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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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688 reviews
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Some Things Great; Some Things Not Up to Expectations

Review for Riviera to Transatlantic
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Mtn
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2015
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

We chose this particular voyage for two reasons: we had previously done our first transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary about 18 months before and we wanted to do that again; and secondly, a friend who has travelled extensively on Oceania raved about this particular shipping line. There was much that we enjoyed about the Riviera and the crossing and some things which disappointed.

Let me begin with the positives. The ship is beautiful and every detail of appearance, decoration is wonderful. One never feels crowded -- there are all sorts of nooks and crannies for everyone to find their 'place.' I had a favourite spot to read and watch the sea that was quite protected and seldom had more than 3 or 4 other people there doing the same.

The staff were consistently positive and helpful. Special thanks to our cabin stewards: Ghana and, I think Vincent was his name? They worked so incredibly hard and kept our cabin beautifully tidy and clean without being obtrusive. We really appreciated them. I'm afraid that Churchill, our butler, might have been disappointed in us as we did not call on him extensively. He looked for things he might do for us, but I guess we are pretty independent! We didn't choose to dine in our cabin; eating at the foot of the bed doesn't interest us and we ordered canapés only occasionally. We did appreciate him being able to arrange additional dinners in the speciality restaurants so that we were able to dine twice in each. Thank you Churchill!

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH3

Layout is fabulous. Size is great. Bed itself becomes 'hot' as it does not shed body heat. The cabin was very stuffy and hot at night even with AC set at maximum cooling; air flow was negligible at night from the vents. It is for this reason that I have rated the cabin as 'poor.'

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