Friends had spoken well of cruises they took on Oceania (before the pandemic). Our originally scheduled cruise with Oceania was cancelled due to Covid, but we cancelled before the cruise line did, so we could only get "future credit" rather than a refund, which we would have preferred. We used the credit to book a cruise on Nautica to Spain, the Canary Islands, and Portugal. We enjoyed the ports of call, but found the shipboard life to be pretty dull. There was a show every night at 9:30 and most of them were average to good. However, there was very little entertainment otherwise. We enjoy listening to live music before and after dinner, and there was almost none to be had on Nautica.. A string trio was introduced as being part of the entertainment staff -- but they disappeared after the first 2 or 3 of days, leaving a pianist as the only entertainment prior to 9:30. Oceania promotes itself as serving the best food at sea. We found the food in the main dining room to be not bad, but nothing special for this level of cruise line. Menus were a bit monotonous. We paid for a "concierge-level" cabin, but the only thing we noticed getting for the extra cost was one bottle of champagne. Our "concierge" was apparently invisible. The Nautilus had just completed refurbishment. The decor was fresh and new but not very interesting. In our cabin's bathroom, the shower was tiny --good thing we're not overweight! The previous December, we cruised on Celebrity and enjoyed it much more. We don't want a ton of kids and drunken carousing passengers when we cruise, but Oceania, you're not nearly fun enough for us!
Our booked shore excursion to tour the Alhambra was cancelled!!! A second booked shore excursion was also cancelled.