Built in 2000, the 684 passenger Nautica is one of four nearly identical Regatta Class vessels at upscale line Oceania Cruises. The hub of Nautica’s outdoor decks is the pool area on Deck 9. Nautica has a single large pool flanked by twin hot tubs and plush lounge chairs. One of the two hottubs on the Nautica’s main pool deck. The main pool area features two rows of comfortable loungers for two. Behind them is the Waves Bar, which serves drinks during the day. Among little touches on Nautica, lounge chairs around the main pool are covered daily in plush fabric covers. At the top of the Nautica on Deck 11 overlooking the bow is a golf putting green. The top of Nautica also is home to a shuffleboard court. Just steps away from the main pool on the starboard side of Deck 9 is Waves Grill, which serves burgers and other casual fare at lunch. Waves Grill also offers a light, self-serve breakfast in the morning. Also near Nautica’s main pool on the port side of Deck 9 is a covered seating area known as The Patio where smoking is allowed. A life buoy atop the Nautica. Like ocean liners of old, Nautica features a grand staircase rising from its Reception Hall on Deck 4 to Deck 5, which is the hub of the ship’s interior. A seating area in the Reception Hall on Deck 4 is home to a concierge desk. Nautica’s grand staircase rises to the Upper Hall on Deck 5, which is topped with a glass dome. The Upper Hall is lined with wood paneling and elegant furnishings including several comfortable seating areas. A grand piano in the Upper Hall is the scene of live performances during evenings. An elegant chess table is among the little touches in the Upper Hall. The Upper Hall also is home to two small boutiques that sell jewelry and clothing. Clothing by Ralph Lauren and Oceania-branded items are available in one of the two small boutiques. A seating area in the Upper Hall. Moving forward from the Upper Hall on Deck 5, passengers arrive at Nautica’s main bar, the wood-paneled Martini’s. Martini’s has its own piano where a pianist performs nightly during happy hour and into the evening. Like the Upper Hall, Martini’s is filled with comfortable furnishings and has the feel of an elegant living room in a private home. Martini’s is a popular gathering point for passengers before and after dinner. A seating area in Martini’s. Adjacent to Martini’s is Nautica’s small casino, which offers several gaming tables. The Casino also has more than a dozen slot machines. Nautica’s main showroom, the Nautica Lounge, also is on Deck 5. The Nautica Lounge has a stage for live performances and a small dance floor. A hallway on Deck 5 connects the Upper Hall to the Nautica Lounge. Just aft of the Upper Hall is Baristas, a coffee bar serving cappuccinos and other espresso drinks. Lined with a faux fireplace and bookshelves, Baristas has a cozy feel. Baristas serves Illy brand espresso drinks that are available throughout the day at no extra charge. Croissants and cookies for the taking at Baristas. At the back of Deck 5 is the Grand Dining Room, Nautica’s main restaurant. The Grand Dining Room serves European-inspired cuisine as well as health-focused signature dishes from the famed Canyon Ranch spa. Cuisine is a major focus on Nautica, which has rour restaurants. Among them: Polo Grill, a steakhouse that’s open for dinner by reservation. Polo Grill serves a wide range of steaks as well as seafood dishes such as grilled swordfish and whole Maine lobster. Gratinée. A second speciality restaurant on Nautica is Toscana, which serves Italian cuisine. Located on Deck 10, Toscana is open for dinner by reservation. Toscana also is used for wine tastings during the day. Nautica also has a casual, buffet eatery called Terrace Cafe. Located on Deck 9 near the ship’s main pool, Terrace Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet area of the Terrace Cafe. The Terrace Cafe has outdoor seating overlooking the rear of the vessel. Located at the front of Deck 9 is the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Operated by Arizona-based Canyon Ranch, the spa has four treatment rooms for massages, facials and other treatments. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub also houses a salon for hair and nail treatments. A pedicure station in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s salon. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub salon features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. Separate changing rooms for men and women at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub feature steam rooms. The steam room on the men’s side of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Showers in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Towels at the ready in the men’s changing room at the Nautica’s Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Located at the very front of Deck 9, the Spa Terrace is a private enclave for passengers receiving treatments at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. The Spa Terrace has severall comfortable lounge chairs in addition to a hot tub. The hot tub on the Spa Terrace. Nautica has 342 cabins, most of which are of the size seen in this picture, which shows what the line calls a Veranda Stateroom. Veranda Staterooms measure 172 square feet, which is relatively small for an upscale ship such as Nautica, and come with a balcony. Beds in Veranda Staterooms are topped with plush down comforters and are flanked by side tables. Veranda Staterooms have a small sitting area with a compact sofa and table across from a desk. The desk area in a Veranda Stateroom on Nautica. Cabins on Nautica have both U.S. and European-style electrical outlets. Veranda Staterooms feature built-in, floor-to-ceiling armoires. The built-in armoires in Nautica’s Veranda Staterooms have drawers as well as space for hanging clothes. Plush robes for passenger use are located inside the built-in armoires in Veranda Staterooms. Veranda Staterooms feature television and DVD players located in a nook across from the bed. One of the drawbacks to Nautica as compared to Oceania’s newer ships is that its cabin bathrooms are relatively small and plain. Here, a Veranda Stateroom bathroom. The shower in a Veranda Stateroom. Veranda Stateroom bathrooms are stocked with upscale Bulgari toiletries. Veranda Staterooms come with balconies that typically measure about 43 square feet. Cabins on Nautica have miniature refrigerators stocked with sodas and water. The largest cabins on Nautica are its six Owner’s Suites, which measure nearly 1,000 square feet. Located at the back of the ship on Decks 6, 7 and 8, Owner’s Suites have separate living rooms and bedrooms. A feature of Nautica’s Owner’s Suites are large bathrooms with walk-in showers. A seating area on an Owner’s Suite balcony. Owner’s Suites have large, wrap-around balconies with lounge chairs for two. Nautica also offers four Vista Suites that sprawl over 786 square feet. Located at the front of the ship on Decks 6 and 7, Vista Suites have elegant living rooms and separate bedrooms. Vista Suites also have large private deck areas with lounge chairs and a table. The seating area on a Vista Suite balcony. Self-serve laundrettes are located on cabin decks and are lined with machines that operate on tokens available for purchase at Reception. One of the best views on board Nautica is from the Horizons lounge on Deck 10, which overlooks the front of the ship. The Horizons lounge is home to Afternoon Tea every day at 4 p.m. and other activities including Bingo. A row of lounge chairs face the sea in Horizons. A self-serve coffee and tea bar, often stocked with pastries or other treats, is open around-the-clock in Horizons. Located on Deck 10, the Library is a charming retreat with comfortable chairs and built-in bookcases lined with a wide range of books that passengers can borrow. The Library features wood-paneled walls and a faux fireplace. The Card Room, located on Deck 9 near the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, is a clubby space with tables for games. Scrabble, Monopoly and puzzles are available for passenger use in the Card Room. Adjacent to the Card Room is Nautica’s Internet room, Oceania At Sea. A portrait of Nautica’s godmother, Miami philanthropist and civic leader Fana Holtz, can be found on Deck 4 in the Reception Hall. Nautica’s Fitness Center is located on Deck 9 near the spa. The Fitness Center has a full range of weight machines as well as cardio machines. A model of explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship, the Fram, adorns a seating area in the Reception Hall. Among the little touches on the Nautica is a table with complimentary water for passengers disembarking the ship during port calls. The Destinations Services desk in the Reception Hall on Deck 4 is where passengers can arrange shore excursions. The Nautica’s reception desk is located at the bottom of the grand staircase on Deck 4.