91 Oceania Riviera Romantic Cruise Reviews

Weather in northeast was far too cold to enjoy the beautiful cities of Canada and New England. Embarkation looked like a greased pig rodeo with two individuals (later three) controlling the crowds. The "herder-in-charge" ... Read More
Weather in northeast was far too cold to enjoy the beautiful cities of Canada and New England. Embarkation looked like a greased pig rodeo with two individuals (later three) controlling the crowds. The "herder-in-charge" was too busy chatting with guests (at the head of the line) to keep the processing running smoothly, with agents waving at him frantically to get his attention to send over another person to check in. The subordinate, on the other hand, was constantly distracted by questions, problems, and other issues so that people were jumping the line to check in. When the chatty man in charge noticed the line jumpers, he verbally attacked the other who was facing the crowds. They finally added a third person to make their system work properly. Ship was beautiful. Cabin was clean and well kept. Water was NOT softened leaving the skin and scalp very dry. Dining was good, but not great as there were not too many "simple food" options for people with dietary restrictions. Food too rich. Service was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Told this USED TO BE a great cruise line. Times have changed tremendously!! Definitely a 3rd rate ship in need of professional leadership at the corporate level. The ship is run as though they going broke!! You pay for two ... Read More
Told this USED TO BE a great cruise line. Times have changed tremendously!! Definitely a 3rd rate ship in need of professional leadership at the corporate level. The ship is run as though they going broke!! You pay for two fares for you and your partner, then are told the so called free internet can only be used by one of you at a time??? Or you can pay an additional $270 for the other person. They allow one bar of shower soap for two people to last 2 weeks. The same with the small bottles of lotion and shampoo ! Of course, you can purchase more.... Food quality has definitely declined significantly!!!! And the portions are meager as you almost beg for more. Waiters have been ordered not to ask would you like another drink, unless it is one you are buying. We would never cruise with Oceania again. Caveat emptor.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I had chosen Oceania because of their highly rated cuisine. This cruise did not disappoint. We are first time cruisers with this line and this itinerary. From start to finish...the room, the wait staff, the cuisine, the excursions, the ... Read More
I had chosen Oceania because of their highly rated cuisine. This cruise did not disappoint. We are first time cruisers with this line and this itinerary. From start to finish...the room, the wait staff, the cuisine, the excursions, the overall atmosphere of understated elegance. So many places to sit and enjoy the cruise life and even dealing with the nitty gritty (laundrettes on each floor were very popular). We dined in each specialty restaurant...Red Ginger, Polo Grill, Toscana and Jacques. Each offered interesting choices and were true to the cuisine of the culture. And as always, you felt like royalty. A sweet bonus (and veddy proper) was tea at 4pm. Choices of teas, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts kept you sated until dinner. The show was very entertaining combining actual entertainers and on screen clips of Broadway shows and stars. I even noticed the artwork on each floor was beautifully done. Excursions were just the right length of time, with great tour guides. The longest day was Florence and Pisa and you do need more time to cover those areas. Embarkation and Disembarking was efficient and quick.It was wonderful and I am looking forward to another Oceania cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our tenth cruise and second with Oceania. We were on the Riviera last year and had a wonderful time. Much to our delight this cruise was even better than the previous one. For us, as good as the ship itself was and all it had to ... Read More
This was our tenth cruise and second with Oceania. We were on the Riviera last year and had a wonderful time. Much to our delight this cruise was even better than the previous one. For us, as good as the ship itself was and all it had to offer, the best part of the cruise was the people. We met so many amazing people on this cruise and had a delightful time with them from the minute we boarded to the moment we left. We’ve been on the big ships in the past, but we much prefer the size of the Riviera. We find it's a little more intimate, with a sense of community when the ship is not a floating mega-city! Also, and I don’t mean to sound like a stuffy snob, but the type of people that cruise with Oceania appeal much more to our age and tastes than some of the other cruise lines. As so many others have noted, the food is outstanding from the main dining room to the specialty restaurants to the Terrace Café buffet. The buffet selection was as good as any of the other restaurants. Beyond the buffet's amazing selection, what also appealed to us about the buffet was that we don’t touch the food – it is served to us and as a result it is so much healthier. Speaking of healthy, we loved the fact that every morning we could get fresh veggie juice just like we have at home. In all the restaurants there were all sorts of healthy eating alternatives. The room was cozy but large enough. The storage space was adequate. Of course, we loved the balcony where we spent a lot of time enjoying our books and having a drink and taking in the gorgeous views. Even the bathroom was great. It was roomy and we loved having a tub. As for the entertainment, we’re not big on the song and dance shows, but we do love comedy, and on this cruise standup comedian Tom Drake was featured. He did two hysterically funny shows as well as a workshop on comedy. We were very happy with the ports we went to this year. The ports were Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Barts. The stays in the ports for the most part were all day so we never felt