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Oceania Cruises

Essence of the Aegean Cruise

12 NIGHTS
6 Oct 2021
Riviera cruises
Cruiseline
Oceania Cruises
Ship
Riviera
Departs
Barcelona
Returns
Istanbul
Departure Date
6 Oct 2021
Duration
12 nights
Inside Oceanview Balcony Suite
Sold Out
$4,720
$5,740
$8,130

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DAY DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
1 Wed 6 Oct 2021 Barcelona, Spain Embark 7:00 PM
2 Thu 7 Oct 2021 Marseille, France 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
3 Fri 8 Oct 2021 Portofino, Italy 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 Sat 9 Oct 2021 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
5 Sun 10 Oct 2021 Sorrento, Italy 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
6 Mon 11 Oct 2021 Taormina, Italy 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
7 Tue 12 Oct 2021 Argostoli, Greece 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
8 Wed 13 Oct 2021 Chania, Greece 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 Thu 14 Oct 2021 Athens, Greece 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
10 Fri 15 Oct 2021 Kusadasi, Turkey 9:00 AM 11:00 PM
11 Sat 16 Oct 2021 At Sea
12 Sun 17 Oct 2021 Istanbul, Turkey 8:00 AM Overnight
13 Mon 18 Oct 2021 Istanbul, Turkey 8:00 AM Disembark

Take a break onboard the Riviera experiencing 12 exciting nights aboard the Essence of the Aegean Cruise to Europe - Mediterranean. Your ship sails from Barcelona with an itinerary that includes 11 ports in 5 countries before returning to Istanbul. Your 4.5 star cruise from Oceania Cruises has 1 more forward departures. We have a limited number of cabins available from $393 per person/day, twin share. Don't miss out - reserve your cabin today!

Riviera Overview

Riviera received six UK Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Awards in 2016, including “Best Cruises Overall.” From May to October 2020 Riviera sails the Mediterranean, departing from many major ports. In June 2020 two itineraries include Istanbul, highly recommended for both the journey there and the city sights (staying overnight in Istanbul). Riviera sails to all parts of the Mediterranean, as her name implies. From late October 2020 cruises again leave Miami for all parts of the Caribbean. Here’s your opportunity to see the smaller and less crowded ports. If you have two months free and want the ultimate Caribbean tour, try 66 nights on Riviera and visit ports right across the region. In April 2021 Riviera is again in the Mediterranean, and 7- to 22- night cruises extend from the Canary Islands and Morocco in the west, to Turkey in the east. Cruises usually visit a port a day. In ports that hold special interest the ship stays for two or three nights, to allow for serious on-shore excursions. This is one of the ten most luxurious mid-size ships on the seas.

Accommodation

This new vessel is larger than others in the line, as are also its cabin sizes. The standard interior and outside cabins are quite elegant, with twin beds/queen-size bed and ‘best beds at sea’, bathrobes, stall shower, flat-screen TV, fridge mini-bar, writing desk, breakfast table, satellite phone, and personal safe. Décor is attractive and muted with dark wood accents. Maid service is twice daily and chocolates come with a nightly turn-down service. Ocean view staterooms have a sofa, separate tub and shower, and full height panoramic windows.

Food and Dining

The Grand Dining Room is exactly that, with its high ceiling, chandelier and rich furnishings after the style of Europe’s five-star restaurants. Cuisine is European Continental-style, and menus change daily. Two new gourmet restaurants are Jacques, for Jacques Pépin’s French cuisine, and Red Ginger for Pan-Asian classics. Complimentary restaurants include the signature Polo Grill for steak and seafood, and Toscana offering genuine Tuscan cuisine and wines. Priveé may be reserved for up to 10 guests, who will savour a gourmand-inspired seven-course Menu Degustation. La Reserve by Wine Spectator is an industry-first onboard wine-tasting centre for gourmands (maximum 24, by reserve and extra charge).

