2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise as we have already sailed on the Oceania line (Riviera). An added bonus was the fact that the departure port was in our home city of Cape Town. We also wanted a longer cruise and 30 days was wonderful. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we have already sailed on the Oceania line (Riviera). An added bonus was the fact that the departure port was in our home city of Cape Town. We also wanted a longer cruise and 30 days was wonderful. The Nautica was an ideal size with only about 600 passengers and there was never any inconvenience when trying to dine in any of the restaurants. The food was really good and varied and I never heard any complaints from any other diners. We had a change in Executive Chef mid way through the cruise and I have to say that, whilst the previous Exec Chef was great, we noticed an added standard of excellence when Chef Gary Potiphar took over. Compliments to all of the staff involved for the most amazing Christmas decorations. They were beautiful. The Xmas and New Year festivities were totally celebrated and there was a lovely spirit of friendship and goodwill all over. The Cruise Director, Ray Carr, was outstanding. A man with a great sense of humour and a very good rapport with his staff. We didn't attend any of the evening shows but those who did said they were very good. The ports along the coast of Africa were 'ok'. I feel that Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, and Richards Bay could have been avoided altogether and more time spent possibly in the Seychelles. A pity we had to miss Madagascar due to the plague there. We were notified of this well in advance of sailing and it crossed my mind that we could possibly have taken in Mauritius instead of having the couple of extra sea days. We took none of the ships' tours as they are vastly overpriced. Mainly we took advantage of Tours by Locals. We would certainly travel on the Nautica again were we to find an itinerary that suits us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The itinerary from Dubai to Capetown along with an opportunity for the excursions to Taj Mal and a safari in Africa was unique, The food on this ship was of an exceptional, quality, service and restaurants, were without a match with any ... Read More
The itinerary from Dubai to Capetown along with an opportunity for the excursions to Taj Mal and a safari in Africa was unique, The food on this ship was of an exceptional, quality, service and restaurants, were without a match with any other cruise ships that we have sailed on and this is no exaggeration. Although, not a reflection on the ship’s crew or staff, there were excursion experiences that did not measure up to our expectation. We would suggest that the cruise line staff place more attention on the planning and quality of the excursions to ensure they reflect the passenger expectations of a luxury cruise. Overall experiences on this vacation cruise, including add on three day excursions before and after the actual 30 day cruise were with a few exceptions first class. While there are probably parts of this itinerary we would not repeat, certainly there are others we would very much like to visit again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise for the chance to see some animals and to see South Africa. Chance is the operative word here. Before we even got on the ship we were handed a letter saying we would miss our first port, Mossel Bay. We had a safari ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the chance to see some animals and to see South Africa. Chance is the operative word here. Before we even got on the ship we were handed a letter saying we would miss our first port, Mossel Bay. We had a safari booked and were disappointed but we made a beeline for the shore excursion desk and booked another game Reserve at another port. If you have an excursion canceled don’t wait, book something else quick as they sale out fast. Now we have 5 sees days instead of four. This change was due to predicted bad weather. I’ll make this short, we missed Mossel Bay, Maputo-Mozambique, Port Elizabeth and were 4 hours late returning to Cape Town we missed our shore excursion to Robben Island. Two were missed due to rough seas, Maputo was due to immigration arriving too late and their equipment failed so we could not get off the ship and the late return to Cape Town was due to strong currents...That’s 4 shore excursion we missed, one being the elephant sanctuary I really wanted to see. We had a package that included 5 shore excursion each, the free ones were refunded as ship credit and the paid ones were refunded with cash. We had to buy stuff on the ship to use up the ship credit and left $50 credit on the ship. They had a cocktail party to make it up to us but as we’re not drinkers we declined to go. Not sure how they could make all these missed excursions.... So now we had 8 seadays counting the late arrival in Cape Town. With the weather bad the exterior areas were closed. And we found the common areas all busy thus we were in our cabin more than we thought. The ship is smaller and didn’t seem as stable as the bigger ships. My husband was sick 3 days. This was our 17th cruise and we’ve never had such bad winds and swell. Even the seasick meds didn’t work. Be warned, the coast can be rough. The ship was a great small ship. As I first got on I thought, ‘this is small’ but I soon grew to like it. No long lines anywhere on the ship. Only lines were at the MANY passport control stops in every country, face to face. Get off the ship, line up for immigration, and get back on the ship to wait for shore excursions. Could that be handled better I wondered... The ships decor is very rich. Lots of dark wood and seemed formal. Lots of beautiful art work on board. The library was my favorite spot. Lots of good books too. The entertainment was adequate. The string quartet was exceptional as was the classical pianist they had on board at the time. The speaker was also adequate but her slides were lacking. Oceania missed a great chance to feature Africa on this sailing, needed more cultural events, African dance or even an African movie on the many sea days we had. The main dining room was perfect. We ate at a single table for lunch and a shared table at dinner. We had lovely table mates. There were plenty of choice on the menus. Food was pretty good but expected more from the hype. Specialty restaurants had even more choices and were located in prime viewing areas. Very well appointed and service excellent in all dining areas. Don’t miss the afternoon tea. And try the South African pineapples, they are small and delicious. Ate breakfast in our cabin most mornings and service was good and quick. Only ate at the buffet a couple of times and it was just ok. Our cabin, 6077, was very nice. Decor was dark wood again. Sofa was by the balcony. It was a bit small but there was plenty of room for us. Lots of drawers and closet space. Bed was very comfy. I didn’t care for the giant mirror across from the bed but oh well. The bathroom was were the ship showed her age. Tiny shower, you can sit on toilet and wash your hands at the same time but we managed. Thank goodness for the support bar in the shower for the rough sea days... Not much shopping on the ship, just two small shops. Shopping in ports was iffy too. Only a couple of ports had locals at the ship. I was looking for local typical souvenirs. Found some at Howick Falls on an excursion out of Durban. Then more in Walvis Bay, Namibia. There is always some at the airport. Service was great on the ship. We were remembered by most of the crew as time went on. Everyone was friendly and were eager to meet our needs. Cabin attendant was excellent! We were on the precruise 3 day Cape Town tour. We stayed at The Southern Sun Cullinan. It was very near Victoria and Albert shopping center and the ferry to Robben Island. They have a shuttle that drops you off every half an hour. Very handy. The tours included a trip to Stellenbosch and to the Boschendale Winery where we had a lovely picnic lunch under the trees along with wine tasting. Great time. The drive there was very scenic. We also went to Aquila game Reserve for lunch and animals. Lots of springboks, zebras, a few rhinos and hippos. The lions were in a separate enclosure so they don’t eat the other animals. They are trying to reintroduce the animals in the reserves. Most of the animals come as rescued animals. The lions were from a hunting farm, sad. We saw 2 elephants. What they lacked in numbers they made up for with their antics. Play fighting, spraying each other with water from the hippo pond. It was amazing to see these animals up close. The last day of the Cape Town tour we drove out to the Cape of Good Hope, traveled up the funicular to the top. It was amazing to be standing on top of the tip of Africa! It’s not the southern most point but was spectacular. We also visited Boulder Beach and saw the penguins. The one place we didn’t have on the tour was Table Mountain. We arrived a day before the tour and since it was sunny and no clouds were on top of the mountain we took a cab to the incline. It’s a must do if the weather cooperates. Beautiful view, nice trails, a coffee shop and lots of dassies to see, a small guinea pig like animal. I recommend going a day early to see everything and getting settled. It’s a long flight from Canada. In Richards Bay we went to the Dumazulu Cultural Center. The tribesmen take turns living in the village. They treat you to some of their ways of living there, show spear making, basket weaving and offer you a taste of their beer, everyone drinks from the same cup, so be first. It tasted like beer, my husband said. It was interesting and again the drive was good. In Durban we did a city tour the first afternoon and a trip to the Nelson Mandela Capture site the next day. City tour was just that. Capture site was interesting and they are building a new museum which they dearly need. The monument was spectacular! In East London we did another game Reserve, Inkwenkwezi. We saw the same animals here and a few more. The lions were tawny and white lions. One mom had a toddler. So neat to see so close, maybe 10 feet away. I sat in the Jeep and talked to the lioness. I told her how beautiful she was and she thought about lunch. We also saw a herd of giraffes which I loved. They ran across the path in front of us. Amazing! Some of them were in the trees and all you could see were their heads sticking up. We had another 2 elephants here too but only a peek a boo sighting. Our next stop was Walvis Bay Namibia. The landscape was very different here with the desert going to the Ocean. I loved it. We went to Dune 7, the largest dune nearby. You can climb up and roll down. Talk about sand everywhere... We saw flamingos at the seawalk. There were only a hundred or so as it was off season when thousands arrive. The desert drive to see the Welwitschia plant, the two leaf never die plant. Can live 500 years. Desert was fun... Another seaday and we arrive late to Cape Town. Last night on the ship was relaxing, no show just packing. Embarking and disembarking were pretty easy. We took a cab to the airport for about a quarter of the ship transfer. We didn’t have enough time before our flight so we went. Absolutely nothing to do at the airport so if you have time do something in Cape Town. Flight time home 30 hours. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Oceania is well-known as the upper premium class cruise line with excellent gourmet food. indeed, the appearance of the buffet restaurant could compete with fine dining serviced restaurants on other vessels. The food was really extremely ... Read More
