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May 2016 - Nautica to Europe - Western Europe

Booked for Itinerary; Smaller Ship, Food Quality Down

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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Honfleur, France - Due to strikes in France, our tour to Rouen was cancelled. Honfleur was a quaint town with good shopping and eateries.
La Coruna, Spain - Ship tour was full day so we didn't get any time in the city. Lots to do right near the dock.
Barcelona, Spain - Been there before. If you have a short time- go up to Castle Montjuic
Oporto, Portugal - Ship docks about 15 minutes away from city. What a pain! Taxis are cheap though.
Bordeaux, France - I felt they should have left a midnight the 2nd day (another high tide).
Bilbao, Spain - Ship docks about 20 minutes away. Taxis were about €25 each way! Ship offered free shuttles though.
Lisbon, Portugal - Docked near city sites because of small ship. Tour to Obidos was a highlight of the cruise.
Nautica Nautica - Not a big ship. Bow or Aft is not a long walk.

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