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Old September 2nd, 2013, 11:44 AM
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In Tournon yesterday, not much to see. Sailed down the Rhone as they had a BBQ on the sun deck. Last night was a music quiz night with cheese tasting in the afternoon. Docked in Viviers around 10pm after going through several locks.

today a walking tour of Viviers which is a quaint medieval town in the morning followed by lunch on board and then either a canoe trip through the Ardeche canyon or a bus trip. We chose the bus trip, it was spectacular scenery. Could have given the caves a miss. Just back on board at 5:30 and time to get ready for dinner. Internet has been no problem from either the cabin in aquarium class or in the lounge. I have been using my iPad mini all the time but there is a keyboard in the cabin as well.

We have had the Mistral winds for a couple of days, this morning it was quite strong but seems to have diminished this afternoon. The weather has been great apart from the rain in Paris.
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Judy -

Sounds like a great trip...

Leaving for the airport shortly. I hope to post along the way as well.

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Old September 2nd, 2013, 04:30 PM
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First outside entertainment tonight, a dance group from the local Provence area. Chef's special tonight was Duck a l'orange, very tasty. Did I mention that the food has been excellent, much better than the food on my last trip with Scenic. Tomorrow Chateauneuf du Papr in the morning and dinner tomorrow night at the Palace du Papes in Avignon. Makes for a long day.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 08:31 AM
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Thumbs up Fran and Judy

GLad to hear about outside entertainment.Food sounds great so far.Love your posts and look forward to them.Keep it up...

Fran,have a great trip and try to post also.Good to have many opinions.In roll call section,it was posted dining room VERY loud and waiters sort of rude.Will be interested in your opinion(she was on Diamond).
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 11:46 AM
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Wine tasting tour in Chateauneuf de Pape this morning. 4 buses, 4 different wineries. Then a ride up to the derelict castle and either a walk downhill to town or a bus ride down. Ship was docked in the middle of nowhere . In my opinion the ship should have docked in Avignon last night with the wine tasting offered as a optional tour. A waste of a good shopping day in Avignon. Tonight we are walking 30 minutes up to the Popes Palace for dinner. It is 35 degrees outside so not looking forward to that walk....should have arranged buses.
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The waiters on our cruise on the Scenic Jewel were fantastic and not at all rude in fact they couldn't do enough to assist with any requests. It was also not too loud.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 04:14 PM
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The wait staff has been wonderful on the Emerald, also very accommodating. Tonight an excellent dinner at the Palace de Papes in Avignon. Beautiful old dining room, 4 string quartet and excellent food. Choice of veal roast or salmon with an API, desert, champagne, red or white wine and coffee. The walk up was done with a tour guide so some history given. Gentle walk. If mobility issues a taxi was called for you. There is a lift inside the palace otherwise the 80 stairs were a bit tough
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Old September 4th, 2013, 04:37 PM
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Today still docked in Avignon. Bus trip this morning to Pont du Gard and Uzes. Worthwhile going. The aqueduct is amazing that it is still standing after almost 2000 years. After lunch free time in either Avignon or Arles (by bus to Arles). We moved out of our docking space mid day to allow the Arosa Stella to take the inside position and we tied alongside her. That ship has a swimming pool and since it was almost 38 deg today, it looked mighty inviting. Tonight was the crew talent show, lots of laughs. We are now docked in Tarasco our last port of a all. Tomorrow morning we have the choice of free time in Arles or Tarascon. In the afternoon we are doing the tour to Les Baux. The ship sails back to Avignon in the afternoon. Tomorrow night is the Captains gala dinner. Friday is the last night on board.
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It is now Thursday our second last day. Docked in Tarascon this morning and took the shuttle service to Arles with a guide that took us to the Center of town via the Colisseum. Wonderful city, loved to see the Cafe de Nuit and the Hotel Dieu that were painted by Van Gogh. Back on board by 12 for a disembarkation talk followed by lunch. We have eaten many lunches in the lounge with the excellent soups and salad or,pasta. 1:30 and we are off again by coach for Les Baux and the olive farm. This was. Very good experience, les BAux was beautiful and lovely learning experience at the olive mill. Ship had moved to Avignon again. Back on board at 5:45. Port talk at 6:30 followed by captain's dinner. No energy to get off the bed to get dressed but guess I should. Tomorrow another long day in Camargue and packing to do for an 8 am coach on Saturday to Barcelona. Has been a wonderful cruise with Scenic.
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Last day..on the coach at 8:30 for trip to the Camargue to see the flamingos followed by a stop in Ste Marie's de la mer. This town is on the Mediterranean, lovely beaches full of sand but very touristy, lots of shopping and it was also market day so many more stalls. Another hour ride to the Bull Farm for lunch. I personally like eating like the locals with their simple food, roast, brown rice and tomato sauce and for starters a huge bowl of fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, endive, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs with a wonderful olive and anchovies tepanade. This was followed by a selection of goat cheeses and then a most delicious chocolate cake. Lots of water and wine. We enjoyed the meal but many did not. I would have expected to see bulls at the farm but apparently Scenic had many complaints from previous guests that they did not like the way the bulls were teased so they cut out the show.

Back on board at 4:30, very tired and hot. It has been in the 30's for days. Rain expected tomorrow for our trip to Barcelona. I must say the Internet has been great. This might be the last post until I get home.
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Last day..on the coach at 8:30 for trip to the Camargue to see the flamingos followed by a stop in Ste Marie's de la mer. This town is on the Mediterranean, lovely beaches full of sand but very touristy, lots of shopping and it was also market day so many more stalls. Another hour ride to the Bull Farm for lunch. I personally like eating like the locals with their simple food, roast, brown rice and tomato sauce and for starters a huge bowl of fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, endive, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs with a wonderful olive and anchovies tepanade. This was followed by a selection of goat cheeses and then a most delicious chocolate cake. Lots of water and wine. We enjoyed the meal but many did not. I would have expected to see bulls at the farm but apparently Scenic had many complaints from previous guests that they did not like the way the bulls were teased so they cut out the show.

Back on board at 4:30, very tired and hot. It has been in the 30's for days. Rain expected tomorrow for our trip to Barcelona. I must say the Internet has been great. This might be the last post until I get home.
Thanks for your comprehensive review.
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Talking Sure enjoyed your posts

look forward to any final thoughts and review(under member review section) to balance out some negative ones just posted.
Would you go on another Scenic cruise?Was it 5 star(luxury) and worth the extra money?What would YOU improve,if needed?
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Old September 6th, 2013, 03:21 PM
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Just finished our last dinner. Food has been excellent. More than enough food, presentation is excellent. Have to say though that Duck seems to be a popular food. Several times as a starter and tonight was the second time this week as the main course. coquilles St. Jacques for me tonight with Creme brûlée, yum. The soups every day have been first rate. I would rate the food this trip as 5 star. I did not feel the same way last year on Scenic AMS to Bud. Maybe it has something to do with the local cuisine. The wines and champagne have been 5 star and I never once saw anyone getting charged for any alcohol. The bar is well stocked with good brands, cognacs, other apperitives. I will do a member review when I return home. Was this a total 5 star experience , not every aspect but I don't have much to compare with. I really enjoyed my AMA cruise as well.
We travelled in aquarium class, port side and only once did we have a pylon outside the window, we mostly docked starboard side and only once were we 'double parked'.
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Bus ride to Barcelona long with 2 hr stop at the Dali museum enroute. Arrived Barcelona 4 pm, checked into hotel. Great room. Bus tour left at 5 pm but pouring rain and not all that enjoyable. Did however gomintomthe Sagrada Familia, fantastic. Dinner on our own. Luggage has arrived. Tomorrow tour starts at 10. Internet sporadic
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We did the tour today to the Spanish Village. Thought it was very interesting and gave a flavour of different towns in different regions of Spain. This was a man made village built on a temporary basis for the 1929 World Exposition and was supposed to be torn down after 6 months. It is still there with some very good shops. Worth the time. We were back at the hotel at 1 and had the afternoon on our own. tapas tour this evening, 3 different places, lots of food and styles of service. Fun time. Tomorrow free time.
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Monday in Barcelona we basically shopped and did a walking tour of the Bari Gothic area. My legs and feet are starting to rebel. We actually ordered room service our last night in Barcelona, packed up and were ready for leaving. Our chauffeur picked us up at 10 am for a ride to the airport for a 1:15 flight. We had printed our boarding passes in the business Center at the hotel before heading to the airport. Barcelona airport has the most comprehensive shopping areas. Due to the overall strike in France, our flight was delayed by the French air traffic controllers so some stress that we could miss our connection in Amsterdam. We made up some time so plenty of connect time even though it is a very long walk from gate C to Gate F and we had to go through passport control as well. Our Toronto flight was on a 747 so they boarded first/business first and then used two ramps to board the other 45 rows. Not as bad as our previous boarding fiasco with KLM in Amsterdam. Flight delayed 40 mins due to rain and traffic backup but otherwise uneventful. Fed several,times on the flight, lots of included wine and beer for those who wished it and the food was really quite good. Still think KLM has the best meals of any flights via Toronto.

Have unpacked and 3 loads of laundry done and I am ready for my nap. Can't wait to see my granddaughters when I pick the up from school. I will do a member cruise review over the next few days. This will be my last post in this thread.
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