Author: Lynne Bradshaw, Iglu Cruise Sales Consultant
I have just returned from my first ever River cruise on board the brand new Scenic Jasper. The whole trip was a stress free experience from start to finish, and the whole team at Scenic made sure we had a wonderful time. The ship was as you would expect a new ship to be, very modern with lots of clean lines. A novel idea was on the balconies which had an upper glass window that could be open and shut electronically to provide either a normal balcony or a conservatory - ideal for a varying climate, and a lovely place to sit and eat breakfast from room service ( at no extra charge ). There was adequate storage in the cabins and the bathrooms had a lovely big shower with mood lighting and several shower head options. Although I didnt take advantage of it there was a pillow menu available, and all cabins have hairdryers provided and a great illuminated make up mirror. Unlike a lot of cruises the mini bar was included in the basic cost and was replenished free of charge on a daily basis. There is also a Smart TV in each cabin with a choice of TV, music and films as well as internet access ( Wifi is available free of charge throughout the ship ) The public areas were very spacious and plenty of room for guests to chill out in comfort. In the lounge area there is a tea making machine and a state of the art coffee machine, both freely available 24 hours a day. Newspaper articles and crosswords are printed out each day and left for guests to help themselves to in the lounge. This is also where the resident pianist performs in an evening and where all entertainment takes place later on - this could be anything from a disco, to a very funny show put on by the staff, something different each night. Light breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas are also available in the bar/lounge area each day. Other facilities on board include a gym, hairdressers and wellness centre, a bbq and heated swimming pool on the sun deck. The staff on board did an excellent job of looking after us and within a couple of days knew everyones favourite drink and made sure we were never left with empty glasses. Another new idea was a gadget used on tours that you charged up overnight in your cabin and then wore round your neck during tours with an earpiece which transmitted the voice of the tour guide, so no need to miss anything even if you were at the back of the group. This worked really well. You are given a choice of tours in each port which are all included in the basic price of the cruise, and there are trips to suit different fitness levels - the electronic bikes looked fun, but sadly I never got to try one out as I was on other trips. This really is an All Inclusive product with all meals, drinks, tips wifi and excursions included in the cost, so no massive bill to worry about when you check out. Anyone who likes luxurious spacious surroundings, good food and wine, with attention to detail and excellent value for money will love this cruise line.