Apr 12, 2017

On board Scenic Diamond with Captain Smith

We recently spoke to Scenic Diamond's First Captain, Captain Smith about his experiences on board.

UK born Sebastian Smith joined the Scenic team as a Third Captain in April 2015, he is now First Captain on Scenic Diamond. In spite of his young age, his impressive professional knowledge has allowed him to sail Bordeaux's waterways.

What do you enjoy most about being Captain of Scenic Diamond?

This is now my third season with Scenic after a previous career on cargo ships, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Navigating has been a passion for me since I was 5 years old when my father took me out sailing around my home island, The Isle of Wight in England.

As Captain of the beautiful Scenic Diamond, I have full responsibility of my guests, crew and of course their safety on board.


Thankfully I have a fantastic crew that are always here to fulfil any request from our guests to give them the luxurious experience of our five star river cruise.

I have worked extremely hard to reach my position as Captain starting at the age of 16, the greatest part of my job is meeting our guests and listening to their amazing stories and engaging in interesting conversations.



What is your favourite city to explore in South West France?

Scenic Diamond sails along the Garonne River, the Dordogne River and the estuary of the Gironde.

We stop at the incredible city of Bordeaux, also known as the wine capital. Bordeaux has some amazing attractions and architecture including the famous "Place de la Bourse".

We also dock in some beautiful old French villages including Pauillac, Libourne, Cussac, Bourg, Blaye and Cadillac, where I have seen some of the most amazing sunsets.

Have you experienced any of the Scenic Freechoice or Enrich activities?

I have had the opportunity to join the guests on some of the excursions that Scenic provide, a soirée at the Chateau de Giscours with a fantastic range of wines and a meal on the estate.

I also joined our guests at a sundowner in Saint Émilion after visiting this historical town that is world famous for its Grand Cru wines, and many more.

All images courtesy of Sebastian Smith.