First Oceania Cruise

Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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15 Night Ancient Empires (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 01, 2015

Ship: Riviera

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

This our first ever cruise with Oceania
> We enjoyed it tremendously. The ship is luxuriously and classily decorated with Lalique crystal in the main atrium.
> Our stateroom is spacious with both shower and bathtub. Our stateroom attendants are friendly and promptly responded to all our requests and needs
> We were pleased to learn that there are self serve laundry facilities on board. There were no formal nights but people dressed up nicely and classily.
> Food was excellent and abundant All the specialty dining restaurants are complimentary. The menu, the food selections, preparations ,and presentations made the restaurants and the main dining room worthy of five stars designation. My wife does think that some of the food was prepared a bit salty and i think the souffle desert should be available more than 2 times for the duration of the 15 nites . Food and food service had to be the hightlights of our voyage.
> The singers, dancers, musicians and orchestra on board are quite talented. The entertainment was classy and nice but we felt that it could be a bit more contemporary. Most of the songs and music were from the 60s and 70s !!! Probably because most of the passengers are fairly mature. The average age must be 65 plus. If you are younger than 50 you will definitely feel out of place. We are in our mid fifty.
> Our original itinerary includes Egypt and Tunisia but due to upheavals and security concerns those ports of call were replaced with greek Isles and Italy . While those are nice destinations we were still very much disappointed and mildly upset.
> Our disappointments were more than compensated for by the first class services we received from the staff. Everyone from the chefs to the waiters, waitresses, maitreD, spa and gym staff, the ship tenders staff, reception desk staff etc. were well groomed and attentive and made us feel important and welcome.
> To sum it up, our experiences with Oceania cruise was fantastic and tremendously satisfying. It was a classy voyage that we never before experienced.
> The food, the staff, the crew, the service, the amenities, the facilities, the fellow passengers etc. provided us with many many pleasant memories and special moments. Throughout the voyage we felt comfortable and relaxed and were well taken cared of. Oceania gave us a classy cruise. We were not hustled for paid photos or paid drinks or paid extras or shopping like the other cruise lines.
> The downside now is that once we tasted this luxury experience it will be hard for us to go back to the Celebrity or Princess cruises. We are planning and saving for our next cruise with Oceania and are recruiting friends to join us.
> Thank you Oceania and specifically the staff of Riviera

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
too much focus on 60s music and too much violin ..need more contemporary pop

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5
port is too far from Rome..train is great if you carry no luggage

Milazzo, Sicily, Italy

3 out of 5
the high entrance fees to the castle and forts partially negates the fantastic view from there

Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece

5 out of 5
free bicycle to explore the town..

Gythion, Greece

5 out of 5

Haifa, Israel

5 out of 5
Israel is a lively country full of tourists not full of terrorists as depicted in TV news

Port Said, Egypt

1 out of 5
Skipping Egypt due to security made this cruise far less interesting

Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt

1 out of 5

Souda (Chania), Crete

5 out of 5
A lovely charming town

Valletta, Malta

5 out of 5
great destination with lot of history as well...take the hop on hop off tour bus to get a more complete sample

Trapani, Sicily

5 out of 5
the town was shut down on the sunday the ship arrived....would be much more interesting if it was not a sunday

Cagliari, Sardinia

5 out of 5
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