My wife and I have gone on numerous cruise lines, and this was our second on Oceania. Our first Oceania experience was on the larger Marina, and this time we chose the smaller Nautica. We had a wonderful experience. The ship had been refurbished a year earlier, and it was like a new ship. Relative to the larger Marina, there were some plusses and minuses. On the plus side, it was more relaxed, with absolutely no crowds or lines anywhere. We liked the more intimate feel...it was like a Four Seasons Hotel. On the other hand, we missed having four specialty restaurants, as was available on the Marina. Marina also had a full theater, while it was somewhat smaller but still nice on the Nautica. Net, we found the two size boats to be a wash. The service on the Nautica was probably the best we have ever experienced, not only on a cruise, but anywhere. It was absolutely, consistently, perfect. We loved the food on the Marina, and that was the primary reason we chose to do another Oceania cruise. On the first night, we had an okay, but not remarkable experience in the dining room. The other meals were terrific, like we had come to expect on Oceania. Interestingly, my wife did a mid-cruise evaluation, and said (coming off her first night experience) that while the food was very good, it wasn't quite as good as the Marina. She got a phone call from someone in the ship's management, who wanted details on her experience so they could assure it was good for the remainder of the cruise. By that time, things were fine and they continued that way. But that's the Oceania service...very attentive. We splurged and got a Penthouse 3 suite. The room was lovely. Very roomy, tasteful and just nice to be there. We got room 8000, which was great. It was in the cheapest Penthouse class, but wasn't quite at the end of the ship. It was very quiet, as it abutted against the executives' rooms. Baltic itinerary was extraordinary. Tallinn Estonia was our favorite stop on any cruise we've been on. So now we're home, talking up a storm about how much we loved our experience. We'll likely do another Oceania cruise. We've been on Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Holland America. Other than Holland America, we liked them all. But Oceania was something special!

Terrific Experience

Nautica Cruise Review by andyanddonna

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite
My wife and I have gone on numerous cruise lines, and this was our second on Oceania. Our first Oceania experience was on the larger Marina, and this time we chose the smaller Nautica.

We had a wonderful experience. The ship had been refurbished a year earlier, and it was like a new ship. Relative to the larger Marina, there were some plusses and minuses. On the plus side, it was more relaxed, with absolutely no crowds or lines anywhere. We liked the more intimate feel...it was like a Four Seasons Hotel. On the other hand, we missed having four specialty restaurants, as was available on the Marina. Marina also had a full theater, while it was somewhat smaller but still nice on the Nautica. Net, we found the two size boats to be a wash.

The service on the Nautica was probably the best we have ever experienced, not only on a cruise, but anywhere. It was absolutely, consistently, perfect.

We loved the food on the Marina, and that was the primary reason we chose to do another Oceania cruise. On the first night, we had an okay, but not remarkable experience in the dining room. The other meals were terrific, like we had come to expect on Oceania. Interestingly, my wife did a mid-cruise evaluation, and said (coming off her first night experience) that while the food was very good, it wasn't quite as good as the Marina. She got a phone call from someone in the ship's management, who wanted details on her experience so they could assure it was good for the remainder of the cruise. By that time, things were fine and they continued that way. But that's the Oceania service...very attentive.

We splurged and got a Penthouse 3 suite. The room was lovely. Very roomy, tasteful and just nice to be there. We got room 8000, which was great. It was in the cheapest Penthouse class, but wasn't quite at the end of the ship. It was very quiet, as it abutted against the executives' rooms.

Baltic itinerary was extraordinary. Tallinn Estonia was our favorite stop on any cruise we've been on.

So now we're home, talking up a storm about how much we loved our experience. We'll likely do another Oceania cruise. We've been on Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Holland America. Other than Holland America, we liked them all. But Oceania was something special!
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