We decided to take the trip on the Nautica vs. other cruise lines visiting Norway because it included a trip over the top of Norway into the Barents Sea and the White Sea, with port stops in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and the Solovetsky Islands in Russia.
We stayed overnight in Copenhagen the night before embarkation. It was cool and raining the day we arrived, but bright and sunny on our departure. We stayed in the Square hotel near Tivoli Gardens. That area in Copenhagen is very touristy and expensive.
The trip started with a very easy embarkation in the ship's lounge in Copenhagen, since the ship didn't dock at a cruise terminal but instead was at the Langelinie Pier. We missed our first stop in Alesund due to high winds, but made all of our other ports (Trondheim, Hammerfest, Murmansk, Solovetsky Islands, Archangel, Hannigsvag and North Cape, Kristiansand, Hellesylt and Geiranger fjord, Bergen, Amsterdam, Brugges). Hellesylt and the Geiranger fjord were striking in their native beauty, and Begen, Amsterdam and Brugges were all wonderful cities to visit.
The Nautica is a small and inviting ship. The ship's ambiance is quiet elegant, with a lot of dark wood in the public areas. This was our second time on board in 7 months, and we felt like we were 'back home'. The small size of the ship and the length of the journey (20 days) makes it easy to meet fellow passengers. Dining on board generally is excellent. We found the Polo Grill inconsistent in its service and food quality - twice it was excellent, twice disappointing. In contrast, we found Toscana consistently outstanding. The service onboard is truly excellent. Because it's a small ship, there is not a lot of nightlife. The casino was small and inactive. There is only 1 production nightly at 9:30. We look forward to returning to the Nautica or one of the other Oceania ships in the future.
the beds were comfortable, the cabin attendents very helpful and unobtrusive.
Who cannot like taking a canal tour, and hopping off the tour to see Rembrants at the Reiksmuseum?
Quaint town with interesting cathedral and archbishop residence
Nearly everyting in the port was closed, as we visited on Sunday
Awesome experience - like going back into the middle ages - an absolutely beautiful city