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54 Oceania Cape Town Cruise Reviews

This cruise was chosen for its itinerary. Our Akron transport did not arrive at Cape Town. We were advised by other workers at the terminal to wait. After 30 minutes of waiting we walked out to the front of the airport to seek further help ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for its itinerary. Our Akron transport did not arrive at Cape Town. We were advised by other workers at the terminal to wait. After 30 minutes of waiting we walked out to the front of the airport to seek further help . We talked to the information booth and they helped in getting a rep to us. After another 30 minute wait a car arrived for us. When arriving at the ship we informed reception...no response received. No what we expected, especially since it was now 9:30 pm...we had lost a complete day in Cape Town... disappointing as we have traveled 36 other cruises and not encountered this type of transport service. Room service was great. Bathroom size was the usual small size for a concierge suite. The ship was very clean. Dining menu was repeated too much for a 30-day voyage. Selection of lunch could include diversification of sandwiches with the meals in the buffet. We some some issues with undercook steals and cold potatoes and slow service Toscana. When the manager questioned us on the meal we expressed service for our main entree was extremely slow. His explanation was that it takes 15-20 minutes for the entree to be served. We then explained we had been there two other times and that was not the case...same meal. We unfortunately feel it was a cover up for a mistake made by the waiter Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose the Oceana Nautica because of the itenery we had never been to South Africa and it was on our bucket list,The fact it was going over Christmas and New Year and because of its claim to being the best ,best,best. We love good food ... Read More
We chose the Oceana Nautica because of the itenery we had never been to South Africa and it was on our bucket list,The fact it was going over Christmas and New Year and because of its claim to being the best ,best,best. We love good food the Nautica deffinitely told us that we would find it on board. The Cruise was expensive but we always say you get what you pay for unfortunately the Nautica proved us wrong. Having read reviews about the entertainment onCruis Critic we felt sure they would have rectified it ,we love shows and didn't expect big Las Vagas events as on wonderful previous cruises we have had(33)to date,but having been on smaller ships k we had not been disappointed,until the Nautica. The resident singers and dancers made everything sound the same we normally never miss a show but we gave up. We thought we would try the trio in the bar area where there was a small dance area. We shouldn't have bothered. No atmosphere, people had given up, why,because the band had no personallity no expression on their faces except boredom and gave a robotic type performance. We complained about our junior suite having such an old shower with a shower curtain............When my husband dropped his soap there was no room to bend down to pick it up,we were told nothing could be done for us. We complained about the dried up food and bad service. We were told that a lot of staff were changing at the end of the cruise not sure how that was supposed to help us.One night we had to wait two hours before being served in a speciallity Restaurant. We were told to give them another chance. The cruise Director was only interested in being on the TV the entertainment factor was minimal the saving grace was the lectures on the Politics of South Africa. People that had been on Board time and time again were saying that it had changed and not for the better. When we were told we couldn't dock at one of our Ports of call,we were taken to a Port with nothing but a Mall in,the sort of place you see people getting off and getting back on the bus asap. The tours were extremely expensive and some of the tour guides were students that didn't want to use a mike. So I think you get the message that we will not be going back on the Nautica despite the Head Office saying we should give them another chance,we think £11,000.00.is a bit much for second chances. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We recently returned from a 15 day round trip cruise from Cape Town, SA. The food was outstanding - the best we have ever had on 14 cruises (all on other lines). The service was mostly good, but there were a few instances of surly ... Read More
We recently returned from a 15 day round trip cruise from Cape Town, SA. The food was outstanding - the best we have ever had on 14 cruises (all on other lines). The service was mostly good, but there were a few instances of surly attitudes among the staff. I also liked not having to pay for dining in specialty restaurants, free water and soft drinks, no formal nights and no one taking your photo every time you turn around. On the other hand, there wasn't much else to rave about on this ship. Oceania markets themselves as an upscale luxury cruise line. Such is not so. They do charge premium prices, in this instance about 250% above what a similar verandah stateroom on HAL, Cunard or Princess would cost for the same room - but you don't get anything more. Our cabin was equivalent to cabins we have had on the aforementioned lines with the exception that HAL's bathrooms are larger! Particularly noteworthy bad was the Nautica's shore excursion program. It was staffed by two young relatively inexperienced people with the more experienced supervisor making himself invisible. We went on 8 excursions, four of them were relatively good and the other four were mediocre. One was advertised as a cultural tour of a Xulu tribal village, but was nothing more than a visit to a 1985 TV set with two hours of coffee and shopping time. Another tour was a desert 4x4 vehicle that broke down in the Namib desert after getting a flat, getting mired in the sand, missing three of the six stops and arriving back in port almost an hour late. Oceania did fully refund the cost of that trip but only after getting permission to do so from their home office in Miami (the shipboard staff should have had discretion to offer the full refund since it was a no-brainer). The 4x4 driver was also ill equipped to handle the breakdown. He had a tire jack that did not work, no radio or walkie-talkie for communicating with the other vehicles in the convoy and the next day he went out on the same tour without a spare tire! Does Oceania even bother to vet the companies they use for shore excursions? Oceania doesn't really appear to take their shore excursion program seriously, with most tours sold out weeks before they embark, a confusing pricing structure with three different price levels for the same tours, and a fee shore excursions program that only allows you to take excursions up to $199, but won't allow you to pay the difference if you select a pricier tour. We picked this particular cruise because of the itinerary and for the most part we enjoyed the ports, although we failed to visit Maputo, Mozambique because the captain said the weather was going to be bad (heavy rain all day, but the actual weather was 74 degrees and cloudy all day) and nothing would be open on Christmas Day - so we stayed in Richards Bay overnight (described in travel books as an industrial port with nothing much of interest; nothing was open there either, which begs the question was does Oceania schedule port visits on Christmas Day - it should be a day at sea. I believe the real reason for the port cancellation in Maputo were the rumors that 6 passengers from the Nautica on the prior cruise were robbed in town. We are not likely to take another cruise on the Nautica (a 17-year old ship), but may give Oceania another chance to prove themselves on one of there larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Review of cruise Cape Town to Singapore - Insignia Feb 9, 2016 Three years ago we were on an Oceania cruise from Istanbul to Cape Town. That was, by far, the longest cruise we'd taken, thirty days. I worried at the time that I ... Read More
