We sailed on the Sirena last fall as part of a college alumni association. 2 weeks in the Mediterranean with 9 ports of call, embarking from Civitavecchia-Rome and disembarking in Barcelona. 1st ever cruise for us and we loved it. Sirena is a small liner (664 berths) compared to the 5000-6000 berth floating islands we saw at ports along the way.
There was lot of attention to detail and “oceans” of information supplied to guests every day (newsletter, fact sheets about upcoming port, lectures). Never felt crowded or cramped aboard ship. The tour guides on the Oceania sponsored excursions were well informed and entertaining (with exception of one in Corsica who I felt was just burnt out on being a tour guide). We also booked a couple of private excursions via ToursByLocals and had great culinary and cultural experiences with them.
We had one medical nonemergency issue but ship’s doctor took great care of my wife. Everyone on board seemed to strive for efficiency and to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. Our first-time cruise convinced us ocean travel is the way to go!
Spacious, starboard side, gave us many enchanting views of early morning arrivals at ports of call along the route
We toured by foot, bus and boat on our own, discovering Portovenere and had a delightful afternoon there
Bus delivered us from Rome where we had spent 2 days and nights pre-cruise. We registered with Oceania personnel and immediately boarded the Sirena. No complaints.