11 Fantastic Reasons to Sail with Riviera River Cruises

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 If you are searching for the ultimate European cruise, be sure to read up on Riviera River Cruises! This cruise line prides itself on attention to detail in every aspect of its offerings, and guests say a voyage “feels like coming home”. Below are 11 great reasons to sail with Riviera River Cruises: 1. Solo river cruises: For a number of Riviera River Cruises sailings, there is no single supplement charge.  Every sailing has double cabins set aside with no single supplement. …

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Day 6: Is an Oceania cruise for you? Here are what it does and doesn’t have, which might help you decide

ONBOARD THE OCEANIA RIVIERA – With just five – soon to be six – small ships, Oceania is considered a boutique cruise line. Of course, it’s new parent company, Norwegian Cruise Lines Corporation Ltd., is the third largest cruise company in the world (behind Carnival and Royal Cruise Lines). The parent also owns Norwegian Cruise Lines and ultra-luxury Regent Cruise Lines. So what makes Oceania distinctive? Here are some haves and have-nots that will help you decide …

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Day 7: A culinary shore tour takes us to an organic farm on Tortola

ONBOARD THE OCEANIA RIVIERA – Oceania is known for its great food and culinary programs and is the reason that many people choose to sail on this line. After all, famous master chef Jacques Pepin is the executive culinary director for Oceania and celebrity chef Cat Cora is godmother of this ship. Oceania is one of only two cruise lines offering professional culinary classes at sea. But this week’s program was jinxed. Not only did the Culinary …

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Days 4 & 5: Rained out on St. Bart’s but great shopping on St. Maarten

ONBOARD THE OCEANIA RIVIERA – Ah, memories! Some 30+ years ago Chet and I used to visit St. Maarten regularly over the Easter holidays. We would spend a week with our friends Pete and Nancy in the Pasanggrahan Guest House, in a little apartment right on the Philipsburg waterfront. Each morning we would sip coffee while sitting in beach chairs as we watched cruise ships sail into the bay and drop anchor. One or two a day …

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Day 3: Oceania features high tea and exceptional entertainment

  ONBOARD THE OCEANIA RIVIERA – Yesterday is what I consider a perfect sailing day. We spent the morning at sea and then the afternoon and early evening docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Because the Riviera is small in size – just 1,250 passengers – it can dock close in and we were in very good company as the Silver Wind was next to us (Silversea Cruises). We could walk right off the ship and into …

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Oceania Cruises to showcase contemporary Latin American artists on new ‘Riviera’

Oceania Cruises’ Riviera sets sail on her maiden voyage in May 2012.  Riviera will showcase a museum-worthy collection of fine art focusing on the works of some of Latin America’s most accomplished and admired contemporary artists. More than 1000 works will adorn the mid-size ship. The world-class collection is a nod to the Cuban heritage of Frank Del Rio, the line’s founder and chairman and CEO of parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings. More curator than collector, Del …

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New ‘Riviera’ cruise ship ideal for epicureans says Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises strives for culinary excellence when it launches Riviera in April 2012. Purposely built for epicureans, the 1,250-guest ship offers 10 dining venues comparable to the very best shore-side restaurants. “Our guests are in for a true epicurean odyssey with Riviera,” states Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “Riviera offers diverse dining experiences that cater to the palates of inquisitive travelers. Best of all, regardless of which gourmet restaurant they choose to enjoy, there are no additional dining charges.” …

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Keel-laying ceremony held for Oceania’s new Riviera cruise ship

A keel-laying ceremony to mark the start of construction for Oceania Cruises’ 1,258-guest m/s Riviera was held June 3 at the Fincantieri shipyard near Genoa. At the ceremony Frank Del Rio, the line’s founder and chairman and CEO of its parent company, Prestige Cruise Holdings, and Oceania Cruises President Bob Binder, welded four U.S. silver coins onto the keel. The welding of coins into a ship’s keel is an age-old maritime tradition believed to solicit good fortune …

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