Scenic Budapest

In April, one of our travel agents, Deborah, had an incredible opportunity to sail with Scenic River boat Cruises. The ship Scenic Amber has floor to ceiling windows, bringing amazing views all the way down the Danube – from Passau to Budapest.

Deborah had an amazing time – on-board and off-board – and is here to share with us some of the tips, tricks, and highlights from this excursion.

The Ship
  • 169 Passengers
  • Stateroom sizes start at 200 sq.ft including balcony; Single staterooms with balcony 165sq.ft
  • Adjustable beds, reading lights, lots of lights, plenty of plug outlets for all your devices
  • Large walk-in shower stall in bathroom
  • Stocked mini bar in room, replenished daily with wine, beer, hard alcohol, snacks, chips
  • Safe, & a flat screen TV with current movies
  • Plenty of closet space and drawers
  • Stateroom provided slippers & bathrobe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion hair dryer
  • Room service is available 24 hours a day
  • Heated spa pool on the top deck, deck chairs with covered area for sun
  • Smoking is allowed on the sun deck designated area

Open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Table sizes of 6, 8,10, 12 – Note that these cannot be booked ahead of time.
2 other dining options include Portobello Italian & Le Reve. Wine pairings can only be booked on board, and reservations are required for these dining options.

Dining Times:
Breakfast from 6:30am – 9am
Lunch from 12-1:30pm
Dinner from 7PM
Cafe/Bar open all day long with Sandwiches and desserts
24 hour coffee and Tea station with cookies.

Dress Code

Pack for both dressy and casual elements. For the Captain’s Dinner, Captain’s Farewell, & the Vienna Concert you will want something more formal. Men wear suits to these events while the women generally wear dresses and bling.
Other evenings were more smart casual, and for the daily excursions and outings you will want to wear something comfortable and casual. Good walking shoes are a must on these days. There are a lot of cobblestone streets so best to leave the heels on-board.

  • Scenic is all inclusive – no additional costs on-board and land tours.
  • Included all excursions, beverages, gratuities included onboard and with land tours to guides and coach driver
  • Some of the longer land tours include lunch I.e. Salzburg and Cesty Krumlov
  • Shore excursions can be booked ahead of time online (Scenic choice tours) i.e Bike tour, Spanish horses, Cesky Krumlov
  • Other tours offered can be booked on board. I.e walking tour Passau, Bratislava
  • Shore talks every night in the lounge 6:30- 7pm to discuss shore excursion departure times for the follow day
Additional Excursions

The ship is not inclusive of ALL excursions on the Danube River Cruise. There are special shore excursions offered at an additional cost which can be purchased on-board from your tour director. These include:

  • Vienna Opera concert EUR 58
  • Visit to Schonbrunn Imperial Palace EUR 47
  • Spanish Horses riding school EUR 31
  • Biking in the Wachau Valley Melk to Durnstein with picnic EUR 50
  • Salzburg – Sound of Music EUR 69
  • Budapest Gold & Glamorous – An in depth city tour of Budapest EUR 49
  • Some added highlights from Deborah’s trip included evening tours on the Danube, the Vienna Concert, and the ship evening dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest!

    Other Notes

    Internet is included all over the ship. The connection is great, with the only exception being when the ship is going through the locks on the Danube.
    For those booked in Suites: You get one bag of Laundry complimentary during the week. Every suite also has a butler 24 hours a day.

    Are you ready to experience this amazing ship and sailing? If you would like to learn more, or if you’d like help finding the right sailing please contact or your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent.