Scenic Jasper Cruise Review by Glorybe
- Sail Date: April 2019
- Destination: Europe River
We are repeat customers of Scenic so we knew how wonderful the ship, the food, the crew, and the excursions would be. We were not disappointed. The itinerary on this 15 day Moselle River also had ports of call that were different from the Rhine River cruises and were of interest to us especially excursions to medieval Bruges, Holland's Delta Works Project, Zollverein coal plant, Roman Trier, and WWII site in Arnhem (Bridge too Far). A special evening outing is always included and on this trip it was to attend a concert at Rastatt Palace and to see some of its rooms. Another reason we return to Scenic river cruises is that there are no additional costs after one has paid the cost of the cruise like tips for crew and guides, cost of cocktails and specialty coffees, and excursions. We also find that even when airfare is included and arranged by Scenic, the company works with its customer to provide a flight they are happy with - time of flight, airline, and any deviations wanted at no additional costs. Scenic's documentation provided to customers is excellent from invoices to trip overview packages. We also like the number of discounts that can be used against the cost of the cruise like the $200 credit voucher per person received right after the trip and vouchers for attending information sessions.
We had a regular balcony cabin, mid-ship, top level. The room was quiet at night. I liked that the window could be opened for fresh air as I am not a fan of air conditioning. The room has lots of room for storing personal belongings. We like the extra sitting room that the balcony provides as the glass fold-up doors are rarely closed. The 2 mesh chairs on the balcony are just fine for sitting on and look smart too. The tiled shower is spacious with a rain shower head and detachable shower head, and a retractable clothes line, but the size of the sink in the bathroom limits hand washing to delicates. Although there is no coin laundry onboard, the ship does provide laundry service - paid per item, but also 1 kg bag of clothes for free one time only. The bed and feather pillows are comfortable. We store the suitcase under the bed as it is high enough off the floor. Cabin stewards come in the morning and during suppertime to tidy up. A butler is assigned to each cabin whose duties include some ironing of clothes, polishing shoes, bringing room service meals/drinks. I enjoy having a computer supplied by the company in my room with acceptable WIFI. This computer also provides TV programs, movies, music, the day's program on it. The room includes the use of a terry robe and slippers per person. There is a large umbrella in the cabin plus walking/hiking sticks. Wine glasses, drinking glasses, ice bucket, of course, are at hand as well. The room has electrical outlets for both American appliances and for other outlets that need the 2 pronged round adapters. There were sufficient outlets for all of our handhelds
We will continue to be repeat Scenic customers. We have another trip planned - Moscow to Stalingrad for next year.
Future travelers should be aware that Springtime has its colds so bring your favorite cold medication along.
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Canals of BrugesWe docked in Antwerp and drove one way for 1 1/4 hour. The city walk started from the bus station outside of the town and ended here. This was a 15 minute walk through the park and Begijnhof complex. The guided walk did not include entry to any buildings. Free time was about 40 minutes and then we returned using a different route with the guide showing us the way back to the same bus stop. Toilets at this bus station are limited for women (cost .50 cent) so expect a 15 minute before the women return for the walk to the city. Very picturesque medieval town especially those sights around the canals. There was no time for a 30 minute canal boat ride. There was an opportunity to visit one church, buy some chocolates, look at the bell tower (closed for renos) and wait for the group to re-collect.View All 9 Canals of Bruges Reviews
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Walking TourThe guide was informative as we walked about 1 1/2 hours from the dock close to the Deutsches Eck along the waterfront promenade to Florinsmarkt to see the clock in the church tower to the four houses with oriel balconies nearby to the Liebenfrauenkirche and the Schängelbrunnen fountain in the old town. We popped into the Liebfrauenkirche which was convenient as we had planned on spending the afternoon taking the cable car up to the fortress. Our cruise ship stayed here for the full day so we could see more attractions here than at other shorter ports of call. I especially enjoyed the waterfront walk to Schloss Koblenz and then a walk around it to see the lovely Spring gardens.View All 89 Walking Tour Reviews
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