232 Oceania Sirena Cruise Reviews

This cruise was influenced by politics from its start. Travel to Cuba was banned, so Oceania substituted other Caribbean islands from the original three-city tour. Then, the coronavirus caused a world-wide panic and pandemic. Measures ... Read More
This cruise was influenced by politics from its start. Travel to Cuba was banned, so Oceania substituted other Caribbean islands from the original three-city tour. Then, the coronavirus caused a world-wide panic and pandemic. Measures were instituted aboard the ship to keep everyone safe by limiting access to food and ensuring sanitizers were used regularly before entering restaurants. Everyone was urged to wash their hands often for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. As a result, no one got sick. Because of U.S. travel bans, Europeans from the Schengen countries disembarked in Antigua four days before the end of the cruise. The rest of the ports were eliminated for all the passengers on March 13. Despite the extraordinary circumstances, the crew and staff pulled together to provide enjoyable activities, games, and entertainment. Food is the best on any of the ships we have traveled, and the entertainers really get to know the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Heard Oceania was wonderful so friend and I decided to take this cruise. I had done similar cruise in terms of ports on Princess the month before with husband, daughter and 6 year old granddaughter. Speciality restaurants were excellent. ... Read More
Heard Oceania was wonderful so friend and I decided to take this cruise. I had done similar cruise in terms of ports on Princess the month before with husband, daughter and 6 year old granddaughter. Speciality restaurants were excellent. Food in dining room for dinner was good but not outstanding. As this is small ship, buffet limited. Casino is tiny. No craps table. Very limited programming on ship. Lovely large library which was wonderful as Princess eliminated on ships. Met some lovely people and enjoyed both shared tables and dining by ourselves aome nights. Bartenders at bar in Martinis were great. Loved happy hour every night. Also pleased we could get cappuccino and latte at no extra charge. Dining room hours need to be expanded, in terms of opening earlier for dinner and staying open longer at breakfast. Spa prices high like on other cruiselines. Will try one of their larger ships but won't go on their small ships again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Electronic Bookings and web site are relatively user friendly for both planning and managing the reservation. We were given dates at which time we could book shore excursions, specialty dining restaurants, and offered other information. ... Read More
Electronic Bookings and web site are relatively user friendly for both planning and managing the reservation. We were given dates at which time we could book shore excursions, specialty dining restaurants, and offered other information. On board, the Internet service is slow as on all cruise ships but the fact that passengers can use hand held devices means that for easy access it is best to log in very early in the morning or very late at night. Registration and Documentation was straight forward. The line publishes a splendid Cruise Vacation Guide that included stick-on baggage tags (3 per person). The booklet is very complete and was received 5 weeks before sailing. An update is sent to the travel agent about 7 days before sailing. Out of our 17 cruises this booklet is the most complete guide we have ever received. Embarkation was complicated by the procedures implemented by Oceania due to the panic associated with the emergence of the Coronavirus in China. The body temperature of each passenger was to be verified and anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 F or 38 C was to be denied embarkation. Anyone having been to China or holding a Chinese or Hong Kong passport was denied boarding. However, the process was smooth and we were on board in 45 minutes with our room ready by 1:30 pm. Cabin/Stewart & Amenities. Concierge level offers some neat amenities all listed on their web site and in the cruises guide. This level of cabin is recommended. We emptied our suitcases with ease into the space available. In order to place luggage under the bed it is necessary to lift the base as it sits too low for some suitcases to pass under. The furniture and appearance are near perfect. We were very impressed with the result of the latest re-fit. The bathroom is tiny as is the shower but that is not a major problem. The toiletries were of high quality. The toilet being 30 degrees off the wall meant that you had to sit at an angle. Never had to do that before not even in the military … On the positive side, there is a soap bar for the shower as for the sink. Better than gels although these are also available. The Stewart did a good job. The fridge is stocked with free soft drink and there is ample water supply. The welcome bottle of Champagne was actually real Monopole Champagne not just sparkling wine. Impressive welcome. For the Restaurant/Food/Service we compared the meals hours between Princess (similar ship) and Sirena and even if they were less on Sirena we did not have any issues with the food. On the contrary we still managed to overeat and the quality was the best we have seen so far in our cruise experience. In the buffet, you cannot reach for food, the staff will serve you and the plates are kept bottom up so as not to contaminate them. We had dinner at both specialty restaurants and Red Ginger provided us with a birthday cake. Public Facilities are all very good but we particularly liked the beautiful library that houses a huge selection of books including a soft cover exchange section. It is comfortable and quiet, just the place to read and relax. In addition, this ship is immaculately clean with hand sanitizer dispensers everywhere. The Spa private deck is superb for Concierge and suite passengers. The ship Panache String Quartet was excellent providing popular classic music at different venues during the day/evenings. Smoking is our nemesis as my spouse is asthmatic and cigarette smoke can trigger a negative reaction. There is a smoking room on deck 10 but also an outside smoking area in the pool area deck 9. The latter is a problem for non-smokers. Itinerary was fine but not the major focus of our holiday; we just wanted the ship experience. The ship omitted the Costa Maya stop due to high winds and waves. Shore Excursions was used only in Belize and Roatan with satisfaction. The room has a large umbrella that came handy in Roatan. Disembarkation was well done by managing the flow of passengers closely thus no waiting in line in a hot terminal. Taxis were readily available. Communications were good as the Cruise Director limited his interventions and the Bride communicated twice a day. Just lovely. When the decision was made to skip the first stop in Mexico due to high winds and rough seas the Captain explained the situation in great detail and we hear not a single complaint throughout the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We've traveled on Oceania in the past and wanted to try one of the smaller ships - hence, the Sirena. The ship is lovely, after the recent renovations, but is not for everyone. The cabins are quite nice- the bathroom is not - ... Read More
We've traveled on Oceania in the past and wanted to try one of the smaller ships - hence, the Sirena. The ship is lovely, after the recent renovations, but is not for everyone. The cabins are quite nice- the bathroom is not - it's sooo tiny,,,and the shower - well, let's just day it''s a challenge. One wonders why they were not enlarged...The itineraries seem port-intensive, which is a good thing, as there its relatively little to do on board but visit the (fine) library, read and sit by the pool (if you can find a chair). The food was good though. not as good as I recall from the larger ships and items ran out quickly. Over the 10 days, the ship ran out of figs, mangoes, and fresh orange juice, the items you go on an Oceania cruise for (given their reputation for high-end dining) and this was just at breakfast... The entertainment in the evening was the cruise director serving as a magician, an overly-loud singer and a poor production show. The sound system amplifies everything so that you hear booming noise rather than attractive voices. Would we do the smaller ship again? probably not... Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Family recommended this cruise line and went with family and friends. This is our 7th or 8th cruise in last two years. Pros: Staff was friendly, accommodating, room very clean. John at the omelette station was an artist and made ... Read More
