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Quick  and simple answers to our most frequently asked questions

Hassle shouldn’t play a part in your vacation. Here on our FAQs page, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for to plan, prepare, and pack for your luxury cruise without any stress.

10 most commonly asked questions

From what’s included in the price of your luxury cruise to what you should pack for your holiday, you’ll find answers to the 10 most common questions we’re asked by our guests here. Need further help? Reach out to our team for assistance.

Are there different suite categories and prices?

We offer a variety of suite categories and types depending on the ship you'll be traveling on. Information about the various suite options can be found in our brochures  or alternatively, our Reservations Team will be able to assist you on the phone .

Two receptionists on board Scenic Eclipse

Can Scenic arrange my passport and visas?

Scenic cannot arrange a passport or visas on your behalf, but our experienced Reservations Team may be able to advise you on the type of visas and documentation you need when visiting certain countries. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Please check your passport before departure and give yourself time to apply for a new one if this is required. Also, if the nationality on your passport differs from the country in which you currently reside, contact your local consulate to ensure you have the right documents for travel. Your vacation may be disrupted if you cannot provide valid documents at airports and border crossings. You can find out more about visa requirements here.

Can Scenic organise my travel insurance?

Yes, Scenic group is partnered with TripMate travel insurance and can assist with arranging insurance coverage that best suits your circumstances.  Please contact your Reservations department or visit scenicgroup.tripmate.com to learn more.

Do Scenic accommodate those with special dietary requirements?

Yes, Scenic accommodates special dietary requirements to the best of our ability across our river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys where applicable. If you have special dietary requests, please notify us at the time of booking and inform your Cruise Director when you arrive. Please note: while we do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements, special requests are not guaranteed and failure to meet any request is not a breach of contract on our behalf. If your question has not been fully answered, please get in touch via our Contact Us page .

How do I book with Scenic?

If you would like to book a Scenic river cruise, ocean voyage or land journey, please call 1(857) 201-2626 or visit our Contact Us page . Our dedicated Reservations Team will guide you through the booking process and answer any queries you might have. For more information on making a booking, or to choose your perfect itinerary, please see our latest brochures, here .

What clothing do I need to pack?

There are no specific pieces of clothing we insist you pack, however we can offer advice, based upon your itinerary. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, as well as any garments, such as hats, gloves and water-resistant jackets, which will help you to stay comfortable whatever the weather. The dress code across all Scenic cruise and tour itineraries is casual and comfortable. Dinner attire is smart casual - open-neck shirts, trousers and dresses; you may if you wish wear a jacket or blazer with a tie but it is not required.

What is included when I book a cruise or tour?

Scenic river cruises include an all-inclusive promise. Fine dining, complimentary beverages, excursions, transfers, onboard Wi-Fi, luggage handling, port charges, tips and taxes are all included. With no hidden extras to worry about throughout your cruise, you can virtually leave your wallet at home. For the full list of inclusions when booking with Scenic, please refer to your itinerary or contact our dedicated reservations teams .

What is the standard baggage allowance?

You are entitled to carry one suitcase per person with the total sum of its length, width and height not exceeding 76 x 53 x 28cm (30 x 21 x 11in), and a maximum weight not exceeding 20kg(44 lbs) (airline dependent). Overweight or oversized items may not be carried, however, some ships may permit additional baggage at your cost. Personal and valuable items such as make-up, cameras, medication or money/currency should be carried in a separate travel bag.

When will we receive our final documents?

You can expect your travel documents to arrive between 2 – 4 weeks prior to your departure date. When booking within two weeks of travel, your travel documents will be emailed to you to print at home.

Will I require health checks and vaccinations?

If you have a serious medical condition, we recommend consulting your GP before booking with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. If you have any mobility difficulties, you should inform us at the time of booking. Your GP will provide information regarding any and all vaccinations required to visit any of the destinations on a Scenic itinerary. 

General Information

Our general information FAQs can help you plan and prepare for a comfortable getaway. From Wi-Fi access to information on facilities, we’ve covered everything you need to know about life on board our luxury vessels.

Are additional tours available throughout the cruise or tour?

Scenic itineraries feature a number of optional tours and excursions, including helicopter and hot air balloon rides in selected destinations (optional activities may incur additional costs). All our river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys include a wide selection of daily excursions and special events, handpicked by our Journey Designers to offer once-in-a-lifetime encounters. Read more about our truly all-inclusive Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich and Scenic Sunset Drinks activities in our brochures, here .

Scenic river cruise ship Sundeck overlooking the Budapest Parliament Building

Are all meals and drinks included?

Yes, all meals and drinks (with the exception of a selection of specialty wines and rare spirits) are included in the price of your Europe river cruise or Scenic Eclipse voyage. Inclusions differ for land journeys and the land element of South East Asia river cruises. Selected meals and drinks are included. Please refer to the itinerary for full details.

Are any on board salon and spa services available?

Our ships feature a salon, spa, and wellness area offering a variety of services. Please note that salon and spa services are not included in the price of your river cruise or ocean voyage, and are charged as extras.

Can I order a gift to be placed in the suite?

Yes, you can. To arrange this, please contact our call center on 1(857) 201-2626 and the team will be able to help you.

Can I order refreshments to the suite?

A variety of refreshments, including alcoholic and hot drinks, and light lunches and snacks, can be ordered to your suite. Most of our Europe river cruise ship operate an 18-hour all-inclusive room service policy. Room service is available 24 hours a day on Scenic Eclipse.

How can I pay for purchases on board?

All purchases made on board your Scenic Space-Ship or Scenic Eclipse are charged to your shipboard account, which is payable at the end of your cruise. The onboard currency on most Scenic Space-Ships is the Euro, and on Eclipse it is USD. Your shipboard account may be paid in Euros or via credit card on river cruises, and in USD or via credit card on ocean voyages. Please note: When traveling on the Mekong, the currency is USD, and in Egypt, it's the Egyptian Pound. However, your shipboard account may only be paid by credit card.

How can I unsubscribe from the database?

To unsubscribe from our database, please get in touch via our Contact Us page .

How do I request the use of a Scenic e-bike?

If you'd like to use a Scenic e-bike, please notify the reception staff the day before. They will organize for the bikes to be unloaded when the ship enters port. Please note that Scenic e-bikes are not available, and are not available during Portugal cruises due to cycling path restrictions along the respective rivers.

Is it possible to visit the wheelhouse on my ship?

Guests can access the wheelhouse with prior consent from the Captain. A tour of the wheelhouse offers great insight into the intricacies of river navigation, particularly as the ship passes through complex locks. Please speak to your Cruise Director if you're interested in visiting the wheelhouse during your cruise.

Is there an on board fitness room?

All our ships feature a gym and fitness area, so you can continue your keep-fit regime during your river cruise. There's also a designated walking area on the Sun Deck.

Is Wi-Fi provided on the ships or in hotels?

Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available on board some of our vessels. Please be aware that internet access may be limited or non-existent at certain times due to high demand from other users, or proximity to telecommunication services. We cannot guarantee that you will have full Wi-Fi coverage in your suite. If you are traveling on a land journey, please note that Wi-Fi is available at selected hotels only.

What are the on board dining times?

Dining times may vary depending on the day's activities, but are generally as follows: Breakfast: 7am – 9:30am Lunch: 12pm – 2pm Dinner: 7pm – 10pm Please note: if a specific sightseeing excursion means you will miss a meal on board, speak to a member of staff and they will be happy to have a picnic box prepared for you before you depart.

What are the Sun Deck opening times?

Guests can access the Sun Deck from 8am to late evening. However, the crew may need to close access to the Sun Deck without notice for safety purposes or due to local authority restrictions.

What is the main language spoken on Scenic cruises and tours?

The main language is English. All staff, crew and tour guides speak English, and all announcements and lectures will be made in English.

What is the seating plan in the Crystal Dining room?

We offer a flexible, open seating service in most of our dining rooms, including the main Crystal Dining room. This allows you the flexibility to sit at a table of your choosing and to arrive at a dining time that suits you.

What type of food can I expect on board?

Scenic ships are equipped with a range of dining venues, each offering a unique dining experience that reflects the local region and its customs. Our chefs are keen to showcase local cuisines and delicacies, so the food on offer may differ from what you are accustomed to back home. Each onboard eatery is designed to enhance your cruise, and we’re sure you’ll love much, if not all, of the delicious food on offer.

When can I use the pool?

Not all of our ships have a pool, and pool opening times may vary depending on the cruise location. Please speak to your Cruise Director upon arrival to check pool opening times during your cruise. Pools are available on the following ships: - Scenic Sapphire - Scenic Diamond - Scenic Azure - Scenic Jasper - Scenic Opal - Scenic Amber - Scenic Spirit - Scenic Eclipse - Scenic Eclipse II

Where can I help myself to complimentary hot drinks?

Tea and coffee-making facilities are available at designated stations throughout the ship, including in the Crystal Dining room, Observatory Lounge and River Café. Alternatively, hot drinks can be ordered to your suite.

Which meals are offered as a buffet service?

Both breakfast and lunch are offered as a full buffet service and include a wide array of hot and cold dishes for you to enjoy. Dinner is served à la carte, and there is no buffet service available in the evenings (please note: some themed cruises may include a buffet dinner).

Will there be a Cruise Director on my cruise or tour?

Yes, an experienced Cruise Director or Tour Director accompanies every Scenic river cruise, ocean voyage, and land journey. Our experienced team is responsible for co-ordinating excursions and dealing with any special requests from guests. Working closely with the crew and guests, our Cruise and Tour Directors help our luxury river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys run smoothly.

What are the group sizes for Land Journey itineraries?

The maximum group size is 36 guests, however this differs per destination and itinerary.

What type of food can I expect on my land journey?

You can look forward to sampling local delicacies in some of the world's foremost restaurants, dining experiences and hotels. Our Journey Designers have handpicked a range of special dining experiences for you to enjoy throughout your tour, helping you experience cuisine that reflects the local region and its customs.

When are Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Freechoice Dining options chosen?

Once the booking has been made, guests can log on to their Trip Personaliser and book their chosen Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Freechoice Dining options. If the options do not show on the Trip Personaliser, guests will choose these with the Tour Director on tour.

Prior to travel

Know before you go with our prior-to-leaving FAQs. Whether you want to find out what our standard baggage allowance is, need help with your final documents, or have a question about accessibility; we’ll provide you with the answer you’re looking for.

Once I've booked, what other information do you require?

Once your booking is confirmed, you'll need to enter your personal details on Trip Personaliser prior to travelling (details on Trip Personaliser will be sent to you). Required information: Personal details

  • Contact number

Next of kin details

  • Relationship

Passport details

  • Nationality
  • City & country of birth
  • Issue & expiry dates
  • Passport number
  • Country of issue

Additional details

  • Frequent Flyer membership - if applicable
  • VISA numbers - if applicable

Please note, all guests must complete their Trip Personaliser form prior to travelling. Failure to complete the form may prevent guests sailing with Emerald Cruises.

Butler carrying a bag

Am I allowed to take prescription medication?

Yes, you are allowed to carry whatever prescription medication you require, and we’d recommend packing an ample supply that covers the duration of your cruise or tour. Due to strict drug laws in certain countries, make sure medication is carried in its original packaging with the prescription label clearly marked. When traveling through airports or border crossings, we’d recommend that you keep medication in your hand luggage ready for inspection. If your question has not been fully answered,  please get in touch via our Contact Us page .

Are Scenic cruises and tours suitable for solo travelers?

Yes, we are happy to accommodate solo travelers on our river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys.

Do I need to provide Scenic with my health and fitness information prior to traveling?

You will receive a Health and Fitness form in your pre-travel documents, which you have the option to fill out before traveling, with vital information relating to your health. This information will only be used in the event of an emergency and will be returned to you unopened upon the completion of your cruise. While the form isn’t compulsory, we’d strongly recommend that you fill it in. However, should you have any serious pre-existing medical conditions that could affect your risk of needing medical attention at any point over the course of your trip, you must advise us of this before travel.

I'm pregnant - can I still travel on a river cruise, ocean voyage or land journey?

The majority of cruise operators recommend that pregnant women should not travel after the 28-week period. If you do decide to travel, you may be asked to provide a doctor's certificate clarifying you're fit to travel.

What fitness levels do cruises/tours require?

Due to the amount of excursions available during a Scenic cruise or tour, a reasonable level of fitness is required to take full advantage of each itinerary. You must be physically able and self-sufficient to undertake the cruise or tour you have booked, and/or travel with a companion who is able to provide any assistance you may require during your holiday. Some of the all-inclusive excursions offered require a reasonable level of fitness to complete, and you may be required to climb ramps and/or stairs. Please also note that not all Scenic ships have a lift. Here is a list of the ships which have an elevator and their restrictions: - Scenic Space-Ships in Europe have a lift which services the Diamond Deck and Sapphire Deck. - Scenic Spirit has a lift which services all decks between the Diamond Deck and Gem Deck.

What validity do I need on my passport?

All guests are required to possess a passport valid for 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip. Please note, if your nationality (passport) differs from the country in which you reside, please take the time to check carefully with your local consulates concerning visa and passport requirements for your travels. Trips can be disrupted or altered altogether if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or borders, so check carefully that you have the required papers.

Ocean Voyages

Our Ocean Voyage FAQs can help you plan and prepare for a comfortable getaway. From Wi-Fi access to information on facilities and what to wear, we’ve covered everything you need to know about life on board our ultra-luxury vessels.

Are credit cards accepted on board?

Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted. Unfortunately, Debit Cards or Traveler’s checks are not accepted.

Scenic Eclipse II at Astrolabe Island in December 2023.

Are dining tables and seating times assigned?

Scenic Eclipse offers dining during a designated time based on the days program and scheduled excursions.

Are drones permitted?

Use of drones is not permitted on board Scenic Eclipse.

Are tables for two available?

Guests can request to be accommodated at tables of two. This is a request only and needs to be made on board with the restaurant manager on embarkation day or with your butler. These requests are better accommodated in the smaller venues.

Can I be contacted on the ship if needed?

If friends or family need to contact you while you are traveling, they can reach you through the ships satellite phone. Please note, charges will apply and there may be limited reception when cruising through remote areas. Scenic Eclipse - US satellite phone number: +1 929 259 6820

Can I pay with cash on board?

USD cash payments will be accepted at the Guest Services. Cash payments made in AUD, NZD, GBP and CAD will be exchanged into USD before settling a guest account. No coins will be accepted, apart from USD coins.

Can I reserve a table in the speciality restaurants prior to my voyage?

Reservations may only be made on board with the Restaurant Manager on embarkation day, or with your butler.

Can you accommodate for special dietary requirements?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate special requirements. Please provide as much detail as possible prior to your cruise departure of your dietary requirements to the Scenic Reservations Team, or your travel agent.

Does Scenic Eclipse have a laundry service on board?

Scenic Eclipse is equipped with a free self-service laundry located on Deck 3. It features washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards and is available 24 hours.

Is there unlimited Wi-Fi on board?

Complimentary internet facilities are available and Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the ship for your personal electronic devices. We cannot guarantee the availability or quality of the internet connections as this may vary according to destination and weather. Please note service will be limited in Polar and remote regions. Some sites also may not be accessible due to Scenic firewall/company protection.

What is the dress code?

When you are relaxing on board, the dress code is smart casual and comfortable. Do not forget your swimsuits and exercise attire for the heated pools and plunge pools, the wellness areas and the gym, yoga and Pilates studio. For evenings, while there are no formal nights, the recommended o board dress code is elegant casual for most restaurants. Suggested attire for women includes a dress, skirt or trousers with a sweater or blouse, and for men, trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional, but not required.

What is the on board currency?

The on board currency is US Dollars.

What language is spoken on board?

