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ToniDay's Port Reviews of Dubai, Mumbai (Bombay), Cochin, Cape Town
Nautica cruise in November 2011
Member Name: ToniDay
Cruise Date: November 2011
Embarkation: Dubai
Destination: Africa
Member Review: ToniDay's Nautica Review
Dubai
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Oceania ran a shuttle to the Dubai Mall where we visited "At the Top" at Burj Khalifa Tower. You need to pre-reserve time tickets on-line before leaving home. Try to get a time 45 minutes to 1 hour before sunset. You get great views of the city, Jumeirah, Burj al Arab and the World and Palm Islands. The mall also has several designer shops and a gold souk. This was our second trip to Dubai, so the only attraction we visited this time.

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Mumbai (Bombay)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The port ran a shuttle bus from the ship to the main entry gate. From here you can negotiate with taxi drivers for a city tour for $15.00 to $20.00 USD per person. This was our second visit to Mumbai, so we chose to walk to the local markets and Victoria Train station which was a 20-minute stroll away. There were also several souvenir shops within a few blocks of the cruise terminal gate. We were supposed to take a tour to Elephanta Caves, but it was cancelled due to rough sea conditions.
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Cochin
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The best thing to do in Cochin is tour the Backwaters area by boat, but we had done this on a previous visit. This time we negotiated with one of the tuk-tuk drivers located near the gangway and hired him for $15.00 per person for the day. We visited Le Meridien for drinks which has a lovely location on the beginning of the backwater canals and then toured the old city for some interesting photo ops. The Chinese Fishing nets are also worth a visit.

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Cape Town
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This is one of the prettiest harbors in the world to sail into. We spent the morning sailing along the gorgeous coast of the Cape of Good Hope, surrounded by seals most of the way. We could see Table Mountain in the distance and watched it get closer as we entered the city view. Unfortunately, we were unable to dock in the center of the V and A waterfront, but were located a 20-minute walk from the Clocktower or a 15-minute bus shuttle ride to the V and A Mall.

The best things to do in Capetown is to stroll the waterfront area, visit the local craft warehouses and take the double decker hop-on, hop-off bus tour. This is great value at about $20.00 per person for a loop around the city to see Table Mountain, Camp's Bay, Malay District and the historic down town area. They also offer a 2-day loop if you will be there overnight, that includes Constantia for some local winery visits and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The 2-day ticket also gives you a free sundowner tour up to Signal Hill for an additional $15.00 per person. You can either pick up the bus at the Aquarium in the waterfront area or the Westin Convention Center near the cruise terminal on the outskirts of the waterfront. You can purchase the tickets on the bus.

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