In July, Sarah Wilson joined Oceania's MS Nautica for a 12-day cruise from Istanbul to Athens, stopping at a number of Greek Islands and mainland destinations en route. These included Santorini, Rhodes, Crete and the surprisingly delightful Monemvasia – dubbed “The Gibraltar of Greece”.
Oceania Cruises offers a luxury (almost) all-inclusive service, particularly suitable for couples while still being family-friendly.
All the essentials were included. The only added extras were alcohol (reasonably priced), casino gambling, shore excursions, laundry (self-service or done-for-you) and spa treatments.
Oceania specialises in mid-sized cruise ships that carry between 700 and 1,200 guests and have a high staff-to-passenger ratio. A side benefit is that ships like the MS Nautica can enter ports that are unable to accommodate bigger vessels.
The regular dining options include; the Grand Dining Room, Waves Grill, Terrace Al Fresco and 24-hour room service.
The dining dress code is “country club casual”. Open seating makes for a relaxed and less regimented atmosphere.
In addition, all guests have the option to dine at the high-end Polo Grill and Toscana Italian restaurant at least once, depending on their stateroom category.
Looking for more information about cruise vacations? Contact [email]text=Sarah Wilson[/email], an International Travel Consultant with Escape Travel based in Queens Plaza, Brisbane who can be reached at 1300 841 012 or by [email]text=email[/email].