rushed. Most of the excursions we chose were good – some better than others. St. Kitts was probably our favourite. We loved the beach and the drive there was breathtaking at times. Beach day at Aruba was great. We visited a lovely beach with lots of shade which we appreciated, and there was very good snorkelling there. We not impressed with the Spice Beach club excursion on Bonaire. It wasn’t much of a beach, but the snorkelling was good. There was only one port we didn’t visit, St. Barts, because we would have had to tender there. We don’t like the tenders that Oceania use. They use their lifeboats, and they are just too rocky. We had a bad experience on one last year and decided to avoid it this year. We found more than enough to do on board – trivia, miniature golf, shuffleboard, cooking lessons, (okay we’re 65, what do you expect!!) The staff was top notch. Everyone from our cabin attendants to the severs in the restaurants to everyone else on board were helpful, courteous and friendly. I should also point out that on this cruise we had the best cruise director ever. Her name was Dottie and she was by far the best Cruise Director we have come across in our ten cruises. She connected with the guests so perfectly. She was always bubbly, funny and just downright nice. Embarkation and debarkation was unbelievably smooth and quick. We hope to go on another Oceania cruise next year. We understand that the Riviera is going to be getting a little refurbishing. We did see some people complaining in previous reviews that the ship looked a little worn. We thought the ship was totally charming. We had no complaints about the appearance or performance of the ship. Hopefully we'll see what is new next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Let me start with the entertainment. First Rate. 12 Person very high end team dancers and Singers. Great shows. We saw three different shows in ten days. So well produced and choreographed. Beautiful costumes with many changes. And ... Read More
Let me start with the entertainment. First Rate. 12 Person very high end team dancers and Singers. Great shows. We saw three different shows in ten days. So well produced and choreographed. Beautiful costumes with many changes. And excellent recorded music. Sets and background video images on screens. Of the forty cruises we have been on, on Cunard, HA, Seabourn, Silversea, Regent and Celebrity, and Oceania, this is the best set of shows we have ever seen and the most talented entertainers. We have sat through some real snooze cruise shows over the years and honestly we were so impressed with this team and the shows themselves. Handsome young men and beautiful girls, all well choreographed, talented and produced.I cannot enough. The pool deck chairs, while packed in like sardines, are very comfortable. Very thick chair pads and towel covers. Unlike some competitors, who provide no chair pads. Oh my aching back. Food on board Oceania is said to be the best at sea, and the 4 specialty restaurants of Asian (Red Ginger), Jacques the signature French of Jacques Pepin, the Italian Toscana and the grill Polo Lounge all provide really knockout and authentic meals. High end ingredients used and great chefs that produce truly fine dining experiences. The MDR itself is also very good, and service superb throughout the ship's restaurants. Very attentive and competent waiting staff. Buffet in the Terrace is so dull and boring, although many onboard could not wait to fill their plates and stomachs. Speaking of which, many oversize anatomies on board. Growing worse we have observed over the years. The cabins are very nice. We had any A class cabin, and while the bathroom is small, the size of the cabin and balcony was fine for a ten day cruise of the Caribbean. Anything longer we would have opted for a more spacious P cabin with a walk in closet and more interior space.. Officer staff removed and not very passenger interactive or friendly. Not a good mark for Oceania. Captain made his daily announcements but was a ghost. The ship itself is only 5 or 6 years old and very modern. Very open with lots of public space and bars. Martinis is the place for cocktails. Ship sails well, but the Caribbean seas were calm throughout the ten days. The drinks packages offered were fair priced, and the wines included drinkable if not great. All typical of what passes for wine lists on all cruise lines today. Bottle a la carte prices exorbitant for the product available. Horrendous boarding experience in Miami. Oceania should be ashamed, even though some of it was caused by the unfortunate death of a crew person and ship's late arrival.. But no command presence on the ground to handle the huge backed up crowd waiting to board, and very poor communications. It almost got out of control. Not a bright spot on this cruise, but fortunately it was not a harbinger of bad things to come as many feared. All in all Oceania continues to do a very good job, even under NCL ownership. Many fears have been allayed. The product is the same as it first was for us ten years ago when we first sailed with Oceania, which is very good indeed .And the ships size of 1250 passengers while large for us was not too problematic, except for sea days when the sardine factory on the pool deck was overactive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
There were some islands on this cruise we've not been to before, which is the reason we took it. That & the wonderful food on board Riviera. We do need to stress that entertainment is rather bland on this ship. The food IS the ... Read More
