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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Difficult weather conditions were compounded by Nautica Purser staff struggling to efficiently deal with immigration requirements and made for a chaotic cruise. It is as if Oceania did not cruise to these ports (in China, Korea and Japan) ... Read More
Difficult weather conditions were compounded by Nautica Purser staff struggling to efficiently deal with immigration requirements and made for a chaotic cruise. It is as if Oceania did not cruise to these ports (in China, Korea and Japan) several times each year! Many hours were required to process all passengers before they could disembark. Plus the fact that if you have not bought an Oceania tour, you are sent to the end of the line and treated almost as a "second-class" citizen. A bit of planning and process would no doubt have helped. Added to all this is Oceania unfortunate practice of having to speak to "Head Office" to make any decisions that would be best made locally (this is assuming that ship staff is customer-centric which is not always the case). Food was very good. Some "appellation" somewhat suspect however. The Surf & Turf in Polo was a disgrace. Dining room staff was in the most part excellent. Thanks in particular to Ludmilla and Maria. Stateroom was kept in good shape. Thanks to Jemillie. Excellent Cruise Director (Nolan) without a doubt helped focus the ship staff on passenger needs. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We did the Beijing to Hong Kong cruise. Absolute chaos at the start when our ship could not dock in Tianjin and some 600 passengers had arrived at the port. There was no one from the shipping company or the port authority who could tell us ... Read More
We did the Beijing to Hong Kong cruise. Absolute chaos at the start when our ship could not dock in Tianjin and some 600 passengers had arrived at the port. There was no one from the shipping company or the port authority who could tell us what was going on. Had we been able to have some communication explaining that fog had delayed the docking of the vessel and we would board the following morning it would have made the situation much better. Food on board was excellent, the wait staff were outstanding and nothing was too much bother, As we were in cooler climes we were confined to indoors, with the exception of one sunny morning. Do not travel on this cruise ship if you are looking for great entertainment. Singers and dancers number four, the magician and the comedian we had were sub-standard. We chose a cabin without balcony as we knew that we would not be able to sit outside because of the cooler weather. Our cabin, although small had adequate storage for all our belongings. Cabins were clean and no shortage of towels. With two days before disembarkation my wife had a persistent cough. She went to the medical facility saw the nurse and doctor. In the opinion of two doctor friends of ours on board she was over-serviced, with totally unnecessary tests and unnecessary medication. In fact some of the medication was contra-indicated for her diabetes. Total cost USD$1781. We felt ripped off. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We are new to Oceania and had booked what we considered to be a great N. Asia port programme. In the end so much of it just didn't happen. I guess they tried hard to overcome the problems that beset this cruise but the first ... Read More
We are new to Oceania and had booked what we considered to be a great N. Asia port programme. In the end so much of it just didn't happen. I guess they tried hard to overcome the problems that beset this cruise but the first requirement in crisis management should always be talk to and listen to your customers. For a large part of this cruise that just didn't seem to happen! We arrived at the Tianjin terminal about noon to be greeted by NO SHIP and the request to drop our luggage, except carry ons, for loading when it did berth. after about an hour we were loaded onto a bus and ferried to the Sheraton Hotel, supposedly for a meal. Herded into the conference room and supplied with a sandwich in a plastic bag and a bottle of water. That's when the information service started. A white board with "Next Update at 3pm" appeared. This became the subject of some humour or frustration as the only thing that changed was that the 3pm was changed progressively to 4 then 5 then 6. Information overload. Meanwhile the whisper went round that the ship was off the port which had been closed by fog. The grapevine as usual was more informative than the whiteboard. Eventually around 6pm a group of us were herded onto another bus where we sat for about an hour waiting for something to happen. We were told then that we would be transferred to the Hilton for dinner and accommodation. Hilarious trip with the bus drivers getting lost, having to stop and work out if we were going to fit under overpasses and other adventures. Arrived at the Hilton to be greeted by a superb suite, a rather good Chinese banquet meal, a comfortable night and a very good breakfast. At last the logistics clicked but we still didn't really have any info on when we would board, and in fact had to suffer another hour sitting in a bus waiting before we were at last transferred to the ship about 3pm. Not a great start. Captain opened the bar as some sort of recompense. Generously timed to coincide with happy hour and most passengers had a drinks package anyway. Sailed for Seoul where we had our first experience with the mixed quality of the Oceania tour offering. Not good. While we enjoyed the On your own part of "Seoul on your own" being earbashed by a misogynistic loud mouthed guide both ways was not a good experience. Certainly not at Oceania tour prices. Back aboard we were told that because Kim Jong Il was chucking missiles around and the US and Korean forces were engaged in war games we would stay in port for the night and miss the scheduled stop at Cheju for safety reasons. Not sure of the risk assessment that says sitting in the strategic Incheon harbour within artillery and short range missile distance of Kim's army was the safer option. Oh well on to Hiroshima, what could possibly go wrong? Not sure of the reason but the Japanese immigration people went through the full passport face to face and copying procedure. 