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  1. We booked the 11 day Scenic itinerary in 2019 for a number of reasons. When researching, river cruise advisor did a cost breakdown and given the inclusions, Scenic came out on top. But it was the only one that had the option to go to The Somme battlefields plus Sail all the way into Honfleur. So instead of being bussed everywhere from Rouen, we were right in the towns before and after the crowds. I would do it again with Scenic for these reasons alone.
  2. Yes I meant this review! So glad you found it and revived it as I enjoyed reading it again. I am so glad to hear that changes have been made to the transfer process as they were so needed, especially for people who were new to Scenic or river cruising. i would get clarification on the transfer to the boat. It really wasn’t too far from the Eiffel Tower so only 15 minutes from the Westin in mid day traffic. I would be surprised if the transfer from the Gem to the end hotel wasn’t included as they honestly include everything. Like I said, we didn’t book the pre stay through Scen
  3. sorry for the delay. We have another Scenic River cruise booked in December 2021 but we are thinking of moving it to the South of France in summer 2022 because of Covid so just started looking again today. first, we loved this cruise and it was our first river cruise. We booked the BD, 204, on Sapphire deck, because I use a cane and wanted the location and the bigger shower. The extra room at the end of the bed was a bonus. There was no small desk/wall unit that is shown on the floor plan next to the sun lounge. But we had enough storage so didn’t miss it. i believe
  4. We were in a deluxe balcony, category BD on the Gem in August 2019. Although that small wall unit was on the floor plan it was not in the room. The extra space seemed to be between the end of the bed and the desk/wall. We had no issue with space wile friends said that was the area where they would bump into each other. We were on the Sapphire deck so didn’t get the other perks but since I use a cane the cabin was excellent. We would, and have, booked it again. I did an extensive photo review if you care to search it out. It would be August 2019 on the 11 day itinerary on the
  5. The adventure begins! I just returned from an appointment driving through a snow squall and I couldn’t wait to read your update. Sorry it is cold but your shawls are beautiful! No wonder you couldn’t choose! And a win at trivia...but I now have to google the 4th US state with new in its name as I can only come up with 3. I’m getting ready for a face palm moment. Oh and love all your storage in this cabin! edited to add: New Hampshire...how could I forget the one closest to where I grew up?! I told you it would be a face palm!
  6. it worked! Thanks for sharing just a glimpse. I followed you so maybe I will start reading Twitter again!
  7. we were on Scenic in August and this was not our experience. You were served when you arrived in the dining room and the dining time was a range. You could arrive anytime within those times and receive the same level of service. We loved Scenic and Booked them for our first river cruise because of a per diem cost breakdown River Cruise Advisor did comparing all river cruise companies sailing the Danube on a specified week, same or very similar itineraries. Scenic came out as the best value although they were one of the most expensive to book. Their all-inclusive policy made our
  8. Oh I bet you are on-board now and we are all excited for you. Enjoy another Grand voyage and we will enjoy your posts. Safe travels.
  9. I couldn’t find it so now I know why. Darn!
  10. Thanks very much for all this information! The maps is exactly what I needed to get my bearings and I will look into Crystal return Vienna sailings. For the record, the Scenic phone number in Canada has a chance to get directed to Boston. I usually wait until after 5:00 pm Boston time to call then I get a more helpful agent in the Vancouver office. I do not know what it is about the agents in Boston but they don’t seem to know their product and get a bit foul when you suggest that their information is different than what I have found on line in Canada.
  11. Thank you G.M.T. for your reply. It helps me understand which part of the rivers to begin to focus. Yes I have read the two threads but not being an expert on the rivers I found myself failing in comprehension of river gages and how they impacted the cruises as I didn’t know where they were and my screen time is limited to 20 minutes at a time which is very limiting when trying to research. I tried the search but I was getting anytime Christmas was mentioned on ocean cruises and my 20 minute window evaporated.
  12. In our experience on sailing Hal with 2 children, the crew will bend over backwards to cater to them, even if you do not expect or request any special treatment. There is a children’s menu in the main dining room that you can request but my two enjoyed reading the menu and trying the different items. One lunch that we had in the dining room the waiter went up to the lido and brought my son pizza as he just knew he really didn’t want anything on that menu. He did this without our knowledge. We did not receive any special pricing for our children in the Pinnacle Grill or Cantelano
  13. I apparently suck at searching these forums. I apologize if this has been answered many times over. I have always dreamed of visiting the Christmas Markets but due to a medical condition a bus trip is just not possible. We were on Scenic for 11 days this past August in France for our first ever river cruise and we fell in love with river cruising. Now that the 2021 itineraries for Christmas markets have been released it is not only just choosing between the Danube or the Rhine, I am wanting to know if river levels have posed any interruptions at this time of year on either river
  14. We did the 11 day Seine on Scenic and had 2 days in Rouen and Honfleur which was fantastic. We had full days or early forming to mid to late afternoon in the majority of others. After many ocean cruises we just loved the river cruising experience. If you are comfortable with a small boutique hotel then you will be comfortable on a river boat. i can’t speak for your itinerary but can say you will get choices of excursions through your online cruise personalizer which will give you a clearer vision of your itinerary. enjoy the anticipation!
  15. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! I was thrilled too to be back on the water and I am missing it already. I’m trying to convince DH we need to go again before 2021!
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