This review is for the Nautica cruise to South East Asia departing from Hong Kong on 24 January 2016. Overall we had an absolutely fabulous cruise with a varied and interesting itinerary, the highlights being Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Brunei and Singapore. We also took a privately arranged add on from Bangkok to Siem Reap for Angkor Wat which was the icing on the cake. Travelling on a smaller ship is a definite advantage over the bigger ships as we were able to navigate the Mekong Delta right in to the heart of Saigon this journey being a highlight in itself. The same was true for getting close to Bangkok at the end of the itinerary. We did not take any of the ships tours having pre arranged a number via Cruise Critic roll call, a couple on our own and a couple when we arrived in Port. It was our first cruise on Nautica having previously cruised on Marina. We love the country club ambience of Oceania, classy but not stuffy, and if anything it was better on Nautica being a smaller ship. The ship is well designed with lots of outdoor space and always easy to get a sun lounger, the staff DO remove towels/belongings if people reserve and then disappear. As with Marina a fantastic choice of restaurants, our favourite being the Grand Dining room for dinner even though there was often a wait for tables if you want to eat as a couple rather than join an open table, the way round this is to turn up with new found friends who you want to spend dinner with and usually this meant we were whisked straight through. The food was superb, I selected the Canyon Ranch menu whenever it was available which I found was always tasty, plentiful and suitably filling. We opted to take the drinks package which allows wine and beer with lunch and dinner, a big plus being that champagne, port and after dinner liqueurs are also included, if you drink c3-4 glasses per day (including a glass of champagne pre dinner in th Grand Dining room bar) the package represents excellent value as it includes the (extortionate!) 18% service charge. Entertainment was low key but we enjoyed some of the "shows", the onboard entertainment team were very good with guest artists joining and leaving the cruise as we went along. It was a shame that a lot of the other guests disappeared after the show finished (10.15pm!) there is music until nearly midnight and happy hour in Horizens from 10.30 until 11.30 each evening. Daytime activities were well organised and well attended and we met some lovely interesting people ranging in age from late forties to early eighties.

Fabulous South East Asia Cruise

Nautica Cruise Review by Lorraine Giddings

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
This review is for the Nautica cruise to South East Asia departing from Hong Kong on 24 January 2016.

Overall we had an absolutely fabulous cruise with a varied and interesting itinerary, the highlights being Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Brunei and Singapore. We also took a privately arranged add on from Bangkok to Siem Reap for Angkor Wat which was the icing on the cake. Travelling on a smaller ship is a definite advantage over the bigger ships as we were able to navigate the Mekong Delta right in to the heart of Saigon this journey being a highlight in itself. The same was true for getting close to Bangkok at the end of the itinerary. We did not take any of the ships tours having pre arranged a number via Cruise Critic roll call, a couple on our own and a couple when we arrived in Port.

It was our first cruise on Nautica having previously cruised on Marina. We love the country club ambience of Oceania, classy but not stuffy, and if anything it was better on Nautica being a smaller ship. The ship is well designed with lots of outdoor space and always easy to get a sun lounger, the staff DO remove towels/belongings if people reserve and then disappear. As with Marina a fantastic choice of restaurants, our favourite being the Grand Dining room for dinner even though there was often a wait for tables if you want to eat as a couple rather than join an open table, the way round this is to turn up with new found friends who you want to spend dinner with and usually this meant we were whisked straight through.

The food was superb, I selected the Canyon Ranch menu whenever it was available which I found was always tasty, plentiful and suitably filling. We opted to take the drinks package which allows wine and beer with lunch and dinner, a big plus being that champagne, port and after dinner liqueurs are also included, if you drink c3-4 glasses per day (including a glass of champagne pre dinner in th Grand Dining room bar) the package represents excellent value as it includes the (extortionate!) 18% service charge.

Entertainment was low key but we enjoyed some of the "shows", the onboard entertainment team were very good with guest artists joining and leaving the cruise as we went along. It was a shame that a lot of the other guests disappeared after the show finished (10.15pm!) there is music until nearly midnight and happy hour in Horizens from 10.30 until 11.30 each evening. Daytime activities were well organised and well attended and we met some lovely interesting people ranging in age from late forties to early eighties.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
Cabin A2 8069
First the positives; small but well laid out, nicely furnished, comfortable bed, spotlessly clean.

However, this cabin on the back of the ship is definitely one to be avoided if you want a quite nights sleep. Firstly there is a constant loud droning noise coming through the ceiling vent and constant loud hissing through the air conditioning unit. There is also noise from the outside terrace restaurant area above with staff or guests scraping chairs ridiculously early in the morning (4.30am!). We complained immediately but were told that no one from management was available and offered ear plugs!!!! When management (Executive Concierge Connie) finally appeared at her desk first thing next morning she "investigated" only to advise that the noise is "machinery", the ship is full so no chance of a move and to use the earplugs provided by reception the night before.

We did sleep with earplugs every night. The room experience won't put us off cruising on Nautica again but we would be much more careful about cabin location.
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