Posted July 25th, 2016
5 Things We Learnt From Our Nautica Visit
Last week, we were lucky enough to step aboard the luxurious Nautica, one of six ships in the Oceania Cruises fleet. She is the sister to Regatta, Insignia and the newly made over Sirena, all three of which are smaller than the 1,250-capacity Marina and Riviera.
Although it’s clear that luxury abounds on board these ships, Oceana Cruises maintain that they are not a six-star cruise line, placing themselves below the opulence of sister line Regent Seven Seas, whilst allowing guests to make up their own mind when it comes to how divine the experience is.
So, we ventured down to Southampton whilst Nautica was in port and here are five things we learnt from our brief time on board.
Penthouse Suites Are The Only Staterooms With Bathtubs
When it comes to choosing which grade of accommodation you would like when sailing on board Nautica, you may want to consider a Penthouse Suite. These are the most popular option available, offering plenty of space for your money and a full-size bathtub (which you won’t find in any other stateroom grade). They are all situated on deck 8, close to the restaurants, spa and pool deck, giving you an enviable starting point when leaving your stateroom.
Whichever grade you choose though, there are so many great things to look forward to. 1,000-thread sheets are laid on top of Oceania’s coveted Prestige Tranquillity Beds, which are custom-made in Italy and available to buy should you never want to fall asleep on any other bed again. There’s an elaborate pillow menu to help you find your perfect level of comfort, access to an extensive DVD library and Bvlgari toiletries as standard.
The Food Will Knock Your Socks Off
Oceania Cruises are very proud of their culinary offerings, spending more on their ingredients than any other cruise line. That’s an impressive fact when you consider most other operators have a much bigger capacity than the humble 5,236 berths available across this entire fleet. We were treated to a sumptuous six-course lunch which showcased some of the excellent dishes available in Nautica’s different dining venues. From the caviar with fingerling potatoes to the ‘samba’ chocolate mousse, each course was as delicious as the last.
As well as fantastic restaurants like Toscana and Polo Grill, where the menu receives the Midas touch of Jacques Pépin, you can enjoy a white-gloved afternoon tea in Horizons or order course-by-course room service to be enjoyed in the relaxing surroundings of your own stateroom.
The Staff Can’t Do Enough For You
Another great selling point of an Oceania cruise is the staff that make your holiday as perfect as they can. Everywhere we went we were met by smiles and it seemed as though everyone working on board really loved their job.
The chef came to see us before our meal and the waiters were always on hand to offer more water or a top-up of the well-chosen wines. Plus, if you choose a Penthouse Suite or higher, you will have your own private butler available around the clock to assist with anything from securing your restaurant reservations to helping you unpack your suitcase.
The Spa Terrace Is The Ideal Place To Relax
Whilst many people will find their nirvana in one of the four spa treatment rooms or perhaps in the fitness centre, our favourite place to relax on board Nautica is the spa terrace. Canyon Ranch is an award-winning American brand which has found its way onto a range of different cruise ships, but the spa terrace they have installed here is one of the best.
It may not be the largest space in which in unwind but, with the small capacity of the ship, it’s unlikely to ever be crowded. Comfortable loungers sit either side of a welcoming whirlpool and there are plenty of clean towels on offer. The view isn’t bad either as you get to gaze out over the ship’s bow at the beautiful blue sea or your latest port of call.
This Is Understated Luxury At Its Best
The strapline Your World, Your Way is ideally suited to Oceania Cruises as it describes the experience perfectly. There are so many little touches that allow you to make the holiday your own, like the fact that you can choose to tailor-make your own level of bedtime comfort and are not confined by restrictions in times of attire or meal times.
This is obviously a luxurious cruise line but it is anything but overbearing. There are no professional photographers following around the ship, snapping photos and then charging a premium to buy them; the ship is designed so that you don’t have to walk through the casino every time you make your way from one end to the other; and you are free to take everything at your own pace. This is your holiday, after all.
If you would like to take an all-inclusive trip with Oceania Cruises, we can personally recommend Nautica. Contact our team today for more information on the itineraries available and discover an effortless style of cruising.