Scenic Jasper, Day 5, Excursions From Linz & A Dinner To Remember

Portobello restaurant on Scenic Jasper. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

What a gorgeous day in Linz, Austria. Again, as was the case yesterday, Scenic Jasper offered several complimentary tours. Some of the guests headed off for a full-day excursion to the Czech Republic, where they would explore the 13th-century town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Others headed to Salzburg, the setting for “The Sound of […]

Scenic Jasper, Day 4, Durnstein To Melk By Bike

bike © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

I’ve heard it said that true luxury is about choice. Whether or not that’s true, I do know that as a traveler, I appreciate choice. One of the arguments against cruising, in fact, is that it can be too confining, too restrictive, too few choices, especially when it comes to river cruises. The herd is forced to follow […]

Scenic Jasper, Day 3, A Comprehensive Look At Suites & Staterooms

Balcony Suite 231 © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Scenic Jasper features a mix of staterooms and suites, ranging from 160 square feet (15 square meters) to 475 square feet (44 square meters). The major distinguishing factor of a Scenic stateroom is the “Sun Lounge,” a mix of open-air balcony/solarium in all but the baker’s dozen of standard staterooms. Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine and the newer S.S. Maria […]

Scenic Cruises, Christening Scenic Jasper & A Cruise Along The Danube

scenic five star

Today, I am in Budapest to board the new Scenic Jasper. Our cruise takes us to Vienna, by way of Linz, Durnstein and Melk, for christening events on April 21.  What can I expect while on board? Well, Scenic is hanging its hat on a couple of key differentiators: to be the most all-inclusive of all river cruise […]

What’s New for Emerald Waterways in 2015?

Emerald Star Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Emerald Waterways entered the river cruise market in April of 2014. There wasn’t a grand entrance necessarily. As a matter of fact, the company only had two cruise ships and four itineraries for its launch. For 2015, however, Emerald Waterways has some plans for expansion. You could say the company has already made its mark […]