Scenic Unveils 2020/2021 SE Asia Cruise Season With Fares Held at 2019/2020 Levels for Guests Booking by June 30

  Boston, April 2019 – Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the most sought after regions to explore, offering travelers a look at ancient cultures, historic treasures, exotic locales and enticing foods. And Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours continues to offer one of the best ways to be immersed into the local scene with its exclusive excursions and its luxury Space Ships. For guests looking to explore SE Asia during the 2020-2021 season, whether sailing along …

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Scenic Jade, Day 6: Let’s talk about the cabin amenities on this river cruise

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – Today was our second day in Vienna. It is really nice that Scenic spends twos day in this beautiful and exciting city. Yesterday almost everyone did the city tour that was offered and today we were offered three different options. Two busloads headed off to explore Bratislava, the capital of nearby Slovakia, another visited the Schoenbrunn imperial summer palace and the last group visited the famed Spanish Riding School in the city …

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Scenic Jade, Day 5: Tours on Scenic Cruises definitely are superior

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – Today we are in the lovely city of Vienna, Austria, and pretty much everyone on the ship took a general city tour this morning. I did a similar tour two years ago off another river ship, but what a difference. On that tour we drove around the Ringstrasse (Ring Road) by bus, seeing all of the major sights like the Opera House and Parliament, and then everyone disembarked and walked down a …

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Scenic Jade, Days 3 and 4: Tour of picture-perfect village

  ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – A day and a half have passed and this is the first chance I have had to write. Yesterday was consumed with full day tours and this morning with a half day tour. All tours are included on Scenic Cruises so participation is high. First we docked in Passau, Germany, where passengers were offloaded for their tours and at the end of the day we returned to the ship in Linz, …

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Scenic Jade, Day 2: The pace was slow and the touring do-it-yourself

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – It is only 3 p.m. and already we have had a perfect river cruising day. That is because we could pretty much do what we wanted with it. Our day began with what I call a “morning at sea” – that is, we cruised along the Main-Danube Canal all morning. This is what we all visualize of when we think of river cruising … lazy hours spent gazing at fishermen on the …

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Scenic Jade, Day 1: Our trip on Scenic’s “Space Ship” begins in Nuremberg

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – It wasn’t exactly easy to get here…three flights, beginning in Traverse City, Mich., and ending in Nuremburg, Germany. In Detroit, we connected up with our good friend and my fellow writer Bob Jenkins and the three of us traveled together. However, the overseas flight was delayed so Chet, Bob and I ended up spending four extra hours in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and arrived last night at about 6 p.m. Overall, a trip …

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Preparing to depart the U.S. for a river cruise on the Scenic Jade

Once again I am rushing around preparing to leave on a cruise. Of course, this is a wonderful reason for rushing, but nonetheless, it makes me kind of crazy. For example, I have to line up someone to water my vegetable patch in the community garden. And I have to clean out as much of my email as possible. And I have to remember to check in tomorrow afternoon for our Monday flight. I need to change …

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Scenic Christmas Markets Cruise: The Bottom Line

The cruise lived up to promise, exceeding it on many levels. Rooms were comfortable and beautifully maintained, the windowed balcony was perfect for chilly season cruising, the staff were exemplary. My only regret was that I could only do one week of a possible two week cruise. When I read about the complete ‘all inclusive’ promise of the Scenic Cruise line, I have to admit that I was skeptical. Yet, at the end of the cruise, I …

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Scenic Cruises Christmas Market Tour: A ship’s farewell and a slow transition to shore life

There’s such a difference between the disembarkation from a cruise ship and the disembarkation from a river cruise boat.  This one was serene and manageable – no getting up at dawn, no suitcases in the hallways at midnight. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, said goodbye to the crew and got into the taxi that Yvonne the tour director had arranged for us. That, for me, is how a cruise should end – I hate rushed endings and …

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A Taste of Dutch Christmas

When I open the cabin drapes this morning, I’m treated to a view of the heart of Amsterdam.  The Central Station is just a walk away! The surprising shape of the EYE Film Museum glows even in the early light, and the Dutch are already zipping by on their bikes.  This is one of my favorite cities in Europe and I’m excited to see it ‘glammed’ up for Christmas. Some passengers will be heading out to the …

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