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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

The Exquisite Cuisine of Oceania Cruises’ Riviera

I had always heard that the food onboard Oceania Cruises was one of the line’s highlights, but I did not quite understand to what degree until first sailing aboard the Riviera this week in the Mediterranean.

Generally, I had just assumed it would be comparable to that found on upscale competitors Azamara Club Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises, but, in fact, the cuisine overall exceeds the fare I’ve enjoyed even on luxury lines.

You’d think a seven-day cruise would be enough time to enjoy all the food onboard a midsize vessel, but truth be told, there is so much choice that the repeatability factor across the Riviera’s restaurants extends well beyond – from the main dining room to the specialty restaurants, all free of charge, with only reservations required at the latter.

The first night, as I recovered from jet lag, we enjoyed dinner quickly in the Terrace Cafe buffet, and already the culinary bar was set high.

Nowhere else have I seen the option to order complimentary lobster from such a venue, but here it is most impressively available. Desserts are plated to perfectio

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