We picked this Oceania cruise because of its itinerary, in particular Al Hambra, Canary Islands and Tangiers (among others). We were lucky to score stateroom 6004 (port side very near the sharp end), which whilst having no balcony, had instead added interior space, making for a larger cabin. We appreciated the extra space as we were travelling for 2 months and had lots of luggage.
Sirena has recently been totally refurbished and while the walls of cabins and bathrooms are not easily moved, the somewhat tiny bathroom had been fitted with glass doors (previously curtains we are told) and swung both out and inwards into the shower to give that extra room for towelling down. Clever!
The ship's layout is remarkably like the much bigger Marina, but has about half the guest capacity at 680; despite the smaller ship, public areas and dining were remarkably roomy.
Specialty dining is well catered for by Tuscan Grill and Red Ginger and we feel the Grand dining room is equally up to the gastronomic task. Service everywhere was excellent and friendly. We were allocated two specialty restaurants in our fare, but we found it was easy to ask to be waitlisted and did score at least four specialty dinners (we always ask to share, which is a great way to meet people).
A big plus is the access to self-service laundry facilities (remember, 2 months holiday requires regular access!) and even better, there is now no charge! Great!
Great entertainment on the trip; Flamenco dancing, Chris Ritchie impersonating various "Crooners" and a cabaret evening by the ship's crew with our cruise director in the front row doing the Village People routine. Very enjoyable!
The itinerary of ports and excursions was a great choice -we picked the Cathedrals and Canaries" cruise just for the destinations we would be visiting-. We did not use any ship shore excursions as we had prior bookings with friends in three destinations and did our own thing in the remainder.
All in all a great cruise!
Cabin was great, larger than most as the "balcony area" was inside the cabin (see room layouts). Shower was great- glass doors rather than curtains- and the glass doors hinge into the shower as well as out; making it easier to towel down in what is a pretty small bathroom.
Bed; great! seating also good because of the increased room area.
Fridge is a bonus! Should be a standard always!
Enjoyable cruise. Could have been better if there weren't changes to the itinerary (shorter shore visits).
We have been there before. Did our own thing this time. Tried to take the elevator to Castell de la Santa Barbara, but there was a queue several hundred meters long so we opted for a hop-on hop-off bus (which no longer goes up to the Castell) and spent the day exploring and visiting the Alicante Markets. Very interesting!
Life saver in Lanzarote! Lanzaroteexperiencetours to the rescue!
On a recent cruise we were looking forward to visiting Lanzarote (Canary Islands) when a late change to the cruise itinerary due to ship maintenance reduced our shore time from 8 hours to 5. We were looking forward in particular to the La Geria winery and their unique way of growing vines in the hot windy climate, plus the unique scenery in the Timanfaya National Park (where astronauts trained for moon missions) plus the side benefits of volcanic activity and the green lagoon.
Aghast! We researched the web and contacted Cruise Critic members & what can we do? We contacted some tour providers on Lanzarote and Angela and Maribel (Lanzaroteexperiencetours) tailored a five hour tour just for us provided we could find 14 persons. Well! We did and had a fabulous tour of Lanzarote! Angela, our guide spoke very understandable English and was well versed in the history of Lanzarote. Top marks Angela! Should we ever visit Lanzarote again, expect a call from us for another tour!View All undefined undefined Reviews
Private tour, arranged before the cruise. We ordered an English speaking operator but she spoke more in Spanish than English. We had to walk a long way to the coach as well. However, the scenery and attractions were worth it.
Private tour, arranged before the cruise.Not as good as other tours. Guide spoke "not good" English, even though we booked an English speaking tour.
The best guide! Hamid knew everything, knew everyone showed us bazaars and points of interest that no other organised tours could do, Great lunch in the top deck of the Terraza del la Medina restaurant and the punchline of them all was He'd love to have a holiday where no-one knows him. Top guy Hamid Ben! It was a pleasure to meet you!View All 10 City Tour Reviews
Old Roman amphitiatre being restored was the best. Rest of town was a tourist trap..
Tourist trap. Expensive. Service pretty average. Ask for a taxi at your hotel and they quote E120 for a Merc limo. Local bus service was great and cheap at E4!
We have been to Barcelona six times, most often by Eurail Pass. This time we flew in from Australia one day before the cruise in order to get over jet lag (16 hours air travel). We love Barcelona, Gaudi, Sagrada Familia and La Rambla!
Amazing desolate moonscape like area, three hundred volcanoes on the island, still active and with demonstrations of just how much heat is just a few meters below ground, including cooking over an open volcanic vent!View All 23 Timanfaya National Park Reviews