We chose Oceania for our first cruise because of the line's reputation for excellent food and service, plus we wanted to sail on a small ship. The Riviera did not disappoint. It was a perfect first cruise for us and we've already booked another with the line.
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at 3pm for a 5pm sailing and basically walked right on to the ship. No lines, no crowds, no chaos.
The Riviera is a pristine and elegant ship. As one of the smaller cruise ships these days, we appreciated how easy the ship was to navigate with its logical layout and ease to get from point to point. The art onboard is gorgeous and every public room is well appointed.
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perfect location. Distance to the elevators was about one minute. You can, however, faintly hear the piano man playing upstairs in the Martini bar, but it was not bothersome to us. View was completely unobstructed.
This isn't a port so much as a bayside shopping center built for tourists. We went to Chacchoben, the Mayan ruins, which were interesting and about a 40 minute drive from port. If we ever come back here, we'd either go to the beach or stay on the ship.
A private destination that still managed to have an air of authenticity to it, though we still felt like we were in a Disney-esque creation. Restaurants and bars were fairly priced. Beach was great with no obnoxious hawkers. We liked this stop but do know this is not the "real" Belize.