2hours of shore time lost and a lot of queuing and congestion. With the passengers becoming increasingly frustrated with the problems there was some breakdown in civility. Hiroshima was a good experience as was Kobe. Shimizu was a delight. We were blessed with a clear day and fresh snow on Mt Fuji, an awesome sight. Tokyo was marred by a very wet day on arrival but the tour was good even if it did rate with the Ginza shops for price inflation. The second day was fine and very enjoyable wandering round the markets and the upscale Ginza Department stores. Between the time we booked and sailing our scheduled time in Shanghai had been cut from 2 days to 2 half days. The dreaded fog/smog combination was about to cut this further as the port was closed on arrival. At last a stroke of decisive genius. The decision was made to extend our stay to 2 full days and drop Xiamen as it was fogged in as well. What can you say about Shanghai. You just have to see it to believe it. The skyline, the lights, the river traffic and the hustle a bustle of the huge diversified population are amazing. Ride a Sampan in the Water Village or experience 431kmh on the Maglev. Walk the historic Bund or wonder at the Pudong high rise towers. Another sea day then Hong Kong for a day before disembarking. There is an old Chinese curse which says "May you live in interesting times" . This cruise was certainly full of interesting times. It will make for great dinner conversations but I'm not sure if Oceania will get too many compliments. Nautica is an R ship. Just the right size even if you do have to put the shower on rather than step into it. Clean and well decorated. Food was mostly excellent if a little over complicated. But I guess that's what many prefer. Service was good if a little over efficient. Sometimes it is good to savour a meal before the plate is whisked away. And when the saucer goas while you are still drinking your coffee it reaches a slightly crazy level. Entertainment and activities was patchy. The on board singers and dancers and Nolan the cruise director did a great job. The guest entertainment was either good or very bad. It is very noticeable that the cruise director is about the only regular contact between senior staff and passengers. Captain and officers just do not seem to circulate or converse. The big fail for Oceania is the high priced and poor quality shore excursion programme. The dearest, and the poorest quality we have ever experienced. If you are cruising Oceania don't book with them it is far cheaper and mostly better to make your own arrangements. Just to add insult to injury if you have a tour cancelled because you skip a port the refund is in US$ rather than the AUD$ we paid in costing another exchange loss Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Disorganised staff lost us three days of shore trips and no apology. Extremely dismissive attitude: 'don't worry you'll get your money back at the end. (In USD at a very poor rate). Money back is not the issue. A trip to ... Read More
Disorganised staff lost us three days of shore trips and no apology. Extremely dismissive attitude: 'don't worry you'll get your money back at the end. (In USD at a very poor rate). Money back is not the issue. A trip to the Great Wall, one of the prime reasons for going, was thrown away by the crew because of bad management A botched embarkation left all passengers stranded for over a day, being herded like cattle and given a stale sandwich and a bottle of water as lunch. Pushed from one place to another without explanation or apology. Dangerously sloppy disembarkation procedures left elderly and disabled passengers crammed into lobbies and stairwells. Entertainment was mediocre and less entertaining than TV talent shows. Food was good but drinks package was extortionate. We will never cruise with Oceania again. Many passengers parting shot was that they would be "Glad to be off this ship". Shame on you for wrapping this shoddy example of third rate service up as a six star product. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Just got back from our curise on Nautica, it is always the best in yachting one can experience. You feel like you are at your home away from home. We are been on serveral cruises with Oceania on Nautica. The service is always top ... Read More
Just got back from our curise on Nautica, it is always the best in yachting one can experience. You feel like you are at your home away from home. We are been on serveral cruises with Oceania on Nautica. The service is always top notch!!! The food is amazing and never disappoints especially Polo and Toscana. We have always taken the private tours which are also wonderful with the most amazing guides/drivers. We love this ship so much while on board we booked another cruise with them. We have tried other cruise lines and always come back to Oceania!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Our first Oceania cruise but 'seasoned' cruisers, we would sum up the experience as wonderful. First, the itinerary, because we know you are likely just like us, choosing the cruise company based on the itinerary. We wanted an ... Read More
