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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Excellent service, food was exceptional. Culinary classes and butler service made this our best cruise to date. New favourite port is Kotor Montenegro. Stunning scenery and friendly people. Service onboard was excellent, and it was nice to ... Read More
Excellent service, food was exceptional. Culinary classes and butler service made this our best cruise to date. New favourite port is Kotor Montenegro. Stunning scenery and friendly people. Service onboard was excellent, and it was nice to have shuttles into city centre in every port. Having a penthouse suite has spoiled us, and it was great to be able to order full service meals from any specialty restaurant into our cabin. The suite had a great little table and chairs at the foot of the bed. Our butler graciously took the order and delivered the meals with a smile. Laundry was easy to do ourselves, but the butler proactively shined all my shoes and we got two clothing items pressed at no charge. Our fridge was regularly and promptly stocked with our fave beverages and we never had to ask for bottled water once they knew what we liked. Oceania does many things extremely well. The excursions list was a little uninspired so we did exclusively private and group tours with passengers through. Raise Critic roll calls. Only downside on 11th floor cabin was the overhang didn't allow us to see past a certain height, so star watching and sunsets were difficult to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Travel agent recommended Oceana and booked this Mediterranean cruise for us. The shore excursions were fine, but the onboard experience was so fabulous that you won't want to go ashore. The ship is luxuriously decorated with every ... Read More
Travel agent recommended Oceana and booked this Mediterranean cruise for us. The shore excursions were fine, but the onboard experience was so fabulous that you won't want to go ashore. The ship is luxuriously decorated with every possible activity you'd want. There is a reason that Oceana gets Best Dining Cruises. The dining experience was wonderful. But the best part of the Riviera experience had to be the exquisite service throughout the ship. The cabin was nicely appointed and well laid out. The bath was especially nice. I used the fitness center often and appreciated the advice of the staff there. My wife made many trips to the spa. She was hooked on the massage experience and the acupuncture. The topside track was a great place to run, with a good supply of cold water always available. This was our first Oceana cruise, but now I won't look for cruises based on destination, but look to see where the Riviera will be sailing. Probably not a good cruise to take children on, since I didn't see any children or activities suited for them. Can't wait to go back on the Riviera. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our fourth Oceania cruise. We have sailed on the sister ship Marina, as well. We are well acquainted with the superb cuisine, the impeccable service, the onboard entertainment, and quality of the staterooms. There is no ... Read More
This was our fourth Oceania cruise. We have sailed on the sister ship Marina, as well. We are well acquainted with the superb cuisine, the impeccable service, the onboard entertainment, and quality of the staterooms. There is no comparison to the larger megaships for attention to detail. The specialty restaurants are particularly excellent, but the grille and buffet offerings at the Terrace Café, or in the Main Dining Room, are also a serious cut above other cruise lines. The choice of destinations (i.e., the western Med) was a particular reason for choosing this trip. We are partial to small private tours (6-8 people), so we do not often elect the group tours offered by the ship. One negative - the ship excursion to Cinque Terre was not delivered as promised in the brochure and excursion sheets: We did not see as many towns as listed, and the stops in two of the villages were so short that the entire allotted time was spent standing in line for a restroom at a restaurant or bar (I paid eight euros for a glass of wine for the privilege of standing on a line for the one unisex restroom in a small bar - and then had to run to meet up with the group at the railway station). We were credited aa 20% refund on our excursion cost - still 60% higher than the private tours we booked. I expected a full price credit toward a future cruise. Other than that, where the ship and its amenities are concerned, I have no complaints whatsoever. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I had been on other cruises with 2 other cruise lines and my sister on 3 other cruise lines but we did not know how enjoyable cruising could be until Oceania. From embarkation which was seamless to the comfort of our cabin and bed, this ... Read More
I had been on other cruises with 2 other cruise lines and my sister on 3 other cruise lines but we did not know how enjoyable cruising could be until Oceania. From embarkation which was seamless to the comfort of our cabin and bed, this was an incredible experience. The food was fantastic at every venue, although my least favorite was Red Ginger, and high tea daily was exceptional. We loved the Strings quartet which played during tea and in Grand Bar. The shows I saw were well done and the talent enjoyable. The Broadway and Lights, Camera, Movies shows were both fun. Loved trivia 2x/day and Name that Tune. The service in the restaurants, reception, bars, spa. Etc was terrific. The shore excursions were great but my one complaint was not all moderate activity level excursions were equal. I have some mobility issues so I tried to pick excursions where I could keep up, but whereas some were easy,some were near impossible. The guides were very accommodating however and worked with me. I think my next cruises will be with Oceania from now on. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our 3rd Oceana Cruise, and we choose this itinerary because visiting Barcelona Spain was at the top 1/3 of our bucket list and we wanted to experience one of Oceana's newer and larger ships. Neither disappointed. The Riviera ... Read More
This was our 3rd Oceana Cruise, and we choose this itinerary because visiting Barcelona Spain was at the top 1/3 of our bucket list and we wanted to experience one of Oceana's newer and larger ships. Neither disappointed. The Riviera is a FABULOUS vessel, extremely well designed and magnificently appointed. As usual the staff experience was beyond compare. We enjoyed the entire itinerary, especially Barcelona to Barcelona, Monaco, Palma de Mallorca, Malta and Pompeii (Lavorno). The newer staterooms are not only more spacious but are even better laid out than their predecessors and the new baths are fantastic. The beds, bedding and linens are a real indulgence and much appreciated. One disappointing note, the food quality has definitely slipped since our initial sailing in '07. Especially disappointing this trip was the food at the Polo Grill, mediocre at best. Both new specialty restaurants Jaques and especially Red Ginger were superb. We will definitely cruise with Oceana again, but hope the food notes are taken seriously by management. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I consider our other 10 cruises as trial runs for an Oceania cruise. The Riviera so far surpassed accoutrements, service and food of other cruise lines that I think I'm spoiled forever. The cabin was perfectly appointed, each ... Read More
I consider our other 10 cruises as trial runs for an Oceania cruise. The Riviera so far surpassed accoutrements, service and food of other cruise lines that I think I'm spoiled forever. The cabin was perfectly appointed, each restaurant was unique and delicious, and the buffet was absolutely amazing in its selection and quality of food (and service - there weren't a gazillion hands on the food but, rather, servers who filled out plates). In fact, the breakfast croissants were so incredible that when we were in France we didn't bother with our usual search for a real French croissant. We took only one excursion and are so glad we picked this one - the Caves of the Dragon in Mallorca. Incredible stalactites and stalagmites with a beautiful concert on a gently gliding board in the cave's amphitheater at the end. Really extraordinary. I highly recommend signing up with Cruise Critics' Roll Call to meet other cruisers on your ship and plan excursions together. That's how I met some wonderful folks as we shared a van to and from Florence. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because we found a really good price and since we had previously sailed on Oceania, we knew we would enjoy it. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We arrived at the cruise port at about 11:00 and were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we found a really good price and since we had previously sailed on Oceania, we knew we would enjoy it. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We arrived at the cruise port at about 11:00 and were allowed to board, had a nice lunch, and then got to our rooms about 2:30. Food was great. We especially enjoyed the food in the specialty restaurants. Oceania allows you to make reservations at all four restaurants for no extra charge. Wait staff was attentive and welcoming. This particular cruise was port heavy. Ten days with only one sea day. Most of Oceania's excursions are pricey, so we only did two ship's tours (courtesy of our ship board credit). Both tours had excellent tour guides and gave good information. Oceania did provide free shuttle service from the pier to the towns at several ports. We had free internet and it was terrible. Hopefully those who paid for access had better connection and faster time than we did. We had a veranda cabin on the 7th deck. Our cabin was fine. Although we personally would have preferred a larger shower than to have both a tub and shower. We found the bed very comfortable. The ship is showing a little wear, but nothing unacceptable. Amenities are BVLGARI brand and very nice. Attendants were attentive and helpful. We have also sailed on Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Regent, and Celebrity. Oceania is one of our favorites. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We signed up for the cruise the end of March because of a great sale. We were a group of 4 couples; 2 veteran, 2 novice. The two new couples to cruising on Oceania had their expectations far exceeded ( we all took the O Life option ). The ... Read More
