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Scenic Azure Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Best river cruise ever

Scenic Azure Cruise Review by Wally55

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: Europe River

We are Scenic tragics, and love the levels of extras that come with the luxuries. Having completed all the French river cruises, it was time to branch out to Portugal. We booked the big cabin down the back, and never regretted it. Flew in via Barcelona, where we stayed a night to recuperate from the 24hrs of flights from Sydney, and then flew direct to Porto and Azure. Embarkation on a rainy day was slightly tricky down a long slippery gangway to the Douro River level, and then back up one deck to get onboard - Scenic might like to review this one. But that was the only difficulty that arose during our 11 days. The cabin is excellent (see separate comments) and comes with a dedicated butler. We used him to replenish the bubbly as often as possible, and to run a small soiree for 8 of us one afternoon - including an impressive range of canapes. Alocohol is provided as part of your package, all the way up to top tier items, and the bartender Therese was outstanding in meeting our requirements. The dining room downstairs is a wonderful place, with excellent views, seating for as many as you want (2,4,6,8+) depending on who you meet, and includes buffet items for breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte items, and fully a la carte for dinner. Upstairs is the bar, an entertainer, and a quick menu lunch option should you need that. Shore excursions were excellent, tailored for the area the ship was located, and included at least 2 options - there is always a dedicated and luxurious Scenic bus available to transport passengers, so little walking required. The only excusion off river was to Salamanca in Spain. But all excursions were good.

We think this is the best of the Scenic river adventures, and we will probably go again.

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Cabin Royal 1 bedroom suite 322

We always take this rear facing cabin on the Diamond Deck, for the fantastic views. Its not noisy, and on Azure its is quite spacious (compared to the French craft). We love the rear facing bed, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery passing, and awake to magnificent sunrises. Privacy level is already high without invoking the blinds.

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