John and Terry's review

Nautica Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

5 out of 5

21 Night Footsteps Of Discovery (Istanbul To Dubai)

Sail date: October 04, 2015

Ship: Nautica

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7076

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

This was our second cruise with Oceania on the Nautica. It felt like visiting our second home. The ambiance and amenities are superb. We loved dining in the dining room and having the option for private dining for two when we wanted. We chose this cruise because of the stops in Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Dubai, and the transit of the Suez canal. The excursions to Salalah and Muscat Oman were pleasant but underwhelming. We were disappointed not to have seen Jerusalem owing to terrorist activity but understand and appreciate the cruise's caution. Would go again tomorrow if we could.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was excellent and very comfortable. The stewards were superb.

Ship tip

Room service is prompt even if call during "rush hour" for breakfast. Some full day excursions don't include lunch. Get a roll, salami and cheese from the Terrace Cafe during breakfast hours before disembarking.

Ports of call

Istanbul, Turkey

5 out of 5

Kavala, Greece

5 out of 5

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5

Haifa, Israel

5 out of 5

Suez Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Safaga (Luxor), Egypt

5 out of 5

Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

5 out of 5

Salalah, Oman

3 out of 5

Muscat, Oman

3 out of 5

Dubai, U.A.E.

5 out of 5
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