Seeing the British Isles

Nautica Cruise Review to United Kingdom

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 53

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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British Isles Medley

Sail date: September 09, 2016

Ship: Nautica

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8040

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

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.





Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very happy -- spacious to accomodate contents of 4 large suitcases as we were traveling Europe for an extended period.

Ship 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

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

3 out of 5

Edinburgh, Scotland

3 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
Explorer on our own and Hop-on/off bus. had lunch at the Europa Hotel

Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
We took the free shuttle from the boat and had a great time exploring Dublin on our own.

Waterford, Ireland

5 out of 5
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, England

5 out of 5
Did city on our own. Cabbie gave us a 1hr 15 minute tour for 23 pounds.
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