Nov 15, 2013

Scenic Gem ‘Space-Ship’ built for River Seine


Celebrating the milestone that construction has begun on the new river cruiser, a ceremonial keel-laying event was held last month. The newest vessel in a fleet of nine Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ships,’ Scenic Gem will explore northern France on its Gems of the Seine itinerary – an 11-day voyage that takes up to 126 guests on a journey of historical, cultural and scenic discovery.

At 110 meters (360 feet) long, the ship epitomizes the luxury for which Scenic Tours is known, offering such inclusions as six on board dining selections and Scenic ‘Sun Lounges,’ which are private, full-size walk-out balconies that convert into all-weather sealed lounges with just the push of a button. It will also be the only river ship able to transit the full span of the Seine, making its way under Pont de Brotonne, the oldest bridge of its kind in the world, before docking in the port city of Honfleur.
 
Indulging in the company’s signature all-inclusive luxury, guests can experience the itinerary’s many sights such as a private classical concert within the grandiose 16th-century Château-de-Champlâtreux from Conflans, exclusive to Scenic Tours. Guests are also able to choose the experiences they enjoy the most with Scenic FreeChoice such as a city tour, a cooking demonstration and tasting at an acclaimed French Baking and Patisserie Institute, or a hike of St. Catherine Hill in Rouen.
 
Dining on board Scenic Tours ‘Space-Ships’ has also taken on a whole new flavour – with more options than any other river cruise company. A fine dining French restaurant will debut on Scenic Gem; additionally, Table La Rive, reserved for guests of the Danube deck, is a chef’s degustation experience of six courses paired with premium wines; the Crystal Dining Restaurant offers multiple menu choices accompanied by high-end wines; the River Café features light fare all day; on select days, the Sun Deck turns into an open-air barbecue experience; and 24-hour room service is available to all guests.