Scenic Diamond review

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#1
Triangle area, NC
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Joined Sep 2003
My review of the Bordeaux cruise on the Scenic Diamond has been posted: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberr...EntryID=595331

On whole, it was a good cruise, but had some definite misses in addition to a number of hits. I think I'm now a bit better informed re what to look for in a river cruise. And now understand some things about the Scenic product that I did not previously understand.

I'm open to any questions anyone might have.
#2
180 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
Thanks for you balanced review. Our only experience was last year on the Scenic Spirit in Southeast Asia. We were the ONLY Americans on the trip! We had a great trip including a fantastic tour director. I will likely have questions as we get closer to our Scenic Amber cruise next August.
#3
SC
384 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Great review! I just got off the Gem and our butler did the same thing. I saw him serving drinks in the lounge & serving dinner.
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Future Cruises:
September 2018-Royal Princess-TA
*October 2019-Celebrity Cruise Line (NY-San Juan)

Past Cruises:

*April 2018-NCL Epic-Senior trip with friends
*December 2017-MSC Seaside-Naming ceremony
*October 2017-Scenic Gem-Seine River-(Paris-Paris)
*August 2017-AmaWaterways AmaPrima-Rhine River (Basel-Amsterdam)
*July 2017-Carnival Fascination-40th birthday weekend (Bahamas)
*June 2017-HAL Noordam (Alaska with Denali)
*December 2016-Disney Wonder (Western Caribbean)
*July 2016-RCCL Oasis of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean)
*June 2016-Seaborun Odyssey-Mediterranean Cruise (Venice, Italy-Athens, Greece)
*June 2016-Emerald Sun-Danube Delights-First River Cruise (Budapest-Nuremberg)
*March 2016: NCL Getaway- Spring Break last minute cruise thanks to Empress of the Seas cancellation.(Western Caribbean)
*December 2015: NCL Sky-Orange Bowl Bound Cruise (Bahamas)
*April 2015: NCL Getaway-2015 Spring Break Cruise (Eastern Caribbean)
*Feb. 2015: RCCL Adventure of the Seas-20th anniversary cruise (Southern Caribbean)
*June 2014: NCL Epic-Mediterranean Cruise (Barcelona-Barcelona)
*June 2013: NCL Sun (Alaska Cruise)
*March 2013: NCL Pearl- 2013 Spring Break (Western Caribbean)
*Oct 2011: Carvinal Fascination-(Bahamas)
#4
FL
14,483 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Originally posted by wishIwerecruisin'
My review of the Bordeaux cruise on the Scenic Diamond has been posted: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberr...EntryID=595331

On whole, it was a good cruise, but had some definite misses in addition to a number of hits. I think I'm now a bit better informed re what to look for in a river cruise. And now understand some things about the Scenic product that I did not previously understand.

I'm open to any questions anyone might have.
Your experience very much mirrored ours.

Food was a disappointment, with few exceptions. Dining room service ranged from good to poor, with attitude being an issue with one female in particular. Excursions were too limited. All in all, good but will not be repeating with Scenic.

Don't judge all river lines by this one. AMA remains our hands down favorite and we love the experience they provide.
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145 cruises since 1964, 19 on the river.
Looking forward to:

Viking Sky, February, 2019
Scenic Eclipse, April, 2019

Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016, October 2017
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Amadeus Provence Christening, April, 2017
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017
MS Joy - Magic of Advent, December 2017
Amadeus Silver III, May 2018

Recent ocean cruises:
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017