Scenic River Cruises
Home > Cruise Lines > Scenic River Cruises

Scenic River Cruises

Discerning guests will be right at home on Scenic River Cruises. Their ultra-luxury Space-Ships have benefits of their signature 5-star service and promise a generous all-inclusive offering. With very little to pay whilst you’re onboard, the cruises are curated to perfection so you can indulge in a broad range of cultural experiences so you can tailor your trip to suit you. Take a luxury river cruise in Europe, Asia or Russia and see the wonders of the world in style.

Featured Cruises

Scenic River Cruises Itineraries

Our Cruise Expert

Gary Buchanan has sailed the Seven Seas during his 33-year career as an award-winning specialist cruise writer. Author of four books about cruising, he regularly contributes to prestigious newspapers such as The Telegraph and magazines including American Express Departures. He is a pundit on all things cruise and is looking forward to enhancing the content library for Panache Cruises.

Gary Says...

“Scenic’s ‘Space-Ships’ boast an impressive space ratio for river vessels, there’s also a high quotient of staff to guests. I particularly like the fact that each ship has two lounges not to mention the open seating in Crystal Dining. It’s hard not to relish the Italian cuisine in Portobello's and six-course tasting menu at Table Le Rive. Unusually on a river vessel, room service is available for all passengers.”

What's included with Scenic River Cruises?


Multiple venues onboard, as opposed to just one.

Complementary Drinks

Unlimited premium beverages are available at all times including in your mini-bar

Butler service

Butler service


Tips for all staff onboard are included


From a choice of UK airports, or a no-fly option via rail and Eurostar

Room Service

Room Service


All shore excursions are included within your cruise and each port has multiple choices


Complimentary whilst onboard


Access to fitness and wellness areas


Laundry concierge


Local themed events are hosted regularly

Things to do onboard

Dining and drinks onboard

One of the key characteristics of a luxury river cruise with Scenic that sets it apart from other river cruise lines is the fact there are several dining venues on their ships. All dining onboard is complementary and of the finest quality to ensure pleasure with every bite.

Multiple dining venues, including casual and fine dining are:

  • Crystal Dining – the main restaurant serves all meals from a buffet breakfast to dishes made by award-winning chefs with locally-sourced ingredients
  • Portobellos – reserved for just 30 guests at a time, this intimate dining setting will be available for a visit on your cruise. An Italian restaurant, it offers regional specialities in a five-course meal with paired wines
  • River Café – open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and everything in between, this is a great location to have a snack of your choice
  • Table La Rive – offering a six-course degustation menu that is carefully crafted, Table La Rive is exclusive to suite guests

You can also enjoy in-suite dining with a room service menu available and delivered by your personal butler.

From cocktails to mocktails, speciality teas and coffees, regional wines, premium spirits, beers and even Champagne (at breakfast if you wish!), so many are complementary. For something very special, you can also enjoy a selection of rare, fine and vintage Champagnes, spirits and wines available to purchase.

Onboard Accommodation

These 5-star floating hotels boast some of the largest suites on the waterways. Comfort and elegance combine to create a truly unforgettable voyage, with luxurious appointments and amenities which include Apple TVs, L’Occitane toiletries, a mini bar refilled daily, slumber beds, a pillow menu and fleecy bathrobes and slippers.

Choose from the following cabin grades:

Standard Suite – 160 sq ft to 172 sq ft

  • Luxury queen size slumber bed
  • Complimentary mini bar
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service
  • L'Occitane bathroom amenities

Balcony Suite – 205 sq ft to 225 sq ft

Balcony Suites feature a Scenic Sun Lounge to enjoy the scenery. They are located on the Diamond and Sapphire Decks

  • Luxury queen-sized bed
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Complimentary mini bar
  • Complimentary laundry services – two pieces of pressed clothes daily
  • Exclusive invite to dine at Table La Rive

