Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

1 cruise (first)


Helpful Votes

4 out of 5

First Cruise Ship Experience

Sail Date: April 25, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 9057

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.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Barcelona, Spain
Arrived 2 days early prior to embarking Cruise ship and toured with Viatour.
Valencia, Spain
Almost no free time to eat or shop
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Almost no free time to eat or shop
Marseille (Provence), France
Weather caused cancellation of docking - Tour of Marseille and Cassis Cancelled
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Really enjoyed Nice and Eze. Casino was a big disappointment---very oversold.
Portofino, Italy
Weather caused cancellation of anchoring, rerouted to Genoa
La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Italy
Weather caused cancellation of Cruise Tour, scrambled to take tender to shore and caught train in rain and wind to Monterossa and Vernazza.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Very crowded and tour provided almost no time to eat or shop.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
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.


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.

Was this review helpful? 12

1 Comment

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.


*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top