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20 Oceania Cape Town Cruise Reviews

Ship's crew, staff, and officers were very friendly and competent. They took very good care of us and made us feel appreciated. Production team (4 singers/dancers, 2 fantastic dancers) were excellent. Overall food quality and ... Read More
Ship's crew, staff, and officers were very friendly and competent. They took very good care of us and made us feel appreciated. Production team (4 singers/dancers, 2 fantastic dancers) were excellent. Overall food quality and service was very good. Ken Beattie was one of the best guest lecturers we have ever had. We did the Oceania precruise out of Johannesburg which included Victoria Falls, and Chobe Marina Reserve (2 game drives and one river experience). Had a great time. We are very glad that we got to visit/experience these ports. Most were not the usual tourist ports which meant they didn't have as much infrastructure, but that was one of the reasons we booked this cruise. We have been to most of the typical tourist ports. It was great getting to interface with some of the locals and learn about totally different life styles. One of our best/favorite cruises (and we have cruised a lot (>800 days), due to the unusual/different nature of the ports, and the onboard experience. We have cruised most of the usual cruise lines, but this was our first on Oceania. We were very pleased and would be very pleased to cruise with them again. One item that was less than ideal was the showroom. Their are 8 sister ships of which this is one, and they were all built with a single deck/level showroom, which means most seats have a lousy/restricted view of the stage (especially frustrating for watching dancers). Lecturers, singers, etc. are not a problem since you can see the top half of the performer. Some evenings the entertainment was a movie. In my opinion they should have live entertainment every night. However, we still had a fabulous time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Staff, Cruise Director, Chefs, food and service absolutely first rate, and not just for a few days...it was 35 days of pampering. FANTASTIC... keep it up Oceania. CONS: The drinks were pricey, but we could have picked a drink ... Read More
Staff, Cruise Director, Chefs, food and service absolutely first rate, and not just for a few days...it was 35 days of pampering. FANTASTIC... keep it up Oceania. CONS: The drinks were pricey, but we could have picked a drink package. Casino was very quiet slots extremely tight, but Manager explained Oceania has just taken contract back from previous independent operator and will be making improvements and changes... PROS: Superb food in all venues. Best shellfish and steaks at sea without question. Most nights a local or specialty offering available on top of regular menus. All desserts and home baked breads delicious. Service was tops. Bar, room, cabin, butlers, restaurants.... always a smile and a greeting, day after day... a happy and delightful team working connected by pride in their work. SUPERB Entertainment good, stand outs : the Bellissimo Quartet with classical strings, then did a wild rock show on strings too!! Cruise director, John E. With his own hilarious show, also extra crew shows such as Beat the Chef , party undet the stars in Seychelles. Clever, fun and innovative fresh ideas. Great team No more to say... back with Nautica, next we go! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We LOVED Oceania's ms Nautica! Only 650 passengers (maximum possible = 684), and a huge, very international crew. An older but well-maintained intimate ship, full of beautiful art; fabulous food (the best we have ever savoured ... Read More
We LOVED Oceania's ms Nautica! Only 650 passengers (maximum possible = 684), and a huge, very international crew. An older but well-maintained intimate ship, full of beautiful art; fabulous food (the best we have ever savoured afloat); excellent singers and dancers; a personable cruise director (he made up for the humourless captain); and great cabin/dining service in every respect. Very comfortable (if small) cabin and adequate (if miniscule) bathroom. Bellíssimo, a most talented Ukrainian string quartet (from the Putin-menaced Donets region) played classical and popular music for hours ever day; good evening entertainment, especially the specially invited singers and comedians; a daily MENSA quiz, puzzles, and challenging games of trivia and an art scavenger hunt; reasonable enrichment program, delivered by a knowledgeable astronomer and an egocentric Canadian biologist who attempted to introduce the history and culture of the ports of call, but was out of his depth whenever he strayed from his narrow speciality; FREE internet with superb connectivity; a good library (but lacking almanacs, a good dictionary, and an encyclopedia). All this comes at a cost which tests the limits of our cruising budget. However, it illustrates the old adage, "You get what you pay for." When we look back at about 60 nights of cruising with Celebrity; 300+ nights with Holland America; and single cruises with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Swan-Hellenic (now bankrupt), and MSC, we would say that Oceania is superior to all of them. When we did not purchased any of the rather high-priced (and often mediocre) ship-organized excursions, we simply took the shuttle bus, which the Shore Excursion desk almost always organized, and went to wherever it took us. They were always safe spots, even in Durban, from where we could walk without fear of being mugged. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (21+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our fourth cruise with Oceania; the previous cruises were the northeastern seaboard, Bermuda, Cuba and India, the ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (21+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our fourth cruise with Oceania; the previous cruises were the northeastern seaboard, Bermuda, Cuba and India, the Middle East and Europe . The 15-day South African Explorer Cruise started in Cape Town on January 5, 2019. Our trip actually started on December 31, with our flight landing in Cape Town on January 2. Our pre cruise Eastern Cape Safari started with a flight to Port Elizabeth and a two hour land drive to the Shamwari Game Reserve. This is a privately owned reserve. The Reserve Lodge was fantastic while the Reserve was primarily open range with little water and almost no trees; primarily big bushes. We saw the big five up close and personal, and many other wild animals. The Reserve isn't lush, but that's where the animals are living. A great pre cruise trip. We then flew back to Cape Town to start the cruise. Boarding the ship was very easy. Our room was at the rear of the ship on deck 7, room 7121. This was a good location as we were near the primary sources of food; decks 5 and 9. Most points of interest are on 5, dining room at the rear and the Nautica Lounge at the front. Deck 9 has the computer room, card room and spa. The ship is a few years old but was very nice; very clean. The staff was great and the food was excellent. Coffee, including specialty coffees, was available 24/7 on Deck 10 front and also, during select hours on Deck 5 rear. The ship provided complimentary water and soft drinks. The Program Director provided information about basically everything you needed to know on a timely basis. The ship had a cast of great entertainers on board and also a great band. They were very professional and excellent musicians. The cruise line provided speakers who covered a wide range of interesting topics on Africa and apartheid. The passengers and the crew were all very nice people from all walks of life. The people on the ship made the cruise interesting and enjoyable. The only real negative was the price of alcoholic beverages; they are a little pricey. We had a lot of fun playing games and competitions to earn Big O points. We earned almost 300 points which were cashed in on the last full day for Oceania merchandise. The visited Ports of Call follow. MOSSEL BAY – Our first port was located just east of Cape Town, Mossel Bay, a nice modern and clean city. We took the Discover Oudtshoorn and its Ostrich Heritage tour. This was a much more interesting tour than expected. We learned a lot about raising Ostriches and saw new born chicks through adult birds. RICHARDS BAY– We took the Dumazulu Cultural Village tour. The drive out to the village was very nice and the Village interesting. The Zulu people were very friendly and helpful in attempting to teaching us the Zulu language. They explained their heritage and customs very nicely. The tour ended with a dance program. MAPUTO – Maputo is located in Mozambique; visa required. We took the Glimpse of Maputo tour. This was primarily a tour of the city. It included a brief tour of a steel house designed by Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), a visit to a few markets, a Natural History Museum and a Fort. This really was a nice tour, much more interesting than it sounds. DURBAN – We are back in South Africa for two days in Durban. Our first tour was the Durban City Tour. The tour included a very nice market (good place to purchase locally made goods) and a visit to a beautiful botanical garden. By the time we got back to the ship, it was dark. Interesting tour. On the second day, we took the Valley of a Thousand Hills tour. This tour included a visit to a Zulu exhibit/show located on a beautiful mountain top. The views are out of this world. The Zulu show was entertaining and very well done. The people were friendly and open for questions and photographs. The local gift shop was outstanding and the tour included a snack. EAST LONDON – In East London, we took the Natural History tour. The museum tour was given by the curator and was very good. He highlighted the most interesting and valuable exhibits in the museum; some of which were very significant. This tour also included a drive along the coast to some beautiful areas. The museum tour was great. PORT ELIZABETH – We took the Local Townships and, Arts and Craft Center tour. The tour through the various neighborhoods was fantastic. We learned what apartheid meant to the various races and/or cultures. The tour included a visit to a craft shop in one of the metal clad building neighborhoods. The handcrafts were very nice and inexpensive. We also visited a private school and met with the principal. The visit included snacks and refreshments in addition to a brief concert by a singing group. This is a don't miss tour. WALVIS BAY – Walvis Bay, Namibia has a beautiful protected harbor that is very significant. We took the Dolphin and Seal Cruise with around 20 other people. We saw hundreds of seals, probably a dozen dolphins and a few jackles. One seal, a very friendly one, actually jumped up into the boat and allowed us to pet it. The cruise included beer and other refreshments and very nicely prepared snacks. The mini cruise was actually very nice …. we learned a lot about the area. Our second day in Namibia included a tour to the Swakopmund Township. This was an interesting tour of the desert, the country side and the various types of housing in Swakopmund. We also had a very nice lunch in Swakopmund at a local restaurant where a local singing group performed. This area of Namibia is mostly sandy