Australian river cruise line Scenic is in the process of rebuilding three of its Space-Ship class of vessels in France to add Scenic Culinaire, a new onboard cooking school that will offer immersive courses.
As part of the overhaul of the three ships, slated for completion in 2017, Scenic will also be reducing the guest count to allow for some larger suites and more personalized service.
The 167-passenger Scenic Diamond, which sails in the Bordeaux region, as well as the 169-passenger Scenic Emerald and Scenic Sapphire, which sail on the Rhone and Saone rivers in the south of France, are being rebuilt to enhance the public spaces and reduce the number of guests to 155 (or to 78 cabins), but will keep the same number of crew.
As part of the transition, Scenic is adding two new Royal Owner’s Suites at 506 square feet each to each of the vessels. The ships will also receive larger wellness centers and gyms, as well as a vitality pool.
For the Scenic Culinaire experience, Scenic has transformed one of the onboard dining venues into a private cooking space with cooking stations and a cheese and wine cellar that will offer classes for guests. Ingredients for the classes will be sourced from local markets and cooking instructors will introduce guests to regional recipes. A real-time camera and screen will be provided so that participants can carefully observe the demonstrations. Participation in Culinaire will be included in the price of the river cruise.