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Riviera Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Riviera delivers

Riviera Cruise Review by medot

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic

Our first ever ocean crossing, on Riviera was as effortless as could be. Smooth seas and fine weather. Aside from a kitchen that couldn’t keep up one evening in the main dining room, service was great throughout the ship and over the whole trip. No complaints that made any difference to the enjoyment of our trip.

A few observations that Oceania might consider but it’s really about fine tuning.

1. The ship, while in tip top shape, feels like it needs someone to go through it and fine tune the details. Things tend to drift over the years or even from month to month I suppose. For example furniture placement contrary to original design, burnt out or turned off lamps, crooked lamp and light shades, could all be fine tuned, when these details add up things start to look sloppy. As I said not life changing but it adds or detracts from overall impressions.

2. Same for the Spa and fitness facilities, needs a good fine tuning.

3. In the fitness and change facilities add-on cheap latches where locks were, need to be addressed.

4. The men’s change room shower floods the whole change room if used when the ship is sailing. Installation of a simple lip would prevent this rather than dozens of towels daily.

5. The outdoor ceiling fans on deck 14 ( Sanctuary) have understandably fallen prey to sea air and salt, they need to be oiled or replaced.

6. My only real complaint is Baristas, a great little spot and always busy, needs, no, MUST extend its hours into the EVENING. it makes no sense for it to not be open. We live in a Starbucks world on land.

All in all as I said just observations not complaints. Riviera still delivers,

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