Oceania Riviera Christening — Venice

The sail-in to this city is one of the most beautiful in the world. You get a very different perspective of this city built on canals from high on Riviera’s top deck. It was eerily quiet early in the morning, as we sailed past the Grand Canal and the Doge’s Palace to our dock. Our […]

Oceania Riviera Christening – the Celebration

May 11 was the gala naming and christening ceremony of the Riviera.The godmother is Cat Cora, the only female Iron Chef on the Food Network. The ceremony was very festive with flamenco dancers, acrobats, a speech by the mayor of Barcelona and numerous other dignitaries. The bottle of champagne smashed on Riviera’s hull on cue […]

Oceania Riviera Christening Cruise — Barcelona

While we have been to Barcelona many times, we thoroughly enjoyed both days here. Again Oceania provided us with a complimentary excursion to explore the highlights including the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. a motor coach ride past several of Antonio Gaudi’s Art Nouveau buildings, and a stop at Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. […]

Oceania Riviera Christening Cruise — Valencia

We had never been to this port before and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a clean, beautiful city and, again, Oceania treated us to an excursion, which took in the highlights of this third largest city in Spain. The central market was very interesting, so was the cathedral. The highlight of the tour was a stop […]

Oceania Riviera Christening Cruise – Day at Sea

Day at Sea- and a chance to get to know the Riviera. The morning was devoted to a presentation by senior executives of Oceania Cruises, followed by a Q & A. All very informative. We took a tour of the ship’s public rooms and suites. Dinner for us this evening was in Privee with Frank […]