From: European Cruise Guide
S is an Australian company that entered the European river-cruise market in 2008 with what it described as a "five-star" standard of accommodations and service.
More than 80 percent of suites and cabins have balconies, all guests have personal butler service, and passengers can choose among several restaurants at dinnertime--including afternoon tea and barbecue dinners on the Sun Deck when the cruising schedule and weather permit.
The company has a growing fleet of new "Space-Ships," which tend to be larger than most river ships in Europe. Itineraries on these ships include cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Rhône/Saône, Seine, Garonne, and Douro. (Other itineraries combine cruises with touring by bus.)
Fares include airport transfers, unlimited complimentary beverages, free Wi-Fi, and all gratuitites. (Even tips for local tour guides are included in the fares.)
The line's newest amenities are electric-assist bicycles for DIY shore excursions and the Scenic Riverview personal GPS commentary device, which is said to act like a "personal tour guide" while the ship is cruising.
Finally, Scenic is partnering with Trek Travel to offer nine "Bike & River Cruise Sailings" in 2017. Passengers will enjoy the use of Trek Domaine 5.9 carbon road bikes on 15- to 60-mile rides with experienced guides and route support. The May to September departures are split between "Gems of the Danube" (Budapest-Nuremberg or v.v.) and "Rhine Highlights") Amsterdam-Basel or v.v.).
Coming in 2018: saltwater cruising.
Scenic has announced plans for Scenic Eclipse, a new "discovery yacht" that will enter service on August 31, 2018. The 228-passenger, Polar Class 6-rated vessel will cruise in the Arctic, the Antarctic, Europe and the Mediterranean, and other locations. For more information, click here.
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