Riviera Cruise Review by calicatt: Sweet Riviera
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Just finished a sweet Riviera cruise through the Med. Doesn't hurt that we had temps in the 70's-80's and calm seas. We previously cruised Oceania Nautica and wanted to try the newer/larger Riviera. Were not disappointed. Ship was elegant, sparkling throughout. Embarkation a breeze, lunch was served and waiting after we boarded.
Room and balcony were typical size, plenty of storage and comfy king bed. Bit disappointed at the bathroom because I am a shower person and Oceania sacrificed shower space for the bathtub. Dining was terrific. We did the Terrace Café, Grand Dining Room and 3 specialty restaurants during our 10 days. No complaints about the food, etc. Service was impeccable in all areas. Bars were excellent, spent most of our time either at the Martini Bar for Happy Hour or at the Pool bar.
We had 7 shore excursions, my favorite 3 were St. Remy/Arles France, Dubrovnik and the port of Taormina, Sicily. Just walked around Antibes, FR and Corfu, GR. Any More future vacation/cruise must include the cliffside village of Taormina, Sicily. The imposing sight of Mt Etna greets you as you enter the village. Greek/Roman theatre (still in use today) was a highlight.
Having been to Rome before, we opted for the Lake Bracchiano tour. Very disappointing, 1 hour drive to see a lake, a small village and not much else. Pompeii was so-so to me, within the ruins were a snack bar and gelato shop! All mummified remains were behind glass. There are still excavating according to our guide, so maybe much more is to come. Loved the neighboring town of Sorrento, though. As usual Tuscany (our 3rd time there) did not disappoint. Venice (our 1st time) was hot/humid and crowded. Sights were okay and loved traveling around in the water taxi's.
The daily newsletter from the ship warned of minimal taxi's and trans. to the Venice airport. They said it was 70 euros and about an hour drive, Oceania wanted $298 for their airport trans. We booked an airport taxi (luxury car) through Viator for 40 Euros and it took us 25 minutes. Driver was right on time and drove a Mercedes. Embarkation was a breeze, less than 10 minutes.
Saw one show (last night finale), was fine...............
Couple of annoying things: No ATM's on board. Oceania get 5% for Euro's or cash charges to your shipboard account, internet was $160 for 200 minutes or .99 al a carte.
Overall an excellent ship and would travel Riviera (and Oceania) again. Less
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