After a multi-million dollar transformation; Oceania Cruises' Nautica has been transformed into an elegantly charming ship which is perfectly designed to offer a top-class cruising experience. Personal service and an intimate atmosphere are guaranteed when you set sail with 400 attentive crew members and a maximum of 683 fellow guests. With a total of nine passenger decks, there's plenty of space and a selection of high-quality facilities to explore. Nautica offers all the luxuries which you would expect; with four unique, open-seating restaurants, five lounges and bars, a well-equipped fitness centre and indulgent spa, and 342 luxurious suites and staterooms.
The Grand Dining Room is an elegant area which provides high quality cuisine inspired by European flavours at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Polo Grill opens for dinner and serves steak and seafood, while Toscana offers a menu of authentic Italian dishes. Terrace Cafe is an informal eatery serving everything from open-air breakfasts to pizzas and freshly-made sushi and sashimi, and the Waves Grill offers mouth-watering American favourites at lunch and dinner. Tempt your sweet tooth with a delicious Afternoon Tea at four o'clock sharp in Horizons, savour freshly-brewed coffee and pastries in Baristas coffee bar, or simply enjoy room service in the comfort of your stateroom or suite.
You'll be spoilt for choice of places to relax and enjoy a drink aboard Nautica. The poolside Waves Bar is the place to sip your favourite drink and to enjoy a decadent afternoon dessert in the sunshine. Unwind with a cocktail in the intimate atmosphere of Martinis as you listen to ambient piano music. Grand Bar is elegantly decorated and an ideal location to enjoy drinks and gourmet fare. Horizons combines a traditional afternoon tea service and county club ambiance by day, transforming into a lively venue for dancing and cocktails in the evening.
Days on board Nautica can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish. Unwind in Canyon Ranch SpaClub and indulge in a refreshing treatment or keep in shape in the fitness centre. Lose yourself in a book in the library, swim lengths in the pool, or take a dip in the Jacuzzi. Shop for souvenirs in the stylish boutiques, or enjoy friendly competition on the nine-hole golf putting green. In the evenings, the Lounge is the social hub of the ship and the setting for headline acts, comedians, magicians, and live music. The cast also perform a range of production shows including 4 on the Floor, Tuxedo, Good Lovin', and Get on the Floor and Dance. You can also dance the night away in Horizons or chance your luck on the slot machines and gaming tables at the casino.
Day 1: Venice, Italy
Fly from your chosen UK airport, transfer to the port of Venice ready to board Oceania Nautica.
Day 2: Ancona, Italy
The port city of Ancona sits on Italy's Adriatic coastline. As capital of the Marche region; Ancona is famous for its stunning beaches and also the hilltop Cattedrale di San Ciriaco. Pay a visit to the ancient Arch of Trajan and the 18th-century Lazzaretto pentagonal quarantine station at opposite sides of the port. Meander through the city centre and admire the bronze masks of mythical figures at Fontana del Calamo or enjoy the pre-historic and Roman artefacts at National Archaeological Museum. Climb up the slopes of Monte Guasco to the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre or climb the steps to the white marble Passetto Monument overlooking Passetto Beach. People-watch with a coffee at Piazza del Plebiscito or admire the 13th-century Santa Maria della Piazza church on Piazza Santa Maria.
Day 3: Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik sits on the country's southern coast on the Adriatic Sea. Explore the city centre — an UNESCO World Heritage site — with its 17th-century Cathedral of the Assumption and Rector's Palace, before walking around the ancient city walls. Admire the views as you ride the cable car to Mt Srd or visit one of the city's museums. Relax in the sunshine on Banje Beach; enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands of Lokrum and Elafiti; and view the city from the water on a kayaking trip or take a snorkelling tour.
