we loved the food on board - it is the reason to be on this ship. Waitstaff is friendly but service is "formal". Best were the Italian and French restaurants, followed by the Asian and then steakhouse. However, it would be a mistake to call the MDR second best. I had no problem eating here and it was excellent. The buffet for breakfast and lunch were excellent with many choices. Dinner here would be good as well, although we just had some sushi prior to dinner a few times. Pool was easy to get a lounger at and didnt feel crowded even when it was a sea day. It wasnt a mob scene design of the ship was a bit too formal for me glass and shiny black marble. there really is no nightlife on the ship. There is a stage with community players level entertainment - you arent missing anything. The evening consists of a 2 to 3 hour meal, walk around the ship and that is that. Casino is small and functional. I also dont think that there is an outdoor bar that isnt part of the MDR. If you want to sit outside and have a drink prior to dinner it has to be among pax eating dinner next to you. The ship needs some sort of "sunset bar" overall I would cruise with them again as I am a foodie

Food is the reason to go

Riviera Cruise Review by tfred

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
we loved the food on board - it is the reason to be on this ship. Waitstaff is friendly but service is "formal".

Best were the Italian and French restaurants, followed by the Asian and then steakhouse. However, it would be a mistake to call the MDR second best. I had no problem eating here and it was excellent. The buffet for breakfast and lunch were excellent with many choices. Dinner here would be good as well, although we just had some sushi prior to dinner a few times.

Pool was easy to get a lounger at and didnt feel crowded even when it was a sea day. It wasnt a mob scene

design of the ship was a bit too formal for me glass and shiny black marble.

there really is no nightlife on the ship. There is a stage with community players level entertainment - you arent missing anything. The evening consists of a 2 to 3 hour meal, walk around the ship and that is that. Casino is small and functional. I also dont think that there is an outdoor bar that isnt part of the MDR. If you want to sit outside and have a drink prior to dinner it has to be among pax eating dinner next to you. The ship needs some sort of "sunset bar"

overall I would cruise with them again as I am a foodie
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Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B1
bed was comfy. the style is more of the black marble which i wasnt wild about. There is a bathtub and a shower. They should refit the ship and ditch the bathtub as it takes up space. I would like a larger shower

generally enough space to stow everything, but the rolling doors were rickety
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