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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Smaller ship for us which we enjoyed, clean, recently refurbished, no loud music, no kids on this cruise, many areas to read and relax, easy access around the ship, no lines, superb food, good selection of wine, smaller cabins and ... Read More
Smaller ship for us which we enjoyed, clean, recently refurbished, no loud music, no kids on this cruise, many areas to read and relax, easy access around the ship, no lines, superb food, good selection of wine, smaller cabins and particularly small shower area, plenty of storage. Excellent large library. Good fitness center not busy. Very nice large steam/shower room and the private hot tub, and rarely any other passengers on my many visits. We were a party of 10 sometimes eating dinner together and enjoyed the round tables for easier conversation. Particularly enjoyed the grilled lobster tails/jumbo very fresh tasting shrimp and sushi in the Terrace Cafe almost every evening. The illy coffee in the barista was outstanding. Non alcoholic drinks are all included. Entertainment/shows were ok for a small ship. Several movies. Nice laundry room normally not crowded takes tokens for nominal charge at reception desk. We would usually meet at Martini bar or Horizon lounge up top for pre dinner drinks. Our onboard credits more than covered all on board expenses including gratuities,alcohol and even some clothes purchased in the shop.We had read the many negative reviews prior to our cruise so we were pleasantly surprised as we certainly enjoyed the ship and the overall cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise for the ports. We flew into Barcelona on Sunday before the Tuesday cruise. We loved the Hilton, and had a great time viewing the sites. I had requested wheelchair access transportation, which was prompt and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We flew into Barcelona on Sunday before the Tuesday cruise. We loved the Hilton, and had a great time viewing the sites. I had requested wheelchair access transportation, which was prompt and available at the airport. There was a delay getting to the ship, due to traffic. Our room was lovely, spacious and room for wheelchair turn around. there were 2 problems. Our adult daughter slept on the hide a bed, which had an uncomfortable bar in the middle. She put her mattress on the floor to sleep. Staff saw this and brought a second matress, which helped some. However, the sofa bed is just not comfortable. I had difficulties with the height of the bed. it is too high for a direct wheelchair transfer. Luckily my husband can help me, but this could be a problem for someone who has to transfer directly from chair to bed. The overall appearance of the ship is great. Lovely decor, everything is spotless. The service in the dining venues is prompt and friendly. The Asian restaurant did not seem to have enough staff the night we ate there. We did not participate in the ships shore excursions, since they were not accessible for a wheelchair user. We also did not go to the entertainment, as we were usually tired after a day of touring. We really appreciated the crew's assistance in helping me on and off of the ship, especially when the ramps were steep of stairs. The only real complaint was that the request for accessible transportation was not carried forward to leaving the ship to go to the hotel. This was a bit of an ordeal, but the staff did find a cab that worked for us. We had to pay for the cab, after we had paid for the transfers as part of the hotel price. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We had a wonderful cruise on the Oceania Marina. Embarkation was fast and probably the easiest we have ever had. Once on board, all the crew were so very friendly. Not a single crew member failed to say hello or good morning or some ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise on the Oceania Marina. Embarkation was fast and probably the easiest we have ever had. Once on board, all the crew were so very friendly. Not a single crew member failed to say hello or good morning or some such greeting in the whole week we were on board and they all seemed genuinely happy to be there. We sure were! We did an upsell to a Penthouse Suite the week before we sailed and we were so glad that we did. The cabin was wonderful. We loved the extra space and the bathroom was so nice. Only problem with the cabin was that we are now spoiled. How will we go back to a veranda room? The food was top notch as always. Except for two nights in specialty dining (Polo and Toscana), we ate in the Terrace Buffet every night. The food there was so good that there was no need to go elsewhere. We loved the grilled shrimp and lobster available every night. After full days of touring, it was so nice to sit out on the open terrace and have a relaxing dinner as we sailed away from port. We had Prime Rib in Polo and it was outstanding. I had the lobster dish in Toscana and did not like it very much, but that was a matter of taste. It was too spicy for me but others liked it. We did not attend any of the entertainment. This was such a port intensive cruise that we were ready to relax in our beautiful cabin after dinner and get to bed early to get ready for a full day of touring. We did 4 of the Oceania excursions as they were included with our fare. We were pleased with all of them. The buses were comfortable and were never filled so we had room to spread out. All in all, this was a wonderful experience. We have cruised with several different lines, and Oceania is far and above all others in terms of service. We felt very special and enjoyed our cruise immensely. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
My wife and I were very happy with our cruise! The food and staff were excellent; the entertainment was better than I had expected and the ports of call were outstanding with very enjoyable tours and excursions. Actual Embarkation took ... Read More
My wife and I were very happy with our cruise! The food and staff were excellent; the entertainment was better than I had expected and the ports of call were outstanding with very enjoyable tours and excursions. Actual Embarkation took only a few minutes and we were in the room after a nice lunch and a short wait. Very pleased. The ship is in overall very good shape after the refurbishment. The room was small, especially the bathroom, but it is what I had expected. I used the Spa facilities many times which are excellent. Pool area was clean, plenty of chairs, but the pool is small. Public areas, the Casino, Bars, Dining Venues are all in excellent shape. There is a large library, internet room, Boutiques, card room, and plenty of places where someone can be by themselves if they so choose. The nightly entertainment was varied and very enjoyable for a small ship. The production team was the best I have seen on an Oceania ship. The string quartet, piano player in the bar, the Sirena Show Band and nightly dancing in Horizons were all wonderful. We enjoyed all of them!.More activities needed for the days at sea, but more than Riviera! The food is Outstanding, especially in the GDR and Red Ginger. The Terrace Cafe had several special ethnic cuisine nights and there was always a great variety.there. Best Oceania staff I have encountered. Waiters, Housekeeping,Spa personnel, were great, friendly and always helpful. Tours were well organized and very enjoyable. Loved the Cruise! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
If you love the Nautica, Insignia or Regatta you will love the Sirena - it is the same ship (almost). I have done over 35 cruises and 10 on Oceania. I sailed on the Sirena when it was the R4 and when it was the Pacific Princess. I love ... Read More
If you love the Nautica, Insignia or Regatta you will love the Sirena - it is the same ship (almost). I have done over 35 cruises and 10 on Oceania. I sailed on the Sirena when it was the R4 and when it was the Pacific Princess. I love Oceania and loved our most recent cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon. Some observations - Oceania billed this as a "renovated" ship" - I was not able to see much "renovation". New bed and new carpet - but that was about it. The food in the Grand Dinning room was even better than before and we chose it over the specialty restaurants on occasion. The loss of the Polo Grill is no big deal and the addition of Red Ginger is great. But Tuscan does not compare to Toscana - Tuscan was actually quite disappointing. Saw too many kids on the cruise - never saw that before on Oceania - not well received by the typical Oceania passenger. Oceania entertainment has always been third rate - they added a small production group to our cruise and it improved to 2nd rate. I had hoped with the presence of NCL that the entertainment would improve. The rooms are comfortable and the room attendants are terrific. As usual, Oceania's tours are grossly over priced and we continue to book our own when possible - did twice as much in Casablanca for 1/3 of the cost by booking our own tour. I see that a number of reviewers complained about how hard it is to get additional reservations at the specialty restaurants. You should know that the higher priced cabins can make reservations on line early - before the cruise and also get more guaranteed reservations. You need to go to the Terrace Cafe during the day and ask to put on wait list for the specialty restaurants. All in all - it was Oceania - we just booked two more cruises on them! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We had never travelled on Oceania but our travel agent recommended this cruise as we were going with our parents who are older people and need help in many ways. She said the service was great and the food was excellent and the itinerary ... Read More
We had never travelled on Oceania but our travel agent recommended this cruise as we were going with our parents who are older people and need help in many ways. She said the service was great and the food was excellent and the itinerary was also interesting for all our age ranges (from 10 to 82). Since we embarked the cruise we felt a personal service, we went to have lunch at the buffet and the waiters were ready at any moment to help my parents carry their plates or ask them if they needed something else. Before the drill someone from the crew came to my parents cabin and told them he was in charge of taking them to the drill station, help them put on their life jackets etc.. very nice of Oceania to do that. The cabins are very spacious and the shower is great. The cabin attendants great and the laundry area in each floor very useful. The food is simply fabulous either at the buffet or at any of the dinning rooms. You have many options to choose from. What I really liked is only the staff serves you the food from the buffet, you are not allowed to serve yourself which is good because you reduce the risk of transmitting viruses. We loved the ports, and the excursions were great. The Destinations crew was very professional and open. We were lucky that is was not too hot. The pool area is also very nice and the afternoon tea was great. My mom hurried us every day from the excursions so she could arrive in time for tea. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We just returned from Oceania's Riveria 17 day cruise(Medieval Meanderings) from Barcelona to Rome. This was actually two cruises combined - July 3 cruise Barcelona to Lisbon and July 10 cruise Lisbon to Rome. This was our 5th ... Read More
