We found Scenic to be excellent. Their entire staff, from the captain to the cabin crew, were exceptionally professional, courteous and welcoming. Our butler, Stefan, provided cheerful assistance. Food was very good. Side trips were planned out well. Another good thing was the small number of passengers which lent itself to lots of new acquaintances.
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When is the best time to take a European river cruise?, which are the most popular itineraries?
The season is nearly 10 months of the year, and a river cruise in Europe offers different experiences depending on when you visit. The holiday Christmas market cruises in fall are certainly popular, and while the weather in Europe is colder, the wintry chill, wine, glog and good cheer offers a festive time unlike any other season.
Weather also affects Europe's river cruises. There is flooding of the rivers to contend with at times, or low water levels that don't permit the river cruise boats to transit their entire itinerary. In that instance river cruise lines use motorcoaches to provide sightseeing to guests. The most popular time for Europe river cruises is considered to be May, September and October.
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