Our first Oceania cruise but 'seasoned' cruisers, we would sum up the experience as wonderful. First, the itinerary, because we know you are likely just like us, choosing the cruise company based on the itinerary. We wanted an over-view of Asia and that's what we got in spades! This itinerary took us to China, S.Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. Excursions is our second consideration. Do they offer experiences rather than sight-seeing? We like to do, not just look. Oceania does this. We went on home visits where we met and shared food and conversation with actual families in S.Korea and China. We took a calligraphy class from a university prof, watched as potters created from clay in their backyard studio, took a relaxation class from Buddhist nuns in their home, met farmer who first discovered the terracotta warriors, canoed down the narrow canals around the Mekong river delta. It's important to read the descriptions carefully so you don't end up slogging through museum after museum and returning to the ship every night exhausted and bored. Living history is so much more interesting than looking at cold hard history behind glass. Don't pay the extra for the smaller group. excursions. You don't need to. No tour had more than 28 people. Secondly, because Nautica is a mid-sized ship, we could dock right in town so we had much better access than companies with huge ships that are forced to dock as much as 2 hours outside a city. A third distinction of Oceania, are the two-night stays that meant we could see so much more in one area and be ashore in the evenings, unlike so many itineraries that leave port by early evening. Fourth, the ship itself rides smoothly and quietly through rough China Seas. There none of that odd smell ships sometimes have as you walk the long hall back to your room or open the bathroom door and are hit with that sour odor. It was always fresh and airy. Fifth standout was the dining seating policy. The open seating goes a step beyond other companies by encouraging people to share tables. This means that by the end of the trip, you've shared meals with many of the 680 or so fellow-travellers, meeting really interesting individuals from all over the world. Within 3 days, we had developed a friendship with 2 other couples and ended up basically travelling together the rest of the tour. But if you wanted to, you could always choose to sit alone. Afternoon tea sounded rather stuffy but on sea days it was a great time to meet up with friends and enjoy the china and goodies. The main dining room had good variety, flavours and service. It was gourmet quality but not over the top avant garde 5-star cuisine. The 2 specialty restaurants had limited availability and required reservations which made for a nice change from time to time. The services and food were not that different from the main dining room - just a more intimate atmosphere. So now that we've discussed the itinerary and ship in general, what about the cabins? We were on the concierge level balcony room, down scale from the butler-assisted suites but up from the basic balcony rooms, in price. What we got for that 'upgrade' was pretty minimal and I am not sure worth the extra cost. The cabin was identical to any number of balcony cabins we'd had on other large ship cruise lines. Bathroom was small, storage was good, bed was really comfortable (I wish I could have it at home), maid service was usual, amenities were okay (Bulgari products didn't impress me). Our room needed a new couch and some repairs done to the cabinetry. We heard Nautica was heading for a refit within a month. As I said earlier, we never had that odd wet bathroom smell (as if we were smelling the sewage treatment or something) we'd had on many other ships. Entertainment was varied, with many people coming aboard for a day or two to do a couple shows and then leaving. Four talented singer/dancers did 3 full shows (well choreographed and sung wonderfully) and some solo nights. They need to work on their chat between songs but the actually singing was great. Unadvertised but of great value was the lecturer, Terry Bishop. He talked on sea-days about the history of the areas we were visiting in a most entertaining manner. They also used him for evening entertainment on a few occasions that wasn't quite as successful. His wife led card making classes on sea days which were very good and needed ! Every trip needs some sort of hand-craft, I think. One disappointment was the Canyon Ranch spa. It was ridiculously over-priced. Their services were very basic, without any of the little extras I would expect for the prices they were charging. $171 for a for rejuvenation massage? I didn't go back. Oceania needs to reconsider out-sourcing their spa services. There's more I could say but this is too long already. I hope it helps you make you choice. Oceania is a good line if not the up-scale, luxury line they seem to want to portray. They are good. They offer good product. They attract 'well-heeled' 60+ aged people used to good service, wanting accessible adventure. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2014
My wife and I just completed your Ode To The Emperors cruise 3/10 to 3/31 on the Nautica. Cabin 4049. We have taken earlier cruises with Oceania and Nautica which were great experiences. Needless to say the disappointments on this 3 week ... Read More
