The sister ship to Oceania’s Marina, the Riviera set sail for the first time in 2012. The vessel large enough to hold 1,250 passengers has since become one of the most advanced and sophisticated over the past 50 years.
Oceania added multiple designer touches to this vessel. One is the stunning Lalique Grand Staircase, which you’ll notice as you go about the ship. The details extend down to the Owner’s Suite furnishings, which include Ralph Lauren Home items.
Oceania maintains a country club-type atmosphere on board this ship. And it’s not just the extensive spa and salon services but also through the personal service, dining choices, and artist-in-residence program.
Like all Oceania ships, the Riviera goes all over the world throughout the year. Current itineraries include the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, transatlantic journeys, and world cruises.
The Riviera’s standard accommodations start with three Penthouse Suite levels, all with 420 square feet and a choice of media. Ocean Suites, with 1,000 square feet designed by Dakota Jackson, offer the next degree up, with private verandas and indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas. Vista Suites add a bit more space, with 1,200 square feet. All provide butler service.
The Owner’s Suites feature the grandest accommodations. Spread over 2,000 square feet, extended over the beam of the ship, are a walk-in closet, living room, music room with a piano, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, a second bathroom, and access to the private Executive Lounge.
While on board the Riviera, passengers get a choice of dining throughout the day. Grab a meal in a casual restaurant, request your favorite espresso or alcoholic beverage in its many lounges, or have a dessert in a relaxing atmosphere. Oceania further offers afternoon tea and room service to all travelers.
Dinner centers around the Grand Dining Room, a facility mirroring the atmosphere of a European five-star restaurant. A stately character emerges through rich woods and a cocoa, cream, and gold color scheme. Menus include European-inspired continental cuisine and Canyon Ranch dishes.
Along with this main option, passengers can dine throughout the day in specialty restaurants:
Jacques: Well-known French chef Jacques Pépin gets an eponymous restaurant, with a menu focusing on roasted meats. Oceania captures the feel of a cosmopolitan Parisian bistro.
Red Ginger: Dine on updated classic Asian dishes, while enjoying a décor of ebony woods, Buddha statues, artwork, and hand-blown glass.
Polo Grill: This establishment is considered one of the best steakhouses at sea. As you savor your meal, take in the dark furnishings and leather chairs.
Toscana: Tuscan recipes, decades old and passed down through family, are captured by knowledgeable Italian chefs and enhanced by expert wine pairings.
Terrace Café: Find a meal suiting your fancy in this buffet-style restaurant, featuring an ever-changing menu of breakfast and lunch items.
Waves: When you want something quick and delicious, this is the spot. A shaded atmosphere adds the perfect character to a menu of burgers and fries, barbecue, seafood, healthy sides, and gelato.
Privée: When you have a small party looking for a private dining space, this opulent restaurant presents a one-of-a-kind experience. Order select dishes from the Polo Grill or Toscana for your party.
La Reserve: This restaurant for just up to 24 guests lets you select a seven-course dinner from three menus and pair it with seven different wine flights.
Activities & Entertainment
As you start your cruise, relax at least once in the Canyon Ranch Spa Club. The facility maintains the same standards and treatments as the well-known, 30-year-old wellness center and provides a combination of rejuvenation services and exercise classes. Schedule an appointment for a massage, body wrap or scrub, acupuncture, or ayurveda treatment.
Or if you find getting ready for a night to be relaxing, go over to the salon to try on a new look. Let professionals color and style your hair, apply makeup, and do manicures and pedicures.
Others wind down in the ship’s pools. The large heated pool provides an open atmosphere and great view for everyone to enjoy, or if you’re looking for something more intimate, lounge in one of the three whirlpool spas.
While the Riviera provides Oceania’s standard enrichment options, such as Oceania@Sea for internet and the library, the ship features the Artists Loft and the Bon Appetit Culinary Center. The former has an artist-in-residence teaching various art or craft classes to travelers looking to learn new skills, while the latter brings expert chefs on board for cooking instruction. These classes focus primarily on local and regional cuisines, with 12 stations for learning new techniques.
As the evening passes over, many gravitate toward the casino and small piano bars for entertainment. For large groups, Oceania brings world-class headliners on board, including singers, magicians, and comedians, to entertain audiences. The larger ship size means grander productions, and your during your time at sea, be sure to watch such onboard shows as Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Up In Flames: The Music of Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, Flower Power, and Rock On!
From top-notch entertainment and relaxation to itineraries going to some of the world’s most exclusive destinations, the Riviera has the luxurious cruise experience you’ve been seeking. To schedule your trip, browse Direct Line Cruises and then make your reservations.