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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 Ruby

7 Night
Rhine Highlights

107 Reviews
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Scenic Ruby

7 Night
Gems Of The Danube

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Scenic Spirit

10 Night
Temple Discovery And Luxury Mekong Cruise - 7 Or 9...

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Scenic Amber

7 Night
Gems Of The Danube

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Scenic

14 Night
Jewels Of Europe

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Danube Christmas Markets

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7 Night
Delightful Douro

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Delightful Douro

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13 Night
Delightful Douro With Lisbon & Madrid

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8 Night
Eastern Europe & Balkans Unveiled

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Black Sea Explorer With Bucharest

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14 Night
Romantic Rhine & Moselle

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17 Night
Jewels Of Europe With Prague

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12 Night
Danube In Depth With Prague

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Beautiful Bordeaux With Madrid

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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

No longer an ultra-luxury experience.

If you grabbed a good deal, as we did, then it was definitely worth it, despite all the little things that niggled due to high but justified expectations of Scenic.Gone is the classic Scenic attention to detail, the promptness and quality of service, a professional cruise director and attentive hotel manager, even the availability of drinks and a restocked minibar, pristine cabins and a functioning TV, all the basic things that you have a right to expect on any cruise line, let alone Scenic.Read More
The not so big Cruiser

6-10 Cruises

Age 61s

Beautiful, momentous experience

Scenic made every step of the trip simple and stress free.A pool on this boat would have made it perfect as it would have provided a place to relax and cool off after an action packed day.Read More
Escape with Elaine

First Time Cruiser

Age 63s

High water levels - total trip disruption!

We just missed out on the opportunity to cruise the river and see the sights from the boat.Our river boat cruise was 100% deviated from the original itinerary due to the high water levels on the Danube.Read More
Bmb1957

2-5 Cruises

Age 67s

First River Cruise

Only old age and potential travel insurance issues prevent us from re-booking.The first coincidence was in the taxi - One of the ladies who shared it with us was living in the town in which my partner was brought up.Read More
CWVM89

6-10 Cruises

Age 89s

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