The official language spoken on board is English. All officers, staff and crew as well as local guides and regional specialists speak fluent English. All announcements and lectures will be presented in English.

What power outlets are in my suite?

The on board electricity is 220 volt/60 Hz. Your suite is equipped with Schuko power sockets, international power sockets (multi-sockets) and USB type-A sockets. Additionally, one 110v/60 Hz United States type power socket is provided in every suite together with a shaver Schuko.

Will newspapers be provided on board?

Yes, newspapers will be provided electronically.

What do I need to pack for polar regions?

To ensure you are properly outfitted for your cruise, Scenic will provide you with a complimentary polar parka on selected voyages. You will receive your parka when you embark your cruise and it is yours to keep as a memento. You will also have complimentary use of polar boots for the cruise duration. In addition to these items, it is imperative that you bring your own waterproof trousers. You can view our Polar Packing Guide here .

What if a guest's shoe size is smaller/larger than the sizes on the chart?

As we can only carry limited sizing’s, guests who may not fit into standard size boots, will need to provide their own boots. To keep feet warm, we recommend insulated polar boots.

What is Ship To Shore?

For 30 years, Ship To Shore has specialized in providing quality expedition clothing and equipment for professional and amateur travelers. Ship To Shore has partnered with Scenic Eclipse to offer you the option to buy or rent gear that can be sent directly to the ship for your Antarctica journey. Below is a dedicated site for our Scenic Eclipse guests outlining the right gear to pack, along with a complete expedition package that includes everything you will need: https://scenic.shiptoshoretraveler.com/destination/115

What should I pack for an Antarctica cruise?

Any trip to Antarctica is a truly thrilling experience, particularly so if it is your first time. However, knowing what to pack for Antarctica can prove challenging. Uncertain about what to bring, many first-time polar travelers typically over pack. You can view our Polar Packing Guide here .

What wildlife could I see in Antarctica?

A plethora of wildlife calls the Antarctic Peninsula home with vast colonies and species of penguins, seals and pods of whales. The sheer amount of wildlife you will have the opportunity to observe on an Antarctica cruise is what makes it so unique and sets it apart from just about any other place in the world. To learn about all the wildlife you could see on an Antarctica cruise, read more here .

What is the difference between Antarctica and the Arctic?

Antarctica and the Arctic are, quite literally, polar opposites, and there are many differences between these two fascinating destinations. Explore our Antarctica  and Arctic  destination pages to find out more.

Is an Antarctica cruise safe?

Our highest priority is our guest's safety and Scenic Eclipse has been built to ensure the highest international safety standards. Scenic Eclipse uses custom-built stabilizers that are 50% larger than those of other ships and which provide far greater stability as they navigate the world's oceans. With forward bow thrusters, a Polar Class 9 rating, and an electronic Azipod propulsion system, Scenic Eclipse can navigate through Arctic and Antarctica waters safely. This dedication to your safety, environmental protection and world-class innovation has allowed us to design the most inspiring and exciting itineraries possible.

When is the best time to travel to Antarctica?

Winter in Antarctica is exceptionally cold. A complete lack of sunlight and treacherous winds during April to September mean the only accessible time for humans to explore the last great wilderness of Earth is during the warmer months of late October to March. This is when the sea ice begins to melt, allowing ships to cruise through its immaculate waters.

What destinations will I visit on an Antarctica cruise?

Our Antarctica cruises not only take in this extraordinary continent but also visit two fascinating archipelagos. Little islands with big tales to tell, South Georgia Island is one of the most unique and biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth and the Falkland Islands offer up stunning natural beauty, complete with an intriguing history. 

What is Antarctica?

Encompassing an area of 5.5 million square miles, almost twice the size of Australia and home to 90% of all ice on Earth, it soon becomes clear why Antarctica is labeled the “the land of snow and ice”. One of the least explored continents, and laying claim to be the coldest, windiest and driest on Earth, no humans permanently reside here.

What is the address for my embarkation pier?

Pier locations will be outlined in your documentation.

What time does disembarkation start?

All guests must check out of their suites no later than 8:30am; guests can remain in the public areas but need to disembark the ship by 9:30am at the latest. Further information will be provided towards the conclusion of your voyage.

What time does embarkation start?

Embarkation takes place from midday to 3pm.

Who do I contact if my flight is delayed on embarkation day?

Your documentation will contain contact details for our local Scenic representative and Port Agent for the region in which you are traveling.

Can I book a Helicopter and Submarine excursion?

Discovery experiences can only be booked at the Excursion Centre on board and are subject to availability, regulatory approval and prevailing weather, marine and ice conditions and may be canceled at short notice. We cannot guarantee availability, even if you have made an onboard reservation. Some activities require a minimum and maximum number of participants to operate.

When are Scenic Freechoice excursions available to book?

Will tenders be used at my port of call.

A mix of docking in port and tenders will be used for most voyages. Further information will be provided in your documentation.

Do I need a medical certificate to take a cruise?

In order for us to ensure your comfort and safety, all guests need to complete an online medical form, which will be available 90 days prior to sailing.

What are the medical services on board?

For your peace of mind, Scenic Eclipse is equipped with a medical center offering primary care, staffed at all times by an on call doctor. You must advise us prior to finalizing your booking of any pre-existing medical conditions that might increase your risk of requiring medical attention, affecting the normal conduct of the cruise and / or the enjoyment of other cruise guests. It is important to note, however, that there are no hospitals or doctors available in polar and remote regions, and emergency evacuation is extremely difficult and expensive. Cruising conditions can be unpredictable and rough waters may be encountered anytime. If you suffer from seasickness, please consult your Medical Practitioner before your cruise and always carry the recommended preventative medications. Our resident medical team can assist you with additional medication and services if required, with any relevant payments charged to your on board account.

Are children welcome on board?

Luxury expedition-style cruising is not recommended for children under 12. Guests under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and must share their accommodation with an adult. No children's programs or babysitting services are available on board.

What is the smoking policy?

Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II are non-smoking vessels in all public areas. There is a designated outside smoking area on Deck 6 for guests. All suites, including suite verandah’s and terraces are non-smoking.

What is the Scenic Eclipse visitor policy?

In selected ports on request, visitors may be allowed on board. Visitation is not permitted on embarkation and disembarkation day. A visitor form is to be completed prior to the cruise. The guests will be informed once approved. Visitors will receive a visitor pass at ship’s gangway after they provide photo identification. Visitors will need to be accompanied at all times.

Accommodation

Our accommodation FAQs cover suite-specific information, including the different cabin options and guidance on what’s included in your room.

Are bathrobes and slippers provided?

Yes, bathrobes and slippers are provided for the comfort of all guests, regardless of suite class.

Bedroom Area, Owners Penthouse Suite, Scenic Eclipse

Are irons and ironing boards provided in the cabin?

No, but all our ships offer a comprehensive laundry service. For information on laundry concierge, please speak to your personal butler upon arrival on board.

Are mini bars provided in the suites?

Yes, a complimentary mini bar is provided in every suite for your enjoyment. This is restocked daily with a selection of beverages and snacks, and you can also order other drinks and meals to your suite.

Are the suites air conditioned?

Individual climate control systems are available in all suites, helping you adjust the temperature to your desired level. If you have trouble operating the system in your suite, your personal butler will be able to assist.

Are there coat hangers in my suite?

Yes, coat hangers are available in all suites.

Are twin rooms available?

Yes, twin rooms are available. Please speak to us about your room requirements at the time of booking.

Does my suite include a hairdryer?

Yes, a hairdryer is included in all suites.

Is there a safe in my room?

Yes, all suites come with a secure safe for your valuables.

What type of plug sockets are in my suite?

Each Scenic river cruise ship is fitted with 220v European electricity outlets, but you will need a suitable European plug adaptor to use electrical items such as mobile phone chargers. Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II are fitted with American electricity outlets.

Will there be a phone in my suite?

All Scenic suites are equipped with a telephone, which can be used to order room service or for outbound calls. Should you use the phone, any outbound calls you make will be charged to your shipboard account, payable at the end of your holiday.

Currency & travel

We want to make sure your cruise runs smoothly on and off the ship, so our travel FAQs provide useful information on things such as local currencies, tipping, and charges.

Are credit cards accepted?

Many locations accept major credit cards, including Eurocard, MasterCard, and Visa, and these can be used in some shops, hotels, and restaurants. Please note that some establishments may charge a small fee for credit card transactions, or else enforce a minimum purchase amount. Before you travel, make sure your credit card and pin will work in the country you’re visiting; your bank will be able to help with this matter.

American Express credit cards are not accepted on any of our vessels.

Please note that on board Scenic Eclipse & Scenic Eclipse II, unfortunately, Debit Cards or Traveler’s checks are not accepted.

Guests speaking to Cruise Director on board Scenic Diamond in the reception area. 

Does Scenic cover tipping and gratuities?

Yes, tipping and gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and waiting staff are included in the total price of your holiday. Please note, tipping is not included for meals, drinks, taxis and transfers outside your itinerary and only applies to on board services. We’d recommend tipping 10-15% in restaurants (unless a service charge has already been applied) and 10-15% on taxi meters. As a rule, always pre-negotiate taxi fares before agreeing to travel.

Is it easy to exchange cash?

Cash or traveler’s checkes can be exchanged easily at hotels, banks or designated exchange bureaus. It’s also possible to buy small amounts of local currency on board your ship for a fee. For the best exchange rate, we’d recommend exchanging money before you travel.

Is porterage included?

Handling and porterage of your luggage (as per the luggage allowance) is included in your cruise or tour. Should you wish to carry bags beyond this allowance, porterage of these items may be charged or you may be responsible for handling the baggage yourself.

What currency do I need to take?

Most countries visited during a Scenic river cruise use the Euro, but some nations have retained their own currency; these include Scandinavian nations, Switzerland and the Eastern European States. For small purchases made on land or in small towns, we’d recommend carrying some local currency as ATMs or credit card facilities may not be available. When booking an ocean voyage or land journey, our experienced Reservations Team will be able to advise on the local currency for the destination you're traveling to.

Booking online

Book your holiday yourself with just a few clicks and secure your place on board.

How do I book a cruise online?

Booking online is easy. Simply browse the itinerary you’re interested in, scroll down and select your departure, and click the ‘Book Now’ button which will then take you to our online booking system.

Scenic Azure cruising the Douro Valley in Portugal. 

What information do I need to book my cruise online?

To complete our online booking process, you’ll need the following information for each guest:

Is booking online secure?

Booking online with Emerald Cruises couldn’t be safer as shown by the padlock visible alongside our URL in the website address bar. All data is sent via RSA encryption and securely stored with us, as outlined in our Privacy Policy .

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay for your cruise using MasterCard or Visa. Please note, some promotions require specific payment methods. Please refer to the terms and conditions for each individual promotion.

How do I take advantage of a promotion?

Prices shown during the online booking system exclude any additional promotions you may have seen during your visit to our site until a promotion or discount is applied To take advantage of these offers, you can apply them during ‘Confirm & Pay’ stage by selecting ‘Apply Promotion’ below the offer listed.

How do I find out more information about my flights or rail journey?

During step 2 of the online booking process, after completing the guest information section, you’ll be asked if you require flights arranging. This is included in the price of your cruise if paid in full, and a member of the team will be in touch with you using the contact details provided to arrange the best option for you.

What happens after I’ve completed my online booking?

Sit back, relax, and begin your cruise countdown! A member of the team will be in touch soon to discuss travel options with you.

Scenic Eclipse ocean voyages

ATOL and safety

We uphold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure you enjoy complete peace of mind.

Is Scenic protected by ATOL?

Yes: ATOL Number 9294.  

Pelicans flying over the Danube Delta in Romania at sunset. 

Why book with an ABTA member?

Scenic is a member of ABTA: ABTA Number Y6328. As ABTA members, we’re committed to delivering the highest standards for our customers by signing up to ABTA's Code of Conduct . This includes accurate advertising, fair terms of trading, changes to bookings, and managing customer complaints.

Do the ships provide mobility-wheelchair access?

We welcome passengers with medical conditions or disabilities and can provide mobility provisions when notified in writing of a person's needs before boarding. However, please be aware that there may be limitations on board and during excursions. Some of our ships do not have elevators, and where there is an elevator on board it may not access all decks. While collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board under appropriate circumstances, you must be able to climb up and down stairs on coaches, and some excursions may require you to negotiate cobblestones or climb steps. In addition, standard suites and bathrooms have significant thresholds and cabin doors which limit access, meaning they may not be wide enough to allow access to many wheelchairs. Please speak to a member of our team about your requirements prior to booking so that we can offer information on mobility and access.

Is it safe to travel to/in each of the countries?

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What to Wear on a River Cruise in Europe (+ Packing List!)

Wondering what to pack for a river cruise? We’ll show you exactly what to wear on a river cruise in Europe with some great ideas on practical River cruise outfits. We’ve also included some clothing tips for Rhine river cruise travel across the seasons.

In addition to our guide on how to dress for a river cruise we’ve included some tips on how to pack for a European river cruise . Assuming you’re coming from the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand and will be traveling a long way to Europe, you may want to travel a bit before or after your river cruise. Our tips for packing for river cruise trips will help you pack light for travel in the rest of Europe.

We’ve used the Viking river cruise dress code as a guide on what to wear on a Rhine river cruise but there are of course other companies that do European river cruises. For simplicity reasons we’re calling this our  Viking river cruise packing list but you can of course use is it as a guide on what to wear on a river cruise in Europe on other cruise lines too.

  • 1.1 Types of European River Cruise Outfits
  • 1.2 Dressing for the Season
  • 2 Tips on How to Pack for a River Cruise
  • 3.1 River Cruise Clothes
  • 3.2 Footwear
  • 3.3 River Cruise Essentials
  • 3.4 Toiletries
  • 3.5 Electronics
  • 4 Questions on what to pack for river cruise in Europe?

What to Wear on a River Cruise in Europe - Packing List

What to Wear on a River Cruise in Europe

River cruises are more casual than ocean cruises. They’re more about experiencing the culture and sights of Europe and less about having a fun vacation on a big ship (like you would on a Caribbean cruise). When working out how to dress for a European river cruise you’ll need to think about comfort, packability, layering and European culture.

You’ll spend your days sightseeing around the streets of Europe so comfortable but relatively smart but casual clothes are ideal. Comfortable walking shoes are a must! Many of the excursions on European river cruises are walking tours. You’ll also likely visit churches and culturally significant sights that may require covered shoulders and knee length clothes. Pack a light scarf in summer to throw over your shoulders. Avoid short shorts & skirts and opt for capri pants & midi skirts instead.

Make sure you choose items that pack well. You won’t have an iron in your cabin so you’ll need to pack clothes with wrinkle resistant fabrics. A small travel-sized bottle of Downy Wrinkle Release can help with this too. It also gives clothes a quick refresh allowing you to wear items more than once.

Types of European River Cruise Outfits

  • Casual clothes for cruising – Comfortable but smart casual clothing is the go when cruising in Europe. A t-shirt or sleeveless vest with jeans, capris or a skirt is enough.
  • Comfortable shoes –  Comfortable shoes are a must for European travel.
  • Non-formal evening wear – There often isn’t time or a need to change for dinner on a river cruise so don’t feel you have to. We usually prefer to change for dinner, even if that means a quick freshen up and changing from a t-shirt into a nicer top.  Lightweight, chiffon evening tops are great to pack for evenings on cruises. Wear them over jeans or capris. They don’t take up much space but add a little oopmh to your outfit.
  • Formal evening wear – Most European river cruises do not have a formal night. If they do, you’ll find the dress code for river cruises isn’t as strict as for ocean cruises. There’s no need to go over the top on formal night on river cruises in Europe. You can wear black pants and dressier top or a simple black dress and pashmina. No need to bring heels, your sandals will do fine. Pop on a statement necklace and you’re good to go. Men can pack a sport coat if they like but a long sleeved shirt and pants will do.

