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Nautica Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Delightful!

Review for Nautica to Asia
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Annie1959
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2013
Cabin: Inside

The adventure started in finding the right cruise terminal in Singapore -- there are two, and our cab driver got it right the second time. But cabs in Singapore are cheap, so no harm, no foul. A very large Holland America ship was boarding at the same time, so the queue seemed to wend its way for miles until we saw the Nautica personnel holding their signs up. We bypassed the queue completely, and breezed through the embarkation process like rock stars.

Our inside room was larger than we had experienced on Princess. We were able to maneuver around one another without choreography (You Stand There While I Move Here, cha-cha-cha). Lots of storage, and a shower that you could actually turn around in. Really comfortable bed, and nice squishy pillows (unlike the foam logs you so often find.) Four electrical plugs, 2 European round prongs, and 2 American, with one of the American devoted to the obligatory night-light -- bring universal adapters if you travel with electronics.

Loved the ambience on the ship, with the emphasis on adult travel. And really loved the small (600 passenger) ship.

Cabin Review

Inside

Cabin F

Great closets, cleaning crew staged equipment next to our door, room 8014, but it wasn't a problem.

Port Reviews

Singapore

We stayed at The Scarlet Hotel near Chinatown, and loved it. The Maxwell Street Hawkers Market (made famous by Anthony Bourdain) is across the street, and we ate there frequently and cheaply!There are two cruise terminals in SIN, and some taxi drivers aren't fluent in English, so make sure you know which one you're leaving from.

Koh Samui

Best bet -- 1 hour Thai massage for $7. No, I didn't leave out zeros. $7. Mediocre shopping in the port town. A nice restaurant about 3 blocks in with free wifi. Lovely beaches further afield.

Sihanoukville

I don't know how to rate this, because we weren't expecting a lot. The city-center market was fascinating, because you got to see how a middle-class grows and thrives. Someone has to catch the live seafood, then someone has to buy it, then someone has to rent the space in the market and sell it to the locals. Thus the evolution of the economy. What first seems poverty turns into a thriving lifestyle. Be aware that there are amputee beggars lying and beseeching. We have so much, and they have nothing, so dropping a dollar or two isn't a big deal. Except that you get noticed.The tuk-tuk drivers are the hungriest people on the planet. We took the bus into town,and the local drivers zoomed along side us and (seemingly) picked out us as targets. Once in town, they didn't let us go. Ever. One followed us into the market, and we had to wind our way in and out of the stalls to try to lose him. When we finally thought we were rid of him, he showed up again, trying to give us a tour. I finally gave in, and let him drive me back to the ship for about $10l My husband was bound and determined to get a massage in every port. When he asked the tuk-tuk driver about it, he was taken to a brothel. Nope. Next stop, a place that wasn't very clean. Nope. Final stop, a place with a blind masseur who was wonderfull

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