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Riviera Cruise Review by carolroy1

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Member Name: carolroy1
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin Number: 10089
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment Not Rated
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Not perfect but really very good

The embarkation was very easy, though it was busy. We dropped off our hand luggage in our cabin and then went to have a buffet lunch. Everyone smiles! A very nice atmosphere.

The gym has excellent, modern equipment. There is an excellent choice of DVDs to watch in the cabin. The library must be the largest on a small ship.

Some quibbles:

1. $27.99 per day for wifi! Much cheaper off ship. e.g. in Grand Turk in the shopping area in the port go to "Froots" where it is free. In other ports we went to a café and for the cost of a drink were able to log on. In Castries, St. Lucia wifi in shopping centre in port area costs $5 per appliance for whole day.

2. Head phones at gym cost $9. Bring your own.

3. They add 18% to every liquor item from a drink to a bottle of wine. Why? Wine prices are similar to those in a good restaurant. The wine selection is good.

4. The food is very good with a good selection in the four speciality restaurants...difficult but not impossible to get additional reservations.

5. The buffet restaurant for dinner is nice with a good selection. Be aware! Though in all the other restaurants one can get to the restaurant at 9pm, at the buffet restaurant they start clearing the food away promptly at 9pm. We had arrived at 8:45pm, no one warned us that the food was about to disappear.

6. Polo, Toscana, and Jacques and well worth going to. The lobster in Polo is very good!

If one does not enjoy water sports, there is not much to do in the Caribbean Islands. We did enjoy visiting George Washington's house on Barbados. This was more a "reading" holiday. The black and white chairs on Deck 14 are very comfortable. The music near the pool is not too loud...a blessing!

We have cruised with Oceania 4 or 5 times now. The service is good, people smile, the afternoon tea is good. A lovely cruise line.

Publication Date: 01/09/14
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