Oceania is well-known as the upper premium class cruise line with excellent gourmet food. indeed, the appearance of the buffet restaurant could compete with fine dining serviced restaurants on other vessels. The food was really extremely "dangerous" with a high extra-weight-potential. You could tell just by looking at the ingedients: lemon sole, finest filet, mussels, prawns. The passenger mix was too mono-national for me. The majority US citizens, a few Aussies, very few europeans. Since I'm in my fifties I felt way too young for this kind of ship, I estimate the average age of passengers at 73+. The service was excellent, the cabin steward knew our complicated family name in a second and always addressed us by our name when we met her on the corridor. When you put down the cutlery in the buffet or serviced restaurant it took only seconds and the dish was taken away, just amazing! I liked the type of a smaller vessel a lot. Everything seemed to be so familiar, then I found out: have been sailing on Ocean Princess, one of the other Renaissance Class ships before! The interior was very classic, just like an old fashioned country style from England. We had booked a few shore excurisons for Saint Petersburg, Russia, to avoid buying this very expensive visa. All three tours were very interesting and the local tour guides were excellent, explained everything with great enthousiasm. Overall, a high class product with fantastic cuisine, very much recommended for the elderly passenger who prefers a quieter surrounding. Since Nautica carries only 680 passengers or so and 400 crew members it has also a superduper pax-crew-ratio. Finally: the smaller the vessel the more unique are the itineraries, Nautica and her sister ships go to places bigger ships have no access to. If you expect a quiet and relaxing classic cruise with excellent food, don't expect too much of entertainment and "WOW-features", then go for it! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
for the Baltic countries cruise was great food was good ship is old but very clean not much to do onboard when at sea cabins r a bit smallcrew was very helpful entertainment could be improved cast of crew were very good other acts were so ... Read More
for the Baltic countries cruise was great food was good ship is old but very clean not much to do onboard when at sea cabins r a bit smallcrew was very helpful entertainment could be improved cast of crew were very good other acts were so so no where to get a bit to eat after buffet closes at 10 pm should add some thing wifi was free but hardly worked in cabins u were allowed to bring booze aboard from any port which is a big plus on board lectures were very good an informative wait staff were great cabin stewards were the greatest specialty reastrunts were awesome service was too could change menu more mostly same nite after nite all an all cruise was great we lucked out weather wise in 70s every day one day of rain week beforehad rain every day so luck of the draw Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
WE chose the Baltic cruise because we liked the itinerary and wanted to try Oceania Cruiseline. We like the smaller ships and this fit the need. The ship itself is well maintained and the common areas are nice. I am a blackjack player so ... Read More
WE chose the Baltic cruise because we liked the itinerary and wanted to try Oceania Cruiseline. We like the smaller ships and this fit the need. The ship itself is well maintained and the common areas are nice. I am a blackjack player so I did enjoy the casino on this ship. Our cabin was nice we were on the concierge Veranda which gave us 4 nights in the speciality restaurants, there was a bottle of champagne waiting in our room and we could access our room earlier than others. The food was exceptional in the Speciality restaurants however we were disappointed in the Dining Room menus and the buffets. They had some featured nights of different cultures, one being Indian Food which is definitely not one of my favorites. The service was very slow in the main dining rooms, you could easily spend 2 hours just getting through dinner. We have sailed on Azamara and Seabourn and this ship definitely did not measure up to them. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Three days in St Petersburg is what drew us to this particular cruise. From the moment we stepped on board, we felt like family. Everyone was so pleasant -- the crew and the passengers! Our cabin attendant was very pleasant and knew ... Read More
Three days in St Petersburg is what drew us to this particular cruise. From the moment we stepped on board, we felt like family. Everyone was so pleasant -- the crew and the passengers! Our cabin attendant was very pleasant and knew our names and faces from the get-go; she often greeted us by name as we went down the hallways. We were disappointed that we didn't get to Riga due to rough seas but we spent a lovely day "at sea" when the crew easily adapted from expecting folks to go ashore to having everyone aboard. I love the smaller ship as it makes embarkation and debarkation so easy! And being close to town so you can come and go as you please is very nice! The singers and dancers on board were okay but nothing spectacular. We did have special entertainment that was very good --Oli Nez and Diane Cousins. Oli is a multi-instrumentalist (primarily saxophone) from Wales who was exceptional. Diane is a Welsh comedienne-singer who was funny and had a good routine. The ship's excursions were nice (we used a private tour company for St.P's though) and gave us a nice taste for the various locations. Overall, it was a very pleasant cruise experience! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was two ports in Scotland, three in Ireland plus Iceland and Greenland and Fareo islands. The North Atlantic was rough but we endured. We knew the smaller 55 thousand ton ship would have pluses and minuses, so our expectations were ... Read More
This was two ports in Scotland, three in Ireland plus Iceland and Greenland and Fareo islands. The North Atlantic was rough but we endured. We knew the smaller 55 thousand ton ship would have pluses and minuses, so our expectations were met. PLUSES: No crowded decks. Easy on and off. Well organized excursions. Open seating. Excellent food service. Helpful crew and staff. MINUSES: Limited entertainment. Smaller cabin. Plenty of bouncing in the seas. Do the pluses outweigh the minuses? IN general ... Yes , but then there is the value question, and Oceania is not inexpensive . I will leave it at that ... Where the cruise goes is highly important to us at this point in our experience. If this dominates then consider Oceania for sure. If other factors are more important check out alternatives. We met many who were multi repeats on Oceania. It certainly appeals to a certain crushing set ... But maybe not others. We are into retirement years and have 100 countries visited. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Recognizing that at any given time, the Wait Staff on a cruise ship is almost always in flux, we got the feeling many of the staff had just reported in for their first contract. HMCSBN nailed it on the crush for a table and the problems in ... Read More
