2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Stayed at Marriott Tang before the cruise on Orchard Road, beautiful place. A must visit is the Gardens by the Sea at the Marina Bay Sands resort complex, and Ce La Vie restaurant on the 49 th floor with spectacular views. Also highly ... Read More
Stayed at Marriott Tang before the cruise on Orchard Road, beautiful place. A must visit is the Gardens by the Sea at the Marina Bay Sands resort complex, and Ce La Vie restaurant on the 49 th floor with spectacular views. Also highly recommended is the Jim Thompson Thai restaurant on Demsey Hill. The Jim Thompson store is a short taxi ride from the ship dock in Khlong Toei, which is only a few miles from the center of Bangkok. This location is a big advantage over larger cruise-ships that must dock 3 hours from Bangkok. The Nautica is beautiful, and in keeping with the Oceania tradition, this ship has the same very high quality food not found on other cruiselines. The Toscana specialty restaurant serves the best Italian meals, superior to any Italian restaurant on land. The pounded veal chop, or the osso bucco are the best we have ever eaten. The entertainment was also excellent. Ollie Makeean from the UK, Steve Corte, and Sally Adams were wonderful. The service staff provided excellent care and attention to the passengers. The grill offers steaks, jumbo shrimp, and lobster tails every night. The dining features a brunch with spectacular displays and ice carvings. At the conclusion of the cruise we stayed for two nights at the Shangri La Kowloon which offers beautiful spectacular rooms facing Hong Kong Harbor. They served an excellent breakfast buffet, and have live entertainment in the lobby at night. In Sihanoukville Cambodia we visited the Don Bosco training facility that takes in 18 year olds for a 2 year apprenticeship who are either very poor or are orphans. They are trained and certified to be able to work in five star resorts in Thailand. In Bangkok we used the services of a local guide who took us to the floating market, railroad market, and for elephant rides. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
After reading some of the reviews on Cruise Critic we were a bit apprehensive about whether the high standards of our two previous Nautica cruises would be maintained, since the NCL acquisition. We need not have worried! The ship was ... Read More
After reading some of the reviews on Cruise Critic we were a bit apprehensive about whether the high standards of our two previous Nautica cruises would be maintained, since the NCL acquisition. We need not have worried! The ship was clean, crew were great, and the food was excellent, even though the menu did get a bit repetitive towards the end of the cruise. Our fellow passengers were a mix of folk from USA, Canada, NZealand, and Australia and though mainly retirees a few younger couples too. The library was well patronised, but whoever chooses the books, I think buys them by the yard...six copies of the same books! The entertainment staff Luke, Chris, Susannah and Savanah were talented young people with excellent voices, and they worked hard during the day too with various deck sports. The cruise director David was pleasant and ran General Knowledge Quizzes every day as well as running the tours and tenders into port. The ports however, were a different story! Singapore was great, but after that the experience in the ports deteriorated. Unless you are hooked on Temples, and want to experience life in a third world country this is an itinerary you might want to miss. The contrast between the people who have everything and the millions who have nothing was very much in evidence. Every time we went ashore we were constantly pestered by beggars, taxi drivers and the tuk tuk's who would not accept "no thank you" . Sihanoukville in particular was awful and it appeared to be just a convenient stop for passengers to be offloaded for overnight tours to Ankor Wat . In Summary: I would cruise with Oceania again, but would research the itinerary in detail before choosing which cruise. Read Less
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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We were very disappointed in two aspects of this cruise. One, the staterooms were old, small and outdated. We paid for a concierge-level verandah, which we do on all cruises we take. The room was smaller than we are used to, and the ... Read More
We were very disappointed in two aspects of this cruise. One, the staterooms were old, small and outdated. We paid for a concierge-level verandah, which we do on all cruises we take. The room was smaller than we are used to, and the bathroom was awful. The bathroom was similar to airplane bathrooms with the addition of a small shower which was nearly impossible to turn around in and not possible to dry oneself in. In addition, it often had a mild sewage smell. We paid for what we thought was a luxury cruise, but I do not rate it as such. Oceania advertises its cruises as being for "foodies." This is so untrue! The food in the main dining room was very uneven. Some was fairly good, but not of gourmet quality. Some was inedible. I complained on the mid-cruise evaluation and was called by the chef. When I specified exactly what was wrong, he became rather defensive, saying that some people like the food. I will say that the two upscale dining rooms were quite good and much more consistent. We ate there whenever we could get reservations. We liked that there is not an uncharge for these restaurants. Oceania is a little sneaky and