Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

September 2015 Aegean Cruise

Sail Date: September 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 7012

The Rivera cruise ship is very nice and the overall cruise experience was very good. The cuisine in the specialty restaurants was also very good. The dining in the general dining areas was OK but not quite as good as we had on the Regent line for other cruises. The shore excursions were pretty good except for the Oceania Exclusive (OE) tour that we paid a premium for (A Day in Jerusalem) that was disappointing and not worth the extra money. Although the tour group was smaller in size, it didn't provide any advantage over the standard tour in access to sites, provided the same lunch in the same venue with the other standard tours and most of all had the lowest quality guide we encountered in all our tours. We were not satisfied with the poor value of the OE tour and informed the cruise line of our opinion (to no effect).

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
OE tour was of poor value.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Most of the evening shows started too late (9:45 PM) which was too late when participating in shore excursions which often started around 8 AM.
Service and Staff
Generally good service but servicing of our room always seemed a bit slow. We often came back from events without our room being finished yet.
Food and Dining
General dining was OK but not quite as good as on the Regent line.

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