Scenic Crystal cruising the Moselle Valley, Europe

A typical day on board a Scenic European river cruise

From sightseeing to feasting, there’s always something to do on your Scenic river cruise through Europe. If you’ve ever wondered how best to spend your time, here’s what a typical day looks like along with some great ideas to help you get the most out of your next river cruise through Europe.


Pre-order your favourite morning coffee, tea or juice with pastries the night before. You can then start your day afresh as your Butler hand delivers this straight to your suite at your requested time, allowing you to wake up whilst watching the sunrise from your Scenic Sun Lounge.

Early risers can enjoy a light breakfast at the River Café from 6:30am to 7:30am or choose from the extensive breakfast buffet selection or the à la carte menu in the Crystal Dining Room, available from 7:30am. Choose from a diverse range of cereals, fresh fruit, hot breakfast items and cold meats and cheeses, or indulge yourself with eggs benedict or lamb chops, washed down by a glass of champagne. 

After breakfast, it’s time for your morning Scenic Freechoice activity which might include an exciting E-bike tour along the Danube river between Dürnstein and Melk, a guided city tour of Vienna or Bamberg, or for those who are more active, a guided hiking tour to Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube. Listen to your Tour Guide through the Scenic Tailormade App to learn about the local history and interesting facts whilst enjoying the beautiful sights. 
On sailing days, admire the picturesque scenery from the Sun Deck, catch up on the news with a selection of newspapers from around the world in the Crystal Lounge, or simply enjoy a slice of cake for morning tea from the River Café.


After a morning of discovery, return to the ship for your buffet or à la carte lunch in the Crystal Dining Room and chat with your fellow guests and crew about your morning’s activities. You can enjoy a glass of wine with your meal and admire the scenery through the floor to ceiling glass windows. 

After lunch, there’s plenty of free time available to use as you wish. Perhaps return to shore for more exploration and shopping, or simply relax and enjoy the healing benefits of the Salt Therapy Lounge.


Get ready for an exciting evening with a refreshing drink on the Sun Deck or head down to the Crystal Lounge early for a cocktail or champagne amongst friends. This is your chance to listen to your Cruise Director’s Port Talk for a recap of your wonderful day and learn what exciting experiences await you tomorrow.

Dinner commences from 7pm in the Crystal Dining Room where you can enjoy a lavish five course à la carte dinner of entree, soup, main course, dessert and cheese, inspired by the local area. For those less hungry, or prefer something simpler, the alternative menu includes choices such as Fillet Steak, Hamburger with French Fries or Chicken Breast with daily side dishes.

Once per cruise, you will receive an exclusive invitation to dine at our Italian restaurant Portobellos, a night to remember, showcasing sumptuous regional specialities from the freshest local produce, paired with local wines from the region’s best wineries. Diamond Deck guests can also enjoy an intimate evening of sumptuous degustation at Table La Rive, limited to just 10 guests per evening.

After a fabulous dinner, return to the Crystal Lounge for after dinner drinks and live entertainment from your on board musician. This could also include special performances from the local area such as a Hungarian folklore show or Viennese waltz dance course.

It’s time to set sail. Admire the night scenery and passing towns and villages as your ship bids farewell and journeys to your next port of call.

Enjoy one last drink as you make new friends, get to know the staff, or dance the night away before returning to your suite for a restful night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s day of discovery. 
Typical day based on a cruise along the Rhine, Main, Danube rivers of 10 nights or more.

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