We just returned from Oceania's Riveria 17 day cruise(Medieval Meanderings) from Barcelona to Rome. This was actually two cruises combined - July 3 cruise Barcelona to Lisbon and July 10 cruise Lisbon to Rome. This was our 5th Oceania cruise. We cannot say enough good things about how fantastic this cruise was including the Oceania staff, food, ports, excursions and ship. We used Oceania Air arriving and departing day of cruise. I was somewhat concerned about this but it all worked out well. They provided tickets from Miami-to-Atlanta to Barcelona returning from Rome directly to Miami. We lucked out going over because we arrived in Barcelona at 8:15 in the morning and only waited about 15 minutes to go through their airport passport review. We heard later that people arriving had to wait over 3 hours for this process. We took a cab from the airport to the ship which only cost $39 euros and not a problem getting a cab. Oceania transfers were far more expensive. I was concerned about the return flight since it left at 10:40 in the morning the day we arrived in Rome but we used Oceania transfers at 7:00 am. (expensive $139 each) and we were at our gate ready to depart by 9:05 a.m. so it was not an issue at all. Once arriving at the port around 10:30. They had chairs in the waiting area and we were so happy that we hadn't run into issues with the travel we didn't mind the wait at all while talking to other passengers also arriving early. Oceania started boarding around 11:00 and we were able to get on around 11:30 since we did not have one of the priority cabins. We could immediately go to lunch on the ship. I cannot say enough about the quality of the food on the ship wherever we dined, the service, our stateroom attendants (OLGA) and general customer service. We believe the food and service has even gotten better if possible than our previous cruises. We had an inside cabin which is 175 feet. Only downside is the shower is very small. Most of our prior cruises have been in balcony cabins but with this cruise all day almost everyday at a port we were very happy with our cabin. We was center of the ship, quiet and good use of space. The best improvement with Oceania from our previous sailing is that for us we each had seven excursions included with our price and we thought the excursions were terrific. Also some of the stops Oceania provided shuttle to town center which were excellent. Aliciante Spain - since we arrived the day before we did not want to book an excursion here. We enjoyed taking the free shuttle from the ship walking around town. Almeria Spain - Oceania excursion - Clisol Greenhouses & Almerimar Marina - Wonderful. We visited one of the largest greenhouses, the owner explained the planting and harvesting process and we had a tasting. Then we strolled through the coastal resort town of Almerimar. Gibraltar, UK - we booked an excursion with other people on cruise critic. We used Rock Tours Gibraltar. Fabulous tour including the rock, the caves, castle, monkeys, beaches etc. Only complaint is that the guide did not return us to the port. He dropped us off in town telling us it was a 10 minute walk to the port. Walking fast it was almost 1/2 hour and this is not what was promised when we booked the trip. Being tired after touring all day he should have taken us at least to the security entrance at the port. Casablanca, Morocco - Oceania Tour - Imperial Rabat - Fascinating. This was the only port that was poor and in sharp contrast to the rest of the trip. We saw Al Fez mosque, Kasbah area etc. Lunch was provided in a local restaurant in the Kasbah (chicken). The food was okay but paled in comparison to any meal we had on the ship. However, eating lunch in this area is essential to being part of the local culture. We heard some comments from other people touring with us that they did not like the tour while others loved it. For us we are so glad we did it to see the actual life in Morocco and this is difficult to go outside of Casablanca on your own. Seville (Cadiz Spain) - Oceania Tour Scenic Cadiz & Flamenco - One highlight of our trip. First a city walk then Flamenco dancing with Tapas. I thought it strange when we signed up that the dancing was in the morning but it turned out great. The dancers were wonderful and the atmosphere of the restaurant wonderful. Tapas was just cheese and ham (which we don't eat) and 2 soft drinks and beer. Lisbon Portugal - Oceania Tour - Portuguese Riviera & Sintra - Explanations as we drove out of Lisbon about 1 hour ride to Sintra which is a beautiful mountain town. Toured the Queluz Place and then a little time to walk around time. Stopped on the way back to Lisbon at a picturesque harbor area to take pictures. Since we had 2 days in Lisbon the next day we did the hop on and off bus which gave us a great detailed view of the city. Beware however the bus did not stop at all the stops in the brochure and even though we boarded the bus near the port we had quite a walk back on the way back because he did not go back to that stop due to construction. Malaga, Spain - We met friends and road a horse and buggy around town. It is a beautiful place and after our ride we walked around the city and enjoyed visiting the market. Cartagena, Spain - Easy walk into town and enjoyed exploring Roman ruins the shops and going to a craft market that had items made by local artists. Ibiza, Spain - Oceania tour - Island Discovery and all day tour seeing the entire island with lunch. Saw a lot . Only objection is we took a long time driving to the north end for lunch in Portinatx at a restaurant with a beautiful view of the water. Seafood Paella was served which we didn't like at all. We've had other Paella in Spain that we like. Even the ice cream for dessert was inedible with chucks of ice (low quality). We has seen so many beautiful towns on the way here we would have been better off eating elsewhere. Barcelona Spain - We've been here many times before so we arranged for an English tour of the El Palau de la Musica Catalana. Just fabulous! Another highlight of the trip. We walked from the shuttle drop off (Columbus monument ) (about 20 minutes). Provence (Marseille) France - Oceania tour Aix-En-Provence & Marseille. Walking tour of Aix but this was a day after the terrible Nice attack and we were surprised how crowded the city was. The tours to Nice were cancelled. Good way to get to around but finding our bathroom was a major issue. Oceania should have something arranged for people on this tour. Only one of 4 public bathroom was working with a long waits and not convenient to where we were touring. The guide told us to use a bar after purchasing a meal. Everything was extremely crowded and this took away from our enjoyment of the area. We loved Marseille, the views from the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and walking around the boat area. Monaco - Right at the port is the hop on and off bus (20 euros) and this took us all over town. Fabulous way to see the city. We also visited the Oceanagraphic (14 euros) which was crowded. But we hadn't been to an Aquarium for a while so we enjoyed it. What an exciting place to dock. Fantastic views of the city, and enjoyed eating and watching to boats. Portofino Italy - Oceania Tour - Scenic Rapallo and Sestri - We walked through part of Portofino first then boarded a modern boat (good bathroom on the boat )to visit the other town. Another highlight of the cruise. Portfolio is small and the shopping is expensive. Beautiful riding along Italy's coast and seeing life in the towns. The tour was very well run with just enough time in each of the town we stopped at to enjoy walking around. The boat left each place exactly when they said so beware to be back on time. We elected to remain on the boat the last day of the cruise to relax before the long trip home. We had toured Florence before. Every meal we had on the ship was a work of art with taste to match even in the main dining room. Except for one day you could also have lunch there. Afternoon tea is wonderful even though with the full itinerary we only attended once. I can't express enough how the staff went out of their way to help us. The last night after 10:00 pm I realized I had a problem with the private transfer I had arranged to the airport. Even though the destination service desk was closed they were able to get us on their airport shuttle from the ship at 7:00 a.m. the next morning. That says it all. Also the Internet was hit and miss. Not as good as home but even in our inside cabin one of us using at a time we could at most times access it. When not many people were on the ship it was speedy, other times slow but very usable. We also had use of the computers in the computer room with our free internet access one at a time. Lecturers on the ship were good discussions of the history of our various ports of call. If unable to attend the lecture I was able to watch it on the TV in the stateroom. We enjoyed many of the shows on the ship. Nolan Dean is the best cruise director at sea. We loved listening to Emmanuelle Adda and she did a fantastic show with the music of La Mome Piaf. Also, the World Beat show was one of the best shows we've seen at sea and we've sailed Royal Caribbean, Holland, Celebrity etc. One problem we've never had on an Oceania cruise before. It was summer so we expected some children on the ship. As a grandparent I love children around. However, some parents allowed their children to run up and down the halls at all hours. We did not complain but I know people across the hall called the reception desk. After their formal complaint the running in the halls ended. We've done many trips but we never enjoyed, saw so many beautiful places, fantastic food and customer service as this cruise. Read Less
32 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This is a cruise for more discerning foodies who want quality, service and luxury and don’t want to be herded along with thousands of other passengers on a monster ship. After reading other reviews below, two alarm bells rang in our ... Read More
