OVERVIEW: We (my wife and I) selected this cruise based on previous experience sailing with Oceania, and also the itinerary of this specific cruise. The Norwegian Fjords were on our "bucket list" and this cruise also included three ports in Russia: Murmansk, Solovetsky Islands, and Archangel. The cruise was wonderful, we would highly recommend it. Anyone considering this itinerary, regardless of cruise line, should realize that the weather is unpredictable. We had wonderful weather, out of 20 days we had 18 days without rain and warmer than expected; but weather is always a roll of the dice and especially for this part of the world. However the cruise director confided that the same cruise in 2015 experienced fog most every day. All that said we would still highly recommend this cruise, the landscapes of Norway change as you travel north above the arctic circle and there is no place quite like. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. The only negative points involved embarkation and disembarkation which is covered below.
SHIP: Oceania Nautica is a smaller ship, about 680 passengers. We enjoy this because it allows meeting many the other passengers, and the open seating in the dining room facilitates getting acquainted with fellow travelers. The staff was excellent, always helpful and attentive.
DINING: Oceania takes pride in the ships cuisine, and we were not disappointed. The menu in the Grand Dining Room was varied every day and the number of selections rather amazing. Although some selections were better than others, we were never disappointed. There are also two specialty restaurants which require reservations, Polo Grill offers primarily steaks, and Toscana is Italian cuisine.