What to expect on a Europe River Cruise

What to expect on a Europe River Cruise

From admiring the picturesque scenery on the Sun Deck to enjoying delicious, local cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner, there's always something to do on your Europe river cruise with Scenic. Here's a closer look at what you can expect both on board and onshore.

What to expect onboard

What to expect onboard

With Scenic, the perks and privileges are part of your all-inclusive on board experience. Admire the picturesque scenery at your leisure from your Scenic Sun Lounge, whilst using the Scenic Tailormade app for on board commentary to learn more about the places you pass. All guests can enjoy butler service and laundry concierge as well as a choice of up to five dining options from casual to fine dining, with complimentary beverages served all day, every day, including your mini-bar, restocked daily.

Enjoy on board entertainment every night and make use of the wellness and fitness areas, not forgetting the spacious Sun Deck for panoramic views. For assistance, your Cruise Director is readily available to help, as are all of our friendly crew. 

What to expect onshore

What to expect onshore
An exclusive range of handcrafted experiences are all included when you disembark along the cruise route. Delve deeper and get to know your destination a little better with an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience such as a Viennese concert at the opulent Palais Liechtenstein.

Explore Europe's sights at a pace that suits you as part of our all-inclusive Scenic Freechoice program. With group numbers kept small to ensure a personal experience, and led by expert local Tour Guides we take care of everything, even tipping.

And to make travelling even easier, your return airport transfers are included, so you can simply relax and enjoy the journey.

Want to learn more about Europe river cruising ? Read our River Cruising Guide today.

A Typical Day River Cruising


Start your day with coffee and pastries hand-delivered by your Butler to your suite and watch the sunrise from your Scenic Sun Lounge. Early risers can enjoy a light breakfast at the River Café from 6:30am to 7:30am, whilst the Crystal Dining Room begins breakfast service from 7:30am. 

Enjoy a selection of cereals, fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese, breads and hot breakfast items from the extensive breakfast buffet, or indulge yourself with the eggs benedict or lamb chops from the à la carte menu, washed down by a glass of champagne. 


Scenic Freechoice Guided E-Bike
After breakfast, you will typically have a morning Scenic Freechoice activity. Enjoy a guided city tour of Vienna, hike up Buda Hill for amazing views over Budapest and the Danube River or cycle between Dürnstein and Melk on a 32km guided E-bike tour, following the Danube River.

On sailing days, head upstairs to the Sun Deck for panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery, enjoy a slice of cake from the River Café for morning tea or catch up on the news with the complimentary newspapers.


Delicious buffet lunch
After a morning of sightseeing, return to the ship for a delicious buffet or à la carte lunch in the Crystal Dining Room. Catch up with your fellow guests and compare your morning's activities over a glass of wine or beer and admire the stunning scenery through the floor to ceiling glass windows. 


Salt Therapy Lpunge
After lunch, spend the afternoon however you wish. Relax in the Salt Therapy Lounge to enjoy the healing benefits, or why not return to shore for more exploration and shopping. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink on your return before getting ready for dinner and listening to your Cruise Director give the day's Port Talk to learn about tomorrow's exciting activities.


Dinner at Portobello's
Dinner commences from 7pm in the Crystal Dining Room where you can enjoy a delicious five course à la carte dinner of entree, soup, main course, dessert and cheese, inspired by the local area. For those less hungry, or prefer something simpler, the alternative menu includes choices such as 
Chicken Breast, Fillet Steak or Hamburger with French Fries with daily side dishes.

Once per cruise, you will receive an exclusive invitation to dine at our Italian restaurant Portobellos, a night to remember, showcasing sumptuous regional specialities from the freshest local produce, paired with local wines from the region’s best wineries. Diamond Deck guests can also enjoy an intimate evening of sumptuous degustation at Table La Rive, limited to just 10 guests per evening.


