We chose this cruise primarily for the ports included in the itinerary. In addition we wanted to try a smaller ship. We had sailed twice on the Oceania Riviera and in both instances had excellent experiences. We hoped that on a smaller ship the service wold be even one notch higher. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. However we were a little disappointed with our experience on the Nautica. We thought the service on our previous cruises on the Riviera was more personal and friendly, the staterooms were nicer, there was a better selection of facilities and entertainment and even the food was better.
For this cruise on the Nautica there were a number of things we liked, however, as well as some things we didn't like. The main positives and negatives were....
Our concierge verandah stateroom on deck 7 was compact but clean & functional - everything worked & there was a surprising amount of storage space. Many other people have complained about the minuscule bathroom & shower & I fully agree with those comments.
Kotor is very easy to visit on your own. The ship docked directly in port, just a very short walk to the main gate into the walled city. Downloaded Tom's port guide for Kotor and did our own self-guided walking tour. It was a beautiful place that we had the good fortune of visiting on a beautiful day. The sail-in to the Bay of Kotor at dawn was a feast for the eyes and the sailaway at night with the town and the surrounding mountain all lit up was spectacular as well .
We took the Highlights of Kefalonia excursion given by Avalon Tours but booked through Shore Excursions. Excursion gave us a chance to see and experience different parts of this lovely island. Had a great time. Would highly recommend this excursion.