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Oceania Cruises: Riviera

Overall Rating:

Based upon 77 reviews.

Cruise reviews reflect the opinions of travel editors and cruisers/ readers and may not represent those of our company.

Western Caribbean cruise review

January 2020

Western Caribbean

Pros: None

Cons: Cost of the shore excursions

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A great cruise experience

September 2019

Bruge , Amsterdam , Copenhagen , Oslo ,Iceland

Pros: The most well-appointed ship I've encountered ; variety of dining options including 4 specialty restaurants; quality evening entertainment .

Cons: Nothing to complain about

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Regal Riviera

August 2019

Barcelona to Rome

Pros: Beautiful ship, wonderful staff, and amazing cuisine.

Cons: August heat in Europe was brutal, but the ship was our oasis.

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Hart winery

June 2019

Spain, France, Italy

Pros: Service excellent

Cons: None

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Promenades & Palaces Mediterranean Cruise

May 2019

Italy, Montenegro, Croatia, Malta, Sicily, France, Monaco, Spain

Pros: Food was great, good choices, Spa massages were wonderful but pricey

Cons: Spa morning stretch classes started too late to attend most days because of shore excursions, several activities overlapped in time so had to pick one, other activities weren't of interest.

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Good ship, good vibes

May 2019

Citavecchia, Sorrento, Catania, Malta, Corfu, Kotor, Split, Ravenna, Rijeka, Venice

Pros: Overall feeling of good will and cooperation among the crew and service staff, lovely library, classical music as part of the entertainment options, efficient and lovely stateroom design, quiet atmosphere

Cons: bit pricey but we got our money's worth, special restaurants were not all that special

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True to its name

March 2019

Great Stirrup Cay, St. Barts, St. Lucia, St. Martin & San Juan

Pros: Incredible cuisine and very luxurious beds and amenities

Cons: No on demand movies and some specialty dining hosts are "rude"

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Oceania Riviera - Definitely a Foodie Cruise

March 2019

Sunny Charms Voyage - Great Stirrup Cay; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St Maarten; St John's, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Gustavia, St. Barts

Pros: Overall cuisine, Dining venue options, Entire culinary team, Enrichment programs (culinary center, artist loft & guest lecturers)

Cons: Spa was small

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Oceania Riviera

March 2019

Caribbean

Pros: perfect size ship and amount of people, fantastic food

Cons: NONE

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Wonderful Surprise

March 2019

Caribbean

Pros: Best food on any cruise ship, and I'm a cruise snob having sailed mostly on Crystal and Regent

Cons: Door keys don't work well and safe is in an impossible position.

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Caribbean

February 2019

Caribbean

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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Oceania Montreal - Miami

October 2019

Fall Foilage cruise

Pros: Beautiful ship and itinerary

Cons: a little too late in season as most tourist attractions were closed already

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Amazing Riviera

October 2019

New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St John, Sydney, Halifax, Charlottetown, Quebec City and Montreal.

Pros: Excellent service and wonderful food

Cons: None

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Love the Riviera Oceania

January 2019

Caribbean

Pros: Best staff around from the housekeepers to the Captain waitstaff excellent

Cons: Some of the excursions do not measure up to the brochure listing

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First Oceania cruise

September 2018

Mediterranean

Pros: Accommodations very spacious and comfortable. Food was excellent and the choices were fantastic.

Cons: Evening entertainment on the main stage was mediocre.

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Outstanding specialty restaurants

September 2018

Spain, Italy, France, Portugal

Pros: Great restaurants, Great food, great spaces (pool, library, lounges, etc), great music!

Cons: No restaurant or food available late night other than room service

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Rome to Monte Carlo

August 2018

Rome to Monte Carlo

Pros: Beautiful ship, excellent service and fantastic food.

Cons: Though our excursions were mostly very good we had one that was not properly managed and did not follow the program as advertised. No one was willing to really assist in some type of credit or adjustment, nor seemed to have authority to do so.

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Oceania Riviera

July 2018

Athens to Barcelona

Pros: We really enjoyed the alternative restaurants and the fact the there was no additional charge

Cons: The Internet on board is painfully slow!