unclear about just what expenses are covered in the cruise price and what are not. We were told that our service charges were included, but we had to renegotiate this once onboard. We knew in advance that alcohol was not included, but we were appalled at the prices of wine and the "service charge" added to each bottle. In addition, the Canyon Ranch Spa is VERY expensive for low quality service and facilities. When I had a massage, I found NO clean bath mats, only dirty, used ones on the floor outside the showers and no attendants to take care of these things. The spa seemed very understaffed and poorly managed. I paid $90 + 18% service charge for an absolutely horrendous manicure. I went back to have it removed, and they did give me a refund. In short, Oceania needs to decide whether it is a luxury, smaller boat cruise line or just an average, run of the mill line. It really isn't either, and it suffers from this. The cruise fares are high enough that it should be classified as luxury, all-inclusive. Yet, the company adds on this charge and that, stooping to the practices of the lower-fare lines. While we selected this cruise for the itinerary, we were disappointed enough in the ship and the cruise line that we would be unlikely to cruise with Oceania again. I should add a few positives, as it was not all bad. The beds were VERY comfortable, the lectures about the ports were academic and engaging, and the cruise director was a very nice and interesting person. The library was well-stocked. The staff, in general, worked very hard and were attentive and pleasant. The service in the restaurants could be improved by better training of the staff. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We returned last week from our sensational Oceania cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong, with stops in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Oceania consistently offers a superior cruise experience. Since my last Oceania cruise, I think they ... Read More
We returned last week from our sensational Oceania cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong, with stops in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Oceania consistently offers a superior cruise experience. Since my last Oceania cruise, I think they even improved the food, and I didn't think it was possible to improve on the food. The service, the staff, the food and everything else about the ship was perfect. The staff bent over backwards to make sure the guests had a wonderful experience. Our malfunctioning DVD player and burned out light bulb were changed instantly, and we didn't even have to ask the staff to change them. Raj and Michael, our cabin stewards were outstanding. We had plenty of ice and Diet Cokes in our cabin. The room was always perfectly cleaned and neat. Daniel, at Reception, had our DVD player replaced while we were at lunch. He and Marco were always very pleasant and helpful. We booked the ship's shore excursions and I think they have improved on the excursions too. The staff working the shore excursion desk were very pleasant and I got a good tip on a tour from Alan. The Grand Dining Room, Polo Grill, Toscana, Waves Grill, the Terrace Cafe and Room Service were outstanding. Paul Climescu and Sasha were great and always made sure things ran smoothly. Gianluca Mazza made amazing dishes in Toscana. It was a treat to taste everything. I dream about the involtini. Conny Hammelmann and Stefano Morelli were a pleasure to meet and see around the ship. Raffaele Cinque, the General Manager, was always visible and had a big smile on his face. I told him how much we loved Oceania and he even sent me a thank you note. My travel partner, who is a physician, got shingles on the first day of our cruise. She went to the ship's doctor and was impressed that they carried the medication she needed. The gym is well equipped and was crowded in the morning. Gerry, the guest lecturer, was very interesting and never referred to notes when he spoke. He interacted with guests throughout the cruise. I have traveled on Crystal, Seabourn, Viking (the worst), Princess, Cunard, Paul Gauguin, and Seven Seas Mariner and nobody beats Oceania for me. My only complaint was when I had to get off the ship at the end of our cruise. I could have stayed forever. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
The itinerary is outstanding with visits to exotic ports and beautiful islands. The Nautica is the perfect ship for this cruise. The cruise is long but the days go fast. The days at sea are welcome for relaxing and getting a tan. The ... Read More
The itinerary is outstanding with visits to exotic ports and beautiful islands. The Nautica is the perfect ship for this cruise. The cruise is long but the days go fast. The days at sea are welcome for relaxing and getting a tan. The weather was generally warm and sunny. The Nautica is known for great food and friendly service. I only decided to pick this cruise ship after a good review from my family friend and i was really looking into Africa as it has been my dream place to be particularly Kenya and i was happy to pay a visit to the place. Keron safari made it special to our group and we all enjoyed the excursion of the old town and the forty Jesus,Heller park and the Akamba carving . a very interesting place to visit. Thank you Nautica for the best services and i will always recommend anyone this cruise line. The guest entertainers were good but the programming was wrong. Some nights no entertainment and many performances were by the ships on board musicians. Food is Oceania's strong suite. Every meal, in every dining room pleases the palate. Wine lists are a cut above the average cruise lines, a 35 day cruise, regardless of ports, ship, or cruise line can become monotonous. Oceania offered more than 20 ports on this itinerary, most of which were pleasant experiences. Nautica's food service staff goes out of their way to learn guest's preferences for drink, restaurant accommodations, and breakfast delivery times. The gym was excellent. The staff excellent. The food as expected on a ship of this class. The Concierge excellent. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We chose this trip for the itinerary, never haven't been to any ports on this cruise. We were not disappointed. Our booking included a 3 day pre-cruise tour package. This was excellent for folks like us who had not visited South ... Read More
We chose this trip for the itinerary, never haven't been to any ports on this cruise. We were not disappointed. Our booking included a 3 day pre-cruise tour package. This was excellent for folks like us who had not visited South Africa before. We got out of Cape Town into the East Cape Wine lands, to a private game park, Aquila ,the 2nd day, and toured Cape Town itself the 3rd day. We boarded the ship Dec 9 and had one more day in Cape Town on the 10th. It worked well that everyone had a day in Cape Town before the ship left port. We went out privately with a car and driver for a tour of Table Mountain National park, Simonstown, and the penguin colony for our last in port. That was really reasonable and personable. We always enjoy Oceania, especially the service, food, smaller size of the ships which mean we can go to a greater variety of ports. However we feel their excursions are overpriced. On this cruise the entertainment was fair. The ship's guests were more varied than usual, lots of Europeans, Aussie's, South Americans, fewer from North America than we've previously seen. It made for more interesting dinners and tour groups but no doubt more challenging to provide entertainment that all would enjoy. We went to number of game preserves privately. Addo Elephant National Reserve Park near Richard's Bay with Mosaic tour company was wonderful, a must if you want to see elephants and we saw so many other animals. Another highlight was the Hluhuwe Game Reserve near Richard's Bay, the oldest one in South Africa, for the beautiful landscapes alone. Our tour there with Eurozulu included a picnic BBQ in the park near some baboons. We then left S.A., and continued on visiting ports in Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, all interesting in their own way but troubling to see the poverty. The Seychelle port, Mahe, reminded us of a Caribbean island, very touristy, had the smallest most expensive local beer there! The ship stayed overnight in Maldives, probably our least favourite port, most activities were beach related. In Columbo Sri Lanka we enjoyed a private tour and were impressed by the interesting local history and progress the country has made in education and decreasing unemployment. Phuket Thailand had more interest for those wanting a beach day, you could get a taxi into town easily independently. In Penang, Malaysia we could walk from the ship to interesting museum/areas and saw through the Peranakan Mansion for a very reasonable price independently. We took a tour from the ship to Kuala Lampur as it's a more than an hour's drive each way from Port Klang in crazy traffic. We enjoyed the city tour and especially the tour of the Royal Selangor tin/pewter factory. The cruise ended with a full day in Singapore before embarkation, docked near the MRT station which is great for the slightly adventurous as the public transit system is wonderful there. We had booked the Singapore Urban food adventure tour of Chinatown on line. It was easy to find the guide at an MRT station and the tour was excellent. Lots of food tasting, history, general cultural information. Well worth the price. In summation we got more from this cruise than anticipated and would recommend the itinerary and Oceania for anyone seeking a snap shot of this fascinating part of the world. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was our third cruise with Oceania and having experienced Riviera we were a little concerned at how we would enjoy such a long cruise on a small ship. Overall we had a great time, with the food outstanding as ever in the Grand Dining ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Oceania and having experienced Riviera we were a little concerned at how we would enjoy such a long cruise on a small ship. Overall we had a great time, with the food outstanding as ever in the Grand Dining Room, Toscana, Polo Grill and the wonderful Terrace Cafe. The staff were outstanding, and they really made our trip. We loved the itinerary, too, though there were too many ports in South Africa (East London and Richards Bay should be dropped, surely only there to sell more of their second rate excursions) and I would like more ports in wonderful Madagascar to replace them. The best entertainment consisted of four culinary demonstrations led by Executive Chef Joerg Becker which were great fun. Entertainment was otherwise mediocre, though the Nautica Singers were wonderful, not only putting on a number of live shows but also ever present throughout the ship and interested in all the passengers. The Cruise Director I felt could have been a lot more effective, he was more an organiser than a people person and was rarely seen around the ship. The "enrichment" lecturers were on board for