1 Oceania Riviera Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Greece

Sailed with a group of 8 on this cruise. While there were issues with port time changes after final payment was made, Oceania's commitment to service and excellent food remains the same. I would have given a 5 star review if there ... Read More
Sailed with a group of 8 on this cruise. While there were issues with port time changes after final payment was made, Oceania's commitment to service and excellent food remains the same. I would have given a 5 star review if there were no port time changes. We embarked in Istanbul. As usual, Oceania's boarding process was smooth and efficient. On board, our room was ready immediately (we were in an Oceania Suite). The other rooms in our group were ready exactly at the times they stated upon embarking. Being the experienced Oceania cruiser, I took my group of 8 on a tour of the ship. They were appropriately impressed with the ship. We took a tour of the Canyon Ranch Spa too and were greeted immediately by a staff person who took us on an impromptu tour of the fitness and spa facility. She was very nice and helpful! They had a special if you booked a service on the day of sailing, so, for the first time, I signed up for a massage. WOW! It was excellent. I highly recommend doing this on the first day - it really got me in the vacation mode and took out all the kinks from flying in a cramped aircraft for many hours. The food was excellent in all of the venues, but I do have to say that Toscana has slipped a bit. Food was just OK and service took a long time. Food in the Grand Dining Room was excellent but the service took forever. Red Ginger has upped their game and the sea bass was out of this world. Polo Grill and Jacques were excellent as well. The Terrace Cafe was fine as was the Waves Grill. In summary, Oceania continues to be one of the best foodie cruises in the business. I can't say enough about the staff service in all respects. Whether it was embarking and disembarking at ports each day to the reception desk, to the wait staff and housekeeping, service was the best and the staff were helpful, friendly and easy to access. Our butler, Chandu, was awesome and our housekeeper, Jai, was equally awesome. The room was cleaned constantly and we never lacked for clean towels, a stocked refrigerator, and any assistance we may have needed. Oceania Suite room was incredible! 1000 sf of pure luxury! The media room boasts every movie and song known to man. The bathroom was huge and included a large shower stall and whirlpool tub. The deck is almost 3 times the size of a penthouse suite deck and has a whirlpool tub too along with a lounge chair and deck chairs. The living room and dining room were spacious - enough room to have happy hour almost every night for 8 people. Highly recommend trying this room at least once. It was worth the upgrade! One small complaint (and I feel bad about even mentioning it), the door handles are made of heavy metal and have sharp edges. They stick out from the door and I kept bumping into them. I had bruises all over my arms from them. One night of rough seas, I fell into the door handle and bruised my chest. We had to wrap some of them in napkins to make them less painful. Really need to re-think them! Only used Oceania for one excursion in Volos. They did a great job with it and the ship waited for us when we were about a 1/2 hour late getting back. Overpriced though. For the first time, I took the artist loft classes. The artist, Graham Dennison, and his wife, Shuna, were so friendly and patient with me - a beginner. Graham was a Disney artist for 20 years. He is a very talented artist - he uses a pallette knife to paint and I can't believe the paintings he has created with that knife. He has the gift for teaching and by the end of his classes, I learned how to draw a disney character, use a pallette knife and he even helped me "try" to paint the Santorini dome church! I really enjoyed it. They also unveiled one of his paintings on board with a reception ceremony. It was a nice way to meet others on board and see Graham's latest painting. Would recommend dropping in the artist loft just to see what is going on. Attended one of the evening shows and the Pool Deck party. Both were OK but not great. This is one area Oceania could improve on. Though, I have to say, the Cruise Director, Ray Michaels, is on the friendliest and upbeat cruise directors I have ever met. He is an asset to Oceania Cruises! Kicking, screaming and crying, we disembarked in Athens. Process was smooth with no issues. As for port time changes.... This was the one issue I had with Oceania. They changed port times after final payment was made which made me scramble to rearrange private port excursions. The time changes resulted in us arriving in port later than usual - 10:00 am or Noon vs 8:00 am. Some people liked getting in later because they could sleep later but I like having the time in the afternoon more and found that I missed laying out by the pool in the later afternoon after a long day of walking. In any case, I feel that Oceania short-changed us a bit in this respect. We had at least 3 ports with time changes and I know, from the message boards, they are doing this more and more across the board. Because of this, I did not book another cruise while on board as I usually do. I will wait to see how they handle this going forward before committing to another cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Riviera Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.5 3.2
Public Rooms 4.5 4.6
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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