Dressing for the Season

If you’re traveling outside the peak of summer weather can be quite changeable so clothes you can layer are ideal. Check the long range weather forecast on a site like Accuweather when planning out what to wear on a Viking river cruise to help.

We have noted different quantities for items based on season in our packing list below but here is a quick guide on what to wear on a river cruise in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall:

  • River Cruising in Summer – Summer river cruise attire is pretty easy. Think light summer dresses, capris & vest tops, skirts and blouses. Make sure you pack at least one cardigan in case of chilly nights or the odd cooler day.
  • River Cruising in Spring – Spring in Europe can bring nice weather but it can also be changeable. Layering is key. Bring a couple of cardigans for over dresses and tees. Add in an extra pair of jeans. A light jacket like a denim jacket or utility jacket will also prove useful. April is notoriously wet in Europe so a waterproof jacket would be a good idea.
  • River Cruising in Fall – When packing for river cruise in Europe in the Fall, add in a few warmer layers like long sleeved tees, cardigans, leggings. A light waterproof layer like this is a must. In late Fall, a packable lightweight down jacket like this is also very useful to have in case of cold days.  You’ll also want a pair of closed toe shoes like a comfortable ankle boot for walking in wet weather.
  • River Cruising in Winter – For winter river cruises in Europe, you’ll need a few more warmer layers, hat, gloves, scarf and ankle boots. Add in a packable down jacket and waterproof parka. Leave out the summer dresses and instead pack a few more jeans and jumpers. Merino layers like this are useful for providing extra warmth in cold weather.

Tips on How to Pack for a River Cruise

Know you know what to wear on a scenic river cruise, let’s go over how to pack for a river cruise. When packing for a European river cruise, you need to account for how many travel days you have before and after your cruise, how long your trip to Europe is and how you’ll be getting around once in Europe pre and post-cruise.

Here are a few tips for packing for a river cruise:

  • Pack light for Europe – If you pack light and smart then you’ll be able to fit this packing list into a carry on sized suitcase. Travel with just a carry on sized suitcase if you can manage.
  • Pick a color scheme – It makes it easier to mix & match outfits if you stick to a color scheme. Choose a few base neutrals like black, tan, navy & white for your pants, capris, skirts and outerwear. Add in a pop of co-ordinating color or print with your tops, tees, blouses and dresses. It makes it so much easier to dress! when all your tops go with all your bottom
  • Go for carry on sized luggage – Even if you plan on checking your bag for convenience on travel days, we still recommend using a small cabin sized suitcase for your European river cruise. It’s so much easier to travel in Europe with a smaller suitcase! Space is limited in Europe and a smaller bag is easier for travel on trains in Europe, impossibly small hotel elevators, tiny hotel rooms and the ship’s cabin.
  • Pack with packing cubes – Using packing cubes helps you organize your luggage efficiently, makes it easier to pack & unpack and helps you pack less. Use a large packing cubes for jeans, shorts & outwear, a medium sized packing cube for tops and a small packing cube for underwear. You can get packing cubes here on Amazon.
  • Get a hanging toiletry bag – A hanging toiletry bag is so much easier for cruising. This one by eBags is ideal as it packs flat and is easy to lay across the top of your suitcase contents.
  • Use a lightweight backpack or cross body travel bag for excursions – A lightweight backpack like this is great for excursion days. You can fold it up and pack it away in your luggage when not in use. For city excursions in Europe, a cross body bag works very well. Travel cross body bags like this with built in security to prevent pickpocketing and bag slashing are ideal. You can also get small backpacks like this with built in antitheft technology too.

Viking River Cruise Packing List

Here’s a complete list of what to pack for a Viking river cruise. You can download and print this river cruise packing list in PDF form here. We recommend printing and laying out all your items for packing for European river cruise so you can check them off as you go.

River Cruise Clothes

  • Tees and tops for day x 5-7 – T-shirts, sleeveless vests, blouses for women and t-shirts, polos and shirts for men. Pack a mix of short and long sleeved depending on season.
  • Evening tops x 3-4
  • Cardigan or sweater – 1 for Summer travel, 2 in Spring and 3-4 for Fall/Winter travel
  • Jacket – A denim jacket or utility jacket for Spring/Fall/Winter
  • Shorts or capri pants – 1 for women, 2 for men
  • Jeans – 1 for Summer, 2 for Spring/Fall/Winter
  • Khakis / chinos – For men
  • Skirts x 1-2 – Midi length are ideal for Europe. Or coluttes are also great!
  • Sundress / casual dress x 2 – Linen or light cotton in summer and a tunic-style with leggings in winter make great river cruise dresses.
  • Leggings for women / Jogger for men – Great for the plane!
  • Dress or nice top & black pants / sport coat & shirt for men for formal night (optional) – Most European river cruises don’t have a formal night!
  • Workout clothes (optional) – Most ships do not have a gym however
  • Swimsuit – For onboard hot tubs or thermal baths on excursions in paces like Budapest
  • Waterproof parka
  • Packable down jacket (in Fall/Winter)
  • Hat and gloves (in Fall/Winter)
  • Pashmina – Great for the plane or cooler evenings
  • Light scarf (in Spring/Summer)
  • Warm scarf (in Fall/Winter)
  • Sleepwear x 2
  • Underwear x 10
  • Bras x 3 – 1 nude, 1 white and 1 black works great for travel!
  • Socks x 5-7
  • Statement jewelry x 1-2 – Don’t bring any expensive jewelry!
  • Sneakers – Comfortable walking shoes are essential for sightseeing in Europe. You’ll be walking a lot and often on cobblestones. We LOVE Sketchers Go Walk sneakers for travel. They’re lightweight and super comfortable!
  • Sandals (in Spring/Summer) – Something you can wear in the evening or around the ship. Aerosoles sandals (like these) are very comfortable for walking. As are Vionic sandals (like these) .
  • Mules or flats (in Spring/Fall/Winter) – Something you can wear in the evening or around the ship. Vionic do great, comfortable flats (like these) .
  • Ankle boots (in Fall/Winter) – Good for walking in wetter, cooler weather. Lucky Brand Basel boots (like these) are a great choice.
  • Loafer or dressier shoes for men – Something you can wear in the evening or around the ship.  Here’s a nice Vionic Men’s loafer.
  • Golf shoes (if required for your excursions)

River Cruise Essentials

Add these cruise and travel essentials to your packing list for river cruise in Europe!

  • Travel documents printed
  • Travel document wallet
  • Downy wrinkle release spray
  • Disinfectant spray / wipes – Spray or wipe down your cabin’s surfaces on arrival and use on your tray table & touch screen on the plane!
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tide-to-go pen – For removing any stains on clothing
  • Travel laundry sheets –  For handwashing any items you may want to re-wear
  • Tide pods – Put a couple of Tide pods in a Ziploc bag to use at the onboard as there is a laundry on Viking river cruise ships (or you can use a couple of the travel laundry sheets mentioned above!)
  • Travel umbrella
  • Compression socks for the long flight to Europe
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Travel coffee mug
  • Highlighter – For your daily cruise schedule

Viking ships with soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion so you don’t need to pack these. Choose travel size versions of your toiletries to help you pack light. Decant larger items into GoToobs or GoTubs if necessary.

  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Facial moisturiser / skin care
  • Make up – Decant larger items into  GoTubs or ask for sample sizes at Sephora
  • Make up remover wipes
  • Lip balm – Especially in winter
  • Hand cream – Plane travel, using hand sanitizer and winter weather can dry the skin
  • Sunscreen (travel size & suitable for face)
  • Shaving cream (travel size)
  • Pain relief
  • Cold medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Small first aid kit
  • Any medication you require
  • Contacts & solution if you require

Electronics

Remember to check all your electronics are dual voltage before traveling to Europe. Most electronics generally are but watch out for things like your hair styling tools!

  • All chargers
  • European plug adapter – Your stateroom may have universal plugs but an adapter is still useful for travel before and after your cruise
  • Powerstrip without surge protector for cruise ships
  • European data sim or mobile wifi device
  • Powerbank – For charging on the go
  • Travel curling iron or travel hair straightener – Make sure it is dual voltage! (No need to bring a hair dryer as they have them on the ship.)

Questions on what to pack for river cruise in Europe?

If you have questions about what to wear on European river cruise or our river cruise tips for packing, leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help. You can also join our Cruise Packing Tips Group on Facebook to ask questions and share your own tips for packing for cruises. We’d love to hear your tips and questions on what to pack for a European river cruise.

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*8 outfits!*What to wear on a viking & Scenic river cruise (Summer + winter!)

Posted on Published: January 10, 2024

*8 outfits!*What to wear on a viking & Scenic river cruise (Summer + winter!)

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Vacay styles come and go but river cruise is here to stay.

Viking and Scenic river cruises are popular vacation destinations and are an exciting way to see new and beautiful sites.

If you are looking for some new ways to spoil yourself and your partner, a Viking river cruise trip just can’t be any more perfect!

So here’s come the most asked question: What to wear on a Viking river cruise ?

what to wear on a viking scenic river

Well, I’d say flexibility is key when planning your outfits since you want to pack lightly.

Choose pieces you can wear multiple times to get the most out of your wardrobe and be sure to bring conservative options for religious stops.

If you’re at a loss on what to pack, don’t worry: You’re not alone.

what to wear viking scenic river cruise

Many people struggle to choose the best outfits for their Viking River cruise, but now, thanks to this list below, it’s never been easier! 

For your convenience, the outfits in this article are all shoppable with links attached.

1. Comfortable loose-fit outfit for a summer Viking river cruise

Comfort is key on your cruise, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style.

what to wear on a viking summer river cruise

Depending on the season you set sail, you’ll want to bring either long or short-sleeved tops suitable for both daytime and evening.

Of course, a billowy midi shirt dress can never go wrong on a cruise.

Even during the summer months, the weather can get cooler, so keep that in mind when making your choice.

what to wear on a viking & scenic summer river cruise

We love this cute pineapple “Vacay mode” quote top on Amazon.

That is lightweight and casual while still appropriate for evening excursions. Of course, it’s plus-size-approved as well!

Seriously, a fun quote tee like this is such a mood booster.

Check out them on Amazon !

2. Sweater Or Cardigan for Viking and Scenic River cruise

Packing a sweater or cardigan is essential on your cruise, even if you’re setting sail in the summertime.

Sweaters are ideal when visiting religious landmarks as they allow you to cover your body while still feeling comfortable respectful.

You only need to pack one during the summer, but if you’re traveling during the fall or winter, you may want to bring three or four, depending on the cruise length.

Sweater for Viking and Scenic river cruise

This knit sweater on Amazon is great for cooler-season cruises and adds a cozy feel to jeans or leggings.

The princess sleeve is not only feminine but makes our arms appear to be slimmer. BIG LOVE.

For extra comfort, reach for this textured cardigan with deep pockets and an open front. It’s ideal for taking along during the summer months or layering during cooler seasons. 

The mock neckline is so preppy.

3. What to wear on a cruise ship? Paperbag shorts

Shorts are an essential item to pack; you are going on a cruise after all!

Choose ones that are comfortable for walking around as you embark on day trip excursions, with breathability and ideally a decent amount of stretch.

Check your itinerary and see if any of your excursions are in cities with dress codes for short lengths, to ensure you aren’t turned away from visiting any landmarks.

what to wear on cruise ship plus size

Thanks to their elastic waist, pockets, and tailored hemline, these Shorts are one of our favorites.

They pair beautifully with a t-shirt or sweater, making them highly versatile and perfect for your river cruise.

what to wear on cruise ship

For an adorable nautical theme, these striped shorts on Amazon, with their stripes and tie detailing, add a fun, feminine twist to any outfit. 

The A-line shape and comfy paper bag shorts are bound to make you feel THE BEST.

4. Wear a windbreaker for the winter Viking river cruise

This functional jacket is PERFECTION for a river cruise trip.

scenic river cruises dress code

Classy white with lightweight yet sturdy fabric.

Can someone please tell me which brand is this?

5. Wear supportive sandals on a river cruise

Sandals are a must if you are cruising during the summer months and bring a casual vibe.

Whether you choose a strappy sandal or a chunky design, they make your outfit look effortless and incredibly comfortable, especially during days spent on board.

Although you may not think of sandals as a typical choice for sightseeing, many people reach for them since they’re both lightweight and breathable.

what shoes to wear on river cruise

These aesthetic pink sandals from Skechers are my gem of all time. If you have any foot pain or arthritic (PSA) flare, try these sandals out! This is life-changing!

When you plan on wearing sandals on your outings, these are perfect for ensuring all-day comfort without creating any painful pressure points.

Their mesh fabric allows for optimal airflow, while their padded insoles cushion and support your feet.

what shoes to wear on river cruise

For a strappier option that is great for evenings, these wedge sandals elevate your outfit and make it look amazing.

Dress them up or down for a versatile choice, perfect for the limited packing options cruising allows. 

6. Wear sunglasses on a cruise during the day

Sunglasses are vital for protecting your eyes from the glare of the water and while touring around your docking destinations.

what to wear on a cruise during the day

Choose a pair that is classic and provides adequate eye coverage without being too heavy.

Polarized lenses are excellent when aboard a ship as they provide added protection, reducing eye strain while giving you a crisp and clear view.

We love this tortoiseshell frame with a brown gradient polarized lens that matches any outfit.

Or, for a pop of color, these oversized sunnies with a subtle pink polarized lens and clear frame are sure to lighten up your day. 

7. Viking & Scenic River cruise dress code : JEANS

Jeans are a staple you can’t live without, especially on your river cruise.

They give you the ultimate flexibility, allowing you to dress them up for a nice dinner or down for a casual day out.

Choosing a pair with a lot of stretches ensures all-day comfort and wearability, so you can spend your time admiring the sights and not worrying about uncomfortable or tight pants.

Compared to regular skinny jeans, flared jeans are such a tasteful choice for a carefree cruise trip.

Viking & Scenic River cruise dress code

These jeans from Spanx with a slight flare on the bottom elongate the look of your leg, while the high-rise gives you support and flattens any problem areas.

We love them for their perfect dark wash that goes with anything.

They got all regular, tall, and petite sizes, no wonder these jeans are the best seller. Check them out on Spanx !

This is so random… BUT

hey ladies, why not quickly do an affirmation and feel instantly better?

This new year, I’m trying not only to share fashion tips but come up with ways to instill body positivity in all women who are reading my articles – aka YOU !

Instead of just reading it, say it loud or murmur the quotes (if you are in public) to maximize the effect.

Ready? Here we go.

I love my body. She is my forever home and sanctuary.

Sassy isn’t a shape, it’s an attitude.

Work out because I love my body – not because I hate it.

I can love myself and change my body at the same time. No guilt about that.

It is completely normal to have tummy rolls. I come to realize that social media isn’t showing the reality… at all.

My happiest moments in life had nothing to do with the way my body looked.

I don’t have to be pretty like her, I can be pretty like …ME.

I AM perfect imperfection.

What are your thoughts on that? I hope that makes you feel better (as you deserved).

Please help me pass the body positivity message in your community. #womenhelpwomen

Alright, now keep on reading!

7. Wear sneakers on the Viking & Scenic River cruise

Although having sandals is great, you can’t beat the practicality of sneakers.

You will be happy to have the cushion and support quality sneakers provide as you walk along with your tours and explore the cities where you dock.

Choose a sneaker with a supportive insole to ensure your feet stay happy throughout the day.

what to wear on Viking & Scenic river cruise

We love these Adidas sneakers for their cloudfoam lining on both the mid and outsole, providing superior cushion and breathability.

