Scenic to overhaul eight river ships

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The Scenic ships are getting new 520-square-feet Royal Owners suites.
The Scenic ships are getting new 520-square-feet Royal Owners suites.

Scenic will remodel all eight of its river cruise vessels that sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers for 2019.

The eight ships, which Scenic refers to as "Space Ships," are the Scenic Ruby, Pearl, Jasper, Opal, Amber, Crystal, Jade and Jewel. The ships will get fewer and larger staterooms, two new 520-square-feet Royal Owners suites, and larger wellness centers that will include a gym, massage room, hair dresser room and a salt therapy lounge.

On the Scenic Ruby and Scenic Pearl, the capacity will be reduced from 167 to 161 passengers, and on the other six vessels, the capacity will be reduced from 169 to 165 passengers. The same number of crew will be kept onboard all the ships.

The remodels follow the same extensive redesigns of Scenic's two vessels on France's Rhone and Saone rivers, the Scenic Diamond and Scenic Emerald, which took place in 2017.

A defining feature of the overhauled vessels will be the salt lounge, an amenity unique to Scenic, A humidity- and temperature-controlled room crafted from salt bricks creates a micro-climate of a natural salt mine, which is said to have curative effects. On each vessel, the salt lounge will have three lounge chairs separated by light curtains for privacy, low-level lighting and calming music. Guests on board the ships are free to use the rooms as they wish, spending up to a recommended 45 minutes in the environment.

Scenic's river cruise vessels include private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits, including a daily, restocked minibar. Scenic's upper-deck staterooms feature a drop-down window that converts into balcony when lowered.

In addition to the main dining room, Scenic vessels also feature small-group tasting experience Table La Rive, the fine-dining Portobello's and the more casual River Cafe.

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