Entertainment

On-shore itineraries are the main daytime fare. However, on the ship, day classes include small-group Microsoft software instruction, use of the Internet, and digital photography – that is, if you are not absorbed in the Library, wine tasting, or relaxing in a top-deck Jacuzzi. Bon Appétit Culinary Centre is the only hands-on cooking school at sea, tutored by Master Chefs. In the evening the ship is filled with music in eight bars and lounges. Entertainment includes a mix of comedians, magicians, classical recitals, and staff entertainers; or your own efforts at karaoke.

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What's included?

  • All main meals on-board
  • Gourmet dining for all meals
  • Specialty coffee, tea, bottled water, juices & snacks 24 hrs
  • Afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes & pastries daily
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Specialty restaurants no extra charge
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail party (Previous guests)
  • Welcome bottle of champagne (Suites)
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Stocked in-suite mini-bar at no charge (non-alcoholic)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Butler service (Suites)
  • Concierge service
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Shuttle service port-to-CBD (many ports)


What's excluded?

  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Gratuities: Staterooms USD 15, Suites with butler service USD 22 pp/night. See Purser to adjust at your discretion.
  • Service charge: beverages, spa, La Reserve dinner 18%


What's onboard?

  • Balconies to 85% of staterooms
  • Butler service to all suites
  • In port late or overnight often
  • Culinary Discovery Tours
  • Casual dress (no tux or evening gowns)
  • Boutique shops
  • COMPLIMENTARY DINING
  • All specialty dining complimentary
  • Open-seating dining
  • Room service menu 24h
  • Canyon Ranch® cuisine
  • Grand Dining Room continental dining
  • The Bistro (lunch, French)
  • Toscana Italian, by reservation
  • Polo Grill steakhouse, seafood
  • Jacques (French)
  • Red Ginger (Asian)
  • Terrace Café, casual, in/outdoor
  • Waves Grill, poolside lunch
  • Free & unlimited soft drinks, coffees, teas, water, juices
  • COVER CHARGE DINING by reservation
  • Privée, for 10
  • La Reserve, for 24, specialty wine, cuisine
  • CASUAL DINING
  • Baristas coffees, pastries
  • Afternoon tea 4pm in Horizons
  • Pizzeria, ice cream, sundae bar
  • Gourmet canapés nightly
  • Special diets request at booking
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Cabaret and musical venues
  • Eight-piece orchestra, classical string quartet
  • Jazz nights, live piano at Martinis
  • Disco, dancing, karaoke at Horizons
  • Cabin interactive TV, movies on demand
  • Monte Carlo-style casino
  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Swimming pool
  • Whirlpools (3)
  • Sun deck, fitness track
  • Golf drive range, putting green
  • Table tennis, shuffleboard etc.
  • Spa, beauty, fitness centre
  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub® private Spa Terrace (higher cabins)
  • Library
  • Oceania@Sea Internet Centre 24 h
  • The Culinary Centre, hands on by Master Chef
  • Artist Loft lead by artist in residence
  • Paddle tennis, bocce, croquet or shuffleboard
  • Daily trivia games
  • Renowned guest lecturers
  • Low speed internet free
  • Internet high speed (free to some suites)
  • Laptop in suites, Concierge Staterooms
  • Up to 18-hole putting greens
  • PACKAGES
  • Shore, alcohol, internet packages
  • OTHER
  • Shuttle free to city centres
  • No children’s services
  • Laundry service (pay)
  • Medical centre
  • Wheelchair accessibility good
  • Cabin current 110/220 V


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DEPARTURE DATES INSIDE OCEANVIEW BALCONY SUITE
6 Oct 2021 (Wed) Sold out $4,720
$393 per day
$5,740
$478 per day
$8,130
$678 per day

Prices are twin share per person in AUD, include all taxes and are subject to change.
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Take a break onboard the Riviera experiencing 12 exciting nights aboard the Essence of the Aegean Cruise to Europe - Mediterranean. When: Ship: Riviera Category: Cruise Cabins from $4720 per person