10 Venice Oceania Nautica Cruise Reviews

Nautica is one of 8 identical ships built for Rennaissance cruise line. Azamara have 3 and Oceania have 4. They are small enough to get into ports which larger ships cannot and therefor have better itineraries. the weather on this cruise ... Read More
Nautica is one of 8 identical ships built for Rennaissance cruise line. Azamara have 3 and Oceania have 4. They are small enough to get into ports which larger ships cannot and therefor have better itineraries. the weather on this cruise had several days of rough weather resulting in missing the first port which was changed to Naples. We did back to back cruises and the weather improved as we headed south. The food on this cruise was outstanding. The main dining room frequently produced meals the equal of the speciality restaurants. This included the lunch menu. Additional meals in the speciality restaurants could be booked at the desk in the terrace cafe every morning.The other outstanding feature was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff from general manager to cabin steward. This attitude more than made up for the weather. We chose the excursions from the 3 choices of the "o" life choice before the cruise so we did not have to pay extra to the cruise fare. The excursions were standard and similar to what can be obtained on other cruise lines. If we had paid the prices extra we would have been overcharged by some margin. Similarly the prices for alcoholic beverages were very high. The cabins on the "r" class ships have small bathrooms. When the forthcoming upgrade of Oceania's ships takes place it would be money well spent if the shower cubicle were extended as well as putting on a folding door. This would be preferable to to cosmetic changes. We benefit from the excellent Oceania loyalty programme. We are disappointed that in November 2019 the higher grades may be penalised If the food service and itinerary are priorities Nautica is a good choice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We decided on taking our first cruise and for sure this is the LAST one and for sure the LAST one on Oceania Nautica. Room was tight and two people cannot move in it. Food is TERRIBLE and it seems they rotate the same ingredients over ... Read More
We decided on taking our first cruise and for sure this is the LAST one and for sure the LAST one on Oceania Nautica. Room was tight and two people cannot move in it. Food is TERRIBLE and it seems they rotate the same ingredients over and over again. All seafood served is farmed and not wild caught. WAY too much hidden sodium in all the food, evidenced by the fact that we work up continuously every night to drink water. It's amazing folks don't have a heart attack eating the stuff they serve. Overly pretentious considering food is lousy. Out room maid was very nice though. Shore excursions are WAY over-priced and you can get the same thing on shore for a small fraction of the price they charge. Also, the management is constantly finding ways to squeeze more money out of you. For example, it's stated that there is free WIFI, however that applies to only ONE device. If you wish to connect a second device to your room's router, it's a charge of $250 per extra connection ... FROM THE SAME ROUTER! The management should be ASHAMED of themselves. We could not wait for the cruise to end. STAY AWAY!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had never been to the Adriatic and a small ship seemed the best way to go. Having been on Oceania the year before, we knew that the food would be amazing and we certainly weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent with more ... Read More
We had never been to the Adriatic and a small ship seemed the best way to go. Having been on Oceania the year before, we knew that the food would be amazing and we certainly weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent with more to see than we could possibly fit into 10 days. The sense of history is incredible. Highly recommend Venice, Ancona, Dubrovnik and Kotor if you have never been there. Rhodes and the Greek Coast were also enjoyable. Other stops were Santorini and Rhodes both of which we needed more time to explore. We had very rough weather in Santorini which made embarkation an adventure, but the crew were very diligent in keeping everyone safe. We highly recommend the old towns in Dubrovnik and Rhodes as the is literally dozens of things to see. Kotor is stunningly beautiful as is the Croation coast line. Everywhere we went, the people were friendly and helpful. As usual, the food was absolutely the best we have enjoyed at sea, whether in the MDR, Horizons, or the 2 specialty restaurants - Toscana and Polo Grill. Only regret is that Red Ginger is not found on the 4 smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Nautica was an elegant ship, nice layout, super easy/fast embarkation and debarkation. We love Oceania’s relaxed attitude on alcohol – we brought a bottle or two on from multiple ports, and got jokes about how heavy our bag was, with ... Read More
Nautica was an elegant ship, nice layout, super easy/fast embarkation and debarkation. We love Oceania’s relaxed attitude on alcohol – we brought a bottle or two on from multiple ports, and got jokes about how heavy our bag was, with the wine handed back to us. The 2-for-1 daily happy hour is straightforward, and a nice way to take advantage of pre-dinner drinks in a lounge. Itinerary & Excursions We chose the cruise due to the itinerary, so we obviously loved it. Venice to Athens, with ports every day. Ancona, Italy was a nice surprise; Split, Croatia was disappointing. All of the cities were very walkable with tons of information available, and we did our own planning and excursions. Stateroom and Ship in General Given the time of year, we didn’t want a balcony. Instead, we had an oceanview, and the lack of a balcony plus a GIANT window translated into a spacious stateroom – we loved it. Tons of space for all of our things. The bathroom was tired, and I hope it’s included in the upcoming refit. The ship overall is elegant and tastefully appointed, with beautiful art. Lovely. Food Our biggest disappointment of the cruise. Oceania is known as a ‘foodie’ cruise line. On a previous cruise, we were SO impressed by the baked goods that we were drooling just thinking of getting to eat them again. But the food – even in the specialty restaurants – was just good, not great. The baked goods (other than the amazing sticky buns) were consistently stale whether in the buffet or the restaurants, and were just okay. There was no wow factor, at all. What happened, Oceania? Entertainment & Enrichment The production staff were just okay. We also had an amazing pianist but playing sonatas for an hour is pretty low energy for a cruise. A saxophonist, Oli Nez, who was quite talented and smooth. Our cruise director had been a jazz singer in a former life so she sang one night. Overall, pretty good, but you didn’t feel bad if you missed a night’s show. The daily string quartet was fantastic. Disappointed that there wasn’t any enrichment on board as we’d have liked to hear about some local history, etc. but we were in port every day so I suspect that was the cause. Staff Amazing. Truly the most content, gracious, friendly, helpful, funny, sweet staff we’ve encountered on any cruise – a true testament to how Oceania and Nautica in particular treats people. Very impressed. Canyon Spa & Fitness Centre The Fitness Centre is quite well equipped and a good size. It was easy to pop in, find whatever equipment you wanted/needed, and spend some time offsetting the food! The spa itself was gorgeous – beautifully designed, with cucumber and lemon ice water always available. If you were concierge level and above, you could use the back deck and giant hot tub. However, all passengers could use the facilities and the steam room (just hand over your room card to get a locker key) for free – as on most cruises – which was a lovely bonus that we took advantage of almost daily. My husband did have a spa treatment on his birthday to use up some of our shipboard credits, and it was wonderful. Spa staff are also great. WiFi and Computer lab Wifi seems to be included now (in use on 1 device at a time), though we didn’t really want it as we enjoy the forced withdrawal from life of a cruise. Wifi was a decent speed…until you got to the computer lab. The computer lab is ridiculous – saran-wrapped keyboards (!) and the most painfully awfully slow internet I’ve experienced (and that includes dialup). It was virtually impossible to accomplish any task. I don’t understand why there was such a difference, given that we logged into wifi on both our phones and the computer lab with the same account, but there it was. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Enjoyed a wonderful 10 days aboard Nautica. Could not find fault with any aspect of the ship. Cabins clean and very comfortable, food in all the restaurants was great, although Polo was a bit of a disappointment on our final night. The ... Read More
Enjoyed a wonderful 10 days aboard Nautica. Could not find fault with any aspect of the ship. Cabins clean and very comfortable, food in all the restaurants was great, although Polo was a bit of a disappointment on our final night. The Grand Dining Room was worth a visit every night, and was every bit as good as either Toscana or Polo. The latter two pride themselves on requiring a higher standard of dress code, but we found that this was not enforced, so that some guests were allowed to enter in tee shirts and jeans.We did wonder why my husband had brought his dinner jacket all the way from Australia! We docked in a different country every day, which did prove to be a bit exhausting, and next time we would look at a cruise with a few days at sea to catch up on some rest! Most ports were very good, but Durres ( Albania) was a complete waste of time. Not sure why a place like this is included on the tour. Would have been better to have an extra day in either Corfu or Sorrento. The cruise director assured us that we would be welcomed, but we did not find this was the case. And several crew members warned us about watching our possessions and not going in to any backstreets! Lovely pool area. Would definitely travel with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Background Over the years we had fallen in love with the idea of cruising, and had initially decided on other cruise lines (Silversea, Crystal) but eventually settled on Oceania because we liked the idea of "Country Club ... Read More
Background Over the years we had fallen in love with the idea of cruising, and had initially decided on other cruise lines (Silversea, Crystal) but eventually settled on Oceania because we liked the idea of "Country Club casual" and felt that the mid-size ship was about right for us. We also wanted a chance to do some dancing (ballroom and latin) and the O ships seemed to have the biggest dance floors. This particular itinerary was not our dream list of ports, but it ticked enough boxes and the timing and duration were right for us. Pre-cruise we booked our own hotels (we actually stayed a few days in Milan before catching the train to Venice and staying a few extra days there as well). We arrived at the San Basilio dock via water taxi and were immediately greeted by Oceania staff and our luggage was whisked away. Embarkation was smooth and with a minimum of queuing and processing we found our way to our stateroom. Stateroom We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our stateroom - 6068 - a B1 balcony cabin. Other than the fact that there wasn't enough room to pass each other at the end of the bed, the layout was perfect and the amenities and facilities were great. Even the bathroom and shower were bigger than expected - it's amazing what they cram in to the available space. The balcony was fantastic. My wife had not been fussed on getting a balcony and we had tried to book a C1 window cabin but they had been sold out - what a blessing in disguise. We didn't spend a lot of time sitting out on the balcony but being able to throw open the doors and take in the fresh air, the views and the ambience adds an extra dimension to the whole experience - day and night. The bed was very comfortable - we both slept well right from the outset, and the stateroom was quiet, well located and efficiently serviced twice daily - I can't think of any negatives worth mentioning! Ship Info As mentioned above, for us the ship size / number of passengers was just right. The ship is small enough that you can become familiar with where everything is, but big enough that you still get lost trying to get to where you are going, and discover new areas. Every area of the ship was clean, well maintained and well staffed - nothing seemed too formal or too casual. We never experienced any real issues with over-crowding in any areas - not everyone wants to do the same thing at the same time. The daily newsletter ("Currents") was delivered to the stateroom each evening and gave a good summary of the activities for the following day, including timings for entertainment and special events, as well as the menu for the Grand Dining Room. We also enjoyed watching the Cruise Directors daily broadcast on one of the in-house channels each morning. Dining Expectations were fairly high as far as dining was concerned and were generally met although there were one or two disappointments. The Polo Grill (specialty restaurant) was a let-down, both from a service point of view (amateurish wait staff) and food wise (over-cooked lobster and mediocre steak). Our experience in the Polo Grill was echoed by other cruisers we had met via Cruise Critic. Tapas on the Terrace was a major disappointment. It was just a buffet (which was reasonable) with a few poorly executed and often mismatched tapas dishes each night. We had been looking forward to the tapas concept but quickly discovered it was one of the ship's few weak points and gave up on it. In contrast, Toscana (the Italian specialty restaurant) was a great experience (which we managed to arrange a second visit to). The maitre d' and head waiter, in particular, were so pleasant, and the food was great. Portions at all the restaurants were smallish, which enabled you to tackle three courses without having to waddle out of the room. But the real hero of the dining experiences was the Grand Dining Room. For some reason we avoided it until about the third day, only to discover that the food and service were of the highest standard - the execution and presentation was always spot on and the friendly wait staff operated with military precision. The Lunch and Dinner menu for the GDR was included in the daily "Currents" newsletter so you had plenty of time to make your mind up! Afternoon Tea (with the string quartet playing) was refined and relaxing and Room Service was also good. They were quite prompt (especially with Continental Breakfast) and all other items we ordered (e.g. Club Sandwich, Burger, Salmon main course etc) were well presented and fresh and clean flavours. Drinks were a little bit over-priced (Gin and Tonic for $8, featured wines by the glass for $9 and average wine by the bottle for $40). We took the opportunity to buy a bottle of spirits from a little duty free shop at Kotor to utilise for a few pre-dinner drinks. Your stateroom attendant will happily stock your bar fridge with your preferred mixer and ordering ice etc is not a problem. You can also buy wine and drink it in your stateroom but we preferred to have a drink at the bar or at the table in the restaurant so ended up with a small drinks bill at the end of the cruise. Activities We didn't find the time to participate in any of the organised on-board activities! Service The crew all wear badges which show their name, title and country of origin. The Nautica crew certainly were a "united nations" - with something like 45 countries represented (with surprisingly few from the USA). In general they were well trained, friendly and very eager to please - and there were many outstanding performers who really made you feel welcome. Some didn't really seem to have (yet) developed the right communication skills but you got the feeling it was a happy ship. Entertainment Everyone has heard the jokes about bad cruise ship entertainment and perhaps for these reasons expectations were fairly low but I have to say that many aspects of the onboard entertainment were a pleasant surprise. The resident band ("Marek") were very good and played two or three 45 minute sets a day as well as providing backing for any of the evening shows or sail away parties. When we got up to dance they were quick to ask for any requests and later on in the cruise they always threw in a Tango tune when they saw we were on the dancefloor. The string quartet were ok - neither particularly good or bad. The entertainment troupe (four of them), who doubled as "assistant cruise directors" were fun - no real standouts although JR's Phantom of the Opera during the "Showstoppers" production was simply outstanding. We could have done with more sail away entertainment up on the Pool Deck. The vegas style nightclub act, Perry Danos, was very good. He has a great voice and was very relaxed and seemingly enjoying the atmosphere himself. I'm not sure if the cruise director, Willie Aames, is supposed to be counted as an entertainer but my wife and I both found him both entertaining and endearing - although this opinion was not shared by all the cruisers we met! Port & Shore Excursions We didn't take any of the ships excursions. Instead we organised a number of small private tours via Cruise Critic which all worked out well - we saved money but that wasn't the prime motivator. We met some really great people and by travelling in a small group (up to 8) we felt like it was a private / personalised experience. We also used taxi drivers for ad-hoc tours at two ports (Kotor, Taormina) and they were both great experiences. Tendering is a necessary evil in some ports. The first day we had to tender was a bit of a disaster as they had a lot of trouble lower one of the life boats - thank goodness we weren't sinking at the time! After that everything went pretty smoothly, and in our experience we were able to get on an early tender even as "independents", simply by turning up early (before the first ship tours were due). Kotor (Montenegro) As this port is not listed in the port reviews menu I want to mention here what a surprise this place was. The views during the sail in and sail away for this port are simply stunning and the old town is nice. What a beautiful location. We took a chance on a taxi tour with one of the drivers touting for business at the customs gate and what a great decision it was. We spent 2 hours being shown many views and visited the town of Budva, which had a beautiful old town. Our driver gave us a very interesting talk on the royal family and Montenegro in general and told us about the "Wild Beauty" of his country. In the background we could see the mountains where they have ski resorts and there was vast swathes of land that looked like national park land but was simply "wild". They have beautiful lakes and rivers, idyllic beaches, medieval towns, modern resorts etc etc - something for everyone? Port Rating 4. Internet Access To be charged up to 95c for (slow) internet access in this day and age is simply not good enough. This is one aspect where Oceania has to lift its' game. The Oceania @ Sea room was often empty as no-one wants to pay through the nose for what many now take for granted as a basic necessity of life! We did spend a bit over $100 on internet access charges during the cruise - not a huge amount of money in the bigger scheme of things but it did feel like you were being taken advantage of. Disembarkation As we had our own plans (staying on in Rome for 4 nights) we opted for a late disembarkation and strolled off the ship around 8:30 AM to find the Cruise Director and the ship's captain waiting to farewell us personally, which was a nice touch. There were staff there to help us locate our luggage and take it to our transport - disembarkation was a breeze. Summary We will definitely be taking another cruise at some point in the future and as things stand we'll be sticking with Oceania and the R class ships. It's not really a cruise ship for children as there are no specific facilities for them, and most of the passengers seemed to be in the 60+ age bracket. If the thought of having to pack a penguin suit (tuxedo) turns you off and you feel comfortable at a nice golf / country club and you cringe at the thought of sharing your holiday with thousands of others then this is the right cruise line for you. There is a lot to do both on board and in port, and in our case barely enough time to do it all. It was a great all round experience and one that we thoroughly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
This was our 15th cruise and our first time on Oceania. We felt we were ready to get away from the "bigger is better" cruise ships and lines and we were generally pleased with the Oceania experience. The Nautica is a well ... Read More
This was our 15th cruise and our first time on Oceania. We felt we were ready to get away from the "bigger is better" cruise ships and lines and we were generally pleased with the Oceania experience. The Nautica is a well maintained ship that was recently dry docked for refurbishment.All new teak wood throughout the exterior spaces with new chairs as well. The only area of the ship that looked "dowdy" was the buffet area. Loved the Tapas on the Terrace area at rear of ship for eating outdoors. Pros: a great itinerary with access to smaller ports, such as Portofino & Amalfi, due to the smaller ship size. With less than 700 passengers, ship never felt crowded, very few children (all well behaved), better quality of food and service. Nice group of travelers, mostly couples. Cons: Destination Services (tours) overpriced and poor quality. We went for almost $1500 in tours and not one was decent,let alone exceptional. Destinations Service staff on board ship gave us a $30 refund per person when we complained that the description of a tour in Montenegro did not in any way resemble the actual tour itself. We are currently demanding a full refund of $298 & haven't received a response to our letter of complaint to Oceania in Miami. No shuttle bus was provided in the ports to get us into the towns. This is something that Oceania needs to work on. The specialty restaurant Toscana was a major disappointment. We are from the NY area and are inundated with decent Italian restaurants and this wasn't even in the "decent" category. Nothing on the menu was overly exciting...what is everyone raving about? Polo Grill, on the other hand, was fabulous and we ate there twice. The food and service in the main dining room was also very good. Used the laundry room iron to touch up a few items and it was always crowded with lines waiting to get in when it opened at 8am. Much too small. Limited entertainment, the comedian was good but not much else to remember. We were generally pleased with the overall experience, but when we did the math, the trip cost us approximately $1,200 per day, which was much more pricey than a similar itinerary on Holland America's newest ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam. We're still trying to decide if it was worth the difference. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
This cruise was picked by our folks to celebrate their 60th plus wedding anniversary. They have cruised over 25 times and they wanted to show us (3 "kids" & spouses) the old world. The Eastern Med in October is right at the ... Read More
This cruise was picked by our folks to celebrate their 60th plus wedding anniversary. They have cruised over 25 times and they wanted to show us (3 "kids" & spouses) the old world. The Eastern Med in October is right at the end of the season (for tourists in this region) and the weather isn't blazing. Oceania handled the air arrangements as we all came from various parts of the US. We flew out of Seattle on Lufthansa to Frankfurt & on to Venice. After a pause at a quick and painless Italian Security check point right at the boat, we boarded and were directed to our stateroom. My Brother & wife had been on a sister ship to the Nautica and had warned us about the size of the stateroom & bathroom. We weren't shocked by the very small shower in the dinky bathroom. Everything else was roomy enough for two and we had a nice veranda. Having read previous reviews on Cruise Critic, we were in awe of the interior furnishings we found as we strolled thru the boat within the first hour being on board. We were greeted by friendly staff at every turn. We ran into the head Chef taking a break for coffee on the fantail of the Terrace Cafe. He was nice enough to give us some advice on how to get around in Venice, "take the water taxis to get anywhere!" We did and it worked out great! No formal nights meant that packing was a bit easier than with other boats. But we, as a family, did a tropical night where we all wore Hawaiian prints shirts or flowered dresses! I'm not sure that the other guests figured it all out. The food on the Nautica was superb! Whether you eat in the Grand Dinning Room, the Polo Grill, the Toscana, or Tapas on the Terrance, the Staff caters to your every whim. Tapas Staff member Bailey's "bon Appetites" at each meal was warm felt & honest. The crew wants the guests to feel special and we did! We had stops each day in places like Rovinj, Croatia; Ancona, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Sarande, Albania; Crete, Satorini, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Delos & Mykonos, Greece; and finally, Athens! All the stops were great with the exception of Albania; we could have skipped this very tired land. Enough said. Kotor, Montenegro, should not be missed. There's an old enclosed city with a fortress overlooking the entire area. The climb up to the top of the fortress is said to be 1500 steps above the old city. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's more like 2500 hard climbing steps to get to the top! But worth every step! After playing tourist all day, it always felt great to return to the Nautica and it's smiling crew! The worlds best lemonade is available 24/7 & finding a comfortable place to rest up before dinner is always easy to find. These small boats of Oceania are great for adults! But really only for adults as there are no kids programs of any sort on this boat. Leave the little ones home and experience the luxury of being pampered by the best boat on the seas today, Nautica! Read Less
Sail Date October 2008
I travel with my daughter who was 17 at the time of this cruise. This was our 8th cruise. Our cruise experience is broad and we have sailed on ships ranging from moderate to luxury, from Alaska to the Baltics. This cruise embarked in ... Read More
I travel with my daughter who was 17 at the time of this cruise. This was our 8th cruise. Our cruise experience is broad and we have sailed on ships ranging from moderate to luxury, from Alaska to the Baltics. This cruise embarked in Venice. We booked everything ourselves including airfare and hotels. We stayed at the Hotel American in Venice and it was great. We arrived 4 days early to see Venice and that was more than enough time. Very crowded and expensive but you've got to see it at least once. Food in Venice is outstanding everywhere. Embarkation was the first time we ever heard the phrase "they don't work for Oceania" and we heard it plenty of times through out the cruise as an excuse for poor service. embarkation was confusing, we were herded all over the cruise terminal for no apparent reason. ONce on board we were told 'they don't work for Oceania and we have no control.' Once on board, the ship is lovely. Our stateroom was clean but no featherbeds, etc. Stateroom service was excellent. They leave bottled water in your stateroom and charge for it. There were two bottles of wine in our cabin with no card. I called the steward and they had no idea why the wine was there. There was no corkscrew. Turns out the travel agent sent it. It was Oceanias label, and when we took it to the dining room the first night they wanted to charge a $15 corkage fee. The wine steward offered to open it if I took it immediately back to the room. Our waiter told me that the wine servers are a different company and don't work for Oceania, hence they won't do anything for free (or even for good will). Dining is fine aboard the Oceania and the steak house was the best. We ate one night in the italian restaurant and thought we would die of old age getting service. The food there was mediocre. Everyplace else was terrific and the waitstaff was very friendly and efficient. The best place to eat on the ship is the buffet and eat outside looking off the back of the ship. Ordering wine here was difficult, waiting forever for a glass of wine that comes at the end of the meal. I complained to the buffet manager and he said they have no control as the wine people are independent contractors. So, the pool was very nice and they have double loungers. Not enough loungers and it was always crowded. Lots of people go out in the morning and put their stuff on the loungers and my daughter and I were actually yelled at by a man was saving loungers for his family members who still had two hours of bingo before they would come out! The poolside bar was nice and there were plenty of waiters to bring you drinks. EXCEPT, if you want a beer and a water and a coke, they will only bring you the alcoholic drink and you have to get the coke and water from someone else because THEY ARE A SEPARATE COMPANY! Shore excursions: book your own ahead of time. There were three people working the shore excursion desk and with one exception they were the most surly people on the ship!! Guess what?? They are also a separate, independent contractor. At one stop, I pointed out the window to a small town on the shore that was a few miles away from where the tenders landed and asked what town that was. The shore excursion lady wouldn't turn to look out the window; she shrugged her shoulders and said she didn't know. The guy in line behind me laughed out loud and said how could she not, she sent a tour there. We have cruised enough to know that it is best to book our own excursions. Having said that, we had such fabulous tours when we cruised with Crystal in the Baltics that we thought we would have the same experience with Oceania. WRONG. We took the ships excursion to Rome; get yourself a private car and don't spend so much time in a bus and waiting around. On the drive to rome we spent nearly an hour at a roadside stop for a bathroom break, clearly the idea was to have people spend money there. We took the ship excursion to Pompeii; it was a half day tour and we spent exactly one hour touring the ruins. The tour guide was terrible; go yourself and spend more time because the ruins are extensive and there is more to see than the 3 places that every tour is trying to see at the same time.They did not offer a longer tour to Pompeii. If you go to Marseilles, do not stay in town. Take the train to Provence, or anywhere, but Marseilles is terrible. In Dubrovnik, take a taxi from the pier into town and do it yourself, was very easy. We were in Corfu for an afternoon and everything was shut down for the afternoon as usual. We hired a cabbie to drive us around the island; there is nothing to see there although there were some nice beach resorts that looked like they may be nice to come back to some time. As you leave the ship everyday, the crew tries to sell you water. Entertainment on the ship was much lower key than on other ships. This was fine with us because this cruise stopped every day except one and we were tired. There was also the most entertaining art auction I have ever seen!! This art company was apparently on its last cruise with Oceania and the lady running the show kept bitching about Oceania. They were taking the art off the walls all over the ship and trying to sell it. They took all the art off the staircases and left the wires and lighting dangling. What a mess! All over the ship, in the library and hall ways and dining rooms, the art was being stripped off the walls. So overall, it was a lovely ship with a great itinerary. Food was good and the wait staff was great. The wine people, the shore excursion people, the embarkation and disembarkation people and the art auction were all independent contractors and they were pretty much a big bunch of idiots. I have never paid that much for a cruise and I expected better. But now, let me tell you why I will never again sail with Oceania. They lost my luggage. I put our bags out the last night as we do on every cruise and the next day we were missing one of our bags; a medium duffel bag. We waited around for a couple of hours and were told by Oceania people on the dock that they would find it and deliver it to our hotel. We were spending the night in Barcelona and taking a flight out the next day. The luggage tags given to us by Oceania to put on our bags were marked with our hotel and our flight the next day. They said not to worry. The bag wasn't delivered to us at the hotel and to this day, 8 months later, we still don't have it. Do you know what Oceania headquarters said?? You got it!! 'They don't work for us and it's not our responsibility that your bag got lost.'They put me in touch with someone at the port in Barcelona that has our bag, but she stopped answering my emails. 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Sail Date August 2006
We embarked the Nautica in Venice on 7/28/06. We connected through Frankfurt on Lufthansa from the US. Our flight in Frankfurt left an hour late and two of our bags arrived in Venice before we did, but we didn't find that out until ... Read More
We embarked the Nautica in Venice on 7/28/06. We connected through Frankfurt on Lufthansa from the US. Our flight in Frankfurt left an hour late and two of our bags arrived in Venice before we did, but we didn't find that out until spending over 1/2 hour in the baggage claim office. However, all was found and we were jubilant. Oceania was a little slow, we thought, transferring us to the cruise ship. We were concierge level and expected a little more in the way of service in being transferred and during embarkation, but nothing extra in the way of service was provided other than a separate desk when we walked into the Nautica Lounge on deck 5. We were transferred in a bus and left sitting en route during a couple of stops with the A/C turned off. When we arrived to one check-in building, our bus driver just left the bus without instructing us to get off. Finally, we reacted on our own and departed the bus. We transferred through a building, scanned our hand baggage, walked out, and then boarded ANOTHER bus to be taken to the ship. By this time, after spending time at the airport looking for lost baggage and waiting to connect via the transfer provided, there wasn't a wait anyway so any concierge benefits provided were inconsequential other than being allowed in our stateroom before others were at 3:00 p.m. (it was about 2:30 at that time). In addition, typical of what we've found on other lines, there was no white glove escort to our stateroom. After checking in, we were handed our room key and left to navigate the maze through the Nautica lounge to find our cabin. When we first walked in, it kind of took our breath away because it was quite small. We adapted during the two week cruise. Being heavy packers, we found room for most of our clothing, which is saying a lot for the storage capability in the small cabin. We booked many of our excursions in advance--all of our tickets were delivered on a timely basis later that evening, and during the cruise, some excursions were cancelled. We were disappointed by the cruise lines' decision to cancel an Amalfi coast drive trip, which was one of the main points of the cruise for us. Most of the excursions were good to very good, they can be pricey, but what we've found is you get your money back in the comfort of the tour, the organization and lack of thinking you have to do in a non-English speaking port. Taking excursions independently is a matter of choice--we did both on this cruise. We found the service exceptional on the cruise. The food was good to great, depending on the item and how rushed staff were. Some nights, if the dining room was busy, food might not be to temperature or the service was slow. On nights that were slow, we found the opposite. We dined in the Polo Grill (chop house) three times. Several steaks were not prepared to order (medium) and were at least medium well--we did not complain as taste was not compromised. Steaks in the main dining room were cooked to order better, surprisingly. Toscana (Italian themed restaurant) was good, as we only ate in there one time. We didn't like the fact that some times to get a reservation in the alternate restaurants meant compromising to a sharing table. Many nights, after a long, exhausting day in port, we were ready to unwind with a private dinner. We cancelled several reservations in the restaurants due to this. In the main dining room, we like the eat at your leisure option, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. We received tables for two there as requested. Service was good to exceptional. We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and lunches in the Terrace Cafe. Staff literally go out of their way to assist you with selecting items from the food bar (I like the idea of staff serving and passengers not handling all of the food) and helping you to your seat and retrieving drinks and water. Service in this location was the best we've ever experienced. The drawback for Oceania is that for the price paid, the best they amenity they have to offer is service, especially in the dining areas. The ship, while traditionally decorated in design reminiscent of a country club, and very well maintained, isn't any more fabulous than any other ship afloat. The boat rocked a lot in sea swells. Our cabin attendant was good, but no better than those we've seen on other lines. The cabins are small. Production shows are mediocre. Limited shopping on board with two highly priced boutiques. Average fitness room. Average destination services staff. You still pay for a la carte beverages other than tea/coffee. You still pay for tips. It is a matter of whether the perceived value--excellent service vs. other amenities--is worth it to you to sail on this line.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2006
Nautica Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 2.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.0
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 3.5
Rates 5.0 3.9

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