This was our first time cruising on an "upscale" trip. We boarded the ship at Athens. The baggage transfer was smooth and efficient. The check in process took all of about 10 minutes. Having been on 3 day "cattle car" cruises where the check in procedure took over an hour or more, this was a pleasant surprise. We checked in early so our cabins were not ready, however, the ship offered a buffet lunch (which I think is standard) until our cabin was available. We took the time to make reservations for Nautica's 2 reservations only restaurants, and to tour the ship. Nautica carries a little under 700 passengers, and as the cruise progressed, we were able to make quite a few acquaintances. The passenger mix was predominantly American, with a nice number of Australian and New Zealanders. The age was primarily 45/50 up, with very few children, which made the pool deck quite enjoyable. Poolside service was great, with deck chairs available with terry cloth covers and ample bath towels. There were enough deck chairs pool side to handle the busiest period. The food was excellent throughout the cruise. The quantity, presentation and service was very good. Several things impressed me about Oceania. 3 days into the cruise a preliminary "How we doing" questionnaire was circulated. The concierge personally followed up on my comments and we received a bottle of champagne for our efforts. The deck chairs on the Terrace restaurant were teak. We were not constantly "badgered" over the loudspeaker by the Cruise Director regarding the daily activities, which were clearly identified in the ship's daily newspaper. The wait staff remembered "little things" regarding our preferences. The crew were happy, in fact several commented on how the Oceania made it a priority to treat the crew well. Oceania had a philosophy that a happy crew made for a successful voyage....and it showed. There was constant followup. We put some misinformation down on our debarkation questionnaire, and it was caught and corrected. The cruise and the service by Oceania exceeded our expectations, and we will cruise with them in the future.

Nautica - Eastern Mediterranean

Nautica Cruise Review by Lagrandeur

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This was our first time cruising on an "upscale" trip.
We boarded the ship at Athens. The baggage transfer was smooth and efficient. The check in process took all of about 10 minutes.
Having been on 3 day "cattle car" cruises where the check in procedure took over an hour or more, this was a pleasant surprise. We checked in early so our cabins were not ready, however, the ship offered a buffet lunch (which I think is standard) until our cabin was available.
We took the time to make reservations for Nautica's 2 reservations only restaurants, and to tour the ship.
Nautica carries a little under 700 passengers, and as the cruise progressed, we were able to make quite a few acquaintances. The passenger mix was predominantly American, with a nice number of Australian and New Zealanders. The age was primarily 45/50 up, with very few children, which made the pool deck quite enjoyable.
Poolside service was great, with deck chairs available with terry cloth covers and ample bath towels. There were enough deck chairs pool side to handle the busiest period.
The food was excellent throughout the cruise. The quantity, presentation and service was very good.
Several things impressed me about Oceania. 3 days into the cruise a preliminary "How we doing" questionnaire was circulated. The concierge personally followed up on my comments and we received a bottle of champagne for our efforts.
The deck chairs on the Terrace restaurant were teak.
We were not constantly "badgered" over the loudspeaker by the Cruise Director regarding the daily activities, which were clearly identified in the ship's daily newspaper.
The wait staff remembered "little things" regarding our preferences.
The crew were happy, in fact several commented on how the Oceania made it a priority to treat the crew well. Oceania had a philosophy that a happy crew made for a successful voyage....and it showed.
There was constant followup. We put some misinformation down on our debarkation questionnaire, and it was caught and corrected.
The cruise and the service by Oceania exceeded our expectations, and we will cruise with them in the future.
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