MS Riviera

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Riviera (ship, 2012), Sète cf01.jpg
MS Riviera at Sète, France, October 2016
Name: Riviera
Owner: Oceania Cruises
Operator: Oceania Cruises
Port of registry:  Marshall Islands [1]
Ordered: 2007
Builder: Fincantieri Sestri Ponente
Launched: 16 July 2011[2]
Christened: May 2012
Maiden voyage: May 2012
Status: In Active Status as of 2012
General characteristics
Class and type: Oceania-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 66,084 GT[1]
Length: 785 ft (239.27 m)[1]
Beam: 106 ft (32.31 m)[1]
Draught: 24 ft (7.32 m)[1]
Decks: 15 (11 guest decks)[1]
Installed power: diesel-electric
Propulsion: 2 controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 20-knot (37 km/h; 23 mph)*[1]
Capacity: 1,250 passengers (double occupancy)[1]
Crew: 800 crew[1]

MS Riviera is an Oceania-class cruise ship (of 15 decks) which entered service with Oceania Cruises in May 2012. She is the sister ship of MS Marina.

Riviera was built by Fincantieri in Sestri Ponente, Italy, and was launched in July 2011.[4] The vessel was originally scheduled to be christened in Monte Carlo on 19 April 2012,[5] but in January 2012 it was announced that the ship's maiden voyage would be delayed to May due to shipyard labor strikes.[6] Riviera was christened in Barcelona on 11 May 2012, and embarked on her 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens on 16 May 2012.[7]

Riviera has a capacity of 1,250 people,[4] housed in 625 staterooms.[4] Other facilities include ten different dining areas, along with various bars and lounges, a culinary center, a Canyon Ranch spa and fitness center, a swimming pool and hot tubs.[5]

The theme of Oceania Cruises is self-described as “a seamless blend of country club casual atmosphere with the sophisticated elegance of a private yacht”. The Riviera's reception area features two spirals of stairs decorated with Lalique crystals, six crystal pillars, and a hand-crafted Italian chandelier which weighs 300 pounds (140 kg), measures approximately 6.5 by 6.5 feet (2.0 by 2.0 m), and sports three hundred and eighty crystal spheres.


The Riviera's interior cabins are 174 square feet (16.2 m2) in size. Each cabin is appointed with Oceania’s “tranquility bed”, a mini-bar, a bathroom appointed with marble, granite and a Grohe shower head, and cotton robes and slippers. All other cabins are much larger, with Ocean View staterooms measuring 242 sq ft (22.5 m2), Veranda staterooms of 282 sq ft (26.2 m2), and Owners Suites offering 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) of living space. The cabins of the new Oceania-class ships offer more living space than those of the previous Regatta-class vessels. For example, the Regatta-class owner's suite measures only 1,000 sq ft (93 m2),[8] as half the space offered by the Oceania-class owner's suites.


The ship's ten dining venues include Jacques, the brain child of chef Jacques Pépin, which offers French cuisine, Toscana Italian Restaurant, The Polo Grill, and La Reserve by Wine Spectator.

Oceania Cruises’ Bon Appetite Culinary center offers cooking classes and demonstrations by the ship’s chefs. The Oceania Riviera showcases the talents of contemporary Latin American artists, and provides passengers with an opportunity to display their creativity in the Artists’ Loft, an area which provides raw materials and tools need to paint or sculpt.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Riviera Ship Information". Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oceania Cruise New Riviera is Floated Out". 20 July 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Riviera Vessel Info". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Italy: Fincantieri Moves Cruise Ship RIVIERA to Fitting-Out Berth for Finishing Touches". Shipbuilding Tribune. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "USA: Oceania Cruises to Christen New Vessel Riviera Next Year". Shipbuilding Tribune. 4 November 2011. Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Oceania Cruises new ship Riviera delayed due to shipyard labor strikes". 25 January 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Oceania Cruises Christens the m/s Riviera in Barcelona". 12 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Oceania Regatta". Oceania Cruises. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 

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