We signed up for the cruise the end of March because of a great sale. We were a group of 4 couples; 2 veteran, 2 novice. The two new couples to cruising on Oceania had their expectations far exceeded ( we all took the O Life option ). The two veteran had our expectations met. All had a great time in spite of one of the novice couples being pick pocketed in Barcelona upon arrival at the airport ( cash and passports ). The crew has always cheerful and helpful. Don't forget that the dining is the best on the seven seas ( although we were somewhat disappointed in Red Ginger this time ). Great cruise, great value! We shared wine brought in from the daily port of call with the group in one of our cabins , before heading out to our dinner venue of the evening. Between the four couples we must have brought on a total of 20 bottles. From what I understand, this is the only cruise line that will tolerate this. We really did cruise our way. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, even though we have been to some of these ports before, there were many new ports of call. The food and service in the Red Ginger and the Tuscan Steakhouse specialty restaurants has been beyond ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, even though we have been to some of these ports before, there were many new ports of call. The food and service in the Red Ginger and the Tuscan Steakhouse specialty restaurants has been beyond expectations. The food and service in the Grand Dinning Room has been good to excellent. The food and service in the Terrace Cafe has been good to average. Many of the excursions have been bad, good and great. It's hard to rate excursions because not all tastes are the same. If you haven't cruised much, some ports of call may seem boring and a waste of time and money but I think it's safe to say don't bother visiting the village of Sagunto in the port of Valencia. The Emerald Grotto excursion in the Amalfi/Positano port is a total ripoff, don't waste your money ! In the port of Split, Croatia, skip Ancient Salona and spend all your time inside the walls off Diocletian Palace.In Ravenna, Italy, skip Comacchio Lagoon fishing village. We arrived in Barcelona two days before embarkation , stayed at the Hotel Colon, which is across from The Cathedral of Barcelona . Great location. Try and get a room with a terrace overlooking the plaza of the cathedral. We visited the Gaudi House and got tickets online before leaving California thru an app called Tiquets, avoid the lines, use the app. This is our fifth cruise on Oceania and this embarkation went very smooth. Our cabin number was 6079. Very good location . Grand Dining Room, Casino, Boutiques, and Showroom were one floor below us. Laundry room one floor above and elevator close but not heard. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Loved the Ports! There were 11 of us. All our family. Had a wonderful time, the kids are teenagers and enjoyed, St. Tropez and Ibiza. We had great dinners at the restaurants, and the help was fabulous. With the exception of the ... Read More
Loved the Ports! There were 11 of us. All our family. Had a wonderful time, the kids are teenagers and enjoyed, St. Tropez and Ibiza. We had great dinners at the restaurants, and the help was fabulous. With the exception of the Vista Suite my wife and I had taken, it was wonderful. We were over the thrusters and the anchor and it was miserable early morning awakened by the noise of coming into port, and when we left port late at night we would have to wait until they departed before we went to bed. I would have taken a lesser room mid ship had I known that was going to happen. We enjoyed the ports, and again, it was an amazing family vacation. The weather was great in every port, the kids worked out in the gym, we are planning another trip on the Marina to Russia next year, and I will make sure our suite is not on top of the anchor or Thrusters. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
First time cruising with Oceania and definitely won't be the last. The food was amazing, the staff was very attentive and with only one child onboard there was a whole level of calm that I have never experienced on a cruise before. ... Read More
First time cruising with Oceania and definitely won't be the last. The food was amazing, the staff was very attentive and with only one child onboard there was a whole level of calm that I have never experienced on a cruise before. I don't dislike children, but also don't want to vacation with other people's children, so there was an entire layer of chaos removed immediately. I could tell the moment we walked on that it was going to be a whole new experience. As far as other passengers go, I wasn't sure what to expect. Thought it could be a whole group of snotty rich folks, but everyone was very nice and friendly, and the "country club casual attire" was great, and was nice to not have an official formal night. There was never huge amounts of people in the pool and hot tub area, so nice and relaxing. The food in every restaurant was incredible, including the buffet. Everything was fresh and delicious. Was so great NOT to see large vats of food that have been sitting for hours. My favorites were the Polo Grill and Jacques. If you are a seafood fan, you can pretty much have lobster everyday. They even have a "surf n turf" sandwich in the Terrace Grill. My only criticism would be the production entertainers. The dancers were great, the singers not so much. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all ... Read More
