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Sail Date: July 2019
The list of dates given above did not match our trip. We were on Rhine HIghlights beginning July 10 in Amsterdam. Howerer, the boat was lovely with great bathrooms. the staff, mostly Serbian and Romanian, were friendly and competent. The ... Read More
The list of dates given above did not match our trip. We were on Rhine HIghlights beginning July 10 in Amsterdam. Howerer, the boat was lovely with great bathrooms. the staff, mostly Serbian and Romanian, were friendly and competent. The Cruise Director, Andreea was a real trooper handling everything that came up with grace and excellence. The stops were very nice, and the guides were very good, except one. The complementary drinks and mini bar and excursions were a definite plus. Andreea spent a little time each afternoon explaining how it would all work the next day. The only drawback for us was the dinners. The choices were just not appealing to us. They did have chicken, steak, and salmon for alternatives, though. Breakfast was fine with a large buffet around the center serving area. One could also order special things like pancakes and french toast from a menu. Lunch was good, but difficult to maneuver the center buffet. There was no beginning or end, so one had to just jump in front of someone else. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Embarkation & disembarkation went quite well although getting our luggage outside out cabin by 8:30 AM on the last day meant that the last evening of the cruise was spent packing! River cruise boats are necessarily constrained in ... Read More
Embarkation & disembarkation went quite well although getting our luggage outside out cabin by 8:30 AM on the last day meant that the last evening of the cruise was spent packing! River cruise boats are necessarily constrained in height (bridges) & length & width (locks) which makes space a premium. We had a Junior Suite (Cat RJ) which was more like a large room than a suite. Public areas on the boat were also at a premium - if you did not wish to enjoy the evening entertainment, your only recourse was outside on deck or in your cabin. Dining on Scenic was reasonable though not as good as on ocean cruises such as Silver Seas. The entertainment was somewhat eclectic but mostly enjoyable. The boats crew were very good. Our butler addressed our every need. The shore excursions that I participated in were very good though the long bus rides (~1 hour) were somewhat tedious. The last day of the cruise was spent in Amsterdam & we bookended a few more days there to enjoy Keukenhof Gardens and a train ride to Rotterdam. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Overall a great experience on-board, and thoroughly enjoyed Budapest and Prague and thankfully we had booked longer stays at both cities. All off shore tour guides were excellent, well prepared, knowledgeable and a joy to learn from, ... Read More
Overall a great experience on-board, and thoroughly enjoyed Budapest and Prague and thankfully we had booked longer stays at both cities. All off shore tour guides were excellent, well prepared, knowledgeable and a joy to learn from, except that we were extremely disappointed with the Salzbury tour guide (Dieter), very opinionated to the point where we we turned our audio off (he made several comments that may have been deemed to be offending to some of the tour group, he should also be reminded to turn his audio on mute/OFF while in the bathroom) . The Scenic Amber ship and its crew expertly navigated the high waters of the Danube and communicated updates on a regular basis, this was appreciated, however the "engine /propeller failure" - as we were told, resulted in the tour not sailing to its end destination of Nuremberg, which was very disappointing as this was a city that partly swayed us to choose this particular cruise line. There has been no mention of compensation being provided for the missed leg of the cruise, something that I would expect from a 5 star cruise line. Thankfully the accompanying Scenic buses were on stand-by and accommodated the unforeseen transportation deviations and got us to Prague safely. Great dining experiences and wonderful food choices were provided daily, excellent wines, and very courteous, knowledgeable and entertaining staff served us daily. Although we experienced many wonderful adventures while on the cruise part of our vacation, we had extended our vacation an additional 11 days to travel to other parts of Europe. However due to a family emergency back home we had to cut our vacation short and Scenic staff in Australia were able to assist in changing our return flight to accommodate our needs. Their quick response allowed us to overcome the various timezones issues that I was experiencing, and we were on a flight home within 10 hours of making the call to the Scenic emergency number. Thank you to all who were involved in assisting us with the flight deviation. Read Less
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