REVIEW AND COMMENTARY
Oceania Cruises' Riviera is a small luxury ship. In many ways, it is the next generation of the R-class ships - - somewhat bigger but retaining the intimacy and elegance of the original R-class.
Do not expect to find waterslides or rope courses on Riviera. She has a pool, a fitness center and such traditional cruise ship sports facilities as shuffleboard and paddle tennis but no “wow factor” amusement park. Instead, it has a library, a culinary center where guests can participate in cooking lessons and a venue where guests can do painting and sketching. The spa is operated by Canyon Ranch.
Consistent with this approach to cruising, the décor of the public areas is sophisticated but contemporary; similar to an up-market hotel . There is an extensive collection of art.
The ship has a large show lounge as well as an observation lounge with a significant size dance floor. There is also a small casino and several bars some of which have live music in the evenings.
Riviera offers a wealth of dining choices. The elegant Grand Dining Room is the ship's main dining room and operates on an open seating basis. In addition, there are four specialty restaurants that operate on a complimentary basis. One is a steakhouse and the others restaurants featurine Italian, French and Asian cusine. There is also a venue pairing wine and gourmet food Of course, Riviera has a buffet and casual venues.
Guests tend to be mature, experienced travelers. The ship takes advantage of its size to visit smaller ports as well as some of the more popular larger ports.
Above: The centerpiece of the lobby is a sweeping set of stairs.
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