After a multi-million dollar transformation; Oceania Cruises' Nautica has been transformed into an elegantly charming ship which is perfectly designed to offer a top-class cruising experience. Personal service and an intimate atmosphere are guaranteed when you set sail with 400 attentive crew members and a maximum of 683 fellow guests. With a total of nine passenger decks, there's plenty of space and a selection of high-quality facilities to explore. Nautica offers all the luxuries which you would expect; with four unique, open-seating restaurants, five lounges and bars, a well-equipped fitness centre and indulgent spa, and 342 luxurious suites and staterooms.
The Grand Dining Room is an elegant area which provides high quality cuisine inspired by European flavours at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Polo Grill opens for dinner and serves steak and seafood, while Toscana offers a menu of authentic Italian dishes. Terrace Cafe is an informal eatery serving everything from open-air breakfasts to pizzas and freshly-made sushi and sashimi, and the Waves Grill offers mouth-watering American favourites at lunch and dinner. Tempt your sweet tooth with a delicious Afternoon Tea at four o'clock sharp in Horizons, savour freshly-brewed coffee and pastries in Baristas coffee bar, or simply enjoy room service in the comfort of your stateroom or suite.
You'll be spoilt for choice of places to relax and enjoy a drink aboard Nautica. The poolside Waves Bar is the place to sip your favourite drink and to enjoy a decadent afternoon dessert in the sunshine. Unwind with a cocktail in the intimate atmosphere of Martinis as you listen to ambient piano music. Grand Bar is elegantly decorated and an ideal location to enjoy drinks and gourmet fare. Horizons combines a traditional afternoon tea service and county club ambiance by day, transforming into a lively venue for dancing and cocktails in the evening.
Days on board Nautica can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish. Unwind in Canyon Ranch SpaClub and indulge in a refreshing treatment or keep in shape in the fitness centre. Lose yourself in a book in the library, swim lengths in the pool, or take a dip in the Jacuzzi. Shop for souvenirs in the stylish boutiques, or enjoy friendly competition on the nine-hole golf putting green. In the evenings, the Lounge is the social hub of the ship and the setting for headline acts, comedians, magicians, and live music. The cast also perform a range of production shows including 4 on the Floor, Tuxedo, Good Lovin', and Get on the Floor and Dance. You can also dance the night away in Horizons or chance your luck on the slot machines and gaming tables at the casino.
Day 1: UK - Cape Town, South Africa
Fly from your chosen UK airport to cape town and be transferred to the port to embark onboard Nautica.
Day 2: Atlantic Ocean Cruising
Day 3-4: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Walvis Bay nestles on the coast of Namibia and is sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit. Its majestic lagoon is home to fascinating birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns. Take a stroll around the stunning harbour and gaze out at the colourful fishing boats and ships that line the water's edge. On dry land, visit the Walvis Bay Museum and discover the town’s rich history and maritime background. Head to Pelican Point lighthouse and savour sweeping views of the surrounding bay and crashing waves. Alternatively, explore the water by boat and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals. Venture slightly further afield and explore the coastal sand dunes of Dune 7 - which mark the start of the Namib Desert - and get your heart racing with a plethora of sports and activities.
Day 5: Atlantic Ocean Cruising
Day 6: Cruising the Cape of Good Hope
Day 7: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Step ashore and uncover a world of adventure and indigenous wildlife in and around Port Elizabeth. Climb the 204 steps to admire the views from the top of Campanile Memorial at Port Elizabeth Harbour. Follow the Route 67 trail - a collection of 67 art pieces that pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and the people and culture of the Eastern Cape - or take the 5km Donkin Heritage Trail to view 47 historical sites in the Old Hill area. Red Location Museum in New Brighton Township, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial in St George's Park bring the city's historical and cultural past to life. Get close to wildlife and sea life at Bayworld, Seaview Predator Park, and Kragga Kamma Game Park.
Day 8: East London, South Africa
The South African city of East London sits on the estuary of the Buffalo River on the Eastern Cape's Indian Ocean coastline. Meander through the city centre and enjoy the colonial-style City Hall and the South African works of art at Ann Bryant Gallery. Head to the Hemingways Mall where you'll find over 200 shops, six cinemas, a bowling alley, and go-kart track. Bask on the golden sands of Orient Beach, Nahoon Beach, and Cove Rock. Discover fossilised human and animal footprints on display at East London Museum or step back in time at the museum at Gately House. View the indigenous African snakes at Apex Predator Park or get up close to the Big Five animals on a safari through the Inkwenkwezi and Mpongo Private Game Reserves.
Day 9: Durban, South Africa
Durban sits on South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coastline. This vibrant city boasts a long Golden Mile seafront promenade that runs from uShaka Marine World theme park and aquarium through to the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Durban Botanical Park to view the nearly-extinct living fossil plants. Enjoy family times on Addington Beach or go ice skating at Durban Ice Arena. Savour a unique dining experience surrounded by sharks in The Cargo Hold at uShaka Marine World.
Day 10: Richard's Bay, South Africa
Richards Bay is located in the KwaZulu-Natal area of South Africa. This port town sits on a 30 square kilometre lagoon on the Mhlathuze River and boasts one of the country's largest harbours and amazing wetland scenery. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun on the blue-flag Alkantstrand beach or visit the indigenous hippos and crocodiles at Richards Bay Game Reserve. Indulge in retail therapy at the Boardwalk Shopping Centre, or tuck into a platter of fresh fish and seafood on the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront.
Day 11: Maputo, Mozambique
Maputo is the capital of East Africa's Mozambique. This Indian Ocean port city is awash with Portuguese colonial and turn-of-the-century buildings. Pay a visit to the amazing displays at the Natural History Museum or explore the beautiful Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Stroll around the downtown Baixa district and visit the bronze-domed CFM Railway Station, the Municipal Market, and Praca da Independencia plaza. Journey to the Maputo Elephant Reserve to view the populations of elephants, hippos, deer and zebras. Hop on a ferry boat at the harbour to the marine nature reserve at Inhaca Island where you can encounter abundant birds, a lighthouse, and also underwater delights on a snorkelling or scuba diving trip.
Day 12: Indian Ocean Cruising
Day 13: Cruising the Cape of Good Hope
Day 14: Cape Town, South Africa
The bustling South African city of Cape Town is a mixture of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes. Ride the cable car to the top of imposing Table Mountain; the country’s most-photographed attraction and one of the new 'seven wonders of nature'. Head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and get lost in the beautiful world of colour and nature. Take a boat trip to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or come face-to-face with a great white shark on a cage dive. No trip to Cape Town would be complete without exploring the bustling markets that line the colourful streets and dining on a platter of fresh seafood by the Victoria and Albert Waterfront.
Day 15: Cape Town, South Africa - UK
Disembark in Capetown and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.