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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Especially Bruges, Guernsey, Bordeaux, Ferrol and Lisbon were very nice. Bruges is fabulous. Had a good lunch ashore with a special local beer 'Straffe Hendrik': delicious! In Ferrol I discovered a very good white wine: a Dao ... Read More
Especially Bruges, Guernsey, Bordeaux, Ferrol and Lisbon were very nice. Bruges is fabulous. Had a good lunch ashore with a special local beer 'Straffe Hendrik': delicious! In Ferrol I discovered a very good white wine: a Dao Passarella. We made two local excursions in Portugal which can be recommended. On board we had the best bridge TD couple in a long time: friendly and reallygood. What a difference with HAL where they are too rude, too incompetent and too old most of the time. No constant hammering here like on HAL ships, no awfull smells. Just a relaxing holiday. On a HAL shop, about 5.00 pm I get a bit hungry. Here I look forward to a very good dinner. Especially in Red Ginger and Toscane, but also in the main dining room. Coffee, orange juice and, last but not least the smoothies are very good. Sometimes Azamara has good dinners, but that's only sometimes. The cabins are about the same there, but the cruise prizes are too high. The Oceania crew is friendly and always ready to assist you when needed. Only the tendering and shuttle schedules should be improved. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We booked our trip through a travel agent who strongly advised cruising on one of Oceania's new ships. Thankfully, they made advanced reservations in the restaurants. Our meal at Ginger ended with us walking out of the dining room ... Read More
We booked our trip through a travel agent who strongly advised cruising on one of Oceania's new ships. Thankfully, they made advanced reservations in the restaurants. Our meal at Ginger ended with us walking out of the dining room when our entree had not been served in a little over 1 1/2 hours. This through the wait staff in a tail spin. They followed us saying that our meal was now being cooked. I advised the hotel manager of the situation. The Ginger manager called and asked us to return and that they would sit us with a "charming" couple. The charming elderly man managed to spill a full glass of red wine in my wife's lap and left the apologies to his wife. New table. Take 3. The food was really very good. So good that I ordered a Hot Saki. Not a high end product mind you but the same that could be ordered in any Japanese restaurant for $6 -8.00. The tab was $29.50. Typically, we do not book excursions in advance. We were glad for that. $120.00 each to follow someone carrying a Oceania flag around for 3 hours. We took a Hop On Hop Off bus. We got to witness this forced march from the comfort of a side walk cafe with a glass or 2 of good reasonably priced wine. The pool area was a nice retreat had it not been the wait staff waking you to ask if you wanted a drink. I did break down to 2 or 3 beers at $7.97 each. Oceania's policy is obvious. Quote a low rate and make up the margin on liquor and tours. I had agreed to a fare that included tips only to find out that it was only for state room and dining staff. The gratuity on liquor of 18% was not included. Thank you but we will go back to Silverseas Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
This was our second cruise. Service, cleanliness, cabins all tip top. Food plentiful, mostly good, but bland. Desserts beautiful but tastes and contents are similar. The menus for the theme restaurants do not seem to change from cruise to ... Read More
This was our second cruise. Service, cleanliness, cabins all tip top. Food plentiful, mostly good, but bland. Desserts beautiful but tastes and contents are similar. The menus for the theme restaurants do not seem to change from cruise to cruise, so if you liked "Red Ginger" on your last cruise you'll see the same things on this one. They do take you to smaller ports that bigger ships can't get to. The several down sides to this line are: nickel and diming: everything is an extra charge from Wi-Fi to wine. Very annoying. And the so-called cooking lessons are a rip off. Tours are expensive and of very mixed quality. The land tours are also only about 4 hours each and it is difficult to get two tours a day because of timing. The boat is usually docked far from downtown and shuttles between there and the boat are erratic. If you want to take one tour per day and spend the rest of the day on the ship you'll be pleased. Otherwise, not. Also, the shipboard activities are really limited, mostly swim, exercise, pay a fortune at their Spa, do bridge or play trivia. If you want something more exciting, or like lectures and discussions, you won't find much of that. The so-called entertainment is mostly amateurish. Think carefully about this line before you book. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2013
Our cruise went Barcelona to Lisbon via Casablanca. The Spain section consisted of daily drop-ins to several Spanish Holiday islands followed by a day in Gibraltar. Then it was off to North Africa and Morocco. The lure of Casablanca was ... Read More
Our cruise went Barcelona to Lisbon via Casablanca. The Spain section consisted of daily drop-ins to several Spanish Holiday islands followed by a day in Gibraltar. Then it was off to North Africa and Morocco. The lure of Casablanca was strong and turned out to be completely different to other parts of Southern Europe. WE also went to see the old city of Rabat mainly to visit the souks and old forts. The it wa soff to Lisbon as the final port. We would strongly recommend Lisbon and Portugal - great sights as a discounted cost to Spain. The trams in Lisbon are magical. The Riviera is a top class ship with all the bells and whistles. We found the food and dining room service exceptional and other facilities enough to keep us happy for the time we were actually on the boat. Evening entertainment starts late and is hard work if you have spent the day sightseeing on land. The only major gripe was the cost of Internet facilities. The cost was real penny pinching considering the quality of other services and the cost of the cruise in general. P.S. Ricks Café was shut. Read Less
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