Review of cruise Cape Town to Singapore - Insignia Feb 9, 2016 Three years ago we were on an Oceania cruise from Istanbul to Cape Town. That was, by far, the longest cruise we'd taken, thirty days. I worried at the time that I would get cabin fever, stuck on a boat that long. The itinerary was across the Mediterranean and down the west coast of Africa, with stops in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Namibia.  We loved it, and were sad t o leave the ship in Cape Town since it was next headed for Singapore. When last year's round-the-world cruise was advertised, we signed up fore the Cape Town to Singapore leg right away. When that leg was cancelled due to mechanical difficulties, we signed up for this year.  The itinerary was very attractive, around the Cape of Good Hope and up the East coast of Africa to Mombasa, then across to India, then Burma (a new addition), then Maylaysia and Singapore.  Cochin, India was the only place I'd been before between Cape Town and Kuala Lumpur, and Burma was transitioning to an elected government. Burma was the highlight, but Zanzibar, Madagascar, the Seychelles and the Maldives were also new and interesting.  There were a few ports I didn't understand.  Richards Bay, South Africa, our fourth stop in South Africa, was a wasted day, with a free shuttle bus to a mall that could have been in New Jersey.  Mangalore, India was not a major attraction - compared to Mumbai, Goa, or Cochin. We went around Sri Lanka without stopping. Burma was a country just opening up to major tourism growth, with fascinating culture and stupendous sites. The people were excited about the transition and filled with hope.   We used mostly Oceania arranged excursions, booking enough to qualify for the 25% discount, which made them comparable to the privately booked tours, without the option of customizing.  Some were excellent, others were duds.  Comparing our introduction to Zulu culture in Durban with the introduction we got to Masai culture in the Serengeti,  was a major disappointment. Bored dancers, confined crocodiles, and an extensive gift shop, with the major message that brides cost nineteen cattle.   Onboard activity included a variety of guest lectures, some very specific to the next port, some totally off base.  There were several one or two night entertainers, backed up by the onboard band, with mixed results.  Only a couple worth the second show. We had two sets of three days at sea between stops, which are very relaxing. Major reading opportunities, and the Oceania library did not disappoint. My wife took the art classes offered on sea days and loved it.  Our friends played bridge. There was an active Ma Jong group. This was a leg of the 181 day round-the-world cruise, and 200 of the passengers were RTW. They had already been on board for sixty days when we arrived, but we're very friendly and welcoming. We had long conversations with several, but I'm still not enamored with the itinerary as a unit.  Food, as expected, was a highlight. The Grand Dining Room has an ever changing menu with everything from a hamburger and fries to a six course dinner, and the two specialty restaurants have fixed menus with reliable old favorites.  We are experienced cruisers and fans of Oceania, especially their food and service. Our last cruise was on the Riviera.  We especially enjoyed the two new speciality restaurants, and were promised there would be items from the menus in the main dining room.   They kept the promise, but I didn't read the fine print.  They had three of the specialties,from Jaques, rotated every three days. Similarly with Red Ginger. It was a disappointment.  Service was extraordinary, with several waiters learning our names and preference for Diet Coke.   Cabins were as expected, having sailed on sister ships.  Storage was adequate, bathroom was cramped, and the bed was no longer the most comfortable ever. The balcony was ideal for sea days as a place to read.   Arrival and departure were seamless.  Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Previous experience with this cruise line was extremely enjoyable. We were anxious to have repeat experience. This cruise line is a bit pricier than many other choices, however, this cruise was most disappointing. The food was mediocre ... Read More
Previous experience with this cruise line was extremely enjoyable. We were anxious to have repeat experience. This cruise line is a bit pricier than many other choices, however, this cruise was most disappointing. The food was mediocre at best. Entertainment was painfully absent. I realize it is a small ship and in unusual ports, but aside from scheduled tours (of which many were cancelled) next to nothing for entertainment while on-board. Let me say, the staff was excellent (with few exceptions) and the land tour operators (Akorn Destination Management Company) were wonderful. Extremely efficient and accommodating. We had an unusual experience. One of our party was admitted to the hospital in Cape Town, for a 4 day stay, due to unexpected illness. We were unable to sail with the ship. The Hospital, Doctor's, hotel, and Akorn assisted us beyond expectations. When discharged, Oceania team offered to arrange transportation home, allowing less than two hours to pack, travel to airport and board plane to home or travel forward and pick up the ship in a port which the ship had determined unsafe to stop. (weather or political reasons unknown). Oceania advised me we would have to travel to Maupoto, Mozambique a day before the ship was to arrive and make our own arrangements to stay overnight at a hotel. They also advised we had two hours to decide as it was Dec. 23 and they intended to close the office and go home for the holidays. In the meantime, Akorn was in communication with us and had advised us the ship was not going to Mozambique. It would stay an extra night in Richard Bay. After some discussion with Oceania, they advised us to work with Akorn, as they had JUST received word of the ship's altered destinations. I was halfway around the world from home, and Oceania had no idea what was going on. This was a very scary experience. I cannot begin to consider sailing with Oceania again, anytime soon. As per ratings below: Aside from our unexpected situation, the ship is very small. The cabin, although Concierge Veranda, was extremely small, Dining in Grand Dining room was lovely and staff was very accommodating most of the time. Embarkation from all ports visited was efficient. One of very few enrichment experience offered was Cruise Director offering Photo Experience of his stops to orphanages, while traveling. Commendable but three sessions of this was a bit much. Overall Entertainment was weak. Only one show per evening. If you wished to see it, you needed to have early dining which is quite crowded and this is where we had the less than great experience. (most cruises offered two showings). The casino was not open all of the time the ship was at sea. I was shocked to have the casino manager come to me at midnight to advise the casino was closing within 5 minutes. The shops opened within 30 minutes of leaving port but not the casino. What little public space remained, aside from the pool area, should be reconfigured. Very truly yours, Scroamers Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We chose this trip for the itinerary, never haven't been to any ports on this cruise. We were not disappointed. Our booking included a 3 day pre-cruise tour package. This was excellent for folks like us who had not visited South ... Read More
We chose this trip for the itinerary, never haven't been to any ports on this cruise. We were not disappointed. Our booking included a 3 day pre-cruise tour package. This was excellent for folks like us who had not visited South Africa before. We got out of Cape Town into the East Cape Wine lands, to a private game park, Aquila ,the 2nd day, and toured Cape Town itself the 3rd day. We boarded the ship Dec 9 and had one more day in Cape Town on the 10th. It worked well that everyone had a day in Cape Town before the ship left port. We went out privately with a car and driver for a tour of Table Mountain National park, Simonstown, and the penguin colony for our last in port. That was really reasonable and personable. We always enjoy Oceania, especially the service, food, smaller size of the ships which mean we can go to a greater variety of ports. However we feel their excursions are overpriced. On this cruise the entertainment was fair. The ship's guests were more varied than usual, lots of Europeans, Aussie's, South Americans, fewer from North America than we've previously seen. It made for more interesting dinners and tour groups but no doubt more challenging to provide entertainment that all would enjoy. We went to number of game preserves privately. Addo Elephant National Reserve Park near Richard's Bay with Mosaic tour company was wonderful, a must if you want to see elephants and we saw so many other animals. Another highlight was the Hluhuwe Game Reserve near Richard's Bay, the oldest one in South Africa, for the beautiful landscapes alone. Our tour there