6 Oceania Riviera Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

In summary: - mainly cold og luke warm food in most restaurants - totally un-usable internet, and only one user at the time per stateroom - not acceptable in 2019 - Insulting missing invitation to captains coctail . although I ... Read More
In summary: - mainly cold og luke warm food in most restaurants - totally un-usable internet, and only one user at the time per stateroom - not acceptable in 2019 - Insulting missing invitation to captains coctail . although I have sailed with this ship twice before -they have no clue about former guests . a lot of errors in pour group booking, ended up in costing us over 600 USD extra - no will to sort this either from the ship og from the cruise line - arrogant reception crew - totally unsocial captain - Furniture too big for dining room - lest no room for walking in between Ship came from dock, and the cleanliness in the cabins was way below par - also a lot of noncense with the extra drink package that our group were promised - this cruise line are not keeping to their word. We were 44 people in our group - we will not travel with this cruise line again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Oceania is a "Class Act". You are treated like royalty. Food, service, friendliness, cabin size, cleanliness, choice of ports, etc. are wonderful. You cannot ask for a better cruise experience! All the Specialty Restaurants ... Read More
Oceania is a "Class Act". You are treated like royalty. Food, service, friendliness, cabin size, cleanliness, choice of ports, etc. are wonderful. You cannot ask for a better cruise experience! All the Specialty Restaurants are included in the cruise fare. Our favorite is the Polo Grill. If you like Ruth Chris' Streak House, then you will love the Polo Grill. You can even eat whole fresh lobster at no extra cost. We have sailed on approximately 50 cruises covering many different cruise lines, but Oceania has the best food and service of any of the cruises. Your are frequently greeted by your name and a lot of the staff know your needs even before you ask for something. I call it "Pure Luxury". The ships are small; less than 700 on the four small sister ships, and approximately 1,200 on the larger two sister ships. Thus, you receive very personal attention. The ratio of staff to passenger is very high. However, this is not a cruise line for young people or couples that want nightlife like Carnival, NCL, or RCCL. The shows and entertainers are enjoyable, but not spectacular Las Vegas type shows at all. The casino is very small with limited gaming.. There are no children facilities. There is no entertainment for teenagers. My husband and I will now only travel on Oceania and we are already booked for two cruises in 2019! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I would have rated the cruise and Oceana as a 5 if it wasn't for the cheap flight arranged with the olife option. 2 stops each way totally unacceptable. Rest of cruise wad fabulous with incredible food and excellant shows. Around the ... Read More
I would have rated the cruise and Oceana as a 5 if it wasn't for the cheap flight arranged with the olife option. 2 stops each way totally unacceptable. Rest of cruise wad fabulous with incredible food and excellant shows. Around the World with the singers and dancers might have been one of the best shows we have seen. Not being continually hounded to buy photos -priceless. Embarkation was a nightmare, but that was not the fault of the cruise line. Disembarkation was one of the smoothest ever. Dinners at the specialty restaurants were over the top. The Horizon lounge was warm, friendly and very comfortable. Shops are very low key with no pressure selling, although selection was limited. Our cabin was very well appointed and the bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever experienced at sea. Overall, the cruise was very memorable and we would not hesitate to recommend Oceana. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were on the Marina for 14 days, 6 of them at sea, and I have only high praise. The service was outstanding, everyone smiling and saying hello, the food was superb and the presentation of the dishes was truly over the top. Based on the ... Read More
We were on the Marina for 14 days, 6 of them at sea, and I have only high praise. The service was outstanding, everyone smiling and saying hello, the food was superb and the presentation of the dishes was truly over the top. Based on the itinerary, Barcelona to Miami, the shore excursions were as interesting as they could be although we thought they were overpriced. The classes at the culinary enter were a life saver on the days at sea and Chef Karlis is a great instructor and chef. Shipboard activities were well geared to the age level of the passengers and the evening entertainment was well attended most of the nights. No disco, no photographer, no children taking over the pool, plenty of lounge chairs and no signing a ticket every time you wanted a soft drink or cold water or a specialty coffee A high class operation, beautiful décor and furnishings. Oceania provides so many "little touches" that make a big difference.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Interesting to read other (negative) reviews of this same cruise. We found the service staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. Our housekeeper introduced herself right after boarding and thereafter greeted us by name every time we ... Read More
Interesting to read other (negative) reviews of this same cruise. We found the service staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. Our housekeeper introduced herself right after boarding and thereafter greeted us by name every time we passed in the hall. The stateroom (PH1) was kept immaculate. We ate in all four specialty restaurants and found them all excellent, especially Red Ginger. The private meal in the Wine Spectator dining room was outstanding, with excellent wine pairings. We ate in the Grand Dining room several times, especially for lunch, and found that to be excellent as well. Embarkation was simple and fast, and we were being served lunch within minutes of boarding. Stage entertainment was scheduled too late for me, and the one show I did attend was mediocre at best. But I didn't take this cruise for that purpose. Shore excursions were expensive and low value, but for the most part we arranged our own, which worked very well. We did take one which happened to be at an anchorage port and we enjoyed that one. We both agreed that we would consider another Oceania cruise if it came up and worked with our schedule. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
And a great time was had by all! Just returned from our cruise on Oceania Riviera - itinerary was Barcelona-Majorca-Valencia-Motril (Granada)-at sea-Funchal (Madeira)-Santa Cruz de la Palma-Arrecife (Lanzarote)-Agadir ... Read More
