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  1. Any thoughts on the advantage of booking PH vs concierge class? Not sure if it's worth the additional $$ and have not cruised Oceania before. Would appreciate your insights all! Thanks, LB
  2. Any further news as to upgrades/changes made to Riviera while she was in Barcelona recently. I know she is sailing again right now and we board on May 15. Thanks.
  3. Per O's web site, there is no identified sailing between Jan. 5th and Jan. 26th, 2020. I have been told by Oceania sales reps two 2 different reasons - Riviera will be chartered out or drydocked for 3 weeks. Does anyone know what department to contact to obtain the correct information. I'm interested in knowing as I would like to book a 9-day Miami to Miami on Jan. 26th, 2020. I'm aware Riviera in April 2019 did an extensive overall on the Owners Suite but nothing on the other cabins. If either reason turns out to be correct, what concerns may you have i.e. new crew, drydock work not fully completed. Thank you.
  4. For those that have sailed on Riviera before, is there a piano bar? We have enjoyed this type of place on other ships and are hoping Riviera has one. We are boarding with a small group on 5/15. Thanks.
  5. Trying to get information for the boss on what you get to use in the Spa area. She is really looking forward to hearing this! Anyone who can help it would be appreciated.
  6. Hi, I am new to Cruise Critic and would like some help with private excursions or being included in someone's excursions to help with cost. Navigating this site is a little challenge for me, appreciate all assistance! Our ports are: Venice, Italy Embark 1 PM Jul 5 Fri Venice, Italy 5 PM Jul 6 Sat Dubrovnik, Croatia 1 PM 11 PM Jul 7 Sun Kotor, Montenegro 8 AM 6 PM Jul 8 Mon Corfu, Greece 8 AM 6 PM Jul 9 Tue Katakolon, Greece 8 AM 5 PM Jul 10 Wed Chania (Crete), Greece 8 AM 11 PM Jul 11 Thu Santorini, Greece 8 AM 6 PM Jul 12 Fri Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey 8 AM 6 PM Jul 13 Sat Mykonos, Greece 8 AM 8 PM Jul 14 Sun Athens (Piraeus), Greece Thank you!! Shelley
  7. We are on Riviera on May 15. Does anyone know the per person up-charge for dinner at La Reserve? Thanks.
  8. Hello all, We sailed on the Riviera last September and absolutely loved it! Our best cruise since we started cruising (have been on Celebrity, HAL, RCI, Cunard, Costa and Princess). We especially appreciated the outstanding food, lack of lines and overall atmosphere. We are considering a cruise on the Marina next year. I know that Riviera and Marina are sister ships, but are they similar in terms of service, food, entertainment, staff friendliness etc? Anything we should know before booking? Would appreciate any feedback.
  9. I know Riviera was scheduled to go in for a refurbish in April? Anybody know how long? Any news on what they are changing? Excited to hear about the finished product as we are sailing on her in February.
  10. We recently did Caribbean cruises on the Riviera and Silhouette. This was our fifth cruise on Oceania, and we are Elite Plus on Celebrity. Both cruises were excellent, but there are some interesting differences when you compare the experiences. THE SHIPS They are about the same age. Riviera entered service in 2012, and Silhouette in 2011. Silhouette is twice the size of Riviera (122,400 tons/2886 passengers vs 66,084 tons/1250 passengers). Yet they feel a full generation apart. Silhouette seems far more modern, and conceptually more advanced, then Riviera. Riviera is comfortable and homey. Silhouette is simply stunning. The biggest miss in the design of Riviera is the absence of a lively central hub. The Lobby on Silhouette rises several decks, and is surrounded by bars, lounges and restaurants. It is lively. Other modern ships, eg Viking, have a living central hub. Riviera does not. There is no promenade deck on Riviera. ACCOMODATION As we had a suite on Riviera, and verandah cabin on Silhouette, it is not fair to compare. As others have noted, storage space is somewhat limited in the S-Class cabins.The suite on Riviera was very well designed. Bedding, towels etc were far superior. FOOD Oceania claims "The Finest Cuisine At Sea". Celebrity also takes pride in its cuisine. This was my experience: Breakfast - Oceanview Cafe (Silhouette) was far, far superior to Terrace Cafe.(Riviera). Far more choice on Silhouette. For example, Silhouette had a large choice of Eggs Benedict each day (Salmon, Ham, Veg etc), Riviera only ham. Silhouette also innovated each day, eg a donut bar on one day. Lunch- Very poor on Oceania. Very limited choices. Silhouette had a very big choice. Also, island layout on Silhouette was far better. Also innovated at lunch, eg a gravlax bar one day. Food quality was equal on Silhouette and Riviera. Dinner - MDR choice and quality was equal. Both menus are somewhat limited. Speciality Restaurants - Far superior on Riviera. Jacques, Polo Grill and Toscana all outstanding food and service. On Silhouette, we had a very good steak at Lawn Club Grill, but Tuscan Grill was no better then MDR, and Murano was not as good as it used to be. Service hours - something always open