This Nautica photo gallery shows you many images of the Oceania Cruises cruise ship. Pictures of Nautica at cruise ship ports of call in the Mediterranean, the fjords of Norway and North Cape, Asia, Australia and in the Caribbean. The interior photos show Nautica's cabins, lounges, sun decks, restaurants and atrium. Questa galleria fotografica Nautica mostra molte immagini della nave da crociera Oceania Cruises. Foto di Nautica nei porti di scalo delle navi da crociera nel Mediterraneo, i fiordi della Norvegia e Capo Nord, Alaska, Canada e nei Caraibi. Le foto degli interni cabine di Nautica, lettini, sdraio, ristoranti e atrio. Diese Nautica Foto-Galerie zeigt viele Bilder von der Oceania Cruises Kreuzfahrtschiff. Bilder der Nautica auf Kreuzfahrtschiff Häfen im Mittelmeer, die norwegischen Fjorde und Nordkap, Alaska, Kanada und in der Karibik. Die Innenaufnahmen zeigen Nautica Kabinen, Aufenthaltsräume, Sonnendecks, Restaurants und Atrium. Cette galerie de photos Nautica vous montre de nombreuses images du navire de croisière Oceania Cruises. Photos du Nautica dans les ports des navires de croisière de l'appel de la Méditerranée, les fjords de Norvège et le Cap Nord, en Alaska, au Canada et dans les Caraïbes. Les photos vous donnent les cabines du Nautica, salons, terrasses, restaurants et atrium. Esta galería de fotos Nautica muestra muchas imágenes del barco de cruceros Oceania Cruises. Fotos de Nautica en los puertos de cruceros de escala en el Mediterráneo, los fiordos de Noruega y el Cabo Norte, Alaska, Canadá y en el Caribe. Las fotos del interior muestran cabinas del Nautica, salones, terrazas, restaurantes y atrio.

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Nautica Facts & Figures
Owner/Operator:Oceania Cruises
Year built:2000
Builder:Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Former names:R Five, R5 Blue Dream
Gross Tonnage:30,277
Length:181.0 m (593.7 ft)
Beam:25.5 m (83.5 ft)
Passengers (normal):702
Passengers (maximum):702
Crew:372
Service speed:18.0 knots
Sister Ships:Insignia - Regatta - Sirena - Azamara Quest - Azamara Journey - Azamara Pursuit - Pacific Princess
Nautica Photo Gallery
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From the ShipParade Archives: Every day is like Saturday on Nautica
Amenities, decor, charges and services have changed since this article was written Text & Photos © 2005 Bart de Boer

What would you do if you were asked to start up a new cruise line and were handed with a relatively new, luxurious 700-guest ship? If your name happens to be either Joe Watters or Frank del Rio, you would probably call your new venture Oceania Cruises, name the first ship Regatta and start to build a cruise line that hovers between the premium and luxury segments.

With a hint of Renaissance, a scoop of Crystal, a good deal of people management and a whole lot of marketing experience, Oceania have been delivering a wonderful cruise experience from day one. Such was the success of their first ship Regatta that sister Insignia joined the fleet a year later. And now, on November 24, 2005, friends and family of Oceania Cruises have congregated in Istanbul, Turkey to witness the naming of the third Oceania sister Nautica.
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Originally ordered by the now defunct Renaissance Cruises, the Oceania triplets carry only 700 guests and offer a completely unstructured lifestyle geared to well-traveled English-speaking couples. With no formal nights ("Country Club casual" is the only dress code) and much emphasis on good food and interesting destinations, Oceania has quickly secured her own place amongst the cruise industry's big players.