Recognizing that at any given time, the Wait Staff on a cruise ship is almost always in flux, we got the feeling many of the staff had just reported in for their first contract. HMCSBN nailed it on the crush for a table and the problems in the main dining room. The two specialty restaurants were outstanding with the Italian one the better of the two. The cleaning staff was impeccable, timely and and very friendly. The best we've seen in our 15 or so cruises across 5 cruise lines. It was our first Oceania cruise & if we do another with them, it'll be on one of their bigger ships. The lone launderette was adequate, but cramped & crowded. The non-staff entertainers left a bit to be desired. A comic, the mandatory violinist, a magician, all reminded us of why we'd never heard of them. If on-board shopping is your thing, or if you left your favorite deodorant at home, forget it on Nautica. There are the obligatory watches, a limited choice of logo apparel items, etc., but you quickly find out where you can find a Tesco or other retailer when you hit your next port. Excursions: In a word, expensive. Many other folks found their own whale-watching adventures, or glacier & iceberg boats, at far cheaper prices than Oceania's. Lectures: Outstanding presentations by one of the two men to ever go to Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, CAPT Don Walsh, USN (Retired), and ones about Broadway and West End theater productions by a Broadway producer. If we go on Oceania again, it'll be because of the port visits, not because of the Nautica experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Oceania performed as expected. The food was amazing, the ports of call were wonderful and the entertainment was very good. We thought Cory "from the bridge" did a wonderful job as cruise director. Captain Max was very ... Read More
Oceania performed as expected. The food was amazing, the ports of call were wonderful and the entertainment was very good. We thought Cory "from the bridge" did a wonderful job as cruise director. Captain Max was very approachable and informative. Travel above the Arctic Circle was memorable and provided numerous photo opportunities. We were on the Concierge floor and cabin service was terrific. The ship was very smooth for us. We tried all the dining experiences and were very satisfied at each location. The entertainment staff made the competitions for Big O points fun events. I think they had fun with the passengers and made us all feel welcome. The show band was terrific and provided support to the "come aboard" entertainers. I t is hard to keep seasoned travelers entertained but Cory and the entertainment team did a terrific job. We had a wonderful time despite a poor trivia team result. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
I choose the Baltic Sea cruise on Oceania Nautica because of the itinerary and the relatively small size of the ship. We spent 3 days in London (not enough time) before boarding the ship at Southampton and 2 days in Copenhagen following ... Read More
I choose the Baltic Sea cruise on Oceania Nautica because of the itinerary and the relatively small size of the ship. We spent 3 days in London (not enough time) before boarding the ship at Southampton and 2 days in Copenhagen following the cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy. Our C-1 cabin had plenty of storage for clothes and other items; in fact I was amazed that with 2 ladies travelling together we did not fill all the available space! The dining choices were good - plenty to choose from. I was disappointment that for our one reservation at Polo Grill I was served a chewy steak with little flavor and another person at my table had a poor quality steak as well. Toscano was outstanding! The Grand Dining Room had many good choices as did the buffet. I would have liked more flavor in several dishes though. The fresh berries were a real treat - the best I've ever had. Service was outstanding, our cabin steward almost looked hurt if we didn't want her to straighten up in the evening. We had room service bring breakfast several times as we had early tours and they were always prompt and with the correct order. I did go on 2 of the Oceania excursions - both were fine but had 30 - 35 people on the tour. I prefer smaller groups so we either did our own walking tour, joined a local walking tour, or joined a small group tour (less than 12 people). I thought this was a great experience and a very good itinerary, but I would probably not go on a cruise again as I felt we just didn't have enough time in port and had to stop what we were doing to get back to the ship on time. But if I did go on another cruise, I would be happy to sail on Oceania again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Itinerary was one we hadn't done before. Had a really good time on board and in the U.K. and Ireland. The ports were very interesting and the weather was really good for northern England and Scotland. The rough seas were almost ... Read More
Itinerary was one we hadn't done before. Had a really good time on board and in the U.K. and Ireland. The ports were very interesting and the weather was really good for northern England and Scotland. The rough seas were almost un-noticable the night we had them. The ship was very comfortable through that night. The captain was among the best in keeping all well informed throughout the cruise. He was very approachable and explained everything. One day as we were disembarking we saw him leaving the ship with his bike for a ride around the port. The food on board was terrific as usual on Oceania. The food on board is the main reason we frequently look at the itineraries that Oceania offers. We always meet very interesting people on board. This trip was no exception. Exploring out of the way places in Dublin and the Beatles tour was a highlight. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We are active, mature, independent experienced travelers who've been on 10 cruises or so. We had booked Oceania's Lima-Miami cruise, which they must have oversold because they kept sending emails inviting us to voluntarily switch ... Read More