and available on Silhouette, for example if you got back to the ship mid afternoon. This was a problem on Riviera. Mid afternoon, only option was a hamburger or room service. Tea at 4pm was not as good as it used to be. Coffee - Lattes at Baristas on Riviera were far better than the ones at Cafe Al Bacio on Silhouette. ENTERTAINMENT Some years ago, we had a terrible cruise on Reflection, where the music from the Miami DJs was so loud that you could not sit at the pool or walk through the lobby. We actually stayed away from Celebrity for a few years after that experience. Well, I am very pleased to say that the music on Silhouette at the pool, in the lobby, at the shows was lively but at a reasonable volume. The shows on Riviera tended to be more old-fashioned Broadway , whereas shows on Silhouette were more modern and innovative. SERVICE Excellent on both ships PAX On Silhouette, majority were born in the 1950's and 1940's. Perhaps just slightly older on Riviera. CHAIR HOGS Alive and well on Silhouette. On sea days, by 7am, ALL the loungers in the shade on the non-smoking side of the pool were covered in towels!! There was never a problem getting a shady lounger on Riviera. NET Both were excellent vacations. Each has some pros and cons. I would happily sail on either ship again.
  11. Hello all, We sailed on the Riviera in September 2018 and enjoyed it very much. For us, it was almost perfect experience (except maybe for daily activities and entertainment which were a bit weaker than other areas). However, lately there are some poor reviews on both Riviera and Marina. For example: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=647314 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=648350 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=646623 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653934 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653888 https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653013 So my question is: Is the consensus on this board that Oceania is going downhill? Have things changed dramatically since my cruise in September, or those are just few isolated and subjective reviews? I realize that people are entitled to their opinions. I also realize that things can seem different for someone like me who came from Princess/Celebrity, as compared to someone who experienced Crystal/Regent etc. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  12. I have a Pride mobility scooter and will be going on the Riviera in a regular balcony cabin. Will my scooter fit in the cabin? I know it cannot be left in the hallway. Thanks for any advice you may have.
  13. Looking at a cruise on the Riviera in February. Keep reading how worn it is. Does anyone know if it is a fact she will be refurbished in April?
  14. Currently watching the port of Miami webcam on PTZTV and it appears that the Riviera is being towed backwards in the turning basin. Is this normal?
  15. Any idea who the CD is on riviera?
  16. Oceania Riviera review - March 6-16, 2019 We are a married couple in our late 40’s, on our first Oceania Cruise. We have done 2 Seabourn, 2 RCCL, and 12+ Celebrity cruises. I have also cruised once on Princess with my family. I will make some comparisons to other cruises because that is my experience. We were one of the youngest on the cruise, but we expected that. Slightly younger crowd than Seaborne. We are foodies and just like to relax and enjoy the nice weather. Flew into Fort Lauderdale and took an Uber to the JW Miami Marquis. Beautiful hotel, right next to a Whole Foods if you want to shop for wine. We used points for the stay, but the nightly rate was $450 or so otherwise. Frankly I would not pay that much for a pre-cruise stay, but the rates are much lower off-season. Took an Uber to the port about 12:00 noon, the Riviera was the only ship in port (Wednesday) so no traffic. There was a line for check-in of about 100 people, but since we had booked a PH1, we did not have to wait in it! We were checked in, through security, and on the ship in about 15 minutes. We wandered around a bit, and went to our room at 1pm when it became available. We were mid-ship on deck 11. Room is about 360 square feet, plus a 60 square feet balcony. Great storage, large walk-in closet, very comfortable bed. Ship was in very good condition, only a few spots with worn/stained carpet. Our shower floor had some wear/tear but the rest of the room was fine. Ship is really pretty, with beautiful artwork all over. Easy to get around but could use 4 elevators both fore/aft (only has 4/2). Not a huge atrium like the mega-ships, but the flow was fine and always a place to sit. Staff was friendly and helpful. I felt the staff’s language (English) skills were not as good as Seaborne’s. Our cabin attendants and butler did a great job. We are not huge drinkers so we brought some wine/alcohol on the ship, and sailed without the beverage package. We had a couple drinks at a bar one evening, and a bottle of wine at one dinner, and the selection and service was good. We pre-booked our 4 specialty restaurants and “ordered in” specialty 3 more nights. Loved Jacque, Toscana, and Red Ginger. We