Fabulous Mediterranean Cruise

Riviera Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Riviera

10 Night Ancient Vignettes (Barcelona To Athens)

Sail date: October 04, 2018

Ship: Riviera

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Fabulous time with long term friends and new friends. Would recommend Oceana if you want a quieter more relaxing cruise. Definitely worth the extra cost. I'd avoid their shore excursions and book your own private ones--especially if there are 4 or more people traveling together.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Excellent service with very nice rooms and bathrooms

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5
Private excursion to Cassis and Aux en Provence--very fun and educational

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Private excursion to Lucca. Absolutely delightful small quaint Italian town. Guide Chiara from Urban Adventures tour was awesome.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5
Transportation to Rome. Very crowded (first Sunday of month). Hop on Hop off tour pretty good if you don't get off--you'll wait a long time to get back on.

Sorrento, Italy

5 out of 5
Rented a boat for the day from MBS Blu Charter. Skipper was Sebastiano. Fantastic! He suggested an itinerary--went to Positano, Capri, green and blue grotto, arch, had lunch on the less crowded south harbor of Capri. Drinks and snacks, great music. Best day of the cruise.

Messina, Sicily

5 out of 5
Wasn't planning on doing much. Rented a taxi to the Godfather village and Tauermino--so fun. Turned out to be a great day!

Valletta, Malta

4 out of 5
Rented a taxi to old town, beautiful cathedral, St Pauls catacombs. Again, thought it would be so so but was great

Santorini, Greece

4 out of 5
Very pretty but pretty crowded--with only 2 cruise ships there. It may have as many as 5! Did a private tour with wine tasting in a smaller vineyard (don't go to the big one with the "great view". Very nice. The towns were beautiful but the rest of the island was unremarkable .

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
Easy to get around in this port by walking. Lots of touristy shops but some interesting history as well.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
Flight home was cancelled so had an extra day in Athens! Hired a taxi to take us to acropolis, drinks on top of a mountain, olympic stadium, Agora. Whirlwind but interesting

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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