This is a cruise for more discerning foodies who want quality, service and luxury and don’t want to be herded along with thousands of other passengers on a monster ship. After reading other reviews below, two alarm bells rang in our minds. Firstly, that the ship had serious Norovirus problems during its recent Caribbean stint and secondly, that Oceania has recently been taken over by Norwegian and that standards and quality may have dropped. Fortunately, both concerns proved to be entirely unfounded. There has been no signs of norovirus aboard the ship since it crossed the atlantic to Europe. As to the second concern, the onboard service, portions and quality of the food and the overall attention to detail was also top notch. Not having sailed with Oceania before, if it has indeed deteriorated since Norwegian’s takeover, then I can only assume it was previously of Michelin three star quality! We did a 7 day cruise from Barcelona stopping at Palma, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Portofino, La Specia (Cinque Terra), Livorno and disembarking in Rome. The average age was about 50 ish, lower than we expected. Among the typical middle to older age cruisers were a noticeable number of younger couples and a few 3 generation family groups. Passengers were about 40% American, 30% British and an eclectic mix of French, Germans, Belgians, Russians and surprisingly, several Argentinians. Everyone was friendly and generally well behaved (unlike on certain larger cruise ships I could mention!). Embarkation was a breeze at 12.00pm with almost no queue. We were onboard within 15 minutes of exiting the taxi. Despite the slightly younger age, the ship was typically deserted each night by 11.30pm save for a handful of die-hards in the bars and casino. Perhaps this was due to the slightly limited entertainment options, or the port-intensive itinerary on this particular cruise, or perhaps just the rather high drinks prices. The Gym was well equipped with many cardio and weight machines plus limited freeweights. CONCIERGE LEVEL / LOUNGE Our cabin was about 6 doors away from the Concierge Lounge, which features 24 hour hot and cold drinks and biscuits/cookies, newspapers, an internet station and a periodically manned Concierge desk to assist with planning and info. So is a Concierge Level stateroom worth the €300 or so extra? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. Basically, the cabins are identical to non-Concierge balcony staterooms. You get to board the ship at 12.00pm as opposed to 1.00pm with the regular guests (whilst suite guests come aboard at 11.00am). There is a free bottle of drinkable champagne (real French variety, but an almost unknown brand). You get a laptop PC in your stateroom (or an ipad on request), priority advanced booking on the speciality restaurants, bulgari toiletries, an Oceania Tote Bag to take home, plus a few other odds and ends thrown in. I’d say that if you use the lounge frequently (it’s actually good for grabbing an early morning coffee and newspaper) then it is just about worth the extra. Otherwise you might as well book a regular stateroom. THE SHIP The ship is beautifully decorated and has a real opulent feel throughout. Being a medium sized cruise ship, it is possible to explore all the major areas of the ship in about 45 minutes, something that is definitely not possible on the larger behemoths. It is extremely easy to get around the ship. You can reach most places on the ship within 5 minutes. There are plenty of elevators and we never had to wait more than 10 seconds for one to arrive. There is one reasonable sized swimming pool (saltwater chlorinated) and two Jacuzzis with an ample supply of deckchairs and several bali beds. The only time we couldn’t get a chair directly around the pool was during 2 different sailaway times when everybody seemed to hit the pool deck. There are several bars on board, none of which ever seemed to be full and getting a seat was never an issue. SERVICE The service could not be faulted. The high crew/passenger ratio means that whatever you are doing, there always seems to be a crew member (or three) ready to assist you. In the buffet restaurant, this almost gets annoying. Perhaps due to the norovirus risk, every station is manned with numerous personnel waiting to pick out the items you select and place them on a plate for you (no passenger is allowed to touch the buffet food!). More waiters then even offer to carry your plates to your table (I can carry my own buffet plate thank you!). It is great however if you forget your drink, or need a sauce bottle, etc etc. Almost all crew members greet you when you pass in the corridor and several will remember your name next time they see you despite there being 1200 passengers on board. Service levels are clearly drummed into them from day one. FOOD / DRINK One word, outstanding! We did not have a bad meal during the entire week and we sampled each and every dining option at some point. The food is fresh and tasty and there is no feeling of mass production that you get on the larger ships. The buffets are both amazing with a wide selection. Each of the speciality restaurants even has its own dedicated galley, ensuring each particular restaurant runs like clockwork. Our favourites were Polo Grill (an opulent Steakhouse with warm wood and button leather chairs you sink into) and Red Ginger (Asian fusion cuisine with sushi, Japanese, Indonesian and thai dishes. Red Ginger elicited a “wow” from every passenger we spoke to. Polo Grill served delicious Black Angus USA meat which did not disappoint. Jacques (French) served fantastic typical French food, but we were not particularly impressed by the décor, which seemed disjointed and somewhat clashed with the surrounding ship fittings and layout. Toscana (Italian) was also impressive and elegant, but we find Italian food very samey and predictable, and this restaurant did nothing much to stand out from the crowd. If you like Italian, you will surely love it though. Drinks onboard are very expensive. Everything is in US Dollars. A half-decent glass of wine, a cocktail or a name-brand mixer will cost you $15 once the 10% Spanish sales tax and 18% onboard gratuity has been added. Piña Coladas are particularly bad value given that the non-alcoholic version is available free in all bars, so you are basically paying $15 for a shot of rum! The frequent happy hours (2 for 1) can help a bit, but many people swore the measures were smaller during happy hour. The wine selection was reasonable but rather limited for Spanish wines (the ship sailed from Barcelona after all!)The mark up is also very high. For example, Protos Crianza Ribera del Duero (which costs $18 in most European supermarkets) was over $75 onboard including taxes etc. Knowing this, we brought onboard our full allowance of 3 bottles of wine per stateroom, for which you can open in the restaurants and pay a $25 corkage charge. If you enjoy bottles that cost over $30 in the supermarket, you will definitely save money doing this, plus you will draw envious glances from fellow diners who are stuck with a $15 value Zinfandel and wish they had done the same. We saw one theatre show (an excellent tribute to Edith Piaff) and we saw the comedian in Horizons Lounge one night. Entertainment on Riviera is low key, so if you are the type that needs to be constantly entertained, then best to choose another ship. All entertainment takes place only at 9.00 – 10.00pm, so if you like to eat late, it is easy to miss everything. We explored certain ports independently, as the ship excursions were ridiculously overpriced. PALMA We took the free shuttle round the harbour to the cathedral. We then walked a couple of blocks behind the cathedral where there is a bicycle rental shop. We rented a couple of bikes and followed the extensive trail of bike paths throughout the city and along the seafront (runs for several kilometres). We booked lunch at Ola Del Mar in Portixol, easily the best seafood restaurant for the money in the Palma area. MONTE CARLO Catch the Bateau Bus (water bus) across the harbour and then explore all the main sights on foot. The town is all steep hills but there are several public elevators dotted around to assist you if you know where to look. PORTOFINO We did the hike across the headland to San Frutuosso (about 2.5 miles). The views are spectacular but the trail is difficult in parts and not for the unfit or the faint hearted!!! We had lunch by the beach and then caught the ferry back to Portofino, which leaves from the far end of the bigger beach every 30 minutes past the hour (weather permitting). For an easier trip, simply catch the return ferry between Santa Margarita – Portofino – San Frutuosso and spend an hour in each place. CINQUE TERRA (LA SPECIA) A free bus takes you to the cruise terminal. We then walked 400 yds along the promenade and then caught the ferry, which stops in turn at each of the 5 famous villages. There is also a train line serving all but one of the villages. Best to do some internet homework on which village you want to explore. The only one with a sandy beach is Monterrossa and only the train goes to Corniglia. ROME After getting the free bus to the port terminal, walk the 15 minutes or get a taxi to the train station then catch a train directly into Rome. For Vatican area, stop at ‘St Pietro’, or for Pantheon/Spanish Steps/Trevi Fountain/Collosseum etc, go to ‘Termini’. Train ticket is about €7 each way and takes 45 mins to an hour depending on being a fast or slow train. Overall, we loved the ship and would thoroughly recommend it. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Its an excellent value for the money compared to may upscale cruises. Everything first rate and staff could not do enough. Some of the excursions just okay but still fantastic. I'd rather they gave less excursions but better ones! ... Read More
Its an excellent value for the money compared to may upscale cruises. Everything first rate and staff could not do enough. Some of the excursions just okay but still fantastic. I'd rather they gave less excursions but better ones! The food is the finest I've had at sea. They could use a cigar room on board-they have a place for cigarette smoking but not cigars which seemed rather unfair. An older clientele-ranging from 60-70 years mostly. Make sure you take drink package otherwise you will feel ripped off if you like to indulge. Cabin nice size and beautiful tile bathroom which was quite comfortable size fore a cruise ship. Dont pay extra for concierge service didnt find it necessary or that helpful. I liked the casual country club dressing-stylish yet comfortable. The shows were nice but I wish they had more music and dancing for 50's crowd. Wouldve like to try the culinary classes people seemed to genuinely enjoy them. If you go to Marseille dont bother getting off the ship-dirty and a little unsafe-take an excursion and go to Provence or stay on ship to relax and enjoy the beautiful ship. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We chose this cruise because of the unique seven day point to point itinerary, from Barcelona to Rome. We are still working and like to spend some of our vacation time exploring on land, so we ended our trip exploring some areas in Italy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the unique seven day point to point itinerary, from Barcelona to Rome. We are still working and like to spend some of our vacation time exploring on land, so we ended our trip exploring some areas in Italy we have not seen...Bologna and Lake Como. This particular itinerary intrigued us as it had some very long port times in Monte Carlo and Cinque Terre, the latter has been on the "bucket list" for some time. And, despite many trips to the countries included on this cruise, we'd also never seen Palma de Mallorca or Portofino. In Livorno, we visited Lucca, which was missed on a land trip to Tuscany. To sum it up, this was a perfect itinerary. Embarkation in Barcelona...it seemed like only a few minutes and we were on board enjoying a lunch in Terrace Cafe. Our Cabin was available shortly after lunch, which allows us time to change and visit the fitness center for a work out befor the drill. All the ports exceeded expectations. We particularly loved Palma and Portofino. While Cinque Terre is difficult to see in a day the long port time gave us the ability to visit all 5 villages. The cabin was spacious and very comfortable. Our cabin attendant, Olga, and our butler Antony provided the best service we have ever had on a cruise. This was our third Ocenia cruise and it still managed to exceed our expectations. We are very port oriented and are content with lounge performances prior to dinner for our nightly entertainment. Oceania is like a floating high 4* star hotel in this respect. We appreciate the independent, quiet "non- cruisy" atmosphere. The wonderful dinners in the evening after a day exploring in port make for a perfect cruise. Service in Terrace was particularly good on this cruise. Except for one miss with a dish in one specialty restaurant all of our dining experiences were exceptionally good. We particularly like Oceania for the spacious dining rooms. We also took our first fitness class on Oceania on this cruise..a spin class. I was very pleased...it was very challenging and I enjoyed it immensely. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We, too, were on the Sirena inaugural cruise. This was, obviously, a shake-down cruise and while most of the cosmetic changes had been made, a lot of work remained to be done. Still, our Penthouse Suite was fully furnished upon arrival, ... Read More