Family recommended this cruise line and went with family and friends. This is our 7th or 8th cruise in last two years. Pros: Staff was friendly, accommodating, room very clean. John at the omelette station was an artist and made breakfast very enjoyable. Sauna, steam room and showers very good--Great water therapy tub with jet movement Cons:: Dining and food experience horrible. Meat and fish bland, flavorless, and poor quality. Choices on dinner buffet same as main dining room. Only had one or two meals that were ok. Breakfast same every day. Specialty dining (2 restaurants) were ok--nothing special and service very slow. Same pizza every day--cannot customize like just get a tomato pie like other ships. Entertainment: Singer and piano player at show was very good. Show last night of cruise was good. The rest of the shows were terrible. One night was Super Bowl and tonight is the Oscars on our TV or in lounge. NO LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE POOL EXCEPT FOR ONE HOUR IN 10 DAYS, AND THIS WAS JUST THE HOUSE BAND. Activities: Very limited and nothing that interest me or wife. There are two hot tubs in the pool area--However they are not hot--they are warm. I complained along with many others and was told that temperature was 80 degrees F and met regulations. This is my 7th or 8th cruise in the past two years--Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America. Just cruised Royal Anthem of the Sea last month for 11 nights almost same itinerary and paid $3,000. Sirena cost $6,000 for same room (Balcony) COMPLETE RIPOFF--- Cabin: Shower designed for children, not grownups. Toilet placement made it impossible to place one leg. I had to use public bathrooms on other decks to have a bowl movement. Room very poorly laid out with bed in center and no space to walk around. Bottom line question:: Would you go again? No--Not on this ship Would I recommend Oceania to a friend? Definitely not this ship. I've heard good things about Rivera, but won't take a chance again. One more thing about age, I'm 71 and wife is 70. Probably 95% of passengers were in their 80's or 90's. I hope I made it to my 80's and 90's but much older crowd. No babies on ship or little kids. I still had a great time being with friends and family, but just too many misses and issues with this ship. Everyone was disappointed that we couldn't embark at the private beach the last day cause of high winds--but that was not fault of cruise line--- Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I had sailed with Oceania before it was taken over by Norwegian Cruise Lines. This was our first cruise since then. Dining room service so horrible. I complained in writing and was approached by an Assistant Captain while we were dining ... Read More
I had sailed with Oceania before it was taken over by Norwegian Cruise Lines. This was our first cruise since then. Dining room service so horrible. I complained in writing and was approached by an Assistant Captain while we were dining with friends in the evening. He wanted to talk about my dining room complaint. When i suggested we do that at another time, he said he wanted to do it now (in front of my friends while we were dining.). I was so appalled I told him that I didn’t want to discuss it now and would he please leave. Spa had no attendant; locks on lockers were broken and didn’t work; no sign that the hot tub was co-ed and was under the Horizons Club where people could see you. Luckily I realized that before completely removing my robe. Engine trouble, electrical trouble, elevators not working; concierge service does not mean you have a Butler. The room attendant does practically nothing besides cleaning the room. The usual bathroom shampoos are one at a time. Attendants not allowed give you more. Shower is so small that it’s hard to turn around. I am tiny 5” 112 lbs. i had trouble. I can’t imagine a slightly heavier person or a really large person. Entertainment: Magician 3 nights, Ukulele player 3 nights. Very average. Singer/Dancers poor. Lectures: horrible Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We normally cruise on Celebrity .We wanted to try an Oceania Cruise and the price was right. The cruise was disappointing .The ship was very small. You felt the ocean and every movement . There was not much to do. We are used to a much ... Read More
We normally cruise on Celebrity .We wanted to try an Oceania Cruise and the price was right. The cruise was disappointing .The ship was very small. You felt the ocean and every movement . There was not much to do. We are used to a much bigger ship with more activities. Oceania hypes the food as the best at sea, I did not find that to be the case. One night in the main dining room we had to wait a long time for our dinner to be served. We were told there was a problem in the kitchen. We had ordered rack of lamb. When the food did come all four of us found it to be inedible. It was tough and tasted awful. They took our cabin numbers and we were told it would be taken care of. For all of that we were sent a bottle of wine. Pastries and cookies were awful, I was told this is how they bake there goods. There were some good points . Cabin was small but very nice. Excellent bedding and pillows. The bathroom was small , but it served its purpose. The shower was very small, if you dropped something you couldn't turn around to bend down and get it. The staff and service was excellent. Room steward was outstanding. The entertainment was what we expected on this small a ship, very low key. The entertainment staff and the band were very good. I would not cruise Oceania again. Celebrity cruises was as good or better, but we gave it a try. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Oceania Sirena Mayan Mosaic Cruise Jan 25-Feb 1 , 2020 Nice ship, good service, Wonderful food - Itinerary Not Very interesting This cruise, Mayan Mosaic, was a replacement for a Cuba cruise which had to be cancelled because of the ... Read More
Oceania Sirena Mayan Mosaic Cruise Jan 25-Feb 1 , 2020 Nice ship, good service, Wonderful food - Itinerary Not Very interesting This cruise, Mayan Mosaic, was a replacement for a Cuba cruise which had to be cancelled because of the travel ban. We decided that we would like to take a winter cruise to take the “edge” off of a Pennsylvania winter. The cabins were particularly affordable because of the cancellation of the Cuba Itinerary. We choose a P1 penthouse suite 8025 as it was only a few hundred dollars more than our usual Concierge suite. We started our trip a day early traveling from Dulles DC airport to Miami. We booked our hotel through the cruise line ( a tad expensive) but the hotel the Miami East was 5 star, brand new and in the center of a beautiful mall. Our transfers to the hotel and to the ship went off flawlessly. The day of the sailing however the ship was late arriving and we were delayed in our departure from the hotel for which Oceania gave us 80 credit to have lunch at the hotel (you needed that much we actually spent more) good marks there. Once we were transferred to the terminal it was full of passengers as the boarding had not started yet. We waited about an hour and finally got on the ship at about 2:30 vice 11:00 which is normal for P1 passenger suites. When we got on our luggage quickly and the room was ready for us immediately. My Ratings Room was generous proportions everything was in good order and almost brand new looking. Location was excellent mid ship Port side. Service The Butler and steward were excellent they saw to our every need and any request we had they fulfilled. Dining The food in the main restaurant was outstanding and we ate dinner at the specialty restaurants 3 times in 7 nights twice at the Asian fusion and once at the Italian/ Steak restaurant. All the food was excellent 5 stars. Entertainment This part was disappointing tired old comics, magicians and an impressionist who did impressions of people who have been dead for decades. Kind of reminded me of cruises we took 25 years ago. The show room did not have a stage and this is the only cruise I have been on, other than a river cruise, that didn’t have a one. There was a show with the singers and dancers but did not see it do to dinner going very late that night. Shore side activities We went ashore in Key west and bought a ticket on the conch Train and enjoyed the day find places on our own. The other three stops Costa Maya, Roatan and Harvest Cay were tourist traps. On Roatan We docked at the old cruise ship dock and only thing to see were the usual shops you would see at any Caribbean harvest Cay I swam in the giant pool they had but little else interested us. On Costa Maya the place was jammed like Times Square on New Years eve. It had all the exotic charm of my local mall. The ship was by and large excellent but the beautiful library was closed until the second to last day on the ship do to it needing to be “sanitized” we found out. My wife wanted to use the library to do some quite reading and was disappointed. I would rate this cruise as excellent mostly do to the accommodations, food and service. The itinerary was not the cruise lines fault per say they were trying to recover from a political situation they had no control over. We will certainly consider Oceania again provided they have an itinerary we would be interested in. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Caribbean Flair - Oceana Sirena 13th - 25th January 2020 Having enjoyed previous Oceana Cruises to the Pacific islands we unfortunately booked the Sirena on the ill fated Caribbean Flair cruise on 13th January. On our ... Read More
