Nautica

4.1 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: S     Refurbished: 7 yrs ago    
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Nautica is a small ship, carrying 684 passengers and 400 crew, and sails from Southampton (London), England and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

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5 out of 5

Incredible Cruise

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Can't recommend this cruise highly enough. The crew on this detailed, clean, mid sized ship were so polite and helpful, a variety of delicious food, and the itinerary was amazing! We had informative lectures to gain information and a historical perspective before we arrived in ports. 

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4 out of 5

November 2016

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Petra was the best stop

Internet service needs work

Food better than great

Crew very friendly

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4 out of 5

Nautica cruise was most enjoyable!

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Ship is beautifully understated and very  comfortable!  Staff extremely friendly and always available.  Getting additional reservations before 8 in the specialty restaurants was difficult and the menu in the dining room on several evenings was not very appealing.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Seeing the British Isles

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I should begin by saying we have cruised on the various upscale lines.  This was our fouth in a row with Oceania and second time on Nautica.  We are sold on Oceania because we like the size and feeling of their ships.  No mega cruises with thousands of passengers.  Oceania must do a great job in hiring their staff because once again they were exceptional in friendliness and service throughout the ship.  Our penthouse suite gave us plenty of extra room and we had a great time interacting with our Butler and cabin stewards.  Dining on Oceania is like going to a fine restaurant at whatever time suited us.  I am not going to write abook here -- we again had a great time on Oceania & Nautica as did many of our 672 fellow travelers -- most of whom have the same loyal feeling for Oceania and are repeat cruisers.  On-board, we booked a Caribbean cruise for February to escape our midwest winter.

Oceania had good entertainment in the evenings.  On a mid-size ship, you do not get the big Broadway productions of some of the mega cruises we have been on. I  am happy to make this trade-off.  The singers on Nautica were far and away the best of our 4 cruises.  We'd been to England many times and London; still, we did 5 days on our own in London and I am kicking myself for not doing 3-4 more.

 

 

 

  

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4 out of 5

Nautica

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Love the Oceania ships, and the itinerary was very good. One thing I was disappointed with were the tours, way too crowded and not very well planned. There were places we would have like to spend more time and some of the places we were at too long.  I would have liked more of the smaller group tours, there were not enough of them available. 

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5 out of 5

Everything about our Nautica cruise was escellent

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Everything about our Splendid Scandinavian cruise on Oceania's Nautica cruise was excellent! The tours were very informative, the lectures & lecturers were very interesting, the room & bedding were very comfortable, the food great, staff super especially in the restaurants, decor nice, although I wasn't particularly crazy about the red carpeting in the main areas, it grew on me.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Booked for Itinerary; Smaller Ship, Food Quality Down

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After cruising on Oceania Riviera in 2015, we booked Oceania again for the Iberian. The Nautica ship is much smaller (about 700 guests & 1/1.7 staff/guest ratio)- but I found the service not as good on the smaller ship in spite of the better ratio. The smaller ship does allow better access to places like Bordeaux, where we went up river and docked overnight AT the city center (awesome!) & similar in Lisbon. 

 

The food was good, but the quality is going down. There are only two speciality restaurants (Polo & Toscana), the Grand Dining room was very good, and the buffet (where we ate most nights) was good but got boring after a week.

 

The 2017 itinerary for this route is better than our 2016; One extra stop at Cartagena. Our cruise had a sea day at the beginning and one at the end which was nice. All of these ports were docked, so no worries about if the seas are too rough for tender service. I always say we are going to go back to the mid-range cruise lines but Oceania itineraries are so good, I'm sure we'll cruise them again.

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5 out of 5

Much Improved

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Five years ago cruised Nautica Barcelona to Athens.  Without getting into details we were not pleased.  However, we were attracted by this Itinerary five years later and I have to say "What A Difference."  

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3 out of 5

Facts to Know Before You Board

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The food on this ship was the best we've had on a cruise.  Make sure if you are given free on shore excursions for your cruise that you book them BEFORE you board. We found out from people on board, that if you didn't book the free tours before, you lost out. When we asked the destinations desk, we were told that it's a different company that books those and they can't do it on board. Also make sure you book your specialty restaurants before you board. We were told you could only book one night at each restaurant before but could make as many extra reservations as soon as you boarded. We sat the first day for lunch with a couple who were given a hard time with the man who booked the reservations. We had trouble ourselves but we told him we were advised on the phone prior to boarding that we could make additional reservations as soon as we boarded. He then gave in and gave us 2 more reservations. For a high end cruise we expected a well appointed room. The bathroom was a disappointment with a shower curtain instead of a glass door. We had an ocean view room with no balcony. The entertainment was also a disappointment. On Costa cruise line Mediterranean  cruises, they bring entertainment on board from each port: an opera singer from Italy; a flamenco dancer from Spain etc. On Nautica most  of the shows were 2 guys and 2 girls singing and dancing. I'm glad I tried Oceania once. However, I could have gone on several cruises for the money I paid for this one. I didn't feel met my expectations for what I paid. 

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4 out of 5

Great ship with caveats

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The service and food were incredible.  The entertainment was mediocre.  Very few activities and shows were poor. The itinerary could have been tweaked to spend more time in more interesting ports, and minimize the ports where docking was impossible.

 

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DECK NINE

Deck Nine features Tapas on the Terrace, Terrace Cafe, Waves Bar-B-Q, Oceania Spa, Oceania@Sea, the pizzeria, fitness center, salon, card room, and pool...

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DECK FIVE

Deck Five features The Grand Dining Room, Grand Bar, Martinis, Regatta Lounge, the casino, dance floor, boutique, and photo gallery.

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DECK TEN

Deck Ten features Polo Grill, Horizons Bar, Toscana, the library, and the jogging track.

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Deck Four features staterooms in categories C1, C2, and G. You'll also find the reception hall, reception desk, and destination services.

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skimmer
Contributor Level: Purser

On this, as most other ships, dine on a lower deck during rough seas -- surprising how many persisted in not doing this on our only "rough" day.

DavidJaSmith
Contributor Level: Purser

The intimacy of the smaller Oceania Ship is special, we have sallied on Nautica twice and love the ship and the crew and would not hesitate to sail again and again.

carpenter757
Contributor Level: Purser

On this ship it is important to has a cabin centered in the ship. We did hit some rough waters and it is a small ship without the stabilizing system of the larger O ships. We also were called first for disembarking at ports.

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Price

S

Size

Jan 1998

Built

7 yrs ago

Refurbished

684

Total Passengers

1.71

Crew to Passenger Ratio

9

Number of Decks

342

Total Cabins

16

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