Have you ever thought of going on a river cruise? If not why not? You may very well change your mind once you read this.
This cruise would be our fourth river cruise and our first with Scenic.
From the moment we stepped on board we knew this cruise was going to be amazing.
This 5 star hotel would be our home for the next 11 days.
On arrival to the ship, Scenic Azure, docked at Porto we were met by the crew and the staff. Our very own Butler Alexandra would escort us to our cabin.
Yes you read that right, a butler!
Scenic call their ships – Spaceships a very fitting name and we were going to find out why!
There was space everywhere!….Our twin beds had drawers at the end which easily fitted our Scenic backpacks in. Then to our surprise our butler Alexandria showed us the storage under the bed. Both our suitcases fitted under Muriel’s bed. Paula our middle sister could quite easily have fitted under mine! Unfortunately Paula was at home recovering from a knee operation.
The beds were amazing! With a touch of a button you could raise the head of the bed or the foot of the bed or both, like a hospital bed but 150% better. This feature certainly helped me when I came down with a chest infection.
There was even a pillow menu. Yes, you heard that right you could request a pillow to suit your needs. Muriel and I were happy with the two we had. Can I just add that it was like sleeping on a cloud.
Our wardrobes were huge and had space saving doors. A sliding door but you pulled it our then it slid onto the other wardrobe door.
We had a balcony! A privacy screen that opened by a touch of a button and the window with another touch of a button opened so you could feel the breeze. We also had a mosquito screen again by the touch of a button. Alexandria explained that further up the Douro would be bad for mosquitoes. Unfortunately due to the extremely cold and wet weather we never had to use it.
Another feature is the bar fridge. With snacks, beer, wine -red and white, spirits and juices and soft drinks. Our butler Alexandra opened a bottle of chilled white wine for us to savor while we were shown all the features of our cabin.
The bar fridge would be replenished every day. You can also request your favorites to be stocked in the fridge.
Alexandra went through all the finer details such as laundry. We were allowed one bag for cabin free. Same day delivery. We only requested our clothes to be washed and dried. However you can have them pressed as well as washed or just pressed.
The one thing I have always disliked about cruises is that to get a cuppa when you wake up, you must dress and go upstairs to the lounge. Who does that? Not on this cruise. We were able to put in an order for tea for 2 at 6.30 every morning. Sitting on the balcony in our generous robes, enjoying a cup of tea before you head up to breakfast, is one of life pleasures.
It doesn’t stop there. There is a turn down service at night and of course chocolate is left on the pillow. An itinerary of the next days excursions is also left in the room.
Now the food! As most of you know I am gluten free, fish free and peanut free. Even here in Australia chefs seem to find this hard. Im not sure why? Whats so hard about this? Some people also think Im fussy. No, I just don’t like the after affects of eating gluten etc.
I certainly didn’t go without. Beautiful flakey croissants at breakfast, tasty lunches and delectable dinners.
There are several places you can get a bite to eat on the Scenic Azure. The River Cafe where you can have an early bird breakfast or a cake or two during the day. Portobellos for a light lunch. Portobellos also serves an amazing intimate dinner. Crystal Dining for lunch and dinner. One night when I wasn’t feeling too good I requested to have my meal in my room.
On the sun deck there is a walking track and a pool. Unfortunately early April can still have some rain and it was cold. Freezing would be more like it, however not once were we cold on the ship. Portugal needed the rain. Did we let it dampen our mood. Not at all.
Each night after dinner there would be music in the lounge. Two nights we had quiz nights and yes both times Muriel and I were on the winning team!
Each night there would be local musicians and we had 3 quiz nights of which we won two of them. Not sure how must have been a team effort!
On board you will find a gym, a hairdresser and you can even indulge in a massage. The bar would have a Cocktail of the day every day. The Port Tonic was delicious and I would recommend this when you do this cruise.
Next: Our first day in Porto Portugal.
**This post is linked on #Senior Salon #20**