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Riviera Review

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Review for Riviera to the Mediterranean
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Texas Travel Gal
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2019
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

Chose this cruise because of the itinerary (Grecian Glory--Greece, Turkey, Italy) and also because we were traveling with a single adult daughter and wanted something fun for her--hopefully some young people on board.

Pros: Clean, nice ship. Food in specialty restaurants good, but main dining areas the food was just average. Staterooms are a good size, with plenty of storage, walk in closets, and great bathroom for a ship. We booked too late to get two rooms so we shared a penthouse with our daughter. I was concerned it would be too small but with all the storage we had plenty of room. I was really impressed with the bathroom which had a full size tub and a separate stand up shower. The main pool seemed to be deck chairs available, but we had our own private sun deck so that was never a concern. Embarkation was a breeze. We had our own time schedule since we had a penthouse. The check in was literally empty and we walked right onto the ship. Our luggage arrived in an hour.

Cons: The entertainment is terrible on this ship. The Riviera lounge acts are geared to the 70+ crowd. Martini's piano lounge had a quiet, low-key atmosphere and was very boring. The Horizons bar had a band that I wouldn't have hired myself. Very cheezy. Other than entertainment, this cruise line really fell short on helping with information on destinations. We wanted to go to a beach on the far side of Mykonos and our concierge didn't even know that there are only 25 taxis on the whole island. She had NO information on how to get where and admitted she had never been on the island. We asked her to get us a private driver and she isn't allowed to do that. On another island we asked if she could book us a private charter boat--can't do that either. Hmmm. Not sure what the point of the concierge is. Many of the passengers got off at Mykonos not knowing that we had to take two shuttles to get to the town because there was poor communication from the ship. There were numerous other examples but you get the idea. We only did a few of the excursions and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much we liked them. We ended on a bad note in Turkey, however, when our tour guide tried to "force" us to sit through a 30 minute Turkish rug demonstration. We walked out because we've done it before and it's all a scam. I was disappointed that Oceania approved something like that. We took full advantage of the spa and I was shocked to see such an antiquated booking system. It's all done on paper (welcome to the 1990's) and takes forever to get appointments and to confirm them. They also had few fitness classes even though they advertise that they have several daily. The stationary machines looked fine, but that's not my preferred workout so I didn't use them.

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH2

Port Reviews


Our second time to Dubrovnik. Neat town/highly recommend. It gets steaming hot in the summer so be prepared. Stay on the inner streets which are shaded and cooler.


Love Venice but was disappointed that the ship had no information on how to get to/from the terminal!


Almost had to miss this port because of high winds which forced the island to close down the cable car, so our tenders also stopped. The winds died down and we were able to go around noon, so the day was a little shorter. I was in Santorini 8 years ago and was disappointed by the disappearance of the blue roofs because the blue paint is hard to keep up expense-wise. It took so much of the beauty away. The town was totally overrun by tourists.


Favorite of all the ports!

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