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Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
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The suite was great, food was wonderful, but not a lot to do on the ship.

Review for Riviera to the Baltic Sea
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2016
Cabin: Oceania Suite

The cabin was incredible. Way more luxurious and roomier than the photos show. The media room was the hangout place for the wife and I, as they had every movie and TV show you could want on their DVR. This cabin is supposedly the third best of the cabin selections, but if you ask me, it should be second. The top was the owner's suite, which was way too lavish for my tastes. It has a grand piano and a full bar and the ship has only three of these suites...all in the rear of the ship. The views from these are amazing, but you only get to see where you've been. The supposed second best, were the vista suites. These were almost identical to the oceania suites, with the exception being two things. Instead of a media room that the oceania suites have, there is a workout room. It has two pieces of gym equipment instead of a big screen TV with surround sound. The second thing is that all the vista suites are in the front of the ship whereas the oceania suites are on the side. You get to see where you are going. However, there are strict rules on when to shut your windows, and the wind from being in front can be a bit aggressive. The decks on the vista suites may be larger than the oceania depending on what floor you get.

For me, the slightly bigger front facing deck was not worth the price increase, and the TV room was way more preferred over a stupid two piece workout room.

The bar in the smaller rooms is basically a small shelf. The bar in the oceania suite is a very large counter with drawers and doors and glasses and silverware and a sink and fridge. It's actually a mini kitchen if you ask me.

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Oceania Suite

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The cabin was incredible. Way more luxurious and roomier than the photos show. The media room was the hangout place for the wife and I, as they had every movie and TV show you could want on their DVR. This cabin is supposedly the third best of the cabin selections, but if you ask me, it should be second. The top was the owner's suite, which was way too lavish for my tastes. It has a grand piano and a full bar and the ship has only three of these suites...all in the rear of the ship. The views from these are amazing, but you only get to see where you've been. The supposed second best, were the vista suites. These were almost identical to the oceania suites, with the exception being two things. Instead of a media room that the oceania suites have, there is a workout room. It has two pieces of gym equipment instead of a big screen TV with surround sound. The second thing is that all the vista suites are in the front of the ship whereas the oceania suites are on the side. You get to see where you are going. However, there are strict rules on when to shut your windows, and the wind from being in front can be a bit aggressive. The decks on the vista suites may be larger than the oceania depending on what floor you get.

For me, the slightly bigger front facing deck was not worth the price increase, and the TV room was way more preferred over a stupid two piece workout room.

The bar in the smaller rooms is basically a small shelf. The bar in the oceania suite is a very large counter with drawers and doors and glasses and silverware and a sink and fridge. It's actually a mini kitchen if you ask me.

The bathroom is insanely large with a toilet, bidet, much bigger shower than steerage gets, two sinks, whirlpool tub, and so much storage, it is incredible. Heck, we put our stuff in the drawers under the sinks, and had enough room, only to find out on day two, that the mirror opens up to a huge medicine cabinet as well. Surprises all around. The closet is as large as most walk in closets in a home. The makeup mirror was terrific and my wife didn't have to stand in the bathroom, but instead, could sit comfortably as she put on her face.

Three large screen TV's. One in the bedroom, one on the patio deck, and one in the media room. I wished there was one in the living room, but I guess I should not get greedy. Sadly, only the media room gets the one million channel option DVR.

Of the oceania suites, there are the ones on deck twelve, which are all identical. Then there are two on the rear of the ship just above the owners suites. These have a slightly different layout, but are basically the same. The only difference with the rear oceania suites is the decks are much larger and you have a rear view of the ship as opposed to the side view. The only complaint I have heard however is that these two suites are directly under an eating deck, and at very early in the morning, you can hear the tables and chairs scraping along your ceiling as they setup the eating deck everyday. This noise continues all day.

Also, the color scheme of the vista suite was gaudy with greens and yellows, whereas, the oceania suites were very rich in cherry wood and earth tones. Also, with the oceania, you get a king size bed, whereas the penthouse has queen. There is a pillow menu and I had a different pillow everynight. My favorite was the gel pillow by far. With the suite, you get 6 large bottles of booze of your choice to keep. I'm talking 1 litre bottles, not the smaller 750 litre. If you are a vodka drinker, get the Chopin vodka. I was an Absolute vodka guy until I drank this. It is smooth sipping vodka that has little "burn" and does not smell like rubbing alcohol like cheaper vodka do. After drinking Chopin, all other vodka are piss. They don't have Kahlua, but Tia Maria is almost identical, so no worries there.

I had breakfast every morning in my room, which was awesome. Eggs benedict to die for. Also, and I wish someone told me this earlier. Order the 32 oz porterhouse for dinner in your room everynite. OMG...I only found out about this with two nights left. Had I knows, I would have had this badboy every single night. My heart would have stopped by end of cruise. Seriously, get this. The meat is the most tender you could want, and LOTS of it. The chef knows how to prepare this slab of happy mouth meat candy.

I cannot say enough about how awesome this room is. I do believe it may have ruined me for any other cabin I get that is NOT an oceania suite. I have but only one complaint. In the media room, there are two sets of lights and there are only three settings. Off. Bright lights with low lights on. Or just bright lights only. Why oh why is there no setting for just low lighting? Seriously. The high lights only is the same as the high lights with the low lights together. There is no difference. They need to make this so that you can have just the soft glow of the low lights while watching TV. Otherwise, you have either too bright or too dark. Low lights is very much needed.

This suite was so nice, I found myself hoping that there was some major disaster where we were the last ship to survive, and had to survive on the ship for several years with each passenger being forced to stay in their selected rooms. I know, I am sick.

Port Reviews

Kotor

Walked around. Great small town shopping. Fun day of walking and seeing the sights.

Koper

Same as Zadar

Zadar

same as Kotor

Naples

The taxis were too expensive and nothing really much to see, so we made this a ship day.

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