desert. The tour stopped at a local sand dune (#7) to provide the opportunity to climb to the top. Some people did. This was again, a real education about life in Namibia. CAPE TOWN – We took two tours in Cape Town. The first one was the Cape Town and Table Mountain tour. This tour took us to the cable car to ride up to the top of Table Mountain. We were lucky that the weather was very nice, although a bit windy and cool at the top of the mountain. We had around two hours to walk around the area. It was an interesting walk. The mountain top is very beautiful and much more developed with plant life than expected. The tour also included a brief tour of the city. Our second tour was the Panoramic Cape Town by Night. This tour sort of repeated parts the earlier tour but in the dark (not Table Mountain). The darkness provided beautiful views of the city. Cape Town is impressive by night. We also extended our stay in Southern Africa by taking the Victoria Falls and Chobe Chilwero tour. This required leaving the ship around 5:30 am to fly to Johannesburg (Joburg), then connect to a flight to Victoria Falls. The drive from Victoria Falls airport to the Falls took around an hour. The Falls are in Zimbabwe which requires a visa ($45 US cash per person for a US citizen). Getting the visa took time, probably a hour or so. Things move slowly. You will get wet at the Falls; be prepared. The mist is warm. After the tour of the Falls, we continued on to the Sanctuary Lodge near the Chobe Game Reserve. This trip required leaving Zimbabwe to Botswana. Crossing the borders and driving to the Lodge is interesting and entertaining. Animals cross the two lane road along the way and border crossings will provide many new stamps in your passport. The Sanctuary Lodge is impressive. It is in a beautiful location just outside the National Park. On our first trip out to the Park, just as we entered the two lane highway, we spotted a herd of elephants crossing the road. We drove up to them and got many great photographs … up close and personal. We then entered the Chobe National Park which is located just south of a finger of Namibia and Zambia, and west of Zimbabwe. You have to see this on a map. The park is full of impalas, hippos, baboons, cape buffalo and many different types of birds. The Park was like a Garden of Eden. A beautiful and picturesque area. We took two game drives and a boat drive along the Chobe River. One of the game drives was on the morning we left, so it was a bit short. The previous drive was probably five hours long. The evening drives always appear to include wine, gin and tonics, and snacks. This tour should have had one more day at the Lodge. The time went by too quickly. We left the Sanctuary Lodge around 9 am, drove to Victoria Falls airport and flew to Joburg. The hotel in Joburg was very nice and in a great location. The hotel stay included a very nice dinner and also, breakfast. The next day we took the Hop on Hop Off bus to tour the city and also, Soweto. This is a great way to tour the city. The Soweto portion included a guide. That evening we flew to Germany and then the US. All of our tour guides were very good. They all spoke English well and were very approachable. The in country flights were a major step up from flights in the US. We always got a hot meal and drinks; even when the flight was only 90 minutes or so. On this cruise, you will learn a lot about apartheid, Nelson Mandela, the Zulu, the languages, the local governments and about the Southern African people. It was educational and enlightening … no security concerns. Overall, the cruise was great and the pre and post trips fantastic. You will see many metal clad houses and poor areas but the people are friendly and well dressed. You will meet many very nice people on the ship and also, tour guides and locals. Oceania really took good care of us; they were always there to make sure everything was taken care of during the cruise and also, during the pre and post trips. They really seemed to care. A great trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our 2nd cruise on Oceania. My husband and I have wanted to travel to Africa for some time and felt this cruise was a good way to see quite a bit in 2 weeks. We flew into Cape Town on 1/1 and spent four nights there before ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on Oceania. My husband and I have wanted to travel to Africa for some time and felt this cruise was a good way to see quite a bit in 2 weeks. We flew into Cape Town on 1/1 and spent four nights there before boarding the ship (we stayed at the Cape Hollow Boutique Hotel). We felt this was a good amount of time to see all the highlights of the area (we used PG Tops tours). Boarding the ship was very easy and took about 15 minutes (at most). We were in a PH1 cabin (8030) and loved the size (we had the same on our previous Oceania cruise) and location. Our ports of call were Mossel Bay, Maputo - Mozambique, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Walvis Bay - Namibia. I booked all private excursions except for a city tour of Durban the afternoon we arrived. I highly recommend booking private excursions - you will save money and be in much smaller groups - the most people we had in one tour was 8. Just do your research ahead of time and then go to your CC roll call board to find some people to join you on your private excursions. We did not get off the ship in Maputo and did not hear anything positive from anyone who did. But, be forewarned - you will be charged for a visa regardless of whether you get off the ship or not. If you go to guest services ahead of time and specifically request it being removed they will do so - but we did not