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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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A Great Trip Ruined by Bad Food

Review for Riviera to the Eastern Mediterranean
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2013
Cabin: Concierge Level

Our first cruise with Oceania (Regatta) was a gem. We were especially impressed by the quality of the food, so we looked forward to the experience on their decades newer ship, the Riviera. Cabin was great. Service was great. Food was awful because the hot food was all to often not hot. We were served supposedly hot food that was at refrigerator temperature. The only hope of being sure to get hot hot food was to only eat burgers at the pool side grill, and who wants to eat EU burgers three times a day for 12 days?

Same experience in the specialty restaurants- Had a decent bowl of French onion soup, a mediocre entree accompanied by cold green beans, and an intentionally cold dessert (creme brulee).

If you must travel on this disaster of the seas, the only safe way to eat is to go to the cafeteria and get a small serving of everything that's supposed to hot on your plate. Then start sampling. Odds are good that out of 6-8 supposedly hot options, you will find 2-3 that are fit to eat. They well may not be what you want to eat, but a hot fish beats a cold steak.

Cabin Review

Concierge Level

Nice cabin. Good service.

Port Reviews


Use the tram to get around to the main sights. Do not miss seeing St Sofia/Blue Mosque at night, and the Harem (pronounced "hah-ream"). We found the Spice Bazaar more interesting than the Grand Bazaar

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