it’s here. it’s finally here. a recap of the week i spent on the Scenic Gem on a delightful Seine River cruise. so many of you have written asking for more information about my river cruise experience, particularly which cruise line i partnered with – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Luxury Tours.
first off, river cruises have become wildly popular in the last ten years, so there is a wide variety of choices when it comes to cruise lines. what sets Scenic Luxury Cruises apart is that it is an all-inclusive vessel. which simply means there are no hidden fees. everything is included in your ticket. and i do mean everything from the tours to beverages to tips for the staff. there are no surprises as to the cost as there are no up charges. plus, Scenic’s reputation for outstanding service and excellent land tours did not disappoint.
the embarkation went efficiently and super easy – no waiting around. we were warmly welcomed with drinks and immediately escorted to our accommodations, then given a brief tour of the ship.
the main lobby has a sleek interior design.
shore excursions were outstanding, with the D-day Normandy Beach tour being our favorite. the variety of tours offered made the trip even more interesting and valuable. read more about the french diary river cruise part 1.
water and umbrellas were always available.
the crew was simply outstanding! from the Hotel Director to the Cruise Director, the entire staff infused the ship with a sense of joy. in particular, the waiters and room attendants made the week-long cruise so relaxing and enjoyable. our every whim was taken into account. late-night snack? no problem. need a shirt or dress pressed? Scenic Cruise Lines were happy to accommodate. the forward-facing lounge is where we gathered nightly for port talks and entertainment afterward.
the front of the lounge is dubbed River Cafe come lunchtime.
at night the table area at the front of the ship is transformed into L’Amour, a fine dining restaurant that passengers experience once per cruise. it’s fine dining at its best.
we chose the duck the night we dined at L”Amour.
cocktails at the beautiful Château d’Ételan. i loved the fact that Scenic Luxury Luxury Cruises and Luxury Tours offered beautiful venues to taste and experience the breathtaking Normandy countryside.
the top deck can be used to watch the passing scenery while sipping a cocktail.
Monet’s gardens in Giverny were definitely a highlight for me. every inch is thoughtfully planned out and maintained. it’s simply exquisite.
queen-sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets made a good night’s sleep possible. there was a floor-to-ceiling built-in storage closet with room for hanging clothes, drawers, a safe, and a mini-bar. Scenic also provides butler service. plus, sodas, wine, and beer stocked daily in the minibar are included in the fare.
small fitness center.
a concert at the beautiful Château de la Roche-Guyon.
the last day the Scenic Gem was docked in Paris, allowing us a day full of shopping and people watching. read more about travel diary streets of Paris.
here are my parting thoughts on the Seine river cruise with Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. river cruises are popular for a reason as they are an easy way to visit many regions of Europe without the hassle of toting your luggage from city to city. once you arrive on the ship and unpack your suitcase, you’re set for the week. another plus is the tours that are available at each and every port. but if you would rather strike out on your own and explore the cobblestone streets without a tour guide, you have that option. the front desk staff is more than happy to call a cab for you, and the cruise director can offer suggestions as to what to see and do. jr. style and i were truly impressed with the staff, who were always at the ready to make your life as easy and hassle-free as possible. if you would like more information about Scenic Luxury Cruises and Luxury Tours, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. or read more here.
a big thank you to Scenic Luxury Cruises and Luxury Tours for this sponsored post. and thank you, lovely readers, for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.