We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - Barcelona to Miami in 17 days. This was our first time on Oceania and our second cruise ever. This is considered a smaller ship with only ~600 passengers - we liked the smaller size. This ship was re-done in 2019 so everything was lovely, clean, and fresh and decorated in calming colors. We had great weather most of the trip with only one rain day - seas seem calm to us but other noted the movement. The ports were all convenient to the cities- it was an extra treat to go up the river to dock in Seville - only the smaller ships can do this. We booked our own smaller tours and were glad we did as we do not like the large bus tour experience. The best was an electric bike tour in Seville (used Viator). The ship could not pull into St. George, Bermuda and went to Kings Wharf instead, luckily we did not have a plan for that day so the change was fine and we spent the day at the Commissioners House/Fort/ Dolphin training center. Most people seemed to enjoy the food; I thought some of the food was done well but I would still say it is institutional food service. The chef seems to limit salt and sugar so food was never too salty or too sweet. The best food was what you could have prepared onsite - so the Waves Grill was the place to eat lunch. It had both meat and fish choices, as well as salads. There was steak or lobster on every menu on the ship at dinner - that seem important to many but if you were vegetarian, you would has almost as many options. A fellow passenger with diet restrictions had a special menu just for her each meal. The most impressive thing about this cruise was the service. The entire crew worked hard - you saw the same faces morning, noon, and at night smiling and getting/doing anything you asked! I was almost uncomfortable with how hard they worked to keep me satisfied. The free internet was terrible- like stone age internet. They offered a higher data rate for a high fee but we did not hear from anyone that it was any better - and only one person per room could use it at a time. The connection and speeds were better in port because we had cellular service so that's when we called family, texted photos, etc... The average age of people on this ship seemed 75+? A much older and less ambulatory crowd than I expected. The ship provided activities and entertainment catered to an older demographic. The crossing was quiet and peaceful. You did need to bring your own things to do but they had the "old-school" activities of board games, puzzles, cards, shuffle board, needlepoint kits and a good lending library for books and a historical medical lecture each day. The fitness classes were few and far between with room for only 6. But there are machines available to use on your own. They let you bring wine (and even spirits from the duty free shops) onboard at each port. The policy says there is a limit but I never really saw one mentioned or enforced. Alcoholic drinks are expensive, but there was a 2 for one each day if you needed to budget. There is a dress code, but barely - like no swimsuits in dining areas. People were dressed casually, no fancy evening clothes are needed for this trip.

A good choice for the older guest

Sirena Cruise Review by selenaD

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - Barcelona to Miami in 17 days. This was our first time on Oceania and our second cruise ever. This is considered a smaller ship with only ~600 passengers - we liked the smaller size. This ship was re-done in 2019 so everything was lovely, clean, and fresh and decorated in calming colors. We had great weather most of the trip with only one rain day - seas seem calm to us but other noted the movement.

The ports were all convenient to the cities- it was an extra treat to go up the river to dock in Seville - only the smaller ships can do this. We booked our own smaller tours and were glad we did as we do not like the large bus tour experience. The best was an electric bike tour in Seville (used Viator). The ship could not pull into St. George, Bermuda and went to Kings Wharf instead, luckily we did not have a plan for that day so the change was fine and we spent the day at the Commissioners House/Fort/ Dolphin training center.

Most people seemed to enjoy the food; I thought some of the food was done well but I would still say it is institutional food service. The chef seems to limit salt and sugar so food was never too salty or too sweet. The best food was what you could have prepared onsite - so the Waves Grill was the place to eat lunch. It had both meat and fish choices, as well as salads. There was steak or lobster on every menu on the ship at dinner - that seem important to many but if you were vegetarian, you would has almost as many options. A fellow passenger with diet restrictions had a special menu just for her each meal.

The most impressive thing about this cruise was the service. The entire crew worked hard - you saw the same faces morning, noon, and at night smiling and getting/doing anything you asked! I was almost uncomfortable with how hard they worked to keep me satisfied.

The free internet was terrible- like stone age internet. They offered a higher data rate for a high fee but we did not hear from anyone that it was any better - and only one person per room could use it at a time. The connection and speeds were better in port because we had cellular service so that's when we called family, texted photos, etc...

The average age of people on this ship seemed 75+? A much older and less ambulatory crowd than I expected. The ship provided activities and entertainment catered to an older demographic.

The crossing was quiet and peaceful. You did need to bring your own things to do but they had the "old-school" activities of board games, puzzles, cards, shuffle board, needlepoint kits and a good lending library for books and a historical medical lecture each day. The fitness classes were few and far between with room for only 6. But there are machines available to use on your own.

They let you bring wine (and even spirits from the duty free shops) onboard at each port. The policy says there is a limit but I never really saw one mentioned or enforced. Alcoholic drinks are expensive, but there was a 2 for one each day if you needed to budget. There is a dress code, but barely - like no swimsuits in dining areas. People were dressed casually, no fancy evening clothes are needed for this trip.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom
Cabin A2
We had room 7080 - called a concierge veranda. The veranda was nice for checking on the weather, watching departures or seeking some privacy. The room was big enough, the furniture was comfortable, storage for your items was ample. The bathroom was tiny, especially the shower - really small! The room came with a 20 item laundry service you could use it 3 times - 3 day turnaround) but the free laundromat was just across the hall so it seemed more convenient to do it ourselves. Level seven is a good location to go up or down to 9 or 5 for food/activities.
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