Scenic Jewel Cruise Review by bonsallbob
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Europe River
The ship, the crew and the staff made our holiday such an amazing experience. The presence of the correspondents John Simpson, Martin Bell and Kate Adie added a new dimension to a holiday giving us memories of their Balkans experiences in the 1990's.
The food was 5-star with extensive choices at buffet meals and the evening A La Carte menu was always superb. The wines were quality and plentiful as far as dining was concerned. It was nothing less than lavish. If you want to leave your wallet at home, go with Scenic. We were sceptical about their claims prior to going but we really did NOT spend any money at all, either on board or during the excursions. We could not believe that all the cash we took with us went back into the bank when we got home ready for a similar trip next year.
The Cruise Director, Sylvia, was excellent.
If we had to give advice to other first-timers as we were, then we would point out the size of the Standard Suites. They are quite small but superbly appointed. However it didn't detract from our holiday as we were only in the cabin to sleep. We will however, upgrade next time.
The only other grievance would be the terrible meal at the Hilton Hotel in Bucharest. This is not what to expect in a Hilton Hotel. This however was not Scenic's fault but they have to address this as they are ultimately responsible. Well done Scenic. We shall return!
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The cabin was definitely below the waterline. There was nowhere to sit other than on the bed in fact there was no room for a table or a chair, so space is compromised. However in other respects the cabin was well appointed and comfortable if somewhat claustrophobic..
The bathroom was again small but essentially adequate. towels, bathrobes , shampoos, soaps and slippers all provided. The size of the cabin did not spoil our holiday so if you don't want to spend more our advice would be do the holiday anyway it's well worth it.