2 Venice to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Oceania Nautica Cruise Reviews

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
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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