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13 Scenic River Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to do a Rhine cruise and the dates coincided with our Ruby wedding anniversary and our friends 60th Birhtday ( We are from The UK our friends from Australia ) We arrived at the ship in Nuremburg to a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to do a Rhine cruise and the dates coincided with our Ruby wedding anniversary and our friends 60th Birhtday ( We are from The UK our friends from Australia ) We arrived at the ship in Nuremburg to a warm welcome and glass of champagne. Most passengers had already boarded at Budapest a week earlier and so we were one of only six couples to board. We were given a welcome briefing which was brief, practical and on the whole useful. Our cabin was comfortable and reasonably spacious - the innovative balcony windows are a great idea. The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows. The cabin staff were helpful and nothing was too much trouble - the same can be said for all the staff aboard the ship. I personally found the meals to be disappointing as I a a Vegetarian and found there was very limited chice. Lunchtime was particularly disappointing - often of the two soups available one was rarely vegetarian and if it was it was often a cold soup ( yuk ! ) The lunchtime Bar- B-Q was also a disappointment - vegetarian options were lettuce, mini corn on the cob and jacket potatoes. There was a wide selection of meat and fish dishes but where were the vegetable kebabs, vegetarian sausages etc ? On another occasion there was a meat lasagna - wherre was the vegetable lasagna ...? ! ! Evening meals offered only one vegetarian option per course - I guess you coud call that adaquate but how many non vegetarian passengers would settle for ony one option per course ? Acceptable on a basic cruise but not in my opnion on a cruise advertised as five star. ( And yes we have been on 5 star cruises ! ) The bar and dining room staff work very hard ( Bar staff double up as waiters in the dining room in the evenings ) But due to the fact that everyone is expected in the dining room at the same time; it can be a long wait before you are served your meal and an even longer wait for wine ( There is no wine waiter ) We often had to ask busy staff for wine and also to be topped up. There is a longe with a bar in which some entertainment is provided most nights. The lounge is very crowded and it was often difficult to find a seat. This however was not the main problem. On our first evening we noticed a great many passengers were coughing and anticipated the worst. Unfortunatly it was not just a cought but a flu like virus and sadly both ourselves and one of our friends caught the virus. Not surprising given the close proximity of passengers in the lounge. I would estimate that at least 80% of passengers were take ill. In fairness to Scenic it was not thier fault that someone brought the virus aboard the ship and there is an emphasis on using the hand gel dispensers located at the entrance to public areas and at the entrance of the ship. But sadly our experience was spoilt and our wedding anniversary celebrations non existant. The same can be said of our friends 60th Birthday celebrations. On balance I would say the cruise was enjoyable - there are some good excursions, the staff are excellent and the cabins very comfortable. But if you are a Vegetarian think again about booking and don't book a river cruise end of September onwards - the possibility of catching a virus would be very high. It only needs one person to bring a virus aboard the ship and sadly it can spoil the entire experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Chose Scenic at that particularly time to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in my husbands family's heritage - Germany and for me to see Vienna, Spanish Riding School. Sadly they advertise 5 star dinning but it is at best 3 star. ... Read More
Chose Scenic at that particularly time to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in my husbands family's heritage - Germany and for me to see Vienna, Spanish Riding School. Sadly they advertise 5 star dinning but it is at best 3 star. Ignored emails for us and our travel agent (6 in total) and we told three people when we boarded that the wife is seriously allergic to all fish and sea food products - I still go served fish 4 days into the trip that did not look like fish and was not ordered. The staff blamed us for not telling the company (we had 3 times) - one response state "we cant guarantee food requests can be met". We were told your met at the airport and taken to the ship. Nope we spent 7 hours in a hotel function room waiting to go to the ship. We had been traveling 35 hours in the same clothes by the time we got on board! All we wanted was our room and shower - but first Scenic crew wanted a lovely meet and greet with champagne - YUK! when your sweaty and dirty from traveling. To many Port calls they go on and on and everyone is expected to attend (at least a couple a day). While the crew handled a difficult time badly (rive closed for few days) the companies options were appalling - cut Vienna to 4.5 hours (the worlds cultural centre) and we had four days in row going to medieval villages - no offense but seen one seen them all - the best one was Rottenberg. There are no picnic baskets as advetised - the crew had never heard of such things. Meal times are ridiculously strict - and tend to over rule travel one would like to do - seriously the first two weeks of our once in a lifetime anniversary trip ruined by living to scheduale we do that for a living! May as well have stayed at work. However, Great Britain and Switzerland were awesome and made up for the cruise - scenic had nothing to do with that part of our trip. PS butler to look after your every whim - rubbish we saw him twice to say hello day 1 and goodbye on day 15. I am told Viking are much better company to travel with. Our Cabin Steward Putu was fantastic!!! Needless to say we thanked him privately. