Scenic Cruises vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 4.0
Guide — 4.0
Activities — 4.0
Lodging — 4.0
Transportation — 4.0
Meals — 4.0
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Recent Reviews

Very pleased!

5.0 August 2015
M
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I am at this moment on the "Jade" cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest. We are now in Bamberg. So far I have been very pleased with everything, their service is excellent and the food and the drinks is ...... Well I think you should find out yourself. I am very happy that I selected the Royal Suite, we are on the cabin # 316; good size and very comfortable.
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Very disappointed!

1.0 August 2015
S
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
We just disembarked from the Nuremberg to Budapest cruise and I needed to tell you before writing to Trip Advisor and other sites how disappointed we are with the total lack of hygiene and assistance provided!
I have never experienced a situation where servers and food prep workers who were coughing and sneezing and obviously sick were allowed to work and spread germs to passengers or customers! We as well as many others on your ill fated cruise became sick due to your negligence.
No one was required to sanitize their hands when entering or leaving the dinning room or ship. the rails were never wiped down or disinfected, and people who were coughing or sneezing then used the rails only made things worse.
When we were in Vienna I was too ill to leave the ship, the front desk person Jozeph was going to the post office and I asked him if he could purchase for me some decongestants. He only drew on the map how I could walk there???? Is this the special five star treatment you offer and advertise?
Many passengers on board became sick and it is your fault.
There were other issues like the quality of food at dinner and the poor service, but the above is outrageous and reportable to prevent others from this situation.
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Love to do it again!

5.0 August 2015
P
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Went on a Scenic River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in 2012--Best trip I've EVER taken. Would love to do it again!!!

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Meaningful beyond words!

5.0 April 2019
Toal
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We experimented Tanzania through Discover Corps! Our trip included service and safari. We adored working with the children, being with the people and seeing animals on Safari. This trip was one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves!!!
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Fun in Japan

5.0 November 2018
JCO
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!
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Tour Discover Corps Company Reviews

Excellent

5.0 July 2018
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.
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Tours 2 Trips 28 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 483 $ 399
Operator Type None Group Tour Operator
Size None Global Operator
Trip Types
    • Group Tours
    • Private Guided Trips
    Service Level N/A Standard
    Regions
      • Central America & Caribbean
      • South America
      • Australia & Pacific
      • Asia
      • Africa
      Known For
        • 50+
        • 18 - 35
        • Solo & Singles Travel
        • Eco Travel
        • Volunteering
        Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, USA San Diego, California
        Year Established 1986 2004
        Solo Friendly N/A No single supplement
        Tour Languages English
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          About Scenic Cruises

          Scenic Cruises, part of the Australian-based Scenic Tours company, is one of the top luxury river cruise operators in Europe. 

          What Makes Them Stand Out

          With two new "Space-Ships" (so named for their large spacious staterooms) in 2014, Scenic Cruises expanded to nine vessels, none older than six years. That makes it the newest fleet on European waterways (and even the "oldest" ships were just refurbished). On Scenic Cruises, you get your own full-sized, walk-out balcony, available in most cabins. Luxurious amenities, fine dining, and attentive service are pillars of their customer experience.

          Who Travels With Them

          Those seeking a luxurious all inclusive cruise experience and unique on shore excursions.

          Where Do They Operate

          Scenic travels all over the globe, and operates both river and ocean cruises, expanding their reach even further. 

          Why Travel With Them

          Scenic Cruises are fully inclusive. That means that all meals in multiple dining venues, all drinks (including fine wines and spirits), land excursions, Wi-Fi, butler service, all gratuities onboard and on land -- even airport transfers -- are covered. About the only things you’ll need cash for are souvenirs and postcards.

          About Discover Corps

          San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.

          What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?

          They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.

          With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.

          Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.

          Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?

          These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.

          The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.

          Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.

          Top Destinations

          Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

          Discover Corps Travel Style

          Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.

          Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?

          If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.

          Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.

          “Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.

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