There were some islands on this cruise we've not been to before, which is the reason we took it. That & the wonderful food on board Riviera. We do need to stress that entertainment is rather bland on this ship. The food IS the entertainment. We're both in the food industry & this is a reason we've done 2 cruises on the Riviera. We'd have gone back in 2020 for another 14 days, but the only cruise is a 14 day "midweek" type cruise. We hate getting back midweek. We like that 2 day relaxing affair that a Fri-Sat cruise ending affords. Unpacking etc. winding down from the enjoyment & getting ready to be back to work(Uhhgg!) We've noticed with lots of cruises, that the quality starts to slide each year. Not so on Oceania. Our cabin was 8100, which is a great cabin. You hop off the elevator & you're right outside your door. NO noise issues at all. The only thing was, that a prior guest had "bent" the shower door a bit, so it didn't close properly. This allowed water to get out, which wet the floor allowing for the floor tiles to get wet & "pop" up. We notified our attendant about this...It looked like it had been going on awhile as you could see new grout in the floor. This time they fixed the problem & no more issues after about day 3. The room itself was very nice. Fairly large for a Veranda type cabin. With a decent sized Veranda, that you could actually relax on. If there is one thing about Oceania that we've noticed, it's that they really don't offer much to the LGBT community. There was one & only one get together & it was set right at dinner time. Needless to say we didn't attend. Last year we share a table with a Texas couple In Polo Grill, who upon "figuring" us out, just totally "clammed" up for the rest of the meal. Not a good experience for us or them. This Year we had to again share a table(this time in Jacques)The couple saw us & immediately came up with the excuse that the table was too close to the entrance(not at all!) So we had a 4 person table to ourselves & thoroughly enjoyed it. It's obvious to the reader that we try to not share tables to avoid making us or other tablemates uncomfortable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We took in a 12 day cruise from Miami to Miami, and explored several Caribbean islands, with two sea days on either end. Exploring Miami If you're new to cruising from Miami, I would recommend arriving a few days early and ... Read More
We took in a 12 day cruise from Miami to Miami, and explored several Caribbean islands, with two sea days on either end. Exploring Miami If you're new to cruising from Miami, I would recommend arriving a few days early and spending the time to take in the city. I can imagine that summer is pretty hot, but in December it was balmy. Highlights included South Beach, downtown, a harbour cruise and the visit to the Everglades. We stayed downtown, but the port is easy to get to, so any decent hotel should not be an issue. Embarkation Is easy and painless. All told, it probably took less than 10 minutes. It does help to arrive early, even if your stateroom is only accessible later in the day, as this enables you to avoid the crowds. It's easy to see that Miami knows how to handle cruise crowds. About Riviera This is our second Oceania cruise, with the first being on Riviera's sister, the Marina. We like the upmarket yet casual atmosphere, the food, as well as the gym/spa. Oceania does not cater for children, but does not forbid them. There were no children on our cruise, however. While the vessel remains upmarket (but not luxurious), Riviera is shown a few signs of wear and tear. Most of the loungers on the private spa terrace were broken, and it's clear that some of the bar stools have been scratched and not repaired over the years. Look beyond this, and you will most certainly have an amazing experience. Dining One tours with Oceania for, among other things, the food. There are three restaurants for breakfast and lunch, and an additional 5 for dinner (if one includes La Reserve.) During a cruise, you should definitely make an effort to dine at each of the speciality restaurants. During this cruise, our favourites were Toscana while Jacques and Red Ginger are a close second tie. Polo Grill is also superb and difficult to fault, but if one has to make a choice... Sadly, the Grand Dining Room did not live up to expectations on this cruise. We dined here twice for breakfast, and while the setting is grand indeed, the service falls short. Dinner at the Grand Dining Room remains exceptional, however. If you do it only once, afternoon tea is a must. It's a lovely setting in Horizons with the quartet playing. One feels very sophisticated. If you like a glass of wine with your meal, or a cocktail around the pool, it's worth taking the beverage package. It makes the surprise at the end of the cruise a little less unknown! Entertainment On this cruise, Oceania treated us to a few outside entertainers. Both were exceptional, while the standard crew are also very good. In addition, make time for the string quartet playing in the evenings near the casino. Service For the most part, service is very good. We had a butler, being in a penthouse suite, and this eases logistics somewhat. Waiters are extremely attentive in all the establishments. Sometimes, however, we found ourselves straining as it's clear that English is not their first language. Sommeliers are generally good, but sometimes are a little scarce during lunch in the Terrace Cafe aft. Cabin This was our first time in a Penthouse Suite. It's recommended for two reasons - the ability to dine in-suite from one of the speciality restaurants as well as the large walk-in closet. We specifically chose a cabin that was below the 12th floor cabins, and not the sun deck, and are grateful we did. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
2nd cruise on Oceania Riviera, 24th Cruise. First sailing was Amalfi Coast, beautiful but - no sea days to enjoy the ship. We very much enjoyed the ship this time. The ship is the perfect size for us, 1250 PAX with beautiful public ... Read More
