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 to Tokyo, Japan
Fly from selected UK airports overnight to Tokyo and be privately transferred to a five-star Tokyo hotel for your one-night pre-stay.
Day 2: Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Stay overnight at a 5-star Tokyo hotel.
Day 3: Tokyo (embarkation day)
After check out, be privately transferred to the port to board Oceania’s luxury cruise ship, Nautica.
Day 4: Shimizu, Japan
Today the ship sails into the Japanese port of Shimizu. The UNESCO-listed Mount Fuji forms an impressive backdrop to the city and is equally-matched by the nearby Miho-no-Matsubara coastal pine tree grove. Gaze in awe at the Kunouzan Toshugu Shrine, Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, and Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine. Savour panoramic views of Mount Fuji, Izu-hanto Peninsula, Suraga Bay, and beyond from Nihondaira Park Outlook. Visit the ruins of Sunpu Castle, gardens, and Sukiya-style teahouse at Sunpu Castle Park. Discover about Japanese ukiyo-e art and wood-block prints at Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum. Stop by S-Pulse Dream Plaza to eat authentic local cuisine in Shimizu Sushi Alley and have fun times at Chibi Maruko-chan Land and on the ferris wheel atop the building.
Day 5 – 6: Kyoto (Kobe), Japan
Kobe is a bright and contemporary city. At Meriken Park on the waterfront you can see modern art installations and fountains. Kbe is also home to iconic architecture such as the red Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum. Take in the sights from the fifth floor of the Port Tower. Venture further into the city centre to see Sorakuen, a traditional Japanese landscape garden. Tuck into some Kobe beef, a tender and flavoursome meat typically served as steak. Visit Kitano-Cho and see the Gothic Victorian stone houses built above the old city, a much-visited neighbourhood on the northern edge of the city.
Day 7: Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshima is a modern city on Japan's Honshu Island. The city was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb on 6 August 1945 during World War II; an event that is commemorated at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Memorial Cathedral of World Peace, and also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. You can also stop by the ruins of Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome), one of the few buildings left standing after the bomb attack. Take in the amazing collection of artworks at Hiroshima Museum of Art and view the old trams and streetcars at Hiroshima City Transportation Museum. Get up close to over 170 species of animals from around the world at Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park. Pay a visit to the formal Japanese gardens at Shukkei-en, Hiroshima Castle, the Mitaki-dera and Fudoin Temples, and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima (Shrine Island).
Day 8: Cruising the Kanmon Strait & Sea of Japan
Day 9: Busan, South Korea
The South Korean city of Busan is famous for its mountains, temples, and beaches. Visit bustling Haeundae Beach, home to the Sea Life Aquarium and Folk Square, or relax in a bar at Gwangalli Beach and enjoy the views of the modern Diamond Bridge. Dine on the freshest seafood fare at a seafood eatery at Jagalchi Fish Market. Immerse yourself in Busan culture and take in the panoramic vistas from the water-side Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Shop til you drop at the gigantic Shinsegae Centum City or catch a glimpse of the crashing waves below through the glass bridge at Oryukdo Skywalk. Follow the scenic hiking trails to Geumjeong Mountain to admire the Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine that dates back to 678 AD.
Day 10: Nagasaki, Japan (for 30 March & 09 April departure) Sasebo, Japan (for 19 April departure)
The Japanese city of Nagasaki sits on the northwest island of Kyushu. The city's buildings are spread across hillside terraces overlooking a natural harbour. Nagasaki is most famous for suffering an Allied nuclear attack in August 1945 during World War II, an event which is commemorated in the city's Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park. Take a boat trip over to Gunkanjima Island, once home to the area's thriving coal mining community that was abandoned in the 1970's. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Glover Garden and view Glover Residence, the former home of Scottish merchant Thomas Blake Glover and the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. Visit the unique turtle-shaped Fukusai-ji Temple and also the Kofukuji Temple or spend a few hours at Huis Ten Bosch amusement park. No trip to Nagasaki would be complete without admiring Nagasaki’s unique skyline from Insayama Observation Deck, especially after dark. | Sasebo is a city on Japan's Kyushu Island, where boats cruise among the forested Kujukushima Islands and are part of Saikai National Park. Pay a visit to the Dutch town replica theme park Huis Ten Dosch and enjoy the canals, windmills, flower gardens, and quaint buildings. Saikai Pearl Sea Resort is known for its amazin dining and shopping spots, as well as an aquarium; hop on a boat ride here to reach the 208 islands of Kujukushima National Park. The botanical garden of Ishidake Zoo is home to over 300 beautiful animals and 20,000 plants or take a leisurely stroll across Saikai Bridge to marvel at the pretty cherry blossom trees and swirly waters of the river below.
Day 11: Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima is a charming seaside city on Japan's Kyushu Island, best known for the active volcano Sakurajima that faces Kinko Bay. At the base, Nagisa Lava Trail winds through lava fields filled with boulders. The stunning Japanese gardens and former residence of a feudal lord, Sengan-en, offers guided tours and mesmerising volcano views. For a flavour of the city's history, Kagoshima Castle is a must-see or head to Museum of the Meiji Restoration to experience sound, light, and robots as they present a three-dimensional portrayal of the Meiji Restoration. Marvel at views of the spectacular Mount Shiroyama or dolphin-watch and visit the family-fun parks at the iconic Kagoshima Bay.
Day 12: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 13: Tokyo, Japan to the UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. After check-out you’ll be privately transferred to the airport for your overnight return flight back to the UK.