Barney’s Travels – Scenic Gems of the Seine

This cruise was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. Scenic were absolutely outstanding and truly lived up to their reputation of “all inclusive’.

The Ship; Absolutely gorgeous! Ultra-modem with everything you could want on a river-boat. 3 decks of varied cabin types including sole use & disabled facility. There’s even a lift between some decks for those passengers in wheelchairs. The Crystal Dining Room (a la carte for dinner, buffet for breakfast & lunch) is beautiful and spacious. Several table sizes on offer so every group size is catered to. It also features a stunning wine storage facility. The Lounge, Bar and River Café is the place where most passengers spend their time when not in their cabins. It encourages a social atmosphere with beautiful fittings and comfortable lounge chairs. All food and drinks here are of course inclusive and provided with table service. It features 2 coffee/tea making facilities also and is accompanied by 2 big screen televisions providing info about the ship’s location. The Sun Deck up top provides full deck access to those who wish to spread their legs, enjoy a cocktail with the breeze on their face (again provided by table service) or for those wanting a quite place to just relax in the sun, perhaps on a deck chair. Scenic Gem also features a gym and a Day Spa for those who require it.

The chauffeurs who met us for our arrival & departure transfers were extremely personal and made the commutes very enjoyable. The vehicles were Mercedes minivans and extremely comfortable. The drivers were happy to chat and to point out the sights as we drove.

The staff on board were outstanding, always addressing you and asking how you were. They were never shy to interact with you and offer assistance and a smile at all times. They’d remember what type of wines you preferred, how you like your breakfast served to your liking and they were always on hand with a smile if you required anything else.

The Cruise Director and Cruise Manager made you feel very welcome and special, like it was a once in a life time holiday and their experience & demeanor really put you at ease and ready to relax. They would always ask how we enjoyed the day and what we liked the most. They also conducted port talks each evening before dinner, explaining what we would be doing as a group that night and the plan for the following day. It made for a very smooth transition and from day to day.

The Butlers were very professional & personal and as awkward as it can be to have a Butler, you’d never feel uncomfortable asking them for something, be it room service, electronic device assistance, general advice or even to have your laundry cleaned.

The Tour Guides were brilliant. They not only made the tours enjoyable but immensely educational too. They really knew their stuff and tailored the excursions to the group. You never felt rushed or frustrated as you can do sometimes on a day tour. It makes the experience so much more enjoyable when you’re at ease and able to ask questions, especially when they are a local.

Our hosts Janelle & Emma, These 2 representatives of Scenic could not have done anything more to make our trip better. They bent over backwards at every opportunity to ensure we got the full Scenic quality and exactly how Scenic would want us to have experienced it. They are unsurpassed ambassadors for their brand.