15 Things You'll Never Pay for on a Scenic River Cruise Through Europe


Join us on an unmissable cultural exploration along the continent’s esteemed waterways, and enter a world where the perks and privileges are included. Since taking to the rivers of Europe in 2008, our 5-star Space-Ships have redefined all-inclusive river cruising, expanding on the inclusions guests can expect during their time on board. Even the extras you’d normally pay for are included in the price, so you can leave your wallet at home and immerse in the journey of a lifetime.

To highlight the generosity of our signature all-inclusive service, here we list 15 things you’ll never pay for on a Scenic river cruise.

1. Daily Shore Excursions

Selected by our expert Journey Designers, our Scenic Freechoice excursions offer immersive encounters on every day of your river cruise. Explore the ramparts of a Rhineland castle, cycle on the banks of the Danube, or shop with your chef in a local market – all at no extra cost.

Notre Dame Paris

2. Exclusive Scenic Enrich Experiences

Scenic Enrich offers exclusive experiences to Scenic guests, designed to give a deeper understanding of the culture of each destination. From classical concerts in exquisite palaces to authentic medieval banquets in ancient castles; these spectacular events are exclusive to Scenic guests, taking you beyond the traditional tourist trail.  

3. Alcoholic Drinks and Hot Beverages

Our extensive range of complimentary beverages means you can enjoy a delicious drink, any time of the day. Enjoy your morning coffee on your balcony, an extensive wine list at dinner and a warming single malt before bed – all without ever dipping into your wallet.

4. Dining

Savour an exceptional collection of mouth-watering breakfasts, lunches, and dinners prepared on board by one of our specialist chefs throughout your river cruise. Dining options range from casual, all-day dining at The River Café to fine-dining at Portobellos (L’Amour in France) – giving you a taste of authentic regional fare.

5. Scenic Tailormade GPS — Self-Guided Touring Device

Enjoy independent self-guided touring in stunning destinations with Scenic Tailormade. Every guest is given access to their own personal GPS touring device, helping you discover the cultural highlights and hidden wonders of Europe’s magnificent cities, heritage sites, and waterways that interest you, independently and at your own pace.

6. Authentic Local Entertainment

Glimpse into local customs and traditions with a program of entertainment, performed exclusively for Scenic guests. From Russian folk dancers to the French can-can, our Journey Designers have handpicked an offering of authentic entertainment that promises fun cultural enrichment.

7. Butler Service

From delivering your morning coffee and croissant to that all-important nightly turndown, your Scenic butler won’t be happy unless you are. All guests will benefit from their own butler, there to make your Scenic experience extra special.

8. Laundry Concierge

Smiling Woman Folded Laundry

Our laundry concierge service means there’s no need to worry about wrinkled clothes or annoying spillages at dinner. Whether you’d like a shirt pressing or want to look your best for a Scenic Enrich event, we’ll take care of all your laundry needs.

9. Gym Access

With free access to our well-equipped on board gym, we encourage you to continue your morning fitness regime or ignite your love for keeping fit and active. Our gyms have everything you need to get the heart beating, from cardio equipment to free weights and toning systems.

10. E-Bikes

Explore the great cities of Europe like a true local with a Scenic E-Bike. These sturdy bicycles are the perfect way to see more of each destination, and feature an electric motor for when the hills or cobblestones prove a little too taxing.

11. Insight from Expert Local Guides

Whenever you head ashore on an exclusive Scenic excursion, you’ll be joined by an expert guide who will share fascinating insight, stories and titbits about the local area and its customs. Whether sightseeing in Vienna or exploring Keukenhof Gardens, our expert local guides add enrichment at every turn.

12. Wi-Fi

Research the day’s activities, share photographs of your trip, or catch-up with loved ones back home with complimentary Wi-Fi. Scenic passengers can enjoy free internet access in their suite and in all public areas, for seamless connectivity.

13. Return Flights

We want your journey to be effortless, which is why we offer return flights from a selection of up to 15 UK airports. On selected river cruises, we also offer a ‘no fly’ option via Standard Premier Eurostar and First Class rail – all at no extra cost.

Cruise Ship River Excursion

14. Return Airport Transfers

From the moment you arrive at the airport, every step of your journey is perfectly orchestrated, with return airport transfers included in the price of your river cruise. We’ll meet you at the arrivals gate and escort you to your Space-Ship, so you can relax and enjoy the journey.

15. All Tipping and Gratuities

Your total river cruise fare includes all tips and gratuities, so there’s no need to worry about carrying loose change during your time on board. When we say you can leave your wallet at home, we really do mean it.

So there you have it – 15 things you’ll never pay for on a Scenic river cruise. To find out more about our signature all-inclusive service, click here or call our river cruise specialists today on 0808 163 6927.