Riviera Cruise Review by Chochotte: Excellent cruise aboard the Oceania Riviera
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Excellent cruise aboard the Oceania Riviera
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Athens (Piraeus)
We joined the Riviera at Pireaus on the 06-Aug and couldn't wait to get on board, and as we had a concierge level state room then our embarkation was rapid. Although there weren't that many people at the check-in desks at noon.
Once aboard we made immediately for the Waves Grill and I had a surf n turf burger along with some food from the Terrace Cafe. Excellent as ever! All in all the food is great and we rarely have anything to moan about, let alone complain. The staff, almost without exception, are very highly trained and nothing seems too much trouble.
Our suite was excellent and very well kept by the housekeeping team, these people are the unsung heros and deserve any extra gratuities that comes their way.
The itinerary of the cruise was very good, although I think 3 days in Haifa was a little long and arriving on a Friday meant that most things were closed for a day or two due to the Sabbath. We didn't go into Limassol as it didn't really appeal but More did do a quick tour of the port to stretch our legs :) Rhodes is a great stop and the old city is impressive but beware of bar owners ripping you off with their prices. We finished up in Istanbul after a sail in at 11:00 am, it is such an impressive city and we loved walking around the city for a few hours later on.
The only negative points really were that occasionally some of the eastern european staff could be a bit abrupt or unhelpful. This, we were told, was a known problem and the management were working on it. Also, the internet charges are way to high for the level of service, the PCs are old and the network connection not the fasted, and the computer centre always seemed abandoned to me
Overall, it was a great cruise and we highly recommend Oceania. This is affordable luxury cruising and must be tried.
Well done Oceania, we can't wait to come back! Less
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