What's new in 2017

Introducing Scenic Culinaire

France’s cuisine is world-famous and we’re very excited to announce Scenic Culinaire, our exclusive culinary experience available on our 2017 Bordeaux and Rhône River Cruises.  France is the epicentre of cuisine and fine dining and Scenic Culinaire will allow our guests to participate in a series of on board cooking classes, taught by experts, featuring the finest in local ingredients and designed to immerse guests even further into the delights of French gastronomy. 

The dedicated space will feature cooking stations, a cheese and wine cellar, fresh ingredients will be sourced from local markets and our cooking instructors will introduce guests to regional recipes based on the regions they’re cruising through.

River Cruising Guarantee

Staying true to our commitment of being all-inclusive, we have parterned with a well-known global insurance company to offer, for the first time, river cruising travel insurance. On every Scenic river cruise guests will be automatically covered once they commence their cruise for any delays or cancellations that occur due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or strikes. There’s nothing extra to pay, we automatically cover the price they pay for their cruise.

New Enrich Experiences

A number of exciting new Enrich experiences include a gala spectacular, Scenic Rouge - inspired by the finest French cabaret traditions and featuring classics such as the can-can, held under the big top, on the banks of the Rhône River in Lyon. An exclusive four course dining experience with matched vintages in at the acclaimed Mumm Champagne house in Riems or the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ set in the rolling hills of Salzburg.

New Freechoice Activities

Our 2017 Europe River Cruising program features 12 new Scenic Freechoice activities across Europe and France including learning how to make traditional German Gingerbread in a cooking class in Nuremburg or step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fable during a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof open air museum in the heart of the black forest.  For the more energetic there is a guided vineyard hike in Tournon or guided cycling tours in Bordeaux and along the banks of the Seine from Caudebe-en-Caus to Villequier.

Space-Ship Upgrades

In addition to our 2016 refurbishments, in 2017 our France Space-Ships Scenic Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire will be completely rebuilt for the 2017 cruising season to include larger suites and beautiful interiors. 

We’ll open up public spaces and reduce the number of guests – but not our staff numbers – for an even more personalised level of service than ever before. Additionally we’ll introduce a vitality pool, gym and spa.  A highlight of these ships will be the two new one bedroom Royal Owner’s Suites. At a huge 47 square metres, these suites boast opulent furnishings and all the extra touches Scenic is famous for