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Scenic unveils 2021 European river cruises, Book with Confidence program

  • Cruises
  •   06-29-2020  10:11 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Scenic unveils 2021 European river cruises, Book with Confidence program
Pax Global Media

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has unveiled its 2021 Hidden Wonders of Europe’s Rivers collection and a new Book with Confidence program.

The 2021 offerings include two new French culinary cruises and several new excursions.

The new Book with Confidence program, offered on bookings made by August 31st, 2020, provides guests with additional flexibility and peace of mind when planning their 2021 river cruise – reducing deposit amounts to just $250 per guest and including a free Deposit Protection Plan (valued at $125 CAD) with every booking.

Scenic has also added a few extra incentives for guests booking by August 31st, 2020.

Most European and Russian cruises and cruise/tours include free economy flights or savings of $1,000 CAD per guest

The most popular sailings offer economy flights at $295 CAD or $495 CAD per guest or savings of $700 CAD or $500 CAD (respectively) per guest.

Guests booking a 15-day or longer sailing receive a $200 CAD gift card; guests on sailings of 8-14 days receive a $100 CAD gift card

Scenic is also offering competitive upgrades to business class air and 50% off Single Supplements on select European river sailings.

“We’re seeing our loyalty members and new customers look to the future with high engagement levels on our digital marketing and upward trends in bookings,” stated Lisa McCaskill, VP Sales & Marketing, Scenic Group Canada. “Our Book with Confidence program offers flexibility and peace of mind combined with certainty, reassuring those ready to plan their Europe river cruise next year.”

New for Scenic guests in 2021 are visits to World War I sites in Belgium’s Ypres and Passchendaele and two culinary itineraries highlighting French gastronomic delights with the Tastes of Southern France on the Rhône and the Flavours of Bordeaux itinerary cruising the Garonne.

The new culinary cruises include an onboard dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon and a cooking class at three-star Michelin chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant.

Guests can learn the family secrets of regional recipes with Scenic’s new ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ program. The program includes a series of authentic cooking classes held in the homes of locals including Dutch Apple Pie baking in Hoorn, Bulgarian Banica in Vidin, and a traditional Portuguese bread-making experience.

Scenic is working closely with IG River Cruise, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), local and international Government Health agencies, to ensure developed protocols meet and exceed the latest regulatory requirements.

McCaskill adds: “While the world may have changed, we are confident consumers will increasingly look to smaller ship experiences like those on Scenic’s Space-Ships. There is also a clear trend towards true personalisation and once-in-a-lifetime moments, which is why we continue to enhance our Scenic Freechoice and exclusive Enrich experiences.

“The cruising industry is used to adapting to change and here at Scenic we are agile enough to continue to ensure any new guidelines introduced are met, and our guest experience stays at the heart of everything we do, as we all navigate this unprecedented time.”

The 5-star Scenic Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences - from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including mini-bar re-stocked daily, to six on-board dining options, a wellness area, fitness centre and Salt Therapy Lounge (on most ships).

And guests will never have to reach for the wallet or purse as everything (except a haircut or massage) is included: tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities that allow for a more personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events which are exclusive to Scenic and its guests.

The 2021 offerings are detailed in a new digital brochure, available here