Sail Date: December 2012
The itinerary is outstanding with visits to exotic ports and beautiful islands. The Nautica is the perfect ship for this cruise. The cruise is long but the days go fast. The days at sea are welcome for relaxing and getting a tan. The ... Read More
The itinerary is outstanding with visits to exotic ports and beautiful islands. The Nautica is the perfect ship for this cruise. The cruise is long but the days go fast. The days at sea are welcome for relaxing and getting a tan. The weather was generally warm and sunny. The Nautica is known for great food and friendly service. The entertainment was adequate. The negatives which are common to most cruise lines include expensive wine, excursions and internet, The bathrooms are small. Oceania has addressed this problem on it's newer ships. The exercise room was very good. The ports are the stars of this cruise. The ship provided shuttle service in Dubai. There are lots of taxis. We took 3 excellent tours with Arabian Adventures. The shuttle in Fujairah is to the Center City Mall which is not in the center of the city. There are lots of taxis. The shuttle in Muscat is to the souk. There are lots of taxis. Mumbai is hectic. We took an excellent tour to the Kanheri Caves with Mumbai Magic. In Goa, Mangalore and Cochin there are lots of taxis. The ship anchored in the Maldives. We had hoped to snorkel but the seas were a little rough and the weather was overcast. In the Seychelles we took a taxis and snorkeled at the beautiful Anse Royale Beach. A shuttle was provided in Mombasa. Taxis and Tuk Tuks were available. Shuttle was provided in Zanzibar. It is not necessary as you can walk in to Stone Town. We got a boat for $50 and went snorkeling at a nearby island. In Dar es Salaam we took an excursion to historic Bagamoyo. It was a little disorganized but this is Africa. We anchored in Madagascar. We hired a boat at the tender pier and went to the Lemur island. There were a few taxis in Maputo, Mozambique. We to an excursion to the St Lucia Wetlands from Richard's Bay. We saw lots of Hippos but only 1 croc. The weather was poor. We took an excellent excursion to the Tala Game Reserve from Durban. You can get really close to the animals as they are use to the 4 X $s. We had very rough seas from Durban to Cape Town. We arrived 8 hours late. This was very disappointing for most of the passengers. Cape Town is beautiful. The ship docks right at the waterfront. We had been here before. I went on a great white shark cage dive 2 hours out of Cape Town in Kleinbaai. Very thrilling. My favorite ports were Dubai, Muscat, Mahe in the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Cape Town. This is a cruise of a life time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We decided on taking our first cruise and for sure this is the LAST one and for sure the LAST one on Oceania Nautica. Room was tight and two people cannot move in it. Food is TERRIBLE and it seems they rotate the same ingredients over ... Read More
We decided on taking our first cruise and for sure this is the LAST one and for sure the LAST one on Oceania Nautica. Room was tight and two people cannot move in it. Food is TERRIBLE and it seems they rotate the same ingredients over and over again. All seafood served is farmed and not wild caught. WAY too much hidden sodium in all the food, evidenced by the fact that we work up continuously every night to drink water. It's amazing folks don't have a heart attack eating the stuff they serve. Overly pretentious considering food is lousy. Out room maid was very nice though. Shore excursions are WAY over-priced and you can get the same thing on shore for a small fraction of the price they charge. Also, the management is constantly finding ways to squeeze more money out of you. For example, it's stated that there is free WIFI, however that applies to only ONE device. If you wish to connect a second device to your room's router, it's a charge of $250 per extra connection ... FROM THE SAME ROUTER! The management should be ASHAMED of themselves. We could not wait for the cruise to end. STAY AWAY!! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We are aboard the Nautica right now on the Cape Town to Cape Town trip. I wanted to let you all know a few things so you may not be as crushed as I am feeling right now. First, the pre-cruise tour has been the absolute highlight of this ... Read More
We are aboard the Nautica right now on the Cape Town to Cape Town trip. I wanted to let you all know a few things so you may not be as crushed as I am feeling right now. First, the pre-cruise tour has been the absolute highlight of this trip. Otherwise, I am feeling cheated by a line that we have loved in the past. Cheated out of the holidays as there isn't a single decoration on the ship (a first for a Christmas cruise for us....the ships are usually wonderful) which we had looked forward to in lieu of having anything up at home. Cheated out of money....promises were made about concierge class when we upgraded and the amenities they promised do not exist on this ship. We could have stayed with oceanview and been fine....can't use the balcony as they seas have been rough. The hot tubs are not hot. The food is beyond bland even in the specialty restaurants. Jacques Pepin should be embarrassed to have his name on this. Entertainment