The Riviera of Oceania Cruises is a gorgeous mid-sized ship that carries 1,250-guests to worldwide cruise destinations. The cabins on the Riviera are almost identical to those of her sister ship Marina, which was launched in 2011. The accommodations consist of 4 cabin types and 4 suite types, split into 17 categories based on location and amenities. Of course, not all cabins are as spectacular as the 2000-square-foot Owner's Suite seen in the picture above, but all of the cabins and suites have excellent cabin amenities. In addition, over 90 percent of the cabins and all of the suites have a private veranda.
The four cabin types on the Riviera are:
Inside Stateroom - Categories F and G
Oceanview Stateroom - Category C
Veranda Stateroom - Category B
Concierge Veranda Stateroom - Category A
The four suite types on the Riviera are:
Penthouse Suite - Category PH
Oceania Suite - Category OC
Vista Suite - Category VS
Owner's Suite - Category OS
The Riviera only has 18 inside cabins--4 on deck 8 (category G), and 14 on decks 9 and 10 (category F). Two of the inside cabins on deck 10 are handicap-accessible. Bargain hunters often book inside cabins quickly, so they sell out early.
Although these 174-square-foot cabins are the least expensive category on the Riviera, they still have a large queen-sized (and very comfortable) Tranquility Bed that can be made into twins, refrigerated mini-bar, vanity desk, and breakfast table. The most impressive feature, which is found in all cabin categories, is the huge (by cruise ship standards) bathroom. This bath has a tub with shower head, separate shower, and plenty of storage space.
In addition to the amenities listed above, the inside cabins also feature:
- 700-thread-count linens on the Tranquility Bed
- Free and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily in the refrigerated mini-bar
- Complimentary 24-hour room service
- Chocolates with nightly turndown service
- Thick cotton robes and slippers
- French-Milled toiletries
- LCD flat-screen television
- Grohe handheld shower head
- Security safe
- Handheld hair dryer
- Direct dial satellite phone and cellular service
- WiFi accessibility in the cabin
- 110/220 Volt Outlets
Oceanview, Veranda, and Concierge Veranda Cabins
Riviera Oceanview Cabins - Category C
The 242-square-foot oceanview cabins have floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that offer wonderful sea views, even if you can't open them. The 20 cabins in this category are all midship on deck 7. They offer all the same amenities seen in the inside cabins. The extra space is used for a small seating area with a settee and coffee table.
Riviera Veranda Cabins - Categories B1, B1, B3, B4
The four categories of Veranda cabins on decks 7 and 8 make up the bulk of the accommodations on the Riviera. Categories B1 and B2 are midship and more expensive than B3 or B4, which are located forward and aft. All of these cabins are a spacious 282 square feet, and the layout is identical to the Oceanview cabins. However, instead of a panoramic window, the Veranda cabins have a sliding glass door that opens up to a small teak balcony. The balcony has two faux wicker chairs and a table. Those who love the fresh ocean air (as I do) will appreciate being able to step outside and enjoy the sounds, smells, and sights of the sea.
The Veranda Cabins have all the amenities seen in the Inside Cabins and Oceanview Cabins. The baths are spacious, and cruisers will love the separate bathtub and shower.
Riviera Concierge Veranda Cabin - Categories A1, A2, A3, A4
The four categories of Concierge Veranda cabins are on decks, 9, 10, 11, and 12. These cabins are identical in size and configuration to the Veranda Cabins in the B categories. However, they also enjoy access to their own exclusive Concierge Lounge on deck 9, which is staffed by a Concierge. This lounge has comfortable seating; two computers available for Internet usage; reading materials; a refrigerator stocked with cold water, soft drinks, and juices; and a coffee machine and daily snacks.
