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The second ship built to Oceania Cruises’ specifications, Riviera debuted in 2012. A sister ship to Marina, she was conceived to appeal to lovers of fine dining and travel. Signature features are similar to those on Marina, but Riviera has the advantage in some public spaces, which were designed with higher ceilings, and in an enlarged culinary arts center.

Marina and Riviera are the first brand-new ships built for Oceania Cruises and, although they are an all new design in a larger ship, they include the basic deluxe features found on the smaller fleetmates—specialty dining in intimate restaurants, country-club casual ambience, and enrichment programs. The emphasis is on destination cruising in style and the decor is classic and comfortable. With a larger ship, designers expanded some of the elements, such as the staircase in the grand foyer, which has a landing with two sweeping sets of steps.

Attention to detail is an Oceania hallmark that can be found in Privée—the private dining room that can be reserved for dinner parties—where a custom-made one-of-a-kind Lalique-crystal table is illuminated by a white Venini-glass chandelier, and fanciful Murano-glass chandeliers glitter in the buffet restaurant. A classical string quartet plays softly in the background at afternoon tea in Horizons, the observation lounge with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.

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