is the worst of any Oceania ship we have been on....we don't expect much but this has been terrible and exacerbated by several ports being cancelled. We missed Mossel Bay because the seas were too rough to tender in yet somehow despite having all that extra sailing time we were late to Richards Bay so our game drive was cut short and our guide took the fact that he waited all morning for us out on us by talking to everyone he passed on the road, stopping to watch dung beetles, stopping for a potty break nobody wanted or needed given that we has less time to tour and then said "You could have seen more if you had been on time". Seriously??? Like we had any say in the matter? Then we got to Maputo, where the last time they called there it took 5 hours to clear the ship through immigration (they want to fingerprint and photograph everyone on the ship), the customs people showed up late and then couldn't process people so we left. This appears to be an ongoing problem so I am not sure why Oceania keeps going to this port. Got to Durbin about 1.5 hours early (again, despite having extra sailing time) and went on our scheduled coastal and city tour which was driving in a bus down the highways and interstates with no views to have a 5 minute stop at a beach and a 5 minute stop at a vacant lot in a neighborhood overlooking the city to take pictures of the city through a barb wire fence and then drove through the slums of Durbin. If you scheduled this tour, I suggest you skip it and take a shuttle to the marine park/shopping area. You cannot walk out of the port...must have a bus or taxi though there were few of those around so we couldn't go out in the evening. The tour of Tala Game Reserve was wonderful! Do this! So, that brings us to now. Last night they announced that bad weather is expected so we will overnight in New London and miss Port Elizabeth....don't know why we couldn't stay at New London all day the second day so we could do another excursion or go shopping....anything off the ship but we will leave at 10 a.m.. So, we get one more day on land and three more excruciating days at sea. If you booked your excursions via O Life, you do not get any credit for ones you miss due to cancellations of ports so you cannot even use credits to drink or spa. Our much anticipated African adventure has become a feeling of being held hostage at sea. We started with Oceania on our honeymoon when then the line was new. 15 years later, this will be our last trip with them. I thought this would be a luxurious way to sample Africa but all we are seeing is the inside of a ship. Maybe we will get to see Namibia but I am not holding my breath. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I do not have adequate words to describe my first cruise on Oceania. Our carry on luggage was lost during embarkation and the Oceania staff told us they had searched the ship and could not find it. After hours of aggravation, my ... Read More
I do not have adequate words to describe my first cruise on Oceania. Our carry on luggage was lost during embarkation and the Oceania staff told us they had searched the ship and could not find it. After hours of aggravation, my partner found the luggage. I would never set foot on another Oceania ship. My partner was injured on an Oceania sponsored excursion. We were taken to a third world hospital for treatment. As you can imagine we were less than impressed with the facility and service. The rooms were ill equipped or not equipped at all, there was a total lack of cleanliness, physicial confrontations at the entrance (they gate the front doors), people lying on the dirty floor, old cracked dirty stretchers. I think you get the picture. For the most part, the Oceania staff were not supportive, nor did they think they had to be accountable for not following their own policies. The accident was a direct result of not following a 'no- wheechair policy' for a night visit to Karnak. The food in the Toscana was excellent, as was the service. The Polo Grill was terrible. The food was overcooked and the meat was tough as nails. The main dining room and Terrace Grill were mediocre. That is not what I expected on a 'luxury cruise'. The bridge lessons were enjoyable. The cruise itinerary was good but the excursions did not live up to my expectations. We were taken to very expensive or inappropriate places for shopping. The guides were pleasant enough but spent too much time justifying their moral/cultural position. I wanted to see all of the spectacular sights and not have the experience tainted by their bias. We only attended one wine tasting and it was underwhelming. No food paring and the unfortunate young woman leading the tasting was forced to present a corporate slide show (which was boring to say the least). We are enthusiastic oenophiles and usually attend all wine/food events. Save your sanity and money. Go elsewhere for your cruise vacation. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose Oceania thinking it would be a step up from HollandAmericaLine, we were very wrong. The cabin, a balcony state room was smaller than the smallest HAL ocean view cabin we have ever had. The cruise director, David, is past ... Read More