My wife and I just completed your Ode To The Emperors cruise 3/10 to 3/31 on the Nautica. Cabin 4049. We have taken earlier cruises with Oceania and Nautica which were great experiences. Needless to say the disappointments on this 3 week cruise needed to be addressed as we are not sure all the problems were documented by the crew and staff. I don’t mean this letter to be picky as we all know everything doesn’t go right all the time but when the problems repeat themselves they need to be addressed. I’m sure your aware we boarded the Nautica with a note on our bed that the ship had docked with a major case of N. virus on board. This problem was spread through out the ship for the first 10 days. For sure you did not plan this but knowing this at time of sailing made the experience very uncomfortable. However, the condition of the room could be avoided. Many of the doors on the closets were falling off their hinges and generally a very tired room. (the fact that you were going to refurbish the Nautica after our cruise did not make it right.) One of the best things Oceania does (till now) is give their guests a wine and dining experience to be proud of. On this cruise something happened that again you must be aware of as many of the guests had similar experiences. It started off with the first days (re Virus) where a decision was made ,(and guests were not advised) to over cook all food. Rather than remove some items from the menu that should not be over cooked we order Aahi Tuna in Polo and was served well done Tuna. All the meals that were bad I documented with your head of restaurant services Morresimo. At least a third of the dinners we had warranted comments to the chief. Example sliced duck so badly prepared you could not cut it with a knife. I called the chief out of the kitchen to slice the duck , he could not, picked up the dish and left. Grizzly steak and pork chops so bad I had to remove food from my mouth and put on my plate. How embarrassing with other guests at the table. To be sure the staff was very apologetic and tried to correct the situation but in most cases they made it worse. Example there was Coq Au Vin on the menu one evening (I love Coq Au Vin) so I convinced all the guests at our shared table to order it. The dish was served room temperature. I call the head waiter over explained the problem , he apologized took all the servings back to the kitchen , returned with a new order in very hot dishes but alas the food was still room temperature. Rack of lamb turned out to be 2 baby chops not a reasonable serving. I think I’ve made my point cold food bad preparation etc. Just a word about your tours. Example highlights of Nagasaki $135 a person turned out to be a bus ride to the peace park (15 minutes) 2 hours their and back to the ship. What highlights? Tours over priced surly leaves a bad taste. In closing, the sailing was nice (captain knew his way) ports of call get thumbs up. Staff adequate, earlier cruises we thought seemed better trained. We have cruised enough to know a difference and surely Oceania has their opinion as well. If you think we are much to picky for Oceania we would like know that as well. Hope there will be a next time.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
My Wife and I travelled on this cruise which went from Beijing to Bangkok. Reading over the reviews posted I do think reviewers have homed in on minor dissatisfactions and to make a more balanced review I decided to write this. With regard ... Read More
My Wife and I travelled on this cruise which went from Beijing to Bangkok. Reading over the reviews posted I do think reviewers have homed in on minor dissatisfactions and to make a more balanced review I decided to write this. With regard to the 'outbreak of norovirus we certainly not aware of this. I understand if an ship has a very small number of cases then they must notify the passengers but that hardly constitutes an epidemic! We were on the 6th deck and our cabin was lovely. The bathroom was smaller than on the Marina but on that ship we certainly did not use the bath tub which had been provided. The real advantage of this ship was that it was small taking just over 700 passengers, and hence it could get up all the rivers to dock right in the centre of ports such as Saigon, Shanghai, and Bangkock. In Hong Kong we docked at the Ocean Terminal right in the centre of the city. I spoke to someone who had just done a similar cruise on a larger liner which could not get up the rivers. He said it took a 2 hour bus journey to get from the terminal to the centre of Saigon, whereas we could just walk off the ship into town. In Hong Kong they tied up at the Kai Tack terminal that was a long way from the centre of the city. I would agree that excursions were expensive but we had pre booked most of ours on Cruise Critic with small groups that various very generous people had arranged and hence visited all the sights with groups of 10 or 12, and our own personal guide. Hence we met up with a great bunch of people that really made this cruise the best we have ever been on. So the message is if you are going to Asia go on a small boat and you will see much more of the country, and book your trips through Cruise Critic for great value and company. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Just completed a 25 day Pea rls of the Orient Cruise with Oceania. We booked the full package with Oceania to include flights which we were able to upgrade, hotel JW Marriott Beijing and Shangri La Bangkok at the end of the cruise. ... Read More
