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Nautica Review

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Oceania Athens to Dubai Fiasco

Review for Nautica to the Middle East
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bsaltman
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2011
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

Oceania Cruises M/S Nautica Athens to Dubai Review

How many ways can one cruise go wrong? Theoretically, an infinite number, but ours fell just slightly short. To coin a word, the "lowlights" consisted of the following:

A cruise director who never did much more than read from "Currents" - the daily ship's information paper. His bearing, manner, monotone delivery and overall personality were dull, uninspiring and impersonal to the point of detachment. If it is his job to set the tone, he was successful in that every day we heard it- the kind of dull thud that could only be

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite

Cabin PH3

we had a penthouse suite which was nice because it had a large balcony and a dining table with comfortable chairs which made it possible to eat in our cabin occasionally. The bathroom however was a disappointment since it was not much bigger than a regular cabin bathroom

Port Reviews

Limassol

typical Greek port-not a lot of shops or things to do

Safaga

nothing much to do here-you need to take a cab to do any shopping. Beach day is the best option. Do not go to Luxor unless you can stay overnight there! It is a long, boring, bumpy ride there (4 hours) so you get almost no time in Luxor.

Aqaba (Petra)

Aqaba is a beautiful modern city on its own but the trip to Petra is a must. It is a delightful 2 hour ride with beautiful scenery and good roads. Petra itself is amazing and definitely worth the trip. We added the optional visit to Wadi Rum which was also very good.

Salalah

a charming, clean, modern city. We took a cab ride to the Suq (market) area-be sure to negotiate with the driver beforehand, prices can vary greatly. The people we met here, including our cab driver, were the friendliest, nicest ones we met on the trip. Some great shopping here for jewelry and islamic items.

Dubai

this is of course an amazing place-unbelievable architecture, clean, modern, vibrant, exciting. We took a tour of modern Dubai which gave us several photo stops at some of the iconic buildings, including out to the Palm Island and their version of Atlantis. We then had high tea at the Burj Al Arab hotel which was overpriced but very nice. A visit to an authentic Suq finished the day beautifully.

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