5 Oceania Riviera Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Transatlantic

We chose this cruise because we haven’t been to the Canary Is., and were looking forward to visiting. As explained earlier, we still haven’t visited them.. The Captain Did the right thing by avoiding the 70ft waves that hit Tenerife. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we haven’t been to the Canary Is., and were looking forward to visiting. As explained earlier, we still haven’t visited them.. The Captain Did the right thing by avoiding the 70ft waves that hit Tenerife. The Company did the wrong thing by not crediting our accounts or offering some compensation for the missed ports and fuel savings. it was also wrong to not totally reimburse passengers for the price of booked tours. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled efficiently. We will not let Oceania book our airfare again. this was their second chance. this time we travelled for 21 hours joining the ship in Barcelona from Phoenix. we actually enjoyed the 8 sea days with no schedules to keep or ABC tours to take. did a bus tour on our own in Malaga, a very lovely town. entertainment on board was to our liking. Yes, the production company is young. But, unlike some, the singers can indeed dance, and the dancers also can sing. a few flat notes here and there. If you want Broadway caliber, those BIG ships or Broadway are the Place for you. all on board staff, except one front desk guy seems to be happy doing their jobs and were very kind. We did meet two women who enjoyed soaking In their tubs. Most of us wish the showers had taken the place of those tubs which just took up valuable space. How small? well, If you dropped your soap you had to open the door to be able to bend down and retrieve it. Hubby says this is the best food at sea, Regent is right there in the running too.we enjoyed all the specialty restaurants. Food at Jacques, as you may guess, is very rich. the main dining room offers a fine selection each meal as well as the waves grill and the big buffet. the special brunch buffet featured all the ice carvings and specialty desserts, and beautiful fruit and.vegie displays. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We have been on Oceania before and loved it and this was a great itinerary. The cabin was a little disappointing. It seemed a bit worn out. The bathroom has a big bathtub shower in addition to a small stall shower. Cabin steward was ... Read More
We have been on Oceania before and loved it and this was a great itinerary. The cabin was a little disappointing. It seemed a bit worn out. The bathroom has a big bathtub shower in addition to a small stall shower. Cabin steward was excellent. Food on Oceania has always been fantastic but this time we were disappointed. There are 4 specialty restaurants which were all excellent but the main dining room which is beautiful was not as good as in the past. The food was good but the selections were not as good. Overall we still love Oceania and would cruise again. The ports were very good and Oceania provides a free shuttle to the center of town in a lot of the ports. We generally do our own tours because we like smaller groups and lower prices than those tours that Oceania offers. The entertainment was good. We had a violinist, a piano player, a comedian and a magician in addition to the ship's singers and dancers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise and cruise line because of the itinerary. The reviews closed the deal. The standard room and bathroom are "big," the stateroom attendants were great. The air conditioning worked great. The ship is ... Read More
We chose this cruise and cruise line because of the itinerary. The reviews closed the deal. The standard room and bathroom are "big," the stateroom attendants were great. The air conditioning worked great. The ship is comfortable, not too large, not crowded for the most part. Feels like a country club. The dress code is country club casual at all times, so no need for men's jackets or ties. Embarkation and disembarkation could not have been easier. There were crew members to help you find your luggage upon leaving. The restaurants offer plenty of variety. The food is good but not better than you can find at good restaurants in the big cities. The service is great except for the end of the meal. The coffee service is sporatic, sometimes non-existant. The main dining room coffee is awful, so get a cappucino or have the waiter get the americano from the machine. The room service breakfast quality was not so great. We gave up and ate at the buffet. We tried the dining room for breakfast, but it was just too slow and nothing special. Besides, a blueberry in the pancake I ordered in the dining room exploded on me and my shirt, the ship cleaned the shirt for free. The cruise directors were great. The few shows we saw were forgettable but the band was always good. There is only one show seating, so if you eat late, you will miss most of the entertainment. The crew, under questioning, say people go on Oceania for the food, not the shows. We went to one trivia contest, it was fun. Since this cruise was port-intensive, there was no time for the mundane shipboard activities. The guest lecturer was great. The onboard internet was slow, if it worked. When in port, better to use your phone data plan. There were some decent and some really bad port excursions. If you go to Ibiza, stay on the ship. "Overview" tours can be slept through. Better to concentrate on one particular aspect. What really makes this ship and cruise line are the passengers. They are predominately well-off, educated, and sociable, and older. It is easy to meet people and make friends. While this ship is a cut above the big lines like Holland and Celebrity, it is not quite perfect. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had a great Butler. Specialty restaurants were excellent. Buffet dinners were excellent. Main dining room a step below but good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Suite was excellent. Would like to have seen 2 ... Read More
