The fun of this one month cruise was destroyed by the fact that the ship missed 4 ports of the 19 included in the itinerary, including Maldives, due to the declaration of the State of Emergency in the eve of our arrival (but without any evacuation of the thousands of the tourists in the country) and the most beautiful of the Seychelles islands, La Digue and Praslin, according to the captain because of the state of the sea (apparently the sea was flat but the landing was made in longboats and Oceania did not want to take any risk at all, in my opinion).
We missed also Richard´s Bay, maybe the largest port of South Africa, officially due to the strong winds that prevented the arrival of the pilot by helicopter and we lost a precious afternoon in Cape Town, because of the rough seas that delayed our departure from Durban for four hour . Actually we arrived to CP at 9.00 PM and I expected to go to the Waterfront or to Long Street by night but Nautica just docked about 4.00 AM of the next day, surely to save expenses. Then we were putted out of the ship before 9.00 AM.
More negative points: the extravagant prices and the bad quality of the shore excursions, the dubious level of most of the night shows, the quite expensive and low speed internet (it should be free, taking in account the price that the passengers were paying).
30 minutes of visit of Nakhl Fort and 2 hours in a 5 stars hotel for lunch
I went by myself to Badami 3 days/2 nights and I went back to the ship in Mormugão/Goa. It was the best remembering of the cruise.
A good show with a beautiful landscape
Cape Town is a wonderful city. I visited it by myself after leaving the ship.
Disastrous tour made on Monday with all the museums mentioned on the program closed. We had no time free in Al Ain, I visited the oasis by taxi skipping the lunch.
Dubai is diferente from all the cities in Midlle East. I visited it by myself before the cruise.