We chose Oceania thinking it would be a step up from HollandAmericaLine, we were very wrong. The cabin, a balcony state room was smaller than the smallest HAL ocean view cabin we have ever had. The cruise director, David, is past burned out. What passes for activities on this ship is what you would find in a day care centre. It was indoor shuffle board, bean bag toss and putting everyday. Forget anything as adult as flower arranging, art classes, computer classes, etc. David also has his own take on the daily quiz. He eschews set questions for ones he thinks up himself. This included one question about Adolf Hitler, which he obviously thought was funny, but which upset more than a few Jewish passengers. I guess poor David has been on the ship so long he hadn't heard about the problems encountered by Pewdiepie. David is also the only quiz master I've ever encountered who does not trust teams to mark each other's answers, he has to mark them all. Some people liked his approach, I found it overbearing and certainly not conducive to shipboard fun. The food on the Nautica ranges from barely adequate to inedible. How does anyone make fish chewy and cook pork to the consistency of a brick? Vegetables are few and poorly cooked. We complained about the food in our first week and were offered extra seatings in their specialty restaurants. We thought it not possible, but the food at both Toscana and the Polo Grill was worse than that in the main dining room. The inadequacy of the food is matched by the inconsistency of the wait staff. We have been spoiled by the superb Indonesian staff on HAL ships, the wait staff on the Nautica is poorly trained and moved around so frequently that few of them have mastered how to serve food quickly and unobtrusively. You can't blame the staff. They are constantly moved from assignment to assignment. One meal they're a head waiter in a specialty restaurant, next meal they're busing tables in the buffet restaurant, next meal they are assistant waiters. The only person who never changed positions was the most unpleasant person I have ever encountered on a cruise ship. This was the female hostess at the dining room who took turns assigning tables with various male hosts. She seemed to take great pride in seeing how long she could make certain passengers wait to be seated, while others were greeted enthusiastically. We never took any of this personally, as the passengers ignored seemed to outnumber the passengers welcomed. It got us to wondering if the Nautica works on some kind of its own baksheesh. Not to be totally negative, because nothing is all bad, our cabin steward was a lovely, very professional and very friendly lady. She and her assistant were a joy. There were also a few excellent wait staff. Overall, the Nautica offers very little value for money. We thought we had moved up a step from HAL, but in comparison to the Prinsendam, or the Amesterdam, the Natica fails miserably. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Had traveled on Oceania in the past, including Nautica. Loved the cruises but this last cruise was a true nightmare. Moldy shower curtains. Dirty dinning room curtains. Food offerings were limited as compared to past cruises. Staff was ... Read More
Had traveled on Oceania in the past, including Nautica. Loved the cruises but this last cruise was a true nightmare. Moldy shower curtains. Dirty dinning room curtains. Food offerings were limited as compared to past cruises. Staff was trying to do its best, but passenger/crew ratio, I would guess, was lower than usual. Room service was awful. One shore excursion was scheduled for 3 hours duration and tour guide "decided" to extend the tour one additional hour even though most folks on bus wanted to get back based upon the scheduled time. Excursions was expensive for the value and sights seen. Entertainment was as to be expected on a smaller ship. Overall, the ship is really getting long in the tooth and needs to be refurbished or taken out of service. When we discussed the situation with the concierge, he agreed and we received a $2,000.00 credit toward another cruise. Oceania would not have offered the credit if it did not agree with our assessment. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary, however the weather spoilt the first part of the trip as it was freezing in China and Japan. We had previously travelled on the Nautica in the Baltic and in hindsight we should have learnt ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary, however the weather spoilt the first part of the trip as it was freezing in China and Japan. We had previously travelled on the Nautica in the Baltic and in hindsight we should have learnt from that experience, and avoided the Nautica this time. The ship is tired and out of date. One elevator (out of four) was out of service for the whole cruise. The entertainment was poor so we watched DVDs in our cabin a lot of the time. A few good movies were screened but the lounge is not really appropriate for watching movies. The television movies and those on DVD were old and third rate. The excursions were poor with a few exceptions. One in Hong Kong was so bad because we sat in the bus for two hours, because of the traffic, but when I complained they said there was nothing they could do about it.... a complete waste of money and time. The Concierge was rude and arrogant and couldn't wait to get rid of us. The medical office was very disceptive, explaining the initial