MS Nautica was originally named R Five, built for Renaissance Cruises. She was renamed when she entered service for Oceania in 2005 .
In November 2008, while sailing from Safaga, Egypt to Salah, Oman, the ship encountered Somalian pirates. They fired at the ship eight times but Captain Jurica Brajcic conducted evasive manoeuvres and out-sailed them at flank speed. No one on board was injured and the rest of the cruise proceeded as normal.