First of all..we were docked at Klong Toey not way down in Laem Chabang which was a BIG plus as far as getting to the ship and for the day of shore excursions.
We love travelling with Oceania..especially on the smaller ships, Nautica, Regatta and Insignia. They have almost a family feel and you get to know the staff and they know you after a few days.
This ship was the perfect size (682) for a long voyage like this. We never tired of any of the meals, they constantly had fresh ideas and special nights of themed foods to try. Many of our dinners were themed around the part of the world where we were sailing. (We sailed from Bangkok to Dubai) This was wonderful as we were able to have regional foods without eating them onshore. We were specifically concerned about eating in some of the ports and getting sick so that we might miss another fabulous port!
Nautica is a very comfortable ship to be on for this long a period. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We were surprised that we did not get tired of cruising during the whole 25 days as we always looked forward to the next port! The lectures helped us to appreciate the different waters that we went through and the heritage of the various countries. Going from Thailand, to India, to the Maldives, and then to the UAE ports of Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi was quite different. The contrasts were immense.
We were very pleased with our choice of cabin. We were not far from the information and shore excursion desks and close by the disembarkation ramps for ports. We had a large window and felt that we didn't need a balcony in the heat that we would be experiencing. There were some days when a balcony would have been great but we could always go upstairs. We had requested the starboard side and were very glad that we had as we always had a view of the area while in port.
The shore excursions that we took with the ship were all excellent and enabled us to see many things that were not generally available to the public. Since we had been to Bangkok previously and came in several days early there was not a lot that we hadn't seen. However, Nautica had a shore excursion that went to a private home to see his extensive art and sculpture collection which was fascinating. We did do a mixture of ships excursions and private excursions that I put together. The shore excursion desk was very helpful in all regards.
Unfortunately we even had to take advantage of the medical staff on board and the doctor and all the assistants could not have been better. We felt we had better treatment than we would have had at home.
To us, seniors, Nautica was the perfect ship for this long a cruise! We loved everything about her! We look forward to sailing with Oceania on one of the smaller ships again soon!
Sherry & Kimber