the whole cruise and did 5 lectures each. One was on astronomy (interesting, but not what we came on a cruise to learn about) and the other on Africa in general - quite interesting but not very well delivered. The real disappointment was the Destination Services department. Oceania excursions are extremely overpriced, and by all accounts from those that had booked a package, very mediocre in content. What was completely lacking was any information on ports for those that did not book excursions. With Princess we have always enjoyed presentation on each port a couple of days before arrival, however Oceania seem to have a policy that if you don't book with them we don't tell you anything at all. So my advice here is not to book the excursions, and to do your homework on ports in advance. Pretty well everywhere you can find a decent taxi driver on arrival to do a 4-5 hour tour for between $60 and $100 US dollars per car. Oceania excursions range typically from about $150 - $300 per person, though there are some cheaper and some more expensive. Our (concierge veranda) cabin was well appointed but small (and the shower tiny). We were fine with it, though a few people we met did complain. The service from our room attendant was impeccable. Laundry was rather expensive for a cruise ship, though on this longer cruise they twice offered a special deal of up to 24 items washed and folded (not ironed) for $24.95 which was great value. Had we known in advance we would have avoided our first (expensive) laundry wash. One last tip - avoid the stern when booking a cabin and also when eating in the Grand Dining Room - the ship vibrates and judders quite a lot on the lower decks when underway. Overall - we will cruise Oceania again, but hope for better entertainment and enrichment, beware of their excursions and do our homework on ports in advance. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
I paid $20,000 for this trip. What I got was 1. An extremely tiny room 2. An RV sized bathroom 3. A prepaid beer/wine program at over $500 that would not provide me with more than one drink at a time because my wife (not on ... Read More
I paid $20,000 for this trip. What I got was 1. An extremely tiny room 2. An RV sized bathroom 3. A prepaid beer/wine program at over $500 that would not provide me with more than one drink at a time because my wife (not on the program) might take a sip. This is both rude and childish. 4. Room service with a scowl. 5. Only a tiny area in the onboard store featuring notions and drug store items. If you forgot something...tough. 6. No ATM on board and no provision for those going on tours to stop at an ATM. We had to skip a tour in order to find an ATM. Many people were really angry about this. 7. Tour guides who could barely speak English. 8. Far too many poverty tours: come see the poor people. 9. Dining was excellent, though the portions are small. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
This is our first cruise on an R-class ship. Our previous cruises were on the larger O-class. Pre-cruise communications from Oceania were abysmal. A lot of uncertainties and confusion with regards to things like yellow fever ... Read More
This is our first cruise on an R-class ship. Our previous cruises were on the larger O-class. Pre-cruise communications from Oceania were abysmal. A lot of uncertainties and confusion with regards to things like yellow fever vaccination, Mozambique visa, the special discounted $99 pre-cruise tours, etc. And different travel agents have different and conflicting information from Oceania. Boarding was at the Cape Town Cruise Ship Terminal, which is a short walk from the V&A waterfront. The terminal resembles a warehouse without any real facilities to speak of. You leave your luggage at one end of the building and proceed to fill out health questionnaires and immigration forms. Need to fill out South Africa departure form and Namibia form...this is because the routing of the cruise was reversed (presumably to avoid having to compete for resources with the Regent ship which has the exact same itinerary). So we will be sailing away from South Africa and head towards Walvis Bay instead. As it turned out, this happen to be advantageous to us. The Regent was unable to dock nor tender at Richard's Bay and missed the port. In general, boarding went quite smoothly. After the face-to-face immigration with some really friendly immigration officers and security check, we took a really short shuttle to the Nautica. Once on-board, we were directed to the Nautica lounge to finish off the check-in process. As expected, the R-class ship is definitely a lot smaller. Layout of the ship felt familiar, just on a much smaller scale when compared to the O-class. The stateroom is comparable with an excellent bed, good pillows and lots of space for storage. The bathroom, however, is a bit on the cramped-side. Perhaps this is to be expected from a ship launched 15 years ago as it is indeed comparable to some of the older Royal Caribbean ships with its shower curtain, etc...or perhaps we are just spoiled by the really lovely O-class bathrooms as well as on the newer Celebrity Solstice-class ships. Food at Polo and Toscana were very good and since the menu is the same, we got to enjoy some of our favorite dishes again. The steaks at Polo were excellent and cooked to the temperatures that we had requested (rare and medium-rare). Portions were still huge though as the smallest piece of steak (filet mignon) is 7-oz and it looked much bigger than that when it came. The Maine lobsters were also gigantic with 