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Oceania Cruises is poised to elevate the Alaskan cruise experience with its ship, ‘Riviera‘, in the summer of 2025. The announcement assures travellers of a destination-rich journey, highlighting the unique fusion of exploration, culinary delights, and personalized service.
Oceania Cruises ‘Riviera’: A next wave in Alaskan Cruising
Alaska, with its pristine landscapes and rich cultural tapestry, has always been a sought-after cruise destination. Oceania Cruises’ ‘Riviera’ promises to elevate this experience by venturing into iconic Alaskan ports of call such as Ketchikan, Sitka, Kodiak, and Juneau, among others. With itineraries ranging from 7 to 12 days, travellers have nearly 300 excursion choices, ensuring a comprehensive Alaskan experience.
The advantage of the ‘Riviera’ lies in its size. As a smaller cruise ship, it can access a broader range of ports, offering travellers a more diverse and intimate experience of Alaska. From the awe-inspiring Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s 100,000 glaciers, to the rich tribal history of the Chilkat people in Haines, the journey promises a deep dive into Alaska’s natural and cultural wonders.
The excursions are designed to be immersive. In Ketchikan, travellers can accompany a Native Tlingit guide, observing local artisans and diving deep into tribal history. Skagway offers a glimpse into its gold-rush past, while the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest temperate rainforest, showcases a breathtaking array of mountains, fjords, and glaciers.
For those seeking a more immersive experience, there’s the multi-day Denali National Park adventure, offering an up-close experience with Alaska’s diverse wildlife and landscapes.
Oceania Cruises ‘Riviera’: A Journey through Alaska in style & comfort
Oceania Cruises showcases its dedication to superior culinary experiences through its diverse and curated offerings. In ports like Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka, chef-led tours take travellers on epicurean adventures. From craft beer tastings paired with dishes highlighting freshly foraged ingredients to hands-on seafood-centric cooking classes after a visit to a sustainable oyster farm, the culinary experiences promise to be as diverse and enriching as the destinations themselves.
The ‘Riviera’ is crafted as a floating sanctuary, emphasizing comfort and personalized experiences. With a crew-to-guest ratio that boasts 800 officers and crew for 1,250 guests, personalized service is a given. The staterooms, starting at a spacious 291 square feet, have been redesigned with luxurious furnishings and expanded showers, ensuring comfort at every turn.
Dining aboard the ‘Riviera’ becomes an event unto itself. With one chef for every ten guests and seven open-seating gourmet restaurants, every meal promises to be a culinary delight. From the international dishes at The Grand Dining Room to the alfresco pizzeria at Waves Grill, there’s a flavour for every palate.
Adding to the immersive experience, each sailing will feature an onboard naturalist. A series of guest speaker-style talks will delve into Alaska’s incredible biodiversity, covering its unique marine and terrestrial life and the fascinating local culture. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Oct 2023 – World Travel Magazine.