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3 Scenic River Cruise Reviews

When we were in Prague as an add on to our river cruise we received a note in our door that the first 3 days the ship would be operating out of Passau (a 3.5 hour bus ride away) and that the excursions would be bus tours from there to ... Read More
When we were in Prague as an add on to our river cruise we received a note in our door that the first 3 days the ship would be operating out of Passau (a 3.5 hour bus ride away) and that the excursions would be bus tours from there to Nuremberg (2.5+hours) and Regensburg (1.5+hours) each way. Also the boat was now the Opal rather than the Jasper. We were not aware of this either. We were very unhappy as were all the fellow cruisers to whom we spoke. One of the joys of river cruising is, supposedly (as we never found out) sitting and watching the world go by. Instead we were stuck at a dock in a small cabin with a useless sunroom and with another boat rafted beside us. Therefore we had no light, no view, no air and no privacy. We then sailed to Komoron which is 2 hours outside of Budapest and has absolutely nothing to do or see. I would rather they had changed the itinerary to include cruising to some other part of the river rather than sit in port. Or, as other river cruise lines did, transfer us to boats in major ports on our itinerary and at least cut down on the hours of driving on a bus that smelled like urine. For the entire week we cruised during the day approximately 6 hours. The rest of the time the boat sailed at night or we remained rafted in our little dungeon. It would have been nice to at least use the hot tub but it was out of commission for all but the first day. Then there is the food. Definitely not five star in my opinion. Over cooked pork, raw chicken, soggy seafood and beef, overcooked vegetables, cornstarch filled soups with no flavour or substance, dried bread, cheap wines and very little flavour for everything. The seafood buffet held at one lunch time was all that I believe was satisfactory, although as mention the soup was tasteless except for the flavour of cornstarch. The cruise was run like a cheap bus tour. No sit down breakfast after 830, short lunch and dinner whenever the buses got back. The beer and wines were okay but not 5 star as were the drinks. No caesars to be found. The entertainment was limited and very disappointing. The cruise director and staff were not helpful when trying to book alternate excursions such as the hop on hop off bus. It stopped right outside the boat in Vienna but we didn't figure that our until we followed their recommendations to take a taxi into Vienna to book it. Which we did. Then found that the itinerary included a dock side stop right in front of our boat. We brought the brochures (from the booth outside of the ship at the bus stop) to the staff for further reference. As mentioned, included excursions required usually over 2 hours of bus time each way. The sundowner (happy hour) excursion included cheap white wine, no red wine or beer and a long walk from the bus(which was not mentioned) We had no problem with this but many of the other cruisers did. Also the night of so called elegance for a classical music concert at a palace in Vienna involved a long bus ride and then a long walk through the city on cobblestones so those that made the mistake of wearing the recommended "elegant wear". The so called self guided town and river devices did not work at times and they were very cumbersome. Also be aware that they asked us to leave the ear phones so they could be recycled (they were only cheap plastic for one ear). The overall lack of respect from the cruise director and the constant misinformation or lack of any information was disappointing to say the least. None of us on the cruise, that I am aware, had any prior information related to the changes. Also there appeared to be no attempt on behalf of Scenic to alter excursions or practice to improve the experience. We did not start the cruise where we were promised. We did not finish the cruise where promised. We do not believe we received 5 star service. However we believe that we had the most expensive 1 star bus tour to be had. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were due to leave Australia after the floods in Europe were well publicised. We continually rang Scenic Tours only to be told that there was no problem as far as they were concerned. The waters were receding and we would be boarding our ... Read More
We were due to leave Australia after the floods in Europe were well publicised. We continually rang Scenic Tours only to be told that there was no problem as far as they were concerned. The waters were receding and we would be boarding our scheduled cruise (Scenic Crystal) as organised. The Mayor of Prague has requested that tourists not visit his City due to the risk of disease. We informed Scenic of this, but they still said that no cancellation was going to happen and should we cancel no refund would be granted. On our arrival in Prague (we had 3 nights there), we were informed that the Scenic Crystal would not be available in Budapest, but we would be boarding the same in Vienna. This was not accepted terribly well, but we had no choice. We then coached around and were accommodated in hotels with no choice for dinners but buffets. On two separate occasions our lunch was at a roadside dinner, once again many complaints were made to no avail. On our arrival in Vienna the Scenic Crystal was not not moored and we were told we would be boarding in Linz. Our hotel in Linz was at best a 3 star and the food was not acceptable to us and others,but again hard luck. Some passengers were accommodated in smoking rooms. We eventually boarded the Scenic Ruby after 6 nights being accommodated in hotels. The Scenic Crystal was still in the Black Sea. Our accommodation was still not available as we had booked a Deluxe Cabin on the Danube deck. The difference has since been credited. I have written four letters to Scenic with my complaints regarding the standard of hotel accommodation and the quality of food provided. Scenic would have made money out of lack of suitable accommodation, but we have only been offered $500.00 p.p. The hotel in Linz for example could be organised for just over 110 Euros per night (we paid over $1000.00 per night for the River Cruise). Be aware that if anything goes wrong with any of the Scenic itineraries you will not be compensated with anywhere near the amount that you have paid. The same thing happened to us in Canada a couple of years ago and on that occasion instead of our luxury 5 star accommodation we were billeted in a motel on the main highway. Scenic appear to be quite happy to spend millions of dollars on advertising their product, but beware often things go wrong and it is no good complaining via numerous letters. One is continually told that you signed the Terms and Conditions, so hard luck. Be very aware of Scenic Tours   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This was to be a luxurious celebration, 14 days and nights cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers with excellent facilities, food and service, a tour planned over a year and anticipated fondly. That is not what happened. Heavy winter ... Read More
This was to be a luxurious celebration, 14 days and nights cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers with excellent facilities, food and service, a tour planned over a year and anticipated fondly. That is not what happened. Heavy winter snow melted late and heavy spring rains fell. The rivers rose, flooded and then were closed to boat traffic. However, with knowledge of the flooding and the possibility of impassable rivers, Scenic Tours embarked our cruise. We were not offered a cancellation. We cruised for 2.5 days. After that we were moored in Mains for 5 days, then transferred by bus in an appalling comedy of errors lasting near 18 hours to Vienna and the Scenic Pearl. We swapped ships and were moored there for another 5 days. The last transfer was a long bus day to Budapest and a hotel. We did not get near most of the destinations and tours. We did not cruise. We sat on the river. Avalon Cruise passengers affected in the same way were given a 50% refund on their fares and a 50% discount on future bookings. Scenic have provided 5%. Yes, 5% on a 10,000 ticket. The ships are nice, the food is good, the staff excellent but Scenic must be avoided because of their policy of not informing passengers and their practice of starting a cruise that cannot be delivered as advertised. Their refund of 5% is offensive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
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