Final Thoughts:

So there you go if you wonder what to wear on a Viking and Scenic river cruise all year round.

So yes, choosing versatile clothing items will enable you to pack lightly without sacrificing fashion or leaving your favorite pieces behind.

What are your thoughts on that? It’s time to pin down your final looks and see all the beautiful sights and make unforgettable memories with your loved one!

With this list, you will be the best dressed (and most comfortable) on your cruising adventure!

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  • River cruise dress codes: What to pack?

by Emma Smith - 04/10/2018

Dining on-board Scenic - River cruise

Dress codes can vary depending on your cruise line, time of day and even where you sail.

Suitcase space is limited so we have compiled a guide on our river cruise lines and their dress codes to make it easy for you to plan your outfits!

AmaWaterways

Wine tasting on-board AmaWaterways - River cruise

The AmaWaterways dress code suggests country club casual on-board their ships, such as cotton or linen clothes. This could include trousers and shirt for men – without the need for a tie or jacket – and dresses or trousers with a blouse for women. During the Captain’s Dinner, guests are advised to dress up a little more in suits and cocktail dresses.

Group on-board Amadeus ship - River cruise

Guests on-board Amadeus are made to feel comfortable, with no specific dress code on-board. For dinner and special occasions, Amadeus are advised to wear elegant clothing.

Recommended items of clothing include comfortable walking shoes, sturdy sandals, a lightweight waterproof jacket and long sleeve shirts as some ports and excursions are over uneven terrain and can be quite cool.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon river cruise ship

The dress code on-board Avalon Waterways is casual and comfortable, with the cruise line looking to make you feel at home on-board. However, during occasions such as the Captain’s Reception and the Farewell Dinner some guests prefer to dress up a little more.

The only specifications are as follows:

  • Guests are not permitted to wear shorts in the Dining Room or Panorama Lounge in the evenings
  • Bathing suits are worn only on the Sky Deck

CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope - Dining room

CroisiEurope advises for guests to don a casual outfit during the day, recommending light suits and swimwear for warm weather and a sweater or jacket for cooler weather.

For dinners, cocktails and galas, CroisiEurope advises guests to dress up a little more with gentlemen wearing a jacket and tie.

Crystal Cruises

Couple on-board Crystal River cruise

On-board a Crystal river cruise, guests are advised to wear comfortable and casual wear during the day. This includes the dining room, however, swimswuits, cover-ups, robes and baseball caps are not appropriate in the dining room during the day.

In the evenings, the dress code is Crystal Casual which is a dressed-up version of daytime dress code. Crystal Casual includes:

  • Women – Blouse, sweater, dress slacks, skirt and dresses
  • Men – Open-collar shirt, collared polo shirt, button-down shirt, dress shirt, dress pants and smart trousers. Sports coats are optional and no tie is required

Emerald Waterways

Couple on-board Emerald Waterways

On-board Emerald Waterways guests are advised to follow a relaxed and comfortable dress code. In the evenings, the cruise line operates a smart-casual dress code including open-neck shirts with slacks and dresses. Guests can wear ties and jackets if they desire, but this is not required.

Emerald Waterways also hosts a Captain’s Reception, where guests may want to don their finery – though this is more cocktail dresses than ball gowns.

Couple on-board boat for a river cruise shore excursion

On-board APT river cruises the dress code is smart casual, though the cruise line advises on comfortable footwear for all tours and light, casual clothing for adventure tours.

Riviera Travel

River cruise ship - Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel also carries a relaxed dress code, with comfortable and casual clothing alongside walking shoes for the day. In the evenings, guests can dress a little smarter – though this is not required.

On every cruise there’s a Captain’s Welcome Drink and Farewell Dinner, for these most guests dress up a little more though there’s no need for black tie or ball gowns.

Scenic River

Couple on the bikes - Scenic River

Guests are free to wear what they wish during their time on-board Scenic River. However, it’s worth packing for the weather on your cruise depending on the regions you’re visiting.

Daytime dress codes are comfortable and casual, with a dress or two for the formal evening occasions.

Scenic advises guests to pack a comfortable pair of shoes for excursions and sandals for if the weather is warm. During specific Freechoice or Enrich events, bring a pair of smart shoes or heels.

Krems, Austria - River cruise tour

Shearing has no dress codes throughout your journey, though you are travelling via coach and river cruise ship so we would suggest comfortable and casual clothes for the day, with something a little smarter for the evenings.

Bulgaria, Europe - River cruise

Tauck does not have a strict dress code and advises guests to pack comfortable and convenient clothes for both day and night. A slightly dressy outfit for certain evenings including the following:

  • Men – A blazer or sports coat, chinos and polo shirt
  • Women – Skirt, dressy top or simple dress

Group on bikes - Uniworld River Cruise

Uniworld advises guests to pack for a range of weather conditions, though there is no strict dress code on-board. Both onshore and on-board the cruise line recommends comfortable, smart-casual clothing including sturdy walking shows for shore excursions.

When dining ashore, attending special events or concerts men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit – ties are optional. On-board, the only advisories are that shorts are not allowed at dinner.

U by Uniworld

Guests on-board U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld’s dress code is straight and simple. They simply require guests to come as you are, with no requirements for dining or excursions.

Viking River

Viking River - Guests enjoying dinner on-board

Dress is casual on-board Viking River, with shorts, slacks or jeans advised. Swimsuits, brief shorts, cover-ups and exercise attire should be reserved for the Fitness Centre, pool areas and Sports Deck.

Though there are no formal nights on-board Viking River cruises, evening dress is elegant casual across all dining venues, performances and special events. This includes:

  • Women – Dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse
  • Men – Trousers and collared shirt with a tie and jacket being optional

Jeans are not permitted at this time and evening dress excludes World Cafe where the dress remains casual after 6pm.

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Dining on-board Scenic - River cruise

Look forward to picking your outfits for your next river cruise and book yourself on-board with RiverVoyages.com. Take your pick from our top selection of river cruises and browse our best deals by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more, call our Cruise Concierge team on 0800 197 0854 for expert advice and award-winning service with your booking.

Have you cruised with any of the above river cruise lines before? What advice would you give about the dress codes? Let us know in the comments below!

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15 Practical Fashion Tips For A Scenic River Cruise

Are you gearing up for a picturesque river cruise and wondering what to pack? Look no further! We've got you covered! Scenic is a river cruise line famous for fun and luxurious experiences. Packing might be a difficult task, especially if it's your first time going on a cruise. Here are 15 practical fashion tips to ensure you look chic and comfortable while exploring stunning waterways.

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The Scenic dress code is a casual one.

Sometimes they host special events and the best thing to do is to look on their website for more information about the dress code for these special occasions.

In general, you can start packing with comfort in mind because that's the most important factor that will allow you to have a fantastic time.

Walking shoes

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We often disregard the importance of shoes when it comes to our outfits. Don't make this mistake when going on a cruise!

You need walking shoes that will allow you to feel comfortable the whole time. If you pack any fancy outfits, you need a pair of dress shoes as well.

Otherwise, focus on feeling good and choose comfortable and waterproof flat shoes. Luckily, you can now purchase affordable and ethical shoes made from vegan materials. To keep your feet cool and comfortable during long days of walking and exploring, have a look at our selection of the best affordable and sustainable shoes made in Canada.

Dress in layers

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Layers in your clothes can help you look like a fashion pro.

This is also extremely practical because layers can easily be removed and put back on whenever needed.

Whether you add a shirt on top of a T-shirt, or a jacket on top of a cardigan on top of a tank top, dressing in layers will help you be fashionable and stay cozy.

Breathable materials

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High-quality materials can make all the difference!

Never purchase clothes that are made from poor-quality materials, no matter how much you like the design.

This will save you a lot of money because poor-quality materials are unhealthy, uncomfortable, and don't last you a long time. If you want to be a conscious consumer and always make the right choice when it comes to your clothes, read this article and learn our best tips to check the fabric quality of clothing.

Waterproof jacket

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Never go on a cruise without bringing a waterproof jacket. You can easily find such a jacket for every season. Wear it with a pair of jeans and a tank top combination, or over a dress.

Be prepared for unexpected showers! Here are the 10 best affordable and sustainable waterproof jackets.

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A high-quality pair of jeans is always a great investment in your wardrobe. You can wear jeans in a wide variety of beautiful combinations.

Thankfully, nowadays you can easily find jeans that are both affordable and sustainable.

Don't forget to check out our recommendations.

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Leggings are stylish and comfortable. They show your interest in an active lifestyle and they pair well with your favorite tops and blouses.

If you love prioritizing comfort when it comes to your outfits, do not hesitate to pack leggings.

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We recommend you pack a bag or backpack for your small belongings.

A crossbody bag is another practical choice that leaves your hands free for taking photos and exploring. This is a great way to keep a few small items with you at all times without worrying about losing them.

For more fashion inspiration, have a look at the 15 best affordable vegan leather bags and purses.

Dinner attire

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As mentioned above, Scenic has a relaxed dress code. This means that you can wear formal attire if you want to, but it is completely optional.

If you want to look cute without being over the top, choose a beautiful midi dress.

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Slip dresses are extremely versatile.

They can be dressed up or down depending on your preferences and they can easily be layered with other clothing items.

A slip dress is something you can't go wrong with, and yours can be both affordable and sustainable!

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Tank tops are wardrobe essentials that every woman should own. They can serve both as garments and undergarments and they will never go out of fashion.

Craft a cozy outfit in no time with a tank top and a pair of jeans or pants.

Let yourself be inspired by our selection of sustainable tank tops.

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Ideal for layering, cardigans are must-haves that you can enjoy all year round, including during summer mornings and evenings when it gets chilly.

Enhance your style with one of these beautiful and eco-friendly cardigans.

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Don't forget to pack cute and comfortable pajamas made from sustainable and organic materials.

Choose a design you love and soft materials that are gentle with your skin.

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Socks can help you feel your best. Again, choosing the right material is the most important thing to do!

To help you look and feel great, we have compiled a list of the 20 best affordable, sustainable, and organic socks.

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Scarves are beautiful accessories that can help you enhance your style and stay warm.

A colorful scarf can be the pop of color a monochrome outfit needs. Use your scarf to accessorize your casual cruise outfits.

You can wear scarves to accessorize on many other occasions, such as going out with your friends, running errands, and even work.

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Do I have to pack a jacket and tie for a Scenic Douro cruise?

I was relying on the Scenic website , which says "The dress code across all Scenic cruise and tour itineraries is casual and comfortable. Dinner attire is smart casual — open-neck shirts, trousers and dresses; you may wear a jacket or blazer with a tie, but it is not required." 

But the cruise packet from Scenic says ""For the evening meal we have a recommendation of a jacket or tie for the gentlemen and smart casual evening attire for the ladies. However, as the welcome and farewell evenings, Portobello's, L' Amor, Table la Rive and Table D'or dining are more formal occasions you may wish to dress accordingly."

Will I be uncomfortable if I don't bring a jacket and tie?

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Just please don’t wear shorts to dinner personally when your asked politely not to and you do it’s particularly rude.  I’ll warn you the air con in the dinning room is excellent so ladies something for your shoulders I would recommend. My husband does like his jackets but does not like cardigans or jumpers although he now says he’s of an age when carting round a jacket is a phaph so it depends upon the time of year. Ladies  no need to pack anything really extra a bit of bling or a beautiful scarf or wrap is all that’s needed to add that little bit of jenasaqua. Just enjoy it seems to me that river cruising is just a tad more laid back than some ocean cruising!

Thanks so much both for your help! If it's plausible to even think about someone wearing shorts to dinner, it should be casual enough for me.   🙂  Don't worry - we won't pack shorts or short sleeves for Portugal in November. 

Another question - our information packet said "Laundry Concierge will include washing and pressing services, and is limited to 1 kg of laundry per suite , once per cruise." That's two polo shirts and a pair of slacks - per suite. The phone agent wouldn't back off the 1 kg. She said we could pack as much as we could fit into the bag but it's a small bag.

So is it a normal laundry bag? 

Tool worker if your on the Diamond deck you get two items pressed each day. Plus I’m pretty sure I got far more than  kg into the bag. The laundry on board is excellent.

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@toolworker  I did bring a jacket when we sailed with Scenic from Budapest to Amsterdam but others did not. These days I usually skip the jacket and bring some nice shirts and a few bow ties instead for a festive touch.

As far as shorts are concerned, they were fine at lunch time but never for dinner.

Enjoy your trip. Scenic is wonderful!

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On 10/27/2021 at 1:29 AM, Canal archive said: Tool worker if your on the Diamond deck you get two items pressed each day. Plus I’m pretty sure I got far more than  kg into the bag. The laundry on board is excellent.

It is interesting to read this as there is conflicting information, and we have found it hard to get clarification! Our first river cruise will be the Christmas on the Danube this year and I am a notorious ‘over packer’. Being new to river cruising and our first Europe trip, we want to be prepared.If we are indeed able to have 2 items per cabin each day that is excellent new! 

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  • Themed events on a scenic river cruise provide an opportunity to dress up and have fun.
  • It is important to pack appropriate attire for the themed events on a river cruise.
  • Examples of themed events on a river cruise include masquerade balls, 1920s jazz nights, and Hawaiian luaus.
  • When attending a masquerade ball, it is important to wear a stunning mask and elegant attire.
  • For a 1920s jazz night, consider wearing flapper dresses, feather accessories, and vintage-inspired suits.
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  • Don’t forget to bring props for photo opportunities during the themed events.
  • Fun props for group photos can add an extra element of enjoyment and unity.
  • Get creative with photo ideas using props, such as creating funny poses or incorporating scenic backgrounds.
  • Personalized accessories, like matching hats or customized bracelets, can enhance unity and camaraderie among the group.
  • Accessories and props can help capture unforgettable moments and create lasting memories during the river cruise.
  • Make sure to plan your outfits based on the themed events to fully immerse yourself in the cultural experience and have fun.

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Dress Comfortably for Long Days of Exploration

Dress appropriately for onboard activities, be mindful of cultural etiquette and dress codes, don’t forget the essentials and accessories.

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Pack a lightweight scarf or shawl for versatile styling, bring a small daypack for excursions and sightseeing, dress up for special occasions or theme nights, check if the cruise has any themed events, pack fun and festive outfits for theme nights, consider bringing accessories or props for photo opportunities, frequently asked questions, are there any specific dress codes for dining on board the cruise, what kind of footwear is recommended for exploring the destinations, is it necessary to bring formal attire for special occasions or theme nights, are there any specific cultural dress codes that should be followed during shore excursions, what are some essential accessories that should not be forgotten when packing for the cruise.

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Wondering what to pack for your upcoming river cruise? You’re not alone! 

One of the most common queries we receive from new river cruise customers is about the dress code. With luggage space typically limited to one suitcase per person, knowing what to bring is essential. 

Here’s the good news: leave your dinner jacket and evening gown at home!

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Unlike the formal attire often associated with ocean cruises, river cruising offers a more relaxed atmosphere. While dress codes can vary slightly from one cruise line to another, the overarching theme is comfort with a touch of smart casual.

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Onboard Vibes:  Feedback from our guests suggests that the dress code onboard is largely influenced by fellow cruisers. While each line may offer recommendations, enforcement is rare. For daytime and excursions, think shorts or light trousers in warm weather, and jeans with jumpers when it cools down.

Dining Dress Code:  Lunch is casual, reflecting your daytime attire. Dinner, however, nudges towards smart casual, with shorts, T-shirts, and jeans generally discouraged. Special events like the Captain’s dinner are perfect for dressing up, though not mandatory. A cocktail dress or a jacket (tie optional) can elevate your evening.