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all interesting and well-organized. Honfleur was wonderful to stroll through. We took a specialized private tour with Overlordtour to the Canadian D-day landing sites, museum and cemetery. Well worth it. I love the libraries on the Marina and the Riviera -- extensive book selection, gorgeous leather armchairs and proximity to the Illy cafe with madeleines and cappuccinos. The food is to die for, not just in the specialty restaurants but all through the ship. After dinner, we often went to the piano bar to listen to the talented Valentina. On both cruises I have taken to date with Oceania I have taken a culinary class. You certainly pick up skills and enjoy a gourmet meal that you have cooked. This time I spent some time in the gym -- it has everything plus a view. Oceania in my view has achieved perfection for its guests. If you want to party every night or have small children, it is not the solution, but if you are 50+ foodies who want to travel in style, hard to imagine anything better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Chose this trip because of itinerary and time of year, in addition to Oceania's "O" live promo. Deciding to choose a package tour. It worked out great for us. The service aboard was just amazing. I had a very pleasant ... Read More
Chose this trip because of itinerary and time of year, in addition to Oceania's "O" live promo. Deciding to choose a package tour. It worked out great for us. The service aboard was just amazing. I had a very pleasant experience. Every corner of the ship was in impeccable condition. The food was terrific for us. We visited all of the restaurants. The only negative about the restaurants is that they need to change the curtain situation; there are magnificent views from the windows, and they had curtains in all indoor restaurants that covered about 1/4 of the view. Understand something is needed for direct sun or heavy glare, but the curtains hang at a diagonal from top to bottom. Every port of call on this voyage was good in our estimation. Crew got everyone on and off very effectively when the ship tendered and easy on/off when docked. Have booked another Oceania cruise in November in South America. This time on the smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
This cruise being a repositioning cruise offered a penthouse with butler at an affordable price on one of Oceania newer vessels the Riviera..The butler was able to get us into the specialty restaurants on additional nights as well as ... Read More
This cruise being a repositioning cruise offered a penthouse with butler at an affordable price on one of Oceania newer vessels the Riviera..The butler was able to get us into the specialty restaurants on additional nights as well as deliver in room breakfast of any food not only the ones listed on the breakfast card Highlights included some outstanding tours particularly the one organized by the Culinary Institute in Madeira which includes sampling wines shopping in an open market where we were give 5 euros per individual to buy food and lunch where we were able to taste some local dishes such as the black scabbard fish The ships food is excellent and I particularly love the lobster tails off the grill. The entertainment ranged from excellent to mediocre depending on the evening The room stewards were excellent and so was our butler We only travel on Oceania because there in no dressup and no photographer Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We have looked at Oceania cruises and always thought they were a bit too expensive for us. We were sent details of a repositioning cruise from the Med to Miami at a great price with several freebies thrown in.... free wifi, free transfers, ... Read More
We have looked at Oceania cruises and always thought they were a bit too expensive for us. We were sent details of a repositioning cruise from the Med to Miami at a great price with several freebies thrown in.... free wifi, free transfers, $1000 on board credit and a drink package so we gave in to temptation. Having completed the cruise on Riviera we are now spoiled for cruising with any other company! We flew from Heathrow to Barcelona then had a shared transfer, arranged by our agent, which was not great. Having landed at 2pm we didn't get on board till after 4pm. Last boarding was 4.15 so we just squeaked in, phew. We had no time to check out our cabin because it was time for safety drill. Just grabbed our life jackets after spotting our bottle of champagne chilling nicely in an ice bucket. A very nice welcome touch. We chose this cruise especially so we could visit Bermuda and the Bahamas, new destinations for us. The other ports (Cartagena, Malaga, Funchal) we had visited before. We prefer to do our own thing in ports, excursions are too restricting for us and we knew we could find our way around the ports with ease. The highlights on board for us were the concierge facility, speciality dining restaurants and the lovely staff. We had a cabin on deck 9, just a short walk to the laundry and concierge. We used all of the specialty restaurants, our favourite was Red Ginger and we paid extra for a night at La Reserve for a 7 course extravaganza with wine matched to each course. That was wonderful. Our wine package provided free drinks at lunch and dinner. The wines were hand poured, topped up frequently