with Eurozulu included a picnic BBQ in the park near some baboons. We then left S.A., and continued on visiting ports in Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, all interesting in their own way but troubling to see the poverty. The Seychelle port, Mahe, reminded us of a Caribbean island, very touristy, had the smallest most expensive local beer there! The ship stayed overnight in Maldives, probably our least favourite port, most activities were beach related. In Columbo Sri Lanka we enjoyed a private tour and were impressed by the interesting local history and progress the country has made in education and decreasing unemployment. Phuket Thailand had more interest for those wanting a beach day, you could get a taxi into town easily independently. In Penang, Malaysia we could walk from the ship to interesting museum/areas and saw through the Peranakan Mansion for a very reasonable price independently. We took a tour from the ship to Kuala Lampur as it's a more than an hour's drive each way from Port Klang in crazy traffic. We enjoyed the city tour and especially the tour of the Royal Selangor tin/pewter factory. The cruise ended with a full day in Singapore before embarkation, docked near the MRT station which is great for the slightly adventurous as the public transit system is wonderful there. We had booked the Singapore Urban food adventure tour of Chinatown on line. It was easy to find the guide at an MRT station and the tour was excellent. Lots of food tasting, history, general cultural information. Well worth the price. In summation we got more from this cruise than anticipated and would recommend the itinerary and Oceania for anyone seeking a snap shot of this fascinating part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our third cruise with Oceania and having experienced Riviera we were a little concerned at how we would enjoy such a long cruise on a small ship. Overall we had a great time, with the food outstanding as ever in the Grand Dining ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Oceania and having experienced Riviera we were a little concerned at how we would enjoy such a long cruise on a small ship. Overall we had a great time, with the food outstanding as ever in the Grand Dining Room, Toscana, Polo Grill and the wonderful Terrace Cafe. The staff were outstanding, and they really made our trip. We loved the itinerary, too, though there were too many ports in South Africa (East London and Richards Bay should be dropped, surely only there to sell more of their second rate excursions) and I would like more ports in wonderful Madagascar to replace them. The best entertainment consisted of four culinary demonstrations led by Executive Chef Joerg Becker which were great fun. Entertainment was otherwise mediocre, though the Nautica Singers were wonderful, not only putting on a number of live shows but also ever present throughout the ship and interested in all the passengers. The Cruise Director I felt could have been a lot more effective, he was more an organiser than a people person and was rarely seen around the ship. The "enrichment" lecturers were on board for the whole cruise and did 5 lectures each. One was on astronomy (interesting, but not what we came on a cruise to learn about) and the other on Africa in general - quite interesting but not very well delivered. The real disappointment was the Destination Services department. Oceania excursions are extremely overpriced, and by all accounts from those that had booked a package, very mediocre in content. What was completely lacking was any information on ports for those that did not book excursions. With Princess we have always enjoyed presentation on each port a couple of days before arrival, however Oceania seem to have a policy that if you don't book with them we don't tell you anything at all. So my advice here is not to book the excursions, and to do your homework on ports in advance. Pretty well everywhere you can find a decent taxi driver on arrival to do a 4-5 hour tour for between $60 and $100 US dollars per car. Oceania excursions range typically from about $150 - $300 per person, though there are some cheaper and some more expensive. Our (concierge veranda) cabin was well appointed but small (and the shower tiny). We were fine with it, though a few people we met did complain. The service from our room attendant was impeccable. Laundry was rather expensive for a cruise ship, though on this longer cruise they twice offered a special deal of up to 24 items washed and folded (not ironed) for $24.95 which was great value. Had we known in advance we would have avoided our first (expensive) laundry wash. One last tip - avoid the stern when booking a cabin and also when eating in the Grand Dining Room - the ship vibrates and judders quite a lot on the lower decks when underway. Overall - we will cruise Oceania again, but hope for better entertainment and enrichment, beware of their excursions and do our homework on ports in advance. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
It is almost as if we were in a different universe than the "Not what I paid for" cruiser. We are frequent Oceania cruisers and found the food and the service on Insignia very good. Yes, we were unhappy about the ... Read More
It is almost as if we were in a different universe than the "Not what I paid for" cruiser. We are frequent Oceania cruisers and found the food and the service on Insignia very good. Yes, we were unhappy about the "deals" since we had booked early and paid top dollar. But as the deals were announced our agent went to bat for us and we did get some compensation in the form of ship credit. There were no production shows but there were many guest entertainers who were on board for a brief stay. This provided for diverse programs which we felt were better quality than the cruises where there was an in house team of entertainers. The orchestra was excellent and there was dancing in Horizons every evening before dinner as well as before the show in the Insignia lounge. West Africa is probably not for first time cruisers, but we found the ports interesting and we learned a lot about the history and cultures of the region. Two improvements over our previous Oceania cruises: we found the destination staff to be extremely helpful to those not using the ship excursions and the lecturers, especially Dr. John Freedman, were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
SLOPPY SERVICE--meal service was slow and very poor. Christmas day dinner took nearly 3 hours to complete for eight people--only two had wine. There were only a few servers who seemed interested. On disembarcation day there were only two ... Read More
SLOPPY SERVICE--meal service was slow and very poor. Christmas day dinner took nearly 3 hours to complete for eight people--only two had wine. There were only a few servers who seemed interested. On disembarcation day there were only two servers to handle 40+ tables on our side of the Cafe! We went up the west Africa coast (banana country) yet there were only a few bananas in the Cafe. The travel and Pursers Departments were poorly run with few english speakers available. The entertainment wasn't. The string quartet sawed away--poor arrangements, poorly played. Wonder whose Daddy was in Corporate. The only excellent service was Housekeeping. The ship's nurse was also very good. Enrichment was very good. Kudos to the Operations Dept as we docked as scheduled. I wonder if the Captain retiring had to do with this horrible cruise. I can cruise on the same hull with much better service for 3/4 the price on Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I agree for the most part with Old Jazzer's review. This was my first cruise on Oceania. The cabin service was first rate. The social hostess Tammy was very good. The itinerary is why I took the cruise and it was more than I could ... Read More