Caribbean Flair - Oceana Sirena 13th - 25th January 2020 Having enjoyed previous Oceana Cruises to the Pacific islands we unfortunately booked the Sirena on the ill fated Caribbean Flair cruise on 13th January. On our second day at breakfast we heard a loud bang and the ship stopped. After 30 minutes dead in the water the ship was restarted and we very slowly sailed on. At midday the Captain announced the we had suffered an electrical fault and propulsion problems. As we continued to limp along the captain later announced that we would be unable to visit Aruba and suggested this was due to “currents and winds” so, we had the first three days at sea and we missed Aruba altogether. We arrived in Grenada four hours late, most of the excursions were cancelled, however, our Sunnyside Gardens tour went ahead but was concluded in the dark! On board, the enrichment lectures were anything but …. poor content read from a laptop and badly presented. The quality of food and service was not to the level previously experienced. Menu's became paper photocopies due to members of staff being quarantined with an outbreak of a virus - not confidence enhancing! The on board WIFI was weak and inconsistent preventing completion of the on board survey - sparing your blushes. On our return to Miami the ship continued to limp along and despite the calm ‘mill pond’ water and minimal breeze the captain announced that we would be three hours late into Miami (this turned out to be five hours late). The excuse offered was ‘currents and winds’ ….. had they made a 180 degree turn around? and were we not sailing with the Gulf Stream? It was very clear to everyone on board that the ship was still encountering difficulties, this was confirmed when we arrive in Miami to find that five other much larger ships had all docked on time despite the mythical Sirena currents and winds. Our Miami excursion was cancelled but fortunately we had an evening flight to London, I felt so sorry for passengers who had to franticly try and rearrange their flights home. We’re disappointed that we missed out on visiting Aruba, had cancelled and restricted excursions, the quality of food, service and experiences were poor by comparison to previous cruises, however, contradictory information and the lack of honest communication does not engender sympathy. No apology on board and no apology since our return is inexcusable, demonstrating a need for improved crisis management and corporate governance. Could you please respond with a belated apology and an appropriate level of compensation to redeem your somewhat damaged reputation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I are frequent travelers who have enjoyed many experiences on cruise ships. In fact, our most recent cruise was when we cruised the Mediterranean on the Insignia. It was a wonderful experience. So we were quite excited as ... Read More
My husband and I are frequent travelers who have enjoyed many experiences on cruise ships. In fact, our most recent cruise was when we cruised the Mediterranean on the Insignia. It was a wonderful experience. So we were quite excited as we embarked upon our January 2020, 12 day Caribbean adventure on the Sirena. Unfortunately, the trip failed to meet our expectations. Notwithstanding that we had booked this trip months ago, we were notified just weeks before embarking, that we would not be able to visit Antigua, (one of our highlights of this trip)and, instead Dominica was substituted. In view of it’s struggle to recover from hurricane Maria, we found Dominica to be a far less desirable destination. Shortly into the trip, our boat went dead in the water. The captain announced that the ship was having mechanical difficulties. Although he announced later that the problems had been resolved, it seemed, that, following this incident, the trip never really got back on track. To begin with, we were advised by the captain that our stop in Aruba (for us, another highlight of this trip) was canceled. Next, we arrived four hours late into Granada, and all scheduled excursions were canceled. And finally, as we headed back to Miami for the completion of our trip, we were again advised by the captain that we would be arriving another four hours late. In actuality, we arrived more than five hours late and our 8am disembarkation was delayed until 1pm, creating numerous logistical challenges for all passengers. Although the captain attributed the various delays and disruptions outlined above, to quote “headwinds and currents”, the winds and waters seemed calm and did not appear to affect the other Caribbean cruise lines, which completed a similar journey on schedule. Many speculated that the engine problem, experienced early in the cruise, was never fully resolved was the cause of the subsequent delays. In addition to the delays and missed ports, the service provided during the cruise was well below Oceania’s high standards. Early in the cruise we were informed that many crew members had contracted the flu. Accordingly, we were cautioned to frequently wash our hands and use disinfectant. Housekeeping left spray disinfectants in our room. As a result of this outbreak, staffing was limited and service suffered. For example, service delays resulted in unduly lengthy (2 1/2 to 3 hour) dining experiences that prevented guests from timely arriving at scheduled events. Although the healthy crew members, worked diligently to overcome the staffing shortfall, it certainly had an adverse impact on the quality of the trip. With respect to accommodations, we found our room on the concierge level to be clean and with adequate storage space. The room service provided by our attendant, Anna, was excellent. However, we found the bathroom space wholly inadequate and the tiny shower stall exceedingly uncomfortable. Further, the internet service was spotty and inadequate. Like, most of the guests, we were traveling as a couple. Yet, internet access was limited to only one person/device at a time. In order to get online, you had kick your partner off. Very frustrating. Definitely, Oceania can do better. In sum we found the trip to be disappointing and, as previously stated not up to Oceania’s usual high standards of quality. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was our first time on Oceania and we had very high expectations considering the cost of the cruise and all the hype. We've been on lots of cruises with different lines and different ships. This was, by far, the most ... Read More
This was our first time on Oceania and we had very high expectations considering the cost of the cruise and all the hype. We've been on lots of cruises with different lines and different ships. This was, by far, the most disappointing cruise of all. Don't believe the hype about "finest cuisine at sea." It's a lie. The food was, at best, average. Don't believe what you might read about great service and a luxury up-scale experience. It definitely is not! The Cabin was small and the bathroom, laughable. All you've read from previous reviews is true. The cabin stewards, however, were wonderful. We paid extra for concierge level, and other than getting extra nights in the specialty restaurants, we have no idea what the extra money was for. Definitely not worth it. The service in the dining areas was the worst we've ever had. Empty water glasses, empty coffee cups, waiting 20+ minutes with menus in our laps before having our order taken in the dining room, having the waiter tell us he'd have to check with someone to see if it was okay if we ordered soup AND salad with our dinner, food smashed on the floor near the tables in the outside dining areas, etc. They appeared to have been severely understaffed. The entertainment and activities were lacking, unless you play bridge or bingo. Here's the worst part: On day two, the ship lost power for probably less than an hour. From then, the ship struggled for the remainder of the 12-day cruise. We missed two ports "due to ocean current" and were five hours late getting back into Miami, again, due to "ocean current." Implausible!!! Because of the late arrival back in Miami and the dysfunction once we disembarked, we missed our flights home and had to stay a night at the airport. I have reached out to Oceania three times now...two emails and one phone call...and have heard NOTHING back from them. Nothing. Kind of sums it all up. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Arriving 5 hours late to Miami today. They say it is due to headwinds BUT SHIP HAS BEEN CRUISING VERY VERY SLOWLY FOR OVER 24 HOURS. Word is there is engine troubleBypassed Aruba the second scheduled port. Got into Grenada 4 hours late T ... Read More
Arriving 5 hours late to Miami today. They say it is due to headwinds BUT SHIP HAS BEEN CRUISING VERY VERY SLOWLY FOR OVER 24 HOURS. Word is there is engine troubleBypassed Aruba the second scheduled port. Got into Grenada 4 hours late T almost 5pm. Food not up Oceania past standard. Boring experience. No activities during daytime on decks lower than 10 and when ship sailing is rough deck 10 is roughest Entertainment every evening was an awful string quartet minus the cellist for the first week. When the cellist joined the first and second violins were still screeching Onboard lecturer read poorly from his computer notes, mispronounced alot of names All together a waste of money to go on this not so luxury cruise This was my 5th Oceania cruise and probably my last We arrived 5 hours late to Miami port. I had reservations for a Cruise Connection bus tp ick us up at Miami port. It would not wait 5 hours of course. Had to purchase air tuckets to get home to Tampa. Also had to pay for cab to airport Oceania offered no compensation for this It was a madhouse yesterday. Only 2 phone lines from ship went out for a time Internet did not work well. Too many people trying to make alternate plans to get home today Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was my first cruise on Oceania. It was a repeat of the ABC trip we took earlier n the month with Holland America. This gives me a chance to compare the two cruise lines. Our first stop was supposed to be Aruba. The first two ... Read More
