Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Top Notch

Sail Date: October 02, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Cabin: 7070

This is our favorite cruise line thus far. The ship was beautiful and new. Precise attention to detail was noted except for internet access. Ours came with the package deal. Don't pay for it since it is practically non existent. The food was of excellent quality. The entertainment was fun, sometimes hokey, but still fun. The art work is unique. Take the time to explore the unusual theme throughout the ship. For example there is a painting of a burning ship in one of the lounges. In the foreground is a lifeboat with the ghost of a woman present. A bit discerning for a cruise ship!  

Announcements for the most part are not heard in the rooms, consequently we missed some important news. 

All in all, this is a great cruise ship.  Go for it. 




Cabin / Stateroom
Spacious and clean. Very nice size bathroom with a separate tub and shower. Plenty of closet and drawer space.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Well done. No long lines or waiting.
Ship Quality
Beautiful ship. Spotless.
Destinations and Excursions
Excursions were well organized and timely. . Guides were well informed,however some had very strong Greek or Italian accents that made them difficult to understand. Headsets would be helpful to be able to hear when outside. Two of the ports were overcrowded due to multiple cruise ships at port ( Santorini and Naples) making transportation to destinations dangerous and challenging. The mule rides in Santoroni were inhumane and dangerous.
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Wish I could remember more names. Everyone was gracious and kind and helpful. I loved "On" from Cambodia. Very sweet and sincere. Freddy, our cabin steward did a great job keeping our cabin neat and clean.
Food and Dining
The specialty restaurants were outstanding. The Grande Dining Room had excellent food and service. All food on board was of excellent quality.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Santorini, Greece
If you want to take the cable car down to get back to the ship you must do it early before the crowds build. By 1pm the line was two hours long due to 5 cruise ships in port. This was in early Oct and. standing in the hot sun was grueling. The other option is to walk down the same path used by the donkeys (.which you can negotiate to ride). It is about a 15-20 min walk down widely spaced steps. Be prepared for some fancy footwork dodging donkey dung. Santorini is beautiful, but very touristy. The narrow steets are lined with tourist shops.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Great ruins to explore. Our tour guide was very difficult to understand. We had to rely on reading the signs at the attractions.
Corfu, Greece
This was the only port where we did not take an organized excursion. We did a Hop on Hop off bus and explored at the various stops. We loved going through the neighborhood outdoor markets. Saw lots of fish mongers, butchers , spice shops etc. Fun fun. Our favorite stop.
Messina, Sicily
Land of The Godfather. Fun tour.
Sorrento, Italy
Docked in Naples. Very busy port. Beware of cars, buses, scooters that will run you over if you are not careful and on alert at all times. Too many cruise ships in port in early Oct. Once in the towns of Capri explore off the beaten path. Lovely.


Shows were a bit late 9:45 so plan your dinner accordingly.

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