The staterooms on the Oceania Riviera are elegant and understated. Sleek teak furnishings contrast with soothing blues, creating an environment of timeless class. A sofa, coffee table and writing desk provide pleasant places for lounging during a quiet moment away from the ship’s public areas. And a luxuriously soft Prestige Tranquility Bed, with its pillow-top mattress, high-thread count sheets and mountains of pillows will provide an exceptionally restful night’s sleep. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy complimentary champagne when you arrive, 24-hour butler service, and in-room dining from any of the restaurants on board. The Oceania class of suites features a hot tub on every balcony, and the spacious Vista Suites include sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows for an unparalleled ocean view.
Dining & Gastronomy
Dining is the high point of any cruise on the Riviera. All four of the ship’s specialty restaurants come included in the price of the cruise, meaning there’s no reason not to try every one. The popular Polo Grill serves fine steak-and-seafood dishes such as a gourmet 12-oz rib eye steak and the crowd-pleasing lobster macaroni and cheese. Toscana offers an authentic taste of northern Italy with artfully-prepared pasta, meat and salad dishes. Pan-Asian restaurant Red Ginger offers a variety of soup, sushi and curries, and doesn’t shy away from bold flavors. And Jacques, the most upscale onboard restaurant, serves the finest French delicacies, from frog’s legs and escargot to pumpkin soup and herb-roasted chicken. Even the informal dining options like the buffet-style Terrace Café and the poolside Waves Grill go above and beyond to deliver fresh, quality dishes that are pleasing to the palate but dangerous to the waistline. But don’t worry – health-conscious passengers can opt for a lighter fare at the Grand Dining Room, where a calorie-counting Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine menu is available. The Grand Dining Room can also accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and other special diets.
Entertainment and Activities
Entertainment on the Oceania Riviera is sophisticated, low-key, and geared towards mature adults. While live music is a nightly occurrence, you won’t find the glitzy, over-the-top productions of larger cruise ships. Expect rather an array of solo singers, cabaret-type performances and small song-and-dance routines. A string quartet performs daily for afternoon tea and sometimes provide evening entertainment as well, and the Martini’s cocktail bar has a resident piano player.
One highlight is the regularly-scheduled cooking demonstrations, where the ship’s master chef presents an entertaining and informative cooking performance. Hands-on cooking workshops are also available, with delicious results. Be sure to reserve in advance – they fill up quickly.
Those looking to be pampered cannot do better than the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a relaxing onboard amenity focused on holistic wellness. In addition to massages, manicures and facials, the spa also offers a number of features focused on a healthy lifestyle. The spa includes a fitness center featuring complimentary yoga, cycling and aerobics classes, and personal training sessions are available for a fee. A sauna, steam room, and thalassotherapy pool will improve your health and keep you feeling great.
The Riviera has a rather casual dress code compared to other luxury ships. Expect to see casual resort wear such as shorts and tropical shirts during the day. Guests tend to dress a little nicer in the evenings, however. Expect long sleeves and pants indoors as the sun goes down, and slacks, collared shirts or blouses for evening dining. There are no Formal Nights on the Oceania Riviera, so while a suit and tie or little black dress are perfectly acceptable for formal dining, you can leave the ball gowns and tuxes at home.