This was my first cruise on Oceania. It was a repeat of the ABC trip we took earlier n the month with Holland America. This gives me a chance to compare the two cruise lines. Our first stop was supposed to be Aruba. The first two days were like being on a bouncy castle. We were forward and we hit every wave. We had no balcony on Deck 6. The waves did hit the porthole as we bounced along to Aruba. The captain came onto the speaker and announced that we would miss Aruba because the ship could not travel fast enough to get to Aruba before 7pm. We then had to scramble with Viator to cancel our shore excursion with less than 24 hours notice. I was surprised that the captain could not determine that we were going to miss the port after travelling for two sea days. The Holland America trip a few days prior to this trip had some bounciness but we never lost time. We subsequently learned that other ships in the ABC area also cancelled port visits so there was a storm. We had a brownout on the first day. Power came back but I doubt that this caused us to miss Aruba as the ship would have 3-4 generators. I went to the Cruise Director and asked that on the trip from Bonaire to Grenada that we be given notice about more delays. He said he would but again, we heard that we would be late to Grenada - arriving at 430pm - and we only got a few hours notice. I find it hard to believe that the captain could only figure this out when we had travelled 80% of the distance - very irresponsible. I tried to cancel the Grenada shore excursion as we would have only 1.5 hours of daylight but the tour operator refused to do so. Viator's cancellation rules require 24 hours notice. We were then delayed a third time as we were about 5 hours late getting back to Miami. We got a few hours notice on this delay. I came to the conclusion that travelling on small ships like the Sirena needs to be restricted to short visits that don't involve crossing big bodies of water. The other issue is that I would only take Oceania cruises where we took the ship's shore excursions. In the case of this cruise the ship's shore excursions were very expensive and not very good compared to the private tours I booked. The food was fabulous. Oceania has two high end restaurants. But you cannot pay to dine at them. They are really a reward for being a frequent flyer on Oceania. The Red Ginger Beef Panang was superb. They served it once in the regular dining room and it was nowhere near as good. The breakfast and lunch food was very good. The dinners in the dining room were better than Holland America except for the salmon. The sushi was mediocre compared to Holland America. There was sorbet every day. Blood orange was the best flavor. The big problem with Norwegian, who owns Oceania, is that this company does not believe in making reservations for dinner. You have to line up like going to MacDonald's. If you don't share a table, waiting 30 minutes is not unusual. I tried sharing and it was ok for the most part, as Oceania is a high end crowd. One evening the man sitting with us tried to pick a fight with another diner as the other diner was talking too long to the wine steward. In the other case, there were two Brits who had no manners, who just got up and left their food because of the noise in the dining room. The ship is smaller and felt more crowded than the Holland America ship that had 4 times the number of guests. The hot tub was cold. The string quartet was very good. The internet was poor but was slightly better than Holland America. The problem with both ships is that when you pay for better service, you get the same speed so there is no advantage to paying. Oceania restricts streaming if you don't pay so I had no access to my VectorVest stock service. Email was slow but it eventually came in. As an IT guy I wanted to meet with the ship IT person but he refused to meet with me....not impressed by this. There was a guest lecturer who spoke about pirates in the Caribbean. It was not very good. There were no other port talks. There were 8 crew members who go the flu. I learned that there were no mandatory vaccinations for crew. Given the current concerns about Coronavirus, I found this to be very strange. The ship went into an ultra cleaning mode but it was a little late for this measure. I would not take a long trip on these small ships. I have passed on a Baltic cruise and a Panama Canal cruise for now as the stress of missing ports and losing shore excursion money is just too great. So I am going on the Dubai cruise in 2021. There short distances between ports and in this part of the world, it makes sense to take the ship's shore excursions. It is on the Sirena so it the captain misses ports, I don't have to worry about losing money on privately booked tours. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This cruise was doomed from the start. On the first day, the boat went dead in the water, all electricity went out, no engine. No explanation, nothing said. The next day, the captain informed the guests that the currents, waves and wind ... Read More
This cruise was doomed from the start. On the first day, the boat went dead in the water, all electricity went out, no engine. No explanation, nothing said. The next day, the captain informed the guests that the currents, waves and wind would cause us an extra day at sea and also the new timing would cause us to bypass our first port, Aruba. We were also delayed several hours arriving to Grenada, putting us in around 5PM on a Sunday. Everything was closed, excursions were cancelled and it was basically a gratuitous non stop. It was announced that there were several sick crew members so hand washing and sanitizing was pushed at every announcement, not a bad thing. Unfortunately, the absence of crew members put pressure on the remaining servers and they were rushed, inattentive at the pool and basically gave the type of service that happens when a restaurant is short handed. The best part of the cruise was Sheryl McEwan's bridge instruction. She had beginner and intermediate lessons with organized play in the afternoons of the days at sea. She and her assistant, Keith, were a delight. There were no exercise classes offered, just yoga. I would have liked something a little more active. On the 11th day of the cruise, the tap, toilet and shower water in our stateroom was brown. Not just a little, it turned the washcloths dark brown. Upon notification, I was told there had been a breach but it was fixed and just to run the water a while and it would go away. It did, but returned the next day. When I went to the reception to inquire, I was told the same thing. I asked the nature of the breach, sewer, rust, rainwater, what? and was told they did not know but the water was safe. If you do not know the source of the breach, how can you know it is safe???? The girls working the reception counter are well trained in evasiveness and the conversation went no where. I also saw and heard another girl at the reception desk treat another guest in the same manner. He was asking about when the ship would dock so he could tell his pick up ride. The reception desk attendant was so evasive, never gave a respectable answer and was very condescending to the gentleman. We went on one excursion which was very average. A bus tour pointed out daycare centers, grocery stores and similar "points of interest". The sugar cane mill was owned and operated by the excursion company and it was obvious the tour was manufactured to bring business to the excursion. Did not do another excursion. Wifi was very weak and only one person per room could use it at a time unless you paid a fee. I feel in an "upscale" cruiseline, the wifi should not be so difficult. Very slow service, inconvenient to sign on and off and an unsecured network. Thought Ocieania could do better than that. At the end of the cruise, the ship was 6 hours late in docking. We were notified the day before the the end of the cruise with the same explanation as the beginning of the cruise. Slow going due to waves, current, and wind. In looking out of the boat, the seas were absolutely flat, there was no wind and I can't imagine the currents causing the same problem both coming and going. The original 7AM arrival time was moved to 11AM and actually docked at 1PM. Everyone was scrambling to change their flights. Our flights cost exactly double to change. Oceania made no offer to help with the cost. This is a situation where management should have offered shipboard credits, free drinks or some compensation. The feeling given was that of a cruise that wanted to gouge you at every situation yet give the impression they were doing things for the good of the guest. Thinly veiled patronization. This is our 5th cruise with Oceania and I would not recommend them again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is one of the older ships and we have sailed on Sirena and its sister ships many times. Azamara has a couple of these ships and Princess at least one. We love the small ship experience and the ports we can access because of the size ... Read More
