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Scenic River Cruises

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Scenic Diamond

About Scenic River Cruises

Founded in 1987, Australia-based Scenic expanded into cruising in 2008 and today offers an upscale river ocean experience in contemporary surroundings with butler service in every cabin. Scenic is the luxury sister of Emerald Cruises; it calls its vessels Space-Ships to emphasize a higher-than-usual space-to-passenger ratio.

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Scenic Crystal

7 Night
Rhine Highlights

88 Reviews
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Scenic Crystal

11 Night
Rhine Highlights With Switzerland

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Scenic Gem

7 Night
Highlights Of Normandy & The Seine

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Scenic Jasper

10 Night
Black Sea Explorer With Bucharest & Budapest

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AmaWaterways

7 Night
Gems Of The Danube

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Gems Of The Danube

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Gems Of The Danube

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Gems Of The Danube

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12 Night
Meandering Along The Mekong And Temple Discovery C...

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13 Night
Unforgettable Douro With Lisbon

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Unforgettable Douro With Lisbon

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Unforgettable Douro With Lisbon

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Unforgettable Douro With Lisbon

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Rhine Highlights With Switzerland

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Bordeaux Affair With Top Chef Bryan Voltaggio

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Scenic River Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Scenic River cruise ships?

Scenic attracts a well-traveled, somewhat affluent crowd of passengers. The company markets its cruises only in English-speaking countries and about 40 percent of a ship's typical passenger complement is Australian, with the rest predominantly made up of travelers from the U.S., Canada and U.K. Most are 55 or older.

Do I have to dress up on a Scenic River cruise?

A little. Ships have a stylish but friendly and relaxed vibe. For dinner, smart-casual attire is recommended. Jeans can be worn in the restaurant, but shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate. Many passengers dress up for the captain's welcome dinner and/or farewell dinner, albeit even this tends to be smarter casual, rather than full-on cocktail dresses and suits.

Is everything free on Scenic River cruises?

Just about. Scenic cruises are fully all-inclusive trips, with fares covering meals, an open bar throughout the day, restocked mini-bars in cabins, gratuities, butler service, shore excursions and Wi-Fi. Use of e-bikes in select ports is also included in the fare.

What are Scenic River’s most popular activities?

Scenic cruisers want to be ashore as much as possible and the daily excursions are always busy; many enjoy the active options such as a 25-mile bike ride. Evening options are also popular, including the once-per-cruise Scenic Sundowners, which offer a cultural experience exclusively for Scenic passengers. More independent-minded cruisers appreciate the line's GPS devices, which offer a variety of suggested walking tours and background info.

Onboard, cruisers prefer to relax and chat with new friends.

Why go with Scenic River?

  • Europe and Asia luxury river cruises for Aussies, Brits, Americans and Canadians
  • Itineraries in Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar
  • Butlers for every passenger, complimentary shore excursions, drinks all day, tips and more
  • "Space ships" feature Scenic Sun Lounge balconies

Best for: Mature luxury cruisers

Not for: Budget cruisers, families and late-night party animals

Scenic River Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Beautiful Views and Amazing Staff - Beyond Grateful!

The Scenic Portugal crew is an exceptional team of professionals.Scenic Portugal, we are beyond grateful for taking such great care of us.Read More
Grateful Cruiser

6-10 Cruises

Age 49s

Rhine River Cruise - Zuzrich to Amsterdam

We had a lovely welcome when we arrived on board the ship by cruise director, Richard.All around it was a wonderful vacation and we look forward to another cruise in the future.Read More
2Cruisers4

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Extremely Disappointed on Scenic

The hotels on the Switzerland land portion were very good.The food was mediocre, we considered half of the dinners to be good.Read More
sdc1127

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Amazing staff

Both my travelling friend and I became quite ill around Day 5 of the cruise, and although I asked for Imodeum at the front desk (and was told they don't dipense medicine) and complained to our butler that I had a sore throat (he recommended ginger beer), neither individual suggested seeing someone in the medical office.I finally rallied enough around Passau to leave the ship, endure a tour of the beautiful city, in order to find a pharmacy to get what I thought would help the two of us recover.Read More
2marz

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

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