Originally launched in 1986 as 'Warrnambool Scenic Coach Tours', Scenic Cruises is now a major name in luxury River and Ocean cruises, with itineraries covering every continent.
In 2008, Scenic launched their exclusive Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ for Europe, which are widely recognised as the finest ships on Europe’s waterways. Scenic’s fleet of ‘Space-Ships’ has been designed to provide the ultimate in passenger comfort, with unrivalled space, luxury amenities and two decks consisting exclusively of private balcony suites with full-size, private outdoor balconies. There is a choice of dining options with the option to enjoy exclusive private butler service.
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Scenic are famed worldwide for their uniquely designed Space-ships which are designed with every small detail taken into consideration for the ultimate luxury experience, ensuring that every aspect of your Scenic cruise holiday. All of Scenic’s vessels boast a 1:3 crew to guest ratio so all passenger’s needs can be taken care of quickly and effectively. Here are a few of the most popular Scenic cruise ships:
The Jade with luxury and tranquillity in mind. It has a maximum capacity of 169 passengers, which allows this vessel and offers a great community feel during your . The Jade carries electronically assisted bicycles which are perfect for small adventures on shore.
Another one of Scenic’s homely and luxurious cruise ships, is the Tsar vessel. This ship will hold a maximum of 112 guests and offers many great creature comforts such as free Wi-Fi, satellite television, in-cabin safes and en-suite bathrooms.
The diamond can hold up to 155 guests, it used to hold up to 167 but was recently upgraded, which involved removing staterooms add more luxury features. The vessel features expanded wellness centres that offer spa treatments, salons and gyms. On you can take part in complimentary cooking classes taught by professional chefs, or you can enjoy many of the other luxuries the vessel has to offer, including the elegant panoramic lounge and bar, which features floor to ceiling windows which provide unbeatable views of the picturesque surroundings.
Key information: Scenic was founded under the name ‘Scenic Tours’ in 1987 Australia by Glen Moroney. To start with, Scenic offered tours to the citizens of Melbourne, but very quickly they began to expand. The company was officially renamed ‘Scenic’ in 2015. They dropped the ‘Tours’ in their name as they now also offer ocean and river cruises.
Cruises available: Scenic offer many great ocean and river cruises with worldwide destinations. River cruise holiday destinations include France, Portugal and Russia, as well as two multi-country cruises throughout Europe and Asia. Ocean cruises offered by Scenic include destinations throughout Europe, Antarctica, The Americas and The Arctic.
The ideal time to go: For ocean and river cruises, the best time to cruise with Scenic is during the peak summer months of July to August. This is when you can expect the best weather, although there may be more tourists. For those that are looking for a quieter cruise holiday, the early or late seasons tend to be calmer with fewer tourists, lower prices and cooler weather.
Currency: Onboard purchases go through a ShipBoard account which can be paid for using euros or a credit card. The euro (€) is the onboard currency. For any purchases you may make on shore you will need to use the local currency which varies depending on which itinerary you choose.
Top tip: Pack for all weathers. Since a lot of the cruises offered by Scenic are river cruises throughout Europe, it would be wise to prepare for the possibility of every type of weather by using layering – so you can always slip a layer off or on.
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