Day 4: Durres, Albania
The port city of Durres sits on the Adriatic Sea coast of western Albania. Durres is famous for its huge Hadrian-built Roman amphitheatre with an impressive 9th-century church complete with mosaic-covered walls close by. Pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum to view exhibits from the Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman eras or admire the memorials of WWII martyrs at the Museum of Martyrs. Spend time on the broad sands of the 10km-long Durres Beach before visiting King Zog's 20th-century Royal Villa of Durres nearby. Venture further afield to Albania's colourful capital city of Tirana to see Skanderberg Square, National Historical Museum, Pyramid of Tirana, and Tirana Castle.
Day 5: Corfu, Greece
The island of Corfu sits off the north coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by rugged mountains and lined with golden beach resorts, it's a cosmopolitan island with a strong, traditional character. Corfu has long been a hugely popular holiday destination due to its laid-back atmosphere, fun beaches, fantastic climate, and welcoming villages. Its old town is filled with Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses and French-style houses. Spend time relaxing on the sand or enjoying water sports in the sea, before sampling the island's delicious cuisine — often a tasty blend of Greek and Italian — at a beachfront restaurant. The waterfront is lined with bars and cafes, and there are plenty of craft markets for buying souvenirs.
Day 6: Messina, Italy
The gateway to Mount Etna, Messina, is the third-largest port in Sicily. This city — which was used to film part of the film 'The Godfather' — is famous for its museums and architectural beauty. Drive up the side of nearby Mount Etna on a day trip or wander around the many shops along Messina's wide boulevards to look at Sicilian pottery and art pieces. Black volcanic glass from Mount Etna features heavily in Sicilian jewellery and makes a great souvenir. Visit Norman Messina Cathedral to see its beautiful, 15th-century windows and astronomical clock tower, before walking by the stunning marble fountains — Fontana di Orione and Neptune Fountain — which are decorated with mythical creatures and gods. Make sure to dine on locally-inspired swordfish, pasta and pizza dishes complemented by rich Sicilian wine at a trattoria during your time here, too.
Day 7: Naples, Italy
Naples on Italy's Amalfi Coast is your next port of call. Visit Piazza del Plebiscito to admire the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto and San Carlo Theatre. Step inside the Duomo to view the Cappella di San Gennaro, the baptistery, and colourful frescoes and mosaics. Enjoy family-time at Acquario Della Stazione Zoological Di Napoli. Join a tour to the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and picturesque Sorrento and Positano. Or take a scenic boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri.
Day 8: Gaeta, Italy
Gaeta is one of the most beautiful cities in southern Italy. This small town lies on a promontory overlooking a picturesque bay and is famous for its seven fabulous sandy beaches. Explore Angevin- Aragonese Castle, Cathedral of Saint Erasmus, Church of SS Annunziata and the neo-Gothic Temple of St Francis. Admire the artefacts and art works at the Gaeta Archaeological Museum. Visit Parco Regionale Urbano Monte Orlando, the prominent hill separating new Gaeta from the old city. Here you will find the 'Split Mountain' where you can experience the true beauty of nature and journey back in time at the Roman Mausoleum. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the white sandy beach of Serapo or visit the Fontania beach where you can see the ruins of an ancient Roman Villa.
Days 9-10: Livorno, Italy
Livorno — Tuscany's second-largest city — is home to one of Italy's largest cruise ports. The city's main Terrazza Mascagni square with its grand pavement and seafront promenade is a common meeting place for locals looking to relax. The 16th-century Old Fortress faces the harbour and sits at the entrance to the canal-lined Venezia district. Enjoy gourmet dishes and sample local seafood, which is said to be the best on the Tyrrhenian Coast. Head to Central Piazza Cavour or the car-free Via Ricasoli for shopping, try Via Magenta and pick up some quirky souvenirs, or stop by Via dei Pensieri's street market for a great selection of food, clothing, accessories, and homewares.
Day 11: Civitavecchia, Italy
Disembark your Italian Spotlight voyage in Rome where you will take your transfer to the airport to return to your chosen UK airport.