We are active, mature, independent experienced travelers who've been on 10 cruises or so. We had booked Oceania's Lima-Miami cruise, which they must have oversold because they kept sending emails inviting us to voluntarily switch to other cruises. We eventually swapped for this and were awarded an amazing Vista Suite at the front of the boat. That set a fabulous, luxurious tone for this, our second voyage with Oceania. It had a spacious living room with dining table, bedroom, large bath and a guest bath, plus generous veranda, butler service, premium benefits like 6 bottles of alcohol and Bulgari toiletries. We didn't want to ever leave the suite! Friends in the "penthouse suite" were extremely disappointed with their tiny bathrooms and said that would fit into our guest bath. We enjoyed this itinerary, returning to some of our favorite cities (Athens, Barcelona--both of which we extended before and after the cruise), and getting to Israel and Pompeii/Herculaneum for the first time. Would have been ideal to add Santorini instead of one of the lesser Greek ports. However, as others have said, the level of quality is not the same as our first cruise with Oceania five years ago. Food was good but not scrumptious including in the two specialty restaurants. We heard multiple complaints about rubbery lobster and tasteless meats. We were surprised that nearly everything shut down at 10 or earlier so if you wanted something sweet for a nightcap, you had no options (except room service). There were three major flaws that marred the cruise for us, with one that put our health at risk. 1. After embarking, everyone was hustled into the terrace cafe while the rooms are still being prepared. That means you have the largest crowd you'll ever have in one place at one time. When we arrived, it was a zoo. There were no seats and no one to help direct traffic or offer alternatives. This was a poor welcome and should be immediately fixed. 2. The quality of the excursions were uneven, with some very poor guides and only a few fabulous ones. Unacceptable for the prices we were charged. 3. One such excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea in Israel put the entire bus at risk. The air conditioning did not work as we rode for one hour 45 minutes after having been in the Dead Sea, in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The guide and driver were not quickly responsive or apologetic. This same bus had to be "fixed" at lunch because its engine could barely putter over any rise. We were told the bus had been fine the previous day. In fact, my husband and I were on this exact same bus the day before and it already was rattling along. Another bus in the same excursion actually had to back down several rises because it could not make it up--that was also "fixed" during a lunch break. So clearly this tour company requires more stringent oversight. The passengers on our excursion all struggled with the heat and dehydration; one nurse on board was pondering how she was going to help so many people in distress. We were extremely fortunate no one suffered a catastrophic health issue before we were finally transferred to another bus. We all filed complaints the next day. A week later, on our last night,we received notice we would get a 50% rebate--presumably because we did get our full excursion after all. We found that response to be insulting, as if the risk to our health was not that big of a deal. We wrote a letter to Oceania to follow-up. We were told we would hear from guest relations. It's been three weeks now. No word. So much for your world your way. Hard to recommend them as much as I would like to. And, we wonder: are they still using the same tour company in Israel?! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the Asia Itinerary On the positive side it is amazing as to how the crew expertly handles all the various countries seemingly complicated immigration requirements and inspections. The cruise did not get ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Asia Itinerary On the positive side it is amazing as to how the crew expertly handles all the various countries seemingly complicated immigration requirements and inspections. The cruise did not get off to a good start after a long flight to Shanghai the transfer from airport to ship was pretty disorganized When arriving at the ship we were required to fill out Jaanese and more Chinese immigration forms in the freezing cold When then learned that the Shanghai tour had been moved to an unearthly hour earlier We were already well passed any cancellation time so we just did not go as we were wiped from all the going on the get on the ship The dining was as good as always except for a few minor issues We have breakfast in the room on tour days.On several than is more than one the breakfast was not correct to the point when we ordered 2 breakfast we received one The lectures were excellent and informative The entertainment was inconsistent ranging from very good to lame but it was less than the previous cruises The tours were a function of our tour guides ranging from excellent to very poor Bottom line we did book another Oceania cruise for 2018 Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which started in china and included japan,vietnam,cambodia and thailand. Initially the weather was cold,nearly freezing but warmed up as we headed south finishing at 97 in bangkok. There was a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which started in china and included japan,vietnam,cambodia and thailand. Initially the weather was cold,nearly freezing but warmed up as we headed south finishing at 97 in bangkok. There was a lot more security than on previous trips, so check in took 20 minutes even though there were only a handful of people in front of us. We had our chinese visa before we boarded but the ship arranged for the cambodia one and charged our onboard account. Unlike us citizens we did not need one for vietnam. as usual on oceania the food was excellent. We were able to book into the speciality restaurants as many times as we liked even though we had an outside cabin. We much enjoyed the grand dining room and toscana but thought the food in polo was not quite as good as on previous cruises. There seemed to be a lot of new staff in the restaurants and the service was consequently patchy. The cabin service on the first night was dreadful but improvrd to very good for the rest of the cruise. the impression of the chinese ports