10 Cape Town Luxury Cruise Reviews

This cruise was a treat for a special occasion. All of Cunard's advertising exudes 'Luxury and Glamour'. We did not know that we had paid all that money to join the last leg of around the world cruise for a 'don't ... Read More
This cruise was a treat for a special occasion. All of Cunard's advertising exudes 'Luxury and Glamour'. We did not know that we had paid all that money to join the last leg of around the world cruise for a 'don't care home'!! Our checkin and boarding was a disaster as we were checked into the room I had booked, but in some one else's name! We subsequently were hawked about a couple of floors to find the right cabin and then spent the afternoon dodging wheelchairs and aged people with walking sticks etc.. The only luxury in evidence were pictures and marquetry decorating the walls in public areas. Subsequently the bars were empty and no audiences for the brilliant musicians. It was like a ghost ship with no ambience. The so called 'glitzy gala balls' were no more than Hammersmith Palais on a bad day with 5 employed male and 1 female dancers to get people on the floor and guests turning up in casual clothes, one woman near me in my evening finery was wearing a fleece and track suit trousers! We ate a mere twice in the main dining room, first night the steak was like shoe leather, second night we had to suffer an unacceptable being. This was fixed dining and no other tables were available so we had to eat in the Lido everyday. This is definitely not what I expected. Cunard response was a 'snowflake' phoned me up to palm me off with a £200 pound voucher off a P&O cruise. What an insult. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was first part of back to back. Capetown to Mumbai. Seemed like good ports. On second leg no outside entertainment. All we had was stable of singers on board. Did have local dancers at one port. A cheap way to stick it to passengers. ... Read More
This was first part of back to back. Capetown to Mumbai. Seemed like good ports. On second leg no outside entertainment. All we had was stable of singers on board. Did have local dancers at one port. A cheap way to stick it to passengers. Main and veranda dining rooms very limited selection. The main dining room had a hamburger every night that had texture of baby food. Salad selection just about same each night mesculan. Not much, not good. All dressings lacked flavor. For an Italian owned ship pasta was pasty and bread sticks on table were soggy half the time. The gelato they served was the worst ever had including all over Italy. Seemed to be water vs. cream. Fish burnt, soup tasteless, portions bigger on our flight home then in dining room. Waiters ability to help in choices non existent due to their lack of English skills. First cruise of 30 days that I lost weight on. Plenty of alcohol. In the cabins no mid sized towels. Only bath and hand. Overall color scheme dark and old. Low ceilings in public rooms. They are going into dry dock about a year late. Limited deck chairs with shade at pool. They increased pool dining area at expense of shade for chairs. No cushions on chairs. Had trouble getting a diet 7up or sprite. Not a US ship so guess not important to them. Balcony chairs have no cushions only straps. They were not comfortable. Entertainment with their singers at times recorded music, might as well have had a CD to listen to. Using their laundry service clothes returned all wet. This is not the way to spend your time or money. There are plenty of good cruise lines that you can travel on. Crystal, Regent, Seabourn and probably many others that provide a value for the money spent. I have had over 50 cruises since 1972 this rates as the worst. NEVER AGAIN Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The ship was shabby- worn out dirty carpets, grubby and dirty upholstery in the public rooms. The staff were obviously demoralised and indifferent to the passengers. The worst feature was Silver Seas arrogance in taking us to horrible ... Read More
The ship was shabby- worn out dirty carpets, grubby and dirty upholstery in the public rooms. The staff were obviously demoralised and indifferent to the passengers. The worst feature was Silver Seas arrogance in taking us to horrible ports - 2 days in Richards Bay - a coal export port in South Africa. Fine if you enjoy coal dust with your meals on deck. Second class entertainers and a Cruise Director who seemed bored and was just going through his usual patter. Dirty sun loungers on the very small and crowded sun deck. Worn out, thin and torn deck towels Grossly overpriced tours arranged by the ship. Very poor meet and greet - mainly concerned with getting a swipe of your credit card ! No meaningful meet and greet after returning from shore visits. Food - good but not exceptional for a cruse line that pretends to be at the top of the cruising league. I am not alone in this view - it represents the view on many fellow passengers that I spoke to on the cruise that left Cape Town this January. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We are aboard the Nautica right now on the Cape Town to Cape Town trip. I wanted to let you all know a few things so you may not be as crushed as I am feeling right now. First, the pre-cruise tour has been the absolute highlight of this ... Read More
We are aboard the Nautica right now on the Cape Town to Cape Town trip. I wanted to let you all know a few things so you may not be as crushed as I am feeling right now. First, the pre-cruise tour has been the absolute highlight of this trip. Otherwise, I am feeling cheated by a line that we have loved in the past. Cheated out of the holidays as there isn't a single decoration on the ship (a first for a Christmas cruise for us....the ships are usually wonderful) which we had looked forward to in lieu of having anything up at home. Cheated out of money....promises were made about concierge class when we upgraded and the amenities they promised do not exist on this ship. We could have stayed with oceanview and been fine....can't use the balcony as they seas have been rough. The hot tubs are not hot. The food is beyond bland even in the specialty restaurants. Jacques Pepin should be embarrassed to have his name on this. Entertainment is the worst of any Oceania ship we have been on....we don't expect much but this has been terrible and exacerbated by several ports being cancelled. We missed Mossel Bay because the seas were too rough to tender in yet somehow despite having all that extra sailing time we were late to Richards Bay so our game drive was cut short and our guide took the fact that he waited all morning for us out on us by talking to everyone he passed on the road, stopping to watch dung beetles, stopping for a potty break nobody wanted or needed given that we has less time to tour and then said "You could have seen more if you had been on time". Seriously??? Like we had any say in the matter? Then we got to Maputo, where the last time they called there it took 5 hours to clear the ship through immigration (they want to fingerprint and photograph everyone on the ship), the customs people showed up late and then couldn't process people so we left. This appears to be an ongoing problem so I am not sure why Oceania keeps going to this port. Got to Durbin about 1.5 hours early (again, despite having extra sailing time) and went on our scheduled coastal and city tour which was driving in a bus down the highways and interstates with no views to have a 5 minute stop at a beach and a 5 minute stop at a vacant lot in a neighborhood overlooking the city to take pictures of the city through a barb wire fence and then drove through the slums of Durbin. If you scheduled this tour, I suggest you skip it and take a shuttle to the marine park/shopping area. You cannot walk out of the port...must have a bus or taxi though there were few of those around so we couldn't go out in the evening. The tour of Tala Game Reserve was wonderful! Do this! So, that brings us to now. Last night they announced that bad weather is expected so we will overnight in New London and miss Port Elizabeth....don't know why we couldn't stay at New London all day the second day so we could do another excursion or go shopping....anything off the ship but we will leave at 10 a.m.. So, we get one more day on land and three more excruciating days at sea. If you booked your excursions via O Life, you do not get any credit for ones you miss due to cancellations of ports so you cannot even use credits to drink or spa. Our much anticipated African adventure has become a feeling of being held hostage at sea. We started with Oceania on our honeymoon when then the line was new. 15 years later, this will be our last trip with them. I thought this would be a luxurious way to sample Africa but all we are seeing is the inside of a ship. Maybe we will get to see Namibia but I am not holding my breath. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Cruised on this vessel Dec 6, 2017 to Dec. 21 2017 off South Africa. 3 Ports were cancelled Service was sub par Food was sub par Maintenance was sub par Attitude of staff was sorry can,t help you We have spent over 55 ... Read More
Cruised on this vessel Dec 6, 2017 to Dec. 21 2017 off South Africa. 3 Ports were cancelled Service was sub par Food was sub par Maintenance was sub par Attitude of staff was sorry can,t help you We have spent over 55 days travelling on Insignia and Nautica and have never had Now we find that the information given to us on departure that the credit balance due to the cancellations would be applied to our credit cards was not correct after three attempts a cheque has not been issued. I would warn anyone thinking of using this firm or their parent company Norwegian to exercise great caution. Last year we took a 35 day cruise on the same ship from Hong Kong to Athens and had the finest cruise of our lives, what can possible change so drastically in an organization of this size that would lead to this kind of decline. As you can probably tell I Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Very poor value for money. If its expensive it must be good - Yes? Oh no this a case of the emperor's new clothes, this ship has nothing to show. Where is the luxury? Rear half of the had a very strong smell of diesel fumes ... Read More
Very poor value for money. If its expensive it must be good - Yes? Oh no this a case of the emperor's new clothes, this ship has nothing to show. Where is the luxury? Rear half of the had a very strong smell of diesel fumes throughout the cruise - we kept away from this as much as we could to avoid these potentially carcinogenic gases. Cabin was very cold and changing thermostat setting did not seem to make it any warmer - we complained about this to our Butler who said he would report it but the cabin remained unbearably cold all through the holiday. (several people on board were complaining about this and a few people (including ourselves) were looking to buy something warm to from ship’s shop, to no avail. In order to keep warm in the cabin we had to wrap ourselves in the extra blankets provided from the wardrobe. We even had to use these on our beds at night in order to stay warm during sleep. Sheets were same “sub standard” as the towels, thin, greyish white and poor quality. The “quilt” was a cotton bag with a dirty brown blanket tucked inside and hardly wide enough for the narrow bed.. The Bathroom was dark and dowdy and a dark brown colour marble effect. Dull lighting and over sink light eventually comes on after a minute or so of flickering Toilet flush stopped working and couple of times and had to reported. Towels worn thin, hard and and off white colour - basically worn out. When running water for the first time both bath and sink would fill with a very dark brown liquid. After running the water for a while it became a light brown colour which we risked using. This happened most days. Shower a “dribble” of water and certainly not powerful enough to clean one’s body well. The in-room bar contained: Two bottles of beer. Two bottles of water Two small cans of tonic water - what on earth we would do with this I don’t know. One can of Coke light One can of normal Coke A lot of empty space There were limited dining venues, one being the pool bar which at night "converted" to a different venue but had the same as the daytime menu, burgers, hot dogs, tuna salad etc.. A kettle and tea bags in the room would be nice. Yes, you could order a tea of coffee from room service - sorry butler, which we did but sometimes you get two bags (for the two of us) but hardly enough water to fill the cups. This experience first thing in a morning leaves you with a dilemma for your second cup. Do we order from the butler again or get dressed and seek a cup somewhere else on the ship? On one occasion our butler thought he was doing us a good turn and brought three tea bags but sadly only enough water for two cups. Tours were also second rate and one even downright dangerous. Maputo is a prime example: a complete rip off - $99 each. About 10 of us were put into a scruffy old mini bus and driven around the town for an hour or so to look at a few buildings and walk around a market. Our guide keep telling us about his terrifying mugging at knifepoint that morning on his way to work. Not very encouraging! Clearly Silversea had paid no attention to our “safety and comfort” during this particular tour. To add insult, at the last minute Silversea charged us all an extra $25 each for a visa. Everybody complained about this last minute charge. Whilst a visa fee might be payable why didn’t silversea build this into the tour price! We didn't find any entertainment and one of the bars close every night at 8.30 despite candles being lit at tables at 8 pm. Strange! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We were going to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. Also a bucket list item to africa. We were told and read that regent was the "gold standard" for cruise lines. The cost was over the top but ... Read More
We were going to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. Also a bucket list item to africa. We were told and read that regent was the "gold standard" for cruise lines. The cost was over the top but decided to go based on above recommendations. First,confusion by shore staff on both transfers from embarkation hotel to ship and back to hotel at conclusion of sailing. Second, weather prevented sailing for 1 1/2 days. No back up plan by regent staff. Third, dining was slow and food often came to table barely warm. There was nothing very special with the food served at any time. Fourth, a total of three ports were not visited due to having to remaining in port due to weather. Again regent had no backup plan to compensate for lost ports. Fifth, little things like dirty windows going uncleaned throughout sailing, no air conditioning in a tour bus, and i could go on. Our expectations of a quality cruise were not met. Sixth, this was our first and now certainly the last time we sail with regent seven seas. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We booked this cruise as part of a package including a pre-cruise stay in Cape Town , which we very much enjoyed, followed by a 4 night safari at Shamwari, which was amazing, and would recommend to anyone visiting this area. We have ... Read More
We booked this cruise as part of a package including a pre-cruise stay in Cape Town , which we very much enjoyed, followed by a 4 night safari at Shamwari, which was amazing, and would recommend to anyone visiting this area. We have cruised extensively, (25 +) mainly with 5 star lines such as Celebrity, Holland Amaerica and Royal Carribbean, and have also "treated" ourselves a few times by travelling with Crystal and to a lesser extent Azamara. Stupidly, I booked this holiday without reading the reviews on this website, and once I did, convinced myself that the negative reviews were written by "picky people", who would never be satisfied whatever service they received. Sadly, we found the negative reviews to be an accurate reflection of our experience. The ship is very tired, with refit overdue. We could have forgiven this if the rest of the experience was up to our expectations, however we found it lacking in almost every area. Service was OK, but nothing special. The ship was only at 2/3 capacity, which would indicate that as crew numbers actually exceeded passengers, we would experience exceptional service, sadly it was nothing better (if in fact not perhaps not as good) as that on a larger ship. Entertainment was limited to the same 6 singers more or less EVERY night, which after day 2 became very tedious. There was one exception, when the Cruise Director (in the cruise business for over 40 years) did his own show. Food, whilst a variety of dining venues is offered, we found the quality to be pretty mediocre, again falling short