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Riviera Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Beyond Expectations

Riviera Cruise Review by Rosebudaruso

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom

I had chosen Oceania because of their highly rated cuisine. This cruise did not disappoint. We are first time cruisers with this line and this itinerary. From start to finish...the room, the wait staff, the cuisine, the excursions, the overall atmosphere of understated elegance. So many places to sit and enjoy the cruise life and even dealing with the nitty gritty (laundrettes on each floor were very popular). We dined in each specialty restaurant...Red Ginger, Polo Grill, Toscana and Jacques. Each offered interesting choices and were true to the cuisine of the culture. And as always, you felt like royalty. A sweet bonus (and veddy proper) was tea at 4pm. Choices of teas, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts kept you sated until dinner. The show was very entertaining combining actual entertainers and on screen clips of Broadway shows and stars. I even noticed the artwork on each floor was beautifully done. Excursions were just the right length of time, with great tour guides. The longest day was Florence and Pisa and you do need more time to cover those areas. Embarkation and Disembarking was efficient and quick.It was wonderful and I am looking forward to another Oceania cruise.

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Cabin Review

Verandah Stateroom
Cabin B1 7001

Cabin size was very good (262 sq ft.). Kept very clean with a large bathroom including shower and tub. Great closet space. Room staff very attentive and friendly.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Unfortunately we did not see Barcelona because our original flight was cancelled and we were brought by bus directly to the ship.

Avignon Walking Tour

Tour was wonderful. Love spending time in this medieval village. Only complaint was that the tour buses do not have restrooms. After arriving the tour guide became huffy that I asked where the restroom were. She told me where to go and amazingly there were other people that needed to used them too!

View All 41 Avignon Walking Tour Reviews
Monaco (Monte Carlo)

In Monte Carlo it was very clean and safe. My husband and I went to Prince Rainier"s Auto Collection and it was beautiful. We also went to Princess Grace's Rose Garden, had lunch and looked at the yachts in the harbor. Easy town to navigate.


Beautiful tour through mountains (and yes, the tour guide stopped at rest area). Stopped at an old in for sampling of local fare. Very enjoyable. Good commentary also.

View All 7 Vizzavona Reviews
Florence & Pisa Tour

Very long day but worth it. Tour guide was informative and friendly. There is much to cover, especially in Florence. Had time to eat lunch and make purchases at leather store and Gold Market (Missuri). Beautiful trip.

View All 274 Florence & Pisa Tour Reviews

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