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Nautica Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Great itinerary

Nautica Cruise Review by LadyReadingOxford

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We chose this for the fabulous itinerary, ending up with three sunny days in St Petersburg. The tours were good, the on-board lectures about our destination were outstanding. The food was excellent, especially in the specialty restaurants, which proved quite easy to book. The passengers were mostly American, and not as old and decrepit as you get on some ships; there were also quite a few Australians and New Zealanders, hardly any British. The crew were mostly from the far East and Europe and went out of their way to be helpful. You could dine at any time and had the chance to meet different people at a shared table if you wanted. The entertainment was pretty poor - naff comedians, rather amateur shows, scratchy classical music. The casino was large and almost always empty. Oceania should replace it with more shops or other use. The shops were unimaginatively stocked - the usual cheap jewellery at inflated prices, as well as some real jewellery, and clothes and bags that you would not look at on land. Nothing useful. The library was extensive, but very American - fiction by authors and biographies of people I had never heard of, so bring your own reading material. The wifi was incredibly expensive, over $300 for two weeks, and it hardly worked. We had sailed on this ship when it was Renaissance nearly 20 years ago and connection had hardly improved since then. There was not much help from the IT staff. We waited until on shore to try to get a decent connection, but Oceania should not charge so much for a poor service. Also they charge a gratuity on every drink, and then expect you to pay another huge gratuity per day at the end of the trip - this is exorbitant. We were lucky with the weather until the final day. Disembarkation at Stockholm was awful - try to avoid Stockholm - the "terminal" was a tent erected in the pouring rain, with no chairs, no toilets, no facilities, just luggage awaiting pickup. Passengers had to stand in whatever cover they could find, waiting for taxis to arrive outside a metal fence. Disembarkation left a bad taste after a very good journey otherwise.


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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin D 3029

The bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen anywhere. It made getting up and going to bed a real ordeal. My outstretched arms could touch the back of the shower on the left and the wall on the right! Maybe higher grades were better, but you couldn't swing a cat in it. No ventilation so things stayed damp. Otherwise cabin OK as long as the two of us took it in turns to move around. Comfortable bed, stable and quiet sailing, enough storage and hangers, lighting OK


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Lovely place, and easy to navigate on your own with a guidebook. Nice little train took tours around the old town.

St. Petersburg

Excellent tours, we saw the centre comprehensively, good guides, well organised

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Very good guide around the old Hermitage; but disappointed that 20th century art and impressionists have been moved to a separate building which we could not visit on this tour.

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