Last week I was invited on board Oceania Cruises ship, Nautica for a tour of this fabulous ship! She was in Southampton for the day between cruising the British Isles giving us an opportunity to have a look behind the scenes.
Once on board our group was treated to a glass of fizz whilst we were given a presentation by one of the team. I learned so much about the Oceania fleet and all the itineraries and I can’t wait to share some of this knowledge with you!
Oceania has 6 ships in its fleet, Marina and Riviera are the larger ships and have a guest capacity of 1250 and 4 Regatta Class ships, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena with a guest capacity of 684, making them much smaller and more intimate. At just over 30,000 tonnes they are classed as ‘yachts’.
Following the presentation, we were shown around some of the cabins. Veranda staterooms are elegant and spacious with a private balcony. If you want to make your time on board a little more special the Penthouse Suite measuring 322 square feet had plenty of room for in-suite dining. The bathroom was finished with granite and boasted a full-size bathtub!
For a special treat the Owners suite or Vista suite are absolutely amazing. Ranging in size from 786-1000 square feet these suites were bright and airy with lovely décor and every amenity you can think of. he private balconies were huge with lovely loungers and dining area.
Following our cabin tour, we were treated to lunch in the Grand Dining Room. Oceania’s strapline is ‘The Finest Cuisine at Sea’ and wow, they really mean it! We started with Maine lobster and caviar, followed by Provolone stuffed ravioli, Beef Tenderloin, Papuan Chocolate Volcano and Petits Fours and macaroons, all of which was accompanied by fantastic wine. There are several restaurants on board, three speciality restaurants - the Polo Grill, Toscana and Jacques Bistro are included in the cost of your cruise but do need to be booked as they are very popular. You also have the more casual option of Waves, offering a gourmet buffet, the Terrace Café where you can dine indoors or al fresco and Horizons for afternoon tea.
With itineraries ranging from 7-day cruises to 180-day round the world journeys Oceania’s smaller ships are able to access smaller ports of call and they offer overnight stays in many destinations. Nautica was intimate and luxurious with a relaxed atmosphere with an exceptional personalised service and exceptional value with so many inclusions.
Now when can I book that 180-day world journey?