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Jaap enjoying the Saturday morning feeling at Horizons

On board Nautica, every morning feels like a Saturday morning. You know, a morning where you wake up completely relaxed, make yourself a cup of coffee, read the morning paper and happily realize that you have a full free weekend ahead of you. 

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!

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.

Grand Dining Room
Grand Dining Room
Terrace Café
Grand Dining Room
Grand Dining Room
Terrace Café

Outside in the fresh sea air

Horizons Bar
Horizons Bar
Library
Horizons Bar

Horizons Bar

Library

 

Photos and text: © 2005-2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on March  5, 2006

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