We had a great Butler. Specialty restaurants were excellent. Buffet dinners were excellent. Main dining room a step below but good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Suite was excellent. Would like to have seen 2 sinks in bathroom. Shower tough for me to use but I'm 6'5". Very well furnished. Bed very comfortable. Walk in closet well done. Entertainment was very good. Enjoyed in house dancers and singers. Thought band was excellent. Comedian very funny. Enjoyed Cruise director and staff. We do not use ships port and shore excursion. Do them on our own through Cruise Critic roll call. Very overpriced and do not enjoy being bused with 20 to 40 people. Not a ship that caters to children. Atlantic was rough most of the trip. Had to avoid Azores because of weather. Went to Madeira instead. Excellent cruise, Excellent ship. Excellent service. Would certainly sail with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Background: Married, 60's with about 50 cruises including 6 Oceania and this same cruise and ship 2 yrs ago. Summary and Oceania update: This line has rightfully held the reputation for the best cuisine on the seas since it formed 11 ... Read More
Background: Married, 60's with about 50 cruises including 6 Oceania and this same cruise and ship 2 yrs ago. Summary and Oceania update: This line has rightfully held the reputation for the best cuisine on the seas since it formed 11 yrs ago, but it has been through 2 ownership changes in the last several years and now belongs to NCL. The once great food is gone both in terms of high quality product procurement and consistently outstanding preparation. We would now choose Celebrity over this food, especially the specialty venues. Also, interest in the client concerns or desires is now just average for the industry. Ship: Nice, well maintained ship, but it offers nothing over other newer ships in the 1200-2400 size. No lower or good walking deck. The only enclosed level for general passenger use is part of level 6 which has no windows that you can see anything from but a lifeboat. Their R ships are much nicer. Stateroom: Veranda room was very nice and slightly larger than some ships. Excellent sleeping comfort and linens. No issues. Free water and soda in room. Dining: As above. Highly erratic quality. There has clearly been a large cut in the food procurement budget or abilities. The veal would not qualify as veal in Europe and was tough with no veal flavor. Some fish was OK, but most was fishy and clearly not fresh or flash frozen fresh. Avoid the beef because it is only Choice at best and quite tough even when medium rare when you could get properly prepared. Most meats ordered rare came medium to medium well. Specialty restaurants were no better except Toscano, but avoid the veal chop there. Lamb was generally mutton. I know IBP quality is above budget, but at the price of the cruise you would expect the beef and lamb to be at least Cosco/Sam's quality. They do warn you that the chicken may be tough and dry by generally using the descriptive euphuism "free range". Wines: Mark ups with extra gratuity are now $40 or more against wholesale cost, and they clearly stock wines that are past vintage excess. Selection is not very good at all. They have several decent wines on the package that works out at $42/bottle, but you have to buy 7, 14, or 21 bottles. I guess that is "The World" NCL's way. Beer: They have not recognized the changing the world here. They have may be 10 old time regular beers in bottles with no craft beers. Not a problem for us, but it would keep my kids and their middle age friends off. Shore excursions: The prices were so out of line, even for a high end line, that even the suite clientele resisted and complained. You could pay nearly $100 for a walking tour from the dock with no admissions. Only one person we dined with over the 14 days took a single tour. Pools: I knew going on that Oceania uses bromine rather than chlorine in some of its pools, and I am one of the 10% of the population with a bromine allergy so I cannot utilize. Most people with this allergy have no other allergies, so they assume pools are infected and just stay away from them. I only saw a rare person in the pool, so it does not seem to be a cruiser attraction anyhow. Clientele: I would guess the average to be 10 years older than our last Oceania cruise, so I suspect some of our concerns are on the social networks. Entertainment: Lots of very good entertainment, but only one show per night at 9:45. Best part: If you like working with real art, the Artist Loft is very good and included. The hands on cooking is also good, but about $50/hour. Internet access: At $1 per minute, I did not test it. They clearly are not interested in the under 70 group, but we get along fine without it.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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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