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Nautica Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Floating Retirement home

Nautica Cruise Review by ChristianAdventurers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Inside

We chose this cruise because of the unique African itinerary. We have done about 20 other cruises. We are used to sailing with "older" cruisers but this was the first time we felt like we were in a retirement home. This was due to the boring "party" band. Almost everyone on board was in bed by 9pm. Maybe 10pm if you count the uninspiring guest performers shows. Luke's show was an exception, very well done. Niko is a great piano entertainer. The crew were excellent. Food in the Terrace Cafe (buffet) was amazing. This and Waves Grill were the only places we ate. The activities staff did a great job with mini golf, shuffle board, ping pong, trivia and other fun games. The itinerary was nice although we couldn't stop at Kenya for safety concerns. The South African stops are mainly safari starting points and don't offer much else to see. Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malayasia all proved to be excellent ports of call. We can't wait to go back to Seychelles for an extended trip. Singapore is always a great place to start or end a cruise a deserves a few days stay minimum to experience everything they have to offer. Overall we felt this cruise did not offer the value per dollar that other cruise lines offer. We don't see where our extra money was spent. Plus now that the itinerary is changing there are better and more economical options.


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Cabin Review

Inside
Cabin F 7068

Walls were paper thin. We could hear word for word conversations of our neighbor at 11pm. Our room backed on to the laundry. We like to sleep till 10am. This doesn't work with laundry opening at 7am. Room steward was ok, but definitely not like the Room Ninjas on other cruise lines. Many times we would come back from breakfast and our room was still not cleaned. Other cruise lines it seems like the room is cleaned before I get out of bed. Room ninjas!


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Cape Town

So much to see and do. We can't wait to go back.

Port Elizabeth

Addon elephant park was ok. But we did Kruger and Chobe parks before the cruise and there is no comparison. Those parks were simply amazing. Addo was ok.

Durban

Took a shuttle to the beach front area. They have an aquarium, Waterpark and shops. It was a nice day. Very clean.

Richards Bay

Nothing to see here. We took the free shuttle to a dull local mall. East London was another port. We went to Inkwenkwizi that was a good safari. We didn't see a lot of animals but we saw a few unique ones. Nuala and the highlight was the White Lions.

Maputo

We walked around the area near the ship. Lots of garbage on the streets. They have potential to be a good destination they just need to take pride in there city. The fort and garden were nice.

Phuket

We only had 3 hours here because ship was late getting in due to strong currents. Nice, safe town to walk around.

City Tour

We saw the giant eagle statue which was impressive. The museum with gifts to the president from various countries was interesting as was a craft market. Also saw a rubber tree forest and how they used to get the rubber sap. Nice visit.

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City Tour

The highlight is the stop at the Petronas Towers. Tickets need to be purchased 1 or 2 days before in order to go to the top. So we just got photos from the ground and went in the mall at the bottom. A couple other buidlings, such as train station and mosque were good to see.

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Colombo

Enjoyed our time here. Nice surprise. Clean and interesting buildings to see.

Singapore

This was our disembarkation port. We docked next to Sentosa island. We bought tickets for the cable car in the terminal. Nice views as we went from the 15th floor of the adjacent building up over the ship to the island. The giant merlion and aquarium are fun things to do. The beach is nice for relaxing on the sand but the water is not very clean. The next day we stayed at Marriott South Beach. Great location for exploring. The evening light shows around the iconic Marina Bay hotel and surrounding area were fun and gardens are amazing. Really enjoyed Singapore this time!


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