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5.0 / 5.0
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Route of the Vikings

Nautica Cruise Review by ngamma

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2016
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite

This cruise was beautiful and interesting, far more so than we expected. It was a Southampton round trip, themed around the Vikings. The itinerary was: Edinburgh, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Akureyri and Isafjordur in northern Iceland, an all day navigation of the staggeringly beautiful Prince Kristian Fjord in Greenland, followed by Paamiut and Qaqortoq in Greenland, then back to Reykjavik for two days, then Derry, Belfast, and Dublin Ireland. That is a lot of ocean to cover so there are 5-6 sea days. We loved the natural beauty, it was like witnessing a very new Earth, with evidence of volcanoes, glaciers, earth quakes, and seismic plates(we put one foot on the Eur-Asian plate and the other on the American, while they were venting steam and slowly separating!) Culturally and historically the trip was fascinating.

We love the Oceania smaller ships. We particularly appreciate the friendly and competent staff. The dining options aren't vast, but the Grand Dining room is pleasant and the selection is broad enough to not be boring after three weeks. The two specialty dining rooms are Toscana, Italian, obviously, and Polo, a steak house; they require reservations but no extra fees. We do not go to the entertainment, enrichment activities, or the buffet venue, so we can't give information about those things. We are too busy researching the next destination or reading our books. We always book private guides with our cruise critic "friends" and then it is such fun to finally meet on the ship.

The only drawback is the glacially slow internet, but it was recently announced that Oceania is updating the capacity and speed.

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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH2 8056

We book penthouse for more space, especially on a long cruise. This gives us a butler, which we do not need particularly, but he was helpful with reservations and serving us dinner in our stateroom with some friends.

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