We chose this ship and cruise because of the itinerary - great combination of three days in Israel plus Greek Islands. Also, we are foodies and had heard the food was great, and finally, we do not like a super large ship or one that caters to lots of kids. The food in the main dining room was truly awesome every day - wonderful presentation and unique recipes. Also loved Toscana and Jacques. Did not like Red Ginger (freezing cold in there too) - recipes and flavors not to my liking - odd twist on Thai. We have outstanding Vietnamese, Dim Sum, and Chinese in our home town of Philadelphia - this was not good. Also, dinner up at the buffet area does not even come close to what is served in the other restaurants, soggy baked potatoes, lesser meat quality, soggy lobster tails. All of the restaurants are BEAUTIFUL with outstanding service, china, linens. Versace China in Toscana, for example. Fantastic decorating - Kudos. Lighting a little bit too bright however in some of them. The entire ship is spotless and very well kept and elegant. Not too large and easy to get around. Maybe it was the itinerary - but it seemed that most of the passengers were frumpy looking in the way they dressed with zero style - Attention Walmart Shoppers- was sort of shocked by this. Even at dinner. A lot of "red state" passengers, many of whom were vocal about it at dinner - found this unpleasant and really not acceptable behaviour when you are dining with people you do not know (even if you do know them). We found a mix of Americans, Austrailians, Brits and Asian passengers - mostly older as it has been stated. The evening entertainment was very good and very professional - but geared to an older crowd - we are in our sixties - not our eighties - would like some classic rock or acoustic, etc. We had a cabin with an extended veranda that also included chaise lounges - that was a very nice feature and we enjoyed it quite a bit. We did go on three of the tours but did not appreciate being herded into the tour director's choice of shops, etc. He chose an awful one in Jerusalem with tacky souvenirs and many wooden crosses. There were other places I would have loved to go into but no chance was given. Same thing happened on the way back from Lindos on Rhodes - one couple was THIRTY minutes late and we should have left without them - they never apologized. We then had to stop for a pottery demonstration - that was not listed on the tour itinerary and we were already late getting back to the ship. Time is valuable and i do not like having mine taken from me. Cabins are very comfortable and bed is amazing - it said ours came with a Queen size but it seemed to be a king - was very large. Great linens and mattress so comfortable. Very nice housekeeping, free water, soft drinks, etc. We did not take the beverage package - you have to drink a LOT to make that worthwhile. However, the cocktails are super tiny and they don't really carry the premium brands my husband likes such as Bulleit or Woodford or Knob Creek Bourbon or Bulliet Rye. Great room service and Housekeeping outstanding as well.

LOVE this ship

Riviera Cruise Review by ShipShapely

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We chose this ship and cruise because of the itinerary - great combination of three days in Israel plus Greek Islands. Also, we are foodies and had heard the food was great, and finally, we do not like a super large ship or one that caters to lots of kids. The food in the main dining room was truly awesome every day - wonderful presentation and unique recipes. Also loved Toscana and Jacques. Did not like Red Ginger (freezing cold in there too) - recipes and flavors not to my liking - odd twist on Thai. We have outstanding Vietnamese, Dim Sum, and Chinese in our home town of Philadelphia - this was not good. Also, dinner up at the buffet area does not even come close to what is served in the other restaurants, soggy baked potatoes, lesser meat quality, soggy lobster tails. All of the restaurants are BEAUTIFUL with outstanding service, china, linens. Versace China in Toscana, for example. Fantastic decorating - Kudos. Lighting a little bit too bright however in some of them. The entire ship is spotless and very well kept and elegant. Not too large and easy to get around.

Maybe it was the itinerary - but it seemed that most of the passengers were frumpy looking in the way they dressed with zero style - Attention Walmart Shoppers- was sort of shocked by this. Even at dinner. A lot of "red state" passengers, many of whom were vocal about it at dinner - found this unpleasant and really not acceptable behaviour when you are dining with people you do not know (even if you do know them).

We found a mix of Americans, Austrailians, Brits and Asian passengers - mostly older as it has been stated.

The evening entertainment was very good and very professional - but geared to an older crowd - we are in our sixties - not our eighties - would like some classic rock or acoustic, etc. We had a cabin with an extended veranda that also included chaise lounges - that was a very nice feature and we enjoyed it quite a bit.

We did go on three of the tours but did not appreciate being herded into the tour director's choice of shops, etc. He chose an awful one in Jerusalem with tacky souvenirs and many wooden crosses. There were other places I would have loved to go into but no chance was given. Same thing happened on the way back from Lindos on Rhodes - one couple was THIRTY minutes late and we should have left without them - they never apologized. We then had to stop for a pottery demonstration - that was not listed on the tour itinerary and we were already late getting back to the ship. Time is valuable and i do not like having mine taken from me.

Cabins are very comfortable and bed is amazing - it said ours came with a Queen size but it seemed to be a king - was very large. Great linens and mattress so comfortable. Very nice housekeeping, free water, soft drinks, etc.

We did not take the beverage package - you have to drink a LOT to make that worthwhile. However, the cocktails are super tiny and they don't really carry the premium brands my husband likes such as Bulleit or Woodford or Knob Creek Bourbon or Bulliet Rye.

Great room service and Housekeeping outstanding as well.
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Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B3 7108
Loved this cabin and would select it again - there is also a similar one on the other side - has extended balcony and because it is the last one before the non-extended balconies begin, you can see not only to the front but it is also totally unobstructed on the side and you can see clear down the side of the ship all the way to the front - water on all sides of you when you are standing out on it. Awesome and fun to be on it while sailing.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Athens (Piraeus)
    We went on the hop on hop off bus. That was a lot of fun and a great convenient way to see a lot of Athens. Also, we stayed at the Hilton which was a great choice - and much cheaper than Bretagne - very elegant and lovely - has a great restaurant inside which we had dinner at twice - MILOS.
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  • Beit She'Arim
    fascinating tour and worth visiting. Very good tour guide. Then went on to Tel Megiddo. Great for archaelogy and history buffs.
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  • Jerusalem Old City
    Tour guide was very good - spoke english well - archaelogy major - PhD. covered items of interest for Christian and Jewish interests although more the former. We were all hearded into just one gift shop that seemed to specialize in Christian items - we did not have an opportunity to go to any other stores - that was disappointing.
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  • Limassol
    We probably should have organized something to go and see - the port town on it's own does not have all that much to offer to differentiate it from any other town. We did not get to see enough of Cyprus just from a quick stop into the town and then back.
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  • Mykonos
    Charming island - Very tony high-end shopping available. Just need money.
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  • Lindos Walking Tour
    Tour guide was Greek - English was passable but odd inflection. He was very pleasant and kind but disorganized. He should have given out the headsets and tested them while we were spending 50 minutes driving up there rather than when we arrived and were already walking. Two of them did not work and he did not have batteries. he did not give us "numbers" to help us remember the bus and did not give us his cell number as other tour guides do. Two passengers came back to the bus a full 30 minutes late - very annoying. he should have left without them.
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  • Santorini
    We took the speedboat to AiO secion of the island first - loved this - got a good look at the island from the water. Then bus takes you to the top of the island and then onto Thera (?). Finally, cable car down to the bottom. Gorgeous specatacular place. Find a nice ocean view restaurant and have some chilled greek wine and Mezzes. Sublime.
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