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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Dubai
  • Day 2
    Dubai
  • Day 3
    Khasab
  • Day 4
    Fujairah
  • Day 5
    Muscat
  • Day 6
    Cruising (Gulf of Oman)
  • Day 7
    Manama
  • Day 8
    Doha
  • Day 9
    Sir Bani Yas Island
  • Day 10
    Abu Dhabi
  • Day 11
    Dubai

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
We picked this Oceania cruise because of its itinerary, in particular Al Hambra, Canary Islands and Tangiers (among others). We were lucky to score stateroom 6004 (port side very near the sharp end), which whilst having no balcony, had ... Read More
We picked this Oceania cruise because of its itinerary, in particular Al Hambra, Canary Islands and Tangiers (among others). We were lucky to score stateroom 6004 (port side very near the sharp end), which whilst having no balcony, had instead added interior space, making for a larger cabin. We appreciated the extra space as we were travelling for 2 months and had lots of luggage. Sirena has recently been totally refurbished and while the walls of cabins and bathrooms are not easily moved, the somewhat tiny bathroom had been fitted with glass doors (previously curtains we are told) and swung both out and inwards into the shower to give that extra room for towelling down. Clever! The ship's layout is remarkably like the much bigger Marina, but has about half the guest capacity at 680; despite the smaller ship, public areas and dining were remarkably roomy. Specialty dining is well catered for by Tuscan Grill and Red Ginger and we feel the Grand dining room is equally up to the gastronomic task. Service everywhere was excellent and friendly. We were allocated two specialty restaurants in our fare, but we found it was easy to ask to be waitlisted and did score at least four specialty dinners (we always ask to share, which is a great way to meet people). A big plus is the access to self-service laundry facilities (remember, 2 months holiday requires regular access!) and even better, there is now no charge! Great! Great entertainment on the trip; Flamenco dancing, Chris Ritchie impersonating various "Crooners" and a cabaret evening by the ship's crew with our cruise director in the front row doing the Village People routine. Very enjoyable! The itinerary of ports and excursions was a great choice -we picked the Cathedrals and Canaries" cruise just for the destinations we would be visiting-. We did not use any ship shore excursions as we had prior bookings with friends in three destinations and did our own thing in the remainder. All in all a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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