This is one of the older ships and we have sailed on Sirena and its sister ships many times. Azamara has a couple of these ships and Princess at least one. We love the small ship experience and the ports we can access because of the size of the ship. On the second day out of our cruise, all the lights went off and the ship was still. That lasted about 10 minutes and the passengers were assured that it had been fixed. We missed our fist port, Aruba ostensibly because the seas were rough and we had head winds. The captain had two full days to make it to Aruba, and while there were white caps on the swells, it was not terribly rough. We were late to another port because of the same reason. We left St. Barts on Weds. afternoon to start the trip back to Miami. The sea was very calm and the weather beautiful for the next couple of days. We were informed on Friday morning that we would miss our debarkation time in Miami by 4 hours. The reason given was "currents". Oceania made a big mistake with this excuse, there were a great number of well traveled cruisers on board. The only conclusion the passengers could come to was the ship has engine problems and they could not make the speed that was expected. In fact we docked in Miami at 11:30 am instead of 7:00 am and you can imagine the disruption to travel plans that caused. Of course, if you made your own arrangements, you would probably be out a lot of money due to changes to airline tickets etc. How unfair of Oceania to give such a story to its passengers and to make the passengers pay for their problems. It was NOT the weather. Oceania did a great job renovating this ship, its looks quite beautiful however they have a couple of areas that are a big problem. The smallish staterooms have the smallest bathrooms you can imagine. The designer decided that clear glass doors on the tiny shower would make the bathroom look bigger and so replaced the shower curtains. Unfortunately you can not get in or out of the shower without touching a cold wet glass with some part of your body. Turns out the shower curtains gave greater flexibility. Some of the male passengers took to the fitness center for their showers! The second problem area is the show room on these ships. The room has a couple of levels but a lot or rows of single chairs which are fairly comfortable are on the same level. If you were to watch a dance review, you have to be sitting in the front row to see the foot steps. For all other rows, count on seeing from the waist up. The food was great, the staff attentive and we all made sure we had the best cruise experience possible. However, we hate being lied to! We will not sail on any of these ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We just got back from 7 days on the Sirena and had a great time. It was our first time cruising with Oceania so didn't know what to expect. Pros: very nicely decorated ship and easy to find your way around. Very friendly staff and ... Read More
We just got back from 7 days on the Sirena and had a great time. It was our first time cruising with Oceania so didn't know what to expect. Pros: very nicely decorated ship and easy to find your way around. Very friendly staff and food was excellent. State room was very well organized with lots of storage. Very nice not having to pay extra for sodas, specialty coffees and specialty restaurants. There's a free laundry to wash clothes. There were no children running around and screaming. Efficient embarkation and debarkation. Cons: the cruise was much more expensive than what we're used to and not sure it was that much better. Food is not always available as on other ships. I went looking for something to eat about 3:30 in the afternoon and could find nothing. Most ships have at least burgers, hot dogs or pizza available 24/7. The bathrooms in the state rooms are very small. They say they are eliminating plastic from the ships but still have the little plastic bottles of shampoos, etc in the showers. We encountered several very grouchy fellow cruisers and have not encountered that before. I'm guessing it is because of the higher socioeconomic status of most guests. They seemed very entitled. The entertainment was average. Nothing really great. There were also very few places outside on the decks to just sit and relax and it was always difficult to find a seat by the pool. They cater to a much older crowd. All in all we had a great time but again, it was quite a bit more expensive than any other cruise we've taken and not sure it was that much better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
First I'm going to give the good and the bad on my just completed trip on Oceania Sirena. I took my son on a 7 day cruise from MIA - MIA (Jan 6 - 13, 2020) on Oceania's Sirena with stops in Key West, Belize Harvest Caye, ... Read More
First I'm going to give the good and the bad on my just completed trip on Oceania Sirena. I took my son on a 7 day cruise from MIA - MIA (Jan 6 - 13, 2020) on Oceania's Sirena with stops in Key West, Belize Harvest Caye, Roatan, and Costa Maya. The ship is a small ship with only 684 pax. I can't speak about drinks as neither my son nor I drink. First the Very Good: We got to the ship around 1 PM and check in was quick and painless. I was able to go to my room immediately but my son's room as expected wasn't ready yet. We dropped our carry-ons in my room, introduced ourselves to our room stewardess and butler, and off we went to find lunch. The cabin while small for a PH cabin was pretty and well appointed with lots of storage drawers and were light and bright. The bed was extremely comfortable and my butler and stewardess were excellent. My son's cabin while very small was also well appointed with good storage and was also very light and bright. The ship had been recently redone and was quite attractive. The main staff, (reception, destinations, concierge, casino) were all excellent and were only too happy to try and please. They did an excellent job regarding concerns with food allergies. Hand washing stations were all over the ship and not just at the entrances to dining facilities. The ice cream was made onboard and was delicious. The OK and Not So Good: The Room: There was no sofa or love seat in the PH room. Only a club chair and two uncomfortable chairs at the dining table. If I had been traveling with my SO, it would have meant one of us would have had to sit on one of those chairs. Additionally when I am in the cabin, I like to sprawl out on a sofa or love seat. Normally when traveling in a PH on other lines there has been fruit in the cabin to pick at. There was none. I found the hanging space lacking. It was fine for myself for the one week cruise but if I was with my SO, it would definitely have not been enough room. Hanging space in my son's room I also found lacking. The bathroom was very small. To use the toilet, I had to angle my legs almost sideways or else I'd wind up hitting the shower door with my knees. And it was a single sink. They "upgraded" the PH shower to a rain head shower. My son had the standard shower head where you can adjust for the type of spray you prefer. I had no option and to add to that, the pressure was very poor. I have chin length hair and it took me over 5 minutes to wash the soap out of my hair because the pressure was so poor. I had no choice to change the shower head. In this case they fixed what wasn't broke. Lastly, there was no full length mirror in the PH! My son in his window cabin on deck 4 had a full length mirror but the PH has none? Public Washrooms: The one negative to the public washrooms was they used cloth napkins instead of actual hand towels to dry one's hands. Additionally there is soap but no hand lotion and no toilet seat covers. Public Rooms: What I found lacking was anyplace to gather to meet other people. Yes there was Martini's bar and Horizons but it was small and really not conducive to gathering. Internet: While the internet on Oceania worked fairly well for basic stuff, if one wanted to stream they had to upgrade and pay for it. Additionally one was only allowed one device per room! And to make matters worse, if I forgot to turn off the internet on my iPad and left it in the room, I was unable to turn it off from my phone, even though they supposedly gave you that option. However that option never worked on my phone. Tours: My son and I did a river rafting tour in Belize which was well done. We had signed up for the river tubing but not enough people signed up. While disappointing we had a wonderful tour guide and a fun time. We did a snorkel tour in Roatan which was probably the best snorkel tour ever in terms of the guides concern for our safety and well being. I was extremely impressed. We were supposed to do an ATV adventure in Costa Maya but because of strong currents we could not dock and had another sea day. My one negative about