Nautica Cruise Review by Snook657
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
A big plus was that Nautica, being a small ship, was able to dock close to several of the city centres rather than at the more distant ports. Sailing out of Hong Kong harbour from Ocean Terminal after dark was a an amazing sight and a cruise highlight. Several overnights in port made it possible to take two shore trips per port.
As anticipated, the food was great in all dining venues, especially at the Polo Grill. We appreciated room service breakfast on days when we had an early start for shore excursions. We like open dining times, being able to dine whatever time we feel like, and enjoyed sharing tables sometimes. The wine prices were very high, but we made good use of happy hour pre dinner drinks.
The enrichment lectures we went to (4) we very good. Attended only 2 evening shows, but both were very good given the small number of the entertainment crew.
Embarkation didn’t go as expected. We arrived 15 mins after embarkation began but found everything at a standstill, with nowhere to sit while we waited for action, around 30 mins. Were told later that we were kept inside for warmth, as it was unusually cold outside. Once the line started moving all went well.
Disembarkation was seamless.
Service in all areas of the ship was excellent, and courtesy was shown by everyone from the Captain down.
We didn’t do any ship’s excursions, partly because they were so expensive, and partly because we prefer small group excursions. We organised our own trips or joined some organised by others via Cruise Critic.
A little disappointed with the lack of a Concierge lounge on this smaller ship.
Otherwise this was a great cruise, and if we cruise again we are likely to choose Oceana.
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