and we were able to have different wines with each course if we wanted to. We got into the habit of having a glass of champagne as we selected from the menu then moved on to a red or white with our main course. The wifi on board is a bit of a joke, so glad we didn't pay for it. But I was able to send emails with photo attachments if I persevered. Opening the door of the cabin improved the signal and going up to the library on deck 14 helped too. The lecturers on board were a mixed bag. An awful woman who was doing history of navigators, she should not be allowed to lecture as she merely read from the PowerPoint slides she had made. I walked out after 5 mins and never went back. The naval officer who lectured was brilliant, a proper presentation style and interesting subject matter on naval battles. We were lucky enough to have some ex Apple employees on board who did a couple of help sessions for iPhone and iPad. Very useful. Entertainment is not really our thing. The singers and dancers were fine, they had great back lighting and sets which enhanced the shows. We missed the soloists, think we were eating! We saw two comedians. One should have been keel hauled for telling jokes we had all heard before, although some audience members yucked it up. The second one was much better with great audience interaction. Can't remember their names so they weren't that memorable. Cabin service was excellent, our room maid introduced herself and always greeted us by name. Her helper was friendly too and they worked so hard to keep our cabin tidy. Not an easy job when we were making a boat for the sailing competition! Lots of scrap left lying around and an overflowing rubbish bin most days. We enjoyed our overnight stay in Bermuda. We took the ferry to Hamilton, not really worth a visit in our opinion but we used it as a staging point to get the bus to the beaches. We walked from Warwick Long Bay to Horseshoe Bay, as described on the cruisecritic boards. We then caught a bus to Somerset bridge, walked a bit of the old Railway Trail then caught a third bus back to the dockyard. Nassau was interesting. Still some debris lying around from the storms but the clean up has been done amazingly well. We walked up the Queens steps to the fort then on via the heritage village and national art gallery to Adastra zoo. We didn't go in, at $18 each we felt it was too expensive. I know, we spent £100s on the cruise, but we felt we wouldn't get value from the zoo. Instead we went to Arawak Cay and had conch at Goldies restaurant. Delicious! In Miami we used the ship transfer, although we already had a pre paid shared transfer to the airport. The Big Bus company collected us from the port, stored our luggage, took us on a tour then shuttled us to the airport. Good value at $79 each. Yes, dearer than the zoo but exactly what we needed to use up the time till our flight home. As I said in my title the only thing not to like was the cookies. Celebrity line does them better, but that won't stop us from looking out for another Oceania cruise. Thanks for reading. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We enjoy the sea days on repositioning cruises, and this 14-day Oceania Riviera voyage from Barcelona to Miami gave us five in a row, from Madeira to Bermuda. The meals were excellent, and the service exceptional. The penthouse suite ... Read More
We enjoy the sea days on repositioning cruises, and this 14-day Oceania Riviera voyage from Barcelona to Miami gave us five in a row, from Madeira to Bermuda. The meals were excellent, and the service exceptional. The penthouse suite cabin was very roomy with a comfortable bed and lots of storage space, including a walk-in closet. The cruise director, Nolan Dean was among the best (great sense of humor, and a high level of energy) we have had on Oceania or Azamara. In addition, the art class, expertly provided by Graham Denison the resident artist in the Artist’s Loft, was really fun. We painted in acrylics, although his forte is oil, using the palette knife. There were typically two class sessions per day during sea days. One small downside to our experience was that team trivia was held in the lounge, using theatre style seating. This is not very conducive to team trivia. The other negative point was the disembarkation in Miami, which was disorganized and very slow. In summary, however, this was an A level cruise. We do love Oceania! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Took a Transatlantic cruise on Riveira. If u want comfort, good food, service, good cabin space , excursion treats and a happy smiles from all those who surround u----then take a Oceania. They are truly a notch above Celebrity, RCCL ... Read More
Took a Transatlantic cruise on Riveira. If u want comfort, good food, service, good cabin space , excursion treats and a happy smiles from all those who surround u----then take a Oceania. They are truly a notch above Celebrity, RCCL and Princess. You pay for what u get and that is Oceania all ways. The port selections of Barcelona, Carthegena,Malaga, Madeira, Bermuda and Nassau were excellent. Took short 4 hr tours at each port. Gave a good overview Seas were never an issue. Even though ship smaller than the mega ships they sail relatively smooth. Pax are about 1250 @ max Specialty restaurants are wonderful. Food delicious and service excellent. You get served at Terrace Cafe . Spa area including work out and steam baths delightful. With smaller amount of pax onboard, makes everything easy, embarkation and disembarkation Customer Services is always willing to help. They are quite accommodating. Shoppes on board a bit pricey and selection limited in clothes. Lots of jewelry and watches. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We wanted an R&R trip and we prefer "sea days." This trip met our goal, and Riviera was loaded with extras -- attention to small details. We've now gone on one Oceania "small ship" and one "big ... Read More
