– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in interest in river cruises in Europe. I have to admit that much of it has arisen out of a huge marketing effort by Viking River Cruises, and while I have much to say on that topic, just as with traditional ocean cruising there is a huge difference between the more mass market brands, such as Viking, and the premium brands, such as AmaWaterways, and a relatively new category: Luxury River Cruises.
Sails through France with only 128 Guests
Scenic Cruises is, in my opinion, a true luxury river cruise brand. Based in Australia, this company has recently spun off its river cruises from its Scenic Tour operations and is making a real effort to establish itself independently and as an international brand. I am pretty excited about it, as I have been booking quite a few of my luxury travel clients on Scenic Cruises since its North American operation was essentially one person sitting in an office in New Jersey!
The comparison of river cruise lines to ocean cruise lines that I give to my clients is this: Scenic is to Seabourn as Viking is to Carnival. Yes, the differences are that significant. But, alas, they do come with a price tag.
The newest of the Scenic river ships
In typical Scenic Cruises fashion, it has produced two videos that really explain its experience in a way far more effectively than one can write about it.
The first is a general explanation of the Scenic Experience and ships:
The second is about its Free Choice included shore experiences:
If you are looking for that luxury river cruise experience with a wonderful dining experience (special orders, unlike most river cruise experiences, are not a problem!) and the freedom to enjoy independent or small group exploration with the assistance of the ship (rather than impersonal Viking group tour with 50 people) Scenic Cruises may be perfect for you.
Interested in a Scenic River Cruise? Call me:
United States: (877) 2GO-LUXURY
United Kingdom: 020 8133 3450
Australia: (07) 3102 4685
Everywhere Else: +1 732 578 8585
Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org