This was our first time sailing with Oceania and we had a great time. The highlight of the cruise was the overnight in Bordeaux, France--the city is beautiful by day and magical at night. The Nautica is an older ship that is in need of updating. The service by the staff is absolutely top of the line. The overall food experience was very good, but not the wow experience that we were expecting. Tuscano, one of the two specialty restaurants, was most excellent, but Polo was below expectations. Two of us at our table had to send food back for being overly salty and one other person had two badly cooked steaks in a row. If you are looking for good evening entertainment, choose another cruise line. We will gladly sail Oceania again because of their smaller ship itineraries--if the price is right. But we've had better food and entertainment on Celebrity.
The service, as always was wonderful. I don't think I will go on any ship sponsored tours again, though. I always request the smaller group tours and never have gotten one. I am ready to risk booking my own.
For some reason, on this trip, the coffee was very bitter. First time on an Oceania ship that I have had that experience.
Total Passengers: 684
Total Crew: 400
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.71
Built: Jan 1998
Refurbished: 8 yrs ago
Number of Decks: 9
Total Cabins: 0
Cabin Categories: 16
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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.
Dress appropriately for the specialty restaurants and for tea time.
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.