Nautica Cruise Review by gbucky: The Best Baltic Cruise
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The Best Baltic Cruise
Oceania has the most comprehensive itinerary for the Baltic, so be prepared to be tired. Every day but one, you are in port. But that was why we chose the cruise. Who would think we would visit places like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that so recently could reclaim their independence from Russia.
Oceania's Nautica is such a comfortable ship . We had sailed on sister ship, Insignia and because they are identical, we immediately felt at home. Our stateroom was fine, clean, good bed, all the necessary items. It wasn't large but we were rarely in it except to sleep. There are so many lovely lounges and places to read, talk, etc. Food was excellent, Loved the wonderful fresh fruit, exciting appetizers and desserts. They get kudos for the terrific ice cream too.
Being early to bedders, we can't comment on evening entertainment. However, listening to others, the shows were well received.
We only booked 2 shore excursions through the ship. Unfortunately, their More tours are expensive and groups too large. Found we got better value from using SPB tours and ToursbyLocals.
Also, charges for Internet service are outrageous. There is no reason to charge so much.
But we hope to cruise with Oceania again. Service is terrific; staff friendly and willing to go out of their way to help. Well organized too, embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Less
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Cabin review: Nautica Inside Stateroom Deck Four 4025
deck 4, midships is best. didn't feel rocking and rolling of the sea. easy access to lounge. Reception just down the hall.
Port and Shore Excursions
Old Town Porvoo
This was a disappointment. Did not realize Porvoo would be overridden with tourists intent on shopping.
If you are an architecture buff this is the city for you. The buildings are fascinating and one can spend so much time just looking at all the details of decoration.
Mostly panoramic tour. I had been there before.
This is a must see, fabulous museum. Only complaint is that you need more time to really appreciate it.
Old Town of Tallinn
Tallinn was one of my favorite cities on the cruise. Could easily spend two days there. The country has become more prosperous than the other Baltic countries and given the history, that is almost a miracle.Learning of the history from a knowledgeable guide was a highlight.
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