find this out until it was too late. They do not readily/easily share this information. This was truly the only thing that bothered me while on the ship for 2 weeks. We enjoyed joining other passengers for dinners in the main dining room and found the food to be very good. We also ate quite a few of our meals at the Terrace Cafe (buffet). We felt there was always a good selection and although I only ordered it once, grilled lobster was available every night. The only negative I have to say about the restaurants/food was that service was rather spotty in the Waves grill. It often took a long time for someone to come over to take our drink order and burger orders weren't always correct. We also ate in Toscana twice and Polo Grill once. We were going to go a second time but the seas were so rough I did not want a big meal that night. Overall - no complaints regarding food. We went to the afternoon high tea once and it was very nice with a varied and abundant selection of food and tea. It was also very well attended. I cannot comment on any shows because we always went to bed early - though we heard from other people that they really enjoyed them. We were definitely on the young side of the demographics. We are 52 and I'd say the average age was around 70. But, this did not bother us at all and we thoroughly enjoyed talking to everyone we met. We thought we were well traveled but the passengers on this ship have been just about everywhere! I could not find many reviews on African cruises before we left and one thing that surprised me was that I was expecting it to be much warmer. It was the middle of summer but because we were always near the shore, temperatures remained fairly mild - with high temps reaching upper 70's and maybe a couple days in the low 80's. We did have a few days of rough seas - mainly around the Cape of Good Hope. We actually left the ship the day we arrived back in Cape Town - though disembarkation wasn't until the next day. We then spent a night at the Cape Verde Hotel by the airport because we were headed to Victoria Falls the next morning for two nights and then on to Botswana for 3 nights for safari. In total we were gone for 28 days. It was a wonderful trip and highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise for its itinerary. We could “Safari” without sleeping in tents! We also wanted to escape the winter weather in the US. Ports were interesting except for Maputo, Mozambique. Oceania should skip it...very 3rd ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary. We could “Safari” without sleeping in tents! We also wanted to escape the winter weather in the US. Ports were interesting except for Maputo, Mozambique. Oceania should skip it...very 3rd world. We didn’t feel safe and was the only port that required us to take malaria medicine. We were surprised Oceania offered a 2 hour walking tour. DON’T TAKE IT! Street vendors aggressively follow you and pressure a sale. Streets are dirty. We were only allowed to take photos when given permission. Definitely not worth stopping. As for ship: Food and service were outstanding. Loved the “dine anytime” arrangement. It was fun to share a table and meet other guests but we always had the opportunity to dine alone. Being in the Owners Suite gave us special privileges and we were able to eat in specialty restaurants whenever we requested to do so. Stewards were exceptional! Entertainment not quite as elaborate as other cruises but I suppose that’s due to size of ship. On shore: the Belmont property, Mount Nelson Inn, is fabulous! If you are staying in land pre or post cruise, make a reservation! And don’t miss Table Mountain and The Cape. Two spectacular sites in Cape Town. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was the longest cruise I have ever taken, and I never traveled as a solo traveler (age 52) before. From 650 guests on board, 450 knew my name during my adventure. I have met endless wonderful people who I exchanged e-mails with. ... Read More
This was the longest cruise I have ever taken, and I never traveled as a solo traveler (age 52) before. From 650 guests on board, 450 knew my name during my adventure. I have met endless wonderful people who I exchanged e-mails with. Giuseppe, the general manager, solved an issue I had with my cabin and resolved this matter quickly and to my absolute satisfaction. The food was excellent, but the wine selection could use some improvement. I chose the "magic card" which allowed me to drink any alcohol beverages. Knowing that each glass of wine plus an 18% gratuity on top of it was "not knowing the price" well worth it for me. However, some wines I could not choose with my unlimited beverage card because it did not allow for bottled wines, only the ones by glass. Otherwise, I enjoyed 99% of all excursions I had chosen. The entertainment was wonderful even though I think it could improve a little. What I missed was yoga or meditation classes. I would have been perfect offering those for sunrise or sunsets. I loved this cruise so much that I booked the world cruise directly on board and I am looking forward to many more adventures. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise purely for the itinerary, which is different from most of the cruises in this area. Firstly, before booking, we had consulted the reviews, and knew roughly what to expect. I get fed up with listening to some of ... Read More