We, too, were on the Sirena inaugural cruise. This was, obviously, a shake-down cruise and while most of the cosmetic changes had been made, a lot of work remained to be done. Still, our Penthouse Suite was fully furnished upon arrival, and Oceania went all-out of make it a special event, with Jacques Pepin and his family on board for part of the trip to smooze with the guests. A welcome improvement to our stateroom was the installation of walk-in showers in place of baths. We found the new specialty restaurant arrangement a mixed success. The Tuscan Steak (Italian and steak house) had both superb food and service. But the Red Ginger was such a grave disappointment that we cancelled our second night there. If you want Asian while on the Sirena, we suggest the wok cooked-to-order in the Terrace Café; we found it high-superior to Red Ginger. Entertainment in the Sirena Lounge is more professional. But this isn't a Disney boat and makes no pretense of being one. It is, by and large, a ship that caters to those 55+ who want a comfortable, relaxed voyage without hassle, and for these purposes Oceania's Sirena delivers as well if not better than any ship we've been on. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We were on the Marina 3 years ago and was not wowed. This time it had improved tremendously. The food and service was much better. We had one bad meal in the Dining Room and the rest were either good to GREAT! My favorite dining ... Read More
We were on the Marina 3 years ago and was not wowed. This time it had improved tremendously. The food and service was much better. We had one bad meal in the Dining Room and the rest were either good to GREAT! My favorite dining experience was in Toscanno and least favorite specialty was Red Ginger. (It was the opposite last time) The only negatives were the high price of excursions. We did most on our own but had to do the Alhambra in Granada as we couldn't find space on a private tour. We paid $320.00 each for such excursion, while the private tours were running approximate $150.00 per person. The entertainment at night was not terrific, and most of the time we didn't bother going. The best capacino's are in the coffee shop near the library. (love the biscotti's) It is just such a beautiful ship, never had to wait for anything. The ship was kept ship shape! There is no nickel and diming like we have experienced on Celebrity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Standards onboard were excellent, we have sailed 7 times now with them and have always had brilliant food and service second to none. Ship is as beautiful now as she was 3 years ago. A lovely feeling throughout the ship. A lot of ... Read More
Standards onboard were excellent, we have sailed 7 times now with them and have always had brilliant food and service second to none. Ship is as beautiful now as she was 3 years ago. A lovely feeling throughout the ship. A lot of cruise lines seem to be cutting back but we have seen no sign of this with Oceania. One word of warning we had a lovely penthouse suite with a large balcony (7133) but on docking when the bow thrusters were used it badly shook the suite, don't know why!! our neighbours didn't feel it. but it certainly woke us up every morning. (ok I suppose if you are an early riser) We will certainly avoid that one next time. Excellent shows by CD Ray Michaels and also onboard was ex CD Nolan Dean (Hosting activites to help out as new cast had just boarded) his show was excellent and the final song he sang with his partner Emanuelle was great, she also did her own show with the songs of Edith Piaf, what a performance!! she put so much emotion into it - brilliant night. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
My husband and I sailed on Oceania's 1,200 passenger ship, The Riviera, from Barcelona to Rome for 10 days in late May 2015. It was our first cruise ever and it was utterly grand in every way. In retrospect we started right at the ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Oceania's 1,200 passenger ship, The Riviera, from Barcelona to Rome for 10 days in late May 2015. It was our first cruise ever and it was utterly grand in every way. In retrospect we started right at the top! Prior to the cruise I read the Oceania forum here on CruiseCritic.com and learned a LOT of valuable information about what to expect. However nothing prepared us for the sheer fabulosity of Oceania's Riviera! We stayed in Barcelona for several days prior to the cruise. After embarking on May 22, 2015, we visited Spain's Costa Brava (Palamos), Marseille where we toured Provence, the French riviera (St. Tropez, Cannes, & Antibes), Monaco (Monte Carlo), and then Italy where we toured Portofino, Cinque Terre, Florence & Tuscany. Finally we disembarked in Rome. I'll review ports elsewhere; this review focuses on the ship. Overall Impressions: I highly recommend Oceania's Riviera for its luxurious and elegant ambiance; the fresh, top-notch and expertly prepared food & extensive wine selection; the many cozy corners (indoors and outdoors) throughout the ship; the pristine cleanliness of literally every space we saw; the Canyon Ranch Spa; the Culinary Center; and most of all, the service. The crew and staff were very friendly, welcoming, responsive, hard-working, competent and professional. They were outstanding in every way. Despite working long hours, they always greeted us with a smile. If you want to see excellence in action, observe the staff. The Demographic: adult (no kids), people mostly in their 50s, 60s, & 70s, and mostly Americans, then Brits and Aussies, with fewer Asians. A few passengers had limited mobility, using canes, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters. The staff were extremely accommodating, helping in every way possible. We were supposed to tender in only four ports but it ended up being six. This was not good for people with mobility challenges. There were of course many fit people on board, too. Most passengers were very nicely dressed, courteous, and friendly. We met many wonderful people on board and shared private tours with them. There was lots of laughing & comraderie - fun! Accommodations: Our suite was in the Concierge Level. The beds and linens are so crazy comfy that Oceania gives details on where to purchase because they get so many requests for this info. Bathrooms are marble and suites are beautifully furnished. Ours had luxurious fabrics in cream, bronze, and pale blue with a little chocolate for contrast. There were many lovely amenities such as Bulgari toiletries, bath salts for the soaking tub, cashmere lap robes for sitting out on the veranda, plush terrycloth robes, and much, much more. Our suite was made up twice a day. There were chocolates on our pillows every night. Our cabin stewardess, Mariana, kept our fridge stocked with water and diet ginger ale and resupplied our ice bucket several times a day. My husband enjoyed the freshly baked cookies from the Concierge Lounge a few times. OK, I did, too, ha ha... Food: To die for! Four specialty restaurants (at no add'l cost) and a Grand Dining Room plus the buffet (Terraces), afternoon tea (Horizons) and the pool grill (Waves). Special small dining venues with wine pairings. Creative menus, fresh food expertly prepared. A very extensive wine list. The single best thing I had (and it was a tough call!) was a crispy duck and watermelon salad at Red Ginger, the Asian fusion restaurant. The pool grill (Waves) had a surf & turf sandwich (filet mignon & sliced grilled lobster), Kobe beef burgers, fruit smoothies, salads, etc. The buffet (Terraces) had indoor & outdoor seating. There were tons of fresh fruit daily, beautifully cut up and displayed. A vast array of fresh baked goods daily. The croissants were works of art! Healthy stuff daily - grilled lobster & shrimp, fish, meat, vegetarian options, lots of different veg, and great salads. Specialty items like sushi, home made pasta, Thai food, and so forth. Countless desserts, many of which were reasonable (not gigantic) portions. Staff serve the passengers at the buffet, thus limiting the number of people who touch the serving utensils. We appreciated this measure! Afternoon tea is served daily at 4:00. 24-hour room service is available. Wonderful lattes, cappuchinos, and coffee at Baristas. So much more! Entertainment: A good pianist in the Martinis bar & lounge (with comfy couches and armchairs and the usual impeccable service), a string quartet (pretty good in my view), a lovely jazz trio, a violinist, a vocalist, and more. Two ballroom dancers performed and that was fun! There were 10 or 12 singers & dancers who performed but I didn't think they (or the material) were impressive. You had to appreciate their "heart," though.... The Spa: The treatments were excellent. I had the best facial of my life (Oxygen, 80 mins). My skin is still glowing! I got my first great haircut since moving out of DC three years ago. I got makeup advice and a massage. Expensive but totally worth it to me. The spa has a fitness center & many classes; quiet and very comfy areas for relaxing - indoors & outdoors, a "thalassotherapy" (sp?) pool which is basically a huge and fancy hot tub, a sauna and steam room, a private sun deck - so much more! Value: Overall the value was excellent. Drinks were expensive but on the other hand, we were glad they weren't included in the cruise cost; we prefer not to have to help cover others' drinking habits. We ordered what we wanted and enjoyed it. We liked being able to order bottles of wine and have them stored and then served to us at any dining venue. Oceania's shore excursions are very expensive and many of them are via bus. If you don't want to fuss with arranging or signing up for private tours and are not concerned about the cost, Oceania makes it easy for you. We participated in four private tours (for two to eight people) and all of them were superb. They were about 1/3rd of the cost of the ship's excursions. The private drivers and guides focus on the interests of the small groups and are very knowledgeable and flexible. We found them via reviews on TripAdvisor and CruiseCritic. The roll call for our cruise had lots of posts re: private tours. We weren't that interested in the on board casino so we don't know about the costs there. Other Stuff: We enjoyed the art and sculptures throughout the ship. It wasn't all to our taste but it was all interesting. We loved the on board library. Whoever chose the books did a terrific job. We were frequent flyers at Baristas, the on board coffee cafe. Massimo staffed it and we really enjoyed chatting with him. Our hands-on cooking class was fabulous! The chef gave great instructions, ingredients were pre-measured and set up at each workstation - it was wonderful. I learned some basics and some "wow!" moves. We ate what we prepared and it was all delish! Boarding and leaving the ship were always smooth processes. We liked that bottles of water were available every time we left the ship. I never made it to the Artists' Loft for lessons, to my disappointment. Also never made it to the Team Trivia games but we heard players laughing hysterically. We could have had bridge lessons & played bridge but we never made it to that, either. Ditto for most of the available fitness activities. We weren't interested in the Guest Speaker (a sports person). It sounds like we were the cruise slackers but we walked a lot in the ports! You could do a lot, or very little, on board. The Riviera accommodates about 1,200 passengers but I can honestly say that it never, ever felt crowded. The ship stabilizers worked well; there was very little motion. The waters were calm, too. I was worried about motion sickness but I took Bonine (an OTC preventative) and I never had one moment of discomfort. The Cruise Director, Leslie Jon, greeted us warmly and chatted with us a little; he was great. Overall, it was the vacation of a lifetime for us. We really don't have much desire to try another cruise line. We can't imagine being as satisfied with another line as we were with Oceania. I feel like other cruise lines would pale in comparison! Thanks to everyone on The Riviera for an absolutely wonderful experience that exceeded our (high) expectations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
