Scenic Jasper joined the fleet in 2015 with the largest panorama suites on Europe's waterways. The 169-passenger ship also has private balconies on 85 percent of its staterooms, plus a spa for those who want to indulge in a mani-pedi or massage while on board. The line added a new version of its Scenic Tailormade GPS to staterooms, providing dozens of pre-programmed walking and biking tours on a device the size of an iPhone — making it easier for passengers to explore on their own.
What We Love
Top-Deck Vitality Pool: The latest generation of Space-Ships has a vitality pool on the Sun Deck, perfect for a cool-down dip after midday touring in summer.
More Spacious Staterooms: Scenic reworked its cabins to make them even more spacious, with balcony staterooms starting at 205 square feet and Royal Panorama Suites coming in at 475 square feet — now with heated bathroom floors and hydraulic air beds.
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Ease and Choice: Since Scenic cruises are all-inclusive, guests experience few hassles when it comes to planning their days and evenings, with six dining options and up to 21 complimentary excursions to choose from on 15-day cruises.
Chic Custom Design: Scenic's owner's wife added her personal spin to the ship's contemporary design, commissioning custom artwork by Australian artists for the corridors and charcoal sketches for the cabins.
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Who It's Best For
Seasoned, Sophisticated Cruisers: Most passengers have sailed on luxury ocean cruises and have traveled to Europe several times before. What they like about this river line is its attention to detail — from the L'Occitane bath amenities to the customizable Scenic Slumber Beds with Egyptian cotton linens.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Higher Decks Sell Out Fast: If you want the perks of a Balcony Stateroom or Suite, book well in advance — Scenic Jasper's top two decks are the first to go.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.