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Paid for ultra luxury, got a nice 3 star experience. On the plus side, clean ship, pleasant hardworking staff, plenty to eat and drink. On the negative side, not enough staff to offer a 5 star cruise, food tried to present as ... Read More
Paid for ultra luxury, got a nice 3 star experience. On the plus side, clean ship, pleasant hardworking staff, plenty to eat and drink. On the negative side, not enough staff to offer a 5 star cruise, food tried to present as ostentatious but failed, wines local and uninspiring. Enhanced experiences very nice, but other trips disappointing. Onboard entertainment less than one would expect for the price and claimed luxury standards. Cruise Director comes in for critism as a poor communicator, inefficient and with a sense of humour that could be interpreted as irritating by many. Showed no interest or follow up in those who had been taken unwell. My wife was taken unwell on an outing and he just pointed us to get ourselves back to the ship, with no follow up her wellbeing. We do not feel that we got the ultra luxury experience that we paid for. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We did a Danube cruise on the Scenic Pearl from Nuremberg to Budapest from 20th to 27th June 16. We were in a Junior Suite. The cost including Business Class fares was £7500 for the two of us. High water levels on the Danube. We ... Read More
We did a Danube cruise on the Scenic Pearl from Nuremberg to Budapest from 20th to 27th June 16. We were in a Junior Suite. The cost including Business Class fares was £7500 for the two of us. High water levels on the Danube. We were notified before we left that the boat could not make it to Nuremberg because of the high water levels. We were told that we would be bussed to near Passau - about 2.5hrs. As we had gone out early for a weekend in Nuremberg this was no real issue. But for the others on the trip it was as they this meant they either had to miss Nuremberg or face a c 6hr/there and back bus trip. But the more serious issue was whether we would be stuck in Passau for the whole week. A Viking boat had tried to 'escape' only to hit the bridge and had to 'Abandon Ship'. Clearly not advisable! Eventually, they were able to make the ship as low as possible by removing sun shades all the furniture and railings on the sundeck and we made it under the bridge with inches to spare. I can't really criticise Scenic for any of this. But, as ever, communications were in short supply. They did keep us safe. Note this an not uncommon issue with river cruising that must be taken into account. Suite We had a Junior suite. But it was still quite 'compact'. About what you would expect from a 'Regular' suite on a sea cruise. I don't think we would have wanted anything smaller. Beds comfortable. Clean. Well equipped. Just as an aside, a number of cabins two floors below us flooded when a valve blew. They had 3 inches of water in their cabins and, as the boat was full, they were rather stuck. I think it would have ruined our holiday if it had happened to us. I understand the cabins had not dried out as the cruise ended and new occupants arrived. Food The food was a great disappointment. Breakfasts were fine. Buffet lunches missed all the stuff we had been expecting like a 'carving joint of the day', prawns, crab claws etc. Dinners were even more disappointing. We had no 'WOW' meals. Fish was universally overcooked as were the veg. If you want fine dining, Scenic is not for you. Food much better on UniWorld and it bears no comparison to what you would get on Regent or Silver Seas. The Crystal Dining room is more like a canteen. The tables are very close together with inches between the tables for four. The noise level is high and on hot days the air con couldn't cope. Service Generally Eastern European crew. We had 'issues' with our butler who had a real 'attitude' problem. But the rest were great - friendly and efficient. They probably need more staff as drinks service was slow and limited outside the main lounge. There is only one bar which was closed during an exhibition of local dancing. Excursions Generally very good. The perennial problems of guides wanting to fill every moment of a 90min coach trip with talk,talk,talk. But this is not exclusive to Scenic. Best trip was to Melk Abbey. The evening concert at the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna was top notch in every way. The tour of the Hospital in the Rock in Budapest was fascinating. On the last night we were sailed along the Danube as the buildings were lit up. This was magical. Read Less