I agree for the most part with Old Jazzer's review. This was my first cruise on Oceania. The cabin service was first rate. The social hostess Tammy was very good. The itinerary is why I took the cruise and it was more than I could have hoped for (except for the cancellation that left us in Sao Tome for 2 days - when it was my least favorite stop). I also could do without another Caribbean cruise but it was OK. The bar staff at Martinis was the most professional staff of all. From the Captain on down, the people who staffed this cruise should be evaluated as unsatisfactory. It started with the aloof captain, the gossipy GM, the arrogant cruise director (or whatever he was - Andy) and progressed on down to the service. The Grand Dining room maitre de was particularly offensive to those traveling solo. I can join Old Jazzer in that I was one of the few on this trip who did not get the "great deal". I paid full price (without discount for traveling solo) for a concierge level room. I did not get a big ship credit. Others on my floor had been upgraded with all its benefits from ocean view and inside cabin rooms for which they paid minimal amounts without any significant supplement. I don't see me traveling Oceania again (as other first time cruisers on this line told me they would not do either). But, if something were to happen where I was offered one of these "great deals" that other travelers got, I may consider it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had food not prepared correctly and some almost raw in Polo In Toscanna they even forgot our bread and we canceled our last reservations in those two venues. Service was slow in the Terrace sometimes as long as 20 min. Signature ... Read More
We had food not prepared correctly and some almost raw in Polo In Toscanna they even forgot our bread and we canceled our last reservations in those two venues. Service was slow in the Terrace sometimes as long as 20 min. Signature sandwiches (ex: Pannini) were not prepared correctly in Waves. We only had quality meals in the Grand Dining Room. With welding on deck 10 and 11 for almost two weeks it was noisy and the deck on 11 was still not clean after 35 days Events were poorly scheduled and unless you likes lectures the seas days were boring during the day. With all the sea days there was Neptunes party and the boat competition and that was it for the pool. No country fair no officers challenge no Oceania Olympics. Entertainment at night was not up to comparison to regular Oceania cruises We had 4 nights where the sole evening entertainment was a movie. Three more nights were evening entertainment was watching passengers dance or participate in silly shows. I don't consider that up to Oceania standards for the main entertainment event for the evening. I am sure other passengers were ok with this but other Oceania cruises we have been on ran circles around this cruise!!!!! This cruise really felt more like a shakedown run. We felt we did not get our moneys worth If this is the way World Cruise segments are handled then I will have to reconsider in the future Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Meals and service were very good. An over abundance of tables for two. Cabin was well maintained by friendly and helpful staff. TV and internet worked well and a DVD player in the cabin with the ships DVD library gave an alternate to the ... Read More
Meals and service were very good. An over abundance of tables for two. Cabin was well maintained by friendly and helpful staff. TV and internet worked well and a DVD player in the cabin with the ships DVD library gave an alternate to the entertainment which was sorely lacking. Room service was prompt. Staff in general very helpful and pleasant to deal with. Itinerary was good, shuttle busses were good to town. Pre cruise itinerary was good, items given free on board with the package purchased were appreciated. "Free Air" is far from free, Itinerary offered required 40 + hours of travel, we paid to get what wold have been in our minds a shorter and less expensive routing. This was our first Oceania, not really worth the extra Luxury Pricing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We went on the Oceania Insignia 35 day cruise from Cape Town (depart 30 Nov 2015) to Miami (arrived 4 Jan 2016). Here is the list of our opinions as to what was good, below expectations and bad. We had concierge level cabins with ... Read More
We went on the Oceania Insignia 35 day cruise from Cape Town (depart 30 Nov 2015) to Miami (arrived 4 Jan 2016). Here is the list of our opinions as to what was good, below expectations and bad. We had concierge level cabins with balcony. This was our 11th cruise across 6 lines and our first cruise on Oceania. 1. Bad - Cancellation of Ports. We booked this cruise for the interesting ports in West Africa that were very hard to visit otherwise. We had no interest in the conventional Caribbean ports at the end of the cruise we had been to multiple times before. Overall there were 12 ports that we wanted to visit and these ports were the reason for selecting this cruise. We only got to 10 of the 12. Isla Marguerita was a port we wanted to go to that was cancelled well before departure. It was replaced with yet another day at sea. Bom Bom Island in Principe was cancelled 2 days before we were due to arrive at that port. The explanation was little short of offensive – “operational reasons” - when there was no obvious reason - the seas were calm. This meant we missed what we had expected to be a highlight of the trip. Instead we had an extra and pointless day in São Tomé. We paid US$56,000 for this cruise to go to 12 ports - missing one sixth of them was a big disappointment as was the failure to replace them with other ports of equal interest, especially in the absence of any explanation. 2. Bad - the Deal. We booked very early and paid by the due date. Later many other guests got much cheaper deals and also got internet included in their package whereas we paid about $1000 extra for internet for only one person. The ship was full of people boasting of the deals they had obtained. Overall we paid about US$8000 more than if we had waited and booked late. I would never book early again with Oceania. Oceania needs to provide a price guarantee. 3. Excellent – Wait Staff and Cabin Attendants. The wait staff, cabin attendants and crew were the most delightful of any ship we have sailed on. Preferences were noted and anticipated. We rate this aspect of the cruise very highly. 4. Variable – Food. Overall the cuisine on board was very good, through perhaps not up to the hype, and the service was generally excellent. You could eat very well on the ship once you managed to align its strengths and weaknesses to your preferences. While for us this resulted in many disappointing meals we also had some excellent dishes. As a general rule beef, lamb and lobster dishes were excellent, Indian meals excellent, pasta, chicken and fish dishes disappointing and anything described as “a taste of red ginger” was just awful with no balance of flavour and often just meat doused in soy sauce. The specialty restaurants followed this pattern too – excellent beef and lobster dishes – but were far superior to that served in the Grand Dining room. 5. Good - Cabin Servicing. Cabin attendants were efficient and delightful. There were plenty of towels and the mini bar was kept supplied with the soft drinks we requested. The staff seemed to be responsible for a lot of cabins and to work long hours but still generally endeavoured to accommodate our preferred servicing times. 6. Good - Shuttle Buses. The shuttles into town for independent visitors in African ports generally worked very well with few delays (except in Dakar and Mindelo where the first shuttles were scheduled to leave about an hour after disembarkation commenced meaning we had to walk into town in both ports). 7. Bad - The Bed. Oceania advertises its beds as very comfortable. One half of our bed was. The other half sagged and was at a level lower than the good half. Attempts to fix it failed. This meant for 35 nights we slept at different levels and one person slept on a saggy bed. This bed should not have been in service. Attempts to fix our pillows were also unsuccessful. If doing the trip again we would have purchased our own pillows in Cape Town. 8. Good - The Fitness Track. Most cruise lines advertise walking tracks that do not work because they become blocked by patrons of bars or recliners used for sunbathing. Insignia's worked because it, whilst short, did not run through other public areas. It also had a surface that gave walkers excellent grip even when wet. The provision of iced water next to the walking track was also an excellent idea. 9. Bad - Airconditioning. A long trip through the tropics meant the AC needed to work. In one cabin it did. In one cabin even on full cooling function it could not get the cabin cool enough until we reached cooler weather. 9. Good - Cleanliness. The ship was always kept impeccably clean. 10. Bad - Construction Site. For one week during the cruise there were scheduled maintenance construction works on the top deck. This was not urgent work. If you liked time by the pool or on the walking track listening to the screech of a metal grinder this was the cruise for you. If you liked the smell of oxy welding permeating lifts and public areas this was the cruise for you. 11. Good - Visas. Oceania, for a fee, arranged all the visas need for the ports visited in Africa. This service worked very well. 12. Good - Tenders. Due to Bom Bom being cancelled tenders were only required in São Tomé. On most cruise lines tenders means huge delays but Insignia launched 3 lifeboats that provided a speedy service without delays. 