Scenic Crystal is part of the line's second generation of so-called Space-Ships, known for some of the most spacious suites on Europe’s rivers (they range from 205 to 475 square feet). Passengers won’t have a problem finding other spots to spread out in the common areas, either, hitting the sun deck for sunset cocktails or watching the landscape cruise by from prime seats on the Riverview Terrace.
What We Love
You Can Be Your Own Guide: The "Tailormade" GPS-enabled devices — on loan to passengers throughout the entire cruise — are programmed with guided tours, which allows for independent exploration in port.
Butler Service: Every cabin is assigned a butler — even the entry-level rooms. Because of the ship's 3-to-1 guest-to-staff ratio, it won’t take long for him or her to know your name and preferences — this goes for mini bar snacks, too.
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No Nickel and Diming: There’s no need to dip into your wallet once you get on board, not even to tip your butler (yes, gratuities are part of the all-inclusive package). Scenic Crystal doesn’t skimp on style, either, with a vast range of wines and spirits available at all hours of the day (some cruise lines will charge you for beverages beyond meal times) and bathrooms stocked with amenities by L’Occitane.
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Who It's Best For
Well-Heeled Cruisers: These passengers like traveling in style, so they don’t mind shelling out more for top-of-the-line suites that come with extra perks like pre-dinner canapés.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
These Cruises Don’t Come Cheap: But even before stepping on the ship, everything is taken care of, from airport transfers to tour excursions.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.
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Scenic Crystal at a Glance
- Line: Scenic
- Number of Passengers: 169
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 2014