Sail Date June 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 husband and I and another couple just returned from a cruise from Chalone sur Saone to Nice on the Sapphire. This was our first on Scenic but we had cruised with Viking once. This was our friends first river cruise. Due to the high ... Read More
My husband and I and another couple just returned from a cruise from Chalone sur Saone to Nice on the Sapphire. This was our first on Scenic but we had cruised with Viking once. This was our friends first river cruise. Due to the high water level our itinerary was disrupted thru no fault of the cruise company. This was supposed to be a luxury cruise! Where to start! The rooms were small as the sun balcony interfered with the width of the room. The bathroom was not as big as was advertised and did not have " flashing lights ". We had to leave the remains of the first bar of soap on the bathroom floor before we got a replacement but otherwise the room was very clean . We could have asked for one but people should be trained to observe what is needed . This is a luxury cruise! The food was average. The portions were so small that 3 bites of a salad and it was gone. There should have been more French dishes and more fresh fruit from the area . The wine was fantastic so we should have had the food to go with it. Most of the staff were wonderful but I think they were understaffed, especially in the dining room. If you stopped someone to ask them for something ,they stopped what they were doing for someone else and did your bidding . A few more staff were needed in the dining room. We talked to a lot of couples that had sailed with Scenic 6 or more times and they were not impressed with the cruise. It was nice to have the cruise all inclusive but it came at a premium price. Would we cruise again with Scenic , no. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We travelled from Budapest to Nuremberg!! as 2 couples and chose Scenic because we had been told it was the best. The ship was changed a few days prior to travelling because of the water levels being low on the Danube. Apart from one stop ... Read More
We travelled from Budapest to Nuremberg!! as 2 couples and chose Scenic because we had been told it was the best. The ship was changed a few days prior to travelling because of the water levels being low on the Danube. Apart from one stop our cabins, 212 and 214, looked directly into the cabins of other boats which were docked alongside us. This meant the balcony was completely non functional and also we had no privacy making showering in the evening very difficult. The cabins were in darkness the majority of the time because of this. The food was, to say the least, below average. We dined on fillet steak and chips when we were looking forward to fine dining each evening. The only decent meal we had was on the one night that we were allowed to dine at Portobellos. That was delicious. The tours were very well organised and well orchestrated. We felt that everything was geared towards the Americans and Australians on board. No breakfast after 8.30am and dinner was7.00pm latest. One night it was 5.00 pm. The cabins were excellent, comfortable beds, spotlessly clean and well equipped. The "butler" was conspicuous by his absence. The only public areas were the restaurant and the lounge so there was nowhere to go to get away from the "entertainment " provided. After returning from our tour of Salzburg we were informed that the boat could go no further as the river levels were too low so the excursions were altered accordingly. Overall, we were very disappointed. It is not a cheap holiday and we felt that we did not get value for money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Ship is a 'convention' or banquet hall type of atmosphere, no pictures,no ambience. Plastic flowers on tables & big bouquet of plastic flower in foyer. Staff although professional, it was a 'business' as usual ... Read More
Ship is a 'convention' or banquet hall type of atmosphere, no pictures,no ambience. Plastic flowers on tables & big bouquet of plastic flower in foyer. Staff although professional, it was a 'business' as usual attitude. The 'butler' introduced himself the first & last day, although he did take our laundry bag once - over rated as a marketing tool. Food was ok & the buffet lunches was confusing, no one knew where to jump in around the island. We were stuck with a bunch of austrailians, over 80% of the ship - they lacked manners, loud, noisy,etc. Of course the water level was low & halfway, we had to be coached upstream & transfered to the Scenic Jewel, which in essence was a better ship & the staff was also better to a point. The tours in each port was short and the biggest complaint. My 3rd & 4th river cruise and the the most we spent was very disappointing. They do push the all you can drink, but over priced and who can drink through out the day. The cabin closest door was always stuck and hard to pull shut creating alot of noise & the bathroom shower was a half door, you had to lay down towels all the time. During embarkation we could not board the ship like the other river cruise line but met at their land hotel that the pre-cruisers took and then coached the 300meters over as a group, 'check in' not before 4pm. 2 other lines we took, welcomed you any time & we could even have drinks and something to eat in the lounge. Disembarkation, the tour director spent the night before about an hr. going on how they would like our luggage outside our cabin by 6:45am, & us out by 9am for the next group coming in. We turned on the tv monitor for the daily schedule and they had already changed our names to the guests that will be occupying our cabin. Not a 15day cruise, since we really left early in the am of the 15th. The staff did work hard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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