3-4 inch claws and steamed perfectly. Service was excellent and proficient. We were also quite pleased with the food in the MDR. A lot of familiar dishes that were cooked and presented very well. Dishes were not stacked like a tower from the kitchen which can sometimes affect the presentation. There were also dishes from Red Ginger and Jacques every evening (one main course from each). The famous miso glazed sea bass from Red Ginger was available on several nights and it was prepared perfectly. It would be nice if we were also offered an appetizer choice from Red Ginger as well...would love to have the watermelon and duck salad on the Nautica...hint-hint-wink-wink. Service was generally really good and we were usually done with dinner in 1.5-2 hours (we usually dine at 6:30-7pm with 3-4 courses in a shared table of 4-6 persons). A quick note on the wine stewards as We also brought on-board a number of excellent wines from Stellenbosch. A couple of them seemed to be rather "unhappy" that we brought our own wines. Even though we were happy to pay the corkage fees, perhaps these two individuals felt insulted that we did not bother to consult with them on the proper pairing with the food based on the Oceania wine list... The addition of the Barista coffee bar was also great for coffee lovers and provided an excellent location for some quick snacks (pastry, cookies, finger sandwiches, etc...) We were also quite pleased that the Captain managed to get us to all the ports at the scheduled times and even managed to get us in port a few hours early in a few ports. We had heard stories from a similar itinerary in 2014 where the ship were very off-schedule in many of the ports. This made our privately-arrange game drives easier to manage. And we also did not missed our tee-times at a couple of ports where we went golfing. Perhaps it was a combination of the speed we were going, plus the relatively small size of Nautica and the generally more "turbulent" ocean in this part of the world, we did feel that there was a lot more motion when compared to the O-class...that is likely to be expected... Disembarkation was also excellent. We got off the ship at 9am, which we requested when we filled out the disembarkation questionnaire, collected our luggage from the really small "terminal" since we were docked at the jetty right across from the Table Bay Hotel and had a short walk to the gate to catch a taxi. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
When I discovered the cruise in June 2015 for nov/dec 2015 around South Africa and a reasonable rate, I did not hesitate , certainly that a few years ago we were already on the Nautica and for once there is an interesting program for this ... Read More
When I discovered the cruise in June 2015 for nov/dec 2015 around South Africa and a reasonable rate, I did not hesitate , certainly that a few years ago we were already on the Nautica and for once there is an interesting program for this area. If fact after dep from Cape Town we went to Walvis Bay Namibia (2days) and then Port Elisabeth, East London, Durban (2d), Maputo (former Lorenço Marques) , Richards Bay, Mossel Bay and back to Cape Town. I have been surprised by the visiting possibilities to several excellent Parks rather close ( 50- 70 km) from the different ports. (Addo Elephant Park, 1000 Hills Valley, Bantou and Zulu Villages, St Lucia Wetland Park, Botelierskop Private Reserve, etc) Not having "experience" in this continent, we took the majority of excursions with Oceania. Yes perhaps a bit more expensive but well organized and interesting. (In Port Elisabeth we used a local operator Pembury Tours). As Oceania has the advantage to stay correct time in the ports, it was without problem. We have a an excellent souvenir of the quality of this cruise. The Nautica has been renewed since our previous cruise. Quality of the food in the different restaurants is above the levels. Honestly Oceania is proud to have the best food on sea and I agree. There are no extra costs or reservation fees for the different restaurants. Now, the non alcoholic drinks are included. OK wines are a bit more expensive as on some other cruise lines (exemple HAL) but ok it is still within norms. The service on board was excellent. The ship is comfortable, clean, nice. We stayed a few days before sailing in Cape Town Double Tree Hilton. The disembarkation was early 8H en our flight late (past midnight) but we arranged a full day trip with Pembroke Tours in the Wine Yards to end in the evening at the airport. During seadays we were lucky with the weather already nice in this season. (Pool facilities). Cape Town is a nice city and is reasonably safe (of course always with the normal precautions) The port is in fact in the middle of Cape Town center (Waterfront). The airport not to far out. You have of course to check the medical requirements for South Africa. There have been some discussions about the Yellow Fever which Oceania required, and which is however NOT required by International Tropical Institute of Antwerp it is clearly mentioned that this vaccination is NOT required for South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique!! Finally they accepted this official rule. I really recommend it this cruise. More other companies are also offering is such as Regent Seven Seas and also Compagnie du Ponant. Regarding Ponant the cruise is only 7 days which is too short! Read Less
Nautica Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 2.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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