the tours was there was no one from the ship accompanying either of the two tours we were on. Each tour included either a long boat ride and/or bus ride to get to where we needed to be. I found the lack of someone from the ship on with us to be a huge negative. Dining: First the good. Red Ginger and Tuscan Grill were excellent and the service in both were top notch. Food in the MDR was inconsistent and definitely not the quality I remembered from 3 years ago on Marina. Our first night in the MDR, the only thing I found worth eating was the pasta with red sauce. (I am allergic to shellfish and do not eat red meat, lamb or pork.) The choices were definitely limited and one could not make substitutions. Additionally my son ordered the roast chicken which was supposed to be one of Jacques Pepin's specialties. It came out undercooked! I spoke to the dining room manager and was told I could ask for whatever food I wanted if I asked for it 24 hours in advance, so I asked the second night to have chicken scallopini sautéed in a lemon butter sauce. What I got was a thick hunk of chicken grilled, with the lemon butter sauce on the side! Service also was hit or miss in the MDR. I asked for red pepper flakes and cheese for on top of my pasta. Instead of the waiter going to get it immediately, he instead went to a table of 6 to take their order. Sorry but I prefer to not sit there staring at my food waiting for it to get cold before I eat it. Other misses were serving my son before me and my son having to ask the waiter multiple times to get his Sprite. This didn't happen once, but every time we ate in the MDR. Other very small things. I asked for almond milk for my coffee and it was served in a glass so when you went to pour it into your cup, the milk spilled all over. One thing Oceania touts is how if you don't choose to eat in the MDR, you can go up to the buffet for a more casual dining experience. However what they don't tell you is whatever they serve in the MDR is exactly the exact same food they serve in the buffet. So if there was nothing that I could eat or wanted to eat in the MDR, there was nothing in the buffet! (Yes they had lobster, shrimp and sushi but that first night I didn't want sushi and I am allergic to shellfish) On Thursday night, they had Caribbean night both in the buffet and the MDR. I found nothing to eat in either place and was then informed that the following night they were once again having Caribbean night! Two nights in a row! And no sushi on Caribbean night! I wound up going up to Red Ginger the first night and begging to be seated so I could have some sushi to eat. While eating in Red Ginger, the food manager came to my table since we had the issue of the undercooked food the first night and I explained about my food issues and how there was nothing to eat at the Caribbean buffet. As I said above, the head staff was wonderful. They managed to get my son and I a reservation in Tuscan Grill for the second Caribbean night so I wouldn't have to scrounge for something to eat the second night. Now having said that, at Tuscan Grill, they had on the menu veal scallopini. I asked if they instead could make me chicken scallopini. I was told no they could not, that they needed 24 hours notice. I did get my chicken scallopini the second night we ate in Tuscan Grill and yes, it was delicious. I finally knew to ask in advance. Lunch: If we wanted to eat a bit later or came back from a tour late, our only choice was to eat in the Grill. And in the Grill no chance to get a simple sandwich such as a tuna sandwich or a grilled cheese sandwich. In fact, even in the buffet and the MDR, there was no chance to get a simple sandwich. One day the buffet did have an egg salad sandwich but it was mixed with peppers, olives, onions and anchovies. There are times one doesn't want rich food that is overly heavy. Tea Time: I went to tea time once since it tended to be later in the day. Again the sandwiches were overly fancy. Egg salad with peas? Stilton cheese with radishes on what seemed to be a bagel? I think my son (31 years old so not a child) summed up the food very well. It seems like Oceania tries too hard to be impressive, forgetting that not everything has to be fancied up with food. Sea Day Activities: Oceania is sorely lacking. There was a total of one lecture a day from an outside lecturer. Other activities were baggo, ping pong, trivia, a lecture from the jewelry store, indoor golf putting, and unhosted bridge or mahjongg. You could go to a lecture on why you should book another Oceania cruise or you could pay $75 + 18% for a vodka tasting. Or you could pay to play bingo, or pay to play in a blackjack tournament, a slots tournament or a texas hold em tournament. We had 3 sea days (was supposed to have only 2 but the missed port) and all three days they had the same tournaments and the same lecturer. Evening Entertainment: Once again, Oceania is sorely lacking. They had a good comedian on 2 of the 7 days and then a harpest on 2 days, except the last day the harpest played at 5 PM. The evening's activity was a lousy movie on the last day. The Oceania show band and singers were definitely B rated. Now having written this, my son and I still managed to have a wonderful time and the best part was getting to spend a week with him. We also did meet some lovely folks who we hope to stay in touch with. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise as the dates coincided with my Winter break from school (I am a teacher). I live in the Midwest, so the warm weather itinerary was appealing, and the Panama Canal was on my bucket list. I was cruising Solo, (my boys ... Read More
I chose this cruise as the dates coincided with my Winter break from school (I am a teacher). I live in the Midwest, so the warm weather itinerary was appealing, and the Panama Canal was on my bucket list. I was cruising Solo, (my boys spent the time with their respective in-laws), and I was more than a bit nervous. Embarkation was quick and easy, with lots of helpful, smiling Oceania representatives. I was impressed. My room wasn't quite ready yet, so I went up to have lunch. A good selection of food was available. I had a Veranda stateroom on level 6 - it was wonderful, with an extremely comfortable bed. YES, the bathroom was quite small, but adequate. My room stewards were very attentive, and really made sure my stay was everything I wanted it to be. I LOVED having a veranda cabin for this trip. I used it every day, and spent part of the time going through the Panama Canal sitting out there, sipping champagne. Lovely! The lecturer was incredible. As a teacher myself, I was impressed with her ability to keep our interest, and her sense of humor added just the right touch to the presentations. She was extremely knowledgeable, and very approachable afterward for questions. The room was packed every time she spoke. The only entertainment I can speak to is the string quartet, who played in the lobby each night before dinner. They were incredibly talented - and they also drew crowds whenever they played. I never felt lonely or alone on this trip - I met SO many interesting, kind, friendly people, and plan on staying in touch with several of them. Our cruise had people from all over the world - one night I had dinner with a couple from Germany, the next from Scotland, and there was a family group from Australia. On this Holiday cruise, there were children aboard, but they were extremely well behaved and I rarely ever encountered them on the ship. We had a lot of sea days (basically every other day), but I was never bored. I have read other reviews, talking about how there is "nothing to do" on Oceania, but I think that all is in how you view things. If you expect to be entertained every waking moment by other people, this is, perhaps, not the cruise line for you. If you appreciate interesting ports of call, less people aboard, good food, and plenty of opportunities to meet people and experience the world, then do try them out. I was so happy with my trip that I have booked two more (another on the Sirena in 2021, and one on the Marina this coming summer). I did have an issue with another passenger, and the crew took care of this immediately. Other passengers also helped me out, and made sure I was safe and ok. Much of this was done without me having to say or do anything - people just kept an eye out for each other, and Oceania was right there when needed. I never waited in line for anything (other than for my Tender color or number to be called - we had several Tender ports, but never an issue or really a wait). There were always available lounge chairs by the pool, and the library was a great place to curl up with a book for a bit. The weather was mostly sunny and warm, so it was great to spend so much time outside before going back to the cold, frozen tundra. The food was outstanding - especially in the (included) specialty restaurants. The service in the main dining room (mostly during breakfast) needs some work - the senior staff was superb... but I think there were a lot of new trainees that had no idea how to serve food or drinks. At breakfast, getting a refill on coffee often took a LONG time, even if there weren't many people there. Hopefully, with practice they will get better!! With that said, I overheard many people complaining on this trip about how the service has gone downhill, and was truly awful. I didn't experience that (except for my morning coffee!!!) but perhaps my expectations were different. The only thing I really took umbrage at was the Single Supplement they charge... but that's another issue :) Anyway, I would HIGHLY recommend Oceania - I was pleased with my experience and as stated already, I will travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Have cruised several times with Oceania before and they were all fine in the past.Not this time. We have a PH Suite which was fine with the exception of the postage size bathroom. The Spa was not serviced and kept clean and the Steam ... Read More
