Riviera Cruise Review by PM1225
- Sail Date: January 2018
- Destination: Around the World
- Cabin Type: Oceania Suite
In over 20 cruises in the past 10 years, this was far and away the best cabin that we have had. Service by the butler and stewardess was excellent. Booking the large suite came with lots of perks such as double the number of specialty restaurants, meaning that we only ate dinner in the main dining room 2 or 3 times.
We did eat many breakfast and lunches there and found that the staff quickly knew us by name and gave us excellent service. Oceania provides guests with a key card indicating the room category and we felt that much of the service was recognizing us from the suite listed on the gold key card.
Bar service was excellent as well and the specialty restaurants would have been enjoyed much more if I hadn't gotten sick ......
On the 2nd day I developed a chest cough accompanied by some minor gastric problems. In all my time cruising I had never darkened the door of the medical center and did not know what to expect.
I went to the medical center and was honest about my symptoms, indicating that I was sick but not deathly sick. I did sign the release for treatment so from here on I should have no complaint, but I'll relate so others might be warned. I was given tests for everything from the flue to mono. The doctor decided I needed an IV and I was given multiple IVs over the course of the next 3 hours. I received urine and blood tests as well. The process took about 4 hours and I never inquired as to cost. My fault. I was informed to return at 6 PM for a follow up. All this made me feel better and I asked to have the IV needle removed which they had left inserted in my hand.
The doctor said to leave it in in case I needed another IV - this was my warning sign that I did not heed. The next morning I returned to the medical center saying I was feeling even better. The doctor prescribed more IVs. After these, they took the IV needle out and told me to drink Gatorade, giving me 3 packs to mix.
The bill was presented at the final follow up and I almost fainted. Charges for day 1 were around $3500 and day 2 was over $1400 making the charges come in just a hair under $5000. All this for a 57 year old male with slight discomfort. Medical insurance won't pay and we have never taken trip insurance which might have paid some or all of the cost. (with all our cruises we have never taken insurance and even with this bill I'm still money ahead over having taken insurance and not made claims).
Lesson learned - I'll be very sick before I ever again go to the medical center. If I do have to go I'll get out my cell phone and call my personal doctor in the United States for consultation with the on board doctor. From the next trip forward we'll have a medical kit including a thermometer, some basic antibiotics, Pepto-Bismal, and perhaps some Imodium. I jokingly told my wife that I would want to take my own AED as well.
In 4 or 5 days I was back to normal. The rest of the cruise brought lots of rain and bad weather, which is just bad luck. The only great day we had was the last port of Key West, perfect weather and we had returned to full health.
We'll be on Oceania again, due to great service, food and room, but we'll be prepared to treat our own minor ailments.
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Large separate bedroom. Over sized walk in closet. Separate living room with a real door to the bedroom. TV was in a media room (somewhat out dated electronics) which I appreciated during my time of sickness.
The deck wrapped around the end of the ship. Doesn't sound like a big deal but it allowed us to sit out of the wind in many cases moving from one side to the other.
We were afforded 6 bottles of our favorite drink which we took home as we prefer to socialize outside the room.
We consider these rooms to be a good space value when compared to other large rooms on other luxury cruise ships. Calculate the price per square foot with the competition and the reader will find that these are great, and come with more amenities that others. This is probably why these rooms sell out first on the average Oceania cruise.
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