Scenic Jade and its sister ships, Scenic Jewel and Scenic Crystal, are the second incarnation of the line's Space-Ships, which are known as some of the roomiest on the river cruise market. Launched in April 2014, the 169-passenger Scenic Jade has contemporary décor, cosseting staterooms, and five-star amenities — such as signature sun lounges, butler service, and plenty of places to dine in style — that add up to all-inclusive indulgence.
What We Love
The Sleek Sun Lounges: Scenic crafted its own version of a balcony that can open up and transform a stateroom into a giant sun lounge — allowing guests to take in the passing scenery more easily.
Royal Panorama Suites: The best view in the house is hands down from one of the two Royal Panorama Suites. Located aft, these luxurious accommodations have uninterrupted 180-degree vistas, as well as perks such as Champagne on arrival, pre-dinner canapés, and complimentary laundry service.
Best Known For
Being Spacious Yet Intimate: Scenic Jade has 85 cabins and suites ranging from 160 to 325 square feet, plus a guest-to-staff ratio of 3-to-1, so crew members quickly get to know you on a first-name basis.
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Who It's Best For
Couples Looking to Relax: Couples can spend as much alone/unwind time as they desire thanks to 24/7 room service and private sun lounges perfect for en suite dining, enjoy low-key mixing and mingling in the onboard restaurants, and get pampered with massages in the small wellness spa.
Multigenerational Families: European river cruising is by nature geared toward mature travelers, and some couples are bringing along Mom and Dad for shared quality time on board. But sometimes separating for excursions requires different fitness levels, such as an e-bike tour.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Table La Rive Is for VIPs Only: Although Scenic Jade's pricing is all-inclusive, only passengers booked on the Diamond Deck can dine at the exclusive Table La Rive, the chef's table offering a six-course food and wine pairing.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.