This was our third cruise with Oceania. We have also cruised with Azamara, Windstar, HAL, NCL, Louis, Katarina and some river cruise operators. This cruise was 18 nights, from Shanghai to Yokohama.
We flew into Shanghai, arriving the night before. We stayed at the Sofitel, which was easy to get to via train from Pudong Airport. Embarkation was smooth. In the early afternoon we got a taxi from our hotel to the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal. This terminal is very conveniently placed not far from the Bund area of Shanghai.
The Nautica was looking fine. We had an inside cabin on deck 8. We are happy with an inside cabin, as we spend little time in the cabin, and deck 8 is a convenient position. Our room stewards did a good job.
Comfortable. We have no issues with inside cabins, as we spend little time in them! Deck 8 was a convenient position.
We had an overnight and then a day in Shanghai following embarkation. There was a shuttle operating from the ship to the Bund, making it easy to do things in that central area on your own. The subway in Shanghai is also very easy to use. We had been to Shanghai before so we were happy to wander on our own. Having arrived the night before embarkation, we were able to see the Bund by night. Then the morning before we embarked we went up the Shanghai Tower, which is well worth doing (in good weather!) and then the next day we just wandered around the Bund and the Nanjing East Road area.
Shanghai is a good start point for a cruise.
We had 2 half days here, each side of an overnight. We were berthed at the Ocean Terminal, which is much more convenient than the Kai Tak Terminal. Hong Kong public transport is easy to use and we have been there before, so we just did a few sites on our own. Went up the Sky100 Observation Tower, which gives you great views and is well worth doing.
The cruise port is close to the city. There is a tram system, but we just walked and covered quite a lot of ground including the Peace Park, churches, temples, cathedrals, Spectacles Bridge. Had a great day and saw a lot at our own pace.