Have cruised several times with Oceania before and they were all fine in the past.Not this time. We have a PH Suite which was fine with the exception of the postage size bathroom. The Spa was not serviced and kept clean and the Steam room and Jacuzzi were both warm but to HOT. No Sauna. My wife purchased the Premium Drink Package and more often than not could not get American Chardonnay (kept telling her that they ran out including our second day out. Service in restaurant was the worst, often waited to be served wine half way through the meal. Food was awful unlike and past Oceania Cruises. Excursions were a joke and we cancelled many after the first few. Entertainment was fair at best. Staff other than the cabin staff for the most part were not friendly and treated guests as second class citizens. I could add many more negative comments but surely you get our message by now. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Let me begin by stating that this was our 10th cruise with Oceania. My comments are our opinion and based on personal experience on the December 21, 2019 Sunny Holidays Cruise on Oceania Sirena. Oceania is not what it used to be. We ... Read More
Let me begin by stating that this was our 10th cruise with Oceania. My comments are our opinion and based on personal experience on the December 21, 2019 Sunny Holidays Cruise on Oceania Sirena. Oceania is not what it used to be. We observed and experienced a large discrepancy in the food from previous sailings. Chilean Sea Bass, Caviar, Almond Croissants and high levels of meat were a given previously. They were lacking on this cruise. In fact, several people complained vigorously regarding the steak. Oceania has been highly rated for its food. That did not appear to be the case on this cruise. New year's Celebration were around the pool. Now divided in different areas. The descriptions of the shore excursions did not match the material given to the guides. We had a excellent guide and yet his description as written of the day did not match what we paid for. Yet, when we complained to the destinations desk, we were told that everyone loved the guide. We did too. However, we did not get what we paid for. The main dining room and the Terrace grill appeared to be short of waiters. It wold take two or more hours to dine in the dining room. The Canyon Ranch Spa was previously always a wonderful experience. That is no longer there, being replaced by a spa where, there are basically all recent graduates of schooling (as stated by a technician) . We were not notified in advance of this change. Regarding the decoration of the ship. The redecoration of the ship is beautiful, and our cabin stewards were excellent. The showers are very small, yet the sofa was comfortable. Regarding the entertainment, we understand that it can not be compared to the larger ships, however, three nights of movies for entertainment is not acceptable. The stand up comics and Stuart were excellent, however enrichment activities were minimal. Tender workers were excellent. Cruisers who experienced this for the first time would not have noticed the difference. Lastly, research the ports. When it says Belize, it does not mean that you will actually be in Belize where you can readily tour, instead we were taken to a water park, away from everything in Belize. With that said, there were constant concerns on the cruise from past cruisers, even those who had 17 sailings regarding the downgrade from previous cruises. We were very disappointed with this cruise. The previous comments reflect our opinion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We choose the Oceania Sirena based on an itinerary that would not require us to fly anywhere, together with the line's reputation for outstanding cuisine and an upscale experience. This was our first Oceania cruise, but we have ... Read More
We choose the Oceania Sirena based on an itinerary that would not require us to fly anywhere, together with the line's reputation for outstanding cuisine and an upscale experience. This was our first Oceania cruise, but we have sailed on many other lines. Embarkation Embarkation was very easy as we decided not to arrive at the terminal until 3 pm. No lines and no problems, but 3 pm seems extraordinarily late for a cabin availability time given that the ship began disembarkation the same day at 8 am and passengers had to be off by 9. Our late arrival left just enough time to unpack before the lifeboat drill. Oceania handled this drill far worse than most lines. First you sat in a crowded lounge for 35 minutes, then you stood next to a lifeboat (not necessarily the one you would report to in an emergency) for another 20 minutes. Check is was manual, which was surprising given the badges readily available to be read to account for passenger. Large waste of time. We chose the Grand Dining Room for our first dinner, and was surprised at the size of the line of people for such a small ship. The maître d' staff was not very efficient in processing the line, in part because they were turning away everyone in jeans (I was not so dressed, and this did not affect me). Still, it lead to many arguments. I do understand that Oceania has a dress code for evenings in the Grand Dining room, but only jeans were reason for non-admittance. Athletic footwear and non-collard shirts were welcome despite being prohibited by the dress code. Either enforce the dress code or don't. Our room stewardess was friendly enough, but watching her during the week, we noticed that the number of rooms she was required to service appeared to be double the number serviced by room stewards and stewardesses on other lines. This obviously left no time for personal touches like towel animals, etc. Still, room cleanliness was satisfactory. As others have noted the rooms, even the balcony cabin we had, are very small. The bathrooms are child-sized. While I as somewhat heavier than the average for men my height, I am not enormous by any means. Yet the tiny shower required that I first rinse, then turn off the shower and open the two glass doors to provide enough room to soap up, then close the doors and rinse off. What an inconvenience. We did find the bed and couch to be comfortable, although for some odd reason, the stewardess adjusted the room temperature to 15 C every time she serviced the room. That translates to 59 degrees for those on the American system. Much has been made of Oceania's transition away from plastic bottles to a purified water system. The purified water is tasty, but Oceania leaves only 1 to 2 glasses in the cabin, and the heavy glass bottles are intended for pouring, not for drinking directly from. We were enticed to book Oceania in part by its promise of free internet. We boarded with the expectation that it would be slow, and it was very slow. What surprised us was that the internet was free only for one passenger in the cabin and only for one device. That limitation may or may not have worked well for the average Oceania passenger (more about the average passenger next), but my wife and I had a total of 5 devices on board. I had 3 as I am required to be reachable as part of my business. The cost to add other devices was enormous, and I ended up having to add Cellular at Sea, at a high cost (at least it was faster than the Oceania internet. As we have cruised frequently, we are accustomed to ships with average passenger ages in the 70s, and even though we are a decade younger than that, mingle well with that group. I would place the average age of the Sirena passengers at over 90 years old, probably 92 or so. Not surprisingly, Oceania tried to cater to the group that they had, and the effect was music and "entertainment" that we could not relate to throughout the week (e.g., a number where a singer changed the lyrics from "old man river" to "elderly gentleman river", what a comedian lol) and even worse, to temperatures in the entertainment venues usually exceeding 82 degrees F. We did not see any of the shows in their entirety as a result. Before boarding, I had reviewed the shore excursions and found them lacking, so I booked my own. Hearing from the other passengers, I am very happy that I did. We had a wonderful private tasting tour in Santa Ynez, a terrific trip to Muir Woods and a very informative behind the scenes tour to the Catalina Casino. The ship offered none of these. My wife and I like to walk, and we particularly like to walk around a deck after a big meal. Choices for walking on the Sirena were limited. There is no promenade deck, and the only walking space is a jogging track on Deck 10 that requires