Just completed a 25 day Pea rls of the Orient Cruise with Oceania. We booked the full package with Oceania to include flights which we were able to upgrade, hotel JW Marriott Beijing and Shangri La Bangkok at the end of the cruise. Oceania provided transfers to hotels and to airport. Nautica is the sister ship of the Regatta a ship we have previously sailed on with Oceania however we noticed a difference in the service provided on the Nautica and this was mainly due to their ability to deal with my coeliac disease which requires a gluten free diet. On embarkation we were informed that a menu would be delivered to our stateroom the night previous and we should complete this so that my dinner the following day could be adjusted accordingly. This indeed happened. Where Oceania fell down was with the provision of gluten free items to include bread. When requesting gluten free bread the offer was always an inedible brown bread so therefore I asked whether there was any availability of white bread. This request was met in the Terrace Cafe and the Head waiter ensured that this was available for me . However the Main Dining Room did not pre-empt requirements. I always had to request gluten free bread if i wanted it, whereas my wife would be brought a basket of rolls pre dinner as expected. There were no alternatives other than the bread offering (ie no gluten free rolls, no gluten free biscuits to eat with a cheese platter and no speciality breads even in Polo or Toscana.) This culminated in my making a complaint towards the end of the cruise when I requested a poached egg on gluten free bread for breakfast and eventually received an egg on bread which had obviously been frozen and warmed up but not toasted. It was absolutely inedible and my wife told one of the senior waiters to tell the chef to taste it and see if he would like to eat it. Following this on the 22nd day of the cruise we learned that I could have had gluten free pizza made on request in the Terrace Cafe, which i then availed of but was very unhappy that this had not been clarified at the beginning of the cruise. The second complaint I had with the service on the Nautica was the inefficiency of the Sommeliers in the Main Dining Room. We had purchased the premium drinks package and thought that this was the reason that the Sommeliers took so long to serve us. But learned from other passengers that this was not just us. It was very noticeable that there was waiters filling glasses of water constantly but the same could not be said for the Sommeliers. Overall the cruise was very good in particular the itinery, however neither my wife or I felt that the service or indeed the food was of the same standard as our previous cruise on Regatta. As before the entertainment on Oceania leaves quite a lot to be desired. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2013
We flew into Beijing on the morning of the cruise. We had spent several weeks in China previously. I had arranged a transfer for 12 cc members by Beijing Airport transfer to Tianjin. I had been assured that there would be plenty of room in ... Read More
We flew into Beijing on the morning of the cruise. We had spent several weeks in China previously. I had arranged a transfer for 12 cc members by Beijing Airport transfer to Tianjin. I had been assured that there would be plenty of room in the 22 seater bus for pax and luggage. We were packed in like sardines - why do some people take so much luggage?? The price was good but I would suggest that numbers be limited on future transfers. No-one that I am aware of did a tour in Tianjin. It seemed like a very ordinary place to visit. Most had done tours to the Great Wall and other interesting places in Beijing. Our first stop was in Seoul. We had booked 3 vans here - mainly vans of 8 pax. This was a fantastic tour and the guides were excellent. My contact was Rachel at Seoul City Tours rachel@seoulcitytour.net http://www.seoulcitytour.net/ We were met at the port and visited Blue House (Pass by ) - Gyeongbok Palace - Bukchon Hanok Village - Samcheongdong - Insadong - Cheongggyecheon Stream - Seoul N Tower before being taken back to the port. I can highly recommend this company. Cost was $81 per person without lunch. Next stop was in Shanghai. On the first day I organised a tour with a private guide for a small group to Zhouzhuang (water town) and Suzhou (famous for it's gardens). Both places were interesting and the highlight was our boat trip around Zhouzhuang - not quite like Venice but fun. I organized this with Qinqin http://www.synotrip.com/qinqin Qinqin was a knowledgeable guide. 50% payment before the cruise and 50% on the day with each couple able to make their own deposit. Next stop was in Nagasaki Japan. I organized a private tour here for eight of us with Shannon Lefebvre who met us at the ship. The guide an Australian married to a delightful Japanese lady gave us a wonderful tour. He treated us like long lost friends. We drove directly to Isahaya to visit the beautiful Spectacle Bridge before heading toward the Shimabara Peninsular then on up the mountain to Unzen. We walked around the Jigoku area (Hell ponds) and drove up to the volcano lookout point for a spectacular photo opportunity. Then to Shannon's home town of Obama (Hot Spring town), where we had snacks and drinks to relax our weary feet at the longest foot bath in Japan at 105m long. Shannon's wife met us here with a delightful picnic. We then passed the Tachibana Shrine and received a Shinto Blessing before heading