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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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719 reviews
81 Awards

Worth the splurge

Review for Riviera to Italy
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Lee K
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2016
Cabin: Concierge Level

Our previous cruises were all on Carnival ships, so the elegance and 'dignity' of the Riviera was a very pleasant change, as was the smaller ship with fewer guests. We noticed no loss of pleasant attendance by a reduced number of crew (from the larger ships). The four specialty dining venues at no extra charge were lovely, although we did not know to make reservations BEFORE the cruise and therefore could not visit them all.

The bed and bedding were luxurious and the veranda we had divine. I spent a lot of time trying to master the WiFi and a laptop computer, and so the width of the room became narrowed between me in the chair and the coffee table and couch. Not a real problem, just an irritation as I spent much longer trying to use the internet than should have been needed. Chalk that one up to user error.

Even though I had told our charge card company that we would be travelling, I was unable to log into my account to look at transactions made during the trip. This was very frustrating, as we thought we had been cheated by one merchant and could not find out. The company wanted us to call them because of possibly fraudulent login attempts (mine), but we had no phone.

Cabin Review

Concierge Level

Cabin A1

We splurged on the concierge level upgrade, mostly to get the priority ship boarding, but he turned out to be very helpful, and the free champagne was not too shabby, either. There was nothing I could complain about in the cabin.

Port Reviews


This was the most beautiful scenery on the whole trip. We took a free shuttle in to the walled Old Town, then walked around there. My husband and I then separated, he to walk as high as he was able to on the historic steps up a really, really steep hill, me to continue walking around and getting disoriented and exiting the walled city in the commercial district (at which point I just walked downhill until I saw the ship). The cat is a symbol there, so shopping was especially fun if you like cats.


We strolled in the walled Old Town area. I have not seen our photos yet, which would help me give a better review - sorry.


My husband went ashore for a little while, but I was tired and just enjoyed the ship.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

We arrived 2 days before sailing, so did the Hop On Hop Off city tour and visited the places we especially want to see (after being awake for 36 hours to get there).

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