13. Bad - Smoking. On a regular basis cigarette smoke came through the ventilation from somewhere into our cabin even though smoking is banned in cabins and on balconies. One or two times a day we had to air our cabin to remove the smell. 14. Bad – Muzak. The dreadful muzak blaring in public areas including the pool deck made reading and relaxing difficult. Take headphones. We knew from other reviews the entertainment was not a reason to book. So it turned out but because our expectations were low some of the shows we went to were a bonus. The range of TV and movie channels to occupy time in days at sea is very limited. The library is well stocked and comfortable. We did not go on any organised excursions due to their prohibitive pricing structure but greatly enjoyed our own excursions whether or foot, by hire car or by taxi. Embarkation was quick and well handled. We had to queue for one hour in Miami to disembark inexplicably late. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We started the cruise with a ATL-JNB flight aboard Delta. We stayed at the Oceania suggested hotel of 54 on Bath in JNB for two nights. The hotel is excellent. As part of our cruise we booked Oceania's pre-cruise tour to the Chobe ... Read More
We started the cruise with a ATL-JNB flight aboard Delta. We stayed at the Oceania suggested hotel of 54 on Bath in JNB for two nights. The hotel is excellent. As part of our cruise we booked Oceania's pre-cruise tour to the Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana. Our only issue with the hotel stay was that we were not provided with information about the pre-cruise tour, even though I asked for it upon check in. We were supposed to have breakfast and dinner provided with the tour, but ended up paying for dinner as the hotel staff had no information as to what was provided as part of the pre-cruise tour. On our day of departure from the hotel to Chobe we met three other couples who were also on the Oceania tour. It appears we were not provided information as they were, including a special room for our meals, time of departure, etc. The Chobe Game Lodge was great. Oceania did an excellent job in having the four couples transported to the airport going and returning. The lodge itself was really a neat experience and it seemed like the four couples had the place for ourselves. Food, room and service were great. We had the chance to see a number of different animals on the different drives or river cruise. The travel from Chobe to Cape Town for ship embarkation was great. Then, we hit the second issue of our trip. When we arrived at the cruise dock in Cape Town, there was no Oceania personnel to check us in or direct us where to go. We found our way and passed through the security checkpoint dragging and carrying our luggage with us all the way to the Marina's reception desk for check in. The next day when we spoke to the concierge aboard the Marina, he indicated the reason we had to carry our luggage was because we arrived at 9pm and said it was our fault for arriving so late, even though our arrival was dictated by the Oceania travel itinerary. It has been two months and I am still not happy about his comments and even unhappier that nobody from Oceania has contacted me about the complaint I filed on board or on my post cruise survey. We had one day in Cape Town and booked a private tour through Luhambu Tours to visit the Cape Winelands. We really enjoyed the day even though we were still tired from the game lodge safaris and long day of travel the day before getting to Cape Town. We visited four vineyards doing wine tasting and just had a great time. Our next day on the cruise was a sea day, which was really needed to catch up on rest. Our first cruise port was Luderitz, Namibia. We took an Oceania tour to the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, 10 kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers). Our next two days were spent in the port of Walvis Bay, Namibia and we booked private tours for both days through Edward Taylor. Our first day was spent with a tour of Walvis Bay where we had the opportunity to climb the 383 meter Dune 7. Also during the tour we visited a moonlandscape site, Swakopmund and then a tour of the Walvis Bay tour. Our second day was very exciting as it was spent 4x4 riding in the Namibia Desert. It was fun as we climbed up sand dunes and then plunged what seemed to be straight down. The sand dunes drives took place in the Namib Naukluft Park, Sandwich Harbour. We then had two sea days before arriving at Jamestown, St. Helena. We had booked a private tour with Horizons Tour, a small company owned and run by Patrick and Pamela Young. The day long tour took us to: Heart Shaped Water Fall, High Knoll Fort, Diana’s Peak National Park, St. James Church, Jacob’s Ladder, Longwood House, Napoleon’s Tomb, and the Plantation House and Jonathon, the oldest tortoise in the world. St. Helena was quite a surprise I believe for all the cruise passengers as not much was expected from this port. Everyone was mistaken as this place is truly a gem. I think, unfortunately for the island and its inhabitants, the new airport is opening and this island will be changed and not for the better. We then had four sea days before arrival into Rio de Janeiro. Again, we booked a private tour for the two days in port. We booked with Vicente Cardone and enjoyed ourselves a great deal as he made sure we saw every site there is to see in Rio. He had contacts at a number of places, so we were able to cut queues and get through lines quicker. We disembarked after an overnight stay in port and checked into the JW Marriott on Copacabana Beach which was a great location. We enjoyed Vicente and his girlfriend so much we spent our last day with them on the beach before departing for home on the Sunday evening. This was our 5th Oceania cruise and our second aboard Marina. I think the ship is due for a shipyard visit in 2016 and it is probably needed as it has a few areas of wear and tear. The dining was great as it was for us aboard our previous four Oceania cruises. The service was up to Oceania standard and our only issue was the Concierge who sits outside the reception area. We ate at each of the dining venues once, although we could have visited more staying in an Oceania Suite. We found the dining room to be good enough for us on this cruise and we laughed because on our last Marina cruise, we ate in the dining room only once and normally ate in the Terrace Cafe. This cruise, we only ate in the Terrace Cafe one night. We were invited by another passenger to dine in The Privee' one night and really enjoyed the experience. We did not take in any of the entertainment on the ship. We visited the casino a few nights, but the craps table was never open so did not spend much time in the casino. Disembarkation was very easy as many passengers had disembarked the evening we arrived into port, while many others stayed on board for the next cruise, a ten day to Argentina. Oceania offered the passengers a really good cruise fare if you wanted to stay on board, but it meant getting home on Christmas Eve, so we past on the offer. From our stateroom to our luggage took about 5 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was out third Ocean crossing. This time from Cape Town to Rio. We have been cruising since 2006 but have done a lot of independent traveling over the years. We flew from JFK through Paris to Cape Town. The connection we ... Read More
