The Scenic Jewel has 85 cabins and suites for its 169 guests. These accommodations are seven different types in 16 categories. Launched in 2013, the river ship is owned by Australian tour and river cruise company Scenic Tours, which operates in North America as Scenic Cruises. I sailed a delightful Rhine River cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam on the river ship.
The staterooms are located on three decks of the Scenic Jewel. All of the 72 cabins and suites on the top two decks feature Scenic's sun lounge, which is a private balcony with two chairs and a table. This extra space can be used as an open-air balcony when the weather is nice, just like on other river or ocean ships. However, when the weather is not so nice, you push a button (much like a sunroof on an automobile), and the glass wall comes up, transforming the balcony into an indoor sun lounge. It makes the stateroom seem much more spacious and is perfect for sightseeing on chilly or rainy days.
All accommodations on the Scenic Jewel include the following features:
- Queen-sized (convertible into two twins) Scenic Slumber beds with pillow menu
- Egyptian cotton linens with duvets on the bed
- Robes and slippers
- Safe and hairdryer
- Luxury L'occitane bath products
- 32-inch, flat-screen, high-definition television monitor with built-in Internet access, keyboard, and mouse
- Complimentary Internet access via a television monitor in cabin or WiFi throughout the ship
- Twice daily service with evening turn-down
- Complimentary mini-bar stocked daily
- Butler service that includes room service, shoeshines, and valet services (booking spa appointments or shore arrangements)
- Both Australian power points and European 220-volt plug-ins
All accommodations except the Standard Cabins on the Moselle Deck 1 can have their butler bring early morning coffee/tea service to their cabin.
Royal Panorama Suite
The Scenic Jewel has two Royal Panorama Suites (category RS) aft on Danube Deck 3. These suites are the largest on the ship and measure 325 square feet (30 square meters). The most distinctive feature of the Royal Panorama Suites is the marvelous view over the back and side of the ship.
The Royal Panoramic Suite has a separate sitting area with a sofa, chairs, and tables. It also has the sun lounge seen in all of the balcony cabins and suites. Those who love a large bathroom will really enjoy this one, plus the shower is huge. The suite doesn't have a bathtub, so those who like to take a bath will want to book a Royal Suite or Junior Suite, the only accommodations with tubs.
The Royal Panorama, Royal, and Junior Suites on the Scenic Jewel feature tea, coffee, and breakfast service from your butler each morning, fruit skewers in the afternoon, and canapes in the evening.
The Royal Panorama and Royal Suites have expanded butler service that includes unpacking and packing your luggage or serving dinner in your suite. Both types of royal suites also include free laundry.
The Scenic Jewel has four Royal Suites located mid-ship on Danube Deck 3. The two category R Royal Suites measure 315 square feet (29 square meters), and the two category RA suites are slightly smaller, with 300 square feet. As seen in the photo above, this suite has a separate sitting area with a sofa and chairs. It also features a bathtub with separate shower and more counter space than in the lower suite and cabin categories. It also has the private sun lounge found in all the accommodations except the 13 Standard Staterooms.
As noted on the previous page, like the Royal Panorama Suites, guests in these Royal Suites enjoy expanded butler service.
Junior Balcony Suite
The Scenic Jewel has four Junior Balcony Suites--two on Danube Deck 3 (category RJ) and two on Rhine Deck 2 (category BJ). These suites are the first ones accessed when guests either go up the steps or exit the elevator. Measuring 250 square feet (23 square meters), they are slightly larger than a Deluxe Balcony Suite. However, as seen in the photo above, the sun lounge is smaller. Much of the extra space is used up in the larger bathroom. The Junior Suites do not have a sitting area like the royal suites do, but they do have a bathtub and separate shower. (Note: Junior Suite 202 is set up for the disabled and does not include a tub.)
Deluxe Balcony Suite
The Scenic Jewel has 10 Deluxe Balcony Suites on the Danube Deck 3 (category PD) and 10 on the Rhine Deck 2 (category BD). These suites measure 225 square feet (21 square meters). The Deluxe Balcony Suites do not have a bathtub but are similar in size and configuration to the Junior Suites. These cabins look very similar to the Balcony Suites but have a little more floor space (20 square feet) between the bed and the television/desk area and slightly larger closet.
All of the Scenic Jewel accommodations except the Standard Staterooms have very large closets, with both hanging and shelf space. These closets take a little getting used to since one side of the closet must be closed before you can open the other side. The accommodations also have a very thin, narrow sheet of marble that is used as a ledge underneath the TV. Nice place to put your key card, glasses, or camera. I also enjoyed the hooks on the outside of the closet (next to the door), which were used for hanging up a coat.
The 41 Balcony Suites are the largest cabin category on the Scenic Jewel, with 18 Balcony Suites on the Rhine Deck 3 (categories PP, PA, and A) and 23 Balcony Suites on Rhine Deck 2 (categories BB, BA, and C). The Balcony Suites are all identical, it's the location on the ship that determines the category. They measure 205 square feet (19 square meters) and look very similar to the Deluxe Balcony Suites, but are further aft and have a slightly smaller closet and space between the deck and bed. The sky lounges are the same.
The bathrooms on the Balcony and Deluxe Balcony Suites are identical, as seen in the photo above. They don't have a tub, but the shower is large.
Single Balcony Suite
The Scenic Jewel has one Single Balcony Suite on the Rhine Deck. It's small but does have its own private sun lounge. Scenic maximized its cabin space by taking the area next to the crew stairway and turning it into this Single Balcony Suite. The width, bathroom, and sun lounge are the same size as a Balcony Suite; it's the depth that is smaller.
Although the Scenic Jewel is all-inclusive and has luxurious amenities, it still includes some basic Standard Staterooms for budget-conscious travelers who don't plan to spend much time in their stateroom. These 13 cabins on Moselle Deck 1 measure 160 square feet (15 square meters) and do not have a sun lounge, they only have a window. These staterooms have traditional closets like those found on other river and ocean-going ships, where the doors slide back and forth easily. In addition, the desk ledge is slightly wider than in the balcony cabins. However, the bath is smaller, but not as small as I've seen on other ships.