We were just on the Rome to Istanbul cruise on the Nautica. The itinerary was fabulous and we can't wait to go back to some of the places we visited and spend more time there. We spent 4 nights pre-cruise in Rome and 2 nights post-cruise in Istanbul. Service - The ship's staff was excellent and we had wonderful service from everyone we encountered. Every staff member we came across took a moment and greeted us with a smile and were all very good at making sure we had everything we needed to have a good cruise. Food - Grand Dining room food was very good, we only had slow service there one night. Tapas/Terrace food was also very good and the best buffet we've experienced on our cruises. Toscana was very good but make sure you have an empty stomach when you get there. Polo had excellent grilled food, make sure you ask them about what they consider rare, medium rare and well done. We ordered medium to get what we usually consider medium rare. Entertainment - so-so, we knew the entertainment would be low key ahead of time and it was. Shows aren't important to us and we only saw a few. The violinist they had was ok in her playing but her personality turned us off and we left since she annoyed us so much. Others thought she was great. Art auctioneer was terrible, completely unprepared and unprofessional which probably saved us money since we just couldn't get excited about any of the pieces she showed. Shore excursions - we only did one ship sponsored excursion and it was a good value for the money. The rest of the ports we did on our own. Cabin - Cabin was about the equivalent size of the cabins we have been on in past cruises, we thought the storage was very good and had no trouble storing our 3 weeks worth of clothes. 7116 is an aft cabin and has a deeper balcony, we had a great time with the other "back of the ship" folks watching the sail aways. Embarkation/debarkation - We arrived at the ship at about 3:30 or so, and were on the ship and at our cabin within 20 minutes. Debarkation was also very easy and smooth. Overall we had a fantastic cruise experience and would sail the Nautica and Oceania again. It was a very intensive port schedule and we enjoyed all the ports we saw, Rome to Istanbul cruise.

Nautica - Eastern Mediterranean

Nautica Cruise Review by nparmelee

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We were just on the Rome to Istanbul cruise on the Nautica. The itinerary was fabulous and we can't wait to go back to some of the places we visited and spend more time there. We spent 4 nights pre-cruise in Rome and 2 nights post-cruise in Istanbul.
Service - The ship's staff was excellent and we had wonderful service from everyone we encountered. Every staff member we came across took a moment and greeted us with a smile and were all very good at making sure we had everything we needed to have a good cruise.
Food - Grand Dining room food was very good, we only had slow service there one night. Tapas/Terrace food was also very good and the best buffet we've experienced on our cruises. Toscana was very good but make sure you have an empty stomach when you get there. Polo had excellent grilled food, make sure you ask them about what they consider rare, medium rare and well done. We ordered medium to get what we usually consider medium rare.
Entertainment - so-so, we knew the entertainment would be low key ahead of time and it was. Shows aren't important to us and we only saw a few. The violinist they had was ok in her playing but her personality turned us off and we left since she annoyed us so much. Others thought she was great. Art auctioneer was terrible, completely unprepared and unprofessional which probably saved us money since we just couldn't get excited about any of the pieces she showed.
Shore excursions - we only did one ship sponsored excursion and it was a good value for the money. The rest of the ports we did on our own.
Cabin - Cabin was about the equivalent size of the cabins we have been on in past cruises, we thought the storage was very good and had no trouble storing our 3 weeks worth of clothes. 7116 is an aft cabin and has a deeper balcony, we had a great time with the other "back of the ship" folks watching the sail aways.
Embarkation/debarkation - We arrived at the ship at about 3:30 or so, and were on the ship and at our cabin within 20 minutes. Debarkation was also very easy and smooth.
Overall we had a fantastic cruise experience and would sail the Nautica and Oceania again. It was a very intensive port schedule and we enjoyed all the ports we saw, Rome to Istanbul cruise.
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