This was out third Ocean crossing. This time from Cape Town to Rio. We have been cruising since 2006 but have done a lot of independent traveling over the years. We flew from JFK through Paris to Cape Town. The connection we booked allowed for a 15 hour layover in Paris. We took the train into Paris, had lunch and then visited the D'orsay and returned to CDG. Arrived the next day in Cape Town. Checked into our hotel. The next day, Friday, we took a private excursion to Wine Country. On Saturday we connected with a couple we met on the cruise roll call. We shared a van for a sightseeing trip to the Cape and then were dropped off at the ship. We did want to visit Table Mountain on Sunday morning but it was clouded over and there was about a 3 hour wait to get to the top. The Marina is a very comfortable ship. We had book a concierge level veranda suite but our travel agent called offering a nominal cost for an upgrade to a penthouse. We took the upgrade and enjoyed the extra space. The ports the ship stopped in West Africa were not great. WE did make arrangements for a whale/dolphin boat trip rather then taking the ships excursion. We boarded the boat and shortly after that a baby seal climbed on board. He allowed everyone who wanted to pet him to do so. When the boat left the pier, a pair of pelicans came aboard. They to allowed those aboard to touch them. Although we did not see any whales or dolphins everyone enjoyed the trip as we saw lots of seals and were able to get close to them when w few came on board. These seals knew they would be fed. The crossing was uneventful. The service aboard was excellent. We did book 3 hands on cooking classes which were educational and fun. As an aside, I ran into the parents of our daughter's first boyfriend from kindergarten. Dining: We ate a number of meals in the main dining room where we opted to sit with others. e met a lot of nice people this way. The food selection was very good and the service attentive. We also found that we could book the specialty restaurants more frequently the advertised since on many nights they were not fully booked. Embarkation: Quick and easy as we boarded late on Saturday. the ship was doing an overnight in Cape Town. Disembarkation: Rio - We had arranged for transportation to our hotel, the Copacabana Palace and were able to get off the ship fairly early. Overall, we enjoyed this cruise on the Marina. However, we do like smaller ships like the Nautica. Yes, I would book another Oceania cruise if the itinerary was of interest Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Looking for a different place to visit on ship that I had been on before. Received an E-mail from Oceania Cruise Line on their cruise from Capetown to Rio 14 days. The cruise line included a three day land tour including hotel in South ... Read More
Looking for a different place to visit on ship that I had been on before. Received an E-mail from Oceania Cruise Line on their cruise from Capetown to Rio 14 days. The cruise line included a three day land tour including hotel in South Africa. The cabin was large the bathroom had a tub the counter top was small but there was additional room for personal items on the shelves on the sides of the mirror. The refrigerator was stocked with water, beer and soft drinks. The room was a good size for a ship with a sofa and desk with chair. The Internet service was poor. The TV had some of the major news and business channels. There are four specialty restaurants. The main dining room and the buffet dinning area. The food was always very good. The staff was outstanding. The Entertainment was very good. There were several activities during the day. The ship carries about eleven hundred passengers. There is no movie theatre aboard. There is a casino, library and several bar on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have been cruising since 1993 and this was our first time with Oceania - choosing it for the itinerary. Before we ever left home there was confusion. Alarming notifications from Oceania stating that no-one would allow to board unless ... Read More
We have been cruising since 1993 and this was our first time with Oceania - choosing it for the itinerary. Before we ever left home there was confusion. Alarming notifications from Oceania stating that no-one would allow to board unless they had the yellow fever vaccination. With subsequent conversations with fellow passengers - this is contrary to WHO Guidelines and Embassy stipulations. Most guests ended up going privately, getting an absolution for the vaccination and forking out £88! An absolute scandal! The concierge subsequently told us to write to HO in Florida but on reading other reviews, correspondence to HO remains unanswered. The pre-cruise night in CT in the V & A was lovely, transportation, embarkation and also disembarkation also smooth. Although the decor in some places depressing, food was excellent in all restaurants although Toscana over-rated. The trips are far too expensive - despite paying for them in advance. How Oceania has the conscience to charge so much when everything is so cheap ashore, from diesel, food and most importantly wages. Many living in poverty, dependent on tips. Apart from a string quartet playing each day I cannot comment on the shows. One show at 9.30 did not suit us. Internet, laundry, hairdressing prices also exorbitant. For us it will be bye-bye Oceania. Never again. We certainly did not like being ripped off. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I paid $20,000 for this trip. What I got was 1. An extremely tiny room 2. An RV sized bathroom 3. A prepaid beer/wine program at over $500 that would not provide me with more than one drink at a time because my wife (not on ... Read More
I paid $20,000 for this trip. What I got was 1. An extremely tiny room 2. An RV sized bathroom 3. A prepaid beer/wine program at over $500 that would not provide me with more than one drink at a time because my wife (not on the program) might take a sip. This is both rude and childish. 4. Room service with a scowl. 5. Only a tiny area in the onboard store featuring notions and drug store items. If you forgot something...tough. 6. No ATM on board and no provision for those going on tours to stop at an ATM. We had to skip a tour in order to find an ATM. Many people were really angry about this. 7. Tour guides who could barely speak English. 8. Far too many poverty tours: come see the poor people. 9. Dining was excellent, though the portions are small. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This is a very personal view of the cruise based on our previous experiences. This cruise ship is very smart. Very well looked after and spotless clean. Posh. Upper class. Pretentious. It seemed to me that it was trying very hard to be ... Read More
This is a very personal view of the cruise based on our previous experiences. This cruise ship is very smart. Very well looked after and spotless clean. Posh. Upper class. Pretentious. It seemed to me that it was trying very hard to be something it is not. Everything is very, very expensive. For instance: Bus shuttle from port to airport. $109. (Taxi. $20)! Small bottle beer. 330ml. $7.5 Single spirit. $11 Small glass cheap wine. $11 (Including the 18% service charge) Etc.etc. Staff were the best I have come across. They seemed genuinely cheerfull and very helpful. Service was excellent. The food, as advertised by Oceania, is the best at sea! I agree, it is generally excellent. Particularly in the main restaurants. However the buffet I found disagreeable in its content. The breakfast was particularly poor, well, for a Brit anyway! The desserts seemed to be mushy, and very small. All food is given to you by buffet staff. You cannot help yourself! All tea, coffee and soft drinks were free. However I only saw one coffee machine on the whole ship. Also, restaurant times were quite short. The buffet servery area was poorly laid out with poor passenger flow, scrum. Often waiting for a table. How come a GPS based computer system can guide the 27000 ton ship to all of its ports automatically, yet they can't build a machine that can provide decent toast. Eggs cooked to order by a person using just two small pans. Not a griddle. 15 mins wait for an egg some mornings. The ports of call all looked fantastic on paper. In reality some of them were quite poor, almost a waste of a day! If you were to arrange tours in all these ports, particularly to the myriad of "game reserves", then ok. But the decision to explore the ports themselves sometimes led to a tedious few hours ashore. This was very evident when the shuttle buses provided by Oceania took all passengers using them to a shopping mall in most ports. These malls were mostly in urban fringe. We arranged private tours via internet in 4 of the ports and had a great time. We did not leave the ship in Maputo!! Right, now for the entertainment. Concert Flautist twice. Virtuoso Mandolin player twice. String quartet every evening and afternoon. 2 Film shows, both on port days? Comedy musician twice. Another comedy musician twice. Zzzzzzzz. Enrichment lectures. Zzzzzzzzzz. Photo show. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Pretentious. Too posh to have a good time. Everything aimed at a demographic with musical taste, fine gourmet foodies, wine buffs, and money! Almost forgot the "piped music". Very quite, everywhere, all the time. The same music tracks everyday. Zzzzzzzz. Free style jazz. Zzzzzzz. Rat pack. Zzzzzzzzzzz. Freestyle piano. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I could go on, and on. But I must learn from my experience! We did not really enjoy the experience of Oceania cruising. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My wife and I are seasoned cruisers, always at a "luxury level" ie. Regent or Silversea. Due to unexpected health issues we had to change a spring Regent Cruise to the fall. This itinerary stood out but Mariner did not have any ... Read More