We travelled on Scenic's Jasper on the Gems of the Danube River cruise in July 2015. Having cruised on ocean liners several times before, and hearing the hype around Scenic cruise line, we had high expectations. Let me say off the top ... Read More
We travelled on Scenic's Jasper on the Gems of the Danube River cruise in July 2015. Having cruised on ocean liners several times before, and hearing the hype around Scenic cruise line, we had high expectations. Let me say off the top that overall I'd rate our cruise experience on Scenic about a 2.5 out of 5 and that low score had all to do with the poor quality of the service in the dining room and the less than enticing food. Although the one night we had reservations in the Portabello restaurant, the food AND service was outstanding! Our favourite waiter from that night on was "Luigi" who was not only vastly entertaining but knew what outstanding service meant. With a few exceptions, many of the dining room servers seemed as if they were in training, albeit, most tried hard to please but didn't seem to have the instinct or worse, the training to know what to do. Scenic needs to take the word "luxury" out of their descriptor, at least for the Jasper because we can't comment on any of their other ships. The cabins were nicely appointed with lots of storage, the ship's decor was attractive and the cruise itinerary and ports of call were very interesting. The cruise director, Patrick, was very good, however the captain spoke no English on a ship that had 169 passengers who were mostly English speaking. A few hours after dinner on our first night on board first night a number of people in the group we travelled with were relaxing in the lounge (which by the way, featured an excellent nightly entertainer, Sergio). We asked for snacks and they could only offer us wasabi chickpeas. After much convincing by my husband, the night supervisor was able to scrounge up some sandwiches for us. The bartender in the lounge was also very good. For us the most enjoyable part of the cruise was meeting and getting to know the other guests who mainly hailed from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States, the land excursions, the excellent tour guides, the three day stay at the Marriott in Prague at the end of the river portion of the cruise, the cleanliness of the rooms, and the fact that you truly walk off the ship with having spent zero dollars. One thing to note however, is that although they promoted it as all inclusive, if you preferred a brand of alcohol such as Grey Goose vodka, they either didn't carry it or you had to pay extra. Sort of defeats the purpose, don't you think? And, we never actually met with our so-called butler, he passed us in the hallway on the first day and then we never saw him again. While I am always one to look at the glass as half full, I don't think I could be persuaded to travel on a Scenic River cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First of all I should mention that we had awful weather - cold and wet - and this obviously affected my enjoyment of the cruise. We were new to river cruising and I am glad that we chose a shorter cruise as our intro. There were no onboard ... Read More
First of all I should mention that we had awful weather - cold and wet - and this obviously affected my enjoyment of the cruise. We were new to river cruising and I am glad that we chose a shorter cruise as our intro. There were no onboard activities apart from a quiz one evening. Scenic cater for the more mature traveller and we found that the tours were not active enough. For example the best day weather wise was Salzburg but there were two stops on the way there so having done the walking city tour - one hour - and had lunch, there was only 45 minutes of free time. Regarding the ship itself, the restaurant and bar area were very cold - I was in layers the whole time. If you feel the cold take plenty of sweaters and shawls to put over evening wear. People didn't seem to dress up as much as they do on ocean cruises. There are also 68 locks to navigate if you take the whole trip to Amsterdam so nights are noisy - take earplugs. We dined in Portobello which is just a glassed off area at the front of the bar and also Table la Rive which is just a table for twelve at the far end of the restaurant - both meals were good. The standard of food overall was good with plenty of choice although the buffet dinner on the first night was a bit of a scrum. There were some interesting towns along the way - its worth walking around Regensburg because if you choose the Weltenburg abbey trip you won't see the town at all. I would have liked to explore Passau but as soon as we came back from the tour of Salzburg we sailed off - there did seem to be a rush to get to the next lock - presumably to avoid queueing. The sun deck was closed off most of the trip because the river was high and bridges low. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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
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