For the 2014 cruise season, Scenic Cruises has taken its popular 15-day Jewels of Europe River Cruise and expanded it to a 19-day version of the same itinerary, Budapest to Amsterdam, in response to guest. The new 19-day Treasures of Europe’s Waterways itinerary adds Hoorn, Edam and Volendam in the Netherlands to the already extensive list of must-see ports.
Scenic Cruises is also offering free flights (taxes additional) for those booking standard staterooms or $2,000 in savings per couple for balcony cabins, if booked by October 31 (select departures and space available basis). Prices on the 19-day Treasures of Europe’s Waterways start at $8,670 per person, double and are truly all-inclusive – from unlimited beverages – premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic, all meals, personal butler service, and all excursions, events and entertainment to Wi-Fi throughout the ship, daily minibar replenishment, airport transfers and all tipping and gratuities, whether on board one of Scenic Cruises luxury ‘Space-Ships’ or while touring ashore.
On a Scenic 'Space-Ship', guests can experience the sights through “Scenic Enrich”and “Scenic FreeChoice” activities. “Scenic Enrich” immerses guests in the European culture by way of events exclusive to Scenic Cruises, including a private Viennese concert at the majestic Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna and a dinner hosted by locals in historic locations around Hoorn, where guests learn about everyday life in the Netherlands. “Scenic FreeChoice” choices combine the camaraderie of group travel with the flexibility of individual travel. In Budapest, guests can choose to relax in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Spa; discover highlights of Budapest during a guided city tour; or leave the city behind and visit a local village for a Pustza horse show.
“Scenic FreeChoice” experiences are available in 11 cities and villages on this itinerary. Guests also have the choice of independent discovery by taking a self-guided walk or using one of the ship’s electric-assist bicycles, making use of Scenic Cruises’ new and exclusive “Scenic Tailormade” system. This GPS-guided handheld tour system includes full audio and mapping and comes preloaded with tours that include a growing range of possibilities - food and wine, gardens and nature, history, arts and culture, architecture and more.
Guests has several dining options aboard. The Italian-based Portobello Restaurant offers five-star, five-course meals in an intimate and scenic private forward area of the ships; while Table La Rive, reserved for guests of the Danube deck, is a chef’s degustation table for 10, that matches six courses with premium wines, all chosen by the head chef. The Crystal Dining Room offers multiple menu choices accompanied by high-end wines selected by the company’s sommelier; and for guests wishing either a quiet night to themselves on their balcony or breakfast in bed, room service is available 24 hours a day. In addition, light fare can be enjoyed anytime during the day at the River Café, with its assortment of tempting breakfast foods, sandwiches, soups, burgers, fish, custom pizzas, and incredibly delicious pastries and gelatos. And on select days, the Sun Deck turns into an open-air barbecue experience, allowing guests to enjoy the river’s warm breezes as conversations flow like the wines.
The cruise line's owner, Glen Moroney, opted to spend $10 million to do a near complete rebuild of five ‘Space-Ships’, updating all interior components and technologies to match the Scenic Crystal and Scenic Jewel, the company’s newest ships launched in 2012 and 2013.