Evening Drinks
After a delicious dinner, return to the Panorama Lounge & Bar for after dinner drinks and live entertainment from your on board musician. On some nights, you will be treated to special performances from the local area including a Viennese waltz dance course and a Hungarian folklore show. 

It’s time to set sail. Admire the passing towns and villages all lit up at night as your ship bids farewell and journeys to your next port of call.

Enjoy one last drink as you chat with new friends, get to know the staff, or dance the night away before returning to your suite for a restful night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s day of discovery. 

Featured river cruise: 15 Day Jewels of Europe

Discover Europe's majestic waterways with an all-inclusive 15 day Jewels of Europe river cruise along the Rhine, Main & Danube. 
Starting from wonderful Amsterdam to beautiful Budapest (or vice-versa), cruise through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Solvakia and Hungary. 
Highlights include a medieval feast at Marksburg Castle, a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the region and a private classical concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart in Vienna.

Top 10 Reasons to Love a Scenic River Cruise

1. All-inclusive, nothing to pay
From the moment you step on board your luxurious Scenic ship you won’t need to spend a thing*. Whether on board or during shore excursions, it’s all taken care of. 

2. Majority of suites on board have balconies
Our ships feature the largest and most luxurious suites on the rivers, with no inside cabins - everyone has a view. Our all-inclusive balcony suites also feature innovative technology, transforming each balcony to a Sun Lounge at the touch of a button, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape. 

3. All beverages complimentary
Enjoy your favourite cocktail on the Sun Deck or the finest red wine at dinner. With our impressive selection of complimentary premium beverages, including your in-suite mini-bar – the choice is yours, all day, every day. 

4. All meals complimentary across a range of dining options
From café-style snacks to our fine dining degustation menu, there’s gourmet fare for every taste. Drawing inspiration from the regions travelled through, all our food is seasonal and freshly prepared.

5. Handcrafted and comprehensive range of activities and experiences
Our onshore Scenic Enrich and Scenic Freechoice programs offer everything from history to culture and cuisine to nature. There’s something for everyone to discover, and it can be done at your own pace. Absolutely everything is included, even entrance fees, tipping and gratuities. 

6. Dock in the heart of towns and villages
You simply walk off the ship right into the centre of the beautiful towns and villages along our routes. Less commuting, more exploring. 

7. Small numbers of guests on board
By keeping numbers small we can provide you with an intimate, exclusive experience. Our ships in South East Asia even have a 1:1 staff ratio. 

8. Butler service
Our butlers are experts at ensuring every need is taken care of. From the first warm greeting to remembering your preferences, our butlers are always on hand. They won’t be happy unless you are. 

9. Local guides
Thanks to their inside knowledge, our local guides ensure you’ll get to experience both the highlights and hidden gems of your destination. 

10. No seasickness
The combination of cruising gentle river routes and the world-class engineering of our fleet of ships ensures nothing but smooth sailing.

Your First Time Wonders River Cruising Guide

If you’re new to river cruising, take a look at our guide which has been tailored to answer all your questions and help you choose a cruise that’s right for you. There are so many reasons to choose a river cruise, the scenery is constantly changing. From villages to castles and there is always something new around the corner. You can also rest assured that you won’t be standing in long queues waiting to get on and off the ship. As we are able to dock in the heart of towns and villages, you can simply walk off the ship right into the centre of beautiful destinations and begin exploring.
Cruise Europe with Scenic and discover a whole new world of wonder.

Why cruise with Scenic?

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours offers 5-star luxury all-inclusive river cruising along the majestic waterways of Europe.
With some of the largest suites on the European rivers, and all-inclusive dining & complimentary beverages all day, every day, your Scenic Space-Ship will be your 5-star floating hotel. Discover the wonders of Europe after the gates have closed to the general public with our exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, whilst our wide range of Scenic Freechoice activities caters for all interests, whether you love history, culture, food or art.
From timeless towns to iconic landmarks, book your Europe river cruise early to receive the best offers and secure the best cabins.