Part of Scenic’s second generation of custom-designed Space-Ships, Scenic Jewel was among the first in the line to introduce the signature Sun Lounges, a balcony that can double as a sun room with private views of the river. As if this isn’t swanky enough, rooms are outfitted with the latest technology (flat screens with Mac minis) and set up to five-star hotel standards — pillow menu included.
What We Love
Butler Service: On Scenic Jewel, every stateroom is serviced by a personal butler — meaning valet service, shoe shining, and morning coffee and tea delivery. If you’re in one of the junior suites or higher, your butler will even draw you a bath.
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Privileged Activities: Scenic Jewel handpicks a few exclusive excursions that are truly priceless experiences, such as a private Viennese concert at the Palais Liechtenstein or a medieval feast in the 12th-century Marksburg Castle in Germany.
Inclusive Pricing: Scenic has more inclusions than many other river cruise lines, with fares covering butler service, six dining venues, beverages served all day, excursions, gratuity, and even airport transfers.
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Who It's Best For
Ocean Cruisers Switching to Small Ships: Many of the passengers have cruised luxury ocean liners and are giving river cruising a first chance. Ship capacity is a fraction of the size of larger cruises, which can be an adjustment for seasoned ocean-cruisers. But they end up appreciating the opportunity to mix and mingle as they please, and even make a new friend or two.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
You Won’t Find a Pool: While the latest generation of Space-Ships feature rooftop vitality pools, this ship isn't there yet. But there’s plenty of other amenities that aren’t the norm for small river ships, like a state-of-the-art fitness room and a salon.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.