Scenic Cruises Profile

Sail the Rivers of the World with Scenic Cruises

European river ship the Scenic Jewel of Scenic Cruises/Scenic Tours
Scenic Jewel, one of Scenic Cruises "space ships". Scenic Jewel (c) Linda Garrison

Scenic Cruises Lifestyle:

Like most European river cruise lines, Scenic Cruises offers a relaxing way to see the rivers, cities, and towns of Europe. The daytime onboard ambiance is casual, and most guests dress up a little for the evening dinners. Scenic's cruises are all-inclusive, so the tours are usually full and the onboard lounge is a busy place when the ship is sailing.

Scenic Cruises Ships:

Scenic Cruises has 16 ships: Scenic Azure (2016), Scenic Aura (2016), Scenic Spirit (2016), Scenic Jasper (2015), Scenic Opal (2015), Scenic Amber (2016), Scenic Gem (2014), Scenic Jade (2014), Scenic Jewel (2013), Scenic Crystal (2012), Scenic Pearl (2011), Scenic Diamond (2009), Scenic Ruby (2009), Scenic Sapphire (2008), and Scenic Tsar (2012). The ships sail the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers of central Europe; the Rhone River in France; the Seine River in France; the Douro River in Portugal, and the Volga River and Russian waterways. Scenic Cruises also has one ship on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma) and one ship on the Mekong River in Cambodia/Vietnam. The Scenic Eclipse, a luxury yacht, joins the fleet in 2018. This is the company's first ocean-going ship.

Scenic Cruises Passenger Profile:

Scenic Tours/Scenic Cruises is an Australian company, so many of the passengers are from Australia. However, the ships also have many guests from Great Britain and North America. The all-inclusive lifestyle attracts many who like to pay for their cruise up-front, with no extra charges after they board (other than for the spa, premium drinks or wine, or items purchased in the gift shop). The multiple tour options and complimentary use of electric-assisted bicycles also are a good option for younger river cruisers, although, like other river cruises, the ships cater to an adult clientele, with no special activities for children.

Scenic Cruises Accommodations and Cabins:

All of the Scenic Cruises' balcony cabins (except for those on the Scenic Emerald and Scenic Tsar) feature a sun lounge that can easily be transformed into an open-air balcony with the push of a button. These balconies have two chairs and a small table, so are true balconies (not French balconies). The bathrooms feature a spacious shower, and some of the suites have a bathtub. All cabins have a complimentary mini-bar, butler service, and 24-hour room service.

Scenic Cruises Cuisine and Dining:

The Scenic ships have a main dining room with open seating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and lunch are buffets, waiters serve dinner from a menu. The one-seating dinner starts at approximately 7 pm each evening. The ships also feature two other dinner options: Portobello, an Italian-themed restaurant (seating of 25) forward of the observation lounge, and Table La Rive, which features a degustation wine-pairing menu for 10 guests. The River Cafe is a casual dining or snack spot off the observation lounge that is open from the early morning until 6 pm each day. The Scenic ships also have 24-hour room service from a limited menu (sandwiches, appetizers, cheese, fruit, etc.).

Scenic Cruises Activities and Entertainment:

Scenic ships include four types of all-inclusive tours: (1) Scenic Free Choice, a selection of two to five traditional tours in each port of call with a local guide and the use of the Scenic Tailormade listening devices; (2) Scenic Tailormade, a self-guided tour of a port using the GPS feature on the Scenic Tailormade devices to make your own way to a port or when moving along the river; (3) Guided biking tours on the electric-assisted bicycles; and (4) a special Scenic Enrich cultural experience on each itinerary such as an evening at Rastatt Palace or a tour and dinner at Marksburg Castle.

Scenic Cruises Common Areas:

After a 2013, $10 million refurbishments to the ships built between 2008 and 2011, all the European river "space ships" have identical decor, amenities, and furnishings. The interior of the ships is contemporary and comfortable.

Scenic Cruises Spa, Gym, and Fitness:

The Scenic Cruises ships all have a small fitness center with a treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine, and stationary bicycle. The ships also feature a spa and salon with haircuts and sets, manicures, and spa treatments such as massages and facials available at an additional fee.​

Scenic Cruises/Scenic Tours Contact Information

Australia Office
TELEPHONE: 1300 723 642
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North America and USA Office
CALL TOLL-FREE: 1-866-689-8611
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Emerald Waterways, a deluxe river cruise line company, is also owned and operated by the Scenic Group of travel companies.

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