If you’ve sailed aboard Scenic Tours Scenic Diamond or Scenic Pearl in the past, you will be pleased to know that both “Space Ships” have been the first recipients of a $10-million investment that has resulted in an extensive refurbishment of the Scenic fleet.
Aboard Scenic Diamond and Scenic Pearl — which were launched in 2009 and 2010 respectively — the recent refit was extensive. All suites received an entirely new look complete with new wallpaper, marble desktops, furniture, soft furnishings and carpeting. In addition, stateroom balconies — all of which are full “step-out” verandas — have been refitted with retractable windows that allow guests to fully enclose their balconies for use during inclement weather.
Apple Mac Mini computers have been linked to HD televisions manufactured by Samsung, providing in-stateroom access to the ship’s upgraded Wi-Fi system utilizing Satellite and UMTS Mobile Technology. This represents a considerable speed boost over the previous system.
Casual meals are available in the River Café, including gourmet pizza made fresh onboard. The line’s Table La Rive is dedicated to a full degustation dining experience, while Portobellos has undergone a complete redesign, along with The Bar, which now features additional coffee machines and Eurocave wine dispensers.
The changes will be apparent to cruisers the second they step onboard. Each vessel sports a redesigned Reception area with new floors and desks flanked by designer Bolon wallpaper and Australian works of art that reflect both the heritage of both the line and its founder, Glen Moroney. In fact, these onboard works of art were personally selected by Moroney’s wife, Karen.
The refits undertaken aboard Scenic Diamond and Scenic Pearl — which will also be applied to the rest of the fleet — mean that the ships, which are far from old, have only retained their original walls, ceilings and physical structure. Everything else has been completely redone.
The remainder of the Scenic fleet is currently finishing up the last stages of refurbishment, and the results will be apparent with the start of the 2013 river cruise season.
More information on Scenic Tours and its recently refurbished fleet of Space Ships can be found by viewing our complete Scenic Tours overview here on River Cruise Advisor.