Scenic Jasper, Day 5, Excursions From Linz & A Dinner To Remember

Sunset in Linz, © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
No filter, no post-enhancement: Just a gorgeous sunset as we saw it in Linz, Austria. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

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.

Prosciutto, Buffalo Mozzarella, Marinated Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes at Portobello restaurant. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Prosciutto, Buffalo Mozzarella, Marinated Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes at Portobello restaurant. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

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.

Read the full story and see photos on River Cruise Advisor.

Antarctica Cruises: 2019 Per Diems

 Hapag-LloydHurtigrutenLindbladOceanwidePonantQuarkScenicSilversea
ItineraryExpedition AntarcticaAntarctica-HighlightsJourney to AntarcticaClassic AntarticaEmblematic AntarcticaAntarctic ExplorerAntarctica in DepthUshuaia to Ushuaia
Sailing DateDecember 4, 2019November 10, 2019January 4, 2019January 3, 2019January 5, 2019January 8, 2019November 26, 2019January 16, 2019
FromUshuaia-UshuauiaUshuaia-UshuaiaUshuaia-UshuaiaUshuaia -UshuaiaUshuaia-UshuaiaUshuaia-UshuaiaUshuaia-UshuaiaUshuaia-Ushuaia
Nights1112131010101110
Rate per person$15,730$7,765$13,890$9,850$13,870$11,095$18,095$14,600
ShipHanseatic InspirationMidnatsolNational Geographic OrionM/V OrteliusLe SolealOcean EndeavorScenic EclipseSilver Cloud Expedition
Ice class RatingPC61XE31A1C1B1A Super1C
Built/Refurbished2017200320032012-20172013201820182017
Passenger Capacity199970*102123264*189200240*
Restaurants32222294
Cabin CategoryCat 7, Balcony CabinPolarside-MiddleCat. 1/ Main DeckTwin-porthole Deck 4Deluxe StateroomUpper Deck DoubleDeluxe Verandah DBVista Suite
Square Footage22697180145180155366240
Room With A View?BalconyNonePorthole2 PortholesBalconyObstructed WindowBalconyWindow
Butlern/an/an/an/an/a**n/acheckmarkcheckmark
Room Servicecheckmarkn/an/an/acheckmarkn/acheckmarkcheckmark
Port Chargescheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
Per diem$1,450$677$1,068$1,020$1,387$1,122$1,645$1,460
Balcony Upgrade ***$2,720$4,826$6,100n/asold outn/aall-balcony ship$2,900
Balcony Per Diem$1,677$1,049$1,415n/asold outn/a$1,645$1,750
Note that in the charts we use nights as opposed to days to derive per diems. Our rationale is that you disembark the ship early on the final day of your cruise, so counting disembarkation day as a full day doesn’t adequately reflect the per diem. So a 12-day cruise actually means that you’ll spend almost 11 full days on the ship, almost because you typically embark in the afternoons.

* Though it has a passenger capacity of 970, Hurtigruten's Midnatsol Antarctica voyages carry only 500 guests in order to comply with the IAATO regulations. Similarly, Ponant's Le Soleal has a capacity of 264 but carries only 200 in Antarctica. Scenic Eclipse carries 228 guests but only 200 in Antarctica. Silver Cloud has a capacity of 254 but operates in Antarctica with 240 guests.

** Ponant has butlers for some staterooms but not for the lead-in accommodations in our chart.

**** Pricing for Ponant's balconies were unavailable because the voyages were sold out

Chart compiled by Tamera Trexler

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