Scenic call their river cruise vessels ‘Scenic Space-Ships’ – fitting for a river cruise line that’s out of this world. They are Europe’s finest, with no hidden costs and a truly all-inclusive approach to food and drink onboard, and not to mention an extensive touring programme ashore that takes you behind the scenes in castle estates, at classical concerts and even into the homes of locals.
Scenic River ships offer acres of space. Suites are exceptional, larger than most cabins on the rivers today and with a private butler in each. A complimentary mini-bar and Wi-Fi come as standard, while you’ll find your bathroom stocked with luxury L’Occitane toiletries. In balcony suites, the ‘Scenic Sun Lounge’ transforms the space into your own private conservatory on the waterways. With a drink in hand – delivered by your butler, naturally – it’s your own personal and uninterrupted oasis.
Few river cruise lines offer the same sense of freedom as Scenic, their ‘Scenic Freechoice’ excursions tailored to all paces and categorised to suit. Lazy days and all-out activity are accounted for in active, moderate and relaxed experiences that recognise we all want different things from our holidays. They’re also one of the best out there for those of us who like to do our own thing when we’re away; take a GPS touring device complete with map and commentary, then set off on today’s sightseeing escape. There are over 240 tours in 140 European locations, plus the option to take to two wheels for an electrically-assisted and effortless exploration.
Scenic River’s dining is award-winning and we’d confidently put it up there on a pedestal with the best on Europe’s waterways. Crystal Dining is the cruise line’s signature open-seating main restaurant, while fine dining with a traditional slant and paired wines is on the menu in Scenic’s two speciality restaurants, L’Amour and Portobellos. Diamond Deck and Junior Suite guests can take a seat in the exclusive Table La Rive for a six-course degustation menu that is beautifully and meticulously executed. And for leisurely lunches on deck, the River Café and Riverview Terrace have al fresco eats with a view all tied up.
We had a most enjoyable time, thank you.
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