was of the shear size of the cities with huge numbers of tower blocks. Vietnam and cambodia in contrast were poor and primitive. The on board lectures were excellent in explaining such things as the chinese one child policy and its consequences.the advantage of a small ship is that it can get to the centre of ports when larger ones dock way out. This was helpful in shanghai,saigon and bangkok but we were disappointed in hong kong to be at the new cruise terminal which was wholly inappropriate for a small ship. We had to walk 3/4mile just to get out of the terminal and no shuttle was provided. Ha long bay was a highlight and the excursion boats were docked at the ship's tender platform which saved an extra journey. The method of despatching the excusions resulted in unnecessary long lines in the nautica lounge. Marina does it better.the overpriced ship's excursions were of reasonable quality but the tour guides did not speak very good english. In chan may the guide gave a lecture on the history of vietnam which droned on far too long. The ship was generally in good condition except that one of the four elevators was out of service for the whole cruise. Oceania have drastically raised their prices recently and the standard of service does not justify these new prices although it is a lot better than large mass market ships. We benefitted from the very generous loyalty programme which covered the costs of all the excursions we wished to take. Overall an enjoyable and educational experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
Great ship. Good food,. Fantastic crew and organisation. However, you WILL pay $2000 above sticker price for a 2 week cruise. Gratuities, excursions, drinks. Most reviled by all was the "free drinks package." It is not. Firstly, ... Read More
Great ship. Good food,. Fantastic crew and organisation. However, you WILL pay $2000 above sticker price for a 2 week cruise. Gratuities, excursions, drinks. Most reviled by all was the "free drinks package." It is not. Firstly, this package only applies to beer and wine; then only wine by the glass, not the bottle; then only in certain bars and only at certain times. In short, not fit for purpose. I'm sure the small print explains all this, but it is typical of the deceptive pricing policies. e.g. all drinks attract an automatic 18% gratuity. It adds up. Typically we want to enjoy a trip and not feel deceived by small print. Otherwise the staff could not have been more helpful and excursions better organised. Saw sights we would never have considered without the excursions. Would cheerfully use them again having learnt the lessons on pricing but others might not be so forgiving. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I had cruised with Oceania before on the Insignia in the Mediterranean. After cruising on a large cruise ship, I had sworn not to ever take another cruise, but Oceania changed my mind. The food is top-notch with so many different choices ... Read More
I had cruised with Oceania before on the Insignia in the Mediterranean. After cruising on a large cruise ship, I had sworn not to ever take another cruise, but Oceania changed my mind. The food is top-notch with so many different choices at any meal and at different restaurants. You can dress casual and eat in terrace cafe at their buffet or dress up a bit and eat a multi-course meal in the Main dining room. They also offer two specialty restaurants, Toscana and Polo Grill, which I highly recommend. Another thing that we found out is that if you call the specialty restaurants, they often have cancellations and can fit you in. Our room was always spotless and our stewardess and her assistant went out of their way to help us with anything needed. The drink prices are outrageous, what you would expect from a nice restaurant in NYC. We all bought the premium beverage package and it really worked for us. The wines by the bottle are not included, but we found the selections by the glass to be good. We did not go to any of the shows, as that is really not our "cup of tea". Speaking of tea, the high tea offered in horizons was always lovely. We also did all of our own private excursions, which was a much better deal. After experiencing the excursions on the Insignia, I was not looking forward to being packed like cattle onto a bus and finding it hard to hear the guide at the back of the group. The service was almost flawless, they seemed a bit understaffed on this trip and their were a few hiccups at dinner some evenings. I am not a crazy perfectionist and understand that everything can not be perfect all of the time. Having said this, any problems that we had were rectified immediately. All of the crew was very personable, remembered your name, what you liked to drink, your favorite dishes, etc. Will cruise with Oceania again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
1. We sailed on Oceania Insignia last January, Miami to Cape Town. We did this because of the itinerary. While onboard we found this 2017 cruise and bought for the same reason. We will probably not sail with Oceania again. 2. The ... Read More
1. We sailed on Oceania Insignia last January, Miami to Cape Town. We did this because of the itinerary. While onboard we found this 2017 cruise and bought for the same reason. We will probably not sail with Oceania again. 2. The staff are wonderful. Our stewardess, Sladjana was great and our cabin was maintained beautifully early every day. Most days our cabin was cleaned by the time we got back from breakfast. Melroy & Todo our great bartenders in Martinis, these guys were professional and added to a great cocktail hour. 3. The officers are aloof and just hang out with each other. Try to even get "hello" ! 4. The cruise director was a talking suit with 0 personality and he never spoke with anyone unless he had to. Never remembered anyone's name. Most Cruise Directors are charming and vivacious, not this guy. If he had an assistance the guy was hiding in the office. 5. The food is by and far not bad. The specialty dining rooms are wonderful and we got to enjoy 12 nights of great meals/service. If you got to the dining room when they opened and had a table for 2 service was great and dinner was fine. But arrive any later with a table of 4 or 6 or God forbid 8 then service was run at a snails pace, orders incorrect and if you wanted to see the show, then you skipped dessert/coffee to get a seat in the lounge. 