Our ship is not adrift – it is us; our plans for organization, our vows to not overeat or indulge, my scheduled plan of blog posts to keep you up to date on our whereabouts and experiences. . .all are adrift.
We’ve been lulled into the world of cruising – a timeless sort of being when the days are charted by ports of call and the passing of time by the rising and setting sun.
I’d written a post further describing Bangkok to you but so many have written with questions about our ship and our whereabouts, that I bumped it in lieu of an update from the ship.
|Oceania's Nautica - our home for the next month|
And the wonders of technology are allowing me to write and post as our ship takes us to Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma) on the 1,200 kilometers long Andaman Sea, a part of the Bay of Bengal. However, the wonders of technology did fail me, right after I wrote that sentence. I am cutting and pasting this blog post together. So bear with the photo size and captions!
|Our cabin - teeny tiny home sweet home|
Our home has been Oceania’s Nautica since we boarded in Bangkok nearly a week ago. We’ve visited Singapore and Phuket, Thailand since sailing last Wednesday. (more on those as time allows – I don’t want to wear out the welcome in your inboxes or feeds). This mid-sized ship by industry standards is small in comparison to ships we’ve recently sailed. It has only 11 decks, 9 of which serve passengers. We are not sailing at capacity, only 550 or so of the 684-passenger capacity was filled when we boarded; a few more came on in Singapore and some are disembarking in Mumbai. Flexibility is a plus with this cruise line.
|The Lobby décor reflects the ship's elegant decor|
Our cabin is small, very small. That was our mistake when we booked the ship – we’ll definitely book the larger room should we return to Oceania someday. The bathroom is beyond small – as The Scout describes it, ‘don’t drop your soap!’ in the shower that is 3-feet long and 19-inches wide.
The ship and staff are above board – the same high quality we’ve experienced on Celebrity and Holland America cruise lines. The culinary department is producing excellent morsels for us each day and alcohol prices are high (like all cruise lines) but tempered with a daily 2-for-1 Happy Hour that takes the edge off the over-the-top prices.
|Balinese day beds and lounges on the Nautica|
It is hot. It is humid. Temperatures have hovered at or above 90-degrees the last few days and humidity has also been in the 90 percent range. We have beautiful Balinese day beds that surround the pool – but there is no clamoring to occupy them – it is simply too hot. (And we’ve consumed gallons of bottled water, which on this ship is provided for free – another big plus!) And for my fashionista friends out there: the Chico’s hasn’t come out of the closet – way too hot to wear. I’ve purchased thin cotton tops on shore to wear – and they tell us the weather will be even hotter in India!
Our Fellow Cruisers
As I mentioned they didn’t fill the ship on this cruise but the cruisers who are on board are a great group of like-minded people. They don’t wring their hands worrying about safety nor do they discuss age and health issues. They are too busy preparing for their next shore adventure – and a plus for this cruise line is that you can have those adventures on your own; you don’t need to be part of a ship’s tour unless you desire to do so.
Who are these people? Well let me introduce you to a few of them:
* A couple from Australia boarded in Singapore and between cruises and land adventures they have planned, won’t be home for another five months.
*On a small world note, one couple who live full-time in Arizona, still have a home in Kirkland, Washington (we’ve been catching up on Kirkland news with them).
*Even a smaller world tale is two attorneys from San Francisco who have done work in Wenatchee, Washington State and one of whom one of The Scout’s law partners from back in our Yakima days.
* We shared a cab back to the ship in Singapore with a woman who is sailing with her 91-year-old father. She pushes him around in a wheelchair, but that didn’t stop either of them from taking the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour in that city.
* Another woman is traveling with her 93-year-old mom (who only uses a walker).
|Sunset from the Horizons Bar - Nautica|
It is an adventuresome, fun-loving group of people we’ve surrounded ourselves with – we meet for cocktails to discuss our day’s adventures and plan for future outings.
We are all off in different directions when we reach Myanmar tomorrow. A couple from England is sharing a taxi with us as we are all heading to a hotel in Yangon for an independent (on our own) adventure. Four other new friends are part of a ship’s tour that involves flying to Bagan, a heritage town in the country.
That’s it for now. Safe travels to you and thanks for your time. You can catch more frequent updates on Facebook.
Linking I hope this week with:
Budget Travelers Sandbox – Travel Photo Thursday