The Oceania Cruises-run Nautica offers comfort and function aplenty for intrepid travel, but doesn't skimp on the style. Carrying 684 passengers on a wide range of itineraries that might see her sailing the Mediterranean one week and Southeast Asia the next, she has her fair share of adventures under her belt - including a brief tangle with Somali pirates in 2008.
Aboard this medium-sized vessel, you'll find a fairly intimate atmosphere that supports a number of key bells and whistles that have proven integral to the Nautica's success. These include a variety of dining options, an extensive spa, a range of entertainment venues and all served up with excellent service. Whether going ashore or staying in for the evening, it is worth paying attention to dress recommendations from staff, which will depend on the ship's itinerary.
For accommodation, a variety of options are available, but if you're used to paying top dollar, you'll want to enquire about the Owner's Suite. There are only six of these stunning rooms aboard the Nautica but their luxurious bells and whistles are second to none, including priority embarkation and luggage delivery, a laptop computer and a Queen-size Tranquility bed.
The Nautica offers a number of dining options that range from the stately and formal to the casual and friendly.
Definitely a highlight is the classy Grand Dining Room, which boasts luxury on a grand scale that manages to remain approachable and warm. The cuisine is world class.
If that doesn't appeal, Polo Grill and the Terrace Café allow for diners with other tastes.
Waves, which occupies a shaded corner on deck, allows for poolside dining with tangy barbecue and succulent seafood. The chefs even cook your food in front of you so you can observe their spectacular knife skills.
Keeping yourself occupied aboard the Nautica shouldn't be difficult, although parents are advised there is little for children to do.
You'll definitely want to check out the extensive spa and fitness facilities, with opportunities to pamper yourself or relax depending on how you feel.
Another option is the English-inspired library, which allows you to spend as long as you like in a quiet environment with a good book.
Finally, Oceania Cruises puts a plethora of singers, dancers and entertainers together to set the evening alight with marvellous music. Other activities include martini tasting, afternoon teas and boutique shopping.