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Great times on our Oceania Cruise

July 2018

Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece

Pros: We enjoyed everything about the ship and ports

Cons: The only thing better would be for it to be all inclusive (beverages).

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Oceania Riviera Zaca Mesa tour (Portraits of Europe)

June 2018

Portugal, Spain, France, Italy

Pros: Beautiful ship, good customer service, wonderful food

Cons: A cool washcloth on returning to the ship would have been nice, but not really necessary. Service was excellent overall

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Beautiful ship, efficient and friendly crew

June 2018

Lisbon, Huelva, Alicante, Barcelona, Mallorca, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Livorno, Rome

Pros: Great food/restaurants, attention to detail, comfort

Cons: Not sure if we're cruise people

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Great time!

June 2018

Spain, France and Italy

Pros: Beautiful ship with a lot of amenities. Gorgeous and spacious suite. Great food

Cons: Butler service was not a helpful as I had hoped 2 out of 4 requests were met

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Oceania - Riviera Cruise

June 2018

Portugal, Spain, France, Italy

Pros: Great itinerary, excellent crew, nice stateroom, excellent cuisine

Cons: Would have enjoyed more time in various ports, but realize thats the tradeoff to seeing more ports.

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Way below expectation

June 2018

Mediterranean

Pros: Excellent service from cabin attendants and all restaurant workers.

Cons: Reception and leadership could take a few lessons in good manners. Food preparation MUST be improve.

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Dream Boat

June 2018

Mediterranean

Pros: None

Cons: None

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Canary Islands

May 2018

canary Islands

Pros: Loved the cooking classes!and the chef. The food was super except the main dining room needs help from the culinary chef in making lobster Pad Tigh. The efficiency was amazing.

Cons: My cabin needed a good rug shampoo! We found the art was not too appealing but more variety might help.

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feb. 2018 cruise

February 2018

puerto rico. nassau, St Lucia, St. Barts, Antiqua

Pros: food and service was excellent. Entertainment was very good for a ship this size.

Cons: had to tender in two ports.

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Carribean Trip

February 2018

Carribean

Pros: food, entertainment, accommodations, stabilizationers,

Cons: Not enough deck chairs or at least they didn't supervise them properly

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Great Transatlantic crossing Barcelona to Miami

November 2018

Transatlantic crossing Barcelona to Miami

Pros: Amazing crew treats you like family and the food was fabuloso.

Cons: too crowded in Terrace cafe at lunch on sea days

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Glorious Greece & the Ionian passage

October 2018

Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Dubrovnik

Pros: The itinerary for both trips; the food, the service and the size of the ship: we also did the pre cruise land package which was spectacular.

Cons: Weather prevented stop in two ports but as a result, we did not experience any real bad weather

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Love the Riviera

October 2018

Italy, and the Mediterranean

Pros: Love the size. Rooms and bathrooms are beautiful. Caters to adults looking for a luxury and educational experience. Food is very good

Cons: Can’t think of any. Entertainment is limited but it was just fine for us after active port days.

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A Fantastic Cruise

January 2018

Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, St. Vincent, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Barts

Pros: Food, drinks, service, stateroom, ports, internet, shows

Cons: Perhaps more shops...no booze store, people saving pool deck lounge chairs.

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Recent cruise

January 2018

Columbia,caribbean

Pros: food,small ship,extraordinary staff,value,credits form our travel agent,5 stars

Cons: none

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Riviera

January 2018

St. Barts, Antigua, Nassau, St. Lucia, St. Kitts

Pros: Staff great, very clean ship, very organized, food generally good, roomy stateroom

Cons: Food: Salads not cold, too many spices in food, furniture in stateroom needs to be done over--lots of scratches and chips

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Director

September 2017

Adriatic (Venice to Rome)

Pros: Ship quickly became a home-away-from-home with staff very attentive. Riveria was in excellent condition, stateroom was comfortable and homey, entertainers were able to connect with passengers, and ports were exciting with excellent land excursions.

Cons: Despite being known for their food, the main dining options were not up to reputation. The specialty restaurants were top notch, but other dining venues were not as good. Most important negative is the terrible internet connection on the ship - it was extremely slow and difficult to use. A real negative.

