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Nautica Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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British Isles Medley Cruise.

Nautica Cruise Review by Pickeringman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom

We chose the cruise based on its itinerary. We wanted to go to the main ports of the UK and Ireland. The ship docked at Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Holyhead, Waterford and the Isle of Portland. A similar cruise on the Caribbean Princess didn’t dock at Newcastle where we had friends living. It was a much smaller (mid-size) ship than the ones we had sailed on prior. We had a Veranda Stateroom. We were suprised at the small sized bathroom. If you disregard the small shower, the room was about the size of an airplane’s toilet. However, they had turned the toilet at an angle towards the wall, which meant you couldn’t use it without pressing your knees into the wall. It would be impossible for a tall person to use it. Other than that the stateroom and veranda were mostly as we had found on the Celebrity and HAL cruises. There was also a lot of noise from the engine when they were traveling around 16 knots. We were near the back of the ship where the engine room is. I guess when the ship was built soundproofing material was scarce.

Our perks were a free beverage package, free internet and 6 free excursions. The agency also kicked in a $550 onboard credit. We found the excursions to be extremely expensive compared to celebrity and HAL offerings. Also the Nautica excursions were mostly a short half day in length. We decided to book our own tours directly with the tour companies through Viator etc. We saved a ton of money doing so and the tour content was much fuller than the Ship’s tours. Overall the food selection was excellent. Cabin staff were ok.

We thought that being on a smaller ship would mean less wait times the main dining room and buffet but that was not the case. Entertainment was mainly individual singers. Because of the September weather, no one was using any of the outdoor amenities. The entertainment system in the stateroom was out of date with small screen TV and a DVD player for DVD’s obtained at the main reception desk. Overall, the ship got us to where we wanted to go. Food was above average. However, it needs a major refurbishment.


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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom

See above notes. The bathroom was very small like an airplane’s toilet. The rest of the stateroom was standard. The cabin was at the back of the ship and had vibration and noise from the engine room.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

The cost for just a London transfer was around $200. This transfer include an excursion to Bath and the Cotswold

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Hadrian's Wall

We had a friend who took us to various parts of the wall and the Newcastle Museum.

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Royal Mile

We went to the Mary Kings Close tour and explored the Royal Mile. Public bus 35 got us to the Royal Mile faster than the ship’s shuttle bus.

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A tour of the underground closes at the time of the plague. Guides were actors playing parts. Was not offered by the Ship

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Greenock (Glasgow)

We took a DIY booked tour to Loch Lomond, the Trossacs and Stirling Castle. The ship didn’t offer this tour.

City Tour

Great tour of the city

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Giant's Causeway

We went on a tour that included the Giant’s Causeway, the Titanic exhibit, the Northern Ireland coast and Belfast.

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Titanic Memorial

An interactive museum of the Titanic story. The have a ride on one of the floors. Well worth seeing.

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City Tour

We took our own tour of the city on HO-HO buses. The private tour company cancelled the booked tour for lack of participants. So we went around Dublin using the HO-HO bus and explored the Antique shops finding bargains.

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Chester Walking Tour

We went to LLangolan in wales and then the Roman city of Chester. The city has preserved the Roman wall around the city. Romans had intended the city to be bigger than London. They had planned to invade Ireland from Chester. Tour guide was ok but the tour was rushed leaving little time to take photos.

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The tour was ok but one of the main points of interest, the canal and its narrow boats, was hardly mentioned and not included.

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Snowdonia National Park

The tour to Penrhyn Castle was cancelled so we rebooked on the Snowdonia tour.

It was very scenic and we had a good guide.

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