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Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
8 Night Coastal Hideaways (Barcelona To Rome)
Sail Date: April 25, 2015
Ship: Riviera
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9057
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We enjoyed our first cruise ship experience.  We are scuba divers and have been on several Live Aboard Dive Boats and have sailed Live Aboard Catamarans for 7-10 days in the Bahamas, BVI's, Winwards.  Now that we are retired, we thought it was time to try a Cruise and opted for the Western Mediterranean.  We selected Oceania Riviera because it was a "high" end mid level capacity ship.  We were somewhat disappointed that the majority of passengers were in jeans and casual clothes vs. the advertised "country club" style of dress.  Also, we are 67 and felt like the young people on board.  The Oceania Shore Excursions were pricey considering that the size of the groups were 20 to 30 including people who had considerable physical limitations.  Three of our scheduled tours were cancelled due to windy and rainy weather, which we were not informed of until 30 mins before departure.  Very little attempt was made to let passengers know how they could replan the excursions once on land (e.g. trains, taxis). The morning muster for shore excursions was very chaotic and prolonged. In regards to the cabins, I particularly appreciated the full size tub with extra shower and the lighted dressing table/desk mirror plus the stand alone magnifying mirror.  There was more than sufficient closet and drawer space.  However, I saw little value to paying the extra cost for Concierge Level Cabin.  The lounge was extremely small and the Concierge Support hours were very limited.  The advertised "Early Boarding" for Concierge Level was afforded to all passengers.  The Specialty Restaurant reservations were limited but were at 2/3's capacity at all times.  The staff was very committed and provided excellent service.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I would book standard Veranda or Penthouse in the future. Very little value added for the extra cost of Concierge Level. I particularly like the full size tub and extra shower and the lighted vanity mirror.

Ship Tip

Very little advantage to Concierge Level Veranda over standard Veranda. I recommend standard Veranda or upgrading to a Penthouse Suite. Room service is exceptional and I highly recommend, especially for breakfast.

5 out of 5
Arrived 2 days early prior to embarking Cruise ship and toured with Viatour.
3 out of 5
Almost no free time to eat or shop
3 out of 5
Almost no free time to eat or shop
1 out of 5
Weather caused cancellation of docking - Tour of Marseille and Cassis Cancelled
5 out of 5
Really enjoyed Nice and Eze. Casino was a big disappointment---very oversold.
1 out of 5
Weather caused cancellation of anchoring, rerouted to Genoa
1 out of 5
Weather caused cancellation of Cruise Tour, scrambled to take tender to shore and caught train in rain and wind to Monterossa and Vernazza.
3 out of 5
Very crowded and tour provided almost no time to eat or shop.
3 out of 5
Wished I had been informed to pre-arrange for transportation from Port to Rome Hotel. Taxi Van charged 100 euros and made us wait until it was full.
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