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Travelling as a mature couple we loved the cruise - right down the middle of France. The pace was ideal - our previous Danube cruise with Scenic was a little frenetic! We picked excursions a bit different to the usual churches, castles & grand houses -- learning to cook, olive oil, chocolate & lavender factories. Our first day we were torn between all 3 trips, wine tasting in Beaune, visiting a mustard factory or a museum of old Fiat Arbarth cars, warplanes and so much more. Wine tasting was almost obligatory, but we were shown what to look for, how to view it & smell it - but I never managed to master the 'spitting out' bit! I never realised that there could be so many vinyards & wineries, they stretched as far as the eye could see. But with names like, Beaune, Chateau neuf du Pape, Macon etc who is complaint. A very enjoyable cruise - except for the temperature on the boat - far too cold even in July!

Why was the boat so cold?

Scenic Emerald Cruise Review by hjgtiger

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2016
  • Destination: France
Travelling as a mature couple we loved the cruise - right down the middle of France.

The pace was ideal - our previous Danube cruise with Scenic was a little frenetic!

We picked excursions a bit different to the usual churches, castles & grand houses -- learning to cook, olive oil, chocolate & lavender factories. Our first day we were torn between all 3 trips, wine tasting in Beaune, visiting a mustard factory or a museum of old Fiat Arbarth cars, warplanes and so much more.

Wine tasting was almost obligatory, but we were shown what to look for, how to view it & smell it - but I never managed to master the 'spitting out' bit!

I never realised that there could be so many vinyards & wineries, they stretched as far as the eye could see. But with names like, Beaune, Chateau neuf du Pape, Macon etc who is complaint.

A very enjoyable cruise - except for the temperature on the boat - far too cold even in July!
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Cabin 319
Cabin was well equipped, very comfortable, BUT far too cold - it appeared that the centralised A/C could not be adjusted and even resorting to trying local cabin heating failed to rectify the problem. Complained several times and the best solution the 'engineer' could devise was to use towels to block off A/C vents.