We chose this cruise because it was ALL INCLUSIVE; because of the choice of shore excursions offered; because of the personal services; because of the dining choices; and also because of the wonderful reviews found on this website. Scenic ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was ALL INCLUSIVE; because of the choice of shore excursions offered; because of the personal services; because of the dining choices; and also because of the wonderful reviews found on this website. Scenic Amber was just christened in April 2016 and the ship was beautiful. Everything was clean and well-kept. We had ordered a private balcony suite on the diamond level. When we got onboard we were told that we had been upgraded to the Deluxe Balcony Suite because this trip was to celebrate our 50th anniversary. And that was only the beginning of the wonderful things that the Scenic crew did for us. We were promptly greeted in our suite by Zoltan, our personal butler. We were to call him for anything we wanted--laundry, pressing, etc. Zoltan was a very personable guy!! And his goal was to please the guests!!
Our cabin was awesome--especially the very comfortable bed. The sun balcony was a nice feature in that we could open the entire window for fresh air or to take photos. The shower was over-the-top with a great rain shower feature. We were provided with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and other personal care items. Dalma, our cabin attendant, ensured that we always had clean towels, bath mat, and personal items. Dalma also entertained us daily with animals made from our bath towels. Especially nice was the magnifying makeup mirror found inside the medicine cabinet. A hair dryer was also provided.
We can't say enough about the dining on Scenic Amber. Breakfast buffet was very nice with fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, cereals, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sausage, and many other dishes. One could also have an omelet made to order. In addition, you could also order from the breakfast menu--and those orders came up very fast!
Lunch buffet was also very nice--lots of salads, cheeses, hot dishes, meats, desserts, ice cream, and a whole lot more. And you could also select something from the lunch menu. The salmon on the menu was very nice!
Dinner was a real treat every night! Chef made a culinary delight every night--usually three choices for appetizer, soup, main course, and dessert. I do have to mention that ALL the waiters were very attentive and friendly. Hats off to Harry--he was a delight! The dinner meal was always a treat.
Those staying on the Diamond Deck also can dine one time at the Table LeRive restaurant. There are only 6 couples dining there each night. The food was over-the-top and the service was superb!! Zoltan and Zully took care of our table with utmost care. This was a food and wine pairing event. Each course had a wine paired for the food.
Everyone got the pleasure of dining at the Portobello one time during the cruise. The cuisine was Italian and the food was over-the-top again. And we were served by "Italian waiters." (Each of the waiters had taken on an Italian name for the evening.)
A plus with Scenic is the unlimited drinks--whenever you want !! There was wine offered at each meal and it was not limited to one glass. You could get an alcoholic drink at anytime. Coffee drinks were also available in a "serve yourself" machine. Tea was also available. And there were always cookies nearby!!
The entertainment was another PLUS. Scenic brings local entertainment onboard from the area and it was very nice. Entertainment was: local string group, Zither musician, Bavarian band, sand artist. This entertainment was usually in late afternoon before dinner.
The shore excursions were a real treat. In Amsterdam we took a glass-top boat through the canal, visited a local cheese factory/store, and sampled marinated herring. At some ports we were transported on luxury coaches to our excursion destination. Each coach had a local tour guide speaking to us. The Tailor-Made device was especially nice! It allowed us to listen with earphones to the tour guide. At most ports, you could choose from two or three different excursions.
Especially nice were the places that Scenic has set up "special" events -- the castle tour and dinner/entertainment in Marksburg; the Bavarian Octoberfest event in Freudenberg; and the "Sound of Music" event in Salzburg. These were especially enjoyable events!!
I should include that we did not embark in Amsterdam because of the high water for the previous cruise. When we got to Amsterdam and met our Scenic person, we were transported to another town by motor coach to where the Amber had docked. That evening we cruised into Amsterdam and were there for the first day of excursions.
Our cruise ended in Budapest. The night before we disembarked, the captain took the boat on a night cruise through Budapest--AWESOME!! The cruisers went up to the top deck to view the beautiful city while drinking their favorite adult drink. The waiters came up to the top deck to take care of all. The disembarkation was seamless also. Everyone was put onto a motor coach and taken to the appropriate hotel along with their luggage. We stayed at the Marriott and it was a very nice place. Only negative was the SOFT bed.
Our friends and we extended three days in Budapest and flew back to US on Thursday. Scenic had arranged for our transfer from the Marriott to the Budapest airport. Our luggage tag showed 6:30 for our departure from the hotel and at 6:30 there was a driver there to pick us up. All without flaw !!
We cannot say enough wonderful things about SCENIC AMBER. Everything was over-the-top !! And we can't wait for the next cruise with SCENIC !! Read Less