Nautica Cruise Review to United Kingdom

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7+ cruises

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5 out of 5

Seeing the British Isles

Sail Date: September 09, 2016

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cabin: 8040

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.

 

 

 

  

Cabin / Stateroom
Very happy -- spacious to accomodate contents of 4 large suitcases as we were traveling Europe for an extended period.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
SOUTHAMPTON
Edinburgh, Scotland
We took a cab on our own to the Royal MIle and explorer that and the city on our own. Too many cashmere shops
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Explorer on our own and Hop-on/off bus. had lunch at the Europa Hotel
Glasgow
Did the Stirling Castle trip ; great guide. Unfortunately, this did not give us enough time to try and see Glasgow. Tour ride back to the boat should have an optional stop to drop folks off in Glasgow
Liverpool, England
Saw as much Beatles as we could in the morning and then did the Beatles Tour. City is much nicer than what I was expecting
Dublin, Ireland
We took the free shuttle from the boat and had a great time exploring Dublin on our own.
Waterford
Very scenic on way to the dock. Killkeny Castle was very impressive. I walked the towers to the top -- much more difficult to navigate the narrow circular steps on the way down. (In USA this would be lawsuite city).
Plymouth
Did city on our own. Cabbie gave us a 1hr 15 minute tour for 23 pounds.

Tip

This was a difficult trip to pack for because the weather could range from 40 to 75 degrees and high chance of rain. We departed September 9 and the weather was very warm /comfortable throughout and Zero rain which is unusual for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales



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