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Sirena Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Great cruise to Cuba

Sirena Cruise Review by cganesh

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2018
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Inside

This was our first cruise on Oceania and had chosen to give them a try when we first saw their published itineraries for Cuba. We visited Havana for 2 days, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on this 7 night cruise from Miami. We really enjoyed being on a small ship and never had any major issues getting seats for meals or lounges on the pool deck. The food was very good. We were very impressed with the Terrace Cafe which is the buffet and offered the same items as served in the Grand Dining Room plus had lobster tails and grilled shrimp every night. There are outside tables where you can dine and also inside tables all with white tablecloths which made dining very pleasant and much quicker than spending two hours in the Grand Dining Room. We ate at Red Ginger one night and was disappointed in the preparation of our entrees. Both were greasy and appeared to have sat for a while before being served. The lobster on my :Lobster Pad Thai was delicious but the noodles were tasty but too oily to eat. The server never came back to check on our dishes so after eating some of each entree, we left with no one even asking if there was a problem. We went to the Terrace Cafe and had dessert. The Tuscan Steak House was very nice with great service and delicious food. Hubby and the Surf & Turf which was prepared perfectly and I had the Veal Shank which was delicious but a very large serving. Waves was a nice place for lunch a few times with the surf & turf sandwhich (sliced filet mignon & lobster) was a real winner. We enjoyed the nightly entertainment by the 8 person entertainment group, the ventriloquist and a female who sang & played the trumpet. The demographic of this cruise was definitely 50+ but very active, seasoned cruisers. This is definitely a cruise line that has worked hard to provide very well trained crewmembers all of whom were very polite. We liked the buffet not being self-service and a chef appearing as soon as I asked about anything special we needed. We were not impressed by the two excursions by Oceania that we took in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. We had a private guide from ToursbyLocals for a group of 8 for the 2 full days we had in Havana. This was a great way to see Havana and also enjoy the Tropicana nightclub the night we were in port. Our guide assured that we had a wonderful tour of the four squares in colonial Havana, a tour in the classic cars, lunch at a lovely paladar specializing in tapas & Spanish food, a night at the Tropicana, and on the second day a farm to table experience in Cojima that was very enjoyable and time to shop at the San Jose Market.


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Cabin Review

Inside
Cabin F 7050

We booked about 18 months prior to cruise and got the last interior cabin available at that time. We were impressed by the quality of the interior cabin 7050 even though the shower was the smallest we have ever had on a cruise ship.On our deck most of the inside cabins were in blocks of 4 that had small hallways between the two main corridors allowed the cabin door to open to a small hallway instead of opening to the main corridors. There was sufficient closet space for 2 people and plenty of drawers for us. It was nice to have a love seat in the cabin along with a large glass oval table. Lighting was very good with reading lights on each side of bed. The bathroom was similar to most interior bathrooms we have had but the shower was the smallest we have had on any cruise ship. I did like that they had a special hinge on the bathroom door that allowed the door to be propped open without it swinging in and out. Our room was serviced twice daily and our room steward was very good.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Miami

We embarked at Terminal J at the Port of Miami which was a small terminal. Boarding went quickly with only a short wait in line.

City Tour

Private guide for group of 8 for 2 days. Walking tour, tour in 3 pink convertibles circa 1952, lunch, Tropicana, and 2nd day Cojima, farm to table lunch experience, Hemingway's house, & San Jose Market.

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Historical City Center

Combined with City Tour

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Tropicana Cabaret

combined with City tour

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City Tour

Walking tour with guide that had no mic and impossible to hear what he was saying. Was a large bus tour and too many people for a walking tour. The highlight was a vocal presentation by a community choir. Visited San Juan Hill & a short visit at the fort. We needed at least one more hour at the fort since shopping and the visit to fort were combined and not enough time for both.

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Cienfuegos

City tour that included a visit at a local art co-op. Due to visiting on a Sunday, only one artist was there and with out group and another group from the ship there at one time it was impossible to look at the art work they had for sale. Our guide was French and hard to understand while on the bus and impossible to hear once off the bus and walking since she had no mic and didn't bother to gather people around when she was ready to say something. Hubby & I left the tour and roamed around and met back at the bus when she had indicated we would depart for the ship. Cienfuegos is a flat place and the farest we were away from the ship was about 4-6 blocks. The excursion was very poor and definitely not worth the price being charged. Luckily we had an excursion here included in our cruise price.


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