6. The cabin - Last yr. we did the concierge and found out that balcony and concierge are exactly the same rooms. SMALL. So we knew what to expect on the Nautica and sitting "sidesaddle" on the toilet isn't fun. Love small ships but this was miniscule. 7. The excursions - are pretty much the same with cruise companies now. Way overpriced and when you compare the company's review of the excursion and what you actually experience you realize they have very creative fiction writers. Let's just say that our 2 days in the Maldives (and why???) the tours were so disgusting I demanded my money make. And I got it. But they refunded monies only to those who complained. I was told that 86 folks complained, so it was probably more because usually only one person per couple complains. 8. So overall, we saw places we never dreamed of seeing and we met many fun people and had a nice month traveling. But going forward, we will stick with Regent Seven Seas, Seaborne, Silver Seas and Crystal for our small ship experiences. They might be more expensive but in the long run they are not. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
This was a destination specific cruise. Lecturer Mike Boll was fabulous giving histories of the countries visited. All nationalities were onboard which was a great mix. Entertainment was average & the so called "pool deck ... Read More
This was a destination specific cruise. Lecturer Mike Boll was fabulous giving histories of the countries visited. All nationalities were onboard which was a great mix. Entertainment was average & the so called "pool deck party" was a real disappointment - lacked food, poor music selection & no ambience or time given in setup. NCL takeover of Oceania is evident...cost cutting....toiletries not replaced in concierge room & had to be requested, room not serviced appropriately upon embarkation & wine prices (+18% gratuity!) expensive, wait service thin. The Horizon room was empty usually by 9:30-10 pm! Shore excursions were overpriced as usual. Food was above average, particularly in the specialty restaurants. The whirlpool private area available to concierge & above staterooms lacked lounges & chairs for those wanting to visit, & were taken by the same people regularly, as were the lack, & hogging, of lounges on deck 5. Concierge rooms are not worth the extra money on the smaller Renaissance class ships. The cruise director was corporate in presentation & too formal, & lacked the necessary social interaction for all levels of clientele. The most appealing aspect of the cruise was that staff recognised returning passengers & were very friendly & obliging. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Second cruise with Oceania. First on Nautice. Chose the cruise because of itinerary which was great. We knew the smaller ship as we had been on Azamara. Oceania was better experience. Both embarkation and disembarking were trouble ... Read More
Second cruise with Oceania. First on Nautice. Chose the cruise because of itinerary which was great. We knew the smaller ship as we had been on Azamara. Oceania was better experience. Both embarkation and disembarking were trouble free. Negatives was there were little alternate activities during sea days but it gave you time to recover! , and late 9.30 show...but cruise for me is not for the entertainment, that is an additional option. only minor comments. Service was good ( although a little slow a the start of voyage...think the crew were new). Other negative was cost of wines. Cabin staff were helpful and pleasant. In fact when opportunity came to give nominated staff dining experience ...( at an auction) the cabin staff were chosen. Shore excursions we used were average, Used " Free excursion" which aren't really free! although given the ports were limited options. The other were pretty pricey. Staying with Oceania for future cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Oceania always provide good services, food and entertainment. The only disappointments were the cancellation of Istanbul and Cairo within the lists of Port of Call. Those cities were the reasons for the initial booking of this cruise. ... Read More
Oceania always provide good services, food and entertainment. The only disappointments were the cancellation of Istanbul and Cairo within the lists of Port of Call. Those cities were the reasons for the initial booking of this cruise. Some travelers mentioned receiving shipboard credit after complaining to Oceania (which would need confirmation). If that was true and correct, Oceania should have done across the board for all passengers. During the passage of the Suez Canal/Red Sea, the ship was attacked by flies. The crew had to do extra duties every night to fumigate the Terrace Cafe and other public areas. Oceania is very concerned of the safety of the passengers especially when sailing through the potentially high-risk areas. The captain advised all blinds or curtains would need to be pulled together after dark to avoid the attractions of the privates and the open decks were closed for public access. Closing the deck after dark caused some inconvenience because some passengers such as myself would normally have their exercise walks after the big dinners. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Friends recommended oceania cruises because of the good food. The food was good, but compared to the other cruiselines where we booked balcony huts in Europe since 2010, this was by far the worst in size, also the bathroom was far too ... Read More
Friends recommended oceania cruises because of the good food. The food was good, but compared to the other cruiselines where we booked balcony huts in Europe since 2010, this was by far the worst in size, also the bathroom was far too small. The service was very good and the ship is very quiet compared to MSC, Norwegian, Costa. The food was good, but not exceptional. Dinner in the Polo restaurant was disappointing, The ship did embark in city centres, which was very convenient. The prices are ridiculous, especially prices of the wine at table and the prices of transfers. Book your own transfers! Because we did not like to be on a waiting list for dinner in the grand ding room, we went there around 9, when there was no waiting list. Therefore each night we saw only the last 10 minutes of the entertainment. The library is big, very quiet and 24/7 open. We will consider cruising again with oceania, but not with the old ships like the Nautica. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our second Oceania cruise. We had pretty high expectations and most of them were met. It's true that the ship is getting a little tired looking: railings that needed refinishing, paint that was chipped. However, it was ... Read More
