The Oceania Cruises fleet welcomed Riviera in 2012. This intimate and luxurious cruise ship combines a country club atmosphere with high levels of personalised service. The magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase, sumptuous Ralph Lauren Home furnished Owner's Suites and designer touches throughout add a touch of glamour to your cruise experience. The eleven passenger decks combine innovative features and luxury accommodation with an eclectic mix of entertainment and a flavoursome dining scene.
Days at sea are your chance to unwind and enjoy the on-board amenities. Relax on the pool deck, take it easy in the whirlpools, or indulge in a Thai massage in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Lose yourself in a book at the English-style library or sample New World wines at a wine tasting. Pick up painting tips from the artists-in-residence at the Artist Loft or experience hands-on cookery classes at The Culinary Centre. Days in port open up a world of famous sights, activities and culinary experiences.
Dine your way around the world in Riviera's restaurants and cafes. A daily-changing menu of European-inspired dishes and healthy options is served at your table in The Grand Dining Room. Enjoy a selection of internationally-inspired dishes in the informal setting of the alfresco Terrace Cafe. Tuck into All-American favourites by the pool at Waves Grill, or experience the traditional afternoon tea service at four o'clock sharp in Horizons. Relax with breakfast, lunch or dinner on your private balcony from the Room Service menu.
Reserve a table in Polo Grill for dinner to savour freshly-cooked prime steaks and seafood, or enjoy authentic home-style Tuscan fare in Toscana. Jacques restaurant is styled on a Parisian bistro and serves Coq au Vin and rotisserie-roasted chicken, or dine on contemporary Asian specialities in Red Ginger restaurant. The exclusive Privee hosts private dinner parties for up to ten guests, with dishes available from both the Polo Grill and Toscana menus. Experience vintage tastings, wine seminars, and fine dining with wine pairings in the chic La Reserve by Wine Spectator venue.
There is a variety of bars and lounges on board Riviera. Illy coffee, pastries, homemade biscotti and finger sandwiches are served in Baristas coffee lounge. Waves Bar offers a selection of drinks and homemade gelato on the pool deck or enjoy piano music and cocktails in Martinis bar. Chat with new found friends over drinks in the Grand Bar or enjoy your favourite tipple at Casino Bar.
The evening music and entertainment suits all tastes. The Lounge hosts headline acts, music shows, magicians, comedians and jazz ensembles. Enjoy a live classical concert under the stars or show off your vocal talents at karaoke. Risk a few coins at the slot machines, roulette and blackjack tables in The Casino, before bringing your day to a close in style on the dance floor in Horizons.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Set sail from the port of Southampton beginning your Northern Allure voyage.
Day 2: Zeebrugge, Belgium
This modern port of Zeebrugge features a pretty marina, beach and lively seafront promenade with cafes, hotels and easy access to Brussels — Belgium's vibrant capital city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Grand Place, the city's central square, and see the 15th-century city hall or relax with a drink in a laid-back cafe. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride along the cobbled streets, passing local markets and winding canals. Known as the chocolate capital of the world — stop by some of the country's oldest and most-famous chocolatiers to sample traditional Belgian chocolate and take away some sweet treats.
Day 3: Amsterdam, Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 5: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, is your next port of call. Ride the old-style amusement rides at Tivoli Gardens or get up close to colourful marine life at National Aquarium Denmark. Shop 'til you drop along the world's longest pedestrian shopping street - Strøget. A tour of the Carlsberg Brewery is a popular choice or enjoy family-fun at Dyrehavsbakken amusement park. Kronborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen Island are a must-see for culture fans. If you fancy something different, why not head out to the workshops, galleries and organic eateries at Freetown Christiania? No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without a photo opportunity at the world-famous Little Mermaid statue.
Day 6: Gothenburg, Sweden
Today, explore Sweden's Gothenburg — often referred to as 'Little London'. A city with a popular cafe and bar culture, Gothenburg offers cosmopolitan venues with a small-town atmosphere. Enjoy its canals and wide boulevards lines with shops, bars and restaurants during your time here. Visit art gallery, Konstmuseet, and the century-old Masthugget Church before heading to the city's botanical garden — featuring the colourful Rhododendron Valley — and sampling oysters and fish platters at the seafood market.
Day 7: Oslo, Norway
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast and is known for its spectacular snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills. Take a stroll around the modern city and be mesmerised by the eclectic mix of ancient castles and dazzling lakes. Journey back in time at the Viking House Museum or revel in the enchanted atmosphere at the magic Ice Bar Oslo. Stop by the Vigeland Sculpture Park and become fascinated with the ‘wonder-world’ of stone, iron and bronze human figures.
Day 8: Stavanger, Norway
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 9: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 10: Lerwick, United Kingdom
Lerwick, Shetland's capital and only town, is a bustling seaport with a range of tourist attractions. The waterfront is packed with pleasure boats, yachts, historic crafts and working fishing boats. Visit the Shetland Museum and Archives and view the artefacts and interactive displays offering a glance into the area’s historical story, or feel part of history at Clickimin Broch, an ancient archelogy site. Wander along the atmospheric Commercial Street where the sandstone buildings date back to the 18th century.
Day 11: Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands and is located on the east coast of the island of Streymoy. Stroll around the western harbour and admire the yachts and boats bobbing on the ocean. Shop for souvenirs and handicrafts in the boutiques along the Niels Finsens Gota main street. Head to Føroya Fornminnissavn Museum and discover historical artefacts from the Viking era or climb up to the Skansin Fortress and savour the panoramic views. Tinganes old town with its wooden turf-roofed houses and nearby Torshavn Cathedral are both well worth a visit too.
Day 13: Akureyri, Iceland
Akuresyri has diverse wildlife and spectacular views, making this beautiful town the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts. Discover Akuresyris culture in the multiple museums and galleries or explore 'Art Alley', where you'll find a variety of exhibitions and restaurants. Sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður, then see the picturesque islands of Hrisey and Grimsey. Cross over the Arctic Circle and cruise by Skjálfandi Bay. This is one of the best destinations to spot whales and birds so be sure to have your camera at the ready!
Day 14: Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik — the world's most northern capital — is Iceland's cultural hub. Sundahöfn is a modern harbour just minutes from the city centre that welcomes large ships from around the world, while smaller ships dock in the Old Harbour at the heart of town. Famous for its vibrant nightlife and vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants this diverse setting also boasts natural beauty in the unspoilt countryside.
Away from the bustling centre, discover a small piece of paradise at the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Golden sand meets a fusion of cold sea and hot geothermal water, which produces warmer temperatures perfect for swimming. Visit in winter and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights.
Day 15: Reykjavik, Iceland
Your cruise comes to an end in Reykjavik where you disembark the ship. Relax on a transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.