This was our 18th cruise, having cruised aboard most of the major lines (Princess, RCCL,Holland America) and we found the Rivieria to be the most comfortable and relaxing ship we have been aboard. Our balcony cabin on the 8th deck had the usual grade of amenities, and a marble bath with a separate tub that also serves as a second shower. We found more storage space then we needed, and the mini-bar was stocked, free of charge, with non alcholic beverages. Cabin service was terrific. We lacked nothing. With the exception of some slower-then-expected service in the MDR (main dining room) for breakfast, we never had a complaint. The buffet was never crowded and the selection was very good. Omelets to order! Fresh pastries every day. We had three dinners in specialty restaurants and all were excellent. The only down-side is that you won't want to miss a meal! Its difficult to enjoy port restuarants when you know you have a first-class meal waiting for you on board- and you can dine whenever you wish. We were at each and every show- every night at 9:30PM. Unlike larger ships, there is just one show and we never had to arrive early to get a good seat. The shows are OK, not terrific, not terrible. The Riveria is just about the perfect size. It has all the advantages of a larger ship but is never crowded, and at 785 feet its not going to rock and roll at sea. The weakest link were the shore excursions. Many seemed overpriced (although Oceania will no doubt include several in the pricing) and underwhelming. Frankly we did better on our own, but, in some cases, it was just easier to use Oceania. In Livorno, for example, its a long bus ride to Florence and Pisa, and its just easier using the Oceania excursions. Embarkation and debarkation were painless. One final note on dress codes. Over the years we have found the dress codes on cruise ships ignored to larger and larger extents. Oceania's literature refers to the no-tie, "country club" code. Ironically many men wore ties and jackets (despite the code) and an equal number wore blue jeans in the dining room and arrived at the speciality restaurants with simple button-down shirts. In short, I don't know what the dress code is anymore on any ship. So, at twice the price of say Holland America, is it worth it? Well, you will meet well-heeled and well traveled guests but cruise ships have more in common with each other then differences. The differences are real, but subtle. If you seek a quiet ride in a relaxed envrionment I would not hesitate to recommend Oceania.

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Riviera Cruise Review by LDEE

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
This was our 18th cruise, having cruised aboard most of the major lines (Princess, RCCL,Holland America) and we found the Rivieria to be the most comfortable and relaxing ship we have been aboard.

Our balcony cabin on the 8th deck had the usual grade of amenities, and a marble bath with a separate tub that also serves as a second shower. We found more storage space then we needed, and the mini-bar was stocked, free of charge, with non alcholic beverages. Cabin service was terrific. We lacked nothing.

With the exception of some slower-then-expected service in the MDR (main dining room) for breakfast, we never had a complaint. The buffet was never crowded and the selection was very good. Omelets to order! Fresh pastries every day.

We had three dinners in specialty restaurants and all were excellent. The only down-side is that you won't want to miss a meal! Its difficult to enjoy port restuarants when you know you have a first-class meal waiting for you on board- and you can dine whenever you wish.

We were at each and every show- every night at 9:30PM. Unlike larger ships, there is just one show and we never had to arrive early to get a good seat. The shows are OK, not terrific, not terrible.

The Riveria is just about the perfect size. It has all the advantages of a larger ship but is never crowded, and at 785 feet its not going to rock and roll at sea.

The weakest link were the shore excursions. Many seemed overpriced (although Oceania will no doubt include several in the pricing) and underwhelming. Frankly we did better on our own, but, in some cases, it was just easier to use Oceania. In Livorno, for example, its a long bus ride to Florence and Pisa, and its just easier using the Oceania excursions.

Embarkation and debarkation were painless.

One final note on dress codes. Over the years we have found the dress codes on cruise ships ignored to larger and larger extents. Oceania's literature refers to the no-tie, "country club" code. Ironically many men wore ties and jackets (despite the code) and an equal number wore blue jeans in the dining room and arrived at the speciality restaurants with simple button-down shirts. In short, I don't know what the dress code is anymore on any ship.

So, at twice the price of say Holland America, is it worth it? Well, you will meet well-heeled and well traveled guests but cruise ships have more in common with each other then differences. The differences are real, but subtle. If you seek a quiet ride in a relaxed envrionment I would not hesitate to recommend Oceania.
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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B1 8060
Quite comfortable and clean. Make sure the closet door is fully shut or the light will stay on.
Lacked nothing. Plenty of closet space.
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