Oceania Brings Us the Riviera
by Paul Motter
With two brand new ships now comprising the majority of capacity, Oceania has been transformed into a completely new cruise line.
Oceania introduced Riviera to the Oceania Cruises fleet with a lovely christening ceremony held mid-cruise in Barcelona on May 12, with Cat Cora, the Food Network's only female Iron Chef, as the godmother. Riviera is the sister ship to Marina, introduced in February, 2011, and together these two spacious and elegant ships have redefined Oceania. Capacity combined they now make up two-thirds of the Oceania fleet.
If someone asked for my professional opinion, and in fact I get asked this quite a lot, I would say these ships are among the best at sea – when you consider all the elements that comprise the ideal cruise to me. Why? I believe there is a ship for everyone, but certainly not everyone will like the same ship. My personal preference is for ships built primarily for travel – and Oceania focuses on port-intensive itineraries, often in port every day of a cruise, making it a great line for travelers.
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