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Scenic Space-Ships: A small ship experience on Europe's rivers


Size really does matter when talking about the historic and sometimes narrow water passageways of Europe and how to best navigate them. The fleet of Scenic Space-Ships provide guests on board with ample space and the freedom to roam. A Scenic Space-Ship is more than a standard river vessel – it’s a custom-built luxury ship created to access smaller ports and meticulously designed to offer maximum space and comfort for no more than 163 guests while sailing.

The Scenic Difference is present in every element of a truly all-inclusive luxury journey. On board Scenic Space-Ships, you can expect impeccable service, exclusive moments, world-class dining and a river cruise that is personalised to meet your needs. You’ll find it’s more than unpacking just once, it’s the ease of feeling at home and settling into some of the most spacious and luxurious suites cruising Europe’s rivers.

When you board a Scenic Space-Ship you can also expect to feel an instant sense of relaxation, knowing our expert staff are there to take exceptional care of you and all guests, both on the water and onshore. Enjoy the freedom of simply relaxing or making new friends as you gently float past the magnificent scenery and landmarks of Europe. With Scenic’s suites, it’s more than butler service for every guest – it’s knowing you like a glass of champagne served with your breakfast.

The world may have changed, however, Scenic’s commitment to guests’ health, wellbeing, peace of mind and safety remains as consistent and strong as ever:

Truly all-inclusive luxury on Europe’s waterways:

  • Spacious Scenic Space-Ships with abundant spaces to relax
  • No more than 163 guests on board
  • Luxurious Balcony suites with fresh air from your Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Up to five dining venues ensuring variety and space for diners
  • Personalised well-being options to stay healthy while on board
  • Scenic trained, expert on board and onshore teams
  • Outstanding standards of service, health and hygiene 
  • Here are the key benefits of a Scenic Space-Ship experience:

    Space to yourself

    With no more than 163 guests on board and a variety of dining, wellness and relaxation areas, it’s easy to find a quiet place to relax and indulge on a Scenic Space-Ship.

    With fewer guests on board, spacious suites and large dining areas comes a feeling of boundless space in which to relax and unwind. There are many public spaces where guests have plenty of room to move and take in the views. The Sun Deck is an expansive rooftop area that runs the length and width of the Space-Ships. Recline in on one of the many comfy chairs, stay active on the walking track or take an early morning yoga class.
    The spacious Panorama Lounge & Bar is the heart of the Space-Ships and guests are often found relaxing near the floor-to-ceiling windows, taking in the scenery over a drink with friends. There are no long walks back to your suite and it’s almost impossible to get lost.

    The clever design of Scenic’s Space-Ships has enabled the inclusion of multiple spaces for casual or fine dining, in a location of your choice. You may feel like a three-course meal at Crystal Dining, or a casual snack at the River Café – the choice is yours.

    It’s more than good food and wine with Scenic, it’s your choice of up to five dining venues with a dedicated team creating dishes inspired by the regional cuisines of the countries you sail through.

    Bring the outdoors in from your Scenic Sun Lounge

    Included in Balcony Suites and above, your Scenic Sun Lounge will allow you to truly appreciate the beautiful landscape and enjoy the outdoors, in private. When the mood takes you, enjoy fresh air direct into your suite by the touch of a button as the glass smoothly glides down to convert the area into your exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge.

    This special suite sanctuary is perfect to dine in, read or to relax alfresco, while watching as you pass stunning scenery. It’s more than a five-star river cruise, it’s inclusive of a fully-stocked mini-bar replenished daily, butler service and in-suite dining.   

    Small riverside towns

    Your Space-Ship will meander along the waterways often close to shore, so the view is constantly evolving from moment to moment. The ships are also able to dock in the heart of towns so you have more time to explore onshore. Imagine ancient castles perched above the riverbanks, ribbons of vineyards and charming, old-world communities. Visiting these towns also provides the chance to support local businesses such as wineries, organic providores, stores and markets as you go.

    It’s more than a visit to a European town,
    it’s a cultural exploration of some of Europe’s oldest town squares, villages and cities and discovering the heritage, cuisine and customs that have been cherished for centuries.

    Well-being and healthy living

    With Scenic, the itineraries are destination-focused, so there are many opportunities to explore the villages along the waterways your way with range of included Scenic Freechoice activities. It’s important to note that Scenic Freechoice allows you to set the speed at which you explore a destination. You might want to move one day at an active pace by hiking through the Black Forest or cycling on an e-bike to explore the cobblestone lanes of a riverside town such as Cochem or Bordeaux. The following day, you might prefer a more leisurely pace and opt to join a relaxing walking tour, or simply stay put on the ship and get lost in the pages of a book in the comfort of your private Scenic Sun Lounge.

    And when you want a little therapeutic ‘me time’ to reflect on your journey highlights, you can head to the Salt Therapy Lounge. Scenic is the first and only river cruise company to feature a therapeutic salt room on a selection of its Space-Ships, utilising practices developed in medieval times to harness the healing properties of salt. Salt therapy is designed to strengthen the immune system and help relieve symptoms for a range of conditions.

    With Scenic, it’s more than healthy choices – it’s wellness that nourishes mind, body and soul. 

    Commitment to Health & Safety

    We understand the importance of maintaining your health and wellness whilst travelling. Our team has worked closely with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and government health agencies to implement a full range of health and wellness measures for  our river cruise operations.

    Read further information on these policies. Cruise with confidence | Our commitment to your health & safety - Scenic°