Scenic Diamond was rebuilt. // © 2013 Scenic Tours
Scenic Cruises has officially launched two of its five Space-Ships that spent the winter being extensively rebuilt: Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire.
Owner Glen Moroney opted to spend $10 million to update five of Scenic’s existing Space-Ships to match the specifications of its two newest ships, Scenic Crystal, which debuted in April 2012, and Scenic Jewel, which will launch later this month. Interestingly, these ships – Scenic Diamond, Scenic Emerald, Scenic Pearl, Scenic Ruby and Scenic Sapphire – range in age from only 18 months to four years. All that remains of the original ships are walls, ceilings and the ship base. All suites have a luxurious new look, featuring fresh wallpaper, plus new marble desktops, furniture and soft goods, although not all the new features are found on Scenic Emerald.
In addition, the signature Scenic Sun-Lounge has been refitted to these ships, allowing guests to convert their private full-size balcony into an all-weather lounge with the push of a button. Each cabin has a 32-inch Samsung high-definition television that is linked to a Mac Mini computer, providing easy access to in-cabin Internet and e-mail capabilities thanks to an upgraded Wi-Fi system that uses both satellite and UMTS mobile technology for faster speed.
Improved dining experiences include the addition of the casual River Cafe for relaxed meals; the introduction of the intimate Table La Rive, which boasts a degustation menu; and a redesign of the existing Portobellos Restaurant. The Bar now has Port Laurent black Moroccan marble, and additional coffee machines and Eurocave wine dispensers have been added. Another key public area, reception, has been given new floors, desks, designer Bolon wallpaper and artwork from Scenic’s home country of Australia.