1 Oceania Riviera Spring Break Cruise Reviews

Embarkation went very well. Quick, organized, efficient and we were able to board earlier than anticipated, which was nice. Toured the ship before anyone got on and got fabulous photos. The Riviera ship is beautiful. Not a bad word ... Read More
Embarkation went very well. Quick, organized, efficient and we were able to board earlier than anticipated, which was nice. Toured the ship before anyone got on and got fabulous photos. The Riviera ship is beautiful. Not a bad word could be said about the decor, cleanliness, furnishings, finishings, etc. Just beautiful. The disappointment came at our first dinner. The waiter rushed us and we were done with dinner in 40 minutes. It was awful. We were not thrilled with the food or menu options in the Grand Dining Room. Everything was too done up. Some simpler items would have been well received. You know you eat so much food on a cruise, that it gets sickening after a while, let alone when everything is prepared with so much going on. We started to enjoy the food more when we discovered that the simpler items like grilled lobster tails, lamb chops, rib steak, grilled shrimp, etc., were being done nightly in the buffet a la minute. It was disappointing however, that we had to eat in the buffet to get items that we preferred. The food overall was bland. Things that should be crispy were soggy. No one could cook a potato anywhere. The mashed potatoes were like soup, they were so runny, they were almost comical. The boiled potatoes were always soggy, water logged and overcooked. I was so excited about the food on this cruise, as all you hear about is how it is the best dining at sea. Wrong! After returning from a Regent cruise the month prior, there was just no comparison. I suppose if you are used to mid range cruise lines, then you might have enjoyed the food on Oceania, as it is a step up, but as foodies and regular travelers, this food was a big let down to us. The specialty restaurants are a tad better, but still not up to par for what I was expecting. The service is very efficient, however, I found many of the crew not to be very friendly. They weren't bad by any means, just not as friendly or smiley as one would have hoped for. The cabin was decent, tho the wooden furniture and closet was a little rickety and dated. The activities were not good at all. Scarf tying? Really?! The production cast was quite good. The singing and dancing was enjoyable, however, having only musical entertainment every night of the cruise (10 days), got to be a bit much. There should have been some variation with a comedian, magician, ventriloquist, or something other than music every night. Plus 2 of the acts, were repeated on two nights. Seeing them once was more than enough. The pianist was excellent, but he should not be allowed to sing. It was dreadful. The age range is 60-80 as a whole. Not a good ship for children, but we knew that going into it. Daily trivia was always fun, and we met nice people there. Spa services were good and the private spa terrace (with our concierge cabin) was a nice retreat. The price was very good for this sailing and we are glad we went. Would I sail with them again? Probably not. The food is very important to me on a cruise, and it just wasn't to my liking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
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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