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Nautica's Pool Deck

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.

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....

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.

Pool Deck

Pool Deck
Pool Deck

Reception Hall

Premiering on Nautica: seagoing cabanas

Pool Deck
Florida-style Patio
Nautica Spa

Some outdoor activity ... before lunch

Afternoon Tea at Horizons
Marlies enjoying a scone with clotted cream
Afternoon Tea

Personable waitress Mercy at the Teatime Trolley



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

First published on March  5, 2006

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