And a great time was had by all! Just returned from our cruise on Oceania Riviera - itinerary was Barcelona-Majorca-Valencia-Motril (Granada)-at sea-Funchal (Madeira)-Santa Cruz de la Palma-Arrecife (Lanzarote)-Agadir Morocco-Casablanca-Cadiz (Seville)-Lisbon with an overnight in Lisbon on board. We had a lovely time. Was our first time on such a large ship - previously had been on a 110-ish passenger expedition ship in Alaska and 250-ish passenger ship in the Baltic. Best for: folks who want to explore ports & be pampered on board Spouse is particular & he gave Oceania the seal of approval! Itinerary/ports: great. We didn't use any Oceania tours; port info people on board were generally very good and shuttles quite helpful (shuttles are provided by the ports but coordinated with Oceania). Schedules were clear & adhered to (if using port shuttles, beware of driver lunch breaks!). We had a wonderful time and even without much pre-trip port research it was easy to find activities that interested us. Hint: we didn't bring computers & used our smart phones for email through wifi in the various ports; the port/tourism representatives were generally very helpful in directing us to wifi spots. Not sure if it was because it was a Sunday, but the port/tourism person in Arrecife (Lanzarote) was not up to the other ports. Cabin: wonderful. We were in a B-4 (lowest "Veranda" category) and it was appointed nicely. We had an extra-deep balcony and our steward brought us a second pair of chairs when we asked - 4 chairs meant we could entertain guests easily. The shower is compact, but there is also a shower in the tub (shower head in tub is adjustable/mounted on vertical bar/detachable with hose). Plenty of storage, total of 20 clip/pants/skirt hangers and 20 shirt/blouse/jacket hangers (er, "regular hangers"). Plenty of hooks in bathroom & entryway, compact but useful desk, coffee table just big enough for 2 people to dine. 3 sets of curtains (sheer, blackout, decorative) can move independently, and the curtain ties can hold any combination of the curtains that you wish. Electrical asides: the light switch with a little light in it (entry, each side of the bed) toggles through the general lighting. The 110 outlets at the desk are designed so that a large plug (ie phone charger) may turn on the light around the mirror. Our steward was great!! Food & Wine: very good. We are foodies, so our standards are (perhaps oddly) high. Food in GDR (grand dining room), casual spots (Terraces & Waves), specialty restaurants and room service all very well done for a large volume operation. Quality generally quite consistent from one spot to the next (that is, GDR food isn't really 'below' specialty restaurants). In each case where we requested a given done-ness, the meat came done just right (this is quite a trick on a ship). Hint: fish is done to an 'American' doneness (opaque/flaky), if you like 'French' (a bit glossy), request it when ordering. One of the executive chefs explained that much more of the ship is dedicated to food/food service & storage than on other lines. We didn't eat at La Reserve but heard rave reviews from fellow foodies - hint: the same chef told us that the connoisseur menu at La Reserve is the most technically advanced on the ship. They handled my gluten-free restriction very well. Service can be a bit varied, some staff are more experienced than others. Wine list is a bit inconsistent on prices (some good deals, most quite reasonable, a few oddly high vs. retail). Wine service generally good, the 'follow you' bottle service a nice touch (if you don't finish a bottle it will find you at your next dinner or you can request it anytime/anywhere - well, except 3-5:30pm the cellar is closed one sommelier told us). Ability to bring on & drink your own alcohol in your room for no fee & just $25 corkage for your own wine in restaurants a GREAT feature. Room service very accommodating, we were always requesting specific glasses (4 brandy snifters, 6 red wine, etc) in our room and they appeared cheerfully & promptly. Note: for dinner, specialty restaurant & La Reserve menus are set & unchanging. GDR has nightly specials in addition to base menu, these specials are also available at Terraces. Even got nuts with my yogurt one morning thanks to a write-in request! On-Board amenities/activities: excellent. We spent a lot of time at the pool & one day in the spa. Pool deck has plenty of chaises & lounge beds, these can get quite popular after 3 most afternoons and starting about noon on our sea day. The pool temp is perfect (not too hot or cold), it is salt-water (so easy on the skin) and it is big enough for mini-laps (better in the morning unless you like swimming in traffic). If you want to eat poolside, you can walk over to Waves (breakfast or lunch) and walk food back to your chaise. They may ask gently 'where are you sitting' if you are in your robe, as that doesn't quite make even the casual dress code for sitting in Waves - but if you answer 'by the pool' there is no problem! Spa we enjoyed very much. Our cabin category did not include spa terrace access but we did get massages one day (which include terrace access). Note that *everyone* gets unlimited locker/exercise/steam/sauna access. Your in-room spa menu has no prices, ask at the spa desk and you will get prices *and* the schedule for all the free & fee exercise classes for your entire cruise. Spa staff excellent. Steam & sauna quite nice. Our massage day was a port day, we went early (9ish) and didn't see another guest until *after* our noon massages. We moved a double-chaise across the deck to get the shade...was quite the private retreat. 3 chilled water choices (plain, cucumber, melon, strawberry & pineapple, etc) and a samovar for tea are always on offer. Activities, we didn't do too much beyond eat/drink/swim, but the few things we did attend were very well done. There were certainly plenty of things to choose from every day. It's a nice touch that the lectures are re-broadcast on one of the tv channels. An in-the-know travel agent on board mentioned that on TA cruises the level of activities really ramps up. On board email seemed to be not working 100%, so we didn't try to use it. The ship had just had a satellite system upgrade the prior week (according to someone on a B2B) and there may have been some lingering issues. Many folks were grumbling about internet, the in-the-know travel agent said it was fine and actually better than most ships, but that the more people were logged in the slower it got & you were better off using it first thing in the morning. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Riviera Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.5 3.2
Public Rooms 4.5 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 2.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.2
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.8

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