It was our first Oceania cruise and it will not be the last ! The Sirena is a small intimate elegant ship and it was a very different cruise from Miami to Lima. The ports were interesting but what made this cruise different from the 20 + other cruises was the ship. It was small but never boring and the cruise director, Dottie, was a pro. Because of the smaller amount of passangers,600, you never wait anywhere, there is always room by the pool, at the show , at the dining room. No crowds ever which is a nice change. However the shows are not as spectacular and the pool is very small.
The grand dining room is outstanding, the food and the service were unbelievable, the specialty restaurant Red Ginger is outstanding and full of nice surprises, however the other one, Tuscan Steak fails miserably both with food and service....
The free shuttle to town could improve as well, not enough and does not always go to the right area, I guess they want to push their expensive excursions.
The décor is a bit old fashioned but very tasteful, brings us back to an era that promoted elegance. We also appreciated the inclusion of soft drinks, specialty coffees and specialty restaurants, all things taken into account it was not much more expensive than the big ships.
Beautiful and attendant Gede was just the best !
just from plane to ship. Taxi from airport is easy and cheaper than ship transfers.
After multiple warnings we still decided to go on our own and walk around the city, very enjoyable full of music and enjoyed visiting museum of the revolution and the fort of real fuerte. Nobody cares once you enter very easy to stroll around.
Had a driver from viator.com , Freddy. He took us around the island, tequila place, ruins of San Gervasio, ocean on the east side, snorkeling near the ship, very enjoyable, about $60 each for 5 hours.
It was one of our favorite ports, went with Native Choice to see the maya ruins of Chaccoben, excellent guide, Diego. After we had a wonderful Maya lunch. These ruins were a real treat.
Beautiful resort, relaxing day, the ocean swimming was nice but a bit artificial
Nothing much to do there except shop in a big shed, stayed mostly onboard.
Did a taxi tour with Ronny's tour, was ok but the roads are terrible full of potholes, was much better 8 years ago, unbelievable ! Went to a small zoo with monkeys and sloths then to a mangrove boat tour. The boat did not look great but we made it !
We had booked a snorkeling excursion with Oscar Brown but because of rain that week, the water was not clear enough. He managed to give us an interesting tour anyway : Jaguar rescue center, fruit stand, beach in Puerto Viejo, tour of the port city.
Taxi tour of the city : Panama Viejo and the older part of town, interesting.