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  1. 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
  2. Any idea who the CD is on riviera?
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Is the terrace cafe the only outdoor dining option? And is it buffet only or table service? thanks
  6. 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
  7. We’ve noticed on previous Caribbean cruises that the Sap Terrace seats are completely filled very early on sea days. Lots of leaving personal items to save the seat. Also, it doesn’t appear that anyone is checking to see if the occupants are concierge level or above. Anyone else notice this?
  8. 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?
  9. Just had an email to advise Riviera will be departing from Terminal E rather than Terminal J on Saturday.
  10. Booked our first Oceania cruise for March. Wondering if you all can help us understand the various restaurant options onboard Riviera. Thanks
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. Do they still have the built in DVD players in the PH on Riviera ? Looks like they have removed them on the smaller ships.
  15. Hello can anyone let me know if there is an upgraded breakfast room service menu on Riviera for concierge class and do they set it up on balcony if requested? We just got off the Silver Wind and with the new balcony tables, they were not able to set up the tray on the balcony. Thanks
  16. Our December Caribbean cruise was our fifth Oceania cruise, but the first on their newer ships. Overall, we were very satisfied with the experience. THE SHIP. Like the older R-Class ships, it is homey, spacious, traditional and very comfortable, rather than glitzy. There is little wow factor. Although the ship is only about 5 years old, it seemed dated. For example, it lacked electronic aids such as an app on your phone, or interactive screens with port and event information. THE CABIN We had a Penthouse 2. More storage than we could possibly use. Extremely comfortable pillows and bed. High quality bedding. Very well planned layout. Beautiful bathroom with seperate shower. Large walk-in closet. Clean and well maintained. Excellent service as well SERVICE Service was beyond excellent and very friendly. Seemed to be a well managed, happy crew. FOOD Oceania claims to have the Finest Cuisine at Sea. I have a mixed opinion on that. We ate twice at Polo Grill, Toscana and Jacques. Food, service, decor were excellent. We had three dinners in the MDR which were also good. Each night, essentially the same menu as the MDR is available at the Terrace Cafe (Self Service buffet), and we had a wonderful evening eating on the terrace while docked in San Juan. So here is the issue...lunch in the Terrace Cafe was very weak, with an extremely limited selection. Even Waves Grill does not offer a chicken sandwich. While the food in MDR was well prepared and presented, the selection was very limited. If you do not eat pork/bacon/pancetta or fish, the choices were absolutely minimal. Service hours were also an issue. The Terrace Cafe was open from noon till 2pm. The MDR from noon till 1.30. Waves 11.30 till 4pm. So if you spent a day at the beach, and returned late to the ship, your only option was Afternoon tea (4pm to 5pm) or room service. ENTERTAINMENT Never a strong point on Oceania. While most of the shows were energetic, they were nothing special, with one exception. On the last day, they had a special pre-dinner show, "World Beat", which was head and shoulders above their other shows...so it can be done. I also want to mention that we greatly enjoyed the classes in the Culinary Center (need to book before you cruise, as space is limited) and we had a wonderful artist-in-residence who ran a series of excellent sessions, which were packed. Also need to mention the outstanding enrichment lecturer, Cloeta Massie, a marine biologist who was one of the most entertaining and knowledgable lecturers I have experienced on land or sea. CONCLUSION A relaxing cruise experience on a very comfortable ship. Yes, we would book Oceania again.
  17. We had two medical emergencies last evening causing us to make a detour to Nassau. Once, then again two hours later we had to return once again to Nassau. This caused us to not get into Miami until after 8am. It is currently 9:30 and the ship is still clearing customs, etc. Just a reminder as to why that early morning flight is not a good idea.
  18. Can anyone who has traveled in this cabin with 3 adults please tell me if the 3rd person (adult) gets a single bed or just the fold out bed/couch. Is it possible to ask in advance for a proper single bed if not automatically supplied. Is there a cost if a single bed is supplied. Thank you in advance Rhonda
  19. Anyone who sailed recently, where did the ship dock, downtown or at the Americana port? We will be there on Feb.27. Thanks
  20. Does anyone know from recent sailings if we are supposed to have a magnifying mirror? I hate to ask the cabin steward because I do not want to trouble her. Also noticing cocktails are quite pricey which is fine, but why is the same drink one price in Martinis and less expensive at the Pool Bar. The happy hour is quite nice. FYI this is our first Oceania and would love to sail again. Extremely nice.
  21. We just got back from our cruise yesterday. It was overall outstanding(Riviera & staff)A few issues with weird pax & some ports, which I'll explain. First off the food met & exceeded our expectations. I do agree with Mura that the new bistro & Taste of the world could have some improvement. Some of the selections in the taste of the world were rather plain in our opinion. The taste of Italy was generally like going to a rather modest Italian rest. for example. This might be so a not to step on the toes of Toscana. Still, overall, the GD was still very good. We did terrace a couple of times, but I didn't think it measured up to last year. While the Dover Sole was excellent in the GD, you had to filet the bone yourself in the Terrace. You certainly could ask them to do it for you, but I had to guide the server on how to do that, as she really was not trained in that area. If you wanted a burger for lunch in the Terrace, it was precooked & reheated. Good, but best to go to Waves Grill & get it done to order. If something didn't appeal in GD, I usually ordered the salmon, which is always good. Specialties: Red Ginger..Excellent overall. Better than last year. We dined twice here. The Sea Bass is no longer the Chilean Sea Bass of last year, but still very good. Bulgogi Rib eye was excellent, but be ready for some "heat" for those who don't like spicy food. Polo Grill.. Very good, but still my least favorite. Like going to a Capitol Grill type steak house. I had the Sword fish. This had been previously "grill marked" & fast frozen. Likely from a vendor such as Sysco/US Foods. Please don't tell me the food on board is all made from scratch. It's NOT! Much is preportioned. I'm in the industry, so I know what I'm talking about. Items such as the pastry & Croissants & desserts are made fresh on board. Easily the best I've seen on any ship we've been on. Toscana..Excellent overall. The Filet Mignon in the Gorgonzola crust was excellent. This is the reason I got it here & not in Polo Grill. Topped it off with a Lobster tail. Just to let you all know, much of the Lobster is flash frozen. Only the whole Lobster did I think was fresh. The frozen Lobster has a slight mushy consistency. Jacques..Still our favorite overall. We did the Seabass in Puff Pastry, which was outstanding. Next up will be the entertainment on board & overall ship activities. Have to get ready for Dim Sum, so I'll be back soon.
  22. We’re considering the Riviera cruise for next Christmas. It’s a 14 night cruise, so that may help keep the numbers of kids down. I’m just curious if anybody is on the ship now and can give me a feel for the number of kids? Are there a lot of kids in the pool? If so, we may opt for an earlier cruise. Thank you
  23. Haved sailed Riviera several times but this will be our first time not traveling with friends. As we do like to meet new people and would prefer not to sit at table for two we have requested shared table for our specialty dining reservations. Will also ask to do the same in MDR. My questions are: Are the shared tables for 4,6 or 8 people? Does Maître d’ attempt to seat passengers according to age group etc? Any advice in advance? Thanks.
  24. 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
  25. Is there a real "punching bag" (for lack of better name/term) on the Riviera? I mean the large, heavy bag that hangs down (not the little bag that goes back and forth really fast once hit)? Apologies: I don't know the proper names for these. A few years ago, IIRC, when we were on Riviera, there was one, but it had a sign up "Out of Order". We didn't inquire further then. Many thanks. GC
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