We join Nautica at Istanbul, Turkey for her festive naming ceremony before setting sail on a five-day pre-inaugural “Friends & Family Cruise” in the Eastern Mediterranean. Despite the inclement weather en route, we quickly appreciate the vessel's elegant interiors, her lazy mornings, active afternoons and convivial. On Nautica every day feels like a Saturday!
Ah, there she is! Nautica looks immaculate on this sunny Monday afternoon, docked in Istanbul's busy city center. While porters run around with luggage carts, our passports are taken in by friendly Oceania staff. After being handed our Oceania World Card, which doubles as our stateroom key, our photo is taken by the ship’s photographer. Welcome on board!
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When Renaissance Cruises ordered eight sister vessels in the late nineties, the cruise line appointed John McNeece as principal interior designer and told him to style the ships classically and luxuriously, like a British country club. McNeece succeeded admirably, making much use of dark wood paneling, thick ruby red carpeting and plush, comfortable furniture. With Nautica spending the last couple of years catering to the Spanish cruise market, Oceania had to replace all smoke-infested carpets and furnishings, albeit without changing anything to the look and feel of the vessel. The result of this operation that Nautica feels like a brand new ship.
Our stateroom happens to be just around the corner from the Grand Lobby. Cabin 4404 measures 165 sq ft (15.3 sq m), has a picture window, two beds that can be converted into a double, a sitting area plus a small bathroom with shower. The Oceania fleet is not exactly known for their lavish accommodations and while perfectly adequate and elegantly appointed, only the largest suites on board really qualify for the term “stateroom”. To increase the appeal of the cabins, Oceania was one of the first cruise lines to invest in sleeping comfort. They introduced the “Tranquility Bed”, featuring the best in bedding with 350-thread cotton linens and high-quality mattresses. This proved to be a brilliant move as guests cannot stop raving about the beds and seem to forget all about the claustrophobic bathrooms. Since my last Oceania cruise, TV programming has been improved considerably, with four channels of quality feature films. And, in all fairness, who needs a big bathroom if you can stretch out on a Tranquility Bed watching a great movie?
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On our first days on board Nautica, our mornings start with a hearty breakfast in the Terrace Café up on deck 9. Even in the early morning, Oceania knows how to please the palate with scrumptious freshly baked pastries (the “pain au chocolat” is heavenly), ready-to-made eggs, fresh fruit (should I mention the bowls of fresh raspberries and blueberries?), plus all the items you have come to expect on premium cruise liners. Service comes with a smile from smartly dressed waiters. Enjoy your breakfast in air-conditioned comfort inside or outside in the sun on the Café’s spacious teak-clad aft terrace. And should both these spots be crowded (which does happen at peak hours on sea days), there is always Waves Grille, conveniently located near the pool
Willing to try everything, we decide to have breakfast at the Grand Dining Room one day. We find this wonderful window-walled room virtually empty, with soft classical music playing and waiters anxious to be of service. The breakfast menu here pleases even the pickiest of people and comes with “lean & light” and Quick Breakfast options for those in a hurry or on a diet (both are definitely BAD ideas on any Oceania voyage!). Enjoying every second of our elegant served breakfast, we quickly change our habits and trade in the Terrace Café for the Grand Dining Room for that true Saturday morning feeling. Delightful!
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After breakfast, it is time to head up to the exquisite Library that is chock-a-block with books, atlases, globes and even two Internet stations. The room sports the ultimate British country home look. With its faux fireplace, high-backed leather chairs, wood paneling and beautiful artwork, many people love to find a spot here to read a book. Or two... Horizons Lounge, located a deck higher in the front of the vessel, serves as Nautica’s observation lounge by day. For that perfect Saturday morning feeling, gaze out through floor-to-ceiling windows and order a steaming cup of cappuccino (free of charge until mid-morning) from one of the smiling and personable waitresses. Should you crave something more mentally stimulating, you might consider checking your e-mail or surfing the Internet to learn more about the next port of call. The Oceania@Sea Internet Café is situated on deck 9 forward and comes equipped with all the latest technology. Prices are in line with other cruise lines (which means it is quite expensive) and Oceania schedules computer courses for those that want to know a little more.

Nautica easily passed the lazy Saturday morning test. But laziness is not for everyone, so perhaps you would rather like to work out, jog, swim, play shuffleboard, practice yoga or … go shopping! On this mid-sized ship, all is possible within three minutes’ walk from your stateroom.
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The Nautica Spa is quite large for a ship of this size and caters well to all facets of “Wellness”. There is a hairdressing salon and at the expansive and well-equipped Gym, you can work out to your heart’s content while seeing the world pass by through walls of glass. The adjacent aerobics studio is home to several exercise classes during the cruise. Unfortunately, Oceania will charge you for participating in any of these classes, which is not really befitting the cruise line’s upscale image. Another fee is charged for the use of the wonderful Thalassotherapy Pool all the way forward on the same deck. The circular pool (an oversized Jacuzzi really) sits on a glazed-in deck directly above the bridge. With comfortable cushioned steamer chairs nearby and a forward view, you could spend the whole day here!

