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Newly refurbished Oceania Cruises vessel to debut in Alaska in 2025

Oceania Cruises has announced that its 1,250-guest refurbished vessel Riviera will sail her first season in Alaska in winter 2025.

Oceania Cruises has announced that its 1,250-guest refurbished vessel Riviera will sail her first season in Alaska in winter 2025.

Itineraries on board Oceania Cruises’ Riviera will range from seven to 12 days as Riviera ventures to the Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Sitka, Kodiak, and the Hubbard Glacier. 

“This fascinating destination has always been a firm favourite with our well-travelled guests, who are constantly wanting to explore remote, wondrous, and truly off-the-beaten-track destinations,” said said Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises.

Alaska whale watching boat excursion. Inside passage mountain range landscape.
Oceania Cruises’ Riviera ship.

Experiences ashore

More than 300 excursion choices will take in Alaska’s local culture and natural beauty. 

Oceania has introduced a series of Culinary Discovery Tours™ designed for Riviera’s 2025 season, that will highlight Alaska’s unique food scene. Chef-led tours will take place in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, and will range from craft beer tastings paired with local dishes, to a visit to a sustainable oyster farm.

A young brown bear fishing for salmon at Freshwater Bay creek/waterfall, Tenakee Inlet, Chichagof Island, Tongass National Forest, Inside Passage, S.E. Alaska, USA, North America
A young brown bear fishing for salmon at Freshwater Bay in Tongass National Forest, Inside Passage, Alaska.

In Ketchikan, guests can join a Native Tlingit guide to observe local artisans and learn about tribal history at the only remaining village of the Chilkat people.

Natural highlights include visits to the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world or a visit to the untouched, wildlife-rich surroundings of Klawock, a town of less than 1,000 residents.

Each sailing will depart with a naturalist on board, as well as guest speaker talks that delve into Alaska’s incredible biodiversity. Guests will be able to utilise Oceania’s brand promise of ‘simply MORE™’, which includes a shore excursion credit of up to US$1,600, as well as other benefits.

About the ship

Oceania Cruises Penthouse Suite on Riviera.
Oceania Cruises Penthouse Suite on Riviera.

Riviera was renovated extensively in 2022. Its Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms and Veranda Staterooms are the largest standard staterooms at sea, at 27 square metres.

All of the Penthouse Suites and staterooms have been redesigned.  Riviera’s public spaces now feature new carpets and leather-covered armchairs, and re-styling in all of its lounges, bars, and dining zones.

Redesign work in Riviera’s public spaces include new carpets and leather-covered armchairs, and re-styling in all of its lounges, bars, and dining zones.

Oceania Cruises Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
Oceania Cruises Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

Its multiple dining venues result in a ratio of one chef for every 10 guests on board. Eateries include The Grand Dining Room, Polo Grill steakhouse, Red Ginger serving Pan-Asian cuisines, Toscana serving Italian dishes, French cuisine at Jacques, Terrace Café, and alfresco pizzeria Waves Grill.

Owner's suite bedroom on Riviera Oceania Cruises. Photo credit: Justin Kriel.
Owner’s suite bedroom on Riviera. Photo credit: Justin Kriel.

Oceania Cruises is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

For more information, visit the cruise line’s website here.