Despite the rapid expansion of Scenic's fleet, the Australia-based company hasn't ignored its firstborns The older ships were fully revamped in 2013, including Scenic Ruby. With upgraded tech amenities, spruced-up furnishings, and stylish new dining venues in the mix, Scenic Ruby now looks just as luxurious and state-of-the-art as the rest of the fleet.
What We Love
In-Room Entertainment: Can’t make it to the evening port talk? Catch it on the live cam from your cabin’s flat-screen TV. The Mac mini infotainment system is also loaded with tons of music and movies, and can even convert to a computer in case you didn’t bring yours along.
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A Boutique-Hotel Feel: This ship moonlights as a luxury hotel on the water, with everything you need at your fingertips, from a fitness center to six dining options and rooms that have wardrobes large enough to stock multiple months’ worth of clothing.
Spacious Cabins: Suites measure up to 325 square feet — ample for a river cruise ship. The balcony suites have spaces that open up into sun lounges that make the cabins feel even airier, like you’re floating above the water.
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Who It's Best For
Multi-Generational Families: Since the ships are all-inclusive, with activities of all paces and styles, parents are bringing along their grown children and spouses for a trip that offers just enough bonding time, while giving everyone the freedom to enjoy the destinations in their own way.
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Not for Young Children: Entertainment revolves more around onboard lectures and performances rather than the wide range of activities you’d find on large ocean liners that pull out all the stops for kids.
Lane Nieset is a Miami-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Ocean Drive, Frommer’s, and Paste.