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Nautica Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Wonderful Onboard Experience/ Substandard Outside Excursions

Nautica Cruise Review by Jocko.48

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2016
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View

We have taken two previous Oceania Cruises and have very much enjoyed cruising with Oceania both on their larger ships and smaller one. Although the Nautica is small,it was comfortable. My husband refuses to take a cruise serving thousands at a time and prefers the smaller ships as offered on Oceania and the River Cruises. As for the size of our stateroom, it was small, but there was sufficient storage space in the room and the bathroom was extremely efficient. The food has been consistently good, the staff excellent, the cabins comfortable, the linens and beds comfortable.

We stay on the Concierge level because we enjoy the balcony and other services provided on this level. We enjoyed the food served in all areas on the ship. The Terrace Grille is crowded during prime times in the morning. However, we found that eating Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room was best for us because we love being able to sit by a window and order off the menu. Breakfast in the Terrace Grille was used only when we were up early missing the crowds, or needed to eat within 15 minutes. We enjoyed the Happy Hour where where we met many lovely people from all over the world. Happy Hour is very reasonable, two for one, approx $5.00 for a standard drink. However, we spent $$$ by ordering the ship's wine. Next time, we will bring our own wine and pay the standard $25.00 corkage fee.

NOW FOR THE NEGATIVE: There is one thing that we learned the first cruise, the second cruise, and AGAIN this third cruise.

PROVIDE YOUR OWN EXCURSIONS AND TRANSPORTATION. I kept telling myself that I would never use Oceania's Excursions again. Yet we did again, because we were nervous about the possibility of having problems in Russia. Transportation to/from ship is outrageous. My advice, use a cab. If you want an organized tour, use one but not Oceania's. The excursions are a major negative for us. Excursions are a big moneymaker for Oceania. Consider paying $20-$30 (cab) for transportation to/from port rather than Oceania's organized transport fee. Also, I would suggest that you never take a cruise without staying a few extra days on either end. However, do not use their hotel and transport packet. Use a travel agent or book a hotel through the internet for the additional days. Unfortunately, Oceania realizes that many seniors and first time cruisers are unfamiliar with the ability to book excursions through outside agencies.

Hope this information helps. And, YES, we definitely enjoyed our cruise and will not hesitate to use them again.

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