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Scenic Opal
-- / 5.0
148 reviews

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Passengers
169

Crew
53

Passenger to Crew
3.19:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
71
Sails To
Europe
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Jeannine Williamson
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Scenic Opal Overview

Australian-owned Scenic has increased its European fleet to 10 vessels with the launch of two more "Space Ship" class vessels: Scenic Opal and Scenic Jasper. The name of the ship class alludes to the plentiful space onboard, both in public areas and in cabins. Two standout features are the ship's two pools -- a splash pool and a resistance swimming pool.

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The 85 cabins range from 160-square-foot standard cabins with picture windows on the lower deck, to the two 475-square-foot Royal Panorama Suites. Butler service is provided for all cabins -- with more services provided for more expensive cabins. Cabins located on the middle and upper decks have "Sun Lounge" balconies where the top half of the floor-to-ceiling retractable window can be opened. All cabins have a complimentary minibar that is restocked daily.

In addition to the main, open-seating Crystal dining room, there is the small Italian alternative restaurant, Portobello's. Evening meals are served the Crystal dining room and another open-seating dining venue called Table La Rive, a private area of the main dining room where a six-course tasting menu is served with wine pairing. The River Cafe serves lighter bites all day. The main lounge is the Panorama and a smaller relaxation area is the al fresco Riverview Terrace at the bow of the ship.

Scenic's fares include all excursions, drinks throughout the cruise, use of electric onboard bicycles and gratuities. 


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Budapest, Budapest, Vienna, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Prague, Prague, Prague

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Scenic Opal departs from Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague and Paris

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Scenic Opal Member Reviews

chezpicsoftrips
Sail Date: Nov 2019
From the second we stepped on-board Scenic Opal we knew we were in for a very special 15 days.... Read More
317
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Before boarding the Scenic Opal we walked to the Gallert Baths and enjoyed a relaxing swim before later returning to explore the Food Markets.... Read More
jrhouser
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We went by coach from Prague to Budapest and boarded the Scenic Opal. The rest of the cruise was what I expected from Scenic, which was nothing short of outstanding.... Read More
JRWLRW
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Needless to say we will not be traveling with Scenic again.... Read More

Scenic Fleet

Scenic Ruby
5.0 / 5.0
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98 reviews

Scenic Ruby, launched in 2009, is one of Scenic's popular "space ships," designed to offers plentiful public and cabin space – among the highest passenger space ratio in the industry.

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Scenic Diamond
4.5 / 5.0
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Scenic Diamond, launched in 2008, is one of Scenic's popular "space ships." The cabins and ship are beautifully appointed, crew is excellently trained and dining is exceptional.

Scenic Crystal
4.5 / 5.0
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Scenic Crystal, launched in 2012, is one of Scenic's popular "space ships." It's a luxury river ship that offers excellent service, great food and comfortable spaces.

Scenic Tsar

The 112-passenger Scenic Tsar was relaunched in 2012. It's not a new riverboat, but the refurbishment was so extensive, that it's registered as a new vessel.

Scenic Sapphire
4.5 / 5.0
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Scenic Sapphire, launched in 2008, is one of Scenic's popular "space ships." This class nods to a design that offers plentiful public and cabin space – among the highest passenger space ratio in the industry.

Scenic Pearl

One of Scenic's "space ships" offering "Sun Lounge" balconies in all rooms, which simultaneously make cabins feel airy while also making the space usable in all weather.

Scenic Jewel

Highlights include "Sun Lounge" balconies, which give cabins an airy feel and make balcony space usable in fair and inclement weather, and multiple dining options.

Scenic Jade

Scenic Jade offers the intellectually curious passenger a fine sampler of excursions along more than 700 miles of waterways, from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Scenic Gem
4.0 / 5.0
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The 128-passenger Scenic Gem was custom-built to sail on France's Seine River and features a unique design and cutting-edge technology.

Scenic Opal

The 169-passenger Scenic Opal boasts spacious cabins and public areas, as well as a splash pool and resistence swimming pool. Fares include all excursions, drinks and gratuities.

Scenic Jasper

Scenic Jasper is Scenic's 11th "Space Ship" -- so called because of the higher-than-average amount of space dedicated to public areas. Fares include all excursions, drinks and gratuities.

Scenic Eclipse

Featuring the sleek profile of a luxury super yacht, the all-suite, 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse will be the first ocean cruise ship from Australian line Scenic.

Scenic Spirit
5.0 / 5.0
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Scenic Spirit’s all-inclusive cruises come with complimentary beverages, a pool and spa, gourmet dining, luxurious bedding and L'Occitane toiletries.

Scenic Aura
5.0 / 5.0
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The 22-suite Scenic Aura, launched in 2016, sails the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar between Mandalay and Pyay with an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio.

Scenic Amber

Launched in 2016, Scenic Amber has capacity for 169 passengers and 51 crew, this all-suite river ship offers a contemporary cruising experience.

Scenic Azure
4.5 / 5.0
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In 2016 Scenic became the first non-Portuguese company to operate on the Douro River, which means the luxury Australian line can uphold its high standards.

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