charge for a consultation, which was fine, and then having you come back for follow ups, signing a blank form, and not knowing what the cost was until you got your account at the end of the cruise. Their charges for drugs were exorbitant. The front office staff were a little off hand at times. It wasn't all bad ; the cabin stewards were excellent and the wait staff good, but the wine stewards were a little hard to find at times. Overall a disappointing cruise and our last on Oceania....we will revert back to Holland America, where all of the crew, including the Concierge care about you Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We have previously traveled on Oceania. Nautica is an ancient ship that should be retired. Bathrooms are horrific. Food and service were poor. Room service served rotten bananas, brown lettuce. Dress code not enforced in main ... Read More
We have previously traveled on Oceania. Nautica is an ancient ship that should be retired. Bathrooms are horrific. Food and service were poor. Room service served rotten bananas, brown lettuce. Dress code not enforced in main dinning room. Folks wore flip flops, torn/dirty sweatshirts. Dining room drapes were wrinkled and dusty.Mold on shower curtain in bathroom. Staff appeared to be poorly trained as compared to previous cruises with Oceania, bu tried very hard to be helpful. When a crew member was asked about staffing he commented that Oceania had "moved crew members around to newer and bigger ships." Spoke with high level management person, while on ship, and he agreed with me, regarding problems, and we did receive a credit of thousands of dollars toward next cruise. That demonstrates, to me, that management is acutely aware of the problems. Why else would the company compensate me for my observations? Oceania management either does not want to or cannot improve the situation. Our belief is that since being bought by NCL that the organization is "milking the cash cow." That is to say that management has cut back on services, quality of food, and ship maintenance, in terms of quality and comfort for passengers, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania- it was our last. The service in the Grand Dining was below average. It appears that Oceania has understaffed the wait staff particularly for the evening meal. In the Grand Dining, one of our party ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania- it was our last. The service in the Grand Dining was below average. It appears that Oceania has understaffed the wait staff particularly for the evening meal. In the Grand Dining, one of our party ordered a Jacq Pippin "signature" dish- roast chicken. It was served, after along wait, cold, hard and dry. The entertainment, with a few exceptions, was amateurish and lame. The most significant failure of Oceania on this cruise was its elimination of the tours in Dalian and Shanghai. Just very poor planing. We were given one hour to walk around Dalian and no time in Shanghai. The ship got into Shanghai at 9 PM and we had to be off the ship by 9AM the next morning. So much for seeing one of great cities of the Far East. Another example of Oceania's poor planing occurred in Beijing. My wife and I chose the Tiananmen Square tour at a cost of about $150 each. It so happened that on the day of the tour, March 4th, Tiananmen Square was closed to visitors because of the Chinese government's annual legislative session. Oceania made no offer to refund all or any part of the S300 we had paid for this tour. To top off my negative experiences on this cruise we were charged $480 for gratuities, a charge which was not included in the Ticket Contract. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was our first time on Oceania, recommended by our travel agent, we have cruised approx 20 times on 7 different cruise lines, including Crystal, Seabourn, Ponant, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Azamera & Star line, .This was by far ... Read More
This was our first time on Oceania, recommended by our travel agent, we have cruised approx 20 times on 7 different cruise lines, including Crystal, Seabourn, Ponant, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Azamera & Star line, .This was by far the worst cruise ever, food was dreadful in all outlets accept the speciality restaurants,,except for a few staff members, service was poor, the crew are obviously unhappy with there deal & are not interested, the food handlers have had little training & have no idea concerning food presentation, food is thrown on your plate at the Terrace, it also very noticeable that some supervisors don't interact with junior staff nicely. Prices of drinks are expensive, therefore the bars are empty with no atmosphere, everyone brings drinks on board & consumes them in their cabin. The Nautical entertainers were also below par for a cruise this long 30 days. The two speciality restaurants were very good, but not good enough to bring us back to Oceania. In the long run all inclusive cruises are far better value, the charges never stop on Oceania 2$ for the use of washing machine, another 2$ for the use of the dryer, 11$ for Yoga class, 9$ for head phones for the tread mill, this is before you have a drink. 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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