Riviera has a vibrant nightlife. A string quartet perform pre-dinner recitals and there is also a friendly pianist. Later, you can see production shows in the theatre, or enjoy the house band or the resident DJ.
Martinis is a signature Oceania Riviera bar. As the name suggests, it showcases a unique collection of martinis.
The bar has echoes of the Beaufort Bar in the Savoy Hotel in London. There is a sophisticated ambiance, plush sofas and a pianist tinkling the ivories. On my voyage it was a popular place for pre-dinner cocktails.
There are 25 different martinis on the menu, including the Classic, the Dirty and the Monneypenny which is served with Absolut Citron, Chambord and Cranberry Juice. It has to be said that some of the martinis were better than others, but the good martinis are very good!
There is also a great selection of other cocktails too, as well as wine and champagne.
The Riviera Lounge
The Riviera Lounge is the theatre on Oceania Riviera. It has production shows, as well as enrichment lectures and even movie screenings.
Most nights the resident cast or guest entertainers perform in the Riviera Lounge. There is usually just one show at 9:30pm which is advertised in the daily Currents newsletter.
The cast shows include productions like “Broadway In Concert”, “What the World Needs Now” and “Lights, Camera, Music”. Sadly, they do have a hint of cruise ship cliche about them. Indeed, the cast shows were not well received by passengers I spoke with on my voyage.
That said, the guest entertainers were exceptional. It’s also worth noting that there is attentive bar service in the Riviera Lounge at show times.
Horizons is Oceania Riviera’s observation lounge. It is a large space with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views over the bow.
It is a popular bar at sailout and sunset. Later, Horizons takes on a party atmosphere with live music and a DJ.
On my voyage the service in Horizons was somewhat patchy, though it has to be said these things have a habit of quickly correcting themselves.
The Grand Bar
The Grand Bar is located in the hall outside the Grand Dining Room. It is not a bar per se, but rather a plushly furnished space with bar service.
Indeed, it is a nice place for a pre-dinner glass of champagne or a cocktail, especially when the string quartet are playing.
That said, the Grand Bar doesn’t have the convivial atmosphere of its namesakes on the smaller ships in the fleet.
The Casino Bar
The Casino Bar is one of the smallest Oceania Riviera bars. It has a chic Moulin Rouge-style decor and an ebullient atmosphere.
With sweeping views over the pool deck, Baristas is the place for coffee on Riviera. In fact, I think Baristas serves some of the best coffee at sea.
You can enjoy your coffee Italian style, standing up at the bar, or relaxing in the lounge.
In the evening Baristas continues the Italian theme with aperitivo – a range of classic Italian pre-dinner drinks.
The Library is a relaxing retreat where you can find a good book or read the latest international newspapers.
It has quiet nooks with deep leather armchairs as well as ottomans. The shelves are filled with fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as a large selection of travel guides.
It’s worth noting that the Library can be busy on sea days.
Enjoy gentle sea breezes by the pool at Waves Bar. The Waves Bar has a wide variety of refreshing libations, including poolside cocktails like Piña coladas and Mojitos as well as wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
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