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Excursion Essentials:  Comfort is key. Opt for comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for varying terrains. Don’t forget a light, water-resistant jacket and a sun hat for those sunny days. Remember, visits to religious sites may require modest attire; a scarf for covering shoulders is a respectful and easy option.

A Final Note:  While Italy may be stringent about dress codes in religious sites, adopting a respectful approach to attire is recommended wherever your excursions take you.

Packing for a river cruise doesn’t have to be stressful at all. With a focus on comfort, practicality, and a sprinkle of smart casual for dinners and special events, you’ll be all set for a memorable journey. Happy cruising!

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A first-timer's guide to river cruising

Everything you need to know if you're new to river cruising

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If you've never been on a river cruise before, you've come to the right place, as we've answered some of the most common questions travellers ask before embarking on their first sailing.

From why a river cruise might be better for you than an ocean cruise, to what to expect and the dress code for river ships, you'll want to keep reading for our first-timer's guide to river cruising.

Why should I choose a river cruise over a cruise at sea?

A river cruise is a more boutique cruising option and is ideal for travellers looking for their first cruising experience. With smaller ships and fewer passengers on board, river cruises feel more intimate and relaxed.

They're also a more cost-effective way of having a big adventure, as you’ll visit a variety of places over the course of the trip, meaning you can tick various destinations off your travel bucketlist for the price of one holiday. Many river cruises are also all-inclusive, which means you don’t have to think about the day-to-day costs of your holiday.

Eco-conscious travellers might also want to choose a river cruise over an ocean voyage, as smaller ships are kinder to the environment than larger vessels.

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Unlike cruises at sea , river cruises usually take you to the centre of the city you're visiting so you can do more sightseeing and spend less time making your way to the destination. The ports are the main attraction on a river cruise, so you can tick more beautiful places off your travel bucket list.

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You'll also find that river cruise ships are less entertainment-packed than larger cruise ships , which often impress travellers with sprawling water parks, theatres and cinemas.

On a river cruise, the entertainment is more low-key and could include live music in a lounge bar, an educational seminar, or a cooking demonstration - as on our cruise of Bordeaux with Raymond Blanc.

What can I expect on a river cruise?

Depending on the ship and destinations you visit, there's plenty to experience on a river cruise holiday. Throughout your trip, you can enjoy excursions and activities in the location you're visiting, as you would on a land-based holiday.

This could involve wine tastings and vineyard tours, which will be a big part of our cruises through Bordeaux and the Douro Valley this year. Other itineraries might take you to iconic historic monuments, like our cruise through Venice , which includes a visit to St Mark's Basilica for an atmospheric lighting ceremony and VIP access to Doge's palace during an early morning visit.

Unlike a cruise at sea, a river cruise allows you to be immersed in nature and feel closer to the surroundings as you make your way down rivers, such as the Douro , or the waterways of Venice .

While on board, you can expect a range of cabin types, from spacious rooms with queen beds to luxurious suites with lounge areas, walk-in wardrobes and private balconies. You might also find loungers on the sun decks for you to soak up the sun as you drift along the waterways.

Scenic Diamond, for example, which you can experience on a French river cruise with chef Raymond Blanc , features a stylish sun deck and a swimming pool, sparkling marble interiors, chic furnishings, and first-class suites.

With multiple onboard restaurants, you’ll be able to sample a number of cuisines during your trip, and Scenic Diamond even has its own cookery school, Scenic Culinaire where you can enjoy live demonstrations and classes.

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Most river cruise ships are expertly designed to allow you to appreciate glorious landscapes and cityscapes you'll be passing. Take the lovely A-Rosa Alva, for example, your home-from-home on our eight-day cruise along the Douro . This boutique ship is specifically designed to allow you to soak in the glorious views along the Douro River and boasts a sun deck with recliners, a heated outdoor pool and panoramic windows in most of the cabins.

Many ships also have complimentary bikes so you can explore your surroundings more fully when you disembark at a port.

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There are different types of river cruise ships and it will depend on the destination you choose as to which ship serves the route. What many have in common are facilities to ensure you can relax on board, as well as welcoming cabins and friendly service to make you feel at home in a boutique space.

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You won't find inside cabins on river cruise ships and as these vessels are smaller overall compared to their ocean counterparts, the cabins are smaller too. A river cruise ship could have around 60 to 90 cabins, while some of the ships at sea have thousands of cabins for passengers.

As the entertainment is more modest compared to what you'll find on a large cruise ship , the evenings can be spent in the lounge with a cocktail and enjoying some live music.

How do I know if a river cruise is for me?

A river cruise is ideal if you're looking to slow down from the hectic pace of everyday life and soak up the beauty of a variety of destinations.

Many river cruise itineraries are suited to lovers of culture who like to visit fascinating cities, too. Our cruise of the Venetian Lagoon , for instance, will take you to many of the region's best cultural monuments, including St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and the Santa María Asunta Basilica on Torcello.

Our boutique cruise around Venice also allows you to explore the Italian city without the stresses of having to navigate boat timetables or getting from one part of the city to the next.

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Travellers who prefer to keep moving can visit a different location every day. For example, on a cruise around Bordeaux and the Medoc with Raymond Blanc, you'll experience historic Blaye Fortress, the lively farmers markets of Libourne, and medieval Saint-Emilion. If you’re someone who likes your holidays packed with experiences, an excursion-rich river cruise like this could be an excellent choice.

River cruises are also enjoyable for travellers who don't drive or don't fancy planning a rail trip, as your transport is all taken care of. This is especially helpful if you are visiting wine country, like Bordeaux or the Douro Valley – you can enjoy tastings worry-free without having to arrange a taxi or appoint a designated driver.

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Will I have to organise my own shore excursions?

Another benefit of a river cruise holiday is handing over the planning and organisation of your trip to the professionals. You don’t need to figure out where you’re going or how you’ll get there, you can just sit back and enjoy your holiday as it unfolds.

Whether you like gourmet tastings and guided walks, visits to vineyards and olive farms, or browsing local farmers' markets, you'll find a range of excursions included in the price of your trip.

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Trips to food markets, walking tours around historical sites and the chance to get active exploring the scenery by bike are just a few of the amazing ways to get to know the destinations you're visiting.

Although an exciting schedule of activities will be arranged for you, there's usually a fair amount of free time factored into your itinerary, which you can either use to relax and make the most of the onboard facilities - or explore a little more on your own.

Is there a dress code?

The dress code for river cruises is typically smart casual, despite the often sumptuous interiors of the boats. You can leave your heels and ties at home for most river cruise holidays and consider them a city break on water, where you'll want to spend your days in comfortable clothing and footwear for exploring the highlights, and your evenings in smart casual attire as you relax and socialise in the onboard bars and restaurants.

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What you pack will depend on what's on your itinerary. Although most river cruises have a casual atmosphere, you could pack some smarter clothes if you have free time in cities like Paris and Venice , where you might want to visit some of the fancier restaurants and bars.

The dress code can also vary depending on the ship and theme of your cruise, so it’s best to check when you book.

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Boasting more than 30 years of experience, Scenic river cruises promise extraordinary journeys through waterways throughout the world. Scenic river holidays are thoughtfully-designed with relaxation and intimacy in mind for the entirety of your trip. This focus on creating tranquility and serenity is highlighted through Scenic’s smaller guest numbers on board, high staff-to-guest ratio, and selection of extravagant ships.

River cruises with Scenic are all-inclusive experiences, with almost everything you will need for your holiday accounted for as part of your booking. Whether you want an expansive selection of dining options, a thirst-quenching range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, or internet connection when available, Scenic will always have you covered. Sail with Scenic knowing you will never need to stress over the finer details no matter the itinerary or destinations.

Every Scenic river sailing also allows for adventuring at your own pace, with an astounding library of tours, activities, and experiences on offer at most ports of call. This in turn allows you and your friends unparalleled freedom for the entirety of your trip. From hands-on intensives through the Italian countryside, explorative walks through Russian landmarks, to transformative moments with Vietnamese villagers, the choice completely up to you!

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Scenic river cruises are excellent for adventurers seeking a holiday that combines luxury and relaxation with exploration and immersion. With decades of experience crafting hand-picked itineraries for discerning travellers, Scenic has rapidly become one of the tentpole travel companies in Australia and internationally. Focused on providing guests with an unforgettable experience at every moment, Scenic strives to be your first choice when it comes to travel.

Guests also often highlight the outstanding staff and cruise director on hand for the entire journey. Unobtrusive but endlessly friendly, the Scenic cruise director works tirelessly to ensure every request or need you have is accounted for. Moreover, with their years of experience, they are more than happy to impart guests with useful tips and essential information about every locale.

Scenic guests also appreciate the level of luxury afforded to them on every river cruise. From the commodious suites and lodgings, remarkable choice of experiences at every stop, to tantalising dining and beverages, Scenic ensures everything is taken care of.

What comes complimentary with Scenic river cruises?

Generally, here is what comes complimentary on Scenic river cruises:

  • Scenic Freechoice: Choose from a vast library of activities and sightseeing experiences - all of which are included.
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  • Airport Transfers, local transport.
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All dining options
  • Wi-Fi is included when available

Why choose a Scenic river cruise?

  • Explore the wonders of river cruising in delightful accommodations and smaller guest numbers on board
  • Enjoy all-inclusive adventure with every Scenic river cruise sailing with no hidden fees
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What are the accommodation options on Scenic?

Scenic river cruises offer all-suite accommodation across all its ships, ensuring that every passenger - regardless of destination - is able to receive immense luxury for their entire journey. All Scenic suites feature an extensive range of extravagant amenities and service that ensure you are always more than satisfied. From luxury bath products, a complimentary mini-bar that is regularly stocked, complimentary Wi-Fi, and much more, Scenic has created a sophisticated selection of suites that aim to please every type of traveller.

Scenic offers a phenomenal range of suites perfect for any kind of voyager on each of their brilliant ships. The Standard suite offers a commodious amount of space to move around and all the essentials for a traveller who wishes to spend most of their sailing outside the room. Balcony suites elevate the cruise experience by bringing you unfiltered picturesque views of the surroundings right from your own lodning.

Generally found towards the front of Scenic ships, Junior suites further enhance your stay with even more space as well as a complimentary dining experience. For voyagers who desire unmatched luxury, the Royal suites are perfect for you. Boasting the largest space on the ship meticulously adorned with stunning modern furnishings, the Royal suites offer the pinnacle of excellence.

What dining options are available on Scenic river cruises?

With an inviting and warmly atmosphere throughout each of its sublime restaurant venues, the Scenic dining experience is one guests will highlight after every sailing. Utilising local, seasonal, and fresh ingredients, the award-winning chefs can create an ever-evolving menu which promises to tantalise the taste buds. Flexible seating is available across every venue, allowing guests to enjoy their meal wherever they please. Furthermore, special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian are all catered for with a selection of exquisite dishes that will keep you coming back for more.

Aside from a small selection of fine wines and champagnes, all food and beverages are included in your fare, allowing you to experience every dining venue without having to stress about expenses. Moreover, room service is available at all times for all suites, allowing Scenic river cruise guests to delight in delicious regional cuisine from the comfort of their own accommodation. Chef-prepared picnic baskets are additionally on offer for those who wish to spend their lunchtime outside the ship.

Is there a dress code for Scenic?

The dress code on a Scenic river cruise during the day is casual, which generally means comfortable but appealing clothing. During the night, while not enforced, guests usually don a smart casual attire that encompass button-down shirts for and slacks for men while women put on fine dresses. You will often find guests dress up a little more sharply on special nights such as the Captain’s Welcome or the Farewell dinner as well as at their premium dining options.

What are the most popular activities on Scenic river cruises?

Guests spend the majority of their time on a Scenic river cruise taking part in one of the various onshore excursions, experiences, and tours on offer at every port of call. From relaxed walking tours along the shoreline, immersive jaunts through iconic landmarks and buildings, to an adventurous bike tour across the European countryside, Scenic promises magic at every moment of the itinerary. Furthermore, Scenic offer an exclusive selection of unique and deeply stimulating ‘Enrich’ encounters that further elevate your enjoyment of a locale through impressive behind the scenes access to famed landmarks and events.

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7 things to expect on your first river cruise

A river cruise is a travel experience like no other. An intimate and boutique cruising option, it blends smaller ships and less passengers with diverse destinations.

You’ll have plenty of time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as you sail some of the world’s most storied waterways. From a cruise along the gentle waters of the Danube to a journey through picturesque French countryside it is such a serene and scenic experience. And what could be better than simply unpacking once and letting the crew take care of the rest?

Get set to explore the rivers of the world with a leisurely river cruise. Here’s what to expect as a first timer.

1. Smaller ships

The type of ship will depend on the destination and route you choose, but river cruise ships are much smaller than ocean cruise ships, and they accommodate fewer passengers. This means a more friendly and social atmosphere on board as the smaller ship size allows you to get to know your fellow passengers more easily.

Choosing a journey onboard a Viking river ship, for example, could see you sail on an elegant Longship – a state-of-the-art Scandinavian designed vessel, specially built to navigate the historic rivers on which they sail.

2. Scenic routes

Cruising is a cost-effective way of having a big adventure as you’ll visit several places during your trip. In fact, you can expect to visit a new destination every day on your river cruise.

River cruises offer stunning views of the countryside, as they navigate through rivers and canals. You’ll often pass by picturesque towns and villages and enjoy beautiful vistas of riverside landscapes and charming towns.

3. Inclusive packages

Many river cruises include everything in the upfront cost, such as meals, excursions, transfers, beverages and Wi-Fi. This makes budgeting and planning easier.

4. Culture up close

Unlike a cruise at sea, a river cruise allows you to be immersed in your surroundings as you make your way along your route.

Plus, you can enjoy guided excursions to historical sites and local experiences at each destination. With a Viking river cruise , an excursion is included at every port with local guides who will introduce you to their unique region. You can choose to join a range of included and optional excursions, like hiring an electric bike to cycle a valley, wine tasting in a centuries old winery or just choose to explore a destination on your own.

5. Comfortable accommodations

You’ll find beautiful, modern staterooms with balconies or large windows on your river cruise, so you can enjoy the views from your own room.

6. Smooth sailing

Rivers are generally calmer than open seas, so you’re less likely to experience seasickness on a river cruise.

It’s a smooth ride throughout, even as you pass through the river locks that feature on many European waterways.

7. Onboard luxuries

While river cruise ships are smaller, they still offer amenities such as lounges, fitness centres, and sometimes even pools or hot tubs.

Onboard dining options vary, but you can expect a mix of regional and international cuisine. Dining is often open seating, and you’ll likely have a choice of venues. Plus, if you cruise with Viking, you can dine alfresco on their Aquavit Terrace, the only true outdoor restaurant on the rivers of Europe.

The dress code on a river cruise tends to be more casual dress code compared to ocean cruises. There may be no formal nights, and business casual attire is usually acceptable.

Visit Viking to find out more about river cruises.

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By Steerpike58 , October 8, 2023 in River Cruising

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We took a Viking Ocean cruise last year, and enjoyed the relaxed, casual atmosphere. I did take ONE long-sleeved collared shirt and 1 pr trousers just for the few specialty restaurants but otherwise, I preferred shorts, khaki's, and polo shirts.  Now we are about to embark on our first Viking River cruise, and I wondered if the same general approach applies - can I get away with casual gear most of the time? I'll be taking one pair of trousers (non-jeans) again, and a few long-sleeved shirts, so I hope that's good enough! 

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We went on Europe river cruise with Scenic - but  I expect dress codes much the same on Viking.

Weather was warm - low 20's to low 30's throughout the 2 weeks.

Day dress was casual and dinner dress maybe slightly smarter casual

Some people dressed up a bit for dinner, some not. About 1/4 of men shorts at dinner - not skimpy gym shorts of course but  cargo type almost to the knee  ones.

