Nautica Cruise Review by Kalamazoo: Lived up to Expectations!
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Lived up to Expectations!
We sailed on 10 day Rome to Barcelona cruise that departed on August 5th. The Nautica is a lovely ship that carries just under 700 passengers so the atmosphere was intimate and country club casual just as they had promised. Men did not need to wear jackets to dinner. We had a cabin with balcony which was very nice. Being able to sit outside is a real plus.
The food is generally very good on the ship. The two specialty restaurants that require reservations are quite good. The Dover sole at Toscana is really good. Having a concierge level room allows you to dine at these restaurants 4 times during the voyage. Tapas on the Terrace, another restaurant, open breakfast,lunch and dinner is not great. Sitting outside is nice, but the cafeteria like food is unfortunate on a ship of this caliber. Tapas on the Terrace needs a complete overhaul and needs to offer better food (better quality). The Wave Grill by the pool is also in need of higher quality meat for the burgers and more More salads. While dessert is available during the lunch hour, only ice cream is available after lunch. Being able to get a cookie with to enjoy with a latte or a fresh piece of fruit would be nice. Afternoon tea should be available by the pool so that those of us in a swimsuit could also enjoy it. I never did make it to the Horizons cafe for afternoon tea because we were always at the pool around 4p.m. It took me a few days to realize that you can order practically anything to your room. That is, you don't have to stick to what's on the menu. I enjoyed a fresh bowl of mixed berries on more than one occasion. The staff on the Nautica are very friendly, helpful and professional. Dinner service can be a little slow, but being on vacation you don't really mind the wait.
Getting on and off the ship is very we(i.e., Marseille) a shuttle into town would have helpful. You can't get a taxi at the port and the walk into town to the bus or train station took just under an hour in the scorching heat. One area for improvement for Oceania is the quality of information provided to passengers about the ports. You get the feeling that they really want you to take one of their tours. Asking for information at the Destination desk is a waste of time as the staff don't have a clue about the ports or the surrounding towns, etc. The evening edition of the Currents provides little useful information for people going ashore (no map, no suggestions how to get to the center of town, no listings of suggested lunch spots, shopping areas, etc.).
Evening entertainment is ok. The comedian was enjoyable and the music provided at different venues was also pretty good. This is a cruise that creates a very relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy great ports, a nice pool area and deck, good food and opportunity to meet some very nice people. We enjoyed every port with the exception of Sete France and Cinque Terre.
We thought the cruise was good value for the money and we would sail with Oceania again. Less
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