We wanted to see the Tahitian islands and felt this cruise, sponsored by Go Next for universityu alumni, fit our needs. After a long airplane trip from Boston, we were put up for 2 nights at the Intercontinental Hotel in Papeete, and we were given a 4-hour tour of the city and area before being dropped off at the pier.
Oceania's Sirena holds fewer than 700 passengers. so the ship was manageable and we became friendly with many passengers. Service was impeccable- several times a day our room with veranda was attended to..
Food was excellent, supervised by chef Jacques Pepin- several buffets, a fine dining room, and two specialty restaurants. Food was constantly replenished, and servers gave you all the food at the buffet, so no others' hands were on the food.
Alcoholic drinks were the only additional cost- the soft drinks and the specialty restaurants were free.
The entertainment was excellent- no big shows, but quality ship's musical cast, several individual musicians, one comedian.
The excursions were varied- numerous snorkeling and boat trips, which we enjoyed.
On the last day, as most passengers had to wait until evening to fly home, we were able to use the facilities of Le Meriden Hotel all day- this was an amazing perk!
Very comfortable king sized bed, suffcient drawer and closet space. Housekeeping very attentive- towels changed twice a day if necessary. Moini-fridge stocked with free water and soft drinks.