This was our first cruise on Oceania(we have been on AMA waterways, RCI, NCL, Princess and Celebrity) We chose based on their reputation for over the top cuisine and service and we were not disappointed. We knew that it would be a more ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania(we have been on AMA waterways, RCI, NCL, Princess and Celebrity) We chose based on their reputation for over the top cuisine and service and we were not disappointed. We knew that it would be a more sedate pace, with mostly mature passengers, but we wanted a quiet sail with a lot of down time. Embarkation: was smooth and took only 5 minutes. They did keep our passports for the entire length of the cruise which is the first time we encountered that. We had arrived an hour early in Barcelona, along with about 30 other passengers on the same flight, so they provided a 3 hour bus tour of Barcelona which was great. Disembarkation: did not go as smoothly. Although they had a good exit strategy, it was not well managed or enforced so there was a cluster of people blocking the exit. A few wheelchair passengers did not get the help they needed and there was massive confusion. Once in the terminal however, the luggage was where it was supposed to be and customs was quick. Transfer buses and taxis were readily available outside. Ship: is smaller(1250 capacity) and is well layed out and easy to get around. The self service laundry was nice, they even provided detergent and baskets. The hand sanitizer was mint scented which was nicer than a strong, medicinal smell. Housekeeping did a superb job in cleaning the cabins and all public areas. Everything just sparkled. The fitness center was a good size, with lots of machines. The library was extensive and had many chairs to relax and read. The pool area was nice, there were fitted towel sheets on the lounges. The fitness track was small(you basically walked around the smoke stack up top) so most people just did laps on the level above the pool. Decor: is not as extravagant as touted in the brochures, they do a great job in some venues(Grand Bar, horizons, Riviera Lounge, Red Ginger) but draperies were poorly done and the color schemes were hit or miss. Many ceilings were pure white, like they forgot to finish accenting the moldings. There was fake wood everywhere. The carpet in most of the ship was of an "old lady" design which clashed with the contemporary decor. There was very nice art work and sculptures and the furniture was eclectic but not very comfortable. There were no chairs or sofas in the public areas that had adequate lumbar support. Everyone kept taking the few accent pillows off of other pieces just so they could sit comfortably. The Lalique grand staircase was a lot of crystal but needed a large floral bouquet for the vase, which remained empty most of the time.(this might be picky to most people, but having an interior design background and a custom window treatment business, these details jump out) Dining: The quality of the food was exceptional at every venue, even the buffets and afternoon teas. There were tablecloths, real silver and crystal on the tables. You were served portions at the buffet, but you could get as much as you wanted. Servers would carry your plates to the table, which was greatly appreciated on rough sea days. Once seated, multiple servers would ask you what beverages you wanted. This caused some confusion as you had to keep telling them someone else is taking care of it. Bottled water, sodas and specialty coffees were complimentary everywhere on the ship.(even in your cabin refrigerator) Some of the drink prices were a little high, but there was no reason you could not bring your own spirits onboard to be consumed in your stateroom. Many took advantage of drink of the day or happy hour. Having French chefs in charge provided wonderful pastries, breads and cuisine. The Italian, French and steak specialty restaurants served the standard fare found on other cruise ships, the exception was Red Ginger that was Asian Fusion. They had unique dishes and nice touches like a tea menu, and you could pick the type of chopsticks you wanted out of a wooden chest. Sommeliers were very knowledgeable and did not rush to get your room key immediately to charge you for the drinks until the end of the meal. Only snag was the fact that only the Maitre D's could decide where to seat you in the specialty restaurants, so people are left at the podium for extended periods of time. Room service menu was extensive and you could order continental breakfast in the morning by leaving the card on your door the night before. Activities: there were culinary and art classes(for a fee) but also complimentary bridge classes and enrichment lectures and cooking demonstrations. There was live music throughout the ship every day, as well as some type of entertainment at night(musicals, magician, singers, etc.) There was bingo and a small casino, but no art auctions, photos and very few overhead announcements. Shore excursions: cannot comment as we did not take any since we could just walk off the ship right into town in all the ports. Most people we talked with enjoyed their tours. Overall experience: Oceania truly has the best cuisine and service on the seas(we have not tried the luxury Regent or Silver Seas or Seabourn yet) They provide elegant service, excellent cuisine on a pristine ship with a professional and endearing crew. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
If you're looking for a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving, book this crossing. Fabulous food, good entertainment and superb service, both in the dining venues and in the staterooms. We left from Barcelona, went to Cartagena, Malaga, ... Read More
If you're looking for a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving, book this crossing. Fabulous food, good entertainment and superb service, both in the dining venues and in the staterooms. We left from Barcelona, went to Cartagena, Malaga, Tenerife, Bermuda and Nassau, and finished in Miami. Living 20 minutes from the Port made it even better. There was bridge for my husband, enrichment lectures, etc,. and the funniest cooking demonstrations ever, Did I mention the food, too? Difficult to not gain weight. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
There are those who say Oceania food is not what it once was including one review of this particular cruise. I must vehemently disagree. My wife and I both food the food to be outstanding in every venue. The only food criticisms we had was ... Read More
There are those who say Oceania food is not what it once was including one review of this particular cruise. I must vehemently disagree. My wife and I both food the food to be outstanding in every venue. The only food criticisms we had was that we did not find the Thanksgiving night dinner to be to our taste or what we would have expected. Others thought it was fine. Every other meal we had was excellent in every regard save for one side dish that was not hot enough on one night, a minor issue. One could easily travel on Oceania just for the food experience. We enjoyed a wonderful meal in La Reserve on the second night of the cruise. If someone told me in advance that I would fully enjoy a three plus hour meal, I would have thought him crazy. But I enjoyed it immensely. The commentary about the food and accompanying wines was interesting and spot on. Watching the pastry chef construct the delicious dessert was fascinating. And we made great friends at our table (there are three tables of eight in La Reserve) who became our best cruise buddies on this trip. The four specialty restaurants were grand! If we were forced to pick a favorite, I guess we would choose Red Ginger just for the uniqueness of the menu choices. The duck was perfect. In Jacques I ordered a veal chop with trepidation because I am usually disappointed in veal chops. No worries as it was possibly the perfect veal chop. In the Polo Grill I had a rib eye that any luxury steak restaurant would proudly serve. We had solo tables in all the specialty restaurants. The Grand Dining Room was totally enjoyable. We were always seated promptly whether were sharing, dining alone, or arriving with a group of six to eat together. Service was excellent, both from waiters and wine stewards. And the food was of consistently high quality every night save for that one side dish that was not hot enough. The Terrace Cafe or Waves Cafe were our go to spots for breakfast and lunch every day. The breakfast and lunch specials at Waves were very enjoyable - order at the counter and have the food delivered to your table picked in advance. The pizza in the Terrace was good and I often had it for lunch along with a salad. I must also say that the Terrace Cafe is a great spot for dinner when it is set with white tablecloths. It's nice to be able to wander and pick your various courses without ordering from a menu. The sushi and sashimi were mainstays for appetizers as the quality and taste was excellent day after day. The variety of choices in the Terrace is almost unending, and we enjoyed everything we tried. I must add a few side notes: 1) The bread and the pastries throughout the ship were wonderful. We spent five days in France prior to boarding and I thought I would miss the French bread, but I did not. It was like still being in France. 