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GREAT TRIP

September 2017

FROM BARCELONA TO VENICE

Pros: GREAT FOOD, GOOD SERVICE

Cons: WITH GROUP WOULDN'T LET US OPEN DOORS ON BALCONY OF ROOMS

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Cast Off With The Best

September 2017

Mediterranean

Pros: None

Cons: None

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Athens

August 2017

Barcelona

Pros: Specialty Restaurants

Cons: Grand Dining Room

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Athens to Athens

April 2017

Greece

Pros: Loved our suite, butler and Privee.

Cons: Wifi was terrible.

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Riviera

April 2017

greece

Pros: staff

Cons: night life aboad ship

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Israel & Greek Islands

April 2017

Israel and Greece

Pros: Everything

Cons: Internet is horrible. Limited access

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5th Oceania Cruise

March 2017

BVI, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St Maarten

Pros: Beautiful ship, great staff & food.

Cons: 4 at-sea days is too much, weather wasn't the greatest (not Oceania's fault)

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Signature Host

March 2017

Caribbean

Pros: Cleanliness, Super staff, great dining

Cons: slow embarkation & Debarkation, high wine prices

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February, 2017, Riviera Cruise

February 2017

Miami, SanJuan, Antigua, Martinique, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Barts

Pros: Staff extremely friendly and accommodating. Food in all restaurants is very good, but the 4 signature restaurants exceeded our already high expectations. Entertainment was wonderful, and we enjoyed the various spots (string quartet, Oceania Ensemble more than ever before.

Cons: Service was very slow in the Grand Dining Room. It was difficult to make plans for after dinner because they seemed to drag on forever. Often we ignored the dessert menu because we'd already been there 2 hours.

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Great cruise but not outstanding

February 2017

Caribbean Islands

Pros: Food outstanding as usual; staff most willing in most cases; however, experienced a few not so

Cons: Luggage took five hours to get to stateroom. Not very helpful trying to get staff to help. Encountered difficulty getting on internet and a staff member at Reception desk was almost rude to us and we are fairly wifi savvy.

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Celebrate the Sunshine

February 2017

Caribbean

Pros: Diverse activites for all passengers. Amazing staff. Beautiful ship.

Cons: Shows begin at 930pm which is late for those passengers dining early

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Trip of a lifetime!

October 2017

Mediterranean - Italy, Spain and France

Pros: The outstanding service! Friendly staff, excellent food, cleanliness, entertainment!

Cons: None

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Loved, Loved, Loved!

October 2017

Mediterranean

Pros: What can I say, our cruise was outstanding! All the staff were so welcoming and made our voyage over the top! The service and food were over the top! We loved it so much, we booked another cruise before leaving the ship!

Cons: The only con would be a slow wi-fi. We couldn't always contact family and friends .

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Oceania Riviera,January 13-23, 2017

January 2017

Caribbean

Pros: Entertainment on this cruise was much better than we experienced in the past. Beautiful ship and great service and food.

Cons: see below

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What a Ship!

January 2017

St. Bart's, Tortola, St. John's, etc.

Pros: Great Service and Amenities!

Cons: So-So ports, pulling into a port on Sunday with everything closed.

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Wiser review

July 2016

Barcelona,Alicante,Almeria,Gibraltar,Casblanca,Seville,Lisbon

Pros: Food is spectacular

Cons: Nightlife needs work

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Cruising with Riviera

June 2016

Spain and Portugal (Med. cruise)

Pros: wonderful staff, wonderful service

Cons: the walk from ship to buses for tours was especially long for me. I would have liked to have a shuttle bus provided.

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The most wonderful time.

June 2016

Monte Carlo to Barcelona

Pros: The food was great, the staff was very warm and friendly, the room was great.

Cons: I really can not think of anything bad to say.

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Rivieras

June 2016

Italy; France and Spain

Pros: Stabilization of vessel and ports of call.

Cons: Service

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Barcelona to Rome Cruise

June 2016

Spain, Mallorca, France, Monaco & Italy

Pros: Staff was outstanding, accomodations were better than expected and food was generally above average.

Cons: Two cruise line sponsored shore tours were below average and Polo restaurant was poor.

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19 days of Paradice

June 2016

Venice to Barcelona and back Barcelona to Rome.

