A few days ago I received an email from Peter
and Pauline Pretty, loyal Oceania Cruises guests from Oakville, Ontario,
sharing several photos from their 50-day Grand Voyage to celebrate 50 years of
marriage. You may remember the Prettys from a previous blog post I wrote on
their South Pacific cruise or from the article in the January 2013 Your World Your
Way brochure. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share their wonderful photos
as well as congratulate them on this amazing milestone.
The Prettys feel at home on the ships of
Oceania Cruises, one of the many reasons they return year after year, and
celebrating such an important anniversary did not go unnoticed on this
momentous sailing. Nautica General
Manager Jason Gelineau arranged a special celebration at the Polo Grill,
Pauline’s favorite restaurant, and the social director, Emmanuelle, serenaded
Of course, the best part of the Grand Voyage for
these adventurers was the nearly two months spent exploring Africa and Asia onboard
Nautica. As Nautica prepares to sail for Europe for the summer, the Prettys’
stories provide a lovely recap of some of the highlights of a wonderful winter
The Prettys got a feel for the history and
culture of Mozambique during a tour of its capital on the Discover Maputo shore excursion. Stops included the Central Train
Station designed by Gustav Eiffel, famous for conceiving the Eiffel Tower in
Paris, and also the Museum of Natural History, Independence Square and City Hall.
Highlights for the Prettys were the opportunity to observe semi-wild lemurs and
a visit to a local market where they shared a moment with these adorable kids.
In Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Prettys took the Ingiriya Tea Plantation shore excursion,
where they got an insider’s look at how Sri Lanka’s most important cash crop is
cultivated. They watched harvesters pick the fresh tea leaves – 65 to 75 pounds
a day are collected – and saw how the leaves are processed. Afterward they
enjoyed a freshly brewed cup of tea and were able to purchase some to bring
The Prettys frequently enjoyed tea onboard
the ship as well because afternoon tea is one of Pauline’s favorite activities.
Longer voyages provide the chefs the time to really flex their creative muscles
and create an extraordinary event even more splendid than the traditional
teatime – the Grand Gala Tea Party. The pastries and cakes were not only
beautiful to look at but scrumptious too. Jason and Emmanuelle were among the
crew members who were in attendance to celebrate the special occasion.
Back ashore on the Scenic Phuket & Elephant Camp excursion, the Prettys had the
chance to ride an elephant after enjoying an impressive show put on by the
elephants and their handlers. In this photo the elephant is hoping that the
Prettys will tip with bananas.
As a contrast to their adventures in the
countryside, the Prettys also visited some of Asia’s grandest cities. Known as
the “Garden City,” Kuala Lumpur is a modern urban environment with an abundance
of greenery and beautifully landscaped parks. The Petronas Twin Towers, the
tallest twin towers in the world, are an indelible feature of the city’s
The Prettys also enjoyed a day exploring
Singapore and the truly unique modern landscape.
We’re so pleased the Prettys shared their
photos and these wonderful highlights of Nautica’s
season in Africa and Asia. If their adventures have inspired you, now is the
perfect time to reserve a voyage for next season. Nautica will be back in Africa starting in December with Lands of Grandeur, and then in Asia
starting in February with Pagodas &
A special thanks to Peter and Pauline for
sharing this special occasion with us, and congratulations on 50 years of