Published On: Sat, Aug 19th, 2017

10 Causes You're Going to Love Scenic Cruises' 'House Ships'


PHOTO: The Scenic Amber. (photograph by John Roberts)

I totally loved my first cruise with Scenic, a voyage down the Danube River from Nuremberg to Budapest. This journey on Scenic Amber gave me my first have a look at the ultra-luxury line’s “House Ships,” so named to explain the roominess cruisers get pleasure from of their suites and public areas onboard. 

Scenic Amber is 443 toes lengthy and accommodates 169 passengers in 85 staterooms, 72 of that are spacious suites (205 sq. toes or bigger.) Apart from the itineraries on the picturesque and historic rivers of Europe and the consolation afforded by the area ship design, Scenic’s river cruise ships function many different issues you’ll love. 

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Trek Journey Biking

Scenic’s collaboration with the bike tour firm signifies that a number of Rhine and Danube river cruise voyages every year provide the possibility to sail with a bunch of avid cyclists. I joined the “Gems of the Danube” crusing with 16 different cyclists, and collectively we received to see the cities and villages alongside the river from a special perspective as we biked 30 miles or extra a day within the hills and vineyards on roadways, river paths and thru farmland. This can be a cool choice for cruisers in search of a special problem or for cyclists who’ve at all times needed to attempt a river cruise. 

Butlers, Child

You additionally get butler service in your stateroom. What can a butler do for you? Effectively, we took benefit of as much as 1 kilo of free laundry service and a room service dinner. We did not have him unpack or repack our baggage. However he would have if we requested. 

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Modern Balconies

Scenic’s spacious suites function a “Solar Lounge” versatile area setup. This enables your balcony to be a part of your inside stateroom area or to be shortly transformed to a standard outside balcony with the flip of a swap that lowers a big window right down to a railing. This space has two chairs and a small desk and is massive sufficient to have an in-cabin meal. 

Health and Spa

Scenic Amber and its sister ships provide a small gymnasium with a treadmill, elliptical machine, recumbent train bike and rowing machine. The solar deck additionally has a strolling/jogging monitor and plush turf floor perfect for morning yoga and exercise classes within the open air. The salon and spa provide a menu of massages and hair and nail companies. 

Tailormade Enrichment

The Scenic Tailormade machine is not like any river cruise device that we have seen earlier than. This gadget is designed for Scenic and options settings that permit customers to hearken to tour guides throughout shore excursions or to go rogue and create their very own self-guided shore excursions. Tailormade options greater than 240 tour choices that cowl 140 European locations. The machine presents GPS navigation and commentary on the factors of curiosity, so you’ll be able to arrange your personal tour at your personal tempo. Additionally, when on the ships, Tailormade supplies narration, giving particulars of the historical past and tradition, so you’ll be able to activate it and use the machine as you sail down the river previous all of the views afforded from the lounge or solar deck. 

Open-Air Enjoyable

We talked about that mushy turf garden. The solar deck additionally has a Vitality Pool with ample submerged bench seating to calm down and revitalize with a number of of your new associates after a day exploring in port. The ship’s high deck can be the place you’ll be able to sit again with a drink to benefit from the sundown and or relax when cruising by locks and previous fortress ruins and little villages. The solar deck is rarely extra common than when you’re handled to a nighttime illumination cruise in Budapest. 

Specialty Eating

The ships have specialty eating places that you may be invited to no less than as soon as throughout your cruise. On Scenic Amber, we had a advantageous meal at Portobello’s, which options Italian delicacies. Ships crusing in France have L’Amour, a French restaurant. Suite passengers will even be handled to a six-course pairing menu with chosen wines at Desk La Rive in the principle eating room. 

River Café

Extra meals obtainable at extra instances. This café on the Panorama Lounge bar presents snacks and extra from early morning to late afternoon. Fruits, pastries and menu objects resembling meatballs, sandwiches and hen wings could also be ordered to fulfill your cravings. 

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Extra Methods to Get Transferring

The ship is provided with 22 e-assist bikes onboard. You possibly can signal out the bikes to make use of at your leisure when in port. A guided bike tour can be supplied throughout most itineraries. Additionally, every stateroom comes with a set of Nordic strolling poles for passengers to make use of throughout their cruise. The simply accessible paths alongside the Danube in every port cease make utilizing the bikes and poles a gorgeous choice for fitness-inclined cruisers who wish to get out to see the sights alongside the river in a extra lively method. 

Trouble-Free Cruising 

On Scenic cruises, Wi-Fi, drinks, shore excursions, gratuities and stateroom mini bar are included. 


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