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Why River Cruising?

The allure of river cruising with Scenic is self-evident, as we provide a truly all-inclusive experience. From the moment our staff greets you to the final farewell, you rarely, if ever, have to open your pockets. We have over 30 years of experience in hand-crafting unforgettable trips, and our goal is to provide you with the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation possible.

Throughout Europe and Asia, rivers once vital to trade now bustle with people who have come to explore the magic and imagine the history of these majestic waterways. The banks are lined with the same magnificent architecture of times past, and the cultures and traditions still persist in the culture today. To experience the enchantment for yourself, cruise the waterways of the DanubeRhône, Seine, Bordeaux regionRhine, Moselle or Mekong through such diverse countries as the Netherlands, France, Russia, Portugal, Germany, Hungary and Vietnam.

River or Ocean Cruising?

River and ocean cruises both provide fantastic opportunities for guests to experience the best that travel has to offer. However, for guests looking for a more personalized experience, nothing compares to river cruising. 

River cruises offer a more intimate way to see the world, with smaller guest numbers on board at any one time, higher staff to guest ratios and larger cabins, everything is hand-crafted to make your experience unique and personal. On board a Scenic Space Ship is truly an all-inclusive experience. All your drinks and shore excursions are included and early booking reward deals often mean that your flights are included as well. All your drinks and shore excursions are included and early booking reward deals often mean that your flights are included as well.

River cruises offer you the maximum time to explore your chosen destination. You dock right in the heart of a city - which means no long transfers or waiting times to reach the sights. Because of the size of your Scenic river boat you won’t have long embarkation and disembarkation times. Upon arriving at the ship, you will be in your cabin within minutes... no standing in long lines waiting to get on and off the ship.

Thanks to the gentle nature of the rivers we traverse, along with the engineering excellence of our ships, sea sickness is not something you need to be worried about on a river cruise. With a river cruise the scenery is constantly changing as you slowly glide down the river. From villages to castles, beautiful landscapes to temples, there is always something new just around the next river bend.

Who Should River Cruise?

Discernment, curiosity and passion are just a few of the qualities that many of our river cruise guests share. You’ll meet a range of like-minded people on board a Scenic river cruise who are typically interested in exploring the artistic, historical, culinary and cultural aspects of our destinations. They enjoy the laidback pace of river cruising and its appreciation for individual choice and exploration.

Our guests like to take their time peeling back the layers of the lands we visit, rather than rushing through crazy itineraries. A mix of independent travelers, couples and small groups, our guests are looking for diverse, culturally enriching experiences. An appreciation for the finer things in life – great food, music, knowledge, along with a thirst for new experiences drives their journey. With a balance of both working and retired guests, luxury and great service is a must, as is the reassurance that everything is all-inclusive, including tipping and gratuities. With a small number of guests on board, there are plenty of opportunities to make many new friends.

And it’s not just couples and groups who seek out river cruises. A growing number of solo travelers are choosing the delights of a river cruise. Offering comfort, peace of mind and the chance to meet like-minded wanderers, river cruising is ideal for those traveling on their own. As a solo traveler you’ll have the flexibility to join in Freechoice and Enrich activities or if solitude is more what you crave, simply kick back and relax on board in 5-star luxury.

Europe River Cruising 2018
Europe River Cruising 2018
Scenic Ocean Cruising
Scenic Ocean Cruising
Europe River Cruising 2017
Europe River Cruising 2017

What To Expect On Board

This is more than just expected all-inclusive luxury and exquisite dining. As your Scenic Space Ship journeys through Europe you’ll enjoy a truly intimate river cruising experience in the most spacious cabins and be spoilt for dining choices. When you unwind with glass of sparkling wine, in the warmth of a luxurious on board vitality pool you’ll truly understand.

  • World-class dining at a choice of 6 dining venues including Table la Rive & River Cafe
  • Luxury suites with a queen size Scenic Slumber Bed, complimentary menu, mini bar, L’Occitane amenities & Mac mini infotainment system*
  • Personal butler for all guests
  • An almost 2:1 guest-to-staff ratio
  • Unlimited beverages and in-suite mini bar
  • Sun deck with vitality pool
  • Scenic FreeChoice - allowing you to choose the exclusive sightseeing activities that interest you the most
  • Scenic Enrich - handpicked activities ranging from private concerts to exclusive dining experiences
  • Scenic Sundowners - exclusive cocktail events overlooking some of Europes most remarkable locations
  • Scenic Sun Lounges allow you to sit back and soak in the scenery on your own all-weather private outdoor balcony
  • Endless on board entertainment, showcasing regional cultures as you weave through Europe
  • 24 hour room service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Fitness & Wellness area, providing hair, massage and beauty treatments

What To Expect On Shore

Scenic Freechoice- a program of activities created to give you the freedom to engage in the things that truly interest you. You’ll get to choose from a range of diverse activities at your preferred pace, from leisurely to more active. With Scenic Freechoice, it’s entirely up to you.

Scenic Enrich- you can look forward to genuinely handcrafted moments of wonder, curated to bring out the truly wondrous aspects of history, culture and location. Immerse yourself in the hospitality and traditions of some of the world’s most unique cultures. Whatever Enrich experience awaits, you’ll cherish it for years to come.

Scenic Tailormade- exclusive to our European river cruises, our Scenic Tailormade device guides you through your own personal excursion on shore, and offers absorbing commentary on major points of interest while you’re on board. With your Tailormade device, you’ll be able to wander on or off the beaten path without any danger of getting lost. And best of all, you’ll miss none of the attractions along the way.

Scenic Sundowners- bespoke cocktail events for Scenic guests to celebrate the day’s adventures. What could be better than ending an incredible day, sharing your experiences with friends against a truly idyllic backdrop? That certainly calls for a toast.

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