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Scenic Opal: Ample space & ultimate luxury cruising in Europe
Scenic increased its European fleet with the launch of two more Space Ship class vessels, Scenic Opal and Scenic Jasper, in 2015. The name of the ship class alludes to the plentiful space on board, both in public areas and in cabins.
The 12th ship in the Scenic Space class, the 85-cabin Scenic Opal launched in June 2015 and features a heated vitality pool for guests to enjoy on the panoramic Sun Deck. For additional luxury, she has the largest suites on the rivers with the ultimate in private balcony accommodation — the 475-square-foot Royal Panorama Suites and the opulent Royal Suite with 360 square feet of space.
Where Scenic Opal sails
Aboard a Scenic river cruise, you have a range of dining options to choose from, including the informal all-day River Café, the intimate Portobellos Italian Restaurant, the elegant Crystal Dining Restaurant and the exclusive Table La Rive for Danube Deck, Junior and Royal Suite guests.
You can find the English tradition of high tea on the ship's Riverview Terrace during the day and enjoy cocktails in the evening. While you’re onboard, all cocktails, spirits, beer and wine are complimentary; however, there are a few exceptions, including vintage wines, fine champagnes and spirits. You can also enjoy a mini-bar in your cabin any time, along with a large bottle of still and sparkling mineral water daily.
Service & space
With at least one member of staff for every three guests, as well as a personal butler, Scenic Cruises makes sure that each passenger gets great service.
- Butler service: This ship's butler service is available to every passenger. You will be welcomed aboard with a refreshing drink before being taken to your cabin. Whatever your cabin grade, your butler offers complimentary drinks and valet service. If you’re staying on the Rhine Deck or above, your butler can arrange cocktail drinks and serve early morning tea or coffee in your cabin. Danube Deck guests and Junior and Royal Suite guests can enjoy all this plus in-suite dining and pre-dinner canapés.
- Space: Scenic Opal is referred to as one of the line's Space Ships, meaning that guests and cabin numbers are limited to ensure that staterooms and public areas aren't crowded. Highlights include the Panorama Lounge, which is larger most lounges found on river cruise ships, and the River Café, which offers great views. There are also outdoor areas including the Sun Deck.
Staterooms & suites
Scenic ships are some of the widest and longest on Europe’s waterways, with two decks of suites with balconies, all with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to your private outdoor balcony. If the weather isn't ideal, all balconies can be transformed into a "Sun Lounge," making sure you don't miss the scenery.
All rooms come with queen-size Scenic "Slumber Beds" with Egyptian cotton linen, individual climate control and a pillow menu. Your suite or stateroom includes a flat-screen HDTV and Mac mini system, plus complimentary mini-bar and wi-fi internet access. There’s also a personal safe for your valuables and a nightly turndown service.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Complimentary cocktails, spirits, beer and wine
- Personal butler service
- Brand-new and launched in June 2015