Scenic Cruises & Tours opened up booking for the company's 2022 European river cruise season.
The all-inclusive river cruise brand introduced a new itinerary plus several new Scenic Freechoice (shore excursions / land tours) along with special deals and promo offers.
An early-booking promo features free and reduced-price economy flights (CAD$295 and $495) for many of Scenic's most popular itineraries. The brand is also offering CAD$100 per person gift cards for booking 8- to 14-day voyages or CAD$200 on voyages of 15 days or longer.
A "Love to Travel" promotion features complimentary private door-to-door chauffeur-driven transfers. All bookings come with the line's Book with Confidence program, providing passengers with additional flexibility via a free Deposit Protection Plan (CAD$125) and deposits reduced 50% to CAD$250 per person.
Scenic also unveiled its Cruise in Confidence plan which is detailing the steps taken to keep passengers and crew safe while sailing. The company is working closely with IG River Cruise, CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), local and international Government Health agencies in order to ensure developed protocols meet and exceed the regulatory requirements.
Scenic Cruises is highlighting 3 relatively new itineraries for 2022, including a 5-day trip between Vienna and Budapest; and 2 highly-regarded culinary itineraries focused on French gastronomic delights.
- The new 5-day “Tastes of Imperial Europe” itinerary introduces 3 of the most beautiful European river ports and capital cities - Vienna Austria, Bratislava Slovakia, and Budapest Hungary. Moving from introductions to the coffee culture of Vienna and its gilded palaces to learning about life in Bratislava from a local family to in-depth touring of Budapest, guests get a great education in European history.
- The 2 culinary itineraries, “Tastes of Southern France” and “Rhone and the Flavours of Bordeaux” include an onboard dinner specially prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon as well as a cooking class at 3-star Michelin chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant. Passengers can learn the family secrets of regional recipes with the company’s new ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ program which includes a series of authentic cooking classes that are held in the homes of locals including Bulgarian Banitza in Vidin, Dutch Apple Pie baking in Hoorn, and Portuguese bread-making experience.
- The “Gems of the Danube” itinerary takes guests behind-the-scenes of Artstetten Castle, situated close to Austria's Wachau Valley. A newly added tour of the villages of Schermerhorn and Alkmaar showcases some of the finest 16th-century windmills - an iconic part of the Netherlands and of the popular "Jewels of Europe" river voyage.
- On the “Romantic Rhine & Moselle” cruise, a new Scenic Freechoice highlight is the visit to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial close to Maastricht. Passengers will learn about the WWII American soldiers who fought here and visit Eben Emael Fortress - built to protect from the German invasion.
The 5-star Scenic Cruises' Space-Ships offer all-inclusive experiences – from unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including a mini-bar re-stocked daily, to private butler service, 6 onboard dining options, a fitness centre, wellness area, and Salt Therapy Lounge. Everything (except a massage or haircut) is included: expert local guides, tips and gratuities, Scenic Freechoice activities that allow for a personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events.