Reporting In May From Stateroom 9006 On Oceania Riviera

In Monte Carlo in May, the new Oceania Riviera

Concierge Stateroom 9006, home from May 6 - May 15.

Last year, during Oceania Marina‘s christening at the Port of Miami, Frank del Rio, founder of Oceania Cruises, told several hundred attendees that if we all behaved, we’d be invited to the christening of Oceania Riviera — in the Mediterranean.

It was a generous gesture to go to the expense to fly journalists, cruise sellers and others across the Atlantic (when airfares ain’t cheap) to welcome Oceania’s newest baby. But that’s just how del Rio does things.

Apparently, I’ve remained on my best behavior, because I received an invitation to attend the christening cruise, May 6, from Barcelona, ending in Venice on May 15.

Thank you Frank!

Oceania certainly does a christening right. Already, I am treated like a privileged guest. I’ve been assigned a stateroom, on the Concierge Level, with a veranda, of course.

Oceania’s website tells me: “These beautifully decorated 282-square-foot staterooms reflect many of the luxurious amenities found in our Penthouse Suites, including a private furnished veranda, LCD flat-screen television, a wireless laptop computer, plush seating area and an oversized marble and granite bathroom with tub and separate shower. In addition, Concierge Level guests will enjoy access to their own exclusive Concierge Lounge staffed by a dedicated Concierge along with priority restaurant reservations at Polo Grill, Toscana, Jacques and Red Ginger.”

There’s a lot to look forward to on this cruise, including great entertainment, fine dining and some promising experiences ashore. Too bad Oceania doesn’t have another ship in the works. Nonetheless, I’ll be on my best behavior, just in case.

Tune in to Avid Cruiser May 6-15 for a live daily report from Oceania Riviera or join in the conversation on Avid Cruiser’s Facebook page.