2) The Caesar salad in all venues was done right and there was never a need to worry about anchovies without which it is NOT a Caesar salad. You can get as many or as few as you want. 3) The ice cream bar in the Terrace Cafe and at Waves is superlatively delicious. Often my dessert consisted of a two-scoop cone from the Waves ice cream bar. The bars were where we made the most friends of both passengers and crew. Bartenders Gregory, Daniel, Nikola, and Baptiste were a pleasure to deal with. The pina coladas (pre-lunch favorites of ours) were always smooth, creamy, and delicious with a topping of Myers dark rum. Kir Royales were expertly prepared. And they had my Grey Goose Gimlet down pat after one day. We had the unlimited beverage package and it worked out grand. There was no problem getting glasses of wine in any dining room (as bottles are not included in the package), and the choice of wines by the glass was more than adequate with five or six reds being delicious to our taste. We spent lots of time at the Waves Bar on the pool deck and at the Martini Bar before and after dinner. We also liked the Horizon Bar. The Casino Bar was too neony bright for our tastes. Getting drinks while seated on the pool deck was always easy and quick. We were in a penthouse suite, and our butler, Sonu, was a revelation. We don't ask for a lot as we prefer not to dine in cabin for any meals, and we certainly don't need the offered packing/unpacking service. Sonu was a fountain of information and was always on times with our canapes at 5:30 each day. When we were eating in specialty restaurants he was there at our cabin to escort us to the venue with my wife on his elbow, making us feel very special. Perhaps his presence announcing us to the maitre d' at the dining room helped to ensure that we got a great table (as we always did). He handled all questions and requests with aplomb, and we especially enjoyed seeing pictures of his new bride. Our cabin attendants were very friendly and very efficient and quickly learned when we would be gone so that they could make up the room morning and night. In the morning that is especially difficult as my wife and I go to the gym and eat breakfast on separate schedules. The suite itself was great - more than enough storage space for everything. The walk-in closet was big enough for both of us to be in at at the same time. I am 6'6", so the shower stall is small for me, but it was perfectly adequate, and the bathroom as a whole was plenty big enough. We spent lots of time sitting on our balcony as well. Controlling the room temperature, always a worry, was a non-issue -- we could make it as cool as warm as we liked. The gym was very well equipped and there were always machines ready for my use whenever I went in the morning. The library is well stocked and comfortable. We didn't utilize Barista's. The stores had the few items that we needed although we are not shoppers. We didn't take any culinary classes, but I think on our next cruise we will. Melanie, who ran the classes, was wonderful as we watched through the picture windows. Our friends from La Reserve took two courses, and they were allowed to invite friends to the Culinary Center after preparations were complete to taste the results. We enjoyed that both times we were invited. The music entertainment during the day and early evening in the various venues was very nice. The enrichment lectures were not particularly to our taste. We didn't attend night performances as we preferred to have discussions and drinks with new friends after dinner. Port information was more than adequate, and wherever needed, Oceania provided free shuttle buses from the dock to the center of town, a nice touch. We made frequent use the self service laundry and find it hard to understand why some people complained about the $2 charge for the washers and driers. We also used the ship laundry and dry cleaner once, and the results were as promised. The Executive Lounge was useful to take advantage of the full size computer-printers newspapers that were available each day or to review the specialty restaurant menus or to grab a quick Diet Coke. We don't do cruise line excursions on any cruise line so I have no comments on what was offered. I will say that the choices seemed to be very expensive. We also do our own air arrangements and transfers, so no comment on them either. Boarding was as easy as pie. We got on at 12:30 and our room was ready by 1:15 before we even finished our first pina coladas. Disembarking was a smooth as any process could be when over 1,000 people are getting off a ship in an hour's time. Getting a taxi to Miami Airport ($24) where we picked up a rental car took less than five minutes from when we gathered up our luggage. As a final note I will say that the whole experience on Oceania was outstanding as we have come to expect. We are already booked for Montreal to London (Southampton) in May and greatly looking forward to it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
We had opted for a pre-cruise night at the Hilton Barcelona. Our flight to Barcelona went well and we were promptly transferred to our Hotel. Although we were there in the morning, our room was ready. The room was very nice, clean and ... Read More
We had opted for a pre-cruise night at the Hilton Barcelona. Our flight to Barcelona went well and we were promptly transferred to our Hotel. Although we were there in the morning, our room was ready. The room was very nice, clean and comfortable. We had friends arriving later in the afternoon on a different flight. They also arrived on schedule. The next day we just had time to take a tour of La Sagrada Familia. We had seen this several times in the past from the outside, but this was the first time to take a tour which included the inside. We then went back to the hotel just in time for the included transfrer to the ship. Embarkation was fast and smooth. Now came the big surprise I had planned for my wife. I had upgraded my original booking to an Oceania suite. She had never caught on and when I opened the door to our suite, she thought she was in the wrong place. This suite is 1000 SF and is absolutely beautiful. This suite will spoil you beyond belief. It has a large living room quite suitable for entertaining or just relaxing. It also has a media room with a large television set. The bedroom contains a King Size bed and a large walk in closet. The bathroom is gorgeous, with large double sinks, a larger than normal shower, a whirlpool bath and a toilet and bidet. There is also a separate powder room inside the suite entry door that has a shower, sink and toilet. Everything is marble and sparkling chrome and glass. The veranda is quite large with two chairs, a lounger and also a whirlpool tub and television ! Quite an amazing suite. This was our fifth cruise on either Marina or Riviera, so we knew what to expect. Outstanding food in all restaurants and excellent entertainment each night. Nothing disappointed. We love the alternate restaurants, but there is nothing to complain about in the main dining room. The Terrace buffet and Waves grill are also excellent. My only complaint and suggestion is that on Port days they keep the buffet open a little longer since the two o'clock closing time conflicts with your activities in Port and it is difficult to get back in time for lunch, thus leaving the Waves grill as the only option. Overall, we find Oceania to have the best food at sea and have not noticed any lessening of quality since merging with NCL as other reviewers have suggested. Our Butler Madan did a good job. He was there when you wanted him but did not make a pest of himself. Also, cannot say enough about the stewards who kept our suite in perfect condition. They timed their visits perfectly so as not to bother us. Since this voyage included a lot of sea days, we only had a few ports to visit. Although I agree that Oceania's shore excursions are very costly, if you buy a package of them ahead of time you can save 25% or 40% depending on how many you select. This brings the cost within reason. We took an excursion in both Cartagena and Malaga. The one in Cartagena to the City of Elche is particularly interesting with the Palm Gardens and the overall look of the city. They should give more time in the botanical gardens as there is much to see. All the tours in the Canary Island were cancelled due to weather. A refund was automatically credited to our account. Our next stop was a two day visit to Bermuda. This time we did a glass bottom boat tour which was very interesting and entertaining. Our final stop was Nasssau, where we simply spent time walking the town and shopping. We really did this cruise for the many relaxing days at sea. Oceania does keep you busy, if you want, with interesting lecturers and other activities. Or you can just hibernate and read a book or watch a movie in your room. My wife particularly loves taking the cooking classes and on this cruise she signed up for four of them. She can't say enough good things about these classes. We have already booked another Transatlantic cruise for May, 2016 and look forward to once again sail with Oceania. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2014
We chose this itinerary because we were in port every day (hate those 'days at sea!'), sailing from Barcelona to Venice. Oceania are impressively efficient: if they said we would be berthed in Marseille/Livorno/Naples at 8am, ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because we were in port every day (hate those 'days at sea!'), sailing from Barcelona to Venice. Oceania are impressively efficient: if they said we would be berthed in Marseille/Livorno/Naples at 8am, then we were berthed at 8am, with port clearance and the gangway down. By the time we had finished breakfast and put our walking shoes on, the shuttle buses would be waiting to take us into the city centre. Although the ship caries 1200 passengers, we never found ourselves queueing for anything except the tender in Taormina bay. Sea conditions meant that we could not be at anchor in Antibes or Sorrento so we went into port at Monte Carlo and Naples instead ( a huge improvement, to my mind) and everything was swiftly re-arranged to cope with this. The food was mostly excellent, with the Italian restaurant, Toscana, perhaps stealing #1 slot. Not always so great in the buffet, despite serving the same menu from the same kitchen as the Grand Dining Room, but it did have the benefit of the open-air terrace. A special treat was afternoon tea in Horizons with a panoramic view out front. The cabins (sorry, staterooms) are big and comfortable and have masses of storage. We were right by the main bank of lifts and I feared it might be noisy but had no problems at all. Negatives: maybe it's because I'm British but I found the service OTT; the ratio of staff to passengers is such that it often felt as if I were running the gauntlet of staff demanding that I have a nice day. The best service is service that the customer barely notices and that is definitely not what Oceania provides. It wouldn't put me off travelling with them again, but next time I'd be prepared for the staff being constantly in my face. The other thing I find off-putting is the sheer pettiness of some of the charges. Can they really not provide tumble driers without charging $2 for it? The main bugbear, is that we had to go to reception every time to get a token for the machine. Wifi is also very expensive. I get the impression from subsequent mailings from the company that this will be included from next year and not before time. The pool was disappointing, mainly because it was all two metres deep and therefore out of everyone's depth. As someone who does Aquacise three times a week at home, I was hoping to get a few exercises in, but I need to be able to have my feet on the floor for most of them. The hot tubs were welcome after a hard day's sightseeing The shore excursions are, to my mind, ridiculously expensive. The only one we took was a trip up Etna and I was disappointed by the poor command of the English of the guide provided. Far more positives than negatives, though, and I recommend them. Four stars out of five.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
This was my first Oceania cruise. Previous to sailing on the Marina, I have sailed on Holland America, Princess, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. My husband and I have probably been on 30 cruises. I have to say that this was the best cruise ... Read More