2nd cruise on Oceania Riviera, 24th Cruise. First sailing was Amalfi Coast, beautiful but - no sea days to enjoy the ship. We very much enjoyed the ship this time. The ship is the perfect size for us, 1250 PAX with beautiful public spaces decorated with large scale holiday decorations, Lalique glass, Art Deco interesting furnishings, Artwork, and lots of seating areas scattered inside and out. Embarkation was quick at about noon and lunch at Waves and Terrace cafe — no, we didn’t eat at both but they are both great choices. The Terrace has a wonderful assortment of choices and the steak and seafood at the grill were great. The nice sized Balcony cabin has good storage and fine linens, comfortable bed, makeup mirror, lots of outlets, marble bath with deep sinks, small shower with wand and rain head good pressure, and big tub with another shower with wand. Loved the Bulgari toiletries. Our steward was very good, supplies replaced and always lots of ice and needed nothing. Spotless. There was no lack of activities though my favorite was my kindle and feet up on my balcony or on the leather chairs in the library after another cappuccino in Baristas cafe. There was mini golf, needlepoint, bracelet making, art classes (fun but I have no talent), lectures were excellent with Adam Tanner, cha cha classes, movies, and much live music. Others played bridge, trivia and more. The show band was wonderful, production singers and dancers exceptional and string quartet very good. Loved the group Ardor in Horizons and the Ukelele player/comedian better than that sounds. There were many performances in evenings and once in a while in afternoon. Do not miss afternoon tea with strings. Specialties- Polo 5 stars, Jacques 5 Stars, Tuscana husband 4 stars, food a bit of a disappointment for me after great food last time and best of all Red Ginger — I had the best meal ever with edamame, greens with peanut dressing, tempura vegetables and filet entree & bounty cake dessert. Husband had red snapper and loved it. Service was great. Not so happy with Grand Dining room dinner especially beef. But breakfast was wonderful. Also prompt and handy is room service although no hot breakfast in balcony cabins. Kudos to all the service people onboard who had such great attitudes. I can’t say that we loved the ship excursions but In Grenada there was an excursion we liked to a plantation with Gorgeous vegetation, interesting owner and natural products. The ship did not feel crowded except for some scarcity of chairs in the shade — but the pool attendants were removing towels and clearing space. Nice cushions and seating around the pool. And not only are non/Alcoholic drinks included but I can go to the cappuccino machine myself any time and press the button for a quick to go pick me up. I can’t say enough about this sailing— I wish I could repeat it many times over. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Very happy with our first Oceania experience. Excellent staff and service and the food exceeds anything we’ve experienced on RCCL. Cabin was very nice and always well kept. Food in the specialty restaurants ranged from good (Polo Grill ... Read More
Very happy with our first Oceania experience. Excellent staff and service and the food exceeds anything we’ve experienced on RCCL. Cabin was very nice and always well kept. Food in the specialty restaurants ranged from good (Polo Grill & Tuscana) to excellent (Red Ginger). Onboard activities are limited compared to the larger party barges but they maintained your normal trivia and few other activities. The talent was average at best. The ports as a whole were very good. Venice for 2 days was very nice. The stop in Slovenia was a pleasant surprise. We took an excursion to Ljubljana, I highly recommend this trip along with seeing Lake Bled. Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s bucket list. We took the Mt Etna excursion from Catania and it was very good but could have been fantastic if the weather would have cooperated. The float into Montenegro was just beautiful but the port itself is filled with pushy sales people pawning sunglasses and excursions so buyer beware!! Argistoli unfortunately is nothing but a giant souvenir shop, Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise primarily by the ports of call and the reviews re the onboard food. We struggled after booking with understanding the extra costs-primarily alcohol, very expensive, and gratuity on the alcohol (18%) The ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily by the ports of call and the reviews re the onboard food. We struggled after booking with understanding the extra costs-primarily alcohol, very expensive, and gratuity on the alcohol (18%) The “extras” on our room were $16 per day each which we were told we could change without problem by visiting reception; I had researched about this beforehand. We had decided to reduce this and pay at the end to the staff in cash whom we had had excellent service from. Well we were looked at at reception like we were dirt on someone’s shoe to say the least. Maybe cruise lines need to understand that some people do a “once in a lifetime” trip and save up exhaustively and that they should be respected as much as their (in this case American) counterparts. On a positive, (perhaps I should have written this first but am still a bit sore) excellent, friendly staff who can’t do enough for you. You can also tell that they all have a good relationship too. Amazing food but difficult to get into their specialty restaurants . Pool a bit too small and just had passengers sitting around the edge drinking. Very good gym but some equipment out of order for whole trip. Smooth embarkation and disembarkation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the amenities. The passenger age definitely skews to the over 60 crowd. The food was among the best we have ever had on a cruise ship. The specialty restaurants offered a good ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the amenities. The passenger age definitely skews to the over 60 crowd. The food was among the best we have ever had on a cruise ship. The specialty restaurants offered a good variety of dishes. The Italian and French restaurants were the better of the 4. As New Yorkers, we have no shortage of good steakhouses or Asian restaurants so the bar is high. Food at the buffet was very good. Our only complaint was that they served the same entree (suckling pig) 3 nights in a row at the end of the cruise. The Oceania special excursions are very good. The other excursions are no different from any other cruise line. The cruise director is useless. The entertainment (or lack thereof) is limited to the stock "tributes to" variety. A comedian would have been nice. The WIFI was HORRIBLE. Do not pay for the enhanced WIFI, it is no better. Service was excellent. The staff was cheery and accommodating. Our butler Francis was a true gentleman. The buffet is not self service which is a good thing as you don't have to worry about passengers touching the food. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our 8th Cruise on Oceania. We sailed May 17, 2018 from Rome to Venice on an 8 day cruise. We've always felt in the past sailing on Oceania was worth the extra cost over some of the mainstream cruiselines. However, changes ... Read More