My wife and I are seasoned cruisers, always at a "luxury level" ie. Regent or Silversea. Due to unexpected health issues we had to change a spring Regent Cruise to the fall. This itinerary stood out but Mariner did not have any PH available. My TA suggested we try Oceania and we are glad we did. It is important to understand that to get maximum enjoyment on O you need to take a little more personal responsibility. All is not handed to you as on RSSC or SS. I'll elaborate a little later. We were extremely fortunate to be able to upgrade from a PH3 to an OS at a discount. I will keep the process between my TA and Prestige confidential, but the offer was made by me, enough said. Since this was an R class ship this upgrade made a huge difference in our enjoyment of the cruise. The extra space and enhanced perks can't be beat. Not to say that the space available in a PH is too small--but close. Positives: Embarkation well done all though after our upgrade we did not have new baggage tags and therefore we waited till late afternoon to see our luggage. Food, I can't say enough good things about the food. We were able to eat basically where ever we wanted. We slightly preferred the MDR to Toscana, Polo was excellent but not our style. Never tried Terrace at dinner, although excellent at lunch. Waves was disappointing due to the ambience. The food was so much better than our last RSSC cruise that we booked on board for a 24 day cruise in the future. Service, Outstanding and with a smile. What an attitude, the crew had an esprit de corps that was almost palpable. Don't know who the hotel director was but a big BZ to him/her. Itinerary fascinating and we made into all our ports. Mariner missed a crucial stop. So what were the problems? Shore excursions were way overpriced and poor into the bargain. We were fortunate that we had been forewarned and joined up with others to do private tours. In our opinion Mozambique should not be on the trip. Dirty and more importantly dangerous. The whole entertainment-enrichment part of the cruise was a bust, too bad because we love port lectures and in a proper theater shows can be fun. Kudos, however to the Romantica String Quartet lovely ladies who performed after dinner each night. We liked the cruise so much that our loyalty moved from RSSC to O. Décor is personal taste but we prefer the European style of O to the neutrality of RSSC. Too bad O can't figure out what to do with their excursions. A serious problem. Personal responsibility, You need to know what you want and when. As stated the excursions are a problem, from an enjoyment perspective having a drink card makes sense; not necessarily financially. For the first time in our cruising career we saw lines to open the MDR. If you wanted a table for two in a certain area you had to plan ahead. Was not a problem for us because we were OS, but certainly raised our eyebrows. Remember as you read this we loved our two weeks. We are not fussy and very private, suited us perfectly! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This is our first cruise on an R-class ship. Our previous cruises were on the larger O-class. Pre-cruise communications from Oceania were abysmal. A lot of uncertainties and confusion with regards to things like yellow fever ... Read More
This is our first cruise on an R-class ship. Our previous cruises were on the larger O-class. Pre-cruise communications from Oceania were abysmal. A lot of uncertainties and confusion with regards to things like yellow fever vaccination, Mozambique visa, the special discounted $99 pre-cruise tours, etc. And different travel agents have different and conflicting information from Oceania. Boarding was at the Cape Town Cruise Ship Terminal, which is a short walk from the V&A waterfront. The terminal resembles a warehouse without any real facilities to speak of. You leave your luggage at one end of the building and proceed to fill out health questionnaires and immigration forms. Need to fill out South Africa departure form and Namibia form...this is because the routing of the cruise was reversed (presumably to avoid having to compete for resources with the Regent ship which has the exact same itinerary). So we will be sailing away from South Africa and head towards Walvis Bay instead. As it turned out, this happen to be advantageous to us. The Regent was unable to dock nor tender at Richard's Bay and missed the port. In general, boarding went quite smoothly. After the face-to-face immigration with some really friendly immigration officers and security check, we took a really short shuttle to the Nautica. Once on-board, we were directed to the Nautica lounge to finish off the check-in process. As expected, the R-class ship is definitely a lot smaller. Layout of the ship felt familiar, just on a much smaller scale when compared to the O-class. The stateroom is comparable with an excellent bed, good pillows and lots of space for storage. The bathroom, however, is a bit on the cramped-side. Perhaps this is to be expected from a ship launched 15 years ago as it is indeed comparable to some of the older Royal Caribbean ships with its shower curtain, etc...or perhaps we are just spoiled by the really lovely O-class bathrooms as well as on the newer Celebrity Solstice-class ships. Food at Polo and Toscana were very good and since the menu is the same, we got to enjoy some of our favorite dishes again. The steaks at Polo were excellent and cooked to the temperatures that we had requested (rare and medium-rare). Portions were still huge though as the smallest piece of steak (filet mignon) is 7-oz and it looked much bigger than that when it came. The Maine lobsters were also gigantic with 3-4 inch claws and steamed perfectly. Service was excellent and proficient. We were also quite pleased with the food in the MDR. A lot of familiar dishes that were cooked and presented very well. Dishes were not stacked like a tower from the kitchen which can sometimes affect the presentation. There were also dishes from Red Ginger and Jacques every evening (one main course from each). The famous miso glazed sea bass from Red Ginger was available on several nights and it was prepared perfectly. It would be nice if we were also offered an appetizer choice from Red Ginger as well...would love to have the watermelon and duck salad on the Nautica...hint-hint-wink-wink. Service was generally really good and we were usually done with dinner in 1.5-2 hours (we usually dine at 6:30-7pm with 3-4 courses in a shared table of 4-6 persons). A quick note on the wine stewards as We also brought on-board a number of excellent wines from Stellenbosch. A couple of them seemed to be rather "unhappy" that we brought our own wines. Even though we were happy to pay the corkage fees, perhaps these two individuals felt insulted that we did not bother to consult with them on the proper pairing with the food based on the Oceania wine list... The addition of the Barista coffee bar was also great for coffee lovers and provided an excellent location for some quick snacks (pastry, cookies, finger sandwiches, etc...) We were also quite pleased that the Captain managed to get us to all the ports at the scheduled times and even managed to get us in port a few hours early in a few ports. We had heard stories from a similar itinerary in 2014 where the ship were very off-schedule in many of the ports. This made our privately-arrange game drives easier to manage. And we also did not missed our tee-times at a couple of ports where we went golfing. Perhaps it was a combination of the speed we were going, plus the relatively small size of Nautica and the generally more "turbulent" ocean in this part of the world, we did feel that there was a lot more motion when compared to the O-class...that is likely to be expected... Disembarkation was also excellent. We got off the ship at 9am, which we requested when we filled out the disembarkation questionnaire, collected our luggage from the really small "terminal" since we were docked at the jetty right across from the Table Bay Hotel and had a short walk to the gate to catch a taxi. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
When I discovered the cruise in June 2015 for nov/dec 2015 around South Africa and a reasonable rate, I did not hesitate , certainly that a few years ago we were already on the Nautica and for once there is an interesting program for this ... Read More