In addition to receiving all the stateroom amenities found in all cabins, the following special amenities and privileges are available to those guests staying in the Concierge Level cabin categories:
- Exclusive access to private Concierge Lounge
- Services of a dedicated Concierge
- Welcome bottle of Champagne
- Laptop computer with WiFi Access
- Bvlgari Toiletries
- 1,000-Thread-Count Linens
- Cashmere lap blanket
- Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag
- Priority early embarkation and dedicated check-in desk
- Priority restaurant reservations at Polo Grill, Toscana, Jacques, and Red Ginger
- Priority luggage delivery
- Complimentary shoe shine
- Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation
The three categories of 420-square-foot Penthouse Suites on the Riviera are found on decks 7, 10, and 11. These suites include the same amenities found in all of the Riviera accommodations, but also feature many improvements designed to make the space more luxurious, comfortable, and convenient. For example, the Penthouse Suites have a table in the sitting area that can be used for en-suite dining. They also have a large vanity desk, veranda, and even a walk-in closet. It's amazing how adding about 140 square feet makes the accommodation seem so much more spacious. Like all the cabins on the Riviera, the bathroom is very spacious and is next to the walk-in closet.
One of the other luxury features included in the Penthouse Suites is 24-hour butler service. The Penthouse Suites also include all the amenities found in the Concierge level veranda cabins.
The 12 Oceania Suites on the Riviera are located on decks 11 and 12. Unlike the Penthouse Suites, these 1000-square-feet accommodations are true suites, with the sleeping and sitting areas in separate rooms. The Oceania Suites have a living room, two bathrooms, dining room, walk-in closet, large private veranda with whirlpool and flat-screen television, and a media room with a 50-inch flat screen television. They also have a king-size bed and a second whirlpool in the master bathroom.
Like the Penthouse Suites, the Oceania Suites have 24-hour butler service and all the amenities found in the basic cabins and Concierge level veranda cabins.
The eight Vista Suites on the Oceania Cruises' Riviera are found on four decks and overlook the bow of the ship. They measure 1,200 to 1,500 square feet, depending on the deck. Like the Oceania Suites, these luxurious suites have two whirlpools--one whirlpool outdoors on the large teak deck and the second in the master bath. The suite has three flat screen televisions--one outdoors by the whirlpool, the second (a 42-incher) in the sitting area, and the third in the bedroom.
The sitting area is quite nice, as is the separate dining area. A Riviera Vista Suite bedroom has a king-sized bed, and the master bathroom is even more impressive than those in the other accommodations on the ship. Like the Oceania and Owner's Suites, the Vista Suites have 24-hour butler service, a walk-in closet, and second bathroom, something we all dream about when traveling.
The Vista Suites have one amenity not found in any other category on the Riviera. It's a small fitness room with its own equipment. No excuses for not working out!
The Vista Suites have the largest outdoor deck areas of any suite on the ship, and the wrap around deck provides views forward and to the side. Cruisers considering booking one of these forward cabins will need to balance the pros of the marvelous views, resort-style furniture, and large deck space against the cons of more wind when the ship is moving.
The Vista Suites have all the standard amenities of Riviera cabins and the enhanced amenities of the Concierge Level veranda cabins.
The three Owner's Suites are located aft on decks 8, 9, and 10 of the Riviera. They are among the largest (2000 square feet), most luxurious, and most comfortable at sea. Designers from Ralph Lauren Home are responsible for the decor, and the views both inside and out are spectacular. These suites stretch the width of the suite, and when you walk into the dramatic foyer/music room/bar, it's breathtaking. The sea views over the wake of the ship are behind the room's floor-to-ceiling windows, and a huge separate living and dining room is to the right. The bedroom with king-sized bed is to the left, along with a big master bath. The living room and bedroom both have a sliding door that provides access to the outdoor teak deck. A separate bath is off the foyer, and the suite has two walk-in closets.
The living room has a professional entertainment system with flat-screen television, 3D movies, and a media library. Like the other suites, there's a laptop with WiFi access, but the Owner's Suite also has an iPad. This suite also has two whirlpool tubs, one indoors and the second outdoors. The outdoor hot tub has its own television, similar to that in the Vista Suite.
The Owner's Suite has all the amenities found in the other cabins and suites on the Riviera. It's the size, decor, and views over the aft of the ship that make it special.