This was my first Oceania cruise. Previous to sailing on the Marina, I have sailed on Holland America, Princess, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. My husband and I have probably been on 30 cruises. I have to say that this was the best cruise I have ever been on. I enjoyed so many things about this cruise that I am already thinking about booking my next one! This was the Princes and Palaces Cruise – 10 days embarking in Barcelona and disembarking in Lisboa, Portugal. It was a very port-intensive cruise – no sea days, which was fine with us. On some of the days, we came back from shore in the early afternoon and enjoyed the ship’s many amenities. Ok, so that is a brief summary. Here is the detail: The ship is beautiful. The décor is understated and elegant. You never feel crowded, except upon embarkation in the Terrace Café. You can always find a lovely place to sit, including by the pool. The veranda cabin was lovely, with more than enough storage. I have read on this site people complaining about the shower size, but honestly, it was fine (how much time do you spend in a shower anyway?). I liked the fact that there was more room in the bathroom rather than making the shower larger. The ship is a nice size, small enough to dock in all the ports, which is my preference. The shuttles from the ship to downtown and back were dependable and appreciated. We never had to wait long. The food on the ship was excellent. We enjoyed all the specialty restaurants and the main dining room for our dinners and lunches and breakfasts in the Terrace Café. I enjoyed the wide variety of choices and everything was prepared as I requested. I have heard on this site people complaining that wine or liquor is an extra….frankly; I like to drink wine and have drinks before dinner. But I would say I am a one glass of each a day kind of person and I therefore think the non-inclusiveness of the ship appeals to me as I am not subsidizing others who may like to drink more. We learned that the excursions offered by the ship were extremely expensive in advance. So, we teamed up with others on the “roll call” to book independent excursions. We were not disappointed. We met some wonderful people online and at the meet and greet and enjoyed going on excursions with them. I really enjoyed the people I met along the way; at the meet and greet the excursions and the shared dining. It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of people that were interesting and loved to travel, drink good wine and eat great food. As I noted above, this was a port intensive cruise; therefore, we were so tired by the end of the day that we weren’t looking for much entertainment after dinner. This was good, because short of the typical cruise line show, there really wasn’t any other live entertainment until 10:30 pm. A piano bar would be nice or something else for those of us who do not like cruise line shows. The ports were wonderful. I really felt like I had a good taste of Spain with a little France, Portugal and Morocco thrown in – The service was incredible. Everyone was helpful and couldn’t do enough to make our vacation wonderful. The management is to be commended on their training program and the leadership of their officers on board. We consistently had a great experience with the crew on this ship. Finally, just a short paragraph of comparison of Oceania with the other cruise lines mentioned above. We generally had good cruises on those lines; and they were a lot less money. But, you pay for what you get. Oceania delivers a different type of cruise, which I really enjoyed. The crew to passenger ratio was higher, so there was a better service delivery; the ship was smaller and more intimate; the food was excellent and varied; the passenger mix was primarily adults over 45; the itinerary was excellent because the ship was smaller; and, a spaciousness and luxury that I have never experienced on another cruise line. I know that in the future I will be hard-pressed to go back to the cruise lines I have previously sailed on.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Just got home from a lovely cruise with Oceana. First the good... great food especially in the specialty restaurants. This is the best food I have ever had on a cruise, hands down, and we have been on multiple cruises.. The quality and ... Read More
Just got home from a lovely cruise with Oceana. First the good... great food especially in the specialty restaurants. This is the best food I have ever had on a cruise, hands down, and we have been on multiple cruises.. The quality and preparation were fabulous. Next positive is the staff. They are so welcoming and friendly. It really makes you feel good to be on the ship. Suggestions: Make the Concierge Level worth it. Right now you get almost no significant advantages for this. Other cruise lines offer much better benefits. Speaking of benefits, if you are paying a serious premium to travel on the cruise line, and you do, throw in Internet and drinks. It is completely aggravating to pay so much and then get squeezed every time you turn around. Great ports of call, great staff and food, and we had a great time. Please make some adjustments in either prices or services included, (and in concierge), and we will be back. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
Our last cruise was on a huge Carnival ship, nearly 20 years ago so we did not know what to expect from Oceania but hoped for the best. We were blown away by the Insignia - there was nothing about the ship that we could find fault with. ... Read More
Our last cruise was on a huge Carnival ship, nearly 20 years ago so we did not know what to expect from Oceania but hoped for the best. We were blown away by the Insignia - there was nothing about the ship that we could find fault with. The cabin was comfortable, the Tranquillity bed was superb, the concierge was capable and professional. The food in all of the restaurants was out of this world - we did not have one meal where the food was not beautifully presented and delicious. The ship was plush and expansive but the atmosphere was casual and friendly. The amenities are plentiful - there is even a well stocked library! The staff on the ship are outstanding - responsive, charming and thoughtful of your comfort. Our itinerary was hectic but we loved the excitement of waking up in a new port every day and the information provided by the ship on each destination was excellent. Our next cruise will be on Oceania, we had the time of our lives! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
As an avid cruiser who has been cruising for 31 years (my first cruise at age 13) I have fond memories of days gone by when cruising was considered a luxurious and special way to travel. Memories on board were described upon return by ... Read More
As an avid cruiser who has been cruising for 31 years (my first cruise at age 13) I have fond memories of days gone by when cruising was considered a luxurious and special way to travel. Memories on board were described upon return by those lucky enough to experience the magical mystique of being at sea. Stories, of sumptuous food, over the top service, and special moments while cruising captivated the attention of friends and family who listened with envy and intrigue. Unfortunately, enter mass market cruising, consolidation of the industry and then the mega ships. Sure - this made cruising more attainable for many, but first time cruises would likely never get to live the dreamy magic experienced in years gone by. So many lines have compromised food, service and luxury to accommodate the masses, nickel and dime passengers and ultimately improve their bottom line to answer to shareholders while losing site of the spirit of cruising that so many of us avid cruisers thirst for. After becoming increasingly disappointed and frustrated with cruise experiences that didn't meet or match my expectations we questioned whether cruising was really for us anymore. My wife and I and another couple were even really disappointed by Seabourn and Azamara despite our excitement and enthusiasm that these lines might be the one. Was something wrong with us? Was our appetite of what once was insatiable? Enter Oceania and our first cruise on this line on the Riviera's maiden season in the Summer of 2012 with our two children. We were so in love with everything Oceania that we cruised on the Riviera again in the Summer of 2013 and just recently returned from a fabulous 14 night Mediterranean cruise - again on Riviera - from Barcelona to Istanbul. This time there were 17 of us in total including family and friends. My parents even celebrated their anniversary on board. As an aside their accommodation was an Oceania Suite - one the most beautiful suites at sea reminiscent of a Manhattan apartment. What a great place to entertain :) From the moment we arrived at the pier in Barcelona and were greeted with smiling faces, no lines, and a glass of champagne we knew we were coming home to a ship and line that fits our style and has reinvigorated our love for cruising. The ports were amazing, but for purposes of this review I will focus on what I find so special about Oceania and specifically the Riviera. It is refreshing to experience such a gorgeous and refined ship that only was designed to carry 1,200 when in fact many other lines build or have ships of the same tonnage that carry more than twice this number of passengers. Fincantieri built Riviera and wow do they create magnificent ships. The passenger to space ratio is fabulous. Immediately upon boarding one senses that this is not a Vegas style commercial cruise fest. Absent are annoying photographers, overzealous and pushy bartenders peddling watered down drinks in souvenir glasses or stations setup around the ship to sell you a soda or liquor package. Instead, at embarkation guests are greeted by a slick looking and smiling staff and immediately discover a gorgeous and refined reception hall adorned with gorgeous Lalique adornments and the feeling that you just entered one of the world's finest hotels - well you have. Attention to detail in design and décor on Riviera is remarkable everywhere you turn. Furniture and fabrics have been selected by extremely talented designers from the finest collections including Kravitz and Ralph Lauren. Completing each space are floor coverings, lighting, art work and design details using the finest fabrics, woods, marbles, and granites. The atmosphere throughout is casually elegant as are fellow passengers. On our cruise most passengers hailed from the UK, Australia, South Africa and Europe with a minority being fellow Americans. Every cruise can vary, but for the most part we have found a certain type of kind and fun loving personality amongst the passengers on Oceania. Staterooms are well thought out and appointed with the most comfortable and inviting furnishings. Design details are intuitively brilliant, such as the pop up make up mirror hidden in the desk top - which my wife loved. We chose to stay in a PH2 cabin on deck 10 and were extremely satisfied. Oceania has the most comfortable bedding or hotel I have ever stayed in. Our bathroom was spacious and well appointed with beautiful granite, Bvlgari bath products, plush towels, and a European rain shower head in addition to the hand held shower fixture. The walk in closet was a wonderful feature that was very appreciated. Our favorite daytime spot on the Riviera is the pool area that reminds us much of a Four Season's hotel. We especially appreciated the lounge cushions complete with terry cloth covers. Lounges were never stuffed or crowded. No loud bands or annoying cruise director forcing passengers to stuff their bikinis with ping pong balls. Sorry Carnival! Night time was always special on Riviera and the ship looks even more gorgeous after hours. We would always meet our friends, family and other regulars to listen to the wonderful string quartet or pianist while having a