We wanted an R&R trip and we prefer "sea days." This trip met our goal, and Riviera was loaded with extras -- attention to small details. We've now gone on one Oceania "small ship" and one "big ship" and we're definitely like the Oceania staff's service and attitude -- polite friendly and proud of doing their jobs well. Most of our fellow passengers had traveled on Oceania before also -- the large number of "repeaters" testifies to the quality of the Oceania shipboard experience. We only went to a couple of the evening entertainments so can't express much of an opinion on them, although the one "whole cast" show we attended was very well done. And we didn't attend any of the Enrichment Talks -- this was an R&R trip and all we wanted to do was read, enjoy the sea air, look at the ocean and sleep! And we mostly did just that. All in all, a very satisfactory trip. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
The transatlantic was my first. It was a bit cool on a few days but NO SNOW as at home. The food is top notch and the service impeccable. The entertainment was diversified and wonderful. The Riviera show troupe were very talented as ... Read More
The transatlantic was my first. It was a bit cool on a few days but NO SNOW as at home. The food is top notch and the service impeccable. The entertainment was diversified and wonderful. The Riviera show troupe were very talented as was the Social director Emmanuella Adda . She and the cruise director , Nolan Dean, put on a great show. The orchestra in the evening and at afternoon tea were terrific. Disembarkation was a bit slow but that is due to CBP only having 4 to handle 1000. I did not take any shore excursions as I am a free spirit and do not like going with the masses. I had already been to Barcelona and Miami so did not do city tours but would recommend a few days early in Barcelona to explore this beautiful city. I went down the hill in the basket in Funchal!!!! I would very likely do this again as you get to spend more time enjoying the ship itself. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We just returned from our 21 cruise with oceania and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding and the service is splendid. From juice coffee and great omelet in the morning to a wonderful lunch in the afternoon, the nightly ... Read More
We just returned from our 21 cruise with oceania and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding and the service is splendid. From juice coffee and great omelet in the morning to a wonderful lunch in the afternoon, the nightly meal is out of this world ! You can enjoy grilled shrimp and lobster tails every evening at the terrace grill, which also has many other choices from salads to a carving station to desserts. From the loyalty programs that Oceania has, we took our free cruise (20) to the far east. Oh my, what an experience, no hangups, no delays, no missed connections. When we arrived in Singapore it was 6am and we could not board till 1pm, so Oceania took us to a 5star hotel where we were given a full breakfast buffet in a very good atmosphere and a lounge to rest . At 12 a bus furnished by Oceania took us to board the ship. Once again a smooth cruise, Boarding and leaving the ship is very efficient because of the number of passengers 1,250 on Riviera and Marina..Do yourself a favor and cruise Oceana!!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
From the moment we embarked at the port, we felt very welcomed. All of the crew we encountered at the restaurants, bars, pool deck, housekeeping,and security were wonderful. They all bent over backwards to make sure we had a positive ... Read More
From the moment we embarked at the port, we felt very welcomed. All of the crew we encountered at the restaurants, bars, pool deck, housekeeping,and security were wonderful. They all bent over backwards to make sure we had a positive cruise experience. Without a doubt, the food was delicious and the variety more than adequate. The daily tea was something we did not want to miss. Wonderful presentation of tea sandwiches and pastries and a string quartet to serenade us in a beautiful environment. We especially enjoyed dining at Red Ginger, a specialty restaurant. The cuisine was outstanding and the service even more so--a most memorable experience. This was our second cruise with Oceania and it was even more enjoyable than our first. We chose this particular cruise for the port itinerary and were not disappointed. The disembarkation process was well organized. This was a very memorable cruise experience and we look forward to sailing with Oceania soon. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Our travel agent suggested Oceania's Riviera for a sister's cruise, and we are so very happy she did! We didn't have cruising experience to which to compare, but we DO know quality and service. The Riviera provided these at ... Read More
