On May 26 we set sail on the beautiful new Oceania Riviera for our 10 day Mediterranean cruise. The cruise started in Athens and ended in Barcelona.
This was only the ships second voyage so everything was brand spanking new. With only 1250 passengers and 800+ crew the service was amazing. In addition to the standard buffet restaurant, snack cafe and the main dining room there were four speciality restaurants that featured, Steak, Italian, French and Japanese cuisine. Our only regret is that we did not have sufficient time to enjoy the ship. At each of the fabulous ports we did tours lasting between four and twelve hours, so our time on the ship was limited.
We thoroughly enjoyed the ports that the ship stopped at and would like to return to many of them to spend a longer time.
It’s a small world – we met a fellow Jamaican, Damion, who was a waiter in the restaurants. During a conversation, we discovered that he is the brother of O’Neil, who works with Winsome’s cousin in Jamaica. O’Neil was mentioned in our Jamaica post for his wonderful cooking while we stayed with Winsome’s cousin at their home in Flamstead. Never think you are somewhere where no one will know you!!!
- Riviera: Debuted in 2012
- Tonnage: 66,084
- Length: 785 feet
- Beam: 106 feet
- Maximum Draught: 24 feet
- Stabilizers: Yes
- Cruising Speed: 20 knots
- Guest Decks: 11
- Total Decks: 15
- Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC
- Guest Capacity: 1,250 (Double Occupancy)
- Staff Size: 800
- Guest to Staff Ratio: 1.57 to 1
- Nationality of Officers: European
- Nationality of Staff: International
- Country of Registry: Marshall Islands