Review of Scenic Aura deck 1 (Jewel-Restaurant-Lobby)
The forward-located Observation Lounge is a small indoor lounge with comfortable sitting and its own bar for drinks. The lounge features floor-ceiling windows on its 3 sides and also doubles as the boat’s Library (with a small collection of books, tour guides, popular board games).
Elevator (middle level 2 of 4) is part of the ship’s Atrium (Lobby level), which also has two separate-gender public restrooms and two entrance gangways (for boarding/disembarkation).
Reception (and Cruise Director office) provides 24-hour guest services (assistance, daily scheduled activities information, purser service, Scenic Tours Mekong cruise shore excursions information, Spa reservations).
Gift Shop sells luxury jewelry, Scenic Tours logo wear, local hand-made souvenirs, some special occasion gifts.
Crystal Dining Restaurant is the boat’s open-seating Dining Room (single-seating capacity), featuring floor-ceiling windows on both sides, comfortable sitting, buffet station in the middle. The biggest table can accommodate 10 guests. There are 2-seat tables as well. Dining times here are Breakfast (7-9 am), Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm), and Dinner (7 pm). All meals are waiter-served. Captain’s formal dinners (Welcome/Farewell) are also held here. At lunches and dinners are offered complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks. Scenic Aura cruise director often schedules culinary-themed events on the boat, including galley tours and traditional Asian cooking demonstrations by the boat’s chef.
Adjacent to the Dining Room Restaurant is the ship’s Galley/Kitchen with its storage rooms (for drinks, dry provisions, cooling and freezing rooms), scullery room, garbage collection room, pantry.
Jewel Deck cruise cabins from 100 to 105, all of which are Deluxe Suites in categories B and BA.