We went on the Oceania Riviera because we wanted top of the line service, a smallish ship, and to see a different part of the Caribbean. As soon as we went to the buffet after embarkation, I knew we were in for a cruise with great service. At no time do your hands touch the buffet utensils. (I had read that this is the number one place on a cruise ship to "catch something") Everything is served to you. We had a penthouse suite which was spacious. This came with some perks including a butler, but I'm not sure what he did. But we allowed to use a seculded pool area located near the spa. There was also an executive lounge penthouse suite people can use. The food on the Riviera was excellent as well as the four speciality restaurants and afternoon tea. We had read that the shows on the Riviera weren't that good but wasn't our experience. It was varied and very entertaining. My husband took classes with the culiniary school and he loved them. There is also an artist and photograher who taught their skills. The decorating of this ship is extraordinary. IMPORTANT - the Riviera had a convenient and free laundry on every floor. So what were the drawbacks - Age - we are in our late 50's and we definately younger that most of the other cruises. Our first night's dinner companions fell asleep at the table. The good news is that there are no children on this cruise. Disembarkation - took a long long long time. Excursions - the western Caribbean offered a small variety of excursions.

Service, Service, Service

Riviera Cruise Review by Kristi B.

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite
We went on the Oceania Riviera because we wanted top of the line service, a smallish ship, and to see a different part of the Caribbean.

As soon as we went to the buffet after embarkation, I knew we were in for a cruise with great service. At no time do your hands touch the buffet utensils. (I had read that this is the number one place on a cruise ship to "catch something") Everything is served to you.

We had a penthouse suite which was spacious. This came with some perks including a butler, but I'm not sure what he did. But we allowed to use a seculded pool area located near the spa. There was also an executive lounge penthouse suite people can use.

The food on the Riviera was excellent as well as the four speciality restaurants and afternoon tea.

We had read that the shows on the Riviera weren't that good but wasn't our experience. It was varied and very entertaining.

My husband took classes with the culiniary school and he loved them. There is also an artist and photograher who taught their skills.

The decorating of this ship is extraordinary.

IMPORTANT - the Riviera had a convenient and free laundry on every floor.

So what were the drawbacks - Age - we are in our late 50's and we definately younger that most of the other cruises. Our first night's dinner companions fell asleep at the table. The good news is that there are no children on this cruise. Disembarkation - took a long long long time. Excursions - the western Caribbean offered a small variety of excursions.
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Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH2 11004
Spacious and well decorated. Private balcony
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