This was our second Oceania cruise. We had pretty high expectations and most of them were met. It's true that the ship is getting a little tired looking: railings that needed refinishing, paint that was chipped. However, it was meticulously clean and our concierge level cabin was very nice. Dining is always a highlight. The Grand Dining room is lovely and the food terrific. There were times that it was pretty full and service slowed significantly. The two evening specialty restaurants are a mixed bag. Polo was the best, immediate attention, great food, not a bad table in the place. Toscana was not as successful. We had a reservation, but had to wait for our table. Then we had to wait and wait and wait for service. We cancelled our second reservation and went to the main dining room. Too bad Waves restaurant is only open until 4:00. It has great casual food. Honestly, we didn't attend any of the entertainment activities. Either we were off the ship during the day or went to bed early to be ready for the next day. If you get nothing else from this review, please take this to heart - Oceania excursions are ridiculously overpriced and often limited in scope. We found hiring a local guide was more cost effective and we saw much, much more. Internet service was probably the worst part of the trip. It worked intermittently and when it did work, it was SLOW!!! Would I use Oceania again? Sure. Staff onboard are lovely and we had a good time. We know what to expect and take the good with the bad. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We like small ships and river cruises so Oceania was a preference over larger ships to see these locations. Verandah stateroom was roomy enough although bathroom and shower were small (not a surprise if you follow Cruise Critic). MDR food ... Read More
We like small ships and river cruises so Oceania was a preference over larger ships to see these locations. Verandah stateroom was roomy enough although bathroom and shower were small (not a surprise if you follow Cruise Critic). MDR food was good although we could not say it was head & shoulders above everyone else, as some would have us believe. Both specialty restaurants were better - we enjoyed the extra attention and quality of food. Polo Grill was our preference over Toscana. We found Nautica to be a good blend of the 'large ship' (specialty restaurants, casino, library, etc) and the 'small ship' (easy on and off at all times). However, other than the enrichment lectures, the rest of the on-board activities were the usual mundane mix - I would have expected better from Oceania. Staff was the usual multi-national mix. All were competent but only a few were genuinely engaging. Captain Max was excellent - personable, informative and funny. David was a competent but not terribly warm cruise director. Oceania lived up to its reputation for having a relaxed attitude to bringing wine and beer on board for in-cabin consumption and we certainly appreciated this sensible approach compared to some of the large cruise lines. The only Oceania shore excursion I thought was 'value for money' was to Ypres and Flanders Fields Museum and I recognize that has to be an individual interest. We used Alla Tours for their 2 day grand tour in St Petersburg and would recommend it to all. Thanks to our Cruise Critic roll call, we had set up private tours in both Tallinn and Visby. These were our highlights - great local guides and small groups of 12-14. This is the way to go if you are lucky enough to have a go-getter in your group (thanks, 2skis). Evening entertainment was better than we had expected, both in quality and variety, for a ship this size - no complaints here. The 3 enrichment lectures by Brian Unger were excellent - too bad he couldn't stay on board for more. Some guests swear by Oceania and were on their 6th cruise or more. We have no problems travelling with them again but were not sufficiently wowed to select Oceania to the exclusion of everyone else. Free shore excursions, ship board credits and internet made this one good value for money, but who knows next time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Just back from our first but not last Oceania cruise.We did a 12 day Baltic cruise in verandah stateroom aft on deck 6. Great location. Quiet. Handy for the Terrace Cafe. Used the stairs all the time. Room is small. Balcony furniture is ... Read More
Just back from our first but not last Oceania cruise.We did a 12 day Baltic cruise in verandah stateroom aft on deck 6. Great location. Quiet. Handy for the Terrace Cafe. Used the stairs all the time. Room is small. Balcony furniture is old and uncomfortable. Great bed and bedding. Room small, awkward getting in to closet if someone wants to get in our out of the closet. Stateroom was kept clean. Nice Bulgari toiletries but small bathroom. Very good food. Hot plates for hot food. Meat and fish and seafood perfectly cooked for our liking. Went to Polo and Toscana once each....service is slow. Did not go more than once as the Grand Dining Room was very good.Waves Grill good for lunch....wish it was open for dinner. Best burger. Good wines by the glass selection. Great itinerary...some free shuttles from the ship in to town.Did not do any ship excursions. Crew hard working and friendly. Did not click with the cruise director David somebody...he seemed arrogant. Evening entertainment so so but it is a small ship. Did not buy anything in the shops....no large or XL sizes. Poor perfume selection. Captain Maxsym was friendly and warm....enjoyed his daily updates. Will return to Oceania but will try an O class ship next time. Read Less
Nautica Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 2.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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