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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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725 reviews
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Excellent choice for a first time cruiser

Review for Riviera to the Western Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2015
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

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 of, the extra space in the suite. The walk-in closet alone was well worth it, since we had packed for multiple events (dresses for evenings, board shorts and all for kayaking and swimming, casual wear for sightseeing and hiking). We did spend a bit more time in the room than expected because we took advantage of the lovely veranda, enjoying afternoon canapes in the room, and breakfast in the room on shore days.

I found service to be spectacular, everywhere. Including in the buffet, which was quite crowded a couple of times. Sometimes I'd think I'd need something, and it would materialize. Having a butler at hand also added to the experience, I think, as well as access to the executive lounge (made getting that morning cup of coffee much easier!).

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH2

Spotlessly clean both mid-morning and after turndown. Service was spectacular. Our stewardess (Ganna) and her crew, and our butler (Jimeesh) and night butler were the best!

Port Reviews


Stayed overnight in Miami prior to embarking (arrived late so no time to enjoy the city). Quick and easy embarkation. Took almost no time to get all the paperwork in order and board the ship.


Did a private beach and enjoyed it immensely. Returned to the city and did a bit of shopping before returning to the ship. Unfortunately, we were not expecting to be tendered back to the ship so were disappointed in that.

Key West

Did our own private tour, kayaking in the mangroves, Hemingway's home, key lime pie, the Southernmost point, and so on. Loved it, and totally enjoyed it. Unfortunately, didn't enjoy having to cut our visit short by a half hour (due to the shuttling in and out of Mallory Square) and then having to leave Key West so early.

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