• Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In

Riviera Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
691 reviews
81 Awards
See all photos
Editor Rating
4.5
Very Good
Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Accommodating 1,250 passengers, Riviera is the right size with the right amenities to provide an upscale cruise into ports that are difficult for larger cruise ships to reach. The ship includes a wide range of cabins, which all feel luxurious thanks to premium fabrics and materials such as Italian marble.  

Pros

Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

Cons

Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

Bottom Line

The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

About

Passengers : 1,250
Crew : 800
Passenger to Crew : 1.56:1
Launched : 2012
Shore Excursions : 1069

A recent renovation to Riviera updated some of the public areas and suite categories as part of the OceaniaNEXT program during an early 2019 dry-dock in Marseille. Its cabins are beautifully designed yet feel comfortable and sensible at the same time. The top-tier suites can only be described as opulent, with marble detailing and lush fabrics practically everywhere; the Owners Suites are Ralph Lauren branded.

It's impossible to talk about Riviera without mentioning food. That's because dining and cuisine are deeply entwined with the ship and its programming. Cuisine is an art form onboard, with attention given to even the smallest details, from idea to execution. Menus are vast and balanced; even people who don't think of themselves as foodies will be happy with the selection.

Oceania smartly leverages partnerships and branding with the likes of Jacques Pepin and Wine Spectator to ensure tours and enrichment include cuisine as well. This is evident at Riviera's Culinary Center, at meals at La Reserve (a wine-pairing dinner) and in ports as passengers try out the line's unique Culinary Destination Tours. Everyone associated with the ship understands the importance food plays in the overall experience and treats dining with reverence.

The ship visits new ports almost every day, so the schedule onboard is designed to accommodate early mornings. Consequently, the pace is a bit slow at night, and entertainment varies between live bands in the Horizons lounge to musical revues in the Riviera Lounge.

Sign Up for Price Drop Alerts

Get Riviera price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Working around busy port schedules also means passengers might have to sacrifice entertainment or enrichment options for the sake of dining; only one show is offered at night, and dining times often conflict with those, so passengers have to make decisions that might leave them feeling like they missed out.

Service, for the most part, is excellent. Crew members are professional and polite, and they know their product and customers thoroughly. Special requests and personal preferences are a hallmark of the staff in restaurants. The notable exception is poolside, where there don't seem to be enough cocktail servers to keep up with passenger demand.

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

Fellow Passengers

Passengers on Riviera are older -- expect most to fall into the 65-plus category, though the age skews younger when itineraries are shorter. Most of them are American, with Canadians, Brits and Australians rounding out the mix, but passengers from many other countries often sail. You'll also find a few families onboard during the summer and around the holidays, when kids are free from the shackles of school.

Oceania Riviera Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with shorts and Polo shirts on most excursions and bathing suits and cover-ups common on the pool deck. Shorts, tees, jeans, capris, and casual dresses are appropriate in all public spaces.

Evening: At night, the dress code is similar to what you'd find at a country club or resort on land. Men wear dress pants or khakis and button-down or collared shirts, while women might wear dresses or blouses with skirts, capris or dress pants. Riviera doesn't have a formal night, so glitzy dresses or jackets and ties aren't required, though some passengers do dress for dinner, especially in the specialty venues.

Not permitted: Passengers aren't permitted to wear tank tops or swimsuits in restaurants, regardless of the time of day. Jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes are discouraged in public areas after 6 p.m.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Oceania.

Included with your cruise fare:

Not included with your cruise fare:

Sign Up for Price Drop Alerts

Get Riviera price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Find a Riviera Cruise from £1,163

More about Oceania Riviera

Where does Oceania Riviera sail from?

Oceania Riviera departs from Barcelona, Miami, Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Rome, Civitavecchia, Istanbul, Venice and Lisbon

How much does it cost to go on Oceania Riviera?

Cruises on Oceania Riviera start from £1,163 per person.

Is Oceania Riviera a good ship to cruise on?

Oceania Riviera won 79 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.
Oceania Riviera Cruiser Reviews

Floating Art Gallery With Amazing Staff, Incredible Food

The Riviera is simply stunning, with a museum's worth of artwork.... Read More
User Avatar
Sir Daddy & His Minion

10+ Cruises

Age 90s

We expected more value for our money

We were partly disappointed about our excursions organized by Riviera; they did not fully comply with the description we got.... Read More
User Avatar
KlaessonM

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Not as Good as Before!

We have had excellent trips on Oceania and were on the Riviera three years ago.... Read More
User Avatar
Maxie Henry

2-5 Cruises

Age 80s

Our First Cruise on Oceania Was Outstanding!

The entire crew seemed to be happy to be working on the Riviera and to take pride in their work.... Read More
User Avatar
Verotogo

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Oceania Cruises Fleet
Regatta
Show more
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
Cookie Consent