Riviera Cruise Review by elizabethannie: A nice and easy cruise
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A nice and easy cruise
The ship was one of the best we have sailed on.Beautiful and not too big. 1230 passengers or around that figure. People of many nationalities on board, and all announcements in English. Public announcements were kept to a minimum.
Reviews previously have not been too happy with the entertainment, but we found it to be a very good mixture and suited us very well. Excellent viewing in the Riviera Lounge. The staff were very professional in all departments.
We particularly liked the library, and Baristas coffee area. We were aware before we embarked that excursions were expensive, but as we had visited most of the destinations previously, we were happy to do our own thing. Drinks priced, especialy wines were on the high priced side, but the $300 dollars on board credit more than covered the 18% service charge
Sharing a table in the restaurants for dinner gave us a chance to meet some really interesting guests. The choice to have a table for two was always More available. Food is the Riviera's strength and the choices were superb. I could not pick a favourite dining venue, they were all brilliant! Less
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Cabin review: Riviera 10077
Cabins very quiet. Soundproofing is excellent. Plenty storage space Lovely bathroom with good supplies of Bulgari toiletries. Ice bucket always filled.Room service faultless. Enjoyed our balcony. One of the most comfortable beds I have slept in. The Umbrella was a pleasant surprise and came in very handy on one occasion
Port and Shore Excursions
With the temp reaching 32 degrees. Some of the buildings looked a bit forlorn and in need of some TLC. We spotted a small train and took a trip on that. It was very good, and took us around the better parts of Corfu Town. I would have liked to take a trip out of the town and into the country
We went into Dubrovnik on the shuttle bus,but the towm was so crowded there was not much pleasure in walking around. So we took the shuttle bus back after a couple of hours Relaxed on the Balcony
Florence is a favourite destination, so we had good information from the ship on how to go to Florence by train. Station very close to major sights.
Livorno also a lovely city
Another favourite destination. Weather was a bit mixed, so we opted for a walk around the cliffs and visited the Museum and Aquarium with special priced tickets if one combined an entry into the Palace. We visited the two destinations and it was well worth it. We enjoyed our day there very much. We also visited Marseilles which was most interesting and also Palma Majorca, but there were no boxes for those details.
We couldn't anchor in Sorrento, due to a high swell? so we docked in Naples. Very hot and a bit showery. Wandered very busy streets and found some interesting buildings. The trafic in Naples was extremely busy. We set out to find the Cathedral but after several coffees and sore feet we must have walked all around it without finding it. I think we should have taken a taxi.
Having been to Rome previously , we spent time in Civitaveccia instead.
It was market day. We saw some of the finest fruit and vegetables I have seen in ages. No supermarket shopping here. A pleasant town with a waterfront for easy strolling.
I love Taormina. We shared a taxi with two other guests. Had a lovely time strolling around the town. We visited the Roman theatre and as we are senior citizens we had free admission. That was a nice surprise. Met our taxi sharing friends for a trip back to the ship
We stayed overnight in Venice. It is a beautiful city, and taking a trip with the water taxi was so busy. Passengers from MSC were disembarking there and trailing the luggage on to the water taxis.It looked quite harrassing.
Wandering around Venice we found a shop selling the best ice cream ever
Sailing out of Venice must be on the "one of the top ten things to do before you die!)
Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday...