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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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682 reviews
81 Awards

Smaller ship with a feeling of space

Review for Riviera to the Middle East
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2012
Cabin: Verandah Stateroom

Embarkation and disembarkation procedures are rigidly adhered to at the start and end of the trip and are handled well. Though we arrived earlier than suggested, the ship's crew accommodated all arrivals well.

The best thing is that the ship's decor is most impressive. The restaurant facilities and food do not disappoint, though Oceania's food offering is not overly more or less than what is provided on any other good shipping line. The speciality restaurants, as an inclusion in the cruise price are definitely perceived as an advantage as the choice available is interesting and most comprehensive. Not a bad drop was discovered on the wine list and the Wine Package was generous.

Cabins do not feel cramped and are well arranged. Being such a new vessel, I was surprised that the stateroom TV sets were not interactive. A person had to visit the Destination Services desk or Reception to book a tour or check one's account at any stage. Having a web site that is so interactive, allowing pre-booking of excursions etc, it would have been nice had the level of technology been extended as a facility to the staterooms.

Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom

Cabin B4

Cabin 7015 is on the starboard side fore of the ship. Far away enough from the elevators for it to be a quiet area. Technically it is 7013 as 13 is omitted, going from cabin 7011 to 7015 with no 7013 in between. The location of the laundry is on the Port Side.

It was mentioned that the F ore of the ship was for 'F u n' and the R ear of the ship is where the 'Restaurants' were located.

Category B4 cabins on this deck 7, have larger verandahs at the very fore and aft of the ship. Not so with this cabin. If you are in this class of stateroom do not expect tip-top in-cabin service.

Port Reviews

Barcelona

Wonderful port with plenty to do, eat, see, experience.

Ibiza

Easy port to navigate.

Malta (Valletta)

Sadly we docked on a Sunday and mostly everything was closed.

Crete (Heraklion)

Charming port to wander around.

Istanbul

Once of the world's most fascinating cities and yet again (fourth visit) it did not disappoint.

Also the ship docked in Haifa - a nice city and excellent Bahai Gardens and proximity to Acre. Had I not been ill I might have seen some of it up close. Limassol in Cyprus, another easy port to walk around but not a great deal to see. Unable to join an excursion due to being ill.

Docking in the port of Kusadasi enabled us to visit the Unesco World Heritage Sites of Miletus and Didyma, briefly, in between bouts of trying to maintain decorum, due to severe gastro intestinal distress as a result of visiting Jerusalem.

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