This was our 8th Cruise on Oceania. We sailed May 17, 2018 from Rome to Venice on an 8 day cruise. We've always felt in the past sailing on Oceania was worth the extra cost over some of the mainstream cruiselines. However, changes that Oceania made on this cruise different from other European cruises in the past on the Riveria makes me question which cruise line I will use in the future. The ship, the food, the service as good as in the past. Oceania shore excursions were exceptional. The ports were visited were fabulous. My disappointment is following. 1. As before there is only one show on the ship at night. Now the shows are at 9:45p.m. We had shore excursions daily around 8:00a.m. so we did not attend any of the shows. I understand they are trying to wait but in the past show at 9:00 worked for most. 2. Oceania advertises free shuttles at many ports and in the past they had a shuttle from the Venice port to St Marks Square. On this cruise no free shuttle was provided and no clear instruction on how to use the shuttle at the cruise port (which only ran within the port). We had to walk over 1/2 mile to the people mover which we paid for (not an issue) and then we were about 1 mile away from St Marks Square. We had excursions booked at every other port but Venice but I did not see any Oceania free shuttle at the other 5 ports either. A few were very close to town. 3. In the past the main dining room was open everyday for lunch which is why I've been recommending Oceania to our family and friends. On this cruise it was closed at lunch on most days. 4. Oceania has done nothing to improve the casino with old outdated slots. On many of the cruiselines they have modern machines. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose Riviera because we were looking for an upmarket cruise and they were offering a special rate. We didn’t want to be on board a huge ship and we wanted a beautiful cabin to enjoy while on board. The fine dining was ... Read More
We chose Riviera because we were looking for an upmarket cruise and they were offering a special rate. We didn’t want to be on board a huge ship and we wanted a beautiful cabin to enjoy while on board. The fine dining was attractive to us as was the general ‘look’ of the ship and what it promised as far as sedate, romantic, yet fun travel. This was our first ever cruise and we didn’t know what to expect. We weren’t convinced that we would cruise again - but after this experience, we certainly would. The service on board the Oceania is excellent - they strive to please and on the whole, they got it right. The only criticism I do have is that they seem to want their guests in bed by 11 - they could work on that dance floor of theirs and perhaps even a disco - don’t underestimate the agility or ability of your guests, Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My husband has always wanted to do a transatlantic crossing and the timing of the Oceania cruise was right. We both love food and wine and that was definitely a selling point to sail with Oceania, as was the relatively smaller ship size. ... Read More
My husband has always wanted to do a transatlantic crossing and the timing of the Oceania cruise was right. We both love food and wine and that was definitely a selling point to sail with Oceania, as was the relatively smaller ship size. We had a fun couple of days in Miami before leaving; no problems getting to the terminal or our cabin once on board. We found everyone on the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. I work in the hospitality/events business so that means a lot to me. It was our first cruise and I didn't really know what to expect; I just definitely knew that I didn't want to be on a cruise where we had to spend a lot of time being sociable with strangers (get enough of that at work!) or deal with over-the-top food buffets or formal nights. We especially liked the library and the opportunities to hang out in quiet spots, including our veranda. I enjoyed the access to the spa deck and using the spa services. The pool deck was nice and I loved lounging around watching the waves with a book in my hand and a glass of bubbly or one of the frozen coffee drinks from the espresso bar. I have to say that there are worse things to do than spend three weeks reading, eating and drinking in the middle of the Atlantic. We both liked the specialty restaurants very much, especially Red Ginger. We usually had breakfast and lunch in the Terrace Cafe, which was fine, and dinner in the Grand Reserve, which was very good. I say this as someone who's managed a fine-dining restaurant for the last 15 years. I did find it a little odd that it was hard to get wine service before placing a dinner order and I finally learned how to out-smart the wine stewards by insisting on ordering my wine before food. I was a little concerned about not having a drinks package but felt the wine prices were very reasonable and liked that we didn't have to finish a bottle but could take it back to our cabin or have it stored for another night, even in another dining venue. Our cabin was fine and our cabin attendants extremely helpful and friendly. I don't remember the cabin number but we upgraded to the Concierge level, which scored a bottle of champagne for me and free laundry service for my husband. It did seem as though the carpets got rolled up pretty early every night, especially on deck. As others have mentioned, it would have been nice to be able to hang out after dark and enjoy a drink or cup or coffee or tea. And many days the Terrace Cafe terrace was closed for dining; more outdoor dining and relaxation options would be a big plus. The shore excursions were okay; we missed the Azores because of rough water and high winds but that was understandable. I think we only made it to one night of entertainment; it was okay but that wasn't really a priority with us anyway. We made our own pre- and post-trip arrangements in both Miami and Barcelona, which worked out great for us. Worst part of the whole trip was getting home from Barcelona, due to issues with American Airlines and late/canceled flights. But that's not an Oceania issue and we got there eventually. Overall, it was a great experience and I'd recommend Oceania to others. Don't know if we'll ever cruise again but if we do, we'd definitely consider Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My husband and I salied on the Riviera out of Miami in March 2018. We were in cabin 7114. We enjoyed the speciality dining options. We ate in the main dining room and had a wonderful meal. The food on the 12th floor was delicious and ... Read More
