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Oceania Riviera - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Oceania Cruises' new cruise ship Marina Like her older fleet mates and her sister Marina, Oceania Cruises 1,250-passenger, 66,084-ton Riviera offers a calm, adult cruise experience, with none of the flashy theme-park attractions you increasingly find on the big mainstream ships, and no concessions made to kids at all (literally: she offers no children’s center or children’s programming whatsoever).

From stem to stern, Riviera’s vibe is upscale, mature, and unhurried. Activities and announcements are few, and guests are mostly left alone to do what they like. She is what Oceania has always been: a midpoint — experientially and price-wise, Riviera’s also very roomy, with one of the most generous passenger-space ratios in the business — higher than on any mainstream or premium ship.

Inside, Riviera goes for a classic look: part club, part cruise ship, part upscale home. Even the ship’s most consciously showy space, the two-story atrium, is done with a kind of jewel-box sensibility: Its centerpiece double-stairway was created by French crystal and glassware designer company Lalique, which embellished it with a crystal chandelier, pillars, medallions and a central flower vase.

Public Rooms On Oceania Riviera
Public rooms tend to be understated and comfortable, and the ship is designed with a number of little nooks perfect for hiding out and reading. The lovely library, tucked away on a top deck behind the Barista’s coffee bar, is designed like a classic home library, with wooden bookcases, a faux fireplace, leather club chairs, and elaborate ship models.

Martini’s, a piano lounge and cocktail bar carried over from the earlier Oceania ships, is laid out with widely spaced cocktail tables, chair and sofas perfect for quiet conversation.

Balcony cabin on Oceania's RivieraOceania Riviera’s Cabins
Riviera’s staterooms all have a real sense of space too, and are designed with traditional wood wall panels and desks, comfortable sitting areas, spacious and elegant marble bathrooms, and (in all but a handful of cabins) balconies. Each room is centered around a super-comfortable “Prestige Tranquility Bed,” whose pillow-top mattress is wrapped in 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and topped with a plush down comforter. The only downsides to the standard staterooms are that closet space could be a little more generous (though there’s plenty of extra storage under the bed), and that the ceiling height in the shower is too low for really tall people, of whom I’m one. I joked that I was clean from the nose down, although with a slight tilt of the head, I could get all 6’5″ of me under the showered. The ship’s Owners Suites take a detour from the “classic” look, and instead go for a “yacht meets 1930s safari movie” feel. Spreading out across the whole 105-foot beam of Decks 8, 9, and 10, they’re designed with furniture, fabrics, and bedding from the Ralph Lauren Home collection, and include showy touches like Art Deco furniture, zebra-print upholstery, 1930s and 40s glamour photos, a full bar, baby-grand piano, and chrome Kleig lights on wooden tripods. In all, the suites include a dramatic entry foyer and sitting room, a separate bedroom, a large living room, a private fitness room, an enormous balcony with Jacuzzi tub, and a marble-and-granite bathroom with another Jacuzzi. Less showy and less spacious but more sleekly stylish are the ship’s Oceania and Vista Suites, designed by American furniture icon Dakota Jackson, who also designed the exterior of the custom Steinway baby-grand in Martini’s.

Riviera Penthouse SuiteOceania Riviera Cabin Specifics
• Standard veranda cabins measure 282 square feet – the largest standard veranda cabins in the cruise industry, according to Oceania. Both Veranda- and Concierge-level accommodations feature a sitting area and private teak balcony furnished with a chaise lounge, armchair and occasional table.
• Penthouse Suites measure 420 square feet with living/dining room separate from the sleeping area, walk-in closet and bathrooms with a double vanity.
• Oceania Suites, a new category of accommodations for Oceania Cruises, measure 1,030 square feet. The layout is comprised of a large living and dining area, media room and separate bedroom. As a highlight, a large veranda features a hot tub.
• Vista Suites range in size from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet and offer the same features as Oceania Suites but with the added benefit of floor-to-ceiling windows affording sweeping views over the ship’s bow.
• Owner’s Suites offer 2,000+ square feet of palatial luxury. Marina is the first ship to offer suites completely appointed from furniture and fabrics to lighting and bedding using the acclaimed Ralph Lauren Home collection. New York-based Tocar, Inc. penned a design that exudes a rich, clubby and refined sophistication.

In addition to the standard stateroom amenities, suite guests enjoy the added luxury of Champagne upon arrival, 1,000-thread-count linens, 42” plasma TV, Hermès and Clarins bath amenities, butler service, and en-suite delivery from any of the ship’s restaurants.