We chose this cruise purely for the itinerary, which is different from most of the cruises in this area. Firstly, before booking, we had consulted the reviews, and knew roughly what to expect. I get fed up with listening to some of the professional whingers who seem to revel in complaining about some detail or other. READ THE REVIEWS FIRST BEFORE BOOKING, then you won't be disappointed. Yes Oceania Cruises are more expensive than some of the other cruise lines, the question is whether the extra expense is value for money.. We were certainly very happy with what we got for what we paid. We were already aware that the cabins were more compact than some other ships, and yes,the bathrooms were a bit cramped. But the food was excellent, and NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for the specialty restaurants . Also there is free soft drinks available all day long, and on sea days the deck attendant continuously came round with a trolley of soft drinks , in addition to the bar servers. The evening entertainment was very limited, but we were already aware of this. We saw a few shows and the individual artists were good. The ship's entertainers were enthusiastic , making up for lack of experience. They are young, probably starting off in the business, learning the ropes the hard way! I was impressed with the professionalism of the crew, cabin attendants and many of the waiting staff remembering your name after just a couple of days. All of the crew of whatever grade or department showed good training, by acknowledging you, rather than ignoring you. All serving staff showed the training and standards required by serving correctly, e.g. drinks always being served off a tray as opposed to being handed to you. The captain's midday announcement was always entertaining and informative, even though some people choose to be ignorant of others and talk through the announcements. Such is life! I would comment that the drinks, other than soft drinks were ferociously priced, but we opted for the drinks package which worked out to be a much better option. We did go on some excursions, which as usual are pricey, but the ones we went on in East Africa and Kuala Lumpur were worth doing. Many ports , again after research can be done on the "open top bus", or by clubbing together and hiring a taxi for a few hours. At least that way, you avoid the obligatory stop for shopping at some mall that is favourable to the cruise company. Overall we enjoyed the cruise, thought it worth the money, the little details making the difference. Yes the ship is a bit quiet at night, but that suited us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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 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
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
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
Enjoyed the cruise but felt that Oceania kept up to its usual lacklustre entertainment. No surprises there at all. Specialty restaurants, particularly Toscana were not up to Oceania's usual standards. Orders were mixed up, table ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise but felt that Oceania kept up to its usual lacklustre entertainment. No surprises there at all. Specialty restaurants, particularly Toscana were not up to Oceania's usual standards. Orders were mixed up, table ignored until all smaller tables had been waited on, and the desserts just were not as well prepared as on previous cruises. Terrace Cafe was excellent and the GDR staff performed better than the specialty restaurants as long as you were sitting at a table for 6 or less. Tables or 8 or more simply don't work in the GDR or in the specialty restaurants. Cruise staff was excellent and Willie Aames did an excellent job of running Trivia. He made it more international as this was truly an international crowd on this particular cruise. I was quite surprised to find out that the American contingent was only 50% of the passengers. The other games run by the other cruise staff were done very well and quite entertaining to watch. Some passengers were very serious about winning each contest and it got quite funny to watch when others struck it lucky and won. This was the best distribution of Big O prizes that I have seen while aboard a ship. We did not do any Oceania tours and listening to my Trivia teammates were glad that we did not. Half of our Trivia team did private tours and the other half took Oceania tours, so we did a lot of comparisons. Maputo was my least favourite port. This was the port where I felt hassled by the locals trying to get me to buy souvenirs . This made me back off. Kenya had the worst drivers. I was surprised by the time I got back to the ship that my hair had not turned white from all the near misses. It was just not our driver, but the way all drive here. Neptune ceremony was different. The poor passengers who had the goo poured over them had great difficulties washing it off. The deck took a long time to clean up after the ceremony was over even though they had put down plastic to protect the deck. In general I liked the ports, but wished we could have had more time at some and better arrival and departure times so that we could have seen the animals in the reserves at the best viewing times. I have now caught the Africa bug and will return, but not to cruise, but instead take a land tour so that I can see more of this great continent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I purchased this cruise in July, 2011 while Myanmar was listed on the itinerary, along with Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and the remaining ports of call. All 3 of the aforementioned ports were deleted, and replaced with ... Read More
