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Riviera Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Marvelous Time

Riviera Cruise Review by Scottish Sinophile

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

This was our third sailing with Oceania and our second on the Riviera. They hit the sweet spot for us being upscale but not pretentious.

This time we had cabin 10064 which is a concierge level veranda stateroom. While we enjoyed the extra amenities of being in a concierge cabin for us it is not worth the additional cost. In the future we will stick with a regular veranda stateroom which is exactly the same size and layout as the concierge veranda staterooms. Having a veranda is well worth the additional cost. The cabins are a very comfortable size with room to unpack and put everything away. The beds are wonderful.

Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled very smoothly and efficiently.

Service throughout was very good from the stateroom attendants to the restaurants to the bars. The restaurants were all very good. Toscana is the only one we don't bother to go to. Be sure to note happy hour in the bars to take advantage of two-for-one prices.

The entertainment was not remarkable, but we weren't expecting anything that great anyway. We were disappointed that there were not lecturers on this voyage as we really enjoyed them on previous cruises with Oceania.

We did not take any of the cruise line shore excursions on this trip. However, we have taken them in the past and they were all quite good if a bit expensive.

We find Oceania to be the cruise line that suits us the best and have already booked a future cruise with them. We can recommend them without hesitiation.


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Cabin Review

Concierge Level
Cabin A1 10064

Spacious with comfortable couch, table, desk, TV and fair sized closet. Excellent queen sized bed with room beneath to store suitcases. Veranda had chairs and was comfortable. Bathroom has a tub/shower combination and a separate very small shower. Extensive use of granite give an upscale feel. Towels were very good and plentiful and toiletries were good.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Sorrento

Because of rough seas we had to dock in Naples rather than tender in in Sorrento. We contacted our guide and were met in Naples without a problem Good tour with a good guide, Emiliano Tufano.

Sorrento

We went with our guide, Emiliano Tufano, first to Pompeii and then after lunch to Herculaneum. Both were worth the visit. We were six in a Mercedes van and it was very comfortable.

Zadar

We wandered around on our own and did not find the town that interesting.

Koper

An interesting town where we wandered around on our own. We enjoyed a cup of coffee and a beer at an outside table at a little restaurant we came across.

Boat tour

We started with an hour long boat tour by water taxi through Venice followed by a 2.5 hour walking tour. Of course we visited St. Mark's Square and the basilica and then we wandered around taking in the sights by foot. Our guide, Helene Salvadori, was very good.

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Venice Walking Tour

We started with an hour long boat tour by water taxi through Venice followed by a 2.5 hour walking tour. Of course we visited St. Mark's Square and the basilica and then we wandered around taking in the sights by foot. Our guide, Helene Salvadori, was very good.

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Kotor

Following a very scenic sail through the "fjord" leading in to Kotor we dropped anchor. We very much enjoyed wandering around this small walled town. Narrow streets through which to wander with mountains which help not to get too lost. Wandering and coming across small squares with drinking and dining choices gave one a real sense of discovery. We had a coffee and a beer at an outdoor café and they were very reasonably priced.


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