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Sirena Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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SIRENA delivers on food, fails on excursions

Sirena Cruise Review by duxsailor

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom

We are seasoned luxury cruisers, based in Switzerland, and booked SIRENA because of the itiniary from Buenos Aires to Lima on the 11th of November 2017. Comparisions are with a view to other luxury ships, specifically to SEABOURN.

The much advertised food on SIRENA is a fact in the dining room and speciality restaurants, somewhat less so on the buffet, but still good. The meals are well selected and offer a good choice every day. It is somewhat difficult to get a reservation at the two speciality restaurant though, because unless one has booked before the cruise even starts, it becomes very hard.

The ship itself is like an elegant older lady, which means that staterooms are somewhat smaller than usual, but are always well cleaned. The public areas are certainly nice in the "grand old style", but don't expect modern or the "glass look" seen on many newer ships.

The passengers are older, about 50+ to about 75, which could also be due to the 21-day trip outside a holiday period.

The major downside are the excursions. Nearly all are vastly overpriced, especially compared to SEABOURN, and totally unflexible. For instance our friends booked on a "standby" tour, which looked unlike it would go, so they booked another tour as back-up. The ship forced payment on the stand-by, although itslef it had the option to cancel for any reason. We booked all private tours of either 2 or 6 pax and prices were always less than half of the ships tours with far superior quality. Satisfaction is absolutely NOT guaranteed and OCEANIA will always refuse to adjust. This is in stark contrast to SEABOURN, where 5 pax out of 15 of our bus tour, was unhappy with the ship tour in Malta, and the ship refunded 100% of the tour, even for passengers like us, who did not complain. Nothing like such a servive will ever happen on OCEANIA.

We recommend taking the shipboard credit and not the "free excursions" because the interesting ones all come with a surcharge that is typically more than a private tour,

Entertainment is good for a ship of that size, and the staff everywhere are very friendly and competent.

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Cabin Review

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
Cabin A3 7011

OK with somewhat limited closet space and small bathroom, but nice balcony. On the small side to be called "luxury"

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