Review of Oceania Riviera deck 6 (Dining-Casino)
The Atrium’s upper level is named “Upper Hall” (between the elevators and “Martinis”).
“Martinis” is a classy piano bar with an impressive 30+ Martinis selection. It has a grand piano and hosts martini tastings.
service boats (10 lifeboats, 4 tender boats, 2 rescue/rowboats)
At the Casino (age limit is 18yo) bets are in USD only (max limit is $1000 pp per day). The Casino lounge has its own bar, gaming tables (poker, blackjack, roulette) and slot machines.
The “Grand Bar” wine bar serves rare vintage wines by the glass, and hosts sommelier wine tastings in the evening.
“Grand Dining Room” is the ship’s main restaurant with open seating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The menu is daily changing, with Continental and French-inspired cuisine (including healthy and light dishes).
Since March 2018, MS Riviera offers Oceania Cruises' new (bistro-style) dining concept. At lunch, the ship’s MDR (Main Dining Room) transforms into "The Bistro by Jacques” (aka “Jacques Bistro”). The new concept allows the MDR to serve lunch also on port days, as opposed to the traditional self-serve port day lunches at the buffet restaurant. This lunch-only French bistro serves an exclusive menu with signature dishes by the Oceania cruise company's executive chef Jacques Pepin. The lunch menu is rotational and varies by season and itineraries, as most ingredients are locally sourced (at ports of call).
The Bistro’s menu includes grilled and short-cooked meat meals, stews and sauces, gourmet soups and salads. The list of signature specialties features Dover Sole (aka common sole / flatfish), Blanquette de veau (veal ragout), Escargots a la Bourguignonne (snails in butter), croque-monsieur (fried boiled ham-and-cheese sandwich), Steak au poivres (aka pepper steak / filet mignon), roast chicken, gourmet burger, Salade Nicoise (tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives, anchovies), Croque-Monsieur (baked ham and cheese sandwich), many vegetarian dishes, desserts, plus daily specials.
The "Lunchtime at The Bistro" also offers 14 "Taste of the World" food selections, each dish featuring 6 different regional / local specialties inspired by the cruise ship's culinary team.