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Riviera Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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691 Reviews

Wonderful ship

Riviera Cruise Review by juliet

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2018
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite

We chose this cruise because it's a smaller ship (1200) than we've been on before and a number of our friends recommended Oceania. Wanted a cruise out of Florida as we live there.

We chose a Penthouse 2 suite and we loved it. Very spacious. Beds are sooo comfortable. So is the bathroom. So much storage that we didn't use any of it in the cabin itself. Just in the big walk in closet. It has a bunch of drawers, more hangers than I ever saw in a cruise ship closet, as well as a wall mounted shoe rack and many shelves. Also a safe.

Didn't use the butler much except for breakfast in our room every morning. He also bought some snacks every evening.

Room service was terrific. We'd put the service tag out and they'd practically be there in five minutes making up the room. Morning and evening.

Service was exceptional all over the ship. I even said to my husband that they must take good care of their staff because they always seem so happy and can't do enough for you.

Food was excellent especially in the four specialty restaurants. No extra charge to dine in any of them. Even the buffet and the poolside restaurant was wonderful. The buffet was probably smaller as far as selections but you'll always find lots of good things there. They serve it to you. No one is allowed to serve themselves. At the poolside restaurant, you order what you want, sit down and they bring it to you when ready.

Embarkation was amazingly fast. We were on the ship and in our stateroom within 10 minutes. I'm sure being in a suite helped, but doubt it took much longer for people in other cabins too. Disembarkation was the same. About 10 minutes from the time you requested to leave the ship and through customs. Don't know if that's the norm but I'm guessing it is because there are less passengers.

Didn't go to any of the shows but did enjoy the string quartet every night and one day at the 4pm tea.

Didn't use any of the shore excursions. Just got off the ship and walked around. Husband stayed onboard so didn't want to leave too long.

Again, the service. They just couldn't do more for you. No matter what it was you wanted.

We're looking forward to traveling with Oceania again in the future.

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Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH2 10031

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Barts

Walked around the town. Very expensive, upscale shops. Fun to see the hugh yachts in the harbor.


Shopping right off the ship. Same old, same old. Nothing to buy. Didn't see any more of the island but looks beautiful.


Shopping right off the dock in a little village set up for passengers. All the same jewelry places as other ports. Some little boutiques that were a little different.

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