My husband and I salied on the Riviera out of Miami in March 2018. We were in cabin 7114. We enjoyed the speciality dining options. We ate in the main dining room and had a wonderful meal. The food on the 12th floor was delicious and plentiful. We had been on Oceania Venice to Athens in 2016 and had a great trip. We met interesting people on both cruises. Enjoyed the atmosphere of the ship. Entertainment is not good. They should invest in movies under the stars to give cruisers some choices at night. The cabin is a good size. The staff is very pleasant. We enjoyed having soft drinks included in the pricing. The library is a wonderful relaxing place. We didn't visit the casino but it was good to know it was an option for us. The cooking school and the art classes are options that a lot of people enjoyed. Overall it was a great cruise and worth the money! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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
We chose this cruise because after cruising last year on Oceania in the Mediterranean, we found the food, crew, and all adult passengers very relaxing and enjoyable. This is not a family cruise line because there are no children ... Read More
We chose this cruise because after cruising last year on Oceania in the Mediterranean, we found the food, crew, and all adult passengers very relaxing and enjoyable. This is not a family cruise line because there are no children activities or play areas. Passenger ages ranged from mid 40s to 85... with most passengers 55-70. That is our age group. The restaurants do not cost extra and the food is fantastic. The dress code for special reservations in restaurants is business casual ... NO ties required. That is what also appealed to my spouse. The butler and cabin attendants treated us with friendliness and respect 24 hours a day. Our only disappointment was seeing how the Eastern Caribbean islands are still not back to pre hurricane status. We will not visit the Eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, or Puerto Rico for at least a year or more. I know the islands need our tourist dollars, but the water from rain run off and trash is not like it used to be before September 2017. If you want to be spoiled rotten, eat fabulous food, see good entertainment, and socialize with adults, this might interest you. Before I forget, our Cruise Director, Cory Powell, was on TV every morning giving daily highlights. He hosted 2 karaoke late nights in Horizons Lounge and everyone laughed and had great fun. All in all, our onboard experience was perfectly worth every dollar we spent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We decided to try Oceania for the raved about food. Being in the food industry & foodies we thought we'd try them out. Two days before the cruise, I got a e-mail asking if we'd upgrade from an interior cabin to a balcony ... Read More
We decided to try Oceania for the raved about food. Being in the food industry & foodies we thought we'd try them out. Two days before the cruise, I got a e-mail asking if we'd upgrade from an interior cabin to a balcony cabin for $200pp. Of course I said yes. Getting on board was quick & easy as there's only about 1200 pax, as compared to 3000+ pax on larger ships. We still waited until 2:30 to get to our cabin. Seems they like to have your luggage outside your room waiting for you when you arrive. Upon entering, Richard was overly delighted it was a veranda cabin. I kept the upgrade a secret knowing he'd love the room. The room is close to 300 sq. ft.(incl. balcony) I was surprised to see a tub as well as a separate enclosed shower. The enclosed shower is quite small, but we like the duel shower heads. One a "rain" head the other a hand held shower head. The tub has a shower as well, but it's tough to use the shower as it's only partially enclosed, so water can easily get on the floor. The room had abundant storage. Some of the storage is in drawers inside cabinets. For those, like me who have a CPAP machine there's an outlet next to the bed, so extension cords aren't necessary. Food is the main attraction on Oceania. No disappointment here! The Grand Dining room(G/D)is an elegant venue with lots of Swarovski crystal. Meals here are very nice. Food quality is like the way Celebrity was about 5 years ago, before the cutbacks. As the price of an Oceania cruise is about $1500pp more than Celebrity/Princess the attention to detail & the food is much better. You have several specialty rest. on board all but one are included in the cost. These are: Polo Grill(steaks/seafood etc.)Toscana(Italian food, but really highend)Red Ginger(Asian, obviously)Jacques(Jacque Pepin's on board rest. highend French Cuisine)La Reserve is the extra cost venue. Dinners range from $60pp-195pp for the "Connoisseur's" dinner. Tea service is offered daily in the Horizon's Lounge. The Tea service with Tea cakes/Scones/Tea sandwiches was excellent, accompanied by an excellent string quartet. Entertainment takes a backstage to the food. It was what we expected a few good singers/dancers. A very talented small band. The Sax player was outstanding. There's also a String Quartet, which was excellent. We had a talented Ventriloquist, who was really quite funny. The Cruise director, Peter was top notch. Loved his wild outfits that highlighted the end of each show. He'd tell a joke or 2 some were really quite funny, some really bad(on purpose). There are really good education seminars & cooking demonstrations to be had. The only downside were some of the excursions. Some of these were really quite pricey compared to similar excursions on Cunard/Celebrity/Princess. One excursion on Grand Cayman was new to the cruiseline, so we were Guinea Pigs, so to speak. It was not as good as the brochure claimed. We got 25% refunded back to us. If you have an excursion that is not good(be honest here!)upon returning, bring it to the attention of the excursion desk. Do BE polite about it! In most cases they will offer a partial refund. If many pax complain about it, the refund might be the full amount(not too often) Our ports of call were Grand Cayman/Cozumel/Costa Maya/Roatas/Santo Tomas/Key West. The weather slowly clouded up as we headed from Costa Maya to Central America. Cloudy/showery weather was the rule from here until we got to Key West. We had a nice lunch at Louis' Backyard( a popular rest.)Key West, unfortunately is really been getting more trashy over the last 20 years. No longer a stop I really care to do. Of all the ports of call, I'd say Santo Tomas is the least developed & ready for cruiseship tourism. There's a few nice beaches & small resorts a few miles from the ship, but otherwise I'd shop at the local port shopping mall & then just get back on the ship. Roatan, Honduras has nice beaches but the weather precluded the enjoyment. There is a great golf/beach resort called Pristine Bay. Oceania should really offer excursions there. You can also go yourself as well. Overall a great ship/cruiseline Would definitely go on Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our 3rd cruise on Riviera....love the ship and the staff. Ship had to undergo an inspection before we boarded on 12/2 so check in was the most chaotic we have ever experienced on Oceania. We chalked it up to badly managed and went on to ... Read More
Our 3rd cruise on Riviera....love the ship and the staff. Ship had to undergo an inspection before we boarded on 12/2 so check in was the most chaotic we have ever experienced on Oceania. We chalked it up to badly managed and went on to enjoy a wonderful cruise and vacation. Food is awesome...regardless of where you eat. World Beat was the best show I have ever seen on any ship! The comedian was funny the first night but not so much the 2nd night. Seems like Oceania has listened to our complaints in re show quality and really amped up their shows. We enjoyed them! Staff is fabulous - we especially loved Natallia in Horizons, our cabin steward Robylyn and Jason the Assistant Cruise Director. Go to his line dancing classes...so fun! Looking forward to another Oceania cruise next year! We were in concierge veranda room on 10 and location and cabin were perfect. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Oceania is still one of the best cruise lines and the Riviera is one of the best ships in the fleet. It's large enough to offer all the amenities and yet small enough to feel intimate in many ways. We once again had an Oceania suite ... Read More
Oceania is still one of the best cruise lines and the Riviera is one of the best ships in the fleet. It's large enough to offer all the amenities and yet small enough to feel intimate in many ways. We once again had an Oceania suite and this is one of the finest staterooms on any ship we've been on; large enough to live in long-term. There is a butler and a stateroom attendant to look after your every need; the suite is serviced at least twice a day. it also comes with a mini-fridge with soft drinks and beer, and the bar has six full bottles of premium liquor. We swapped the liquor for six bottles of wine that we drank in the restaurants and the suite. And the food remains to be some of the best - anyplace.There are four specialty venues aboard and there is no additional charge for using them. With the Oceania suite, you have two nights in each restaurant. Plus there is the Grand Dining Room, the Terrace Buffet and Waves Grill, plus a barista and the daily high tea. This ship is a foodie's delight! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The cruise was superb, nice stops , great service, cleanliness at the highest level. The food everywhere was superb, highlights were Jacques first, Red Ginger a close second, Toscana s and Polo. The best salad certainly was the ... Read More
The cruise was superb, nice stops , great service, cleanliness at the highest level. The food everywhere was superb, highlights were Jacques first, Red Ginger a close second, Toscana s and Polo. The best salad certainly was the Watermelon and Duck salad served at Red Ginger. The Tournedos Rossini at Jacques was incredible as well as the Mille Feuilles dessert. At Toscana s I had The Filet mignon covered with a Gargonzola cheese sauce. I literrally cut my filet mignon with my fork. The tiramisu there was to die for. Anyway not a bad meal or a bad choice anywhere, the food was great. The Suites was great , the bedding and towels were first class. I could not find fault anywhere. The few things missing, more flowers or flower arramgements on the tables . One small annoyance was the fact that they did not have any way for you to verify your credit statement in your cabin, the only way is to go down to the customer service desk and ask for a printout. The other bugaboo was that they do not put the charge for daily tips on your invoice until the last day. Entertainment was not great but its a small ship. Small ships have many advantages, like no lineups, elevator when you want them, availability everywhere but one thing that suffers is usually entertainement Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our cruise was amazing and everything we were promised. We were celebrating our 25th Wedding anniversary and it was perfect for us. The ship, cabin, dining and service were 5 star. We loved our cabin - a good size, with plenty of storage ... Read More
Our cruise was amazing and everything we were promised. We were celebrating our 25th Wedding anniversary and it was perfect for us. The ship, cabin, dining and service were 5 star. We loved our cabin - a good size, with plenty of storage and a wonderful bathroom. I recommend spending the money for concierge level. We enjoyed the Canyon Ranch Spa and workout areas. The show entertainment in the theatre was just okay, but the piano bar and string quartet were very enjoyable. We only went on one Oceania excursion and it was good, but the excursions are expensive and ours was rushed...hard to get through everything in a day. With that said, we did many excursions with local companies and on our own and that worked for us. We really enjoyed the cooking class we took on the ship and dinner and La Reserve was a great experience. All of the dinner dining options were top notch...breakfast was just okay - we liked it best in the grand dining room. Internet access was not great, but it worked well enough to get us by. We are looking forward to our next cruise with Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Let's start with the boat. Elegant and tasteful with contemporary artwork throughout, I found nothing lacking in design and certainly, not the "glitzy" look! We did end up getting a suite (penthouse, I believe) so I do ... Read More
Let's start with the boat. Elegant and tasteful with contemporary artwork throughout, I found nothing lacking in design and certainly, not the "glitzy" look! We did end up getting a suite (penthouse, I believe) so I do have a jaded view in that regard! The room was lovely, with a walk in closet, plenty of storage both there and in the bedroom and the bath as well. With the suite came our own butler and room service maid. The butler was the best! He got us in for reservations when we needed at the restaurants, got our laundry done, when we had not submitted in the required time frame, had a jacket which could have been ruined, cleaned perfectly and came every morning with our coffee in bed! The ship had some great restaurants but when I had two entrees that were not good, I quickly learned that you can reorder and get something that you enjoy! The ports were almost all divine (not sure why they go to Sete, France--truly unmemorable). We found something we loved about each. And lastly, we took two excursions and both were good, the one in Rome was the better of the two. That was a farmhouse with a cooking lesson and lunch. AWESOME! Only negative was slow internet. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise ship because of itinerary, ship size,and recommendation from our travel agent - we experienced such attention to detail by the well trained staff - great food with so many different food, restaurant and seating choices ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because of itinerary, ship size,and recommendation from our travel agent - we experienced such attention to detail by the well trained staff - great food with so many different food, restaurant and seating choices - my husband and I were glad that we could sit at tables for two at all of the ship restaurants - (our first cruise on a much bigger Royal Carribbean ship placed us at a table with 4 other couples of their choosing resulting in two of the couples not getting along and making the daily dining times dreadful instead of delightful.)Oceania assigned us a cabin towards the back of the ship which was right below the ship's smoking lounge - our cabin and balcony which we had to pay extra for filled with smoke each time we opened our sliding door -we are not smokers and were not told about the issue ahead of time even though the ship's staff that we asked were well aware- rooms by the smoking lounge should be given to smokers only - we suffered for 3 days with this issue before we submitted a written complaint upon which the executive concierge moved us to a new suite as well as giving us ship credit to use. Lucky for us a guest didn't show up on the sold out cruise or we would have been stuck in that room The excursions were wonderful well organized with experienced entertaining tour guides. The embarkation and disembarkation were easy smooth and quick unlike the Royal Carribbean cruise where we stood in line for hours. The ship entertainment seemed great but needed to offer an earlier show time instead of( the too late for us) 9:30PM due to all of the early excursion times. Our biggest complaint deals with the extremely unfriendly concierge who acted like we were bothering him even if we had a simple question - the same thing happened with a girl at the reservation desk and a girl at the reception desk - these three employees obviously don't like or take pride in their job and do not represent the rest of the extremely friendly anxious to help with absolutely any request staff of the ship. We will definitely go on a cruise with Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Oceania may not be for everyone but it is our first choice. We love the size, the ambience, the cabins, the food, etc. etc. After having cruised two dozen times on other mainstream lines (Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian) we never looked ... Read More
Oceania may not be for everyone but it is our first choice. We love the size, the ambience, the cabins, the food, etc. etc. After having cruised two dozen times on other mainstream lines (Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian) we never looked back once we tried "O". Food is a subjective topic but it is important to us to have high quality, properly prepared and presented choices. Perhaps we were exceptionally lucky but on this last cruise we did not have a single bad meal! We ate in almost all of the venues, specialty restaurants, main dining room, buffet, grill, and while not everything was perfect , the food and most of the service was above our expectations. The one area of disappointment for me was the lack of enriching and fun activities day or night. Although we don't require a lot of them, there were few activities that brought people together for fun or opportunities to meet others. The nightly entertaining 'Shows' are marginally acceptable at best and could certainly be improved. Fortunately, being entertained is not our priority and the other pros outweigh any negatives. We will continue to cruise on our favorite Oceania, and on our two favorite ships, Riviera and Marina. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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 4.6
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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