Small Ship Cruising

Scenic Space-Ships: A small ship experience on Europe's rivers


When it comes to the historic waterways of Europe and the ships that navigate them, size matters. Scenic’s Space-Ships are designed to navigate Europe’s rivers, whilst providing guests with abundant space on board to have a relaxing river cruise experience. With only up to 163 guests, our ships provide a more personalised and intimate environment for guests to relax, make friends and enjoy the all-inclusive luxury experience.

The Scenic Difference means that on board Scenic Space-Ships, you can expect impeccable service, exclusive moments, world-class dining and a river cruise handcrafted to meet your needs.

When you board a Scenic Space-Ship you can expect just that – plenty of space – to relax, explore, indulge and to dream, as the beautiful European landscape gently passes by.

The world may have changed, however, Scenic’s commitment to the guests’ health, well-being, peace of mind and safety remains as consistent and strong as ever:

  • Truly all-inclusive luxury on Europe’s waterways
  • Spacious Scenic Space-Ships with abundant spaces to relax
  • No more than 163 guests on board
  • Luxurious Balcony suites with fresh air from your Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Up to five dining venues ensuring variety and space for diners
  • Personalised well-being options to stay healthy while on board
  • Scenic trained, expert on board and onshore teams
  • Outstanding standards of service, health and hygiene 
  • Here are the key benefits of a Scenic Europe river cruise experience:

    Space to yourself

    With no more than 163 guests on board and a variety of dining, wellness and relaxation areas it’s easy to find a quiet place to relax and indulge. 

    With fewer guests on board, spacious suites, large dining areas and space comes a feeling of luxury. There are many public spaces where guests have plenty of room to move and take in the views. The Sun Deck is an expansive rooftop area that runs the length and width of the Space-Ships. The air is fresh and the views are stunning. Unwind on one of the many comfy chairs, stay active on the walking track or take an early morning yoga class.

    The spacious Panorama Lounge & Bar is the heart of the Space-Ships and guests are also often found relaxing near the floor-to-ceiling windows, taking in the scenery over a drink with friends. There are no long walks back to your suite and it’s almost impossible to get lost.

    The clever design of Scenic’s Space-Ships has enabled the inclusion of up to five dining venues, meaning there’s multiple spaces for casual or fine dining, in a location of your choice. You may wish to enjoy a three course meal in Crystal Dining or a casual snack at the River Café – the choice is yours. 

    Bring the outdoors in from your Scenic Sun Lounge

    Included in Balcony Suites and above, your Scenic Sun Lounge will allow you to truly appreciate the beautiful landscape and enjoy the outdoors, all from the comfort of your suite. At the touch of a button, the glass smoothly glides down to convert the area into our exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge, where fresh air abounds. This special suite sanctuary is perfect to dine in, read or to relax alfresco, while the stunning scenery glides by. The in-suite amenities on the Scenic Space-Ships includes having your mini-bar replenished daily, butler service and in-suite dining, so that your river cruising experience can be as solitary as you like. 

    Small riverside towns

    Your Space-Ship will meander along the waterways often close to shore, so the view is constantly changing moment by moment. They are also able to dock in the heart of towns so you have more time to explore onshore. Imagine ancient castles perched above the riverbanks, ribbons of vineyards and charming, old-world communities. At times you will feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale. Visiting these towns also provides the chance to support local businesses such as wineries, stores and markets as you go. The riverbanks are alive with historic riches, natural beauty and vibrant towns just waiting for Scenic guests to explore.

    Well-being and healthy living

    With Scenic, the itineraries are destination-focused, so there are many opportunities to explore the history and local villages along the waterways your way with range of included Scenic Freechoice activities. One day you may be hiking through the Black Forest and the next using an e-bike to explore the cobblestone lanes of a riverside town such as Cochem or Bordeaux. If you’re after a more chilled pace, there are relaxing walking tours, or you can even remain on the ship if you like. If you would like to stay active, there’s a way for everyone. 

    If you’re seeking time to rejuvenate, visit to the exclusive Salt Therapy Lounge. This peaceful retreat allows a few people at a time to relax and revive. Added to this are the health benefits of salt therapy including natural antihistamine, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which strengthen the immune system and help relieve symptoms for a range of conditions.

    Commitment to Health & Safety

    We understand the importance of maintaining your health and wellness whilst travelling. Our team is working closely with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and government health agencies to implement a full range of health and wellness measures for the resumption of our river cruise operations. Read further information on these policies.

    Scenic ERC brochure