Scenic Cruises is now offering an 11-day, Paris-to-Paris cruise called “Gems of the Seine” on its newest ship, the Scenic Gem. The ship’s rooms are larger than those found on most European river ships, and feature beds with Egyptian linens, walk-in showers, high-end Duravit sinks, top-of-the-line Dornbracht fixtures and small balcony areas.
There are six dining venues on board, including the upscale L’Amour, which guests may enjoy once on the trip. And unlike on most large cruise lines, there is no up-charge for that fine-dining experience. A meal at L’Amour is included in the cruise price.
In fact, all meals and all beverages — and that goes for beer and wine, in addition to coffee, tea and soft drinks — are included. So are gratuities for the ship’s staff. The price is as close to “all inclusive” as we’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. Credit cards aren’t even swiped when guests board, and many cruisers disembark back in Paris without a bill.
So, as you can see, “Gems of the Seine” offers many opportunities to enjoy wine while taking in magnificent sights and sites along or near the Seine River:
- King Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard
- The Rouen Cathedral and Museum of Fine Arts, Deauville (playground of the rich and famous)
- The estate of Manoir d’Appreval (for a unique cocktail event)
- The beaches of Normandy (where the historic D Day landings took place)
- The Normandy Cemetery (with its 9,387 graves)
… and so much more.
For information on 2016 departure dates and pricing, go to: https://www.scenicusa.com/river-cruises/river-cruises-france/2660-gems-of-the-seine