Reasons to Choose a Scenic River Cruise

Scenic Suite

Why should I take a Scenic Tours river cruise? It can be difficult to choose between the many river cruise operators, especially for those who have never river cruised before; who is the best? what are their differences? Many people take advice from family and friends, or perhaps make a decision based on an itinerary and destination rather than the cruise operator & of course the price is often a big decision maker!

Scenic Tours have been operating since 1986 & entered the world of river cruising in 2008 when they launched their 'space-ships' - designed with their passengers in mind, their ships boast unrivalled space, true comfort and luxurious amenities!
If that's not enough, read on for the many reasons to choose Scenic Tours for your next river cruise.

Attention to detail

The attention to detail on a Scenic Tours river ship is second to none. With fine woods and soft high quality fabrics you get the feeling that they took the no expense spared approach with a modern contemporary design. With a highly trained staff member for every three guests you can guarantee; whatever the issue, whatever the time, there will be someone on hand to help and advise you with whatever is it you need. Not only are they committed to being available anytime you may need them Scenic Tours also include a personal butler service for all guests. Your stress free adventure is paramount to Scenic and they prove this with a dedication to your satisfaction. As an example of their pursuit for the best possible service is the pillow menu they provide for your maximum comfort during your stay. In my opinion a really nice touch.


The onboard spa, salon, internet usage and laundry (two pressings per person per day) are all free of charge for you to use as you please. Appointments for certain services may be needed but this depends on demand and occupancy of the ship. All ships have a number of bikes and helmets that you can use to explore destinations you visit at your own pace. The bikes were custom made for Scenic and include a small electric motor for an extra boost when needed. Another example of Scenic thinking about their passengers having the easiest stress and hassle free time possible.

Nice touches

Scenic Tours’ ships may be some of the biggest however they do not carry as many passengers as some similar or smaller ships. Their maximum capacity is 171 passengers and some competitors carry up to 220.

Nearly 90% of the cabins have balconies. These cabins have an electric sliding glass door. With just a push of a button you can create an outdoor feel or shut out the cold and still enjoy the wonderful views.

You receive two free pressings per day per person.  This is really handy to get your evening dress wear pressed fresh each day so you need not worry about your packing or the ironing onboard. You can sit back enjoy your trip and leave the everyday chores at home.

Transfers to and from the airport to your ship are arranged and included in the cost of your trip.

The other addition that is included in your trip with no extra cost are the exceptional specialist excursions relevant to your location. This could be a themed tour of a village or town or wine testing after a delicious lunch experiencing the local delights and delicacies. All you have to do is inform the staff that you wish to take part and everything else is arranged on your behalf.


The scenic fleet were designed to exude the feeling of luxury and space. They pride themselves on being immaculately presented. The Scenic ships are the widest and longest on Europe’s waters. If the ships were two inches longer or wider it would not fit in some European locks.

Two decks have complete floor to ceiling windows that open to your private outdoor balcony. These balconies are your personal sanctuary to enjoy as you please. You could enjoy breakfast or just an afternoon reading while taking in the beautiful surroundings cruising down one of Europe’s most picturesque rivers.

The engine room is located at the stern of the ship and the room is sound proofed resulting in noise not being an issue.

In some cases riverboats will dock side by side and as a result you may not always have a perfect view from your room or balcony.


Scenic tours seem to understand the importance of providing the technology you may need on your trip as well as a few toys to make your experience that extra bit special. All cabins include an Apple Mac Mini hooked up to a 32” HD screen. You can browse the web as you please, catch up with emails or just enjoy making your cabin like a home from home. Onboard electricity is at 220 Volts, cabins have both European and Australian power points. It is recommended to take along an adapter and power strip (extension) to charge multiple devices.

Themed river walks and tours of surrounding areas are provided with a personal GPS device so you know exactly where you are, where you are going and how to get back to the ship. The GPS device also includes relevant commentary to your location. It is a nice touch to provide some interesting information in another format other than the usual tour guide or pamphlet.

Drinks Included

Cocktails, beers, spirits and wines are all free of charge anytime onboard your Scenic ship. All drinks are included in the price of your holiday. A small number of rare wines and spirits are not included. Soft drinks and tea or coffee are also free of charge and available 24hours a day.

Choice of Dining

The most impressive feature of Scenic‘s dining is the choice. From informal to intimate dining inside or out the scenic river ships have it all. When choosing what to eat of an evening you may like to make reservations as particular restaurants have limited seating.

No Hidden Extras

No hidden extras on your Scenic trip: Wi-Fi, port charges, tipping and gratuities are all included. Everything is included in the price of your holiday so all you have to think about is enjoying every minute. Another popular feature of a Scenic River cruise is the mini-bar stocked daily and fully inclusive of the price of your holiday.  

You receive two free pressings per day per person.  This is really handy to get your evening dress wear pressed fresh each day so you need not worry about your packing or the ironing onboard. You can sit back enjoy your trip and leave the everyday chores at home.

Watch this video to see for yourself!

To see the fabulous Scenic Tours fleet click here

Would you like to book a Scenic Tours river cruise? Visit to find the right itinerary for you. Alternatively call us today on 0800 810 8229 and speak to one of our friendly river cruise experts!

Do you need help choosing a cabin? Find our hints and tips here.

Think I’ve missed something or want to know more? leave a comment, let me know!

Come back soon. Dan Hadfield -