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Sirena Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Forget the Sirena; book a different ship

Sirena Cruise Review by hdubetz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

We chose the Sirena because of a very good price on a transatlantic cruise, and because we loved our cruises on the Oceania Nautica and Riviera. The Sirena, like the other two ships has an outstanding staff. The captain, the dining room waiters, the stateroom people, all fantastic. Also the ship is very handsomely furnished and spotlessly clean. Every day we saw people cleaning, polishing, etc. All three ships we were outstanding in this respect. What was disappointing about the Sirena was the food. On the Nautica (best food of the three) and the Riviera the food was consistently outstanding. The Nautica had a French chef and he was as good as any two or three star Michelin restaurant we've had in France. On the Sirena some meals were excellent, some good, and some really not good at all. One evening I had to send back my main course and I saw another table doing the same.

The one complaint I have for all three Oceania ships is the wine list (the same list on all three ships). The ships travel all over but seem to concentrate on Europe. So why is the wine list 95% California? The supposed Culinary Director is the famed Jacques Pepin, who is French. The menus feature mostly classic French cuisine. Yet there is only one Bordeaux wine on the list and two red Burgundies. The vast majority is California. But wait--that's the end of it. The prices range from rip-off to outrageous. Example? A bottle of Jadot Beaujolais-Villages (one of the few French wines) is $64.00. This wine retails for about $9-11.00 in a wine shop in the USA. Oceania probably paid about $5-6.00 for it. So you mark it up ten fold??? Most restaurants in the US mark up wines double or triple retail price, which is already too much. Oh, and a bottle of beer will cost you $8.00.

Maybe choose a different line.


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Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
Cabin A1 7022

Outstanding. Estera was our stewardess and she was as good as it gets! She was a gem!


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