When I discovered the cruise in June 2015 for nov/dec 2015 around South Africa and a reasonable rate, I did not hesitate , certainly that a few years ago we were already on the Nautica and for once there is an interesting program for this area. If fact after dep from Cape Town we went to Walvis Bay Namibia (2days) and then Port Elisabeth, East London, Durban (2d), Maputo (former Lorenço Marques) , Richards Bay, Mossel Bay and back to Cape Town. I have been surprised by the visiting possibilities to several excellent Parks rather close ( 50- 70 km) from the different ports. (Addo Elephant Park, 1000 Hills Valley, Bantou and Zulu Villages, St Lucia Wetland Park, Botelierskop Private Reserve, etc) Not having "experience" in this continent, we took the majority of excursions with Oceania. Yes perhaps a bit more expensive but well organized and interesting. (In Port Elisabeth we used a local operator Pembury Tours). As Oceania has the advantage to stay correct time in the ports, it was without problem. We have a an excellent souvenir of the quality of this cruise. The Nautica has been renewed since our previous cruise. Quality of the food in the different restaurants is above the levels. Honestly Oceania is proud to have the best food on sea and I agree. There are no extra costs or reservation fees for the different restaurants. Now, the non alcoholic drinks are included. OK wines are a bit more expensive as on some other cruise lines (exemple HAL) but ok it is still within norms. The service on board was excellent. The ship is comfortable, clean, nice. We stayed a few days before sailing in Cape Town Double Tree Hilton. The disembarkation was early 8H en our flight late (past midnight) but we arranged a full day trip with Pembroke Tours in the Wine Yards to end in the evening at the airport. During seadays we were lucky with the weather already nice in this season. (Pool facilities). Cape Town is a nice city and is reasonably safe (of course always with the normal precautions) The port is in fact in the middle of Cape Town center (Waterfront). The airport not to far out. You have of course to check the medical requirements for South Africa. There have been some discussions about the Yellow Fever which Oceania required, and which is however NOT required by International Tropical Institute of Antwerp it is clearly mentioned that this vaccination is NOT required for South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique!! Finally they accepted this official rule. I really recommend it this cruise. More other companies are also offering is such as Regent Seven Seas and also Compagnie du Ponant. Regarding Ponant the cruise is only 7 days which is too short! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Embarkation in Cape Town seamless and we were soon on board. Nautica was in port for one night before sailing which gave us time to stock up on liquor at Pick n Pay at the V & A Waterfront. Nautica has the big plus of allowing liquor ... Read More
Embarkation in Cape Town seamless and we were soon on board. Nautica was in port for one night before sailing which gave us time to stock up on liquor at Pick n Pay at the V & A Waterfront. Nautica has the big plus of allowing liquor to be brought onboard - most unusual on cruise lines, but very welcome. This cruise was a journey up the coast of South Africa, Africa, and across to the Seychelles, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Phuket, Penang, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore - 30 days. The ship has been refurbished we believe in some of the public areas - the gym for example has brand new electronic machines and is watched over carefully by the fantastic Ahmed. Pool is salt and is a good size for "dunking" but probably not good for serious swimmers. The pool lounges are well patrolled and passengers have their belongings removed from them if they decide to leave and go to lunch etc. Probably the only time we have been able to easily obtain a pool lounge on any ship ! We were in Concierge Class on Deck 7 - this cabin is the same size as the balcony cabins, and we felt quite small. For a 30 day voyage there isn't a lot of drawer space and we wondered how passengers on longer/World voyages managed in the space. Next time we hope to be able to afford to upgrade to a Penthouse which is much bigger. Bed was comfortable however, and the cabin kept well stocked and cleaned beautifully by the lovely Maria. Soft drinks are all included, and very good espresso coffee is available on Deck 5 at no charge - this is a proper espresso machine and not just the press button variety. Dining on Oceania is amazing - the Specialty Restaurants (2) do not incur extra charge and are equally good for Steaks or Italian - very high quality food and great service. Dining Room cuisine very varied and service (especially from Jose and Jacub) excellent - certainly no complaints from us for the Grand Dining Room. The Terrace Café buffet always has a good variety on offer - in the evenings there is always lobster, prawns and tiny lamb chops grilled to order. Service excellent also in Terrace Café. Internet service was good for a ship - sure it varied in terms of its speed, but certainly under the watchful eye of Jacques - the affable and eager to please Internet Manager, it was much better than we have experienced before at sea. The minuses - the tours are outrageously priced (especially for Australians with the current $A against the $US dollar and by all accounts, the tours weren't marvellous. We would have appreciated a Port Talk the day before reaching the ports - the only info available was via the info on the tours. The lectures on this particular voyage were very boring. However we would cruise with Oceania in a heartbeat - it was a great ship with a very sociable Captain and Officers, and great service from the crew. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Went with Oceania from Capetown to Singapore . Don't do it sounds exotic but African ports other than Capetown not worth doing . Maldives and Seychelles were good but not enough to warrant this expense and time . As far as Oceania ... Read More
Went with Oceania from Capetown to Singapore . Don't do it sounds exotic but African ports other than Capetown not worth doing . Maldives and Seychelles were good but not enough to warrant this expense and time . As far as Oceania goes the food was very good and the general staff were excellent , but that's as far as it went . The cruise director was terrible as was the lack of entertainment and activities . The seas were rough which was not the ship's fault but being smaller it moved a lot and I don't believe stablerlizers were used . We paid $900 US for tips but had no say in how they were distributed . To make matters worse , their baggage handlers managed to break a full bottle of rum securely wrapped in the middle of my suitcase just moving it from our cabin to the dock . How is beyond me they must have thrown it from the deck . I didn't realize until we got to our hotel and I had rum through everything as well as broken pieces of glass . Two letters that we paid the ship to post never arrived to our relatives . . A letter to their so called customer service has gone unanswered .I hopoe this report helps other people to not make the mistake we did .All this is fact and the first time I have ever written a complaint about a cruise line . Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I just returned from a 30 day cruise from Cape Town to Singapore. I liked the itinerary, but I don't know how they decided what to included and what to skip. I was sorry they skipped Mauritius and the Comoros, I would say that the ... Read More
I just returned from a 30 day cruise from Cape Town to Singapore. I liked the itinerary, but I don't know how they decided what to included and what to skip. I was sorry they skipped Mauritius and the Comoros, I would say that the food, service, and decor were above average, but the excursions and entertainment were below average. Excursions were very expensive, yet it appeared they hired the lowest bidder without any control for quality. Buses were often broken down and lacking in air conditioning. Selections of excursions was poor--it appeared that the main consideration was profit margin. I was on the concierge level, with a veranda, yet the stateroom, bathroom, closet, etc. were really tiny. There was price gouging for use of the Internet--$600 for the 30 days. Corkage for wine was $25, as opposed to the $15 it is on other cruise lines.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
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