First Time Wonders

Your guide to river cruising

If you're new to river cruising, this guide has been tailored to answer all your questions and help you choose one of our award-winning cruises that's right for you.

We will explain to you why Scenic luxury all-inclusive river cruising is a great way to see the world, let you know what to expect on board and provide insights into the many exciting destinations and more.

Click here to view the First Time River Cruise guide online, or request your free copy below. 

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Our river cruising destinations

Why choose a river cruise with Scenic?

At Scenic when we say all-inclusive river cruising, that is what you get.
  • Scenic Enrich
    Our expert Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of unique experiences that will be amongst the highlights of your cruise. These exclusive multi-sensory moments that will add a deeper dimension to your journey and leave you with amazing memories to treasure.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    Whether you want to travel at a relaxed pace or to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice provides a diverse range of activities for you to choose from. From history to culture, gastronomy to nature, there’s something for everyone, and you can do it at a pace that suits you.
  • Scenic Tailormade
    In Europe, our exclusive Scenic Tailormade App allows you to explore on your own, either by foot or on two wheels with our e-bikes, in more than 140 locations. Each tour features insightful commentary about the destination you’re visiting and has been designed to start and return to your ship’s location. ^Features vary in Portugal and is not available in Russia
  • Butler
    We know it’s the small things that make your cruise special, and so do our butlers. From nightly turndown to laundry service included for all guests, our butlers are there to make your Scenic journey extra special. They won’t be happy unless you are.
  • Scenic Fleet
    Our focus on innovation and luxury design ensures Scenic is the world leader when it comes to delivering the ultimate in river cruising on our state of the art fleet. With some of the largest suites on the river, a high staff-to-guest ratio plus incredible facilities on board, you’ll never want to leave.
  • Dining & Beverages
    From casual fare to fine dining, we cater for every style on board. We source from regional suppliers so our food is both extremely fresh and in season. Our chefs draw inspiration from the countries we pass through so you’ll experience true regional cuisine. And of course there’s an extensive selection of complimentary beverages all day too.
  • Suites
    We set the benchmark for the standard of suites on board, the most spacious on the river. Our balcony suites also feature innovative technology, transforming to a Sun Lounge at the touch of a button, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape.
  • The Nth Degree
    We’ll personally greet you at the airport and transfer you to and from your cruise, regardless of when you arrive. Onshore, all our transport, whether it’s by coach or rail, is of the highest standard. We use local guides as we believe nobody knows an area like someone who lives there. Absolutely everything is taken care of, including all tipping.

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