Nautica’s beautiful teak-clad Pool Deck is the center of all attention on nice sunny sea days. Oceania did a nice job restyling the deck, which now boasts romantic cushioned couples’ deck chairs, ample sun beds, umbrellas, twin Jacuzzis and a nearby Pool Bar. At the Waves Grill you can order a burger, enjoy a light lunch with a glass of chilled white wine and even treat yourself to a scoop of “gelato” before hitting the deck again. Premiering on Nautica is an alfresco Florida-style patio with overstuffed furniture and ocean views. With its over the top Americana look, the area is not really in line with nautical teak-and-cotton feel of the rest of the Pool Deck. A touch of Hillfiger would be so much better here....
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Nautica’s top deck holds another surprise. Apart from a golf betting cage, shuffleboard patches, Oceania introduces the world’s first seagoing cabanas: Miami Beach goes out to sea! Located in a prime location, with forward-facing ocean views, the cabanas feature a Balinese sun bed for two, telephone and can be rented on a daily basis. The hefty rental fee (suite guests have priority) comes with some nice extras like premium sun lotion, gourmet bites, iced towels and a complimentary massage.

Should you feel a remote hunger pang after spending much of the day in the sunshine, you should definitely head for Horizons at precisely 4.00 PM. That’s when Oceania's famous double-deck sweets trolley comes out, pushed around the room by cheerful staff. Accompanied by a string quartet and with views of sea and sky through the Horizon Lounge’s floor to ceiling windows, Tea Time is definitely one of the most popular times of day on board Nautica.
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The perfect Saturday evening starts with a pre-dinner drink. It’s up to you to discover your favorite venue on board. For some it's the Grand Bar, only a few steps away from dinner. Others like to order a drink at the bar at any one of the specialty restaurants. Horizons is popular for its panorama views. But for us, Martinis is the spot to meet before dinner. Dinner is without any doubt the highlight of a day on board Nautica. Oceania offers an unrivalled choice of dining venues, from casual Mediterranean-inspired buffets to elaborate six-course a la carte dinners. So, where to go? On balmy, starry evenings, head up to deck 9, find yourself a spot on the Terrace Café’s open aft deck and enjoy “Tapas on the Terrace”. During our cruise, we thoroughly enjoyed the array of fresh buffet food here one evening, complemented by a nice glass of wine. Recommended!

To me and most other guests on board, going down to the Grand Dining Room for dinner is the epitome of the Saturday feeling. Even though the room is quite noisy and can feel crowded, the atmosphere is always right. Being European, I sometimes get irritated about the “hit and run” dinner service on most cruise ships. Not so on Nautica, where dinner is turned into an event and timing is perfect. With no assigned seating, you just show up at the dining room between 6.30 PM and 9.00 PM. Whether you want an intimate dinner for two or want to join newfound friends at a large table, it will never be a problem.
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I truly savor each and every dish at the Grand Dining Room - every night. In fact, the quality and presentation of the food served here equals the standards of the world’s most expensive cruise lines. Most dishes are prepared to order and are well-seasoned, tasty and look stunning. With French master chef Jacques Pepin overseeing all menus and preparation on board, the food served on board has a distinct French touch. Service is excellent by efficient, friendly waiters. The wine list is long and holds some pleasant surprises. And the open seating setup makes that you are able to linger over dinner for as long as you like.

On extra-special days, you might want to consider booking a table at one of the two specialty restaurants up on deck 11 aft. We had dinner at the Polo Grill one evening and enjoyed the sizzling, juicy steaks even though service was not as polished as we would have come to expect. Unfortunately, it proved to be impossible to get a table at Toscana’s, Nautica’s Italian restaurant but friends of us raved about the food quality and service. Oceania does not charge extra for dinner at either Polo Grill or Toscana’s, so avoid disappointment and book a table as soon as you get on board.
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After dinner, most guests head for the Nautica Lounge. This intimate, baroque blue-and-gold showroom is where Cruise Director Lesley John shines. Given the size of the vessel, you should not expect full-blown Broadway-style musicals. Instead, the entertainment is traditional, with four singers and dancers provide a well-rounded, sophisticated hour of music on some nights. On longer cruises with many ports of call and a generally older clientele, nightlife is limited to gambling at the charming Casino and a little disco dancing at Horizons. And once you’ve worked up a sweat dancing to the sounds of the seventies, you will be pleased to know waiters are walking around carrying huge trays with … more food! Oooh!

The final night on board Nautica gives us the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of yet another Saturday on board this fine ship before we reluctantly disembark, say goodbye to old and newfound friends and jump on a plane that brings us back to Amsterdam.
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