of all the other cruise lines we have travelled with. The theme throughout the ship is Italian (proably my favoutprite), but we struggled to find something to tempt us most nights, and when the food arrived it was bland, with sauces very "floury". On most cruise lines, you can order a steak each night as an alternative. On Silver Sea, it is a Burger! Whilst my husband tried one, and found it pleasant, and better than the regular menu, we didn't consider this to be 6 star cuisine. We placed a complaint with Silver Sea on our return. The response we received was that we should have tried one of their newer ships! Needless to say we will not be bothering. For a true 6 star experience, we would highly recommend Crystal, where the ship, service and food are exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The reason for choosing the Regent Safaris and Jewels cruise was its post-cruise trip to Cambodia. There are many other cruise lines that offer a similar trip to Africa and Asia, but the deciding factor was the post-cruise trip to ... Read More
The reason for choosing the Regent Safaris and Jewels cruise was its post-cruise trip to Cambodia. There are many other cruise lines that offer a similar trip to Africa and Asia, but the deciding factor was the post-cruise trip to Cambodia. We followed all the “travel checklist” instructions in Regent's “Cruise Vacation Document” and “Angkor Wat Document” sent to us by Regent before the cruise, specifically the “passports” section. Regent's instructions for required documentation said..."Guest must carry a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and have spare pages for the Cambodian Visa." We made sure that we would have enough pages in our passports for visa stamps for Indonesia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, and Cambodia, as directed by Regent. What Regent should have said was each country visited will stamp your passport and insert a Visa where appropriate. We have been on many other multi-port cruises where the passport was not stamped in every port, just the appropriate Visa attached. This is a BIG difference. If I'd known this was going to be handled differently from previous cruises, I would have gotten a new passport, even though my current one doesn't expire until November 2016, just to make sure that there were enough pages. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the Singapore airport to board our plane to Cambodia, I was denied a boarding pass because there were no more “acceptable” pages in my passport for the Cambodian visa. Since my passport was held by Regent for the entire trip and was not released to me until the evening before we arrived in Singapore, I had no idea that I could not receive a Cambodian visa. There were still two empty pages left in my passport but these were deemed unacceptable for the Cambodian visa. If I had known before we got to the airport, I could have easily rectified the problem by going to the American Embassy. They would have given me acceptable visa pages for my passport. We certainly had plenty of time since, unbelievably, it took an hour and a half just to board our sightseeing bus at the dock. Then, there was another couple of hours of sightseeing in Singapore before getting to the airport. I hold Regent totally responsible for our not going to Cambodia. There were possibly just a hundred passengers going to Cambodia. How much time would it have taken for the Regent staff to go through these passports to ensure that there was an acceptable page for the Cambodian visa? Not much and it would have averted a very big problem for us. From the moment we boarded the ship to the minute we left, Regent personnel, especially the Destination Services staff, were misinformed, miscommunicated, and lacked customer care reflective of a “luxury/upper premium” cruise line. We followed all their instructions and, mostly, they were incomplete or just wrong. Even the Angkor Wat trip details they issued two days before the trip were wrong. This caused a great deal of confusion and the Destination Services staff, when questioned by most of the Post-Cruise Passengers, did not know what the right details were. In fact, I pointed this out to the General Manager but I never heard back from him nor were the trip details corrected. Since I could not get a boarding pass, my sister and I were forced to stay behind in Singapore, which meant booking another two nights at the Regent Hotel since we were not flying home until the post-cruise passengers returned from Cambodia. I followed everything Regent told me to do. Regent’s instructions were inaccurate and incomplete and I got penalized. This promised tour to Cambodia (which was paid for as part of the trip) was the reason we booked this cruise with Regent. We were looking forward to Cambodia and to be told at airport check-in that there was a problem with my passport was just too much. Here are a few other examples of Regent's incompetency and complacency: •Unnecessary Vaccination Information: Per Regent’s instructions, it was mandatory that we get a yellow fever shot. We got the shot but it was totally unnecessary. •Unwelcoming Arrival On Board: Regent could not get our names right on the reservation or on arrival. We are two sisters traveling together with the same last name. My sister is not a Mr. and I am not a Mrs. Our bathroom was set up with toiletries for a man and woman. The slippers were a large and a small. The personalized stationary had someone else’s name printed on it. All of this was very insulting and not indicative of either a warm welcome or personalized service, as promised. We were asked to fill out a