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Riviera Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Amazing food!

Riviera Cruise Review by carandy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level

We chose Oceania based on their reputation for great cuisine, and we were not disappointed. The Riviera is beautiful, the staff impeccably trained, and the food almost uniformly excellent. We stayed two nights in Nice before we sailed, and there was lots to see and do there. Embarkation went smoothly; we were allowed on early, so that might have made it less crowded. Our cabin was well-appointed and reasonably spacious. We found enough drawers and cubbyholes for all of our stuff, once the bags were stowed away under the bed. The bed is incredibly comfortable! Dining is wonderful almost everywhere; we loved the food at both Jacques and Toscana, were less delighted by Red Ginger, and although my husband's steak at Polo was fabulous, mine was a bit tough - surprising given the cut and age of the meat. Many people on the ship didn't even bother going to the specialty restaurants, however, since the food at the buffet was great. The evening entertainment was quite good; I'm not sure why people are critical of it, since it's pretty much on par with that which we've seen in lots of resorts. The service is amazing; every staff member makes eye contact, greets you in a friendly way, and is very attentive. We didn't use Oceania's shore excursions since we found them expensive, so I can't comment on that. Disembarkation was a weak point; we had to wait in a very long line to collect our bags. Even though we were called in groups, I suspect that process could be improved. We will definitely sail with Oceania again!

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Concierge Level
Cabin A2 10099

Our cabin was fairly spacious. The bed was amazingly comfortable, and the linens are of very high quality. The bathroom is beautiful, but you wouldn't want more than one person in it at a time (which was fine with us!) The veranda isn't huge, but it's big enough for two chairs and a small table. The cabin also has room for a loveseat, coffee table, desk and a chair; what else could you need? We didn't spend a lot of time in the room anyway.

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