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40 Oceania First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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dojies
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The Riviera cruise (Oceania) was very satisfying on a number of levels, because of what they call ‘enrichment experiences’. On a culinary level, there is a choice between speciality restaurants serving some exceptional food ... Read more
Airspeed
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We went on a seven night cruise aboard the Riviera stopping in Key West, Trujillo (Honduras), Belize City (Belize), and Cozumel (Mexico). This was our first cruise ever (as a child I had once done an Atlantic crossing, but this was back in ... Read more
keithval
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
960 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We were quite disappointed with this cruise, as we have cruised Oceania a few times in the past and have always loved our stay on board. We joined the ship in Buenos Aires and sailed to Rio de Janeiro . To be fair, the ship had an ... Read more
no1superteach
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
CRUISE ON THE OCEANIA RIVERIA DEPARING FEB 22, 2016. CABIN 7122 I have waited some time to reflect on this cruise, calm down and get over my disappointment and disgust. This was to be my first luxury cruise. As it turned out it was the ... Read more
lapsnyc
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
30 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Have to say. OCEANIA, honestly made our holiday " the holiday from hell..." Understand the NORO outbreak & the measures taken to help. At any time did they do try to make our life more comfortable or help. No staff. ... Read more

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lschmier
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
To put it in a nutshell before our cruise on Oceania's Marina in the South Pacific, I was vehemently "anti-cruise." No more. At least not a relatively small ship such as the Marina. I'd sail on the Marina again in a flash. I ... Read more
Mocco
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Smooth embarkation at Singapore. Rooms compact but comfortable and very clean. Bathroom on the small size but adequate. Worth booking concierge or above for the extra perks ie free WIFI of 500 minutes and extra specialty restaurant ... Read more
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Sailboaters2
Member Since 2015
1 review
21 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
This was our first commercial cruise. We have cruised extensively on our 43' sailboat, so we are used to boats. We are so delighted we chose Oceania and PH stateroom. The ship was lovely, the cabin spacious with a lovely balcony. Our ... Read more
Sandyliret
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Our first experience and we could not be more pleased! The ship was spectacular, the service was outstanding and the amenities were the top of the line. The food was more than expected, and we are from New Orleans, in fact it was very ... Read more
Kate1608
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
The Riviera is truly a magnificent ship, no expense spared in the furnishings and fittings. Everywhere on the ship is excellent, with staterooms beautifully furnished with the most comfortable beds, best quality linens and soft ... Read more

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gianluigiquentin@aol.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My recent cruising of the Insignia, a vessel belonging to Oceania Cruises, was quite disappointing after having enjoyed several cruising trips on various vessels belonging to their sister company, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The Insignia ... Read more
jmdurner
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My wife and I just completed a 12-night Baltic cruise on the Marina. Our previous cruise was a 12-night Med cruise in the summer several years ago on the Celebrity Solstice. I honestly have to say that the experience was as about the ... Read more
VCrago
Member Since 2015
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
This was our first cruise, so we had nothing to compare. However, we did our research and chose Oceania because of the great ratings. The Riviera is certainly a beautiful new ship, and our amenities were excellent in our Concierge Suite. ... Read more
Carol 721
Member Since 2014
1 review
16 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I sailed on Oceania's 1,200 passenger ship, The Riviera, from Barcelona to Rome for 10 days in late May 2015. It was our first cruise ever and it was utterly grand in every way. In retrospect we started right at the top! ... Read more
MKS2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first real cruise (did the Disney 3-day cruise in 2001 with small children - fun but mayhem in the common areas of the ship). We were able to upgrade at the last minute to an Owner's Suite and it was luxurious. We had a ... Read more

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RMLRINTY
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Even before we got on board the pre cruise service was great. We had a problem with our booking which was fixed immediately. Riviera looked pristine as we got on board. The welcome was as we have come to expect. As always we had the ... Read more
sue_sd
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
For a first time cruiser, I think this was an excellent ship to sail away on. For a vegetarian, maybe a culinary cruise, not so much. More on that later. I shared a PH suite with a friend, and we thoroughly enjoyed, and took advantage ... Read more
Tsunami74
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We booked this cruise almost a year in advance to celebrate our both being retired and now able to travel The cruise itself was, for the most part, wonderful. However, the travel service left us down. The ship and cabin were ... Read more
Will S
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
This was our first cruise. We travelled for more than 30 hours to reach Sydney and then were told that we could not board the ship for 5 more hours. We were exhausted and just wanted to get to our cabin and crash, not spend 4 hours on a ... Read more
alanccrx
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Last year my wife and I experienced a fine 10 day cruise with another couple. We appreciated the service and especially enjoyed our meals. Accordingly, we returned to the same ship and expected another excellent cruise. MISTAKE ! It ... Read more

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JimmiG
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
This was our first cruise ever. We subsequently went on four additional cruises in 2014. One with Celebrity, two with Viking (never again under any circumstance) and a final cruise on the Marina in the Mediterranean. I expected more on ... Read more
laboheme575
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had sailed on Riviera, Marina's sister ship, last September in the Mediterranean. This cruise, which began in Copenhagen and visited Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin); Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn,Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; ... Read more
Mivawebb
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our cruise went Barcelona to Lisbon via Casablanca. The Spain section consisted of daily drop-ins to several Spanish Holiday islands followed by a day in Gibraltar. Then it was off to North Africa and Morocco. The lure of Casablanca was ... Read more
Roccoforte
Member Since 2012
1 review
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were very excited to sail on the Riviera. Check- in for our Concierge Class cabin was a breeze followed by a leisurely lunch at the Terrace Cafe. Cabins are small, as expected, but the bathroom is much more luxurious than other lines ... Read more
Lundboat
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2012
As this was our first cruise, we had no expectations other than what we read here on cruisecritic. We were offered an up-sell from a PH3 to an Oceania Suite, which I quickly took Oceania up on! VERY nice room (actually rooms), and even ... Read more

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