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Sirena Review

4.5 / 5.0
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229 reviews
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Oceania a big let-down

Review for Sirena to the Western Mediterranean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2016
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean View

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I have been to Spain and Portugal but always wanted to visit Morocco. We booked late and couldn't get the cabin we wanted so only had a window rather than veranda; our travel agent convinced us that we would be in port enough that the room wouldn't be an issue. She also lauded this cruise line and talked up the food. Well........wrong! The room was livable but the bathroom was a joke. It had one sink and absolutely no place to put one's make-up. I had to lay a towel over the sink for that. Also, since this attracts an older crowd, a magnifying mirror would have been nice but with limited space, I suppose that wasn't feasible. Shower was so small that I don't know how some of the larger travelers would be able to fit. Another small gripe was that cotton balls and swabs came in tiny boxes of about 3-4 and I had to ask for more. Stingy!

On to the food. It was only fair and the plating was totally blah. One night I had a piece of salmon and about 5 green beans on a huge white dinner plate. No sauce, no garnish, nothing until a waiter came and offered something to sauce the fish. We were expecting gourmet at least in the Grand Dining Room with Jacque Pepin as the consultant. He would have been mortified. Even the Tuscan Room was nothing special. My S.O. had a shrimp cocktail appetizer which he couldn't eat since the giant shrimp were mushy. In the buffet things were ok and S.O. was happy with eating sushi.

The ports of call were mostly good with the exception of Arrecife, Spain. We went into the "town" for about 1/2 hour and went right back to the ship.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View

Cabin C1

When we first got into the cabin, I found 2 things on the floor that showed it hadn't been vacuumed or inspected very carefully. One was a wrapped piece of candy and the other, a luggage tag of some other guest. Both large enough not to overlook! The young woman who was our steward mostly did a good job but never put the decorative pillows on the bed after making it up so they were always stacked up on our little love seat. Also, I think we went over a week w/o having the sheets changed and when I asked, I was told every 3 days but I know that wasn't so. Our main complain was the ridiculous size of the bathroom, especially shower.

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