Best Cruise Ever: Nautica Cruise Review by charles6346

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Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Africa
Embarkation: Dubai
The itinerary is outstanding with visits to exotic ports and beautiful islands. The Nautica is the perfect ship for this cruise. The cruise is long but the days go fast. The days at sea are welcome for relaxing and getting a tan. The weather was generally warm and sunny.
The Nautica is known for great food and friendly service. The entertainment was adequate. The negatives which are common to most cruise lines include expensive wine, excursions and internet, The bathrooms are small. Oceania has addressed this problem on it's newer ships. The exercise room was very good.

The ports are the stars of this cruise.
The ship provided shuttle service in Dubai. There are lots of taxis. We took 3 excellent tours with Arabian Adventures.
The shuttle in Fujairah is to the Center City Mall which is not in the center of the city. There are lots of taxis.
The shuttle in Muscat is to the souk. There are lots of taxis.
Mumbai is hectic. We took an excellent tour to the More Kanheri Caves with Mumbai Magic.
In Goa, Mangalore and Cochin there are lots of taxis.
The ship anchored in the Maldives. We had hoped to snorkel but the seas were a little rough and the weather was overcast.
In the Seychelles we took a taxis and snorkeled at the beautiful Anse Royale Beach.
A shuttle was provided in Mombasa. Taxis and Tuk Tuks were available.
Shuttle was provided in Zanzibar. It is not necessary as you can walk in to Stone Town. We got a boat for $50 and went snorkeling at a nearby island.
In Dar es Salaam we took an excursion to historic Bagamoyo. It was a little disorganized but this is Africa.
We anchored in Madagascar. We hired a boat at the tender pier and went to the Lemur island.
There were a few taxis in Maputo, Mozambique.
We to an excursion to the St Lucia Wetlands from Richard's Bay. We saw lots of Hippos but only 1 croc. The weather was poor.
We took an excellent excursion to the Tala Game Reserve from Durban. You can get really close to the animals as they are use to the 4 X $s.
We had very rough seas from Durban to Cape Town. We arrived 8 hours late. This was very disappointing for most of the passengers. Cape Town is beautiful. The ship docks right at the waterfront. We had been here before. I went on a great white shark cage dive 2 hours out of Cape Town in Kleinbaai. Very thrilling.
My favorite ports were Dubai, Muscat, Mahe in the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Cape Town. This is a cruise of a life time. Less

Published 01/14/13
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