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Sirena Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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A good cruise that could have been great

Sirena Cruise Review by jsknapps2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2018
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite

We wanted to see Cuba, the Panama Canal and Machu Picchu and this cruise had all three. It was the first time we traveled with dietary restrictions (my wife was diagnosed as Celiac).

Overall the ship did a good job of providing gluten free food options, but it could have been better. Every single meal we had to ask the chef to point out what she could eat instead of simply putting a "GF" label on the cards describing each dish. She only was contaminated once when given inaccurate information. For the most part the servers and food preparers at the stations need additional training in preparing gluten free meals. They could also do a better job of having gluten free choices rather an a cookie at the tea or one dessert (if you were lucky) Tired of hearing fruit plate, salad and dry chicken.

Now on to excursions. Oceana is gouging it's passengers with expensive, and just average tours. Don't get me wrong, some of them were great, but an equal number were under performers. We recommend you do your own research and book off the ship for half the price. We went from 90% cruise excursions to half this time and will go lower down the road. Best excursion - Machu Picchu.

Drinks prices in an age where your completion offers free drinks is another gouge. (Bring some on board - they allow it)

Best meal on board - red ginger. Worst meal on board - the dining room (got servered raw lobster one time and never went back)

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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite
Cabin PH2 8049

First time we had plenty of room. Butler service was outstanding - although they ran out of the pillow options before we could even ask about them. Bed was great but short - Viking has real king size beds. I'm tall and didn't fit.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


been here many times. Marriott was better than the Hilton for a pre trip hotel.


we were grandfathered in so we could go out on our own. Now you must do a tour with the ship or local tour group (choose the latter it's cheaper)

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

great tour - take an umbrella

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Santo Tomas de Castilla

stay with a ship tour - traffic can lock you up for hours


taxis and local tour guides are as good and much cheaper

Rainforest Aerial Tram Tour

good tour but unprepared at snack time for gluten free requirements - traffic can be bad - book through boat

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Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

not much time here unless you go out in the evening.

City Tour

good tour - can always use more shopping time.

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