My husband and I purchased this cruise in July, 2011 while Myanmar was listed on the itinerary, along with Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and the remaining ports of call. All 3 of the aforementioned ports were deleted, and replaced with Mangalore, Cochin, and Trincomalee. All three of the latter were poor substitutes. BUT, it WAS Oceania, so we knew, having cruised on Insignia, that we were in for a pampered 35 days on the seas. We had previously inhabited a penthouse suite on Insignia, so the Concierge level suite was a bit small, but we made it work. Our first night at happy hour we had the pleasure of meeting Sasa from Croatia, and Philmar from Philippines, at the Martini Bar; both were delightful. When we encountered them a week later, each remembered our names and what we liked to drink. Impressive. We enjoyed our excursion in Cape Town atop Table Mountain, even though the wind and cold were at times unbearable. In Durban, we experienced an amazing game reserve, getting up close and personal with giraffes, rhinos, hippos, ostrich, zebras, wildebeast, etc. Madagascar was an uneventful stop, as was French Comoros. We enjoyed Mauritious well enough. In Seychelles we thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling at Coco Island, and found the Maldives to be attractive and picturesque. Enter Mangalore. Here is where things begin to go south. The excursions offered by Oceania proved similar to one another, in that all involved temples, churches, and shopping (par for the coarse on cruise ships), but the sheer poverty at every turn was saddening and a bit uncomfortable, what with trash everywhere, and the plight of the underclass so underscored by the itineraries of the expensive excursions. Sri Lanka, while much cleaner, appeared like an extension of India, and we were glad to get to Kuala Lumpur, Phuket (where we rode elephants), and Penang. We agree that 35 days was, for us, much too long on one ship, on one trip, with one group of 650 passengers. We met very interesting people, both on and off the ship, but each of us was more than ready to disembark to head for home when we reached Singapore. Having used Oceania's air itinerary, we flew for 34 hours to get to Cape Town and 49 hours to return home from Singapore. We will never again allow Oceania to book our air travel. Overall, Oceania is #1 for food qualilty and service, and crew. It is apparent they hire personalities, not just people. The friendliness and knowledge of the crew is Oceania's strong suit. We plan to sail on Marina later this year, and hope to try Riviera as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was a Christmas and New Year cruise for us getting away from wet and weary England. With over 20 different ports of call -many at islands and other locations not regular cruise ship stops - this was fairly special and we have came ... Read More
This was a Christmas and New Year cruise for us getting away from wet and weary England. With over 20 different ports of call -many at islands and other locations not regular cruise ship stops - this was fairly special and we have came home with many wonderful memories. Service, food and general attention were well up to Oceania's normal high standard. However we feel that Nautica is beginning to gently show her age and facilities like the gym are falling behind modern ships. Nautica attracts well travelled, interesting fellow passengers - always courteous and well mannered. A spirit of great harmony was evident throughout this long cruise and we enjoyed excellent companionship throughout I have no time to list and describe the 22 ports of call.Cape Town is brilliant and well worth visiting for a few days in advance of a cruise starting there The Seychelles are stunningly beautiful islands and everywhere else on this cruise is,well, different! On the negative side, entertainment was poor.We don't ask much - just a good professional singer or instrumentalist every evening. We had some + local dancers on 2 occasions but this was inadequate. Other efforts were just cheap and evidence of miserably cut back budgets. The itinerary for this voyage endured a number of late changes with some poor substitutes in India and Sri Lanka for Burma. There was no apology from Oceania in Miami whose approach to criticism or challenge from passengers seems to be to ignore letters that they would find difficult to answer. This was a widespread feeling on board and is beginning to alienate previously loyal supporters. Oceania would do well to take note Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We have sailed with ten cruise lines, and find Oceania to be the best for our needs and lifestyle. Our first experience was in 2010 on Insignia, Nautica's sister ship, from Buenos Aires to Barcelona. Our experience was superb. Crew ... Read More
We have sailed with ten cruise lines, and find Oceania to be the best for our needs and lifestyle. Our first experience was in 2010 on Insignia, Nautica's sister ship, from Buenos Aires to Barcelona. Our experience was superb. Crew service, including our butler, was excellent. Food is Oceania's strong suite. Every meal, in every dining room pleases the palate. Wine lists are a cut above the average cruise lines, a 35 day cruise, regardless of ports, ship, or cruise line can become monotonous. Oceania offered more than 20 ports on this itinerary, most of which were pleasant experiences. Nautica's food service staff goes out of their way to learn guest's preferences for drink, restaurant accommodations, and breakfast delivery times. We have booked an upcoming cruise in December on Riviera, in a concierge suite. We very much look forward to being pampered and well fed by Oceania and their superior staff. You can not go wrong with Oceania....... very classy, no formal nights, just elegant casual relaxing evenings aboard. Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
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