Our travel agent suggested Oceania's Riviera for a sister's cruise, and we are so very happy she did! We didn't have cruising experience to which to compare, but we DO know quality and service. The Riviera provided these at every turn. The ship is beautiful, food was very good, service was outstanding! We did not have any problems with embarkation or disembarkation, but we have no comparisons. However, we were greeted with smiles, and they never stopped! The tour guides for excursions were knowledgeable and friendly. Julia on Bus 50 to Florence & Pisa (Tues, Nov 1) was outstanding! Having grown up in Florence, she gave great insight, and restaurant recommendations :) There was no problem with getting to buses or tenders. Oceania had a covered water/lemonade station at the tender in Portofino, which was so nice with the unseasonably warm temperatures. Nightly entertainment was enjoyable; Trivia every day was a blast! The Captain's Reception provided free champagne :) , and introduced us to a lovely couple, with whom we spent a lot of time. We also rocked out karaoke, and danced every night at Horizons. The cruise director, Nolan D, was fantastic! He was funny and charming, and knew everything :) Emmanuelle A, a beautiful and talented singer and director, was so sweet, I want to adopt her. Ismael, Destination Services, graciously helped us change an excursion. Agnes from Poland was professional and efficient, both at Terrace Cafe and the Grand dining room, and turned out to be hilarious! And, she was immediately by my side, ready to perform the Heimlich, when I started to choke from laughing at our great dinner companions. The whole cruise experience was smooth and lovely, while also being opulent and elegant. Although I've commented on our room in the "Cabin review" section, I would like to again thank our steward, Rosario, for his warmth and attention. Again, this was our first cruise, but neither of us can imagine a better experience. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We'd been with Oceania just once before, when Marina was new to the company, and were far from impressed by the poor levels of service, so vowed to give the company a miss! As we had cancelled a cruise with another 6* line, we ... Read More
We'd been with Oceania just once before, when Marina was new to the company, and were far from impressed by the poor levels of service, so vowed to give the company a miss! As we had cancelled a cruise with another 6* line, we decided to give Oceania another chance to impress. We spotted a decent deal , so opted for a shorter cruise on Riviera , and we are so very glad we did... It was wonderful, exceeding all expectations. As we were late , embarkation was speedy, our cabin was ready, but we were far too late for lunch! Our cabin was delightful and Oceania had kindly upgraded us to a deck 10 Concierge level. Sitting in the lovely cabin was a tempting bottle of decent champagne , so we decided to postpone unpacking, and enjoy the moment, sitting on our balcony, waiting for what turned out to be an excellent room service light lunch. A good start! The cabin was elegant , well laid out , with decor in serene tones. The bed, as we remembered , was sublimely comfortable with lovely linens, and plenty of fluffy towels in the bathroom which was first class, with both tub and shower cubicle, and to our delight, had a full range of a favourite Bulgari toiletries. We did eventually unpack, and had a stroll round the ship, familiarising ourselves with the layout, identical to sister Marina, with wonderful artwork, beautiful furniture, plenty of space and cosy bars. The deck area was superb, lots of lounge chairs, Balinese beds around the pool, and a decent range of sports activities laid out. As we'd had a very early start, we decided that we'd dine early, so showered and changed from our travel clothes into something more suitable for dining in style. We enjoyed relaxing cocktails in the Horizons lounge, but at an early hour it was very quiet.We had no reservation for that evening, so had lots of choice. We chanced trying one of the several speciality restaurants , and the friendly, efficient maître d' of the Polo Grill was happy to accommodate us . As a non meat eating guest, I wondered if this steak house style restaurant would work, but in fact there was a choice of several fish dishes, plus vegetable options. The meal was superb, the service efficient and friendly, and we settled to enjoy the first of many excellent meals. As we had a wine package, we were able to enjoy both white and red wines, poured by the glass, and finish with some excellent port. The package surprised us, as we'd anticipated just house reds and whites, but the " wine by the glass" menu had a wide choice to suit all palates. By the time we'd dined, we wanted nothing more than to listen to some live music , and to retire early, rocked by the gentle waves. We only managed to go to one of several shows just twice as there was only one each night, and dining was leisurely, but we did listen to an excellent singe on the one night we did go. It was nice to note, that on Oceania with its relaxed dress code ,most guests dressed as if going out to a good restaurant, cocktail dresses and smart jackets sported by the majority of couples As there was a port most days, we just got off the ship, and enjoyed