A blustery day at sea, but the Captain’s Cocktail Party is still a success

ABOARD OCEANIA RIVIERA, DAY 3 — You’ve heard about “Blow the man down”? That’s pretty much what you can expect on the outdoor decks today. We’ve encountered blustery headwinds as we motor toward Antigua. The pool on Deck 12 more resembles a giant hot tub as water swishes this way and that across the decks. It doesn’t deter determined sun worshipers who take it all in stride with a good book or beverage. The ship may be …

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Enjoying the ship while others enjoy Nassau

ABOARD OCEANIA RIVIERA, DAY TWO –– Today we are docked at our first stop: Nassau. A Disney ship is on one side of us, soon to be joined by Carnival Liberty and Norwegian Escape. It’s going to be a busy day at the port. If you are a late riser, as we often are, Riviera offers a very nice continental-style breakfast in the Horizons lounge. Tucked away in one corner is a selection of bakery items, cold …

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Today’s main event on the Oceania Riviera is dinner at La Reserve

ABOARD OCEANIA RIVIERA, DAY 2 — Today we are docked at our first stop: Nassau. A Disney ship is on one side of us, soon to be joined by Carnival Liberty and Norwegian Escape. It’s going to be a busy day at the port. If you are a late riser, as we often are, Riviera offers a very nice continental-style breakfast in the Horizons lounge. Tucked away in one corner is a selection of bakery items, cold …

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Oceania Riviera makes a wonderful first impression

ABOARD OCEANIA RIVIERA, DAY 1 — The weather in Miami suits the name of this voyage: “Sunny Celebrations.” Our ship, Oceania Riviera, is docked at Terminal J and waiting for our arrival. For Pam and I, this cruise marks a couple of firsts: Our first cruise on Oceania, and our first holiday cruise. For the next 13 days, spanning Christmas and New Years, we’ll be sailing to seven different Caribbean islands. The first order of business is …

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Preparing for a holiday cruise through the Caribbean aboard Oceania Riviera

This week we “un-decorated” our house and starting packing our bags. That’s because on Christmas Day we expect to be cruising the Atlantic Ocean aboard Oceania Riviera, headed for Antigua. We excited about going. First, because it’s our inaugural holiday cruise, spanning both Christmas and New Years. Second, it’s our first time on Oceania, and we are looking forward to seeing how it compares to Azamara. Both are smaller ships catering to an upscale audience. Our trip …

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Oceania Cruises Introduces New Evening Tapas Menus-Flavors of Spain, Asia, and the World Come Alive Each Evening

Epicurious travelers with an appetite for global flavors will rejoice in the introduction of Oceania Cruises’ new evening Tapas Menus. Offered each evening in the Terrace Café, the new menus comprise a distinct and different array of destination-inspired flavors.  Guests can choose from an ever-changing selection of crostini, fruit- and vegetable-based salads, rolls, fresh fish and seafood tapas, crudités and other small dishes artfully presented in tasting spoons and verrines. With more than five-dozen dishes included in …

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Tour of the newly refurbished Azamara Quest

PORT OF MIAMI –Gleaming, shiny and newly refurbished, Azamara Quest is docked here at Terminal B, preparing to depart for the West Indies and ready for her close-up. A group of travel agents and invited media are here early to view what’s new and improved. Quest, along with her sister ship, Journey, both received makeovers earflier this year. Together, the two ships comprise Azamara Club Cruises, since 2007 the “up-market” brand of parent company, Royal Caribbean. As …

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Refurbished R cruise ships R as classy as ever – Oceania’s smallish Sirena shines after $50 million upgrade (but most of the bathrooms still are tiny)

Anchored in the Mediterranean off Saint-Tropez, Oceania Cruise’s sparkling Sirena looked like it belonged near the beaches and playgrounds of the French Riviera this summer. The 17-year-old ship, fresh from a $50-million drydock makeover, was as good, if not better than it has ever been. The 684-passenger Sirena, which was built as one of the famed R-class ships of the old Renaissance Cruises line, is comfortable and intimate. The ship, which arrives in Miami Nov. 25 (2016), …

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Oceania Cruises’ new Snowbirds in Residence program

Oceania Cruises is proud to introduce a groundbreaking new concept in extended vacations for snowbirds, residents of northern climes looking to escape the cold and snow for warm tropical breezes and swaying palm trees. Beginning January 3rd, guests can kick off the New Year enjoying a tropical ultimate vacation home for 58 or 72 days with no need to worry about meals, housekeeping or even laundry. Instead, they are free to bask on sugar-sand beaches, indulge in …

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