It had been four years since we've cruised O and this is our fifth O cruise. Chose this because for years we've wanted to return to both Tahiti and Oceania for some time. Flying into Papeete and seeing Sirena for the first time and we knew we'd made the right decision. The ship is lovely. So many have commented on refurbishment not having been completed but after 18 days on her could not see a speck where that might be true. We were lucky enough to snag an aft concierge cabin and opening that cabin door the first time was a big woo-whee! We used the big veranda almost daily as well as the pool deck, and housekeeping kindly gave us lounge chairs which fit nicely. Dining was out of this world in every way and we enjoyed the main dining room as much as Tuscan Grill and Red Ginger. Ate breakfast and lunch almost every meal in the Terrace Cafe and a few dinners- love the ability to taste a variety of dishes. Service was absolutely superb.
We aren't night show people and only attended twice, but both were much more than we expected. Gym and spa facilities were top notch. Wine menu was better than expected- sommelier service good but they were running. We are water sports people, and either arranged our own tours or rented a car in each port. Did not hear many good words about O's excursions and would be reluctant to use them in future except for some location like Easter Island. Love the ability to use a laundry and never experienced a wait using 3 times onboard.
Talking to our fellow passengers it seemed about 95% had no complaints and talked about enjoying themselves as much as we were. I'd heard that a transpacific crossing would mean the age range would be much higher than usual. We are mid-late 60's and I'd guess the average age is about 70. A cruise that includes booth Tahiti and Hawaii is a huge draw for us but experiencing it on a lovely home base like Sirena made it perfection. We rebooked it for next year while onboard.
A full day of sailing but our primary goal was snorkeling. Only two sites visited but both quite good. 20 minute bus ride to where boat was docked. Lovely boat, nice operators, no lunch served but big grocery store available to buy supplies. Don't forget sunscreen.View All 15 Snorkeling Reviews
Outstanding- both company and where they took us. Extremely concerned with safety and very helpful and friendly. The Aquarium was one of the best places we've ever snorkeled- tons of fish- lots of sharks and morays too as another boat closeby was feeding them. So cool to see! Did the drift snorkel too with them. We saw some dolphins but no hammerheads (not the season.) When we go back we'll go with them. We heard people were very pleased with Six Passengers too. Their websites don't say much about snorkeling- they are mostly dive operations. But email- I booked 9 months out. Needed another couple to get the ball rolling but found that on our roll call.View All 18 Snorkeling Reviews
Very good. We had Vince who was one of the kindest and informative guides we've ever had. Small group- just six of us.View All 134 Volcano National Park & Hilo Waterfall Tour Reviews
Visited our favorite beaches/snorkel sites- Kapalua and Honolua. Parking always difficult here. And if you aren't parked by 8:45am forget it till the afternoon. We're happy doing some of the easy park beaches south of Kaanapali till our fav beaches parking opens up.
Book any other rental car company except Alamo. It's always a 30-60 min wait with line out the door, while the other companies have no lines at all. We visited several beautiful beaches on the Kailua coast. Waves were very big for May and we gave it a whirl but mostly swam out past the big ones and floated around. Haunauma Bay is great for snorkeling but always horribly crowded. We had an Oahu beach guidebook and even the places that were listed as decent snorkeling were poor. But Oahu truly has some of the most beautiful drives and beaches on the islands.