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Riviera Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Riviera

7 Night Caribbean Impressions (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 26, 2019

Ship: Riviera

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7042

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This was my 17th cruise, but first on Oceania. I may be spoiled, but I liked my experience with Viking and Crystal better because they were all inclusive; whereas Oceania found additional things to charge for. Oceania's "free" week of WiFi was frustratingly hard to access and then very slow. Their communication was poor. We were given different information depending on who we asked. Aside from that, it was a wonderful cruise.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
Long, slow lines to get onboard.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was wonderful, but wine was expensive. My group loved the noon Flavor of the Nation in the main dining room. Every day was a different selection of small plates to share, so we got to sample a lot of foods that were new to us.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We enjoyed the movie theater with popcorn and an evening event of "Name That Tune" around Ed at the piano. The wine tasting at $50 seemed expensive, so we skipped the second one that would have cost $75.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
There is only one time to see the evening performance and for me it started too late. I went to the comedian one night, and he was good.

Children's Programs

This is not a cruise designed for children. I only saw one child the enter time, which was fine.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All of the staff were warm and wonderful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Riviera is beautiful and well maintained. I loved the rain head shower. There were actually two showers. A second one was in the bath tub.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The size was what I've become accustomed to from other ships. Everything was planned so the small area worked very well. I had read a review earlier about the suitcase not fitting under the bed, but mine did.

Ship tip

If you like wine, bring the 3 bottles per cabin that are allowed to come on board in your carry on.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Miami was a treat this trip because we had Miami Vice Luxury Car Service giving us a city tour to fill the time between our arrival on the red eye and when we would be allowed to board. Our driver showed us Little Havana and Star Island as well as taking us to a Cuban restaurant for breakfast.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
The itinerary was the reason we chose this cruise, and the ports were excellent.

Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala

5 out of 5
This exceeded my expectations. Our family took the trolley tour, and the guide was excellent.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Oceania has its own island that reminds me of Disneyland on water. Everything is neat and commercial with lots of opportunities for water sports.

HAVANA, CUBA

5 out of 5
This was my second time in Havana but much of what we saw was new to me.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We disembarked early and with no trouble.
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