beverage form prior to boarding re: in-suite beverage preferences and this form was completely ignored. The bathroom was dirty when we arrived, with dental floss on the floor. After boarding the ship, we had a couple of hours before the fire drill so we decided to walk to the Capetown Victoria Wharf. We were told to use the Regent shuttle bus. We were assured that we would be returned in time for the fire drill. We returned at the designated time but were not allowed back on the ship for an hour. There were other passengers with us who were also detained in the terminal, having been given the same instructions for returning to the ship. We all watched the fire drill from the terminal, which started at 5:45 PM, a good half hour after we arrived at the terminal. We did what we were told by Regent security people and were treated like delinquents and were penalized for following Regent’s instructions. •Lack Of Variety and Poor Quality Food At La Veranda: As health conscious individuals, we had an extremely hard time finding any kind of variety of simple, healthy food to eat (aside from breakfast) in La Veranda. Moreover, the food itself was obviously recycled day after day. Several times, there was “grilled fish” which seemed to have been cooked, re-cooked and then cooked again. Some of the fruits and vegetables should not have been served since they were inedible. On tour days, La Veranda was the only option for lunch since Compass Rose closed most times when tours returned to the ship. The Pool Grill’s vegetarian grill options were inedible, no matter what we ordered. They always tasted of rancid oil. •Inaccurate Tour Descriptions/Instructions: We bought supplies for tours, as directed by Regent, which were unnecessary. For example, for the Sabang, we were directed to bring the following supplies: “sunglasses with head strap; sunscreen; insect repellant; rain poncho; a bottle of water from the ship; leech-proof socks; and flat, comfortable walking shoes. Most vehicles here do not have air conditioning.” None of the supplies were needed including the leech socks we actually purchased. When we asked Destination Services about this, they just nonchalantly said these supplies were not needed. An accurate description before the cruise start would have been appreciated and we would have avoided some unnecessary expenses as well as the time spent finding these supplies. Also, the tour we took was mostly a ride in an air-conditioned car, not as described (which we appreciated). •Disembarkation Was A Nightmare: Total chaos. We received instructions the night before of when to report to the Constellation Theatre. When we got there, there was a line that nobody understood. Turned out, every passenger had to check out via this line, information that was not contained in the instructions we received. With one Destination Services person going through the passenger lists, this was totally inefficient. Again, Destinations Service people were not only inefficient but totally rude when asked about the reason for this procedure. Normally, swiping one’s key card on the way off the ship is enough. When we were released from the ship to meet the rest of our Post-Cruise travelers, we waited an hour and a half on the curb for our Singapore tour bus to arrive. It was total chaos, with the Destination Services Director generally standing around and doing nothing to alleviate the problem. When it was suggested that the Destination Services Director, Dagmara, apologize to the passengers, she told us that she was “very busy”. Finally, one of the Destination Services staff came on board our bus with a half-hearted apology that nobody appreciated. •Don't Even Try To Reach Regent Customer Service Via Phone. It is a recorded message suggesting that they only respond to e-mails. Just another indication about how Regent feels about its customers. Lastly, suggesting the fish rots from the head, letters to the CEO and President of Regent have gone unanswered. I guess no one at Regent cares about their customers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Went with Oceania from Capetown to Singapore . Don't do it sounds exotic but African ports other than Capetown not worth doing . Maldives and Seychelles were good but not enough to warrant this expense and time . As far as Oceania ... Read More
Went with Oceania from Capetown to Singapore . Don't do it sounds exotic but African ports other than Capetown not worth doing . Maldives and Seychelles were good but not enough to warrant this expense and time . As far as Oceania goes the food was very good and the general staff were excellent , but that's as far as it went . The cruise director was terrible as was the lack of entertainment and activities . The seas were rough which was not the ship's fault but being smaller it moved a lot and I don't believe stablerlizers were used . We paid $900 US for tips but had no say in how they were distributed . To make matters worse , their baggage handlers managed to break a full bottle of rum securely wrapped in the middle of my suitcase just moving it from our cabin to the dock . How is beyond me they must have thrown it from the deck . I didn't realize until we got to our hotel and I had rum through everything as well as broken pieces of glass . Two letters that we paid the ship to post never arrived to our relatives . . A letter to their so called customer service has gone unanswered .I hopoe this report helps other people to not make the mistake we did .All this is fact and the first time I have ever written a complaint about a cruise line . Read Less
Sail Date January 2014

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