Time in port wasd often too short, and some of the port selections were ok at best. To be fair, the weather was pretty bad which was a downer as well.
Robert was terrific!
Jody provided excellant service and followup. Looking forward to continued relationship with Affordabletours.
The trip was with Oceania Cruise Line. This was our 4th trip with this cruise line, so we are very familiar with the services offered, etc. However, it appears one thing has changed which we did not care for. Specifically, the tours on our previous 3 cruises were much better -- we were taken to the places described in the description and we actually got a tour of that particular place inside and out This time, despite picking tours/excursions of the same caliber per the description in the catalog, we were taken to the location, shown the outside and given a brief explanation and were then given "free time" (20-40 minutes only) to use the toilets and shop for cheap souvenirs. This was VERY disappointing, especially since some of these locations really had a lot to see/offer on the inside. Of particular disappointment was the fact that we did NOT get to go inside La Sacrada Familia Church in Barcelona. Moreover, even if we had wanted to go inside, we only had about 40 minutes of free time before leaving that spot, so we could not have waited in line and toured the inside of the church. This "format" of the tours was consistent throughout the cruise, and was not something we enjoyed, nor did we feel we got our money's worth since the tours run $150-$250 per person.
Oceania's air department leaves a lot to be desired. I understand they try to book flights at the lowest cost to them using prevailing industry standards. However, the routing can be quite an experience in itself. If one needs a better routing after the computer spits out the "world flight" itineary, then the passenger is left calling Oceania to pay a $175 change fee + any applicable cost increases the flight changes may require. In our case they had us flying west to east on the outbound leg. I was able to convince Oceania to make a more acceptable air change without any costs to me. We loved having a three night stay in port at St. Petersburg, Russia. Even so, we couldn't possibly do all the touring required to cover that city! Gotta go back someday! This was our sixth Oceania cruise. Their consistency in service, safety, food, excursion management and selection, like minded passenger load, ports of call, small ship size are all first class and second to none at their price point.
Can't go wrong with Oceania.
Everything was Ok, but internet service on Nautica was a little bit slow. Signal was poor and even WIFI calling was not available because of poor signal
I have booked many tours and cruises through Affordabletours.com and have not experienced any problems. The staff I dealt with were courteous and on the ball eventhough I am located on the other side of the planet. The prices quoted were very reasonable, often with additional perks attached. I have always recommended my friends to use their services.
Trip was well-run but suited to over 70s. Not ideal if you are much younger as the on board ship activities are designed for older people.
Wonderful cruise. The itinerary was well thought out, with charming towns along the Baltic. The ship\'s staff were exceptional. Our butler and maid could not have been more friendly, efficient, and helpful. The ship was beautiful, especially the public spaces which reflected a high end, old world style. Food was quite good, with lots of choices at all meals.
This was our first experience with Oceania as well as with cruising on a "small ship". We would definitely cruise with Oceania again. Our cabin was perfect. The ship's staff was very friendly and eager to please. Our cabin steward was the best. The ship itself was absolutely beautiful throughout. If we had to mention a shortcoming it would be the food in the specialty restaurants. We dined in each one and found the quality of the food inconsistent with the price and quality of the cruise as a whole. We ate most of our meals in the buffet and found the variety and quality of the food much better. One final note: This cruise has cured us of ever wanting to cruise on "big ship" again.