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Nautica Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Athens to Dubai

Nautica Cruise Review by Garyfr1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2016
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom

The itinerary on the cruise was excellent - a passage visiting Greece, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and Dubai. Cairo was cut from the itinerary one day after the final payment date, which was a disappointment and some passengers felt a devious move. A few passengers made alternate plans to visit Cairo by alternate means either during or after the cruise.

The embarkation in Athens and debarking in Dubai were effortless.

The Nautica is a small ship, making for an intimate experience with fellow passengers and crew. The food is excellent across the board, be it in the dining room or terrace grill. Toscana the Italian venue served perhaps the best Italian food we have eaten anywhere. The Polo Gill was fine, but not outstanding.

Because it is small, there generally isn't much to do at night on board. There is a single nightly show at 9:30, which can be on the later side for some folks. The ship's crew performers were perhaps the best we have ever seen after 26 cruises across different companies; the same could not be said for the talent that was brought on board to perform for 1 or 2 nights.

The balcony cabins are an acceptable size, but the bathroom is very small. The beds feature a special matress which was very comfortable.

The ship tours are very expensive, generally at least twice as expensive as private tours - we found a private overnight tour to Luxor for $300 per couple, while the ship charged $699 per person for the same tour.

I definitely would go back on the Nautica because the crew makes you feel very comfortable and the ship has a very nice ambiance.

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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B2 6014

The cabin is average size for a balcony cabin these days - about 215 sf. There is enough room to store clothes and things, but you wouldn't think it initially. It might be good if they added a few wall hooks to hang miscellaneous clothes on in the stateroom (belts, sweaters, hats), but it's not a serious drawback.

The bathroom shower is a little small.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Visited the Grand Mosque and a few other local sites to get an overview of Muscat. It was very interesting. The ship docked right next to the old town port which was a fun place.

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The first day we arrived at noon in the heat of the day, so we waited until the heat disappated some and took a cab into the city and the Dubai Mall and saw the world's tallest building and a very brief water show (not worth the wait at the fountain it is so short). After disembarking the second day, we had a privately arranged overview tour which took us to most of the highlight spots of Dubai.

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There is not much in the port to see. It is very expensive to take a cab - round trip into the old souk was $70. You might be better off taking a tour.

Athens (Piraeus)

Just arrived and went to the ship because we had been to athens previously. It is sad to see how impoverished the city has become.


Many shops were closed as we visited late in the season, so the port didn't have much magic.

Booked private transportation to take us to Jerusalem on Day 1 and return on Day 2. It is expensive to do if the either day is the Sabbath, since public transportation doesn't run on that day. Jerusalem has such historic significance it is a place not to be missed.

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After a long 3.5 hr drive, we visited the Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple the first day, and the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepshut the second day. We took advantage of an optional early morning balloon ride over the western Nile valley.

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Cairo (Port Said)

the port of call was cancelled by the ship 1 day after final payment was due - kind of underhanded. Took a private trip to Cairo after the cruise ended - it is a city to be experienced!

Most people find petra amazing, which it is. It is a very, very long walk downhill to the city, and it seems even longer going back up - I don't think anyone prepares you for the length of the walk.

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