Bangkok to Dubai by way of Singapore, Colombo, Mumbai and various other intermediate ports — it was too good to pass-up. So, on April 4 we’ll be joining Oceania Cruises’ Nautica in Thailand commencing our longest and most exotic cruise yet. (See map courtesy Oceania Cruises.) We’ll be blogging frequently during this 25-day cruise, about the ship and crew, of course, and also about the 13 ports of call.
Veteran travelers and travel writer/photographers, we’re not (yet) veterans of cruising. This will be our fifth, counting one (Yangtze) river cruise. We seem to select cruises when they’re going where we want to go. Important though the transportation and accommodations are, the food, of course, is crucial. We’re on this cruise to get a flavor of Asia in more than a dozen ports of call, although we fully expect to enjoy the ship and crew and our fellow passengers.
Every country on this itinerary will be new for us as our Asia travels are limited to China. Most of them are on our bucket list, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to go early and see a bit of Thailand beyond Bangkok. We’ve scheduled a three-day tour of the North, around Chiang Mai, and we’ll report on that. Oceania’s “free airfare” deal didn’t allow for us to arrive early or depart late, but they agreed to what we would call reasonable accommodation — they gave us a credit we applied to airfare we purchased separately. Fair enough.
So, we’re off to Thailand to begin what promises to be an exotic excursion. Stay tuned.