thought Polo Grill was just OK. The appetizer salad (BLT with cheddar and tangy dressing) was just odd and not good. The steaks were cooked fine but nothing special. We thought the steak in Toscana was much better. We never made it to the MDR. The rest of our meals were room service, the buffet, or Waves grill (loved it). One day I ordered the "Alaskan", which is a salmon patty sandwich. When I first got the plate, it reminded me of the Costco salmon patties. Boy was I wrong - it was delicious! Best deserts and ice cream of any ship we have been on. Afternoon tea very nice, better than Seabourn. We have been to the Caribbean many times, so we just booked (not with Oceania) a Mayan Ruins tour, which we enjoyed. The ship bypassed Costa Maya due to winds. Weather for the cruise was great, generally calm seas and a little breezy. We did not go to any shows, but we don’t expect much on smaller ships. My wife went to the photo classes every day and enjoyed them, learned a lot. The string quartet was good. The house band was not (female singer pitchy) Getting off the ship was relatively painless. We had a 3pm flight out of Miami so no hurry. We were scheduled to get off at 9:05 but got off about 30 minutes lated due to an Immigration delay in clearing the ship. Found our bags right away, and (luckily) got into the Global Entry line. I say luckily because different (port) staff members gave inconsistent information about whether or not we could use that line. I think we waited 10 minutes, and the regular Immigration line looked really long. Outside I tried to get an Uber but after 10 minutes of waiting (and it not getting any closer) we got back in the taxi line and after 5 minutes were on our way to Miami Airport ($27 flat fee). Overall we really enjoyed our first Oceania Cruise, and we are planning our next one. We still feel “at home” on Celebrity (usually book a suite) and feel the food in Luminae is some of the best at sea, although the menu is limited. I do wish Oceania had more Indian/Asian offerings at the buffet, but they do have Red Ginger, which is hard to beat. We like Seabourn as well, but will probably try their larger ships next time. until next time…. Bon Voyage!
  17. I have heard it costs $9.99/day. I find it hard to believe it will really work for streaming, etc. Have you tried it? If so, what was your impression. Thanks in advance!
  18. Just had an email to advise Riviera will be departing from Terminal E rather than Terminal J on Saturday.
  19. Since Suite 12014 on the Riviera is right next to the Culinary Center, does anyone know if I will hear noise from the classes held there? I realize these classes are only held on sea days, but it is something I would know before booking. Thank you. Mary Lou
  20. For the past couple of years Oceania has offered 6 or 7 consecutive Riviera cruises to the Caribbean, usually starting in early January, as a single Grand Voyage advertised as the "Snowbird in Residence" cruise (or something along those lines). We were considering booking that type of cruise in 2020. I don't see that Grand Voyage offered for 2020, and in fact I don't see any Riviera departures after the 14 day cruise departing 12/22/2019 that disembarks on 1/5/2020 until the 1/26/2020 departure, leaving an apparent 21 day gap in the schedule from 1/5 to 1/26/20 . I've searched this forum as well as doing a general Google search and haven't been able to find a reason for the 21 day gap. Does anyone know if it's a dry dock for refurbishment? I know Oceania is in the process of refurbishing the "R" ships under the "OceaniaNEXT" program, but I haven't seen anything about major refurbishments of the Marina and Riviera. Anyone know?
  21. We have just returned from our Caribbean cruise and thought we would pass on some information regarding B3 7008 one of the extended balcony cabins. There is a problem with the cabin doors where the handle does not fully engage and during choppy seas and high winds the frame moves slightly breaking the door seal and allowing air to enter. The door frame previously had wedges placed round the top to try to prevent movement so Oceania are aware. We reported the problem while on board, the technician did his best to resolve, changing the handles which were damaged, probably as the door has to be banged hard to shut as it is out of alignment. I have posted so that future incumbents of the Cabin are aware that it has been reported and hopefully this will be resolved in the upcoming dry dock.
  22. Haven't been on Oceania in a year, going in December. What changes can I expect? Last cruise was on Mariana and now going on Riviera. I lobster still served almost everywhere? Any updates to the ship? Thanks!
  23. Has anyone heard about Marina and Riviera being "re-inspired" like the "R" ships? Any more details on Oceania Next and the new ships? Mia
  24. Is the terrace cafe the only outdoor dining option? And is it buffet only or table service? thanks
  25. Our Riviera cruise ends in miami - scheduled to dock at 8 am. Is a 12:15 flight out of Miami a safe bet? There are others, but are much later (6pm). Thank you.
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