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FOUNDED by Aus­tralian Glen Moroney in 1987, the com­pany char­tered ves­sels from Avalon Wa­ter­ways and in 2007 an­nounced it would build its own fleet. Ships: Scenic Sap­phire and Emer­ald launched in 2008, Scenic Di­a­mond and Ruby in 2009, Scenic Pearl last year and the 169-pas­sen­ger Scenic Crys­tal had its maiden voy­age this year. Scenic Jewel, a sis­ter ‘‘space-ship’’ to Scenic Crys­tal, will join the fleet next year. Ac­tiv­i­ties: Elec­tron­i­cally as­sisted bi­cy­cles and Nordic walk­ing sticks are pro­vided. All ships have a fit­ness cen­tre and Scenic Crys­tal has a walk­ing track on its sun deck, as well as a gi­ant chess­board. Unique fea­ture: Scenic Crys­tal has pri­vate out­side bal­conies that can be con­verted into weath­er­proof glass-en­closed sun lounges at the press of a but­ton. These sun lounges are go­ing to be retro­fit­ted on the fleet for next year, ex­cept on the Scenic Emer­ald. At­trac­tions for Aus­tralians: All-in­clu­sive in 2013, with com­pli­men­tary al­co­hol on all ships. There is a but­ler for ev­ery cabin and op­tional in-room din­ing. Air­port trans­fers, gra­tu­ities and shore tours are in­cluded. Sam­ple 2013 cruise: A 15-day voy­age from Am­s­ter­dam to Basel on April 3. From $6695 a per­son twin-share. More: scenic­

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