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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 4
    Aruba
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Bonaire
  • Day 7
    Grenada
  • Day 8
    St. Lucia
  • Day 9
    Antigua
  • Day 10
    St. Barts
  • Day 11
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 12
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 13
    Miami

Sirena

Sirena - Oceania Cruises

Pros

Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

Cons

Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting


Cruise Reviews

We selected the Oceania Sirena because of timing for our 4 back to back European cruises. Over on the QM2, then Viking, then Oceania. The Oceania Sirena is a beautiful jewel box of a ship, just beautiful. The cabin was small for a ... Read More
We selected the Oceania Sirena because of timing for our 4 back to back European cruises. Over on the QM2, then Viking, then Oceania. The Oceania Sirena is a beautiful jewel box of a ship, just beautiful. The cabin was small for a concierge verandah, bathroom was ridiculous. Saw many guests going to the spa in bathrobes to shower daily. Linens and bed wonderful. After paying $13k for a cruise on this ship we expected a shower we could stand in. Finally left the shower door open and mopped up the water that spilled out. The cuisine was top rate. Best so far of the three ships. The service was spotty, ie rare refills of coffee, no refill offered on wine many nights at dinner, constantly asking waiters for condiments, etc. The Martini bar service was excellent. The service in the Horizons bar was terrible. The specialty restaurants were delicious and beautifully served. The pool grill service was spotty as well, undercooked burgers, etc. The entertainment started at 9:30 and after long excursions each day were were too tired to attend. We had one rough day and decided to stay on the ship. There’s very little to do except the pool. Library was great. No coffee pot in the rooms. Last boat had a nespresso machines in the room and QM2 had a kettle. Cabin attendants were wonderful. We both said the personnel were not terrible friendly. Just doing their job. The string quartet was great. Tony the pianist was wonderful as well. Paulo in the excursion office was great. Very helpful. The cooking class at the farm house near Rome was great. The other ports when we were on our own were fun but a shuttle bus or boat was not provided by Oceania. The port shuttles are seedy and dirty. No shuttle boat in Venice back and forth from St. mark’s Square. Getting on the ship was iffy. No sign out in front of the cruise terminal in Barcelona. The dock had been reassigned and we were notified by email of the change but when we go out of our taxi, in Barcelona, we were not sure we were in the right place. One person was checking passports in a long line, then we went to another long line with two people checking our papers, then through security and to a large room with many personnel checking people in. So much for priority embarkation. I noticed one passenger in a wheelchair waiting to embark and he sat for over 30 minutes in the sun waiting for arrangements for a lift. The spa was great but heard they are changing from Canyon Ranch. All in all we had a great time and made grand friends. We loved the itinerary and going into smaller places like Sicily and Montenegro. The tender staff did a great job and we always felt safe on the ship. Thanks Oceania but we won’t try it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We did private party excursions at most of the stops. We very seldom will take the overpriced cruise line excursions. Most of the stops were places that we had not been. Yes, the rooms were small, ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We did private party excursions at most of the stops. We very seldom will take the overpriced cruise line excursions. Most of the stops were places that we had not been. Yes, the rooms were small, but it's a small ship. We liked the size of the ship. This was our first time on the "R" class. We were in a concierge class veranda. We liked the location on the 7th floor. It was very quiet. The one area where we were most disappointed was with the two specialty restaurants. Some items at Red Ginger were fabulous, others not so much. At Tuscano it was service issues that ruined the meal. We were looking forward to the Olive Oil cart and the explanation of the different oils and vinegar. Instead the server served whichever olive oil she felt like serving with a splash of balsamic. No explanation or perhaps asking if you might like butter instead. Still waiting for my hot butter to go with my lobster. In summary, we felt the specialty restaurants were lacking in their attention to detail. In fact we cancelled our other reservations with them. That being said, we never had a bad meal in the main dining room Service was excellent. So, when I mark the "Very Good" for food, I am talking about the MDR. Because this was a port intensive itinerary, we did not do many activities after dinner. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I have just returned from our first, week-long Mediterranean cruise with Oceania on board the Sirena. We are quite experienced cruisers and wanted to try Oceania as an alternative to our usual shipping line and because the ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from our first, week-long Mediterranean cruise with Oceania on board the Sirena. We are quite experienced cruisers and wanted to try Oceania as an alternative to our usual shipping line and because the particular itinerary was interesting. The ship is very smart and comfortable but we found ourselves most confused by the system for charging drinks etc., which we felt was far too complicated and contradictory. At the time of booking, we purchased the House Select beverage package for US $39.95 each per day which gave us free wine, champagne or beer by the glass during lunch and dinner. According to the footnote in the brochure, this also included gratuities, which I assumed were to be distributed amongst the whole crew. Elsewhere in the brochure, it was stated that optional gratuities in the sum of US $16 per guest per day would be added to our shipboard account and that an additional 18% gratuity would be added to all beverage purchases, which are quite high in the first place with two vodka and tonics costing US $20, plus a $3.60 surcharge. I firmly expected that, having purchased the beverage package, these additional charges would not be levied. Although the daily charge was not applied, the 18% surcharge was applied to all drinks consumed outside of mealtimes. We were also very confused by the charging during Happy Hours, when I would have expected drinks to be half price, but it was a two drinks for the price of one arrangement and if we didn't want a large measure or second drink, then we were charged for two anyway. We really didn't want to have to make such complicated calculations whilst on holiday and, after discussing the issue with the Reception staff, made a written complaint. I was then invited to meet with the Food and Beverage Manager who explained that the gratuities with the beverage package went mainly to the sommeliers and that the 18% surcharge on drinks went only to the bar staff themselves as they did not receive a salary. I must say that I am quite disgusted with this practice in this day and age and it certainly explained why some of the bar staff were rather pushy in wanting to serve the more expensive drinks in double measures so as to increase their income. It also explained why, as soon as the sommeliers realised that we were on the package, their level of service deteriorated drastically and it was often difficult to get a second glass of wine, particularly at dinner even when they were not particularly busy. The bar service was also quite slow most of the time. When I pointed out that gratuities were supposedly at the discretion of the guest and not a mandatory payment, the Manager offered to remove the surcharges from our account When we got home. our travel agent explained that Oceania is American owned and that gratuities are one of the problems with American owned cruise lines from a European perspective. The culture in America is one of tipping led by low base salary or even no salary at all. Given that most of the crew, including the senior officers, were either from Eastern Europe, Asia or Central America, one does start thinking about exploitation. I must say that on our previous cruises in American owned ships, we have never had any problems or queries regarding crew gratuities. Generally, the food was of good quality and Oceania pride themselves on offering high quality cuisine but we both felt that there was insufficient variety. Typically, lobster bisque was on the dinner menu in the main restaurant every evening and other items were often repeated. The two speciality restaurants, Tuscan and Red Ginger were excellent and extremely popular to the extent that it was not possible to get a second reservation in either during the course of the week. Getting ashore, particularly in tender ports was handled well and there were never any delays. The personalised World Card had a bar code which the gangway staff scanned when leaving and returning to the ship, which was most efficient. It was unfortunate that this automatic process did not extend to paying for drinks and the card had to be handed over to be manually swiped by the bar staff on every occasion. Although we enjoyed the cruise and ports of call, in the light of these experiences it is unlikely that we will cruise again with Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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