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Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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14 Night Museums & Mosaics (Athens To Barcelona)

Sail date: October 02, 2016

Ship: Riviera

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 7070

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

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. 




Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The specialty restaurants were outstanding. The Grande Dining Room had excellent food and service. All food on board was of excellent quality.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship. Spotless.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Spacious and clean. Very nice size bathroom with a separate tub and shower. Plenty of closet and drawer space.

Ship tip

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

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Santorini, Greece

3 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
Land of The Godfather. Fun tour.

Sorrento, Italy

3 out of 5
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.
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