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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scenic Crystal has larger staterooms/suites, 3 dining choices, butler service and full-size ‘Sun Lounge’ enclosed balconies

Bellevue, WA – Luxury European river cruise company Scenic Cruises has a new generation of river cruise ships with the building of its sixth luxury river cruise vessel in just four years -- offering innovative features not found on current vessels.
The Scenic 'Space-Ship' -- Scenic Crystal – launched in April offers 85 staterooms for a guest capacity of 169.  Setting a new high standard for river ships, the 135-meter Scenic Crystal has staterooms and suites up to 25% larger than the norm, with 85% of them having the exclusive Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’ balconies – balconies that become fully-enclosed with the push of a button; three dining choices, one with a window into the galley and a private chef’s table; butler service throughout the ship; and a vastly quieter propulsion system.

“We have always put our best foot forward in everything we do and this new ship is no exception,” states Scenic Cruises founder Glen Moroney.  “We asked our ship designers to wow us and they did more than that with the Crystal as it goes beyond any other river cruise ship in comfort and technology.”
New to the river cruise scene and exclusive to the Scenic Crystal are the innovative balconies known as the Scenic ‘Sun Lounge’.  A simple press of a button allows the guest to convert their balcony from an outdoor good weather lounging area to a fully-enclosed, all-weather room extension as a hidden panel of glass rises up to keep out bad weather.  The ship’s extended length of 135 meters allows for staterooms and suites ranging from 164 to 315 sq. feet, and a choice of three dining areas: fine dining at Portobello where The Show Grill is used to prepare food in front of guests, casual breakfast and lunch dining at River Café or the main restaurant, Crystal Dining, which features a Chef’s Table.  Staterooms and suites come equipped with the modern amenities found in leading European hotels: 27” and up Apple TV monitors, a wider range of thermostat temperature settings, wireless Internet, Egyptian linens, large walk-in showers, L’Occitane products and a glass-front bar fridge.  25% of Balcony Suites are a new larger category, Deluxe Balcony Suites, with 225 sq. feet of space.  Bicycles and electric assist bicycles are free to use.
Quieting down the ride is a new configuration for the engines/props – rubber-mounted structures reduce vibration and double-insulated enclosures allow guests to enjoy the sailing in near silence.  A 24-hour fitness center includes top-rated equipment. The added ship space allows for three outdoor viewing areas and the largest lounge and dining area of any river ship. 
Of course, a feature found on all of the Scenic Cruises vessels continues on the Scenic Crystal – true all-inclusive itineraries.  This means that once you step aboard a Scenic vessel, your wallet remains in your stateroom safe – unless you wish to buy gifts for loved ones, something for yourself or a special bottle of champagne to celebrate.  All excursion programs – Scenic Cultural, Scenic Enrich, Scenic FreeTime and Scenic FreeChoice – as well as private concerts and exclusive performances are included in the pricing.  And, as a division of one of the world’s top tour operators, it only makes sense for Scenic Cruises to run all its own excursions – never sending its guests off with subcontractors or on commissioned shopping tours.  Award-winning English-speaking staff welcomes the guests and tend to their every need while professional Scenic-employed tour leaders offer a host of insight into the excursions.  Also included is all on-board entertainment, Whisper Headsets for tours, meals in a choice of three restaurants with a variety of premium wine, beer and soda at lunch and dinner, escorted airport transfers -- even gratuities. 
Scenic Cruises operates the newest and most luxurious fleet of river cruise ships in Europe.  Its current roster of five 'Space-Ships' sail river voyages throughout Europe, ranging from seven to 21 nights and each ship offers more than 80% of its accommodations with private full-sized balconies.  Scenic Cruises also operates river cruises in Egypt and Russia. Its parent company, Scenic Tours, offers award-winning all-inclusive escorted tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. 
Additional information, brochures and reservations, can be obtained from travel agents or Scenic Cruises visitor-friendly web site, www.scenictours.com; by phone: (888) 824-2418; or by email: info@scenictoursus.com.  Brochures can be downloaded directly from the web site.
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