Oceania First Timers: Riviera Cruise Review by spotlottydog
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Oceania First Timers
Destination: Western Caribbean
Food: Having read lots about the quality and standard of food on Oceania I had high expectations. In general I was not disappointed, however many of the starters were 'plated' not prepared individually, a shame I think, to serve a freezing carpaccio starter on a freezing cold plate. There were many dishes of Foie Gras, Lobster and veal, none of which my husband is prepared to eat. There choices are not to everyone's taste and in my opinion does not signify quality or luxury. The food in the four speciality restaurants was excellent too, the best by far being Red Ginger, where we had a stunning meal. We reserved these restaurants on line before we left. 8pm seating each time with the whole meal taking More around 1hr 45 mins.
Tours: We booked a number of Oceania tours, all were well organised, small groups and lots of fun. They were expensive compared with 'doing your own thing' but we saved a little by booking in advance.
Drinks Package: 3 of our party bought the full drinks package $54.95 per day. With hindsight this was not a good idea, as one member of the party did not partake it appeared there was little trust given by wait staff and the whole system was clumsy with cards constantly swiped and checked. Why can't the mini bar drinks be included in this package? It also encouraged the drinkers the perhaps have more that they would normally drink each day.
Entertainment: Not really our thing and most nights we saw a few minutes of the show and didn't stay.
Suite: We were in a penthouse suite on deck 11. The room itself was lovely, lots of space and beautifully maintained. The bed was the best I have ever slept in. There is tons of storage and the walk in wardrobe is vast, plenty of hangers and shoe racks. The downside is the veranda. There is an over hang from deck 12 which means at not time other than sunset is there any chance of the sun hitting the area, a real disappointment as we like to sunbathe in private rather than round a busy pool. Also, and VERY annoying was the noise fro deck 12. This suite is right under the corner of Waves Grill and there is constant dragging of tables and chairs means there is no peace for those below. This should be rectified by having rubber feet or a different floor covering.
Final Comment: We had high expectations of Oceania. However overall we still prefer the Silversea offering, despite the lovely ship and great suite. It is unlikely that we will sail with Oceania again as we prefer the smaller ships, included drinks and general intimacy of Silversea. Less