Eventful Indian Odyssey

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Reviews: 3
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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Nautica

30 Night Indian Ocean Odyssey (Cape Town To Singapore)

Sail date: February 03, 2020

Ship: Nautica

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6050

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

We loved the cruise though the ship did not complete its itinerary. NCL and Oceania did the right thing by diverting us to Dubai and canceling their Asian itineraries. Muscat was great!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very Quick; health monitored before boarding the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Specialty restaurants were excellent, both food and service. Hidden gem is the excellent variety of food and theme nights in the Terrace Cafe. The Main Dining Room is always excellent and a treat for breakfast but it takes a while to complete your meal

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
A change in our itinerary caused by corona virus precautions led to more days at sea. The Entertainment Staff came up with many onboard activities to pass the time. An officers versus passenger skill challenge, a country fair, etc. all were successful. Speakers- OUTSTANDING. Oceania brought on board two speakers. One was a geologist who did over 12 excellent presentations on the world around us; global warming, The Tsunami of 2004, meteors, etc. The other speaker was Steven Friedman who is a published author of books on Broadway. He was unbelievable. Both speakers stepped up and did an additional talk after our itinerary was altered to head to Dubai and not Singapore.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Entertainers brought on board were excellent! Best we ever had- Singers, magician/comedian, piano and violin virtuosos, etc. The Nautica band, string quartet and the ship's production team were very talented.

Children's Programs

We didn't bring children and Oceania does not develop programs for the under 21 age group.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The well trained and always polite staff are a major plus for Oceania. They work very hard but never complain and are there to help. Housekeeping was excellent; our cabin was never cleaner.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The R ships are smaller versions of the Marina and Riviera. They lack some of the amenities but there is plenty to do. The ship was in excellent shape, and is expected to be renovated in May. Corona virus concerns rose during the duration of our 30 day voyage, and Nautica was prepared with their cleaning policies, availability of hand sanitizers, bathroom etiquette, etc. On a daily basis, the ship was always clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I won't complain too much here. I knew what I was getting, a 216 sq. ft. cabin. The bathroom is very small, so know that before you travel on these R ships. I used the locker room, steam room and shaving area in the Aquamer in order to allow my wife to have the use of the bathroom and cabin to get ready. Housekeeping did an EXCELLENT job in our cabin.

Ship tip

Pick 0050 area- ex- #5050.

Ports of call

Cape Town, South Africa

5 out of 5
Beautiful! Take a wine country tour or Cape Peninsula tour.

Mossel Bay, South Africa

3 out of 5
Limited options. Went to an ostrich farm- Ok but not an A.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

5 out of 5
Unfortunately this is a port Oceania may be by-passing on future cruises. Many safari options were offered here. We went to Kwantu. Oceania should skip Mossel and continue to go here.

East London, South Africa

4 out of 5
Excellent Bantu Village experience.

Durban, South Africa

5 out of 5
The rating is not for the port. We did not spend time here- Instead, We did an overland to Thanda Private Game Preserve from here. Spend the extra $ and go there. Beautiful accomodations, food. Early morning (5:00 am) and late afternoon safaris with outstanding guides!!!

Richards Bay, South Africa

5 out of 5
This is not a rating for the port. We did not spend any time here. We returned to the port from our overland.

Maputo, Mozambique

4 out of 5
Different vibe here; military presence, contrasts between rich and poor. A more realistic view of true African life than the resorts you could visit if that is your choice. Take a 4-5 hour overview tour of the city.

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion Island

5 out of 5
Beautiful island. Great tour and guide to the Cirque d' Salazie. We were here prior to outbreaks of violence toward passengers of another cruise that residents feared were carrying the corona virus.

Port Louis, Mauritius

3 out of 5
Tour of tea plantation, etc., was underwhelming

Praslin, Seychelles

5 out of 5
The Seychelles are gorgeous. Take a Nature Walk to see the coco de mer. Be prepared to go swimming afterward which the tour does not tell you.. Wonderful stop.

Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

5 out of 5
Go to the Spice Plantation and then go snorkeling. Wonderful stop.

Male, Maldives

4 out of 5
Take a self guided tour of Male. You can easily do it on your own. Different vibe here from the Seychelles. The devout Muslims of these islands seemed to be more serious and guarded toward visitors. If you go to a resort for a day trip, only go on a very calm day. Resort we went to was no where near as nice as those in Cancun.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

5 out of 5
Hidden Gem of the Trip!! Go on a city tour that includes a visit to a Buddhist temple, a Hindu Shrine, museum, etc. Wonderful tour. Very friendly people.

Galle, Sri Lanka

4 out of 5
River cruise- nice outing; don't expect to see wildlife though. Go to the fort which includes shopping and chance to ride a tuck tuck. Or see the fisherman on stilts.

Phuket, Thailand Did not visit port

Oceania diverted our ship to Dubai.

Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia Did not visit port

Oceania diverted our ship to Dubai

Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia Did not visit port

Oceania diverted our ship to Dubai

Singapore Did not visit port

Oceania diverted our ship to Dubai

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Early departure from the ship to get to the airport and home. Immigration and health check the previous night.
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