before dinner drink. Dining was always a delicious treat which is yet another area where Oceania excels and clearly blows away the competition. Frankly, I think the designation of Oceania as "premium" vs. "luxury" (i.e. Crystal) is simply a function of not having drinks and/or shore excursions etc. included. In my opinion Oceania trumps the lines touted to be "luxury". The country club casual atmosphere (no jackets or ties required) lent itself to a well disciplined and elegant crowd who often looked better than passengers on a formal night on other lines looking to have a Titanic recreation at sea in 90 degree Mediterranean weather. The dining options for a 1200 passenger ship are superb! I don't have a favorite restaurant venue as all meals were equally outstanding including the main dining room, Jaques, Red Ginger, Toscany and Polo Grill. Perhaps most relaxing and invigorating were the meals we enjoyed at Terraces on the aft of the ship where even more casual attire than the dining room was accepted and you could sit in the warm Mediterranean air while enjoying your freshly grilled lobster with a glass of wine as you watch the sunset. I was surprised to discover this cruise that although the coffee bar had outstanding specialty coffee drinks the standard coffee throughout the ship was quite good and strong. Many passengers commented about how Oceania's standard coffee was so good and that on other competing lines you had to go to the coffee bar if you wanted a "real cup of coffee". Not on Oceania. Bar drinks and service were consistently excellent. Despite the beautiful ship, wonderful cabins, refined atmosphere, fabulous food and etc., etc., etc., Oceania would not be complete if it were not for its outstanding crew! I cannot comment enough about how wonderful each and every staff member (with the exception of Destination Services) were that we came in contact with. No did not seem exist in their vocabulary and service was always with as smile. If I were to nit pick there are a few areas that could use some improvement. However, these issues are so minor and inconsequential to the enjoyment of a five star cruise experience. We had the unlimited internet package and found service to be patchy and slow compared to other lines we have cruised. To go or "take away" cups from the coffee bar were little Dixi type cups without a heat protection sleeve available to avoid burns. One area of extreme disappointment was Destination Services. The staff in this department was downright rude and indifferent with a sense of no accountability. There seemed to be a disconnect from the rest of Oceania and Riviera with regards to the culture of service. We experienced a few issues that stemmed from inconsistent communication that led us to have a botched day in Rome. However, honorably, Dominique the Ship's Manager did what was necessary to rectify the situation and make my family whole. Kudos to Oceania and Dominique as I am not certain any other cruise line would have responded so quickly, with such compassion, and such concern to see to it that we had as full and enjoyable a day after a shore excursion mishap. How a company responds to a conflict or situation really tells a lot about an organization. I was pleased with how Oceania handled our issue and it was quite respectful. I would be remiss if I did not comment on something I mentioned early in the review. I took my family! YES - teenagers! My children are 17 and 14 and fortuante to be well traveled on many cruise lines. Although there is no formal family or children's program my kids thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated being with their family and enjoyed the luxuries of Oceania. Guessing - there must have been about 80 children on board most of who were teenagers and ALL very well behaved a pleasure to be around. I would not take very young children on Oceania, but if you have kids who are around 12 and above and mature they might actually enjoy this line assuming they don't always feel the need to have something to do or to be entertained. We were often all in bed by 10 or 11 after full and long days. My children enjoyed going back to the cabin after dinner and watching a movie, hanging out with friends or playing board games. Most shocking is that the 3 cruises my kids have experienced on Riviera have been their favorite and trumped the likes of RCCL, Princess, Celebrity, Carnival and HAL - all lines geared for children. They appreciated not having 500 kids running around - we did too :). In summary, Oceania has earned my families business and loyalty and we look forward to many more special times on board Oceania's fleet. In fact, we currently have 2 more Oceania cruises booked and can't wait to be back home on board! Thank you Oceania for creating an experience that my family finds perfect and helping to create fabulous memories that will last a lifetime!!! For anybody contemplating an Oceania cruise who enjoys and appreciates impeccable service, interesting ports of call, fabulous food, less crowds, and a casual yet very refined and relaxing atmosphere - DO IT! If you are looking more for a Vegas style cruise experience (which can be fun!) with 24/7 entertainment this cruise line probably would not be a good match. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Stayed overnight in Barcelona at a small hotel called H10 Moncada, has 80 rooms, what a find, recommended staying here, upgrade to a larger room if you wish, staff and service are excellent. Just some 15-20 mins from the port. Good place ... Read More
Stayed overnight in Barcelona at a small hotel called H10 Moncada, has 80 rooms, what a find, recommended staying here, upgrade to a larger room if you wish, staff and service are excellent. Just some 15-20 mins from the port. Good place to be for eating out at night in the many bars/restaurants located nearby. First time we have sailed on the Riviera, however we have sailed on her sister ship Marina. Overall the ship was of the same standard as we have come to expect from Oceania. The ship appeared to be full so the sun decks were well used, we used the Private Sun deck which you can pay for on a daily basis if not included in your room charge, well worth it. The level of service on all parts of the ship were to a high standard, although we had a Butler we only used him on a limited amount of occasions. would imagine if somewhat limited to getting around this service would be very helpful. He was supposed to be able to book additional bookings in the speciality restaurants, but he had no more luck than we had going down to book them with front desk, although we had 2 more allocations making 6 in total so that was good. The Red Ginger seating arrangements how now a been changed since we were on the Marina 2 years ago, we noticed and asked the supervisor about the changes, and she thanked us for the observation and mentioned that customers had complained about the close seating along one side of the restaurant. This appears to a vast improvement. We only took 2 shore excursions, I am afraid overall these were a disappointment, we had a 8 hour day in Cinque Terri, the coach ride up to the location was very good, the tour guide was excellent, however if you were not fit this would have been a problem. We had to use the train service for going to the remote towns, which was daunting and we were advised to watch out for pick pockets on the stations! The other tour was from Olbia this was a coach trip along the Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo is a coastal area and tourist destination in northern Sardinia, It full of very rich people. We had 3 stop offs which we were left to just kill time, the tour guide by his own admission was something is does not do, very often. We should have hired taxi and done this tour ourselves. The shows in which the ship's dancers and singers performed were excellent, the shows were very well choreographed and produced. One of the best series of shows we have seen at sea. Disembarkation was not a very nice experience at Istanbul port, we as independent travellers were to get off the ship by 08.15, we went to go off the ship and were told by the cruise director we had to wait, and we waited!!! Finally got off at 09.15 and found 100's if not thousands of people trying to get through customs as there were 2 other very large cruise ships in port. Customs could not handle this amount of people, so why get everyone off, apparently it’s a rule that everyone has to get off the ships by 09.00, great, so much for making the holiday experience one you will never forget. It’s just something that you can do without, we will really think hard next time about where we get off to leave ships. So overall the cruise was very good, weather was excellent which really does make a cruise enjoyable, service and quality of the food was to the normal high standard on Oceania cruises.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Just finished a sweet Riviera cruise through the Med. Doesn't hurt that we had temps in the 70's-80's and calm seas. We previously cruised Oceania Nautica and wanted to try the newer/larger Riviera. Were not disappointed. ... Read More
Just finished a sweet Riviera cruise through the Med. Doesn't hurt that we had temps in the 70's-80's and calm seas. We previously cruised Oceania Nautica and wanted to try the newer/larger Riviera. Were not disappointed. Ship was elegant, sparkling throughout. Embarkation a breeze, lunch was served and waiting after we boarded. Room and balcony were typical size, plenty of storage and comfy king bed. Bit disappointed at the bathroom because I am a shower person and Oceania sacrificed shower space for the bathtub. Dining was terrific. We did the Terrace Café, Grand Dining Room and 3 specialty restaurants during our 10 days. No complaints about the food, etc. Service was impeccable in all areas. Bars were excellent, spent most of our time either at the Martini Bar for Happy Hour or at the Pool bar. We had 7 shore excursions, my favorite 3 were St. Remy/Arles France, Dubrovnik and the port of Taormina, Sicily. Just walked around Antibes, FR and Corfu, GR. Any future vacation/cruise must include the cliffside village of Taormina, Sicily. The imposing sight of Mt Etna greets you as you enter the village. Greek/Roman theatre (still in use today) was a highlight. Having been to Rome before, we opted for the Lake Bracchiano tour. Very disappointing, 1 hour drive to see a lake, a small village and not much else. Pompeii was so-so to me, within the ruins were a snack bar and gelato shop! All mummified remains were behind glass. There are still excavating according to our guide, so maybe much more is to come. Loved the neighboring town of Sorrento, though. As usual Tuscany (our 3rd time there) did not disappoint. Venice (our 1st time) was hot/humid and crowded. Sights were okay and loved traveling around in the water taxi's. The daily newsletter from the ship warned of minimal taxi's and trans. to the Venice airport. They said it was 70 euros and about an hour drive, Oceania wanted $298 for their airport trans. We booked an airport taxi (luxury car) through Viator for 40 Euros and it took us 25 minutes. Driver was right on time and drove a Mercedes. Embarkation was a breeze, less than 10 minutes. Saw one show (last night finale), was fine............... Couple of annoying things: No ATM's on board. Oceania get 5% for Euro's or cash charges to your shipboard account, internet was $160 for 200 minutes or .99 al a carte. Overall an excellent ship and would travel Riviera (and Oceania) again.   Read Less
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