Review of Scenic Ruby deck 3 (Diamond-Lobby-Lounge)
Reception is the Guest Services Desk providing 24-hour assistance, information on the daily program’s scheduled activities. The Reception also serves Scenic Tours cruise shore excursions booking/reservation program (tours, spa). This is also the place where you can find the Scenic Ruby’s Cruise Director. The Reception also lends electrical converters, binoculars, and provides essential toiletries.
Panorama Lounge & Bar is located forward of the reception. This is the only one entertainment venue on the boat, with floor-ceiling windows (180-degree scenery views), grand piano (evening and occasionally afternoon performances by pianist and singer), comfortable seating (leather sofas and chairs). The main lounge’s entertainment program also features daily port talks, crew show (talent show), folkloric show (when local musicians and dancers board the ship), dance parties.
The lounge is served by its own bar – rectangular in shape, located in the center. Panorama Bar serves complimentary cocktails, specialty coffee, and other beverages (incl wine, mocktails, martini of the day). The bar has an Enomatic wine dispenser and a professional espresso machine. There is a dedicated bar staff to deliver drinks, even to the Sun Deck’s loungers area.
The Lounge also has large-screen TVs (also employed by the cruise director for lectures and presentations) and doubles as a Library (has several wall shelves with books and tour guides).
Flanking the Ruby ship’s lobby entrance, there are a coffee machine and a specialty teas station. Both are complimentary and 24-hour operational.
Elevator (lobby level 3 of 3)
Observation Lounge & Bar is an indoor venue with ample comfortable seating and a small outdoor seating area with tables and chairs. This lounge has a coffee bar in the middle, and offers early-late breakfast, and daily (between 10 am-6 pm) sandwiches, pastries, ice cream, light lunch (incl pasta, burgers, soup, salad).
Portobello’s Restaurant is a complimentary Italian gourmet cuisine restaurant. Portobello’s is a dinner-only restaurant and has a small capacity (only 25 seats, reservations are recommended).
Gift Shop is a small area with glass cases (located across the lobby) selling luxury jewelry, brand watches, Scenic Tours logo wear, also some local (itinerary-based) merchandise – mostly souvenirs.
Elevator (upper/Lobby level 2 of 2)
Danube Deck cruise cabins from 301 to 337, of which Balcony Suites (categories P, PA, and A), Junior Suites (categories.S-aft, and RJ-forward) and Royal Suites (categories R and RA /all four with mid-ship location).