What a gorgeous day in Linz, Austria. Again, as was the case yesterday, Scenic Jasper offered several complimentary tours. Some of the guests headed off for a full-day excursion to the Czech Republic, where they would explore the 13th-century town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Others headed to Salzburg, the setting for “The Sound of Music” and birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Me? I straddled a saddle for one of the best bike rides yet, but since I’ve written extensively about biking on Scenic Jasper, I thought I’d focus on a topic everyone seems to appreciate: food.
First, a little backstory. I’m traveling with a group of journalists and top travel sellers on Scenic Jasper. We’re here to take part in christening ceremonies in Vienna on Tuesday. We’re an experienced group of travelers who can be skeptical and hyper-critical. Our job is observe the fine details that make or break travel experiences for our readers or the clients of travel sellers who are with us.
I’m not the greatest food critic. I enjoy almost any food that I can lift to my lips. So I’m not your best source for telling you if the food was good, great or orgasmic. Some of my colleagues have discerning palates, however. What I am hearing from them and from the travel sellers over and again is that the dining experience on Scenic Jasper is done exceptionally well. The dining outlets are varied (there’s the Crystal Dining Room, Portobello, Table Le Rive, the River Café and room service), the cuisine is well presented and tasteful, and the service — well, let’s just say that the travel sellers on board are comparing it to Crystal Cruises, and service, as experienced cruisers know, doesn’t get any better than that.
So what and where can you eat on Scenic Jasper? Here’s a roundup in photos of my experience so far.
|Itinerary||Expedition Antarctica||Antarctica-Highlights||Journey to Antarctica||Classic Antartica||Emblematic Antarctica||Antarctic Explorer||Antarctica in Depth||Ushuaia to Ushuaia|
|Sailing Date||December 4, 2019||November 10, 2019||January 4, 2019||January 3, 2019||January 5, 2019||January 8, 2019||November 26, 2019||January 16, 2019|
|Rate per person||$15,730||$7,765||$13,890||$9,850||$13,870||$11,095||$18,095||$14,600|
|Ship||Hanseatic Inspiration||Midnatsol||National Geographic Orion||M/V Ortelius||Le Soleal||Ocean Endeavor||Scenic Eclipse||Silver Cloud Expedition|
|Ice class Rating||PC6||1X||E3||1A||1C||1B||1A Super||1C|
|Cabin Category||Cat 7, Balcony Cabin||Polarside-Middle||Cat. 1/ Main Deck||Twin-porthole Deck 4||Deluxe Stateroom||Upper Deck Double||Deluxe Verandah DB||Vista Suite|
|Room With A View?||Balcony||None||Porthole||2 Portholes||Balcony||Obstructed Window||Balcony||Window|
|Balcony Upgrade ***||$2,720||$4,826||$6,100||n/a||sold out||n/a||all-balcony ship||$2,900|
|Balcony Per Diem||$1,677||$1,049||$1,415||n/a||sold out||n/a||$1,645||$1,750|