Scenic is the brand choice for many discerning river cruise devotees; lured year-on-year to the fleet of gorgeous ‘Space Ships’ with vitality pools and wellness centres, personal butlers, 24-hour room service, unlimited drinks and wonderful cuisine. The company’s Australian roots reach back to 1987 when Australian entrepreneur Glen Moroney founded Scenic Tours. Since then the line has grown and expanded to become a leader in river cruising. Not content to stop there, Scenic plans to launch their luxury expedition cruise ship, Eclipse, in 2018.
Of the 16 vessels in the fleet, the most desirable are the enviable ‘Space Ships’ which earn their moniker from the higher than average space-guest ratio on board. The top-level sundeck, with walking track, is the perfect spot for watching the world pass by, and newer vessels have vitality pools in this area. Staterooms are mostly designed with balconies and seating. The design is luxurious, modern and understated, which reflects the elegant and upscale atmosphere on board.
Cruises explore the classic rivers of Europe, including the Rhine, Danube, Rhone and Seine. Trips also extend to the Volga in Russia and to South East Asia.
Spacious staterooms are tastefully designed with first-class furnishings; guests can expect luxurious marble bathrooms, pillow menus, HDTV, climate control and the unique ‘Sun-Lounge’ system which transforms the balcony into conservatory-style seating area at the touch of a button. All suites have butler service, free Wi-Fi and full room service.
Food and Drink
The open-seating Crystal Dining venue is the main eatery on board, supplemented by cafés, bars and some specialty restaurants. All drinks are included in the fare and available at all times.
A serene wellness centre offers nourishment for body and soul with expert massage and treatments, alongside a vitality pool on the sun deck, well-equipped gym and walking track. E-bikes are available for shore cycling trips
Escorted shore excursions, included in the cruise fare, are thoughtfully planned and executed by English-speaking guides.
The Scenic Club loyalty scheme rewards guest after their first trip, with a range of discounts, transfers, hotel stays, onboard perks and complimentary luggage.
Photos courtesy of Scenic River Cruises