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Nautica Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 84

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
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11 Night Vintage Iberia (London To Barcelona)

Sail date: September 21, 2017

Ship: Nautica

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6031

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We took this trip because of the itinerary and the extras offered such as paid gratuities, onboard credit, and free excursions. That was as expected. The botched airport to ship transfer was a real downer. It cost $139pp and we could have taken a direct train from the airport to Southampton for 16 euros. The ship itself was OK, but showed its age.


1 out of 5
We bought a airport/ship transfer from Oceania. The person meeting us was over 1/2 hour late and then we had to wait 2 more hours for a car to arrive.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Good happy hour rates. Food generally fine with a lot of variety. Specialty restaurant Polo Grill not up to snuff.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Few on board activities


3 out of 5
Onboard cast just OK.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Very attentive staff

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship went to dry dock right after cruise so there was a little wear.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Small but adequate

Ship tip

Veranda not really worth it.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

3 out of 5
Not much to see here

Le Verdon-Sur-Mer (Bordeaux), France

3 out of 5
Shore excursion to a chateau was worthless.

Bordeaux, France

3 out of 5
Ship docked at Le Verdon which is far from the city with no easy transportation

Bilbao, Spain

4 out of 5
Took an excursion to San Sebastian, nice seaside town

La Coruna, Spain

4 out of 5
Took an excursion to Santiago de Compostela. Well worth it

Oporto, Portugal

3 out of 5
Took a tour with getyourguide. Unimpressive

Lisbon, Portugal

4 out of 5
Took a free walking tour with Sandeman then went on our own to Belem with great monastery.

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

4 out of 5
Took a free walking tour with Pancho. Cadiz museum is excellent

Malaga, Spain

4 out of 5
Took a five hour Oceania tour. Picasso museum is good.


3 out of 5
Had to leave ship at 9AM even though Oceania arranged air travel wasn't until 1PM. Taxi was 39 euros fixed.
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