Before going I read that jeans at dinner were a faux pas - but reality said otherwise, jeans at dinner were not at all uncommon, men and women

There were a couple of dressier occasions - the captains welcome and farewell dinners and one night we went out to a concert in the evening- men wore smart collared shirts and chino type pants, with or without jacket, women wore smart dresses or pants with dressy top

A few men wore ties at these occasions but majority did not

so, yes, you will get away with casual gear most of the time and your good trousers and smart shirt for the few times you need to go step further.

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Dressing for dinner is more casual in Viking river dining rooms than Viking Ocean dining rooms. Neat jeans ok, very few (if any) men wear jackets.

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We don't travel with jeans because we don't find them comfortable for flights, and they are heavy in the luggage, so we would never be seen wearing jeans at dinner.

We come back from our day of excursions and whatever, freshen up and change to clean clothes for the evening.  This is generally what we will wear the next day on excursions.  

You can read between the lines that we are very casual on a river ship, but on the dressier side of casual.  Most of our clothes are travel type clothes that don't wrinkle and look good in the evening, or on excursion.

And, even though I do agree that Viking Ocean is a bit dressier for dinner than Viking River, the clothes that we wear pass on both River and Ocean at night.

There is so much available now in the market that I consider travel clothing that looks good during the day and in the evening, that you don't need to be worried about dress code.

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On 10/8/2023 at 1:38 AM, Steerpike58 said: can I get away with casual gear most of the time? I'll be taking one pair of trousers (non-jeans) again, and a few long-sleeved shirts, so I hope that's good enough! 

You can wear casual ALL of the time. Long trousers and long sleeve shirts are plenty good. There's no formal nights, no speciality restaurants.

This is what is on the Viking River Tours FAQ

What is the dress code?

During the day, dress is casual including shorts (if the season is warm), slacks or jeans and comfortable shoes for walking tours. There are no “formal nights” in the evening; recommended evening dress is “elegant casual.” For ladies, this may include a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse; and for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional.  Some shore excursions visit religious sites that require modesty of dress. To avoid being denied entry, we recommend men wear long pants and refrain from sleeveless shirts; and for women, clothing that covers the knees and tops that are not sleeveless or too revealing.

Note the words 'recommended' and 'may'. It's your holiday, wear what you're comfortable in. The indoor public areas  are airconditioned

I've been on 12 Viking River cruise. Having been retired now some years I like to have an excuse to dress up with a shirt, tie and jacket at dinner, but I'm in the minority. It doesn't bother me what others wear and to be frank I don't notice. (Except  on one cruise where a chap wore a filthy baseball cap indoors at every meal)

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Just back from our river cruise, and I can report that the general level of 'dress' was extremely casual the entire trip!  One memorable guy wore a tee-shirt and shorts every day, and several others wore shorts to dinner. Jeans were commonplace at dinner. We ate mostly in the Aquavit, maybe that was more casual but regardless, there were tons of jeans and shorts on display at night. One or two folks clearly made an effort to dress up for the evening cocktails and dinner, but they were a small minority. 

yes, that sounds similar to our Scenic river cruise experience.

We had warm evenings and perhaps 1/4 of men wore shorts at dinner and jeans were not at all unusual at dinners.

I dont think Scenic cafe is open at dinner, only breakfast and lunch (if it was, we never went there in the evening) and so dress code I am refering to is in main dining area.

Most people went dressier for the gala dinners and the evening off board concert - but by no means really formal. A minority of men wore ties at those times but most did not.

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This is a good question and we just asked the question to our friend who just got home. He said he wore sweats and T-shirts the whole trip. I think that is "TOO" casual. So I am glad someone is answering the question more in depth. Looking forward to our first Viking next year.

We leave this Friday for Treasures of the Rhine and because of the time of the year - on the ship over Christmas - I hope that the dress is elevated from Sweats and t-shirts at dinner.  I will comment back after the cruise, or during...

I frankly don't care about breakfast and lunch, but I personally feel that dinner should be elevated somewhat...

well that's the thing - the river cruise companies state a dress code of casual - so that includes sweats, t-shirts, shorts at dinner.

I guess, because of the time of year, you are less likely to see shorts and more likely to see sweatshirts  - but all those things are within the stated dress code.

Of course you yourself don't have to dress that casual - but knowing that is the dress code, you cant expect all other people to not do so.

10 hours ago, Kristelle said: well that's the thing - the river cruise companies state a dress code of casual - so that includes sweats, t-shirts, shorts at dinner. I guess, because of the time of year, you are less likely to see shorts and more likely to see sweatshirts  - but all those things are within the stated dress code.   Of course you yourself don't have to dress that casual - but knowing that is the dress code, you cant expect all other people to not do so.

Agree and we get it.  

I can stomach most all types of clothing and do for the most part, but that does not stop me from looking at some folks and ask myself silently if they looked in a mirror before leaving their cabin, and wonder how they thought what they were wearing was even remotely appropriate.

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CDNPolar (tong in cheek) do remember that some may not have had the benefits of the upbringing that you have and alas some would not follow the norm as it is perceived by the majority. 

1 hour ago, CDNPolar said:   Agree and we get it.     I can stomach most all types of clothing and do for the most part, but that does not stop me from looking at some folks and ask myself silently if they looked in a mirror before leaving their cabin, and wonder how they thought what they were wearing was even remotely appropriate.

but  tshirts , shorts and sweatshirts are appropriate - it is a casual dress code

You might feel that 'dinner should be elevated somewhat' and of course you can dress according to that  - but that isnt what the appropriate dress code requires.

35 minutes ago, Kristelle said:     but  tshirts , shorts and sweatshirts are appropriate - it is a casual dress code   You might feel that 'dinner should be elevated somewhat' and of course you can dress according to that  - but that isnt what the appropriate dress code requires.

When I say what I said, I am not talking about well fitting, clean, relatively new and in good condition t-shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts.  There should be some common sense used here.  I am talking about raggedy old ill fitting clothing that is for the back garden on a Saturday, not for a cruise ship dinner.  I have seen much of this that is inappropriate in my opinion.  

This is the same challenge that Corporate North America has with casual Friday.  Some understand what the dress code means and some do not.

But that's not what you said  before.

You said "I hope that the dress is elevated from Sweats and t-shirts at dinner."

Nothing about raggedy etc

I was responding to your first comment - and regarding that comment - no, dress code isnt elevated from tshirts and sweatshirts at dinner. Nor can you expect it to be, since that is within the stated dress code.

I'm not a mind reader - if that is what you state, that is what  I read. I dont know you meant anything else.

11 hours ago, Kristelle said: But that's not what you said  before.   You said "I hope that the dress is elevated from Sweats and t-shirts at dinner."   Nothing about raggedy etc   I was responding to your first comment - and regarding that comment - no, dress code isnt elevated from tshirts and sweatshirts at dinner. Nor can you expect it to be, since that is within the stated dress code.   I'm not a mind reader - if that is what you state, that is what  I read. I dont know you meant anything else.

This is all interpretation.

This is direct from Viking River website re Dress Code.

Yes, it says "casual" but for evening it specifically states "elegant casual" with suggestions.  No where does it state that sweat pants and t-shirts are part of "elegant casual".

During the day dress is casual but again it does not go into detail.  At night it states what is acceptable for elegant casual.  

One of the problems and this has been discussed many times, is the ships do not enforce dress codes.

Can't speak for Viking but  certainly on our Scenic cruise many  people wore tshirts and shorts at dinner and almost nobody wore ties except a few men on the couple of gala nights. 

The wording says "may include" - it isn't a mandatory thing. 

Daisi

4 hours ago, Kristelle said: Can't speak for Viking but  certainly on our Scenic cruise many  people wore tshirts and shorts at dinner and almost nobody wore ties except a few men on the couple of gala nights.    The wording says "may include" - it isn't a mandatory thing. 

When it was 30C on our cruise with Avalon, lots were wearing shorts. Mind you, they were still nicer ones and not short cut offs.  You also didn't notice until they stood up to leave (and our group was usually the ones who got the hint that they are cleaning up the dining room) if they had shorts or pants on.

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On 12/19/2023 at 3:27 AM, CDNPolar said:   Agree and we get it.     I can stomach most all types of clothing and do for the most part, but that does not stop me from looking at some folks and ask myself silently if they looked in a mirror before leaving their cabin, and wonder how they thought what they were wearing was even remotely appropriate.

On an ocean cruise and the dress is all over the place.  Some people dress like they are cleaning out their basement and others dress nicely.  Personally prefer a more well dressed approach to grunge.

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like2cruise33

On 10/9/2023 at 6:28 AM, CDNPolar said: We don't travel with jeans because we don't find them comfortable for flights, and they are heavy in the luggage, so we would never be seen wearing jeans at dinner.   We come back from our day of excursions and whatever, freshen up and change to clean clothes for the evening.  This is generally what we will wear the next day on excursions.     You can read between the lines that we are very casual on a river ship, but on the dressier side of casual.  Most of our clothes are travel type clothes that don't wrinkle and look good in the evening, or on excursion.   And, even though I do agree that Viking Ocean is a bit dressier for dinner than Viking River, the clothes that we wear pass on both River and Ocean at night.   There is so much available now in the market that I consider travel clothing that looks good during the day and in the evening, that you don't need to be worried about dress code.

So, I am not the only one who wears for dinner what I will wear for the next day- if of course the weather cooperates.

gnome12

4 minutes ago, like2cruise33 said: So, I am not the only one who wears for dinner what I will wear for the next day- if of course the weather cooperates.

I frequently do it too. 

I often do this.(on any travel, not just cruising)

If you note any experienced walkers, runners athletes will not wear jeans not because of weight or heaviness of cloth, it’s the seams they are so thick the chafe most uncomfortable.

6 hours ago, Canal archive said: If you note any experienced walkers, runners athletes will not wear jeans not because of weight or heaviness of cloth, it’s the seams they are so thick the chafe most uncomfortable.

We rarely travel with jeans at all.  In fact, I don't remember the last time we took jeans with us on any trip. They are exactly that - heavy and not comfortable.

We have travel clothing that is durable enough for any excursion, and can also pass for elegant casual onboard.

This is an investment that we have made over time.

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Hassle shouldn’t play a part in your holiday. Here on our FAQs page, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for to plan, prepare, and pack for your luxury cruise without any stress.

10 most commonly asked questions

From what’s included in the price of your luxury cruise to what you should pack for your holiday, you’ll find answers to the 10 most common questions we’re asked by our guests here. Need further help? Reach out to our team for assistance.

Are there different suite categories and prices?

We offer a variety of suite categories and types dependent on the ship you'll be travelling on. Information about the various suite options can be found in our brochures  or alternatively, our Reservations Team will be able to assist you on the phone .

Two receptionists on board Scenic Eclipse

Can Scenic arrange my passport and visas?

Scenic cannot arrange a passport or visas on your behalf, but our experienced Reservations Team may be able to advise you on the type of visas and documentation you need when visiting certain countries. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Please check your passport before departure and give yourself time to apply for a new one if this is required. Also, if the nationality on your passport differs from the country in which you currently reside, contact your local consulate to ensure you have the right documents for travel. Your holiday may be disrupted if you cannot provide valid documents at airports and border crossings. You can find out more about visa requirements here .

Can Scenic organise my travel insurance?

No, Scenic is unable to provide travel insurance. We'd recommend that you arrange insurance cover that best suits you and covers you in the event of unforeseen circumstances. It’s also a good idea to take any documents relating to your insurance with you when you travel.

Do Scenic accommodate those with special dietary requirements?

Yes, Scenic accommodates special dietary requirements to the best of our ability across our river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys where applicable. If you have special dietary requests, please notify us at the time of booking and inform your Cruise Director when you arrive. Please note: while we endeavour to accommodate all dietary requirements, special requests are not guaranteed and failure to meet any request is not a breach of contract on our behalf. If your question has not been fully answered, please get in touch via our Contact Us page .

How do I book with Scenic?

If you would like to book a Scenic river cruise, ocean voyage or land journey, please call 0161 768 8129 or visit our Contact Us page . Our dedicated Reservations Team will guide you through the booking process and answer any queries you might have. For more information on making a booking, or to choose your perfect itinerary, please see our latest brochures, here .

What clothing do I need to pack?

There are no specific pieces of clothing we insist you pack, however we can offer advice, based upon your itinerary. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, as well as any garments, such as hats, gloves and water-resistant jackets, which will help you to stay comfortable whatever the weather. The dress code across all Scenic cruise and tour itineraries is casual and comfortable. Dinner attire is smart casual - open-neck shirts, trousers and dresses; you may if you wish wear a jacket or blazer with a tie but it is not required.

What is included when I book a cruise or tour?

Scenic river cruises include an all-inclusive promise. Fine dining, complimentary beverages, excursions, transfers, on board Wi-Fi, porterage, port charges, tips and taxes are all included. With no hidden extras to worry about throughout your cruise, you can virtually leave your wallet at home. For the full list of inclusions when booking with Scenic, please refer to your itinerary or contact our dedicated Reservations Team .

What is the standard baggage allowance?

You are entitled to carry one suitcase per person with the total sum of its length, width and height not exceeding 76 x 53 x 28cm (30 x 21 x 11in), and a maximum weight not exceeding 20kg (airline dependent). Overweight or oversized items may not be carried, however, some ships may permit additional baggage at your cost. Personal and valuable items such as make-up, cameras, medication or money/currency should be carried in a separate travel bag.

When will we receive our final documents?

You can expect your travel documents to arrive between 2 – 4 weeks prior to your departure date. When booking within two weeks of travel, your travel documents will be emailed to you to print at home.

Will I require health checks and vaccinations?

If you have a serious medical condition, we recommend consulting your GP before booking with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. If you have any mobility difficulties, you should inform us at the time of booking. Your GP will provide information regarding any and all vaccinations required to visit any of the destinations on a Scenic itinerary. Alternatively, see the NHS website .

General Information

Our general information FAQs can help you plan and prepare for a comfortable getaway. From Wi-Fi access to information on facilities, we’ve covered everything you need to know about life on board our luxury vessels.

Are additional tours available throughout the cruise or tour?

Scenic itineraries feature a number of optional tours and excursions, including helicopter and hot air balloon rides in selected destinations (optional activities may incur additional costs). All our river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys include a wide selection of daily excursions and special events, handpicked by our Journey Designers to offer once-in-a-lifetime encounters. Read more about our truly all-inclusive Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich and Scenic Sunset Drinks activities in our brochures, here .

Scenic river cruise ship Sundeck overlooking the Budapest Parliament Building

Are all meals and drinks included?

Yes, all meals and drinks (with the exception of a selection of speciality wines and rare spirits) are included in the price of your Europe river cruise or Scenic Eclipse voyage. Inclusions differ for land journeys and the land element of South East Asia river cruises. Selected meals and drinks are included. Please refer to the itinerary for full details.

Are any on board salon and spa services available?

Our ships feature a salon, spa, and wellness area offering a variety of services. Please note that salon and spa services are not included in the price of your river cruise or ocean voyage, and are charged as extras.

Can I order a gift to be placed in the suite?

Yes, you can. To arrange this, please contact our UK call centre on 0161 768 8129 and the team will be able to help you.

Can I order refreshments to the suite?

A variety of refreshments, including alcoholic and hot drinks, and light lunches and snacks, can be ordered to your suite. Most of our Europe river cruise ship operate an 18-hour all-inclusive room service policy. Room service is available 24 hours a day on Scenic Eclipse.

How can I pay for purchases on board?

All purchases made on board your Scenic Space-Ship or Scenic Eclipse are charged to your shipboard account, which is payable at the end of your cruise. The on board currency on most Scenic Space-Ships is the Euro, and on Eclipse it is USD. Your shipboard account may be paid in Euros or via credit card on river cruises, and in USD or via credit card on ocean voyages. Please note: When travelling on the Mekong, the currency is USD, and in Egypt, it's the Egyptian Pound. However, your shipboard account may only be paid by credit card.

