Oceania Cruises‘ recently re-inspired and better-than-new 1,250-guest Riviera will sail her first season in Alaska in winter 2025. Offering the largest standard staterooms at sea and home-away-from-home residential-style luxury, Riviera will venture into iconic Alaska ports of call including Ketchikan, Sitka, Kodiak, and the Hubbard Glacier, sailing itineraries ranging from seven to 12 days.
Oceania Cruises will offer guests nearly 300 excursion choices in Alaska, alongside the brand’s value promise simply MORE™, which includes a generous shore excursion credit of up to US$1,600, in addition to a number of other valuable inclusions – free Champagne, wine and more, plus free gourmet speciality dining, free pre-paid gratuities, and free unlimited Wi-Fi.
“The decision to elevate our presence in the Alaska region was easy,” commented Frank A. Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises. “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.
“Sailing on board Riviera is the ultimate way to explore this rugged state, while enjoying her distinctive residential luxury, The Finest Cuisine at Sea® and expertly curated travel experiences.”
Re-inspired in 2022, Riviera offers unparalleled experiences to curious world travellers. Her spacious standard staterooms measure 27 square metres and all categories of staterooms have been beautifully reimagined with luxurious furnishings, thoughtful design touches and expanded showers. With 800 officers and crew for 1,250 guests, service levels are second to none and guests notice the welcoming ambiance at every turn.
Boasting one chef for every 10 guests, travellers can savour sumptuous dishes at seven open-seating gourmet restaurants as they marvel at Alaska’s incredible scenery and seascapes.
Ultimate Alaska: Experiences Ashore
Riviera’s Alaska cruises bring wildlife encounters, stunning views and so much more. From Hubbard Glacier – one of about 100,000 glaciers in Alaska – to Dutch Harbour, the town that technically doesn’t exist, America’s largest state always has a surprise around the corner.
Among the shore excursions on offer are Oceania Cruises’ brand new series of Culinary Discovery Tours™ designed for Riviera’s 2025 season, which spotlights Alaska’s unique and thriving food scenes. Offered in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, the immersive chef-led tours take travellers on epicurean adventures ranging from craft beer flight tastings paired with dishes highlighting freshly foraged ingredients to visiting a sustainable oyster farm followed by a hands-on seafood-centric cooking class.
Additional explorations might find guests accompanying a Native Tlingit guide for an enlightening discovery of Ketchikan, observing local artisans and learning about tribal history at the only remaining village of the Chilkat people while in Haines, or venturing into Skagway’s free-wheeling gold-rush past to explore local saloons, gravesites and a microbrewery.
Travellers can also discover the natural wonders of the awe-inspiring Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world, famed for its astounding array of mountains, fjords and glaciers or experience the untouched, wildlife-rich surroundings of Klawock, a town of less than 1,000 residents located on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island. Guests can further enhance their Alaska journey with a multi-day Denali National Park experience on one of Oceania Cruises’ pre- and post-cruise Alaska Land Programs.
Each sailing features a naturalist on board who offers insightful bridge commentary in addition to a series of guest speaker-style talks that delves into Alaska’s incredible biodiversity – covering everything from the unique whales, bears and seals guests may see to the fascinating plant life and local culture.
Guests will also have the opportunity to learn the secrets behind much-loved Alaska and Pacific Northwest regional specialities if they wish – multiple hands-on cooking classes at Riviera’s state-of-the-art Culinary Center will be offered during each sailing.
View Oceania Cruises’ 14 voyages through Alaska in 2025 here.