This was our first time sailing with Oceania and we had a great time. The highlight of the cruise was the overnight in Bordeaux, France--the city is beautiful by day and magical at night. The Nautica is an older ship that is in need of updating. The service by the staff is absolutely top of the line. The overall food experience was very good, but not the wow experience that we were expecting. Tuscano, one of the two specialty restaurants, was most excellent, but Polo was below expectations. Two of us at our table had to send food back for being overly salty and one other person had two badly cooked steaks in a row. If you are looking for good evening entertainment, choose another cruise line. We will gladly sail Oceania again because of their smaller ship itineraries--if the price is right. But we've had better food and entertainment on Celebrity.
The service, as always was wonderful. I don't think I will go on any ship sponsored tours again, though. I always request the smaller group tours and never have gotten one. I am ready to risk booking my own.
For some reason, on this trip, the coffee was very bitter. First time on an Oceania ship that I have had that experience.
Can't recommend this cruise highly enough. The crew on this detailed, clean, mid sized ship were so polite and helpful, a variety of delicious food, and the itinerary was amazing! We had informative lectures to gain information and a historical perspective before we arrived in ports.
Petra was the best stop
Internet service needs work
Food better than great
Crew very friendly
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 is beautifully understated and very comfortable! Staff extremely friendly and always available. Getting additional reservations before 8 in the specialty restaurants was difficult and the menu in the dining room on several evenings was not very appealing.
Love the Oceania ships, and the itinerary was very good. One thing I was disappointed with were the tours, way too crowded and not very well planned. There were places we would have like to spend more time and some of the places we were at too long. I would have liked more of the smaller group tours, there were not enough of them available.
Everything about our Splendid Scandinavian cruise on Oceania's Nautica cruise was excellent! The tours were very informative, the lectures & lecturers were very interesting, the room & bedding were very comfortable, the food great, staff super especially in the restaurants, decor nice, although I wasn't particularly crazy about the red carpeting in the main areas, it grew on me.
Intinerery,was very good.the best bakery-bred and all cakes was butiful and testy !Very nice staf !captin Melnikov and crew make comfort enjoyment of all guests. Very clean.Shops does not have designers things,and very small.In my choice it is not enoth music and Cruise director did not organized nice evenings time!!
This cruise, our 4th with Oceania, had many high points but more low points than any previous cruise. The staff was exceptional, as always. The excursions were very good, except in Russia, more later. The food was very good, not always exceptional but very good. The ship was in top shape, amazing as it is coming up on a refitting. I went on this cruise in part to see more of Russia, and in my opinion in the end not worth the bother. I am not sure the activities were worthless because Oceania did not try, more likely there is just nothing worth seeing in this part of Russia. I also have a bone to pick with Oceania, their wine selection below $100 per bottle (including mandatory tip) is poor, not worth the cost. They keep lowering the quality and maintaining the price. Just an opinion from one that is not an expert but enjoys wine with dinner.
Five years ago cruised Nautica Barcelona to Athens. Without getting into details we were not pleased. However, we were attracted by this Itinerary five years later and I have to say "What A Difference."
After cruising on Oceania Riviera in 2015, we booked Oceania again for the Iberian. The Nautica ship is much smaller (about 700 guests & 1/1.7 staff/guest ratio)- but I found the service not as good on the smaller ship in spite of the better ratio. The smaller ship does allow better access to places like Bordeaux, where we went up river and docked overnight AT the city center (awesome!) & similar in Lisbon.
The food was good, but the quality is going down. There are only two speciality restaurants (Polo & Toscana), the Grand Dining room was very good, and the buffet (where we ate most nights) was good but got boring after a week.
The 2017 itinerary for this route is better than our 2016; One extra stop at Cartagena. Our cruise had a sea day at the beginning and one at the end which was nice. All of these ports were docked, so no worries about if the seas are too rough for tender service. I always say we are going to go back to the mid-range cruise lines but Oceania itineraries are so good, I'm sure we'll cruise them again.
The food on this ship was the best we've had on a cruise. Make sure if you are given free on shore excursions for your cruise that you book them BEFORE you board. We found out from people on board, that if you didn't book the free tours before, you lost out. When we asked the destinations desk, we were told that it's a different company that books those and they can't do it on board. Also make sure you book your specialty restaurants before you board. We were told you could only book one night at each restaurant before but could make as many extra reservations as soon as you boarded. We sat the first day for lunch with a couple who were given a hard time with the man who booked the reservations. We had trouble ourselves but we told him we were advised on the phone prior to boarding that we could make additional reservations as soon as we boarded. He then gave in and gave us 2 more reservations. For a high end cruise we expected a well appointed room. The bathroom was a disappointment with a shower curtain instead of a glass door. We had an ocean view room with no balcony. The entertainment was also a disappointment. On Costa cruise line Mediterranean cruises, they bring entertainment on board from each port: an opera singer from Italy; a flamenco dancer from Spain etc. On Nautica most of the shows were 2 guys and 2 girls singing and dancing. I'm glad I tried Oceania once. However, I could have gone on several cruises for the money I paid for this one. I didn't feel met my expectations for what I paid.
The service and food were incredible. The entertainment was mediocre. Very few activities and shows were poor. The itinerary could have been tweaked to spend more time in more interesting ports, and minimize the ports where docking was impossible.
Everything about our trip was wonderful. It was like being at a private resort that was just civilized in every respect. The beds were very comfortable and the food was great. The land packages we took to Bagan and the promo to the Taj Mahal were excellent. They were very organized and we stayed at the best resorts in both places and then in Delhi. I look forward to other Oceania Cruises.
This was our second Oceania Cruise. The first one was in the Marina. We upgraded to concierge level so we were disappointed with the size of our cabin and some of the bathroom features and the small closet when we arrived in the Nautica. Also, we had a little problem with some of the excursions, for example, there was no time to visit the Reunification Palace in Saigon during our Good Morning Vietnam tour, and we could not do the Taste of Xiamen tour because " they did not have enough bikes", and when we disembarked in Xiamen on our own, we discovered that there were bikes parked all over the city, waiting for tourist. There was a land tour in Angkor Wat that Oceania did not tell us about prior to departure. Big mistake not to offer a tour to China Beach in Danang.
Not beeing able to dock in Saigon was very inconvenient.
Otherwise, GREAT CRUISE.
The Nautica Orchestra was the BEST EVER in a cruise, ( number 22 for us ). The String Quartet, WONDERFUL!!!! The fastest and best violinist, great comedians, and the lectures by the speakers about China, Vietnam, and the South China Sea, OUTSTANDING!!! ALL the waiters and waitresses were beyond their duty in kindness and efficiency.
Great food EVERYWHERE, but the highlight with Oceania is DAILY GRILLED LOBSTER. Great to have prepaid gratuities and free WiFi/Internet.
Cruising with Oceania was FABULOUS....The Staff COULD NOT HAVE BEEN NICER....Entertainment was good, especially the Nautica Singers. The food was good, but not excellent. Our stateroom was very clean. It was an Amazing experience to travel to parts of South Africa. We especially loved Cape Town.
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