We really enjoyed this Baltic cruise on the Nautica. We like the way we are treated by Oceania and we especially enjoy the food onboard. This cruise was port intensive with only one sea day, so we knew that there would be plenty of activity outside and little onboard, but then Oceania is not known for its entertainment. However, this was a Verne Lundquist cruise, and I must say he was most enjoyable. I'm not much of a sports fan, but his stories were great fun and his video clips really were a highlight of our time onboard. The Grand Dining Room service was excellent, and the food was generally really good. However, there were some dishes that missed the mark - I think Oceania is trying too hard to impress with some fancy titles that don't taste that good! Also, there was a definite lack of presentation of the food. Too bad. Specialty Restaurants were excellent. The Terrace Café was very good but often too crowded to be enjoyed, so we started avoiding it. Waves Grill was so wonderful that we started gaining weight just walking by! Loved the Surf and Turf and Jon really enjoyed the Kobe Beef Burger. The ports were fabulous, although the weather was not always friendly. Since we generally find our own excursions, our ship excursion experience was very limited. The service of the staff was terrific with smiling faces and attention to detail. One complaint: the "stripes" (officers) seemed to go out of their way to be Unfriendly! The captain seemed competent and communicated with us more than most captains, but the others were stand offish. Very unusual for such a fine ship. Overall another enjoyable experience on Oceania!!

Fantastic food, great service, terrific ports - what more could you ask

Nautica Cruise Review by cuttingedgeglassworks

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View
We really enjoyed this Baltic cruise on the Nautica. We like the way we are treated by Oceania and we especially enjoy the food onboard. This cruise was port intensive with only one sea day, so we knew that there would be plenty of activity outside and little onboard, but then Oceania is not known for its entertainment. However, this was a Verne Lundquist cruise, and I must say he was most enjoyable. I'm not much of a sports fan, but his stories were great fun and his video clips really were a highlight of our time onboard.

The Grand Dining Room service was excellent, and the food was generally really good. However, there were some dishes that missed the mark - I think Oceania is trying too hard to impress with some fancy titles that don't taste that good! Also, there was a definite lack of presentation of the food. Too bad.

Specialty Restaurants were excellent.

The Terrace Café was very good but often too crowded to be enjoyed, so we started avoiding it.

Waves Grill was so wonderful that we started gaining weight just walking by! Loved the Surf and Turf and Jon really enjoyed the Kobe Beef Burger.

The ports were fabulous, although the weather was not always friendly. Since we generally find our own excursions, our ship excursion experience was very limited.

The service of the staff was terrific with smiling faces and attention to detail.

One complaint: the "stripes" (officers) seemed to go out of their way to be Unfriendly!

The captain seemed competent and communicated with us more than most captains, but the others were stand offish. Very unusual for such a fine ship.

Overall another enjoyable experience on Oceania!!
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Deluxe Ocean View
Cabin C2 4015
We stayed in an Outside cabin, having gotten a "good deal" a few months prior to the cruise. We actually liked the cabin, although it was much smaller than our previous cabins. And we did miss the priority embarkation that we received with our Concierge level bookings. The cabin had a large window, not just a port hole, and our cabin steward was one of the finest that we have experienced during our 40 cruises, so Outside wasn't bad.
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