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Nautica Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Oceania Nautica a Good Choice!

Nautica Cruise Review by Bridgeclimber1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2015
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite

This was our first time on Oceania line (which does not appear to have a very high profile in Australia it seems - perhaps it will change once NCL open their own office here rather than an agency) and overall we were very happy with the quality of décor, food, etc.

The ratio of staff to guests was very high and overall the experience was excellent, with very good quality dining, either formal or casual.

Spending an evening during the "rogue" wave on entry to the North Sea, was not a night to live through again, with the constant sound of glass crashing and anything that could move, including the bed, moving!

Everyone on board was generally very friendly and their was a nice ambience for the whole journey. We were not 100% happy with our PH2 cabin and have written separately about this on cabin review.

Oceania also does need to look after guests who wish to play bridge, and one rec'd the impression that this definitely was not an activity catered for - it could have been so good, as many were interested. There was often confusion as to where the time was being allocated - the card room or makeshift tables in the Polo Grill (not good). There were not sufficient card packs, pens, scoring sheets, let alone some basic refreshments for players. Very very poor by Oceania. Guests should not be expected to carry cards so they can hopefully get a game on board.

The entertainment was so-so from what little we saw. Re port visits we did our own thing and organized an independent 2 day St. Petersburg tour via DenRus which was excellent. We did several "hop-on hop-off" bus tours and on the Zeebrugge stop we chose to make our own way to Ghent, which was worthwhile, as we had already been to Bruges.

Some days there were "challenges" in the laundry room - one such facility is obviously not sufficient for the no. of passengers.

All in all we enjoyed and would book again with Oceania, for the right ports of call.

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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH2 8053

We were very disappointed with the location of category PH2, cabin 8053. Several items as per the Oceania Australian website for PH2 did not appear, which we had to bring to the attention of the "butler" initially, who raised the issue with the Head Concierge; not much joy there! For the entire journey, outside #8053 was a major housekeeping station, with multiple trolleys etc. right next to the cabin, 4 hrs. average in the morning and similarly in the afternoon. A bit annoying after a while - would have been nice to share the location around so we were not the ones with this obstruction for the whole time.

We did not see the value in PH2, nor the "butler" - having more space seemed to be the only plus. Holland America Neptune Suite SA on Volendam for Alaska we thought was excellent. The afternoon canapes were not enticing and we asked for them to stop, but they continued - such a waste of good food. We are not seasoned cruisers but have sailed on Seabourn (great) and QM2 (Princess category) as comparisons, in addition to Nautica and Volendam.

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