Scenic Jasper: River Cruise Ship Review
Launched in April by author Kathy Lette, the all-inclusive Scenic Jasper is more chic hotel than river ship. This cruising beauty boasts plenty of reasons people want to stay aboard. Check out our detailed review of the vessel including cabins, onboard dining and leisure options.
Scenic Jasper set sail in March and is the first of two new vessels bearing Scenic’s classy gold-on-black logo, which has dispensed with the word 'Tours' to highlight the company’s evolution into a luxury, all-inclusive river-cruise brand. Jasper was christened in Vienna on April 21 by author Lette.
Scenic Jasper is stylish, classy and luxurious: the decor, more chic hotel than river ship, is stunning, with black and silver mirrored surfaces and a black, white and grey palette with touches of colour.
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My deluxe balcony suite had plenty of floor space, a bed that envelops you and a veranda separated from the cabin by folding glass panels that open at the touch of a button. Book one of two royal panorama suites – 44 square metres of luxury – and you get a large bathroom, a seating area with sun-lounge-style balcony, double aspect views and butler service, with daily deliveries of fruit, canapes and petit fours. There is also one single cabin with a balcony and four junior suites.
Food And Drink
I had a fabulous meal in Table La Rive, part of the main restaurant set aside as a chef’s table for upper-deck passengers. The two-and-a-half hours it took to get through the six courses, each paired with wine, was time well spent. The restaurant had a good choice of hot and cold dishes at breakfast and lunch, and a waiter-served menu in the evening. The salads were especially good.
I was less keen on Portobellos, an Italian restaurant open to all at no charge: the menu was too limited and the service too speedy. Light lunches are served in the River Cafe, which also has sandwiches and fruit available all day. Butlers can also serve meals in your cabin.
At Your Leisure
Scenic offers a choice of free excursions most days. In Antwerp, there was a city walking tour or a trip to Bruges; next day at Hoorn, in the Netherlands, I joined a walking tour while others painted clogs. You can also explore on your own or borrow one of the ship’s electric bikes.
While sailing, entertainment includes cookery demonstrations, wine-tasting sessions, daily port talks and performances by dance groups or classical musicians. A spa offers massages, facials and manicures from €39 ($A61) for 30 minutes, and there is a wide choice of films on demand in cabins.
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This article was written by Jane Archer from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.