Our first trip with Scenic. They are expensive but promise a lot and they delivered. The boat was very good and the crew excellent. Food was consistently very good, as was the choice of off-boat excursions. We thought the idea of self-guided tours with personal audio guides was very good but felt the point-to-point guiding could be improved. Make sure you take a map!
A highlight for us was the journey from Passau to Linz. We had the option of off-boat tours of 9 or 10 hours duration with long bus rides but decided, along with about 30 other passengers, to stay aboard for the 5 hour cruise to Linz. It was delightful! Great weather, sitting up front as we sailed through beautiful scenery, plenty of food and drink and not many people about. That was true cruising. The only negative is that passengers don't get a credit for side trips not taken.
Overall a most enjoyable trip. We will certainly consider Scenic for future cruises. A hint for first-timers: Do get a balcony cabin but don't be disappointed if in port there is another boat moored alongside so you lose your view. There are simply not enough spots for the growing number of ships.
Although we got to see places that two decades ago would not be easily accessible we found that, apart from Ruse and Belgrade, we needed to be coached for some time to our selected location. The time ranged from an hour and a half to almost four hours. Indeed the trip to the Black Sea ( Black Sea Explorer) took 3.5 to 4 hours there and the same back. It made the day very trying. The ship and staff were wonderful as usual -
the on board piano player was excellent.
The Sundowner was a hurried waste of time - off the boat, over the bridge, on to a barge, down with one beer, group photo, off the barge back on the coach back to the boat. One hour tops.
Would not recommend this particular cruise to others.
Truly indulgent luxury, every need catered for and thought of. Can't recommend Scenic enough for their excellence. Sightseeing was the major attraction, with streamline efficiency getting to each destination and a well thought out program with choice of options. Local guides enhance the understanding of each place and being able to hear them with the Tailor Made device was wonderful.
Really enjoyed the trip, very well run and more relaxed than on a cruise ship there being less people it was easier to get on and off the ship. We had a fantastic cruise director in Cathy who just made everything so easy.
The best thing is all the tours are included so there is no hassle deciding on what you want to do. The E bikes were great as well. All in all a wonderful experience.
About ScenicWhy you should choose to travel with Scenic on your next holiday
Scenic River Cruising Through Europe
Board a Scenic Space-Ship through Europe and experience an all-inclusive luxury cruise that inspires you, and fires your senses. You can look forward to luxuriously appointed suites with a queen-size Scenic Slumber Bed, L'Occitane amenities and Mac mini infotainment system. A choice of up to six dining options, a butler for each and every guest, unlimited complimentary beverages, as well as an in-suite mini bar. Choose the exclusive sightseeing activities that interest you, and that move at your pace and handpicked experiences, exclusive to Scenic guests,
Scenic's 6 Star Eclipse
Scenic Eclipse sets the standard in ocean cruising in terms of technology, size and luxury. Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, the Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable. Scenic's true luxury is all-inclusive including your transfers and tips, your exclusive shore excursions including Zodiacs, kayaks, e-bikes, and even your mini-bar, you won’t have to worry about money at all.
Scenic's Touring & Rail Journeys
It's not all rivers and oceans, with Scenic's land journeys designed with the same all-inclusive luxury. From history to culture, cuisine to nature, Scenic's diverse range of Freechoice activities tailor each trip to your interests. Discover charming towns and friendly locals, immense and breathtaking landscapes from all the corners of the globe with Scenic.
Spectacular Earlybird Offers
Scenic in partnership with Global Journeys offer the very best exclusive Earlybird deals. These incredible offers are designed to stop you wavering, and to start you thinking about the wondrous experiences awaiting you. Earlybird deals are strictly limited so the sooner you book the better the offer available to you, and the greater your choice of departures and suites.
Scenic Club is an exclusive loyalty program extended to guests who have toured with Scenic Tours or Connoisseur's Choice by Scenic Tours. It is Scenic's way of saying thank you for entrusting your holiday travel with us. Book your next Scenic holiday with Global Journeys and your membership is free and packed with incredible benefits and offers including access to exclusive deals and competitions. Read more about the Scenic Club here.
Scenic FAQ'sSome of the frequently asked questions Scenic receive from their clients
When talking travel, there's no such thing as a silly question. We've made it even simpler to get the answers you need for your next Scenic river cruise, tour or Scenic Eclpise ocean cruise. You can you can read through our detailed list of Scenic's Frequently Asked Questions. Your Global Journeys Consultant will help you with any other questions you have regarding travel with Scenic.
Arrival & Departure InformationWhat happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with
Airport transfers are only available on the first and last day of your trip and at times that Scenic designate. Transfers outside these times will be at your expense and must be secured by your own arrangements. Passengers who have purchased Scenic's pre or post hotel accommodation and airfares (through Scenic & Global Journeys) will be provided airport transfers to/from their hotel in the tour start or end city only, on the day of the pre or post accommodation booking. No refund will be given for unused transfers. If you miss the pre-booked transfer, you will be responsible for making your own way to the Tour departure point, at your own expense. Airport transfers may be group transfers scheduled to coincide with multiple flight arrival times.
Private transfers on arrival and departure are included for guests who are river cruising in Royal & Royal Panorama Suites, plus Scenic Elcipse guests who book pre/post accommodation. Private transfers are not available in all locations.
Terms & ConditionsYep, all the boring small print! We still recommend you read it though, as no one likes surprises!