How can I unsubscribe from the database?

To unsubscribe from our database, please write to: Marketing, Scenic, Floor 1, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 3BN If your question has not been fully answered, please get in touch via our Contact Us page .

How do I request the use of a Scenic e-bike?

If you'd like to use a Scenic e-bike, please notify the reception staff the day before. They will organise for the bikes to be unloaded when the ship enters port. Please note that Scenic e-bikes are not available, and are not available during Portugal cruises due to cycling path restrictions along the respective rivers.

Is it possible to visit the wheelhouse on my ship?

Guests can access the wheelhouse with prior consent from the Captain. A tour of the wheelhouse offers great insight into the intricacies of river navigation, particularly as the ship passes through complex locks. Please speak to your Cruise Director if you're interested in visiting the wheelhouse during your cruise.

Is there an on board fitness room?

All our ships feature a gym and fitness area, so you can continue your keep-fit regime during your river cruise. There's also a designated walking area on the Sun Deck.

Is Wi-Fi provided on the ships or in hotels?

Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available on board some of our vessels. Please be aware that internet access may be limited or non-existent at certain times due to high demand from other users, or proximity to telecommunication services. We cannot guarantee that you will have full Wi-Fi coverage in your suite. If you are travelling on a land journey, please note that Wi-Fi is available at selected hotels only.

What are the on board dining times?

Dining times may vary depending on the day's activities, but are generally as follows: Breakfast: 7am – 9:30am Lunch: 12pm – 2pm Dinner: 7pm – 10pm Please note: if a specific sightseeing excursion means you will miss a meal on board, speak to a member of staff and they will be happy to have a picnic box prepared for you before you depart.

What are the Sun Deck opening times?

Guests can access the Sun Deck from 8am to late evening. However, the crew may need to close access to the Sun Deck without notice for safety purposes or due to local authority restrictions.

What is the main language spoken on Scenic cruises and tours?

The main language is English. All staff, crew and tour guides speak English, and all announcements and lectures will be made in English.

What is the seating plan in the Crystal Dining room?

We offer a flexible, open seating service in most of our dining rooms, including the main Crystal Dining room. This allows you the flexibility to sit at a table of your choosing and to arrive at a dining time that suits you.

What type of food can I expect on board?

Scenic ships are equipped with a range of dining venues, each offering a unique dining experience that reflects the local region and its customs. Our chefs are keen to showcase local cuisines and delicacies, so the food on offer may differ from what you are accustomed to back home. Each on board eatery is designed to enhance your cruise, and we’re sure you’ll love much, if not all, of the delicious food on offer.

When can I use the pool?

Not all of our ships have a pool, and pool opening times may vary depending on the cruise location. Please speak to your Cruise Director upon arrival to check pool opening times during your cruise. Pools are available on the following ships: - Scenic Sapphire - Scenic Diamond - Scenic Azure - Scenic Jasper - Scenic Opal - Scenic Amber - Scenic Spirit - Scenic Eclipse - Scenic Eclipse II

Where can I help myself to complimentary hot drinks?

Tea and coffee making facilities are available at designated stations throughout the ship, including in the Crystal Dining room, Observatory Lounge and River Café. Alternatively, hot drinks can be ordered to your suite.

Which meals are offered as a buffet service?

Both breakfast and lunch are offered as a full buffet service and include a wide array of hot and cold dishes for you to enjoy. Dinner is served à la carte, and there is no buffet service available in the evenings (please note: some themed cruises may include a buffet dinner).

Will there be a Cruise Director on my cruise or tour?

Yes, an experienced Cruise Director or Tour Director accompanies every Scenic river cruise, ocean voyage and land journey. Our experienced team are responsible for co-ordinating excursions and dealing with any special requests from guests. Working closely with the crew and guests, our Cruise and Tour Directors help our luxury river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys run smoothly.

What are the group sizes for Land Journey itineraries?

The maximum group size is 36 guests, however this differs per destination and itinerary.

What type of food can I expect on my land journey?

You can look forward to sampling local delicacies in some of the world's foremost restaurants, dining experiences and hotels. Our Journey Designers have handpicked a range of special dining experiences for you to enjoy throughout your tour, helping you experience cuisine that reflects the local region and its customs.

When are Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Freechoice Dining options chosen?

Once the booking has been made, guests can log on to their Trip Personaliser and book their chosen Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Freechoice Dining options. If the options do not show on the Trip Personaliser, guests will choose these with the Tour Director on tour.

Prior to travel

Know before you go with our prior-to-leaving FAQs. Whether you want to find out what our standard baggage allowance is, need help with your final documents, or have a question about accessibility; we’ll provide you with the answer you’re looking for.

Once I've booked, what other information do you require?

Once your booking is confirmed, you'll need to enter your personal details on Trip Personaliser prior to travelling (details on Trip Personaliser will be sent to you). Required information: Personal details

  • Contact number

Next of kin details

  • Relationship

Passport details

  • Nationality
  • City & country of birth
  • Issue & expiry dates
  • Passport number
  • Country of issue

Additional details

  • Frequent Flyer membership - if applicable
  • VISA numbers - if applicable

Please note, all guests must complete their Trip Personaliser form prior to travelling. Failure to complete the form may prevent guests sailing with Emerald Cruises.

Butler carrying a bag

Am I allowed to take prescription medication?

Yes, you are allowed to carry whatever prescription medication you require, and we’d recommend packing an ample supply that covers the duration of your cruise or tour. Due to strict drug laws in certain countries, make sure medication is carried in its original packaging with the prescription label clearly marked. When travelling through airports or border crossings, we’d recommend that you keep medication in your hand luggage ready for inspection. If your question has not been fully answered, please get in touch via our Contact Us page .

Are Scenic cruises and tours suitable for solo travellers?

Yes, we are happy to accommodate solo travellers on our river cruises, ocean voyages and land journeys.

Do I need to provide Scenic with my health and fitness information prior to travelling?

You will receive a Health and Fitness form in your pre-travel documents, which you have the option to fill out before travelling, with vital information relating to your health. This information will only be used in the event of an emergency and will be returned to you unopened upon the completion of your cruise. While the form isn’t compulsory, we’d strongly recommend that you fill it in. However, should you have any serious pre-existing medical conditions which could affect your risk of needing medical attention at any point over the course of your trip, you must advise us of this before travel.

Do you offer face-to-face information sessions?

Yes, we do. Our information sessions are the perfect opportunity to find out more about Scenic. Upcoming information sessions will be promoted on the Scenic website. Alternatively contact the team on 0161 768 8129 to register your attendance.

I'm pregnant - can I still travel on a river cruise, ocean voyage or land journey?

The majority of cruise operators recommend that pregnant women should not travel after the 28-week period. If you do decide to travel, you may be asked to provide a doctor's certificate clarifying you're fit to travel.

Should I attach the Scenic luggage label provided prior to departure?

No, please wait until you have collected your luggage from your destination airport. The tag may be accidentally removed by airline companies or may be lost/damaged in transit. Scenic luggage labels are required to keep your luggage safe during transfers, so it’s important to retain it until you have checked into your suite or hotel.

What fitness levels do cruises/tours require?

Due to the amount of excursions available during a Scenic cruise or tour, a reasonable level of fitness is required to take full advantage of each itinerary. You must be physically able and self-sufficient to undertake the cruise or tour you have booked, and/or travel with a companion who is able to provide any assistance you may require during your holiday. Some of the all-inclusive excursions offered require a reasonable level of fitness to complete, and you may be required to climb ramps and/or stairs. Please also note that not all Scenic ships have a lift. Here is a list of the ships which have an elevator and their restrictions: - Scenic Space-Ships in Europe have a lift which services the Diamond Deck and Sapphire Deck. - Scenic Spirit has a lift which services all decks between the Diamond Deck and Gem Deck.

What validity do I need on my passport?

All guests are required to possess a passport valid for 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip. Please note, if your nationality (passport) differs from the country in which you reside, please take the time to check carefully with your local consulates concerning visa and passport requirements for your travels. Holidays can be disrupted or altered altogether if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or borders, so check carefully that you have the required papers.

Ocean Voyages

Our Ocean Voyage FAQs can help you plan and prepare for a comfortable getaway. From Wi-Fi access to information on facilities and what to wear, we’ve covered everything you need to know about life on board our ultra-luxury vessels.

Are credit cards accepted on board?

Mastercard, Visa and AMEX credit cards are accepted. Unfortunately, Debit Cards or Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

Scenic Eclipse II at Astrolabe Island in December 2023.

Are dining tables and seating times assigned?

Scenic Eclipse offers dining during a designated time based on the days program and scheduled excursions.

Are drones permitted?

Use of drones is not permitted on board Scenic Eclipse.

Are tables for two available?

Guests can request to be accommodated at tables of two. This is a request only and needs to be made on board with the restaurant manager on embarkation day or with your butler. These requests are better accommodated in the smaller venues.

Can I be contacted on the ship if needed?

If friends or family need to contact you while you are travelling, they can reach you through the ships satellite phone. Please note, charges will apply and there may be limited reception when cruising through remote areas. Scenic Eclipse - US satellite phone number: +1 929 259 6820

Can I pay with cash on board?

USD cash payments will be accepted at the Guest Services. Cash payments made in AUD, NZD, GBP and CAD will be exchanged into USD before settling a guest account. No coins will be accepted, apart from USD coins.

Can I reserve a table in the speciality restaurants prior to my voyage?

Reservations may only be made on board with the Restaurant Manager on embarkation day, or with your butler.

Can you accommodate for special dietary requirements?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate special requirements. Please provide as much detail as possible prior to your cruise departure of your dietary requirements to the Scenic Reservations Team, or your travel agent.

Does Scenic Eclipse have a laundry service on board?

Scenic Eclipse is equipped with a free self-service laundry located on Deck 3. It features washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards and is available 24 hours.

Is there unlimited Wi-Fi on board?

Complimentary internet facilities are available and Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the ship for your personal electronic devices. We cannot guarantee the availability or quality of the internet connections as this may vary according to destination and weather. Please note service will be limited in Polar and remote regions. Some sites also may not be accessible due to Scenic firewall/company protection.

What is the dress code?

When you are relaxing on board, the dress code is smart casual and comfortable. Do not forget your swimsuits and exercise attire for the heated pools and plunge pools, the wellness areas and the gym, yoga and Pilates studio. For evenings, while there are no formal nights, the recommended on board dress code is elegant casual for most restaurants. Suggested attire for women includes a dress, skirt or trousers with a sweater or blouse, and for men, trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional, but not required.

What is the on board currency?

The on board currency is US Dollars.

What language is spoken on board?

The official language spoken on board is English. All officers, staff and crew as well as local guides and regional specialists speak fluent English. All announcements and lectures will be presented in English.

What power outlets are in my suite?

The on board electricity is 220 volt/60 Hz. Your suite is equipped with Schuko power sockets, international power sockets (multi-sockets) and USB type-A sockets. Additionally, one 110v/60 Hz United States type power socket is provided in every suite together with a shaver Schuko.

Will newspapers be provided on board?

Yes, newspapers will be provided electronically.

What do I need to pack for polar regions?

To ensure you are properly outfitted for your cruise, Scenic will provide you with a complimentary polar parka on selected voyages. You will receive your parka when you embark your cruise and it is yours to keep as a memento. You will also have complimentary use of polar boots for the cruise duration. In addition to these items, it is imperative that you bring your own waterproof trousers. You can view our Polar Packing Guide here .

What if a guest's shoe size is smaller/larger than the sizes on the chart?

As we can only carry limited sizing’s, guests who may not fit into standard size boots, will need to provide their own boots. To keep feet warm, we recommend insulated polar boots.

What is Ship To Shore?

For 30 years, Ship To Shore has specialised in providing quality expedition clothing and equipment for professional and amateur travellers. Ship To Shore has partnered with Scenic Eclipse to offer you the option to buy or rent gear that can be sent directly to the ship for your Antarctica journey. Below is a dedicated site for our Scenic Eclipse guests outlining the right gear to pack, along with a complete expedition package that includes everything you will need: https://scenic.shiptoshoretraveler.com/destination/115

What should I pack for an Antarctica cruise?

Any trip to Antarctica is a truly thrilling experience, particularly so if it is your first time. However, knowing what to pack for Antarctica can prove challenging. Uncertain about what to bring, many first-time polar travellers typically over pack. You can view our Polar Packing Guide here .

What wildlife could I see in Antarctica?

A plethora of wildlife calls the Antarctic Peninsula home with vast colonies and species of penguins, seals and pods of whales. The sheer amount of wildlife you will have the opportunity to observe on an Antarctica cruise is what makes it so unique and sets it apart from just about any other place in the world. To learn about all the wildlife you could see on an Antarctica cruise, read more here .

What is the difference between Antarctica and the Arctic?

Antarctica and the Arctic are, quite literally, polar opposites, and there are many differences between these two fascinating destinations. Explore our Antarctica and Arctic destination pages to find out more.

Is an Antarctica cruise safe?

Our highest priority is our guest's safety and Scenic Eclipse has been built to ensure the highest international safety standards. Scenic Eclipse uses custom-built stabilisers that are 50% larger than those of other ships and which provide far greater stability as they navigate the world's oceans. With forward bow thrusters, a Polar Class 9 rating, and an electronic Azipod propulsion system, Scenic Eclipse can navigate through Arctic and Antarctica waters safely. This dedication to your safety, environmental protection and world-class innovation has allowed us to design the most inspiring and exciting itineraries possible.

When is the best time to travel to Antarctica?

Winter in Antarctica is exceptionally cold. A complete lack of sunlight and treacherous winds during April to September mean the only accessible time for humans to explore the last great wilderness of Earth is during the warmer months of late October to March. This is when the sea ice begins to melt, allowing ships to cruise through its immaculate waters.

What destinations will I visit on an Antarctica cruise?

Our Antarctica cruises not only take in this extraordinary continent but also visit two fascinating archipelagos. Little islands with big tales to tell, South Georgia Island is one of the most unique and biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth and the Falkland Islands offer up stunning natural beauty, complete with an intriguing history. 

What is Antarctica?

Encompassing an area of 14 million square kilometres, almost twice the size of Australia and home to 90% of all ice on Earth, it soon becomes clear why Antarctica is labelled the “the land of snow and ice”. One of the least explored continents, and laying claim to be the coldest, windiest and driest on Earth, no humans permanently reside here.

What is the address for my embarkation pier?

Pier locations will be outlined in your documentation.

What time does disembarkation start?

All guests must check out of their suites no later than 8:30am; guests can remain in the public areas but need to disembark the ship by 9:30am at the latest. Further information will be provided towards the conclusion of your voyage.

What time does embarkation start?

Embarkation takes place from midday to 3pm.

Who do I contact if my flight is delayed on embarkation day?

Your documentation will contain contact details for our local Scenic representative and Port Agent for the region in which you are travelling.

Can I book a Helicopter and Submarine excursion?

Discovery experiences can only be booked at the Excursion Centre on board and are subject to availability, regulatory approval and prevailing weather, marine and ice conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. We cannot guarantee availability, even if you have made an on board reservation. Some activities require a minimum and maximum number of participants to operate.

When are Scenic Freechoice excursions available to book?

Will tenders be used at my port of call.

A mix of docking in port and tenders will be used for most voyages. Further information will be provided in your documentation.

Do I need a medical certificate to take a cruise?

In order for us to ensure your comfort and safety, all guests need to complete an online medical form, which will be available 90 days prior to sailing.

What are the medical services on board?

