W e chose this cruise because of the itinerary-particularly Latvia and Lithuania, which are two countries that my wife and i had never been to. It has also been 16 years since our previous Baltic cruise, so we were curious about potential changes. A third deciding factor was the three day stop in St. Petersburg, which allowed us time to visit Moscow, where we had not been previously. The highlights of the cruise for us were, in fact: the three days we spent in Russia; our stops in Riga, Latvia and Klapeda, Lithuania; and the food on the Nautica. The stop in Russia was terrific, largely because of our SPB tour guide, Kate, who showed us the amazing sites of St. Petersburg for two full days. The middle day of our stop in Russia we took a high speed train 4 hours each way to Moscow, which was also an excellent experience thanks to SPB. The food on our ship was superb in all thee dining rooms plus the buffet and the Waves grill (which is where they make the milkshakes and smoothies). Our captain did a fine job dealing with some unusual circumstances. First, he cancelled a scheduled stop in northern Denmark due to high winds; then we rescued five people off a yacht in distress; and finally, he went back to pick up two guests who were late returning to the ship in Helsinki. One final observation about the Nautica is, in my opinion, do not go for the nightlife. We only went to two of the shows at night and the casino was dead. On the other hand, CBS sports announcer Vern Lundquist gave two talks that were both highly entertaining.

A second great experience on Oceania!

Nautica Cruise Review by BuckeyeGuy7

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View (obstructed view)
W e chose this cruise because of the itinerary-particularly Latvia and Lithuania, which are two countries that my wife and i had never been to. It has also been 16 years since our previous Baltic cruise, so we were curious about potential changes. A third deciding factor was the three day stop in St. Petersburg, which allowed us time to visit Moscow, where we had not been previously.

The highlights of the cruise for us were, in fact: the three days we spent in Russia; our stops in Riga, Latvia and Klapeda, Lithuania; and the food on the Nautica. The stop in Russia was terrific, largely because of our SPB tour guide, Kate, who showed us the amazing sites of St. Petersburg for two full days. The middle day of our stop in Russia we took a high speed train 4 hours each way to Moscow, which was also an excellent experience thanks to SPB.

The food on our ship was superb in all thee dining rooms plus the buffet and the Waves grill (which is where they make the milkshakes and smoothies).

Our captain did a fine job dealing with some unusual circumstances. First, he cancelled a scheduled stop in northern Denmark due to high winds; then we rescued five people off a yacht in distress; and finally, he went back to pick up two guests who were late returning to the ship in Helsinki.

One final observation about the Nautica is, in my opinion, do not go for the nightlife. We only went to two of the shows at night and the casino was dead. On the other hand, CBS sports announcer Vern Lundquist gave two talks that were both highly entertaining.
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Ocean View (obstructed view)
Cabin E 6047
Our cabin was fine. It was centrally-located (and thus insulated somewhat during the "rough" seas), quiet, and of adequate size. Our view was totally obstructed by the lifeboat, however, so it may have made sense to go for a(larger) inside cabin at a lower price.
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