one, and did the Prague extension as well. The onboard entertainment is okay--the pianist who is the onboard musician is very skilled and enjoyable and some of the local performers were good. We loved the Vienna special performance--truly professional musicians, dancers, vocalists. Suggestions: if you arrive mid-day on embarkation, have the ship's crew arrange a tour for you to the Hospital in the Rock or shopping district so that your frustration at waiting will be alleviated. There is much to see in Budapest but we had limited time before sailing the next day. It would have been nice to have more time in each port. All in all, it was an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Wonderful program from beginning to end. Amber is a beautiful ship. Fine dining and wonderful port stops. Excellent crew. Everything run to perfection. A good mix of early starts and late starts for tours. But, never enough time to ... Read More
Wonderful program from beginning to end. Amber is a beautiful ship. Fine dining and wonderful port stops. Excellent crew. Everything run to perfection. A good mix of early starts and late starts for tours. But, never enough time to see all that Eastern Europe has to offer. If ending in Budapest, add at least one night to your stay and explore this wonderful city. Highly recommend Scenic and this itinerary. A few notes: Scenic hotel was Prague Marriott (wonderful). Breakfast only for Prague extension. One city walking tour included for Prague, otherwise on own but Prague is an easy, walkable city to explore. Buses left hotel for port between 12:30 and 1:00 PM, one bathroom stop mid way. All buses for entire trip had small toilets - none had Wi-Fi. Rooms 301 and 302 on Amber and Jade have obstructed views (smaller balcony windows). There is a breakfast menu but you have to ask for it, otherwise buffet. Coffee/Hot Chocolate machines in bar, cookies set out at times. Also a glass encased snack/treat area directly at the bar. Type C electric adaptors needed for US electronics. A bus follows the bikers if any decide not to finish the ride from Melk to Durnstein. Bottles of water available at start of each tour. Amber docks far away from Marriott Budapest, so don't plan on walking from the ship to the hotel at the conclusion of the cruise. If booking a Budapest extension with Scenic, they provide bus transfer to the Marriott. We booked the Marriott on our own and the Travel Director added us to the bus transfer, after we asked. All required to be out of ship cabins by 8:45 AM. Could remain in bar area until departure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Recommendation of friends who were on their third SCenic cruise. This was my second SCenic river cruise so, obviously compared it with the Danube cruise I went on last year. It was a good experience (not quite as good as the DAnube ... Read More
Recommendation of friends who were on their third SCenic cruise. This was my second SCenic river cruise so, obviously compared it with the Danube cruise I went on last year. It was a good experience (not quite as good as the DAnube cruise I did last year)? The entertainment was good but only for two nights, the rock group was excellent, a great night. the Pope's palace concert good as was the evening drinks visit to castle of Tournon. Although Pianist Richard did his best he was not quite 'in tune' with his audience. The shore excursions were very good except for the village of Oignt where we were promised crafts shops and coffee shops, none of which were open! We wondered why we were only give 45 minutes there, just enough to visit the disgusting toilets!!! Dining was very good but breakfast buffet could have been a bit more efficient, often scrambled egg, potatoes etc. All gone and not replenished very quickly. Wine with meals excellent and special requests fulfilled. Bar service during the day also very good, although not so go up on top deck in the afternoons, seemed to be only one attendant on duty and not to be seen regularly. Captains, senior staff etc.very 'visible' and approachable. All in all, despite minor criticisms I would recommend this cruise to my friends, I had a good time and appreciate everyone's efforts to make my time on board enjoyable. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our cabin, though on the Sapphire Deck, had limited space for movement. The wardrobe and shelving space was adequate and the safe on a pull-out drawer easy to use. However, we chose a cabin with a balcony, thinking we would wake up with ... Read More
Our cabin, though on the Sapphire Deck, had limited space for movement. The wardrobe and shelving space was adequate and the safe on a pull-out drawer easy to use. However, we chose a cabin with a balcony, thinking we would wake up with our morning tea and look out onto the Danube scenery - all we could see 5 mornings out of 7 - was into the cabin of the ship moored alongside us. We saw a lady coming our of the shower, thankfully with a towel draped over her and a man putting on his underwear!! There was no space to pass between the chair at the dressing table and the end of the bed. The shower was very good, but the tap over the basin was sited much too high, therefore clothes splashed if not VERY careful. The design of the window space was most odd. What use was each individual sliding glass panel? What were they there for? The net curtain and the bedroom black curtain, when pulled closed, made the cabin even smaller. Thought should be given to re designing the curtain to go AROUND the window thus opening up the balcony space for use at all times. The food was most disappointing and not 5 star as advertised. The dining room tables were much too close together - some tables never used as people could not get into the spaces at table. We did not expect Buffets when 5 star advertised. The entertainment was varied to suit all tastes and the excursions were well organised, though a 10 hour trip to and from Strasbourg was much too long. The Lounge area was too cramped and movement to reach a seat meant struggling between low, black glass tables and the swivel chairs. The service of all crew, catering, housekeeping and guides was fantastic. The Cruise Director was fantastic, helpful and knowledgeable. If there had been 30 less people aboard, space would have been better and things more relaxed. We would not use Scenic again for these reasons. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Chose this cruise as we had never done a river cruise. First two to three days food was certainly not 5 star, we thought the chef had been replaced as the food certainly improved. I must mention Branislav the waiter who went the extra ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we had never done a river cruise. First two to three days food was certainly not 5 star, we thought the chef had been replaced as the food certainly improved. I must mention Branislav the waiter who went the extra mile and Francis the butler was very keen to please. Waiter was asked by a guest for a dessert wine, which he brought, when asked by another guest if he could have one also, he told him no as it was a special wine for other guests, not the answer we would expect on a 5 star ship. As we had not been on a river cruise before, we were surprised by the fact we did not see daylight in our cabin for four days out of the seven days as other boats were moored right next to us, we paid for a balcony and could not use it, as the guests off the other boats could see in the window. I would have thought in this day and age we would have been able to see out and they would not have been able to see in, but no. We have been on Ocean cruises and now a river cruise, I would like to do another river cruise, so I could make a better comparison, but it was very expensive to keep your curtains closed all day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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: April 2017
We chose this cruise because it represented a luxurious value for money experience. It met and exceeded all our expectations, with excellent service, itinerary, food and company. The Cruise Director, Frank was excellent - entertaining and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it represented a luxurious value for money experience. It met and exceeded all our expectations, with excellent service, itinerary, food and company. The Cruise Director, Frank was excellent - entertaining and knowledgeable. The ship was comfortable and clean with a pleasing variety of venues to sit & relax. Our room was very comfortable and excellently serviced & equipped. The daily tours & visits to various towns were well combined with guided tours and free time. A particular highlight of the cruise was the day of sailing through the Rhine Gorge. The use of the Tailor Made device was fantastic during this time, with a good amount of information on each of the sights and excellent reminders that we were approaching them. Another highlight was the trip to Salzburg and the Sound of Music show with the beautiful fresh snow thrown in! One tiny drawback was the rather tacky ending to the show, a let down after such excellent music for the rest of the day. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Read Less
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