Riviera is an entire cabin deck onboard the ship. I believe it is also the lowest deck with cabins for guests. I would recommend a higher deck because of the time it takes to get down to that level everytime you go up top. Elevators can be slow so you will have to use the stairs!
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Riviera Deck is the lowest passenger deck. We stayed on it last September, and are booked on it again for our November cruise. It doesn't really take that long to get up to the Lido or Promenade deck from a Riveria cabin, and if you like quite conditions to sleep in it is perfect. An added bonus is that it's super quick to get off the ship on port days, as you only need to go down one deck to get off the ship - you can also skip the line for the elevator when you get back onboard and make a quick trip up a flight of stairs to get back to your cabin.
Dear23 is right, the Riviera deck is great on port days. Quick access out and you room is close when you get back on. We had Riviera rooms on the Imagination which is about the same size. The ship is smaller so it’s not that far to the main decks. A little farther to the Lido deck but not bad. Also there is less motion that low. If you have any problems with motion sickness, the middle of the Riviera deck is the best place to be. We would stay there more, but there are no balconies that low. After getting a balcony that is the only way my wife will go now. Hint, don’t get a balcony until you are ready to pay for one every time you cruise thereafter.
I've been on Rivera several times and I like it. Quiet, less motion, window cabins are perfect for me, I had the balcony and did not feel it was worth $300 more. I can use that money towards airfare, a shore excursion, spending or another trip. Getting on lido is no problem there are lots of elevators to choose from, the glass one's off the atrium tend to be more crowded. Bonus one time the upper decks were running out of wash cloths and things in the cabins but those of us on Rivera never had that problem we were always fully stocked, great room stewards also. Getting off the ship is a breeze. I just booked the main deck(just one up from Rivera) for my next cruise, as long as I can look out and see the ocean I'm happy. Inside cabins for me are too clostrophobic and if I want to go on deck I just hop on the elevator.
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We stayed on the Riviera Deck last August and it was just fine. We had a big window where we could sit on the bed and watch the flying fish come out of the waves. It was pretty cool. We did have some kind of noise outside the window that was annoying at times, but we got use to it. We did just fine getting up to the upper decks. The elevators weren't to bad.
Have a fun trip!
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