Oceania Cruises was founded on the premise of providing long, interesting, world-ranging itineraries on board luxurious-yet-casual ships, providing a low-key ambience that's more about quiet socializing than high-decibel excitement.
Travelers attracted to Oceania tend to be older, affluent, and more self-motivated than guests on the mainstream big-ship lines, and thus gravitate toward some of the Nautica’s enriching, culturally-driven type of programming. Instead of loud music by the pool, you'll hear jazz bands, string quartets and solo pianists. Rather than big, Vegas-style reviews, the main show lounge presents comedians, magicians and musical soloists.
Dining on Oceania’s Nautica can be as convivial or as intimate as one pleases since all restaurants subscribe to an open-seating policy — meaning passengers can dine when they want and with whomever they want. Options range from the elegant Grand Dining Room to the Polo Grill, which boasts seaside views from most of its tables.
Equally elegant and enticing are Nautica’s staterooms with rich fabrics, wood trim and super-comfortable bedding, seducing passengers with Oceania’s exclusive “tranquility bed” — a confection of memory foam, pillow-top cushions, chamomile-infused fibers, 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and down comforters.