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Sirena Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Now in final days of our first Oceania experience, offering our opinions...

Sirena Cruise Review by Cruiser Suze

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

Positive:

- Food: if you’re a foodie, this is the cruise line for you. The ‘cafeteria’ type food served in the Terrace was average at best, and breakfasts are nothing special. Dinners, however, are first rate. Especially in their 2 specialty restaurants (no added charge): Tuscan & Red Ginger. Delicious.

- Beds: super comfortable. Good pillows too.

- Service: as one would expect at this price.

- Smaller Passenger Size: Sirena holds ~650 passengers: nice size.

Negative:

- Room size: Small! Granted, the Sirena was built in 1999 so it lacks the updated features newer ships have, such as larger rooms in the ‘average’ category. We upgraded to Concierge class, but it didn’t give us more space or anything notably special. We found the upcharge to a larger room size was significantly more than on other cruise lines we’ve enjoyed.

- Bathroom Size: Again it’s an older ship but we still paid the luxury cruise line price and would have expected a better refurbishing in the bathroom. Of particular disappointment was the shower curtain that clings to one’s body in this small space. No place to sit or put your leg up to shave, ladies. Nor do they provide a magnifying mirror: have they not checked the average age of their clientele?? Big disappointment.

- Drinks Prices: Oceania has limited, viable drinks packages (alcoholic beverages including beer & wine are NOT included.) Our first night celebrating in the lounge we ordered doubles, as suggested by our server. The drinks were of average size, from our experience. I can’t imagine what a single would have been. My husband’s Manhattan and my martini – singles from our view point – cost over $50.00!! When we said as much to our server he suggested we go to another lounge where we’d get the same size drinks for half the price: we did and we did! Wow. I complained to the reception staff and we were credited half of our money back on the super-pricey drinks. We learned that you had to know which bars serve which size drinks at what price and time: complicated. Better yet, we learned to buy and bring our own, using take-out coffee cups!

- Cold Rooms: the large room where performances and entertainment occurs (Sirena Lounge) is COLD! We wear sweaters and take blankets. I think it's cold for the performers' benefit, but not great for the audience.

Summary:

We are highly unlikely to cruise with Oceania again. Our favorite line to date for ocean cruising is Viking. We did their 22-day Mediterranean cruise in 2015 and absolutely loved it. Further, we like the all-inclusive deal that Viking offers (excursions included; these are extra on Oceania) and their average cabins are lovely. Viking ocean ships hold less than 1000 passengers so it too is a nice size. For larger ships (thus lower pricing) we like Celebrity & Princess.


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Cabin Review

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

See comments above re small cabins and bathrooms, etc.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Tahiti (Papeete)

We arrived 4 days early to acclimatize and enjoy Tahiti. Our travel agent booked our resort as Oceania's pre-cruise pricing was double for the same resort. Even after paying Oceania's "deviation fee", we saved. Loved Papeete's Intercontinental Resort. We took two tours while at the resort: around the main island of Tahiti and to Moorea. First was great; second one we had very poor transportation and a guide who spoke little English. We still enjoyed the full pre-cruise experience.

Polyneasian Cultural Immersion Tour

Excellent guide. The terrain was challenging / slippery which should have been better described as some passengers found it too challenging.

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Rangiroa

It was a small, flatter island and we stayed on board.

Botanical Garden

Loved it. Beautiful.

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Maui

We booked our own reservations for the Old Lahaina Luau. I'm disappointed Oceania didn't offer anything like this. We didn't leave Maui until 11:00 p.m. and a Luau would have been a terrific excursion. So glad we went on our own as did a few other passengers.

Diamond Head Crater

I climbed to the top of Diamond Head where the views were spectacular. The climb itself was very difficult for some: Oceania didn't adequately describe this in their write-up. A few really struggled and I was worried for their health.

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Wailua River

Fern Grotto & falls: lovely. Relaxing tour - not too difficult for those who have mobility challenges.

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