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Nautica Cruise Review
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Nautica Cruise Review by desertrat2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2014
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom

We were traveling a two mature couples who have taken twelve cruises in the last 10 or so years. We booked with Oceania because we were told they had wonderful food and great service but were a little less expensive than Seabourn. As it turned out it wasn't any less expensive. I am writing this review without comparing it to our other experiences but based on what I would expect at a reasonably good hotel or restaurant.

Everyday in your Currents they give you a menu for the next days dining. So all day you think about what you're going to have for dinner, then you get to the Grand Dining room and it turns out they put the wrong menu in the newsletter. This happened more than once! More often than not the food was luke warm to cool when it arrived at the table. Lunch or Dinner in the Terrace Café was like eating in a cafeteria and the food wasn't very good except for the soups. The scrambled eggs were awful!

One night when everyone was to come to the show before dinner they only had one bartender for 400 people. The waiters and bartenders were pleasant but under staffed in general. We had purchased the unlimited drink package because we didn't want to deal with signing tickets all the time. In Toscana we offered our cards to the wine steward as soon as we ordered a glass of wine and she said she didn't need them but then It was a issue and she was rude at the end of the meal because she had accounted for our wine in the wrong way.

It was our traveling companions 40th anniversary which our travel agent had noted on the reservation and nothing was done for it until we were so disappointed when they didn't have lamb (the menu in the Currents listed lamb as an entrée) the night we were celebrating. The waiter brought out a cake and a couple of them sang.

Our ports of call were wonderful and the tours were very good and well run. All of the guides were pleasant, easy to understand and informative.

The entertainment was nice but not memorable. We didn't do any spa services because you can't book prior to boarding the ship. Possibly you can if you are in a very expensive cabin. On this ship I truly did feel like there was a "class" system".

We opted to take a taxi to our hotel in Stockholm instead of using the ships expensive transportation. It was obvious that a lot of us chose that option, there were hundreds of us in a confusing snaking line waiting for a taxi. Instead of telling us we could leave anytime before 9:00 they had everyone who was taking a taxi leave at the same time. Lots of unhappy people!

In summary the ports were wonderful, but the four of us won't be cruising with Oceania again, we're going back to Viking, Holland American and Seabourn.

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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom

The cabin is small, and the bathroom is smaller. I would book something bigger if you are tall or large. We aren't but our traveling companions are 6'5" and 5'8" and he didn't really fit in the shower because he couldn't bend over to reach his legs.

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