Pros: Beautiful ship. So many places to relax. The ship never feels crowded.

Cons: The shore excursions are extremely overpriced and disappointing.

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Riviera Oceania Cruise to the Caribbean

March 2016

all were abominable! Trujillo, Hondouras, Belize, Cozumel, Key West.

Pros: Extraordinary food.....quality and quantity

Cons: Dismal to depressing ports of call

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Relaxing Transatlantic

November 2016

Spain, Madeira, Bermuda. Nassau

Pros: The staff is all one could wish for.

Cons: None

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A great experience!

November 2016

Rome to Venice

Pros: Having taken several cruises with Oceania I have come to expect great food, clean ships, accommodating staff and just a wonderful overall experience.

Cons: Internet is not to the standards I would expect.

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Absolutely Fabulous

October 2016

Athens, Heraklion, Katakalon, Santorini, Corfu, Sicily, Sorrento, Rome

Pros: Wonderful cuisine, great room/ location on ship, very nice pool area, lots of entertainment options. Musical groups on 15th deck lounge/pool area were great for dancing.

Cons: Organized entertainment in theater was so-so. Some tours were good, some not.

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Oceania

August 2015

Several

Pros: Very nice room and food

Cons: None

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Civitavecchia to Venice cruise

May 2015

Sorrento, Taromina, Argostoli,Kotor, Zadar, Koper, Venice.

Pros: Culinary excursions with Chef Kelly were amazing experiences! Our Penthouse suite butler was so attentive that the cruise wouldn't have been the same without him.

Cons: Argostoli, Cephalonia is a lousy port. They need to find a better stop than that.

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Crossing Cruise

April 2015

Miami to Barcelona, Atlantic Crossing

Pros: None

Cons: None

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Heart of the Caribbean

March 2015

7 Caribbean ports

Pros: Excellent ship, staff, etc. In general lives up to Oceania standard we've experienced before.

Cons: Some food superb, but here and there it's not. Also, 9:45pm showtime was too late for us.

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Get Ready to Elevate Your Standards and Expectations

March 2015

Caribbean

Pros: Fantastic Food.....Impeccable Service Staff.....Unbelievably pristine surroundings throughout the ship!

Cons: Only One show at 9:45 each evening.

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Caribbean Cruise March 5-15

March 2015

caribbean

Pros: None

Cons: None

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Carib Escape

February 2015

Naussau, San Juan, St. Lucia, St. Barts, St. Marteen

Pros: None

Cons: None

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First Class Cruising

October 2015

Athens, Sicily, Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Monte Carlo, Provence, Barcelona

Pros: Great Service, Amazing Food, Not Crowded, Very Nice Room, Great Itinerary!

Cons: The entertainment was lacking

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Greek Island fantasy

August 2014

Istanbull , Santorini ,Corfu, Montenegro , Croatia ,Italy

Pros: Food , abundance ,selection, quality. Cleanliness of everything aboard

Cons: none

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Beautiful ship and wonderful vacation!

July 2014

Greece and Turkey

Pros: Terrific food, beautiful room with quality bed and linens, excellent spa.

Cons: Entertainment in the evening isn't great.

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Great experience - no excursions needed

May 2014

Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykanos, Kavala, Istanbul

Pros: Truly excellent service and food

Cons: Expensive excursions

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Excursions and Riviera reception staff

March 2014

Mayan Mystique

Pros: Good guides for Xunantunich excursion

Cons: Too expensive for the services provided.

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Recap of our trip - Oceania Riviera

March 2014

Caribbean

Pros: Everything

Cons: Cost of the internet

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An Enjoyable Getaway

March 2014

Various islands in Eastern Caribbean

Pros: Staff, accomodations, food quality, food variances, and staff (again)!

Cons: Only one... Evening entertainment is TOO LATE.. should have 2 shows, one early and one later

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Overall wonderful!

November 2014

Carribean

Pros: Comfort

Cons: None

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Riviera experience.

October 2014

barcelona to Istanbul via provence, monaco, Italy, Greece

Pros: overall great. Felt very safe

Cons: None

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rating

October 2014

black and mediterranean seas

Pros: everything was excellent

Cons: n/a

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