Scenic Sapphire underwent a major overhaul in 2013, just five years after her debut and now looks almost identical to the more recent Scenic ships. Sailing along Europe’s Rhine, Danube, and Moselle Rivers, Scenic Sapphire's upgrades include speedy Wi-Fi, as well as two new dining options. The public spaces also got an overhaul, such as the marble-lined Panorama Lounge, where you can order any drink of your liking while taking in sweeping views of the water.
What We Love
Casual Dress Code: Don’t worry about having to dress to impress here, although many passengers do get spruced up for dinners and offshore events. Daytime, though, is super informal since you’ll be exploring European cities and trekking over cobblestones and uneven ground.
No Assigned Dinner Seating: The Crystal Dining Room serves a four-course dinner at a set time each evening and there’s no seating chart, meaning you can mix and mingle with different passengers every night.
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Excellent Dining Venues: Food is good everywhere on the ship, but dinner at the Italian fine dining restaurant Portobellos really shines. Passengers have the chance to book a seat once throughout the cruise when they’ll be able to sit and admire floor-to-ceiling views of the water while making their way through a five-course menu matched with Tuscan wines.
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Who It's Best For
Independent Couples: Thanks to the variety of activities each day, it's easy to take part in different excursions, and then catch up later over dinner or drinks and share the highlights of your day.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Not All Tours Are Wheelchair-Friendly: It’s easy for passengers in a wheelchair to get around Scenic Sapphire, thanks to an elevator and a handicap-accessible bathroom in one of the top deck suites. But things get more challenging on some of the tours due to the old buildings and uneven European roads.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.
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Scenic Sapphire at a Glance
- Line: Scenic
- Number of Passengers: 169
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 2008
- Refurbish Date: 2013