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Scenic

This Australian luxury cruise and tour operator was launched 30 years ago and has expanded to become one of the leading river cruise lines in Europe — and it's now also creeping across Asia's waters. All of Scenic's ships are company-owned and constantly renovated so they maintain a modern look that's luxurious without being too over-the-top.

What We Love

All-Inclusive Really Means All-Inclusive: Once you arrive, everything is taken care of, starting with your airport transfer. This means all meals, butler service, open bar with top-shelf liquor, in-room minibars, entertainment, excursions, and even gratuities are included in the fare.

Butler Service for All: Each floor has its own dedicated butler ready to help with any request, from restocking your minibar to packing your bags before you disembark.

Best Known For

Five-Star Luxury: These river vessels — which Scenic calls "Space-Ships" — are like high-end floating hotels, with amenities that include pillow menus, 24/7 room service, and a chef's table with a six-course tasting menu.

Top-Notch Excursions: Scenic began as a tour operator, so it's no surprise the tours aren't your typical shore excursions. All of the coaches and guides are part of the company, and you can choose from a selection of free daily excursions that range from active to slower-paced to suit all types of travelers.

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Who It's Best For

Energetic, Well-Traveled Retirees: While the ships skew slightly on the younger side of the typical river cruise demographic, the average age still hovers around 65 — but don't let that fool you. These baby boomers have traveled the globe a few times over and lead the pack on the more active excursions.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

These Cruises Are Expensive: But you get what you pay for. Once on board, you don't have to worry about whipping out your wallet for anything, unless you hit the spa.

Lane Nieset

Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.

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