back to the Nagasaki City area where we visited the Peace Park. Then we were taken back to the ship. Contact details http://tour-nagasaki.com/sample-page/ This was a fantastic tour and we felt like we had learnt so much about life in Japan. Next day we were in Kagoshima Japan. We took the ferry over to Sakurajima to see the Volcano. There is a sight seeing bus that takes you right around the island stopping off at points of interest. The ferry and the bus fares worked out at approx $10 per person but you need the local currency (yen). We were lucky to witness the volcano blowing it's top twice while we were there which lead to some great photo shots. Next stop was at Keelung Taiwan. We had a tour - Keelung Harbor - Taipei City - Martyrs (TM) Shrine - Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - Taipei 101 Building -Confucius Memorial, Pao An Temple - Chung Cheng Park Keelung - back to Keelung Harbor It was an interesting tour which cost us approx $60 per person. My contact was Michael Yau at ALIDO Travel Taiwan. HONG KONG was next. On the first day we took the local bus to the Stanley Markets where we were able to buy everything that we wanted to bring back home. On the second day we had arranged a local tour with Gray Line Tours "The Land Between". We picked the tour up at the YMCA which was close to the port. Finally we arrived in Vietnam which was our main reason for booking the cruise. We had two nights in HALONG BAY. On the first day we went to Hanoi which was a long day but well worth the effort. While there is now only one Vietnam rather than North Vietnam and South Vietnam there is a marked difference between the two areas. To miss Hanoi would be to miss "North Vietnam". There were two highlights to this tour - the cyclo tour through the old quarter and the "water puppet" performance. The second day in Halong Bay we did a cruise on the magnificent bay of some thousand limestone islands emerging from clear blue water. We enjoyed a seafood lunch while on board. Our second stop in Vietnam was in Hue. Our private tour was to Hué. We visited the former Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Hué was the capital of Vietnam until the early 20th century, and generations of royalty lived in the Forbidden Purple City, inside the walled exterior of the Citadel. We then took a houseboat boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Vietnam's oldest and most beautiful Buddhist temples. The locals had lots of their well made wares available for sale on the boat and they did a good trade. We then visited the tomb of Minh Mang with their vast lovingly-tended, botanical gardens, beautiful open air pavilions and numerous shrines, were to provide the seven Nguyen Emperors noble burials as well as comfortable afterlives. This was also a very good tour. Our last two days in Vietnam were spent in the Mekong Delta. We took a boat on Ben Tre river " one of tributaries of Mekong river. There were lively activities along the river. We visited one of plenty of coconut processing worships located along canal where we sampled sweets and had lots of the local fruits for refreshments. We finally got off the boat, then we took a motor cart (xe loi) or cycle riding under tree shades, pass by green rice fields to get a feel of real life. Lunch at a local house was plentiful and delicious. In the afternoon we took a rowing-boat along water palm creek and cruise back to Hung Vuong Pier. We then drove back to the ship. On the second day we had a tour to Cu Chi tunnels. This was really a highlight of Vietnam. This gave us a better understanding of the Vietnam war. Everything was made very real. Some did not go on this tour because they were worried about entering the tunnels. Only some people choose to go inside the tunnels and it takes less than 10 mins so it is a chance for everyone else to have a short break and relax. In my opinion this tour is a MUST do. All of our Vietnam tours were organized through Ann Tours. www.anntours.com One more port before we disembarked was Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I had organized several vans with ANA Travel. (Note ANA not Ann tours as in Vietnam). This was a great tour with lunch. Ana set up the Travel Agency nine years ago. She met and married Mike (an English guy) who was backpacking in Cambodia. Mike now works for the British High Commission in Cambodia. I communicated with Mike and the company was easy to deal with and anxious to please. The tour was $45 with $5 extra for lunch which was yummy. A couple of the vans were taken to petrol/gas stations for bathroom stops - others only took us to eastern toilets. Highly recommend that you request the former. Contact anatravel@live.com We finally arrived at Bangkok. On the first day I had arranged a private tour to the palace. On disembarkment we were picked up and six of us did a tour of the Train Market and The Fishing Village organised through tourwithtong@gmail.com It was so hot in Bangkok that it was great to get outside of Bangkok on the water and see how the locals live. It was a great cruise with lots of interesting ports. We had a particularly friendly cc group. As usual the food on Nautica was great and we ate too much. If you wish to contact me re any of the ports you are welcome to do so. rosmerleg at hotmail dot com (usual format) Cheers Ros Read Less
Nautica Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 2.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.0
Enrichment 5.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 3.5
Rates 5.0 3.9

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