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Riviera Cruise Review by NicoleAbbate: Excellent Cruise with interesting ports of call


NicoleAbbate
1 Review
Member Since 2005
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.5
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.5

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Excellent Cruise with interesting ports of call

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

I will start off by saying, that we knew ahead of time that this would be an older crowd, like a previous reviewer said, the average age was around 75-80 years old. We are in our early 30's and were looking for an upgrade from Celebrity. We aren't looking to party and wanted to enjoy all the ports.
The food on Oceania blows Celebrity away. There is really no way to compare the quality. Its not that Celebrity has bad food but Oceania's quality is far superior.

There are four specialty restaurants on board.
Polo Grill was outstanding, better than any NYC steakhouse I have been to.
Red Ginger was the only one that was mediocre, and that is most likely because I am not a big Thai fan. Still the decor was beautiful.
Toscana was fabulous, their bread selection was amazing and also they had an olive oil menu as well. The food was incredible.
Jacques was a real treat, the food also was outstanding, and the desserts were the best we have ever had. Get the More Mille-feuille you will not be disappointed.

The Grand Dining room was always delicious. We are a young couple, we have a table for 2 and we eat very fast. We don't like drawn out dinners we order when they bring the water. I think the staff was a little confused but overall they did a good job, the one downside is that since its open seating dining you do not have the same waiter, so unlike Celebrity they do not know your preferences. So if you like to have the same waiters every night this may be hard to do on Oceania.

The Canyon Ranch Spa was amazing, We are big spa people, getting a treatment every single day, yes the treatments run $200-$400 and can get pricey but this is something we enjoy about cruising. This spa blow's Elemis away because the staff doesn't try to sell you all their products before and after your treatment. It was so enjoyable to being to get a massage and not have to have the therapist come in with a Card with all the products they want you to buy.

The Gym on the ship was fabulous as well, brand new equipment. There was a separate room for spin class as well. We used the gym everyday of the cruise and found it clean and well stocked with Vitamin water, gatorade and bottle water. There were plenty of fresh towels. One bad habit I saw most passengers partake in was not using the lysol wipes after they were done using the equipment. Practically no one did so I would wipe it down before and after just to be safe.

The Riviera Lounge where they show's were held was intimate, we didn't go to many shows and missed the big broadway show. We saw the cruise directors show and a few others. Again this is a small theater do not expect show's like Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Caliber.

Most of the lounges and bars were empty all the time, sometimes it felt like a ghost ship but it felt nice to feel like you had the ship to yourself.

We are not big drinkers so we didn't take advantage of the unlimited drink package.

We were in a Concierge level room 9034 and this was a great location and I highly recommend it. Next door is the laundry which was so easy and it was great to come home to hardly any dirty laundry.
The Concierge lounge was right next to our room as well, this lounge has a huge screen TV, an espresso/cappucino machine and fridge. In the morning there was plenty of pastries, bagels, and other goodies. The lounge always had people coming and going and I spent a good amount of time in there, the staff was always cleaning up and replenishing the items.

The woman who cleaned our stateroom was very cold, she was really quite rude at first and didn't even introduce herself. She did an OK job cleaning, and would often not clean up the dirty glasses in the room and let them sit there. I wasn't her biggest fan but that is the only thing I can think of as a negative.
The room was well appointed a little on the small side, the closet was awkward and the door was very noisy. The bathroom was nice, full size sink vanity separate shower and bathtub.

Overall the staff was friendly and kind and helpful. Less


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Cabin review: Riviera 9034

Great location, close to elevators, stairs, laundry, and concierge lounge. Quiet cabin

Port and Shore Excursions


We also were tendered in Belize, using their charter boats. We did the Cave tubing and jungle walk through Oceania. It was a very long bus ride but the bus was very nice A/C and plenty of room. We drove through very poor area's and had security on our bus as well. There were a few check points as well. The driver and the guide were excellent, the guide was super informative on the way there and had tons of information to give us about Belize. The walk was something i wasn't prepared for. It was over a mile walk over rocks, so if you are older and not in the best shape this can be very hard on your feet. Plus you had to carry your tube and Hard hat the entire way. I was wearing water shoes and my feet were killing me. The cave water was chilly but once u got in your tube it was smooth sailing. Our guide really was informative and very safe and kept an eye on all of us. We were provided a great buffet lunch, all you can eat and we were starving. We bought some local beers for only $2 bucks each. And then on the bus ride home the tour guide let us relax and take a siesta. We could of paid half the amount of money and done it privately but I feel like Oceania's was excellent and very well done.

We did the Pez Quadro beach club at 40 canyons. It was a 4 dollar taxi ride and the town is really not much to look at but the beach was dead and the chairs were free. We had waiter service on the beach and it was very pretty and relaxing since no one was there. We were the only ship in port that day.

(5.5)
We took a taxi to Nachi Cocom beach resort where we had prebooked an all inclusive package of drinks and food all day, and we also got massages there as well, This place was fabulous and can't wait to go back.
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Grand Cayman we were tendered in by the ships lifeboats. This was pretty organized and we went to a beach resort 7 mile beach at Royal Palms, where they had beach chairs for rent and a nice selection of drinks and food.

We walked around Key west and did Ernest Hemingway's house tour it was really cool and we also had breakfast at the 6 toed cat right down the block which was excellent. We walked around duval street and then headed back to the ship Another port we got to see was Santo Thomas Guatemala, we did the Livingston humanitarian tour with go with Gus, it was excellent as well
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A beautiful island. We were docked here and it was very easy to take a taxi, we had plans to go to a beach resort called Mahagony bay but it was closed because our cruise was utilizing it for an excursion so we went next door to infinity beach resort, it was gorgeous there were tons of europeans vacationing there a gorgeous infinity pool that looked out to the crystal blue water. A strange thing about Roatan was that your taxi driver stayed and waited for you. So he was there the entire time which was weird and comforting in a way. This resort had amazing food too.
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