Riviera Cruise Review by Rustyharpoon
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
Our cruise was 19 days and covered a number of ports we had previously been to, but we wished to visit Turkey, Israel and Cyprus.
Embarkation at Port Piraeus, Athens ran smoothly. It took less than 30 minutes and we were on the ship.
We find the ship is always clean in the public areas, the staff are extremely helpful and pleasant and enjoy a bit of banter.
We found this time there were a number of passengers travelling with children. Sadly they are unsupervised around the dining areas and like to run up and down the halls during the day. I realise it is not the staffs responsibility to control them, but this can ruin it for others.
We used the ship's excursions a couple of times which were quite good. I think next time we will organise our own excursions. It is most frustrating when people wonder off and forget the time, whilst everyone else is waiting at the bus.
The onboard entertainment is not something we go to see. The band at the pool were playing a couple of times, and I thought they were pretty useless. Would have been better with just come music playing rather than a band.
Disembarkation at Barcelona, Spain was super easy. We walked off the ship and all the bag were waiting downstairs. Plenty of taxis waiting to take departing passengers to hotels, airports etc.
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Outdoor furniture was falling about. We did ask them to repair / replace but nothing happened.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Athens (Piraeus)We spent a couple of days in Athens prior to the cruise, which we organised our self. Our hotel was in the city and is only a short cab fare to the Port (around Euro25).View All 1,227 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Port Reviews
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GythionI am unsure why Oceania would go to this port as there is almost nothing there. There are a few cafes near the port area and a few shops, but nothing worth noting.View All 9 Gythion Cruise Port Reviews
A bit of a waste of time.
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Haifa (Tel Aviv)We spent two days in this port. Ideal if you are interested in Bible stories, travelling to the Dead Sea etc. We left the ship and wondered to the local shopping centre which was shortlived and possibly not worth the effort.View All 155 Haifa (Tel Aviv) Cruise Port Reviews
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Tel Aviv Walking TourThis excursion was a walking tour of Jaffa (the old town) and a driving tour of Tel Aviv.View All 2 Tel Aviv Walking Tour Reviews
The tour of Jaffa was quite interesting in parts, but our guide Abigail was extremely interested in art, so it was very art focused.
The driving tour of Tel Aviv is something we didnt need to do. It was quite a down-trodden dirty city with rubbish on the streets. Some nice old buildings, but again household rubbish piled up out the front is not what a tourist needs to be shown.
EphesusWe enjoyed the excursion to Ephesus. I had been there 30 years ago so was surprised to see some changes. The Terrace houses were quite outstanding.View All 242 Ephesus Reviews
Excursion was only 5 hours which was great.
Terrace HousesThe Terrace houses were quite outstanding.View All 46 Terrace Houses Reviews
Excursion was only 5 hours which was great.
LimassolLimassol have a fantastic new cruise terminal, possibly the best we have ever seen in Europe.View All 67 Limassol Cruise Port Reviews
We took the port bus into the town and looked around for a while. We visited the medieval castle which was well worth a visit - entry fee was Euro4.5 per head.
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RhodesI visited this town almost 30 years ago and had fond memories. Again this town did not disappoint.View All 464 Rhodes Cruise Port Reviews
Rich in history with castles, a walled city, a great place to wonder around.
There is also lots of quality shopping, good places to eat and drink. We didn't struggle to fill in our day walking around Rhodes.
An easy walk from the port into the city.
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SantoriniWe have spent 4 days on Santorini two years ago, but it was a nice place to visit again.View All 987 Santorini Cruise Port Reviews
There was a short wait for the cable car from the port up to the town as there were two cruise ships in port that day. Cost each way on the cable car was 6 euro per person.
They have alot of souvenir shops and some quality shopping.
This is not the place to go if you have difficulty walking as all the streets are cobblestones.
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SorrentoAnother pretty town with alot of quality shopping and nice eateries every where you look.View All 114 Sorrento Cruise Port Reviews
We caught the lift from the port area up to the top of the hill. It is quite a strenuous walk otherwise. The lift costs 1 euro each way and is very efficient.
This is the place to buy Limoncello, table linen, shoes etc.
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