whatever was on offer, be it architecture, scenery or local attractions. We'd visited all of the ports several times over the years, so shore excursions did no appeal. We loved revisiting the huge weekend market in Sete, stocking up with garlic, herbs and local specialities. Our cabin attendant was most appreciative of some wonderful freshly Nougat, which she had never tasted, and in each port we tried to find something small, local and inexpensive, which was much enjoyed by very hard working young lady. Another favourite port was Livorno, as we could catch the local bus to busy Pisa, with its amazing Miracle Square. Once we'd been to see the Baptistry, Cathedral and Leaning Tower, which were all teeming with locals, visitors and tour groups, we decided to just sit and watch the world go by ,sitting in a tiny restaurant, enjoying freshly made pizza and a pichet of local wine. By the time we'd caught the bus back to Livorno, to rejoin the ship, it was good to relax in the warm November sunshine by the pool. An officer told us that they were amazed by how kind the weather was being so late in the season! Each night we dined in a different venue , enjoying the wonderful cuisine in each, a favourite being the Italian Toscana . Oceania is known as a " foodie" line, and we had to pace ourselves, not wishing to expand our waistlines , so we ate sparingly for both breakfast and both lunch. Lunch was a delight with daily dishes on offer, excellent breads and cheeses, and we enjoyed a soup ,salad and fruit light meal daily . Each night we were astounded by the superb level of attentive service. We dined twice in the lovely, elegant ,spacious main dining room, but realised we preferred the intimacy of the speciality restaurants. Even on our last night, Polo Grill was able to find us a table, a lovely way to finish what had proved to be a superb cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2016
Let me start off by saying WOW!! I have sailed on other cruise lines to more local destinations in South Africa so it wasn't my first time @ the rodeo BUT my experience on the Oceania Nautica was nothing short of mind blowing!! ... Read More
Let me start off by saying WOW!! I have sailed on other cruise lines to more local destinations in South Africa so it wasn't my first time @ the rodeo BUT my experience on the Oceania Nautica was nothing short of mind blowing!! Embarkation and dis-embarkation were easy breezy, previous experiences on other cruises led me to dread these two activities and in fact I had nothing to worry about. It is a boutique cruise with roughly 500 - 600 guests so you make friends very easily. We stayed in a Veranda suite and the cabin was a good size with enough hanging space for clothes. The bathroom was a bit of a low point really as was the shower curtain but I have had much worse on other cruises. It was compact as to be expected but I felt like it could have been better. Friends of our in higher priced suites had much better bathrooms though. The Ship has two specialty restaurants on board as well as on deck Cafe, a Buffet restaurant and the "Grand Dining Room". There are two official Bars as well as a Lounge where they had evening shows which also had a bar. You can smoke in a dedicated Smoking Area in the top Bar as well as a certain area on deck. The Food is UNBELIEVABLE, every meal was just divine. I especially loved the 4 - 6 course meals we had in the Grand Dining hall with lots of wine between each course. Everyone we spoke too commented on how good the food was with comments like "The best cuisine @ sea" being spoken, The Casino was okay has few old machines but I feel it could have an upgrade. The staff were delightful at the restaurants and bars but we found the reception staff to be a little cold. We made such lovely friends on board and didn't want to leave :( To me a cruise is the absolute best as you unpack once and a new city or country comes to you every day. I can't wait for our next trip!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We read so many negative comments on Cruise Critic about the Sirena, we were worried about this experience ! Well, not to worry.... the cruise was wonderful ! Sirena is absolutely beautiful!!! Well appointed in every area! Horizons ... Read More
We read so many negative comments on Cruise Critic about the Sirena, we were worried about this experience ! Well, not to worry.... the cruise was wonderful ! Sirena is absolutely beautiful!!! Well appointed in every area! Horizons has been much improved and is lovely, even adding bathrooms! Contrary to many complaints I read, the food is still 5 star! Jacques Bistro at lunch in the GDR is a nice addition with yummy daily specials! Speciality restuants equally yum, especially Tuscan Steak House! The Terrace Cafe and new grill, the best!!!! STAFF is beyond compare!!! From first greeting to disembarkation goodbyes....the staff exceeded expectations! Shout outs to Veni. Waylon. Maria. Ariel Glen(room service was awesome). Angeline, Clifford, Lucy...... the list goes on and on Entertainment....diverse and enjoyable. Especially the Production Show company! They sang their hearts out for us!!! Guest lecturer....fascinating!!! A + Sirena and staff!!!! We did excursions on our own.... mostly hop on hop off buses. In Bermuda, we were right downtown Hamilton !!! That was awesome ! Read Less
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