For your peace of mind, Scenic Eclipse is equipped with a medical centre offering primary care, staffed at all times by an on call doctor. You must advise us prior to finalising your booking of any pre-existing medical conditions that might increase your risk of requiring medical attention, affecting the normal conduct of the cruise and / or the enjoyment of other cruise guests. It is important to note, however, that there are no hospitals or doctors available in polar and remote regions, and emergency evacuation is extremely difficult and expensive. Cruising conditions can be unpredictable and rough waters may be encountered anytime. If you suffer from seasickness, please consult your Medical Practitioner before your cruise and always carry the recommended preventative medications. Our resident medical team can assist you with additional medication and services if required, with any relevant payments charged to your on board account.

Are children welcome on board?

Luxury expedition style cruising is not recommended for children under 12. Guests under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and must share their accommodation with an adult. No children programs or babysitting services are available on board.

What is the smoking policy?

Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II are non-smoking vessels in all public areas. There is a designated outside smoking area on Deck 6 for guests. All suites, including suite verandah’s and terraces are non-smoking.

What is the Scenic Eclipse visitor policy?

In selected ports on request, visitors may be allowed on board. Visitation is not permitted on embarkation and disembarkation day. A visitor form is to be completed prior to the cruise. The guests will be informed once approved. Visitors will receive a visitor pass at ship’s gangway after they provide photo identification. Visitors will need to be accompanied at all times.

Accommodation

Our accommodation FAQs cover suite-specific information, including the different cabin options and guidance on what’s included in your room.

Are bathrobes and slippers provided?

Yes, bathrobes and slippers are provided for the comfort of all guests, regardless of suite class.

Bedroom Area, Owners Penthouse Suite, Scenic Eclipse

Are irons and ironing boards provided in the cabin?

No, but all our ships offer a comprehensive laundry service. For information on laundry concierge, please speak to your personal butler upon arrival on board.

Are mini bars provided in the suites?

Yes, a complimentary mini bar is provided in every suite for your enjoyment. This is restocked daily with a selection of beverages and snacks, and you can also order other drinks and meals to your suite.

Are the suites air conditioned?

Individual climate control systems are available in all suites, helping you adjust the temperature to your desired level. If you have trouble operating the system in your suite, your personal butler will be able to assist.

Are there coat hangers in my suite?

Yes, coat hangers are available in all suites.

Are twin rooms available?

Yes, twin rooms are available. Please speak to us about your room requirements at the time of booking.

Does my suite include a hairdryer?

Yes, a hairdryer is included in all suites.

Is there a safe in my room?

Yes, all suites come with a secure safe for your valuables.

What type of plug sockets are in my suite?

Each Scenic river cruise ship is fitted with 220v European electricity outlets, but you will need a suitable European plug adaptor to use electrical items such as mobile phone chargers. Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II are fitted with American electricity outlets.

Will there be a phone in my suite?

All Scenic suites are equipped with a telephone, which can be used to order room service or for outbound calls. Should you use the phone, any outbound calls you make will be charged to your shipboard account, payable at the end of your holiday.

Currency & travel

We want to make sure your cruise runs smoothly on and off the ship, so our travel FAQs provide useful information on things such as local currencies, tipping, and charges.

Are credit cards accepted?

Many locations accept major credit cards, including Eurocard, MasterCard, Visa and American Express, and these can be used in some shops, hotels and restaurants. Please note that some establishments may charge a small fee for credit card transactions, or else enforce a minimum purchase amount. Before you travel, make sure your credit card and pin will work in the country you’re visiting; your bank will be able to help with this matter. Please note that on board Scenic Eclipse & Scenic Eclipse II, unfortunately, Debit Cards or Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

Guests speaking to Cruise Director on board Scenic Diamond in the reception area. 

Does Scenic cover tipping and gratuities?

Yes, tipping and gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and waiting staff are included in the total price of your holiday. Please note, tipping is not included for meals, drinks, taxis and transfers outside your itinerary and only applies to on board services. We’d recommend tipping 10-15% in restaurants (unless a service charge has already been applied) and 10-15% on taxi meters. As a rule, always pre-negotiate taxi fares before agreeing to travel.

Is it easy to exchange cash?

Cash or traveller’s cheques can be exchanged easily at hotels, banks or designated exchange bureaus. It’s also possible to buy small amounts of local currency on board your ship for a fee. For the best exchange rate, we’d recommend exchanging money before you travel.

Is porterage included?

Handling and porterage of your luggage (as per the luggage allowance) is included in your cruise or tour. Should you wish to carry bags beyond this allowance, porterage of these items may be charged or you may be responsible for handling the baggage yourself.

What currency do I need to take?

Most countries visited during a Scenic river cruise use the Euro, but some nations have retained their own currency; these include Scandinavian nations, Switzerland and the Eastern European States. For small purchases made on land or in small towns, we’d recommend carrying some local currency as ATMs or credit card facilities may not be available. When booking an ocean voyage or land journey, our experienced Reservations Team will be able to advise on the local currency for the destination you're travelling to.

Booking online

Book your holiday yourself with just a few clicks and secure your place on board.

How do I book a cruise online?

Booking online is easy. Simply browse the itinerary you’re interested in, scroll down and select your departure, and click the ‘Book Now’ button which will then take you to our online booking system.

Scenic Azure cruising the Douro Valley in Portugal. 

What information do I need to book my cruise online?

  • Full name (as per your passport)
  • Date of birth (as per your passport)
  • Full address
  • Email address

Is booking online secure?

Booking online with Emerald Cruises couldn’t be safer as shown by the padlock visible alongside our URL in the website address bar. All data is sent via RSA encryption and securely stored with us, as outlined in our Privacy Policy .

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay for your cruise using MasterCard, Maestro, and Visa. Please note, some promotions require specific payment methods. Please refer to the terms and conditions for each individual promotion.

How do I take advantage of a promotion?

Prices shown during the online booking system exclude any additional promotions you may have seen during your visit to our site until a promotion or discount is applied To take advantage of these offers, you can apply them during ‘Confirm & Pay’ stage by selecting ‘Apply Promotion’ below the offer listed.

How do I find out more information about my flights or rail journey?

During step 2 of the online booking process, after completing the guest information section, you’ll be asked if you require flights arranging. This is included in the price of your cruise if paid in full, and a member of the team will be in touch with you using the contact details provided to arrange the best option for you.

What happens after I’ve completed my online booking?

Sit back, relax, and begin your cruise countdown! A member of the team will be in touch soon to discuss travel options with you.

ATOL and safety

We uphold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure you enjoy complete peace of mind.

Is Scenic protected by ATOL?

Yes: ATOL Number 9294.  

Pelicans flying over the Danube Delta in Romania at sunset. 

Why book with an ABTA member?

Scenic is a member of ABTA: ABTA Number Y6328. As ABTA members, we’re committed to delivering the highest standards for our customers by signing up to ABTA's Code of Conduct . This includes accurate advertising, fair terms of trading, changes to bookings, and managing customer complaints.

Do the ships provide mobility-wheelchair access?

We welcome passengers with medical conditions or disabilities and can provide mobility provisions when notified in writing of a person's needs before boarding. However, please be aware that there may be limitations on board and during excursions. Some of our ships do not have elevators, and where there is an elevator on board it may not access all decks. While collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board under appropriate circumstances, you must be able to climb up and down stairs on coaches, and some excursions may require you to negotiate cobblestones or climb steps. In addition, standard suites and bathrooms have significant thresholds and cabin doors which limit access, meaning they may not be wide enough to allow access to many wheelchairs. Please speak to a member of our team about your requirements prior to booking so that we can offer information on mobility and access.

Is it safe to travel to/in each of the countries?

If you have concerns about the safety of any destination on your cruise itinerary, we’d recommend making your own enquiries before you travel. The government’s foreign travel advice can be accessed here . This page offers up-to-date safety information on all the destinations listed on the Scenic website.

Is there an emergency contact for the ship?

Full email and telephone contact details for the ship can be found in your final documents.

What are the safety regulations on board Scenic ships?

After boarding your Scenic ship, our crew will run through a brief safety demonstration, highlighting the relevant safety information, as well the emergency procedure. Our ships are built to the highest specification to ensure complete guest safety, and feature a range of life-saving equipment, including sprinkler systems.

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What to Wear on a Scenic River Cruise?

Author Ella Bos

Posted Oct 28, 2022

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Assuming you would like a general answer:

What type of clothing should I wear on a scenic river cruise?

Will i need to pack a lot of clothes for a scenic river cruise, what should i pack in my carry-on bag for a scenic river cruise.

What you wear on a scenic river cruise largely depends on thetime of year and the location of the cruise. For instance, are you cruising down the Mississippi in the middle of summer? Or is your cruise taking place in Norway during the winter? The time of year and location will help you determine what kinds of clothing and accessories to pack.

Other helpful tips for what to wear on a scenic river cruise include: -Wearing layers is always a good idea, no matter the time of year or location. This way, you can always take a layer off if you get too warm or put one on if you get cold. -If you will be spending time outdoors on the deck of the ship, make sure to pack a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. -Comfortable shoes are a must as you will be doing a lot of walking during your tour. -And finally, don’t forget to pack your camera to capture all the beautiful sights you will see on your scenic river cruise!

Assuming that this is a casual river cruise:

When choosing what to wear on a casual river cruise, there are a few factors to consider in order to be comfortable while enjoying the scenic views. The first is the temperature—river cruises can often be cool, so it is important to dress in layers. A light jacket or sweater is a good idea. The second is the activity level—while on the cruise, you may want to take part in activities like hiking or kayaking. So, it is important to wear clothing that is comfortable to move around in and that you can easily layer. Finally, you will want to consider the overall vibe of the cruise. Is it a party cruise? A luxury cruise? A family-friendly cruise? The answer to this will help you decide what type of clothing to wear.

For men, a good casual option for a river cruise is khaki pants or dark jeans, a polo or button-down shirt, and loafers or sneakers. For women, a sundress or a skirt with a blouse or top is a good option. If it is cooler out, you can add a cardigan or jacket to your outfit. For both men and women, it is important to avoid anything too flashy or formal. You want to be comfortable and able to move around easily while still looking put-together.

If you are unsure about what to wear, it is always a good idea to check with the cruise line beforehand. They will likely have a dress code that they expect all passengers to follow.

A river cruise is a great way to see some amazing scenery while relaxing on the water. You generally won't need to pack a lot of clothes, as most river cruises take place in the summertime. You'll likely just need a few outfits for daytime and evening, as well as some comfortable shoes for exploring ashore . Here are a few more things to keep in mind when packing for a river cruise:

Casual is key - river cruises are generally quite relaxed, so you won't need any formalwear. Just pack some casual clothes that you'll be comfortable in both during the day and at night.

Layer up - the weather can be unpredictable, so it's always best to layer your clothing. That way, you can be prepared for both warm and cool weather.

Pack for the activities - if you plan on doing any excursions or activities while on your river cruise, be sure to pack accordingly. For example, if you're hiking, you'll need appropriate shoes and clothing.

Bring a sweater - even in the summertime, it can get chilly on the river at night. So, be sure to pack a sweater or light jacket to keep you warm.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when packing for a river cruise. As long as you pack some casual clothes, layers and appropriate footwear, you'll be all set to enjoy the scenic views from the comfort of your river cruise ship.

Assuming you will be spending a considerable amount of time on the scenic river cruise and will be engaging in various activities, it is recommended you pack the following items in your carry-on bag:

sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, sunglasses, appropriate clothing for the weather, comfortable walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, toiletries, medications, first-aid kit, book, camera, binoculars.

Assuming you have already packed the essentials such as your passport and travel documents, packing the above items will help ensure you have a pleasant and comfortable experience on your scenic river cruise.

sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats will help protect you from the sun and insects while sunglasses will help reduce the glare. It is important to pack appropriate clothing for the weather as you don't want to be caught unprepared if the temperature suddenly drops. Comfortable walking shoes are a must as you will likely be doing a lot of walking, exploring the various scenic spots along the river. A swimsuit is also handy in case you want to take a dip in the river or in the onboard swimming pool. Don't forget to pack a towel to dry yourself off afterwards.

Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a toothbrush will come in handy, especially if you are staying in a cabin without en-suite facilities. Medications, a first-aid kit, and bandages should also be packed just in case.

Finally, a book, camera, and binoculars will help you make the most of the scenic views and landscapes.

What should I leave at home when packing for a scenic river cruise?

When packing for a scenic river cruise, there are a few items that you should leave at home in order to enjoy your trip to the fullest. First, bulky items such as extra clothes or towels can be left at home since they will likely not be needed on the cruise. Second, you can also leave behind any valuables that you would not want to lose in the event that the ship sinks or you have to evacuate. Finally, anything that is not absolutely essential should be left at home in order to lighten your load and make your cruise more enjoyable.

What should I wear if I get sunburn easily on a scenic river cruise?

If you're planning a scenic river cruise and are worried about getting sunburned, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. First, choose clothing that will cover your skin as much as possible. Long sleeves and pants are ideal, but if it's too hot to wear them all the time, you can always carry a light sweater or scarf to cover up when you're in direct sunlight. Second, apply sunscreen generously and often, even if it's cloudy. Remember to reapply after swimming or sweating. Third, stay in the shade when possible, and wear a hat or visor to protect your face. Finally, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as dehydration can make sunburn more severe. By following these tips, you can enjoy your river cruise without worryi

What is the dress code for a scenic river cruise?

There is no specific dress code for a scenic river cruise . However, most companies request that passengers dress in a way that is respectful of other passengers and the crew. This usually means avoiding clothes that are excessively casual or revealing. In general, it is a good idea to pack clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the weather. Layering is also a good idea, as the temperature on the river can vary throughout the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to wear on a river cruise in europe.

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that you can move in. That means sneakers, sandals, a bathing suit, and a shirt that you can layer. You don't need to pack any special clothes or shoes for a river cruise on the European rivers! Is it necessary to dress up for a river cruise? Most people choose to dress up for dinner and dinner dances, but there is no need for formal wear on most river cruises. In fact, many travelers enjoy wearing more casual clothing during the day as it is much more comfortable. Just remember to bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses if you're going out on deck at all during your trip.

What is the dress code for river cruises?

Casual dress is acceptable on most European river cruises. You can wear mostly any clothing item, but make sure it’s clean and free of any dirt or debris. T-shirts and athletic clothing are common choices, but feel free to step up your style with a few more designer pieces if you have them.

What to wear on a Seabourn Cruise?

Traditional Seabourn evening wear for men consists of a dark business suit, a formal jacket, and a necktie. For women, the dress code is more relaxed. A cocktail dress with the showiest jewelry and a sequined top is typically worn on formal nights. During the day, daytime attire is appropriate for all guests on Seabourn cruises.

What to pack for a river cruise?

A good pair of walking shoes is essential as many activities on board will involve a bit of walking. A few basics for clothes include a combination of lightweight and comfortable clothing, as well as sun protection. Appropriate covers for binoculars, cameras and other electronics should also be packed in case of bad weather. Some tips to help you pack like a pro: -Bring ample sunscreen and insect repellent – both items can be bought on board. -Pack rain gear just in case. It’s always handy to have an umbrella and a raincoat when travelling! -Consider packing snacks and drinks (these are often expensive on river cruises), somesunscreen, hats and sunglasses, medications if needed, passports, travel tickets and any other important documents.

What to wear on a river cruise?

You don't need to go overboard when planning your wardrobe for a river cruise – you can wear black pants and dressier top or a simple black dress and pashmina. No need to bring heels, your sandals will do fine.

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Ella Bos is an experienced freelance article author who has written for a variety of publications on topics ranging from business to lifestyle. She loves researching and learning new things, especially when they are related to her writing. Her most notable works have been featured in Forbes Magazine and The Huffington Post.

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