Scenic Jasper, Day 2, Focus On The Sun Lounge

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
The Sun Lounge functions as a solarium of sorts and an open balcony. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

After a gorgeous night of sightseeing last night in Budapest, I had a chance to explore Scenic Jasper today. She’s a beautiful vessel from a company that aspires to be to river cruising what Regent Seven Seas is to ocean cruising, which is to say that Scenic wants to be the most-inclusive luxury player in the river cruise segment.

With that goal in mind, Scenic differentiates itself in a few key areas:

  1. The software component, with elements ranging from pillow and mattress menus to butlers (in addition to room attendants) for all staterooms and suites.
  2. The hardware component, including innovative Sun Lounges in staterooms as well as Apple technology driving the entertainment systems.
  3. Scenic’s all-inclusive product, not only on-board gratuities but also tips to tour guides and motorcoach drivers, in addition to beverages and a long list of included items.
  4. Cultural immersion through choice. Scenic provides a variety of ways to get to know destinations through programs such as “Scenic Enrich” to “Scenic FreeChoice” to “Scenic Tailormade” and more. These choices allow guests to choose their own way to explore, from self-guided bicycle tours using GPS devices to guided walking tours.

I’ll look at each of these components during my sailing. For the moment, I thought I would introduce you to the Sun Lounge in my stateroom. The concept is a little easier to grasp if you see it in action, so I’ve produced a short video to show how the Sun Lounge works. Read the story and see the video on River Cruise Advisor.

Pre-cruiseScenic Cruises, Christening Scenic Jasper & A Cruise Along The Danube
Day 1Scenic Jasper: Day 1, Boarding In Budapest
Day 2Scenic Jasper, Day 2, Focus On The Sun Lounge
Day 3Scenic Jasper, Day 3, A Comprehensive Look At Suites & Staterooms
Day 4Scenic Jasper, Day 4, Durnstein To Melk By Bike
Day 5Scenic Jasper, Day 5, Excursions From Linz & A Dinner To Remember
Day 6Scenic Jasper, Day 6, Viennese Waltz & One Last Ride
Day 7Scenic Jasper, Day 7, Vienna & Christening In Photos
Scenic Jasper, End Of Cruise, Summing Up

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