an amazing 13 laps to the mile. This deck would have been adequate except for one thing: Immediately below the jogging track on deck 9 is the open air smoking area. We rarely see any smoking areas onboard anymore, and perhaps we lack compassion towards smokers as we are not, but no one wants to breath tobacco smoke wafting up from the deck below while they are exercising. The placement of the smoking area was very poorly considered. We do join other commenters in noting the nearly complete lack of activities on board. The usual activities were trivia, bean bag toss, and a mensa quiz. Pretty boring. The enrichment lecturer not only lectured on areas having nothing to do with the cruise itinerary (someone may be interested in fish reproduction, but what does that have to do with the California coast), but featured humor that was corny at best. This brings me to the highly touted food. While the menu does offer what appears to be high quality dishes (lots of steak, lobster, veal, fish), neither the quality nor the quantity is there. Portions are small (two of the offered entrees appeared to be one restaurant entrée), and preparation was poor - I had overcooked chicken at least 3 times. Worse, the service was not good. If anything special was requested, the guest was treated with rudeness, and the item often never arrived at all. Water glasses and coffee cups were not kept full in any of the eating locations. We only ate at one specialty restaurant, the Tuscan Steakhouse, and were disappointed. My "20 ounce: porterhouse weighed 12 ounces cooked, which means it was likely on 14 ounces uncooked The onion soup was terrible, and the crab cake mostly filler. Our table companions did not enjoy the steamed lobster, and the Dover Sole was not well filleted as bones were present in quantity. Sauces were forgotten, one need to ask and then they were brought. The restaurant may have been inspired by a NY steakhouse, but it would not survive a month in the competitive NY restaurant environment. So what did we like? We, Oceania made it very easy to get off the ship and we were very thankful that they did, as we could not wait. Likewise, embarkation was easy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose to go on the Sirena after hearing all the positives about Oceania. We had just sailed on the Royal Princess and walked across the parking lot to board the Sirena. Our expectations were that the food and service would be much ... Read More
We chose to go on the Sirena after hearing all the positives about Oceania. We had just sailed on the Royal Princess and walked across the parking lot to board the Sirena. Our expectations were that the food and service would be much better on the Sirena. Unfortunately, the Royal Princess was the far superior ship. The Sirena is a beautiful ship, but that’s all. We dined in the Tuscan steakhouse the first night. My steak was was way overcooked and so heavily seasoned I couldn’t taste the meat. Our water glasses were empty until we asked a waiter. Turns out that was the only night my medium rare steak or lamp chops were not served raw. Every dining venue served me raw meat except Red Ginger. It got to be a joke among our group of four. My wife’s lobster was always ice cold. Water refills, everywhere, were by request only. The only dining room without problems was Red Ginger. We were only to make a reservation there once, despite being on a waiting list for most of the cruise. I guess the biggest issue with this poor service was that no one seemed to be in charge. We complained to several staff members who we thought were head waiters, but all they did was apologize and then disappear for the rest of the meal. The most visible dining room member was the Sommelier who always came by to ask us to buy some wine, and left very disappointed when we told him we didn’t drink. On the plus side, the cabin attendants were great. The our balcony cabin was very impressive except for the tiniest bathroom at sea. We have been sailing for 28 years and after 47 cruises with 6 different cruise lines we have never been more disappointed. Paid a lot more for superior service and great food that never happened. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - Barcelona to Miami in 17 days. This was our first time on Oceania and our second cruise ever. This is considered a smaller ship with only ~600 passengers - we liked the smaller size. This ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - Barcelona to Miami in 17 days. This was our first time on Oceania and our second cruise ever. This is considered a smaller ship with only ~600 passengers - we liked the smaller size. This ship was re-done in 2019 so everything was lovely, clean, and fresh and decorated in calming colors. We had great weather most of the trip with only one rain day - seas seem calm to us but other noted the movement. The ports were all convenient to the cities- it was an extra treat to go up the river to dock in Seville - only the smaller ships can do this. We booked our own smaller tours and were glad we did as we do not like the large bus tour experience. The best was an electric bike tour in Seville (used Viator). The ship could not pull into St. George, Bermuda and went to Kings Wharf instead, luckily we did not have a plan for that day so the change was fine and we spent the day at the Commissioners House/Fort/ Dolphin training center. Most people seemed to enjoy the food; I thought some of the food was done well but I would still say it is institutional food service. The chef seems to limit salt and sugar so food was never too salty or too sweet. The best food was what you could have prepared onsite - so the Waves Grill was the place to eat lunch. It had both meat and fish choices, as well as salads. There was steak or lobster on every menu on the ship at dinner - that seem important to many but if you were vegetarian, you would has almost as many options. A fellow passenger with diet restrictions had a special menu just for her each meal. The most impressive thing about this cruise was the service. The entire crew worked hard - you saw the same faces morning, noon, and at night smiling and getting/doing anything you asked! I was almost uncomfortable with how hard they worked to keep me satisfied. The free internet was terrible- like stone age internet. They offered a higher data rate for a high fee but we did not hear from anyone that it was any better - and only one person per room could use it at a time. The connection and speeds were better in port because we had cellular service so that's when we called family, texted photos, etc... The average age of people on this ship seemed 75+? A much older and less ambulatory crowd than I expected. The ship provided activities and entertainment catered to an older demographic. The crossing was quiet and peaceful. You did need to bring your own things to do but they had the "old-school" activities of board games, puzzles, cards, shuffle board, needlepoint kits and a good lending library for books and a historical medical lecture each day. The fitness classes were few and far between with room for only 6. But there are machines available to use on your own. They let you bring wine (and even spirits from the duty free shops) onboard at each port. The policy says there is a limit but I never really saw one mentioned or enforced. Alcoholic drinks are expensive, but there was a 2 for one each day if you needed to budget. There is a dress code, but barely - like no swimsuits in dining areas. People were dressed casually, no fancy evening clothes are needed for this trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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 sailed on the Sirena last fall as part of a college alumni association. 2 weeks in the Mediterranean with 9 ports of call, embarking from Civitavecchia-Rome and disembarking in Barcelona. 1st ever cruise for us and we loved it. Sirena ... Read More
We sailed on the Sirena last fall as part of a college alumni association. 2 weeks in the Mediterranean with 9 ports of call, embarking from Civitavecchia-Rome and disembarking in Barcelona. 1st ever cruise for us and we loved it. Sirena is a small liner (664 berths) compared to the 5000-6000 berth floating islands we saw at ports along the way. There was lot of attention to detail and “oceans” of information supplied to guests every day (newsletter, fact sheets about upcoming port, lectures). Never felt crowded or cramped aboard ship. The tour guides on the Oceania sponsored excursions were well informed and entertaining (with exception of one in Corsica who I felt was just burnt out on being a tour guide). We also booked a couple of private excursions via ToursByLocals and had great culinary and cultural experiences with them. We had one medical nonemergency issue but ship’s doctor took great care of my wife. Everyone on board seemed to strive for efficiency and to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. Our first-time cruise convinced us ocean travel is the way to go! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Sirena Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.8
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.5 3.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.4

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