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Riviera Review

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Review for Riviera to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Big Doc
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2016
Cabin: Concierge Level

I had researched Oceania quite a lot before booking this cruise and it does what it says on the tin. The experience is based around service,destinations and especially food. All three exceeded our reasonably high expectations.

We had only cruised once before, on the Royal Caribbean's Allure, a mega ship and although not impressed by the Caribbean,as a destination, we really enjoyed the cruise experience onboard. We are therefore cruising novices, which can be both positive and negative for a review perspective. It can be difficult to give comparisons re cruises but sometimes I get the perception that for some nothing is as good as it used to be. That may be absolutely true in some things but equally our evaluation of quality can become distorted over time and we can become "spoilt" or as we get older our ability to maximise our experience diminishes. Anyway that could all be my own nonsense but here goes re my review.

From the minute we arrived at the Pireus terminal by taxi from Athens our embarkation was very smooth. We were met at the entrance,our luggage immediately taken and we were guided through the stages very quickly. As we boarded we were met by very pleasant staff who welcomed us warmly and advised us a buffet was available as was our cabin.

Cabin Review

Concierge Level

Cabin A3

Cabin very nice close to Concierge lounge and laundry room. No noise issues.

Port Reviews

Haifa (Tel Aviv)

We booked an independent tour of Jerusalem on first day and the Sea of Gallilee on second. It is a couple of hours drive to and back from Jerusalem so a night stay in Jerusalem is worth considering.


As beautiful as everyone says. Hired a car here. Roads easy to navigate and good way to see Island

Athens (Piraeus)

Used red bus tour , but only had half a day. So have an excuse to go back. Really interesting city


Beautiful old town. Shoppers paradise . Really interesting museums


Again beautiful port area loads of shops and restaurants. Great for people watching and letting world pass by.

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