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Sirena Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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230 Reviews

Very Good, but ...

Sirena Cruise Review by bluetaffy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

This was our third Oceania cruise, and although we rated this “very good”, we did pass along to Oceania several criticisms, which we hope will be considered “constructive”.

The good – Sirena is nicely restored, well maintained and the staff is very good. There were some instances of poor service, but these are rare. The not good - bathrooms in cabins below penthouse level are too small.

Dining - Grand Dining Room was most consistent (selections & preparations) and service was excellent. But the Terrace restaurant was just mediocre; okay for breakfast but other meals were inconsistent. It is too informal; cafeteria style for dinner. Compared to the outstanding dining on Marina last year, Sirena’s is a bit short on preparation and diversity.

Primary dissatisfaction - severe overcharges for excursions and alcohol. A reasonable price might actually generate more sales and profit as well as sending customers a better message. Example: Alhambra & Granada private tour (16 people) ran $110 pp; the ship’s tour was $319 pp. This type of overcharge causes cruisers to spend lots of personal time to research and book private tours, and is a great inconvenience. For alcohol, two martinis cost $26+ with an included 18% service charge, and that's at Happy Hour!

Overall, we would probably sail Oceania in the future, especially with certain policy and/or pricing changes.


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Cabin Review

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

We have sailed on two other ships of this class, and our comments are always the same, but those are a function of design and not the fault of Oceania. For example, the size of rooms smaller than the penthouse category are okay, and the veranda is adequate, but the bathrooms are simply too small. If we were to sail in this class ship again, we would have to upgrade the room to a penthouse.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Zadar

Sibenik was okay, but the Roca Farm visit and lunch were highlights, not to be missed.

Kotor

This was a private tour with "Mont Travelers" Only a small group of six people, our guide was Dimitrije. He is a young entrepreneur who started offering tours of beautiful Montenegro several years ago. He is a professional in every way and very knowledgeable of the history and culture of his country. Our four-hour tour of Kotor included the village of Perast, Old Town Kotor, Budva and several scenic overlooks of the entire bay. His tour was only a fraction of the cost that our cruise ship would have charged. We highly recommend Mont Travelers, and specifically Dimitrije for a personalized tour of Montenegro.

Wine Tasting

On the foothills of Mt. Etna, the Gambino winery offered a wonderful appy selection and five-wine tasting. Wonderful way to start the day!

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Pompeii Walking Tour

Our 82-year old guide, Roberto, has been doing this tour for years and he haven't lost his touch.

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Home cooking, prepare your own tiramisu and make your own pasta, then enjoy lunch!

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Monaco (Monte Carlo)

We took our own self-guided tour of the Oceanographic Museum and Royal Palace. We even got our passports stamped!

Palamos

Hiked to La Fosca Beach. Water was beautiful. Very enjoyable and relaxing day.

Alhambra Palace and Gardens

Debbie is a world of knowledge. Our guide at Alhambra Palace and Gardens knew all that we needed to know.

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Alcazar

Our guide: Debbie again. Alcazar in Seville was wonderful.

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Culinary Tour

Reid's Hotel was just okay.

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Nassau

Paradise Island beach was good. Nassau is filthy.

Caves aren't really caves, but the views and drive were still fascinating.

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