This was our second cruise on the Riviera,the first one being the Western Carribean in January 2013.
We were on deck 8 before but decided that deck 7 was just as nice and not as expensive. Service was the usual "Oceania Standard' with a few minor exceptions. Our cabin attendant Gana and her assistant John were top notch and thoroughly cleaned our cabin twice a day-including the nightly turndown.
Embarakation was a simple10 minute affair in Miami with a nice liesurly lunch at the buffet and a short 3/4 hr.wait until our rooms were ready. Luggage arrival was longer than last year and was not completed till after the Muster drill.
I was impressed with the way the staff went out of their way to accomodate special requests. I had brought the sheet music for my wife's favorite song with us and The string Quartet rehearsed it and played it several times in the Grand Bar. The head Coincierge Adrienn Parej arranged for flowers to be brought on board in St. Maarten More
and delivered to our room for my wife's birthday which is also our anniversary. To say the least my wife was speechless and very appreciative.
We looked at this cruise as a way to relax as the Carribean is very similar no where you go.We aren't water sports activists so small town exploring and relaxing and reading was fine with us. We didn't purchase the phone/wifi package on purpose.Folks know how to reach you if they need to. It was annoying being at a nice dinner at Toscana with a cell phone going off at the next table.
We enjoyed the two cooking clases which we took on board and would highly recommend them[Hint-don't schedule a class that ends before you go to dinner as you get to eat alot in the class]. The food was generally very good and in particularly exceptional in Jacques,Toscana and the Polo Grill. Terrace Cafe has great Sushi and will try to accomodate you in any way they can.
The entertainment,shows, concerts and jazz groups were professional quality and you can stay up as late as you want dancing and listening to music in Horizons.
There are probably cruises for less but we enjoy the Oceania experience, the more mature guest demographic, the all inclusive pricing and juding by thier occupancy rates so do a lot of other folks. Less