Other stateroom amenities include a flat-panel TV, lap-top computer with wireless access, refrigerated mini bar, security safe, writing desk, plush terry robes, bed slippers, and marble and granite bathroom.

Rich woods, marble and granite, fine wool carpets and lustrous leathers adorn public rooms. Facilities include 10 dining venues – six of which are open-seating gourmet restaurants, an array of bars and lounges, a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub and fitness center, swimming pool and hot tubs.

Grand Dining Room on the MarinaDining On Riviera
Riviera shines when it comes to her restaurants.

Specialty restaurants require reservations but come with no additional charge — a nice perk that differentiates Riviera from the mainstream and premium lines, all of which tack on an extra fee for their best dining options.

The most high-profile of the specialty restaurants is Jacques, the first restaurant ever created, on land or sea, by celebrity chef Jacques Pepin. Designed with the feel of a French country bistro, the restaurant focuses on traditional French country cuisine. Decor offers a light, airy atmosphere with traditional oak floors, antiqued furniture, and paintings by the chef himself.

Other specialty restaurants include the Mediterranean Toscana and the Polo Grill steakhouse (both carry-overs from the line’s earlier ships) and Red Ginger, an excellent pan-Asian spot with a hip urban design.

Oceania Riviera also features La Reserve, seating 36 for the tasting menu or 24 for the seven-course pairing dinners. Surcharges do apply in La Reserve.

There’s also the main Grand Dining Room, designed with a classic Hollywood grandeur and operating on an open-seating basis — just drop in whenever you get hungry during its open hours.

For folks who like to cook their own meals, Riviera and sister ship Marina offer the only hands-on teaching kitchen in the cruise business, created in collaboration with Bon Appétit magazine and outfitted with 12 cooking stations (each with burners, a cutting board, and sink). Classes accommodate 24 guests (two at each station), cost $49 per person, and cover topics like modern Greek cuisine, Southwestern cuisine, American classics, homemade pasta and more.

Riviera's Bon Appetit Culinary CenterBon Appetit Culinary CenterOther activities and entertainments on board are low-key, tending toward casual art classes at the Artist Loft, enrichment lectures by visiting experts, the occasional Ping-Pong tournament, and just lounging around the restful pool deck.

Guests can also get treatments at the beautiful Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a 10,000-square-foot facility that offers a variety of Asian therapies, various massages and facials, a Thermal Suite with specialized saunas and steam rooms, a thalassotherapy pool, a private sundeck, a salon, and a small gym where guests can take group or private fitness classes, or exercise on their own.

At night, there’s dancing at Horizons nightclub, a pianist at Martinis, gambling in the casino, and a string quartet in the atrium, plus magicians, comedians, and other guest entertainers at the main Marina Lounge — all low-key and classy, the way Oceania’s passengers like it.

Ship Information
The Riviera and Marina are twice the size of Oceania's other cruise ships, with room for even more large ship amenities. This deluxe cruise ship is an evolution of the Regatta Class ships, custom designed to appeal to lovers of food and wine. The ship offers every luxury you would expect, from open seating dining in any of the ship's six restaurants to the Canyon Ranch Spa.

Dining on Oceania always receives the highest marks, with menus carefully created by renowned Master Chef Jacques Pepin. The Country Club-Casual atmosphere onboard makes this the cruise line of choice for those who prefer a casual, yet elegant, cruise vacation.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2012 ♦ Ship's Class: Marina Class ♦ Country of Registry Marshall Islands ♦ Tonnage 65,000 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦ Length 774 ft - 236 m ♦ Cruising Speed 20 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,250 ♦ Passenger Decks 11 ♦ Officers and Crew 800 ♦ Officer's Nationality European ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦ Passengers to Staff Ratio 1.57 to 1

Cabins
Total 629 ♦ Suites with Balcony 147 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 444 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 20 ♦ Inside 18 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 6 ♦ Oceania Cruises' cabins are among the most elegant one can find, with thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include Oceania's Tranquility Bed, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

The Polo Grill on the Marina

Dining
Open Seating Dining allows you to be seated any time the Grand Dining Room or the specialty restaurants are open ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Jacques, Red Ginger, Toscana, Polo Grill, Terrace Cafe, La Reserve. Jacques is the first restaurant on land or at sea to bear the name of the celebrated Master Chef Jacques Pepin ♦ Unlike other cruise lines, there is no charge in the specialty restaurants ♦ Menus created by Master Chef Jacques Pepin ♦ There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on Oceania cruise ships ♦ There are no formal nights - atmosphere is always country club casual ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Outdoor Fitness Track ♦ Paddle Tennis ♦ Bocce Ball

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Medical Center