A day in Europe with Scenic

From immersive on shore experiences to feasting, there’s always something to enjoy on your Scenic river cruise, with no more than 163 guests travelling on board. The world may have changed since your last cruise – or if you’re a first-time cruiser, you may be wondering how Scenic has embraced the new conditions for travellers. 
Rest assured that our commitment to your extraordinary truly all-inclusive, small ship experience, as well as the health, safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew remains our key priority.  Our policies exceed regulatory expectations, ensuring you can travel with complete confidence knowing that your wellbeing is taken care of to the highest standard by our expertly trained staff and uncompromising technology featured throughout a Scenic Space-Ship.  

How might your day be spent during your truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise? Following is a guideline of what a typical day looks like, along with some great ideas to help you get the most out of your next river cruise through Europe. 

Early risers

Pre-order your morning coffee, tea or juice the night before and your Butler will hand deliver it to your suite at your requested time. Watch the sun rise from your Scenic Sun Lounge or head up to the Sun Deck for morning yoga with the Wellness Coach. Enjoy a light breakfast at the River Café from 6:30am. Located alongside the Panorama Bar, River Café offers casual dining for an early breakfast, all-day grazing and light snacks. 


From 7:30am you can choose from the extensive breakfast offerings or dine à la carte in the Crystal Dining Room. You may even like to toast the day ahead with a glass of Champagne. If time permits, head to the wellness area for a quick gym session or a moment of meditation in the Salt Therapy Lounge*. Scenic is the first - and only - river cruise company to feature the therapeutic Salt Therapy Lounge on board most Scenic Space-Ships. Salt therapy was developed in medieval times, when the air inside salt caves was employed to treat respiratory illnesses. 

Morning exploration 

After breakfast, it’s time for your selected Scenic Freechoice activity, which may include an exciting e-bike* ride, a guided walking tour or another immersive encounter in a local township. With Scenic Freechoice activities, you can choose from a range of handpicked, varied and fascinating shore excursions with expert local guides that cover a diverse array of interests. You can also choose from relaxed, moderate and active activities, allowing you the freedom to select the pace that suits you on any particular day. With Scenic, it’s more than just interesting onshore activities, it’s a personalised river cruise that you can tailor to your preferences. Explore the ports without straining your muscles or breaking a sweat on our complimentary e-bikes* (electronically assisted bicycles). Peddle yourself and keep fit or let your fun and eco-friendly bike do the work for you. Your personal Scenic Tailormade App* will allow you to hear your local guide as you take in the picturesque surrounds.  

Late morning 

Depending on the duration of your Scenic Freechoice activity, there may be time for independent exploration of the local sites, souvenir shopping or agreeable, aimless wandering. Your Scenic Tailormade App* is clever enough to guide you even if you choose to go your own way. You may also like to relax on board and enjoy the amenities and views. 


Return to the ship for an à la carte lunch in the Crystal Dining Room and a chat with fellow guests and crew about your morning’s pursuits. Enjoy a glass of wine with your meal as you regard the splendid scenery. Crystal Dining Room is the main restaurant on board and offers fresh choices every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wide-ranging cuisines and ever-changing à la carte choices feature local delicacies and vegetarian specialities. After lunch, spend your free time as you wish, on board or onshore. Maybe get a massage^ with the wellness team. 


Your Space-Ship may reposition to an exciting new location or remain docked in the same place, in which case you can borrow an e-bike* and continue your explorations of the surrounding township. If cruising, unwind in the Panorama Lounge with a cocktail or mocktail and an interesting afternoon on board lecture, relax in your suite sanctuary or take in the views while exercising on the Sun Deck. If cruising in the South of France or Bordeaux, you may wish to take part in the Scenic Culinaire cooking class where you will learn to prepare the delicious French cuisine. Scenic’s expert chefs guide groups of 10 guests through the consummate artistry of French cuisine, using locally sourced, fresh and seasonal ingredients. The cooking class of a lifetime for a lifetime of classy cooking. 


Enjoy a pre-dinner drink with new friends in the Panorama Lounge. Your Cruise Director will brief you on what awaits you tomorrow. Dinner is in the Crystal Dining Room where you can enjoy a five course à la carte banquet. One evening during your cruise, you will receive an invitation to dine at Portobellos/L’Amour, where you will savour the freshest produce, matched with local wines. This intimate setting is restricted to a maximum of 32 guests. Your cruise will determine the cuisine and you could be treated to authentic Italian, French or Portuguese fare. 


One evening you will be transported to a magical location for your Scenic Enrich classical concert and wander the lavish halls of sites such as Palais Liechtenstein. Scenic Enrich experiences elevate your cultural discoveries to the realms of royalty, to modern times, and the times of fable, folklore and sophistication. Reserved for Scenic guests, these sensory encounters place you at the heart of the world’s most refined art, music and architecture. Return to the ship and enjoy drinks in the Panorama Lounge, or call it a day and unwind in your suite in preparation for another exciting day tomorrow. 
In the event of a deviation some services and inclusions may not be provided in line with these depictions.  

*Not available on all Space-Ships. Safety helmets will be supplied and should be worn while riding e-bikes. ^At additional cost. 

Book and travel with confidence 

We are continuously updating our protocols to safeguard both the health, safety and the experience of our valued guests. You will be informed about these important procedures, well in advance of your journey departure.  With Scenic’s Flexible Booking Policy you can defer or cancel your travel plans up to 60 days prior to your river cruise with no Scenic fees.