In May of this year,I toured the Greek Isles with my wife and 2 other couples on the Oceania Liner, Nautica. It was an extremely disappointing experience. Except for the 2 exclusive restaurants on board, the food in all other eateries was poor to fair. The prices for wine, beer and hard alcohol were excessively high - similar to what you pay in a fancy hotel. Service was very spotty. The higher up the wait staff positions, the less satisfying it was. The only real polite service came from the runner type, non-paid youngsters. Not all, but enough to mention, of the professional wait staff had unpleasant attitudes. It was obvious that the ratio of passengers to dining seats, including all dining venues, was low on the seating side. The main dining room where most evening meals were eaten was overcrowded every night. Not once were we seated on arrival at the maitre d's desk. It was usually a 15 to 20 minute wait and on one evening it was 50 minutes. The ships officers, impeccably dressed in their ocean-going whites, were especially aloof and seemed quite impressed with themselves. Their attitude was never that of a host entertaining guests, but rather of a higher class tolerating the lower. The tours were acceptable but in one or two cases the very strong foreign accents of the guides made it difficult to understand. I would think the cruise line would check into things like this before sending their passengers on unintelligible outings. I doubt very much if I would ever take another cruise. Certainly not on an Oceania ship!

Nautica - Eastern Mediterranean

Nautica Cruise Review by tomclarkin

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In May of this year,I toured the Greek Isles with my wife and 2 other couples on the Oceania Liner, Nautica. It was an extremely disappointing experience.
Except for the 2 exclusive restaurants on board, the food in all other eateries was poor to fair. The prices for wine, beer and hard alcohol were excessively high - similar to what you pay in a fancy hotel.
Service was very spotty. The higher up the wait staff positions, the less satisfying it was. The only real polite service came from the runner type, non-paid youngsters. Not all, but enough to mention, of the professional wait staff had unpleasant attitudes.
It was obvious that the ratio of passengers to dining seats, including all dining venues, was low on the seating side. The main dining room where most evening meals were eaten was overcrowded every night. Not once were we seated on arrival at the maitre d's desk. It was usually a 15 to 20 minute wait and on one evening it was 50 minutes.
The ships officers, impeccably dressed in their ocean-going whites, were especially aloof and seemed quite impressed with themselves. Their attitude was never that of a host entertaining guests, but rather of a higher class tolerating the lower.
The tours were acceptable but in one or two cases the very strong foreign accents of the guides made it difficult to understand. I would think the cruise line would check into things like this before sending their passengers on unintelligible outings.
I doubt very much if I would ever take another cruise. Certainly not on an Oceania ship!
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