Junior Suite – 250 sq ft

These suites have their very own Scenic Sun Lounge, plus a pillow menu and more. On the Diamond Deck, they are at the front of the ship. Junior Suites Include:

  • Luxury queen-sized bed
  • Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Marble bathrooms
  • Complimentary laundry services – two pieces of pressed clothes daily
  • Daily canapés and petit fours
  • In-suite beverage and meal service
  • Exclusive invite to dine at Table La Rive
  • Private Captain's cocktail party

Royal Suite – 360 sq ft to 510 sq ft

The largest of the suites, these have wraparound views, they include:

  • Unlimited complimentary laundry services
  • Daily canapés and petit fours
  • Daily fruit skewers
  • Complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml)
  • In-suite beverage and meal service
  • €200 per cabin on board credit
  • Private transfers in Europe
  • Exclusive invite to dine at Table La Rive
  • Private Captain's cocktail party

Spa, Health and Wellness

Scenic are aware that many of their guests would like to pursue their health and lifestyle goals whilst on their luxury river cruise. That’s why their Space-Ships offer access to a wellness area that includes massage services amongst other therapies and also beauty treatments.

There is the option to keep active too with a gym area with cardio and resistance equipment and there is a clearly marked walking track on the sun deck too. Classes might also be offered on certain sailings to help keep you even more active!

A selection of ships on certain rivers also offer salt therapy treatments in the Salt Lounge onboard. The health benefits of salt therapy are widely recognised and promote energy and relaxing. Negatively charges ions in the salt will improve healing by boosting the immune system, will help the respiratory system and can also improve skin conditions.

When dining, there is always a range of healthy options on offer to ensure you feel well-nourished too.

Excursions, entertainment and activities

One of Scenic’s key advantages is their Scenic Enrich programme, offering magical and once-in-a-lifetime excursions. Read more about them below.

In terms of the other excursions, there is:

Scenic Freechoice – helping to immerse you fully in the history and heritage of Europe’s passageways, there is such a broad range available you can ensure you get the right excursion for you. Whether it is a relaxed pace you seek or want to cram in as much as possible, the Journey Designers have created ones to suit all tastes.

Scenic Tailormade – launched in 2019, this app connects guests to a journey of discovery with river commentary and guided tours to enhance your European cruise. It offers an audio guide system, riverview commentary (covering key points of interest from history to culture to nature, industry and life) and independent city tour. This includes maps and commentary, a point to point navigation system and an offline navigation system too.

In addition to the fitness and spa facilities, you will also enjoy cocktail parties with Scenic Sundowners, live entertainment, the freedom of e-bikes (electronically assisted bicycles), access to a Sun Deck and vitality pool too.

Enrichment Programmes

Scenic Enrich is an exclusive and all-inclusive programme that gives its guests unprecedented access to cultural highlights of your cruise voyage. Created by Journey Designers, each trip will provide an unforgettable experience allowing you to see private concerts in palatial Austrian venues or have an exclusive tour of a French château.

Wherever you are in Europe, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the incredible roster of excursions that awaits you. You’ll be immersed in the heritage, culture and folklore and have spectacular and unique encounters. The best part is they are all included in your cruise.


Scenic has a commitment to environmental well-being and sustainability to ensure preservation for future generations. They actively seek to discover new initiatives that will actively reduce the impact their ships and visitors have on the areas they visit and aim to reduce their carbon footprint any way they can. Their river ships are cleverly designed to ensure low resistance with optimised hull form and appendage design. This, combined with their structural design which is lighter weight enables ships to be more energy efficient. They also adopt a range of energy saving features throughout the interior to minimise impact such as:

  • Using power management systems that optimise generators and electricity production
  • Using LED lighting throughout the ships, to reduce electrical consumption
  • Advanced heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control systems
  • Energy saving high-glazed glass used in the ships reduces heat transfer and provides natural lighting
  • Noise and vibration reduction
  • Water purification systems to restore waste water to near-drinking quality to minimise pollution

Scenic River Cruises Ships