Istanbul to Lisbon
Nautica Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
11 Night Exotic Mediterranean (Istanbul To Lisbon)
Sail date: May 20, 2015
Cabin type: Oceanview
Cabin number: 4041
Traveled as: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
We chose this cruise because of its unique itinerary, & while somewhat disappointed that the Tunisia stop was cancelled, it was nevertheless an outstanding cruise. The ship was in excellent shape, the food was fabulous (with the exception of the first night), and the service was great.
The one area I would rate less the excellent was the destination services/tours sector. Just as in an earlier (Oct'15) cruise on Marina, the information on the ship TV was totally out of synch -- presentations on locales that were not on the itinerary, repetitive info on places that we had long passed, and nothing on some of the upcoming ports. This ship had one visit in Greece (Santorini), yet it was like the Greek tourism department was dictating what was shown. Most of the tours we took were satisfactory, with the one to Akrotiri being excellent. The best tour we had was one we booked individually through "Tours by Locals" (visit to the Alhambra in Granada) -- however, we did use the ship's transfer from Malaga to Grenada (would have been nice to have had a "pit stop" on the 2 hrs bus rides each way).
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
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.