2 Oceania Riviera Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Transatlantic

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 wife found the cruise from a brochure for Oceania and talked 6 of us into going. Our first time aboard any Oceania vessel. We were very pleased! No NORO, after a discussion on cruise critic roll call of this cruise and some ... Read More
My wife found the cruise from a brochure for Oceania and talked 6 of us into going. Our first time aboard any Oceania vessel. We were very pleased! No NORO, after a discussion on cruise critic roll call of this cruise and some unnecessary worrying, there was no Norovirus that I ever heard of. A lovely time, cruise critic met each sea day it was an excellent cruise. The internet is the same speed you would expect at sea, we used my laptop and I am glad I did cause I could watch Fox, MSNBC as I waited on the internet. We used Apple's FaceTime to call home and see the grandchildren live. The shows are not on ship's television so I only went to one. The restaurants on the ship delicious with new dishes I have never had, I began to let the restaurant waiter pick my meals, that worked spactacularly, never had sea bass and it was the best meal I had onboard, then there was the prime rib, tuna salad, very healthy too, I only gained 6 pounds over our two weeks aboard. The stops Bermuda (5th visit there) we took a tour of Bermuda just the 6 of us (three Cabins) it was a beautiful day , consider taking a peek at Morgan's beach a post card photo. Funchal Maderia, a beautiful and friendly stop our first time there a delight so much to see but it was raining so hard you could not see across the street which is rare for Maderia, we will go back there. Gibraltar, another beautiful friendly stop, another land tour for the six of us, Ill bet you didn't know there are over 40 miles of roads within the Rock of Gibraltar. Barcelona, so much to do there not enough time we were ready to go home missing the grandkids. Flights - the necessary evil - push for a non connection flight back home, I wish we did, we waited 2